Delta Downs Offering an Overflowing Jackpot
- Casey Laughter
- On November 20, 2014
Delta Downs Offering an Overflowing Jackpot: The Grade III Delta Downs Jackpot 2014 has been a slightly better indicator of future talent than the Princess. In the last five runnings, two of the winners, Goldencents and Rule have gone on to win or place in another graded stakes. The 2008 winner, Big Drama, won the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and was named Champion Sprinter that same year.
The field this year has a very healthy lineup of potential future stars, or already established winners. Can one of these colts be the next Kentucky Derby winners? The 1 1/16 mile contest is set for November 22, 2014 as race 7 on the card.
Prime Engine (8/1) – Tyler Baze and Jerry Hollendorfer team up again to hopefully get this undefeated son of Northern Afleet into the winners’ circle. Campaigned exclusively at Emerald Downs, the colt has traveled in hopes of continuing his streak and earning for early Kentucky Derby points. He should have no issue with the 8.5F distance.
Dekabrist (30/1) – Rios and Dorochenko are trying to get this son of Street Boss back into the winners’ circle after four straight off the board finished. Stepping back into grade three competition and a tighter track may be what this colt needs.
Mr. Z (5/2) – Lopez and Lukas team up here to try and get this slight morning line favorite back into the winners’ circle. He did not fair too well in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, finishing 5th. The son of Malibu Moon is a speedy type, and if he can get out on a lone lead, he may be able to take this field to the wire.
Conquest Tsunami (4/1) – Bridgmohan and Casse team up again on one of Casse’s Conquest owned juveniles. The Stormy Atlantic colt is undefeated except for his 6th place finish in the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland in October. The previous suspicion of his ability to handle dirt was put to rest in his most recent win in the one mile Street Sense Stakes at Churchill.
Saratoga Heater (15/1) – Rosario and Al Stall Jr. team up on this Temple City colt, trying to get him into graded stakes company after two wins in three starts, one being a listed stakes at Belmont. Can this colt handle the tighter turns of Delta Downs?
Golden Actor (7/2) – Gallego and Roncancio have the second choice favorite in the field here with the Curlin colt. Breaking his maiden in his second start at Gulfstream, the colt was then shipped to Delta Downs for the Jean Lafitte Stakes, which he did win. This colt has about a month between races, but was run three times during October. Does he have enough to win this race?
Red Button (12/1) – Tyler Baze teams up with trainer Mark Glatt on Red Button, a son of Distorted Humor. Red Button recent placed in a listed stakes at Santa Anta, but faltered when he tried grade one competition in the Del Mar Futurity, which American Pharoah ran away with. Does he have the stamina to get 8.5F?
Wake Up Nick (10/1) – While O’Niell is out for the time being, Leandro Mora is training the O’Niell horses. The Reddam owned colt is ridden by youngster Mario Gutierrez, better known for his rides on I’ll Have Another in 2012. This Cindago colt was previous undefeated, before finishing a close second in the Golden State Juvenile Stakes. Can this colt get the distance? Winning at sprint distances and then finishing second in a 7F stakes, the colt is rightfully at 10/1 morning line odds. Can he stretch out successfully?
Far Right (10/1) – Ron Moquett and Corey Lanerie are working together to get this Notional colt into the winners’ circle again. With only a maiden win in five starts, the colt has only been off the board once, which he finished fourth. He most recently finished third in the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs behind Conquest Tsunami.
Ocho Ocho Ocho (6/1) – Mike Smith rides for James Cassidy here. Ocho Ocho Ocho is undefeated in two starts, both coming at Santa Anita on the main track. The son of Street Sense is stretching out for the first time, having never been passed 6 ½ furlongs. Pedigree wise, the colt should be able to stretch out to the 8.5F.
Unblunted (15/1) (AE) – Joe Talamo and Mike McCarthy will try to get this fresh maiden winner into the winners’ circle for his first graded stakes win. The only way the colt runs is if another scratches. Unblunted broke his maiden at 7F at Santa Anita easily, and the extra distance shouldn’t hurt the Sharp Humor colt.
Two Six Wins (20/1) (AE) – Martin Pedroza and Mike Pender are looking for redemption from Two Six Wins’ sixth place finish in the G2 Best Pal Stakes. The Midshipman colt broke his maiden at Los Alamitos going 5 furlongs over the main track. With a pedigree geared for sprints, the colt wouldn’t be a surprise to go off at sky-high odds if he were to draw in.
My Picks: I am going to do $10 exacta box with Mr. Z, Conquest Tsunami, Golden Actor, and Prime Engine. If any of these four colts come in 1-2, I cash in.