|Forest Lake Earns Hard Fought Victory In The Magnolia Stakes At Delta Downs|
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VINTON, LA. � Delta Downs hosted the 13th running of the $100,000 Magnolia Stakes on Friday night and it turned into quite a thriller as 12-1 longshot Forest Lake battled gamely through the stretch with race favorite Heatseeker Sharon and Lady Grantham before pulling away to win late.
Under jockey Hector Santiago, Forest Lake stalked the early leader Heatseeker Sharon through the first half of the one-mile test for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares. She then launched a three-wide bid into the homestretch where she was put to the test but responded by wearing down her two rivals, defeating Heatseeker Sharon by 1-1/4 lengths with Lady Grantham finishing another neck behind in third.
Forest Lake, who is trained by Jerry Delhomme and is owned by ex-NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme�s Set-Hut LLC, covered the eight furlongs over a fast track in 1:40.78.
The victory by Forest Lake was the third of her 13-race career. She earned $60,000 for the effort which brought her overall bankroll up to $208,670. She also sports five seconds and two thirds on her lifetime record.
Forest Lake is a 3-year-old filly by Forestry, out of the Kris S. mare Oval. She was bred in Louisiana by Jake Delhomme and Set-Hut, LLC.
Forest Lake rewarded her backers at the wagering windows to the tune of $26.80 to win, $9.40 to place and $6.80 to show. Heatseeker Sharon was worth $4 to place and $3.40 to show. Lady Grantham paid $5.80 to show.
Delta Downs will wrap up its third week of live racing on Saturday with another 11-race program that gets underway at 5:40 pm CT. Saturday�s featured race is the $100,000 Gold Cup for older Louisiana-breds also competing at one mile.
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Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.