VINTON, LA. – Icy Gentleman dominated six rivals to win Saturday night’s $100,000 Pelican Stakes at Delta Downs. The victory did not come without any drama however as the Henry B. Johnson, Jr. charge had to survive a lengthy jockey’s object before celebrating in the winner’s circle with jockey Jorge Guzman.
After breaking away from the starting gate in fourth position, Icy Gentleman stalked the early leaders until the field of seven reached the second turn of the 7-1/2 furlong test for 3-year-old Louisiana-breds. At that point Icy Gentleman began to take the lead when Chattanoogan was steadied by jockey Chris Rosier while in tight at the rail.
Following that incident, Icy Gentleman drew clear and won by a decisive nine lengths over Hunker Downs. So Sorry Ruston wound up third, beaten another 1-3/4 lengths. Chattanoogan faded to fourth before his jockey lodged the claim of foul. After several tense moments it was announced that the stewards had disallowed the claim and the original order would stand official.
Icy Gentleman, who is owned by Ironwater Farms Joint Venture (Jerry E. Chiles), covered the distance over a fast track in 1:33.63.
The win by Icy Gentleman was his second of the season and his fourth overall from eight career starts. He earned $60,000 for his effort on Saturday night which raised his lifetime bankroll to $212,835.
Icy Gentleman is a 3-year-old gelding by Yankee Gentleman out of the Five Star Day mare Icy Day. The chestnut runner was bred in Louisiana by his owner.
Sent to the gate as the even-money favorite, Icy Gentleman returned $4 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. Hunker Downs was worth $4.80 to place and $2.20 to show. So Sorry Ruston paid $3.20 to show.