GRADED STAKES WINNER VERY IMPRESSIVE IN VICTORY
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $100,000 Azalea Stakes for 3-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies on Fridaynight and it was Jet Black Magic who came through with the win under jockey Colby Hernandez. Jet Black Magic’s victory provided revenge as she defeated Smittys Cougar by three lengths after her rival got the best of her by the same margin in their last start on February 6 in the $125,000 Louisiana Premier Night Starlet.
Saturday night’s tally came on a fast track as Jet Black Magic covered the 7-1/2 furlong distance of the Azalea in a time of 1:34.01.
The win by Jet Black Magic, who is trained by Bret Calhoun, marked her second stakes victory of the season. On Jackpot Day, November 21, she scored impressively in the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes (Gr. III) over a muddy track.
Overall, Jet Black Magic has won three of seven career starts for owner Carl R. Moore Management LLC (Carl R. Moore) and she has earned a total of $373,380. Saturday night’s effort was worth $60,000.
Jet Black Magic is a 3-year-old filly by Hold Me Back, out of the Silver Deputy mare Rhodelia. She was bred in Louisiana by Clear Creek Stud LLC and was purchased at sale as a yearling in her home state for $47,000.
Sent to the gate at odds of 2-1, Jet Black Magic paid $6 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.20 to show. Smittys Cougar was worth $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Thegoodwitch, who finished 2-1/4 length behind the runner-up in third, paid $2.60 to show.