RON FAUCHEUX TRAINEE RALLIES LATE TO SCORE IMPRESSIVE VICTORY –
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the 14th running of the $100,000 Gold Cup on Saturday night and the result was a familiar one as Brittlyn Stable, Inc.’s Sunbean took the race for the third time in his career. Overall, the Ron Faucheux trainee has won 16 races from 26 starts and earned a total of $1,172,250. Saturday’s victory in the one-mile affair for Louisiana-bred horses was worth $60,000. Sunbean’s previous wins in the Gold Cup came in 2013 and 2014.
Breaking from the outside post in a field of nine, Sunbean was taken back off the early pace by jockey Richard Eramia as Sir Genghis set fractional times of 23.60 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 47.26 for the half, and 1:11.57 for three-quarters. Sir Genghis held the lead by a length in the upper-stretch before Sunbean began a strong rally that got him to the finish line a half-length in front of favored Mobile Bay. Sir Genghis stayed on well to be third, another head behind the runner-up.
Sunbean covered the eight furlongs of the Gold Cup in a time of 1:38.39 while running on a fast track.
Sunbean is a 6-year-old bay gelding by Brahms, out of the Malagra mare X Strawdnair. He was bred in Louisiana by his owner.
Sent to the gate at odds of just over 3-1, Sunbean rewarded his backers with payoffs of $8.60 to win, $4.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Mobile Bay was worth $3.60 to place and $2.60 to show. Sir Genghis paid $2.60 to show.
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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.