OffTrackBetting.com - The G3 $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes goes down this Saturday, November 19 at Delta Downs Racetrack in Vinton, Louisiana. That nice purse of $1 million and 10 qualifying points toward a run in the 2017 Kentucky Derby will be on the line for two year olds willing to go 1 1/16 miles on Delta Downs dirt track.
A field of 10 will line up in the Delta Downs Jackpot - race 7 on Delta Downs Saturday schedule. Post time is 4:45 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all 10 combatants for this lucrative and prestigious G3 stakes - seven of which enter the race off a win.
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Gunnevera 5-2 - has two wins and a second place finish in five career starts for trainer Antonio Sano. He was a fifth last time out behind the terrific Classic Empire among others in the G1 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland October 8 which followed a good eye-opening win with a 97 Beyer Speed Figure in the G2 Saratoga Special August 14. He broke maiden July 16 in his third career start and also had a fourth in the minor Birdonthewire Stakes July 2. Gunnevera tries to bounce back off an unflattering effort and for his second graded stakes score Saturday when he leaves from gate 6 with Javier Castellano guiding him.
Hot Sean 7-2 - intriguing Bob Baffert trained colt has two wins and a second place finish in his three race career. He debuted with a second at Del Mar in August and went on to a maiden score at Santa Anita October 1. Last time out was another win - an Allowance Optional Claiming by 1 1/4 lengths with a 97 Speed Figure at Santa Anita October 27. Hot Sean tries to make it three straight wins in his stakes debut when he departs from gate 8 with Martin Pedroza in the reins.
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Line Judge 6-1 - Has three wins and a runner-up finish in his four career starts for trainer Joe Sharp. He makes his graded stakes debut on a nice three race win streak - the minor Jean Lafitte Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths - a prep for this race last time out on this track October 22, the minor Careless Navigator Overnight Stakes at Canterbury Park August 27 and a maiden score on that track August 7. Line Judge hasn't been touched in three months and aims for a fourth straight win from gate 2 Saturday. CJ McMahon rides.
J Boys Echo 8-1 - will hit the track for just the third time for trainer Dale Romans having posted a win and a second place finish so far. He steps into stakes company for the first time Saturday off an impressive 5 1/2 length maiden score at Keeneland October 2 and a second in his debut - at Churchill Downs October 2. J Boys Echo has been decent so far and will be out to make some noise from post 9 Saturday. Corey Lanerie has the mount.
Thirstforlife 8-1 - Mark Casse trained colt debuted with a respectable third in the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs and posted a maiden score by a good 6 1/2 lengths after that - also at Churchill Downs June 4. Thirstforlife has been OK since - an Allowance score at this distance last time out at Keeneland October 20 followed a fifth in the G3 Iroquois Stakes September 17 and a third in the G2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar August 13. Thirstforlife has placed in four of five career starts and will be after his first stakes score from post 3 Saturday. Florent Geroux has been tabbed to ride.
Our Stormin Norman 8-1 - has five career starts for trainer Mark Casse with a win, a second and a third place finish - all MSW races. He finally broke maiden last time out October 23 after a third September 23, a ninth, a fifth and a second respectively to start his career. Our Stormin Norman has been improving but takes an enormous step up in competition in so-so form. Julien Leparoux will be in the saddle from gate 4.
Balandeen 10-1 - Chris Hartman trained colt has two wins and a second place finish in five career starts. He makes his graded stakes debut Saturday off a good second behind Line Judge in the minor Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs October 30, an Allowance Optional Claiming score on that track September 23 and a Maiden Claiming win at Del Mar in August. Balandeen has been good lately and will be after a first stakes score from post 7 Saturday. Channing Hill will be in the irons.
Tip Tap Tapizar 10-1 - has five career starts for trainer Steve Asmussen and has two wins, two seconds and a third place finish. He broke maiden at first asking - in gate-to-wire fashion at Churchill Downs June 11 and followed that with a respectable third in the G3 Bashford Manor Stakes July 2. He has been good since as well - a second last time out in the minor Jean Lafitte Stakes here October 22 followed a nice win in the minor Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park September 4 and a good second in the G2 Saratoga Special August 14. Tip Tap Tapizar has been in every race so far and will be out for his first graded stakes score in his third try - from the outside gate 10 with Gerard Melancon scheduled to ride.
Dangerfield 12-1 - has four career starts for trainer Doug O'Neill with a win and a second place finish. He enters off a career-best effort - a 4 1/2 length win in the minor Oak Tree Juvenile Stakes October 1 which followed a fifth, a second and another fifth respectively in a trio of MSW races in California. Dangerfield had been just OK before a nice effort last time out and hopes to build on that performance from post 5. Flavien Prat will be in the irons.
Pat On the Back 15-1 - Kenneth McPeek trained colt has placed in four of five career starts - three wins and a second place finish. He enters off a good win in the minor Sleepy Hollow Stakes at Belmont Park October 22, a second in the minor Bertram F. Bongard Stakes on that track October 2, a win in the minor Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes September 10 and a maiden score in August. Pat On the Back has been impressive lately and steps into graded stakes company for the first time looking like a sneaky longshot. Robby Albarado has been tabbed to ride from the rail.
2016 Delta Downs Jackpot Odds & Entries
Race 7 on Delta Downs' Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:45 PM.
|1||Pat On the Back||15-1||Robby Albarado||Kenneth McPeek|
|2||Line Judge||6-1||C.J. McMahon||Joe Sharp|
|3||Thirstforlife||8-1||Florent Geroux||Mark Casse|
|4||Our Stormin Norman||8-1||Julien Leparoux||Mark Casse|
|5||Dangerfield||12-1||Flavien Prat||Doug O'Neill|
|6||Gunnevera||5-2||Javier Castellano||Antonio Sano|
|7||Balandeen||10-1||Channing Hill||Chris Hartman|
|8||Hot Sean||7-2||Martin Pedroza||Bob Baffert|
|9||J Boys Echo||8-1||Kent Desormeaux||Dale Romans|
|10||Tip Tap Tapizar||10-1||Gerard Melancon||Steven Asmussen|