2012 Delta Downs Jackpot

Dave Bond | OTB Writer

Las Vegas, NV - The nation will get a glimpse into a few contenders for next year's Triple Crown when the Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot is run this Saturday from Delta Downs. Top two year olds will be after their share of the very nice $1 million purse when they go 1 1/16 miles on Delta Downs's main track.

The Delta Downs Jackpot has drawn a field of nine for race 7 on Delta Downs' Saturday card. Post time is 4:15 PM ET. Here is a look at the past performances of all nine entries ahead of this important and lucrative Grade 3 race.

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2012 Delta Downs Jackpot Race Favorites

Goldencents - only has two career starts - the first was a Maiden Special Weight score by 7 1/4 lengths at Del Mar September 2 and the second was a second place finish to highly touted Shanghai Bobby in the Grade 1 Foxwoods Champaign at Belmont Park October 6. Trainer Doug O'Neil skipped the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup but figures to have a contender on hands with this super-fast colt.

Bern Identity - is trained by Kelly Breen and after a second place finish in his first race, he won by a stunning 13 3/4 lengths in wire-to-wire fashion on June 1. He followed that up with a win in the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga on July 22 an OK third to Shanghai Bobby and Fortify in the Grade 2 Three Chimneys and a win last time out in the minor Jean Lafitte Stakes here October 20 by three lengths. That makes three wins, a second and a third place finish in five career starts for the morning line second choice.

2012 Delta Downs Jackpot | Remaining Field Entries

Hightale - has a staggering nine career starts already but is coming off an enormous win - the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint November 2 at 15-1 odds. That unexpected win came after a pair of sixth place finishes in graded stakes action - the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity October 6 and the Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes August 30. With an impressive win last time out on the biggest stage, Hightale has to be on the Jackpot radar!

Know More - comes from the same team as I'll Have Another - J. Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill are back looking to make a little more noise after a less-than-impressive thirteenth last time out in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in his grass debut. Know More made a little history becoming one of the few to win a graded stakes race in her career debut - the Best Pal Stakes on August 5 and he followed that win with two straight second place finishes - the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes out September 29. He will be looking to bounce back and needs a good result to stay on the Kentucky Derby path and he gets back to a more comfortable dirt surface for the Jackpot.

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Itsmyluckyday - Calder shipper has won three of five career starts including two in a row - the minor Foolish Pleasure Stakes September 15 by three lengths and the Fasig Tipton Turf Dash Stakes August 25. He makes his graded stakes debut Saturday but enters in very good form.

Mylute - finished second most recently to Bern Identity in the minor Jean Lafitte Stakes on this track October 20 after a fifth in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity September 8. He has a win, two seconds and a third place finish in five career starts.

Central Banker - has four career starts with two wins, a second and a third place finish. Last time out was an impressive Allowance Optional Claiming score at Churchill Downs October 28 to follow a good second in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Stakes September 15. He also finished a close second in the Prairie Gold Juvenile.

Heaven's Runway - finished a disappointing seventh last time out in the Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs October 28 after two wins in his previous three races including the minor Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile September 29 and a Maiden Special Weight race August 4 - both of those wins at Presque Isle Downs.

Show Some Magic - had a win and two seconds in his first four starts but in his last two has recorded a fifth in the Grade 2 Three Chimneys September 3 and a sixth last time out in the Jean Lafitte Stakes here October 20.

2012 Delta Downs Jackpot Entries & Odds

Race 7 on Delta Downs's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:15 PM.

Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 Bern Identity P. Lopez K. Breen
2 Heaven's Runway C. Marquez B. Chatters
3 Central Banker M. Mena A. Stall, Jr.
4 Mylute G. Melancon T. Amoss
5 Hightail R. Maragh D. Lukas
6 Itsmyluckyday A. Serpa E. Plesa, Jr.
7 Know More M. Gutierrez D. O'Neill
8 Show Some Magic R. Eramia S. Asmussen
9 Goldencents K. Krigger D. O'Neill

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