BENDING SAINT GETS FIRST STAKES WIN IN THE B CONNECTED AT DELTA DOWNS

OWNER CRAIG DRAGO WINS THE B CONNECTED FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW

B Connected Stakes
Delta Downs, 12-29-19, 7 furlongs
Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $70,000

BENDING SAINT
Saint Afleet–Bending Grass
Breeder: Daniel Chicola
Owner: Craig Drago
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

2nd
Double Barrel Man
Musket Man–Double Points Day
Breeder: Michele Rodriguez
Owner: GK Racing LLC
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: C.J. McMahon

3rd
Star Fitzstall
Star Guitar–Wild About Marie
Breeder: Brittlyn, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Jose M. Camejo
Jockey: Quincy Hamilton

 

Bending Saint, B Connected - 12-28-19
Bending Saint wins the $70,000 B Connected Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the 12th running of the $70,000 B Connected Stakes on Saturday night and it was Craig Drago’s Bending Saint who prevailed under jockey Tim Thornton. The win marked Bending Saint’s first in stakes company and it was the second year in a row that Drago won the same race. In 2018 he visited the B Connected winner’s circle with Just Stormin. Both horses were trained by Allen Landry.

 

Bending Saint broke sharply in the seven-furlong B Connected but did not gain the early advantage as Queeten sprinted out to a narrow lead and carved out fractional times of 23.54 seconds for the opening quarter mile, 48.13 for the half, and 1:13.58 for three quarters. When the field reached the second turn Thornton shook the reins after stalking the leader and his mount responded by overhauling Queeten and setting sail for home, widening his margin to four lengths over the 8-5 favorite Double Barrel Man at the finish line. Star Fitzstall finished third, another three lengths behind the top pair.

 

The final time of this year’s B Connected was 1:26.45. The race was run over a fast track.

 

The win by Bending Saint marked the eighth of his career from 31 overall starts. He earned $42,000 for the effort and now has a lifetime bankroll of $258,174.

 

Bred in Louisiana by Daniel Chicola, Bending Saint is a 5-year-old chestnut gelding by Saint Afleet, out of the Langfuhr mare Bending Grass.

 

Sent to the gate at odds of 5-2, Bending Saint paid $7 to win, $3.60 to place and $2.60 to show. Double Barrel Man paid $3.20 to place and $2.20 to show. Star Fitzstall was worth $2.80 to show.

 

Delta Downs will conduct its 13th week of live racing next Wednesday through Saturday. First post time Wednesday and Thursday nights will be at 4:55 pm CST. The first race on Friday and Saturday will be at 5:55 pm.

 

For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PADDY O’LIONEL RALLIES FOR VICTORY IN THE B-CONNECTED STAKES AT DELTA DOWNS

B-Connected Stakes
Delta Downs, 1-6-18, 1 Mile, $65,000
Accredited Louisiana Breds, 4YOs and Upwards

PADDY O’LIONEL
Paddy O’Prado–Dana’s Lucky Lady
B- Sugarland Thoroughbreds, LLC
O- Phyllis J. Hodges
T- James E. Hodges
J- Gerardo Mora

2nd
Social Misfit
Porto Foricos–Unfriendly Koo
B- Earl Hernandez & Keith Hernandez
O- End Zone Athletics, Inc.
T- Karl Broberg
J- Luis Negron

3rd
Harbor Pilot
Trappe Shot–Harbor Princess
B- Curt Leake
O- Red Rose Racing
T- Scott Gelner
J- Diego Saenz

 

– JAMES HODGES TRAINEE ENJOYS THE FIRST STAKES WIN OF HIS CAREER – 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs closed out its 12th week of racing on Saturday night with an 11-race program that included the $65,000 B-Connected Stakes for Louisiana-breds competing at one mile. The event was won by Phyllis J. Hodges’ Paddy O’Lionel, who rallied from far behind under jockey Gerardo Mora to snare the first stakes win of his career.

After breaking a step slow from the inside post position, Paddy O’Lionel dropped back to last position in the field of nine. Meanwhile the early pace was set by Rocketringo, who carved out fractional times of 22.68 seconds for the quarter-mile, 46.74 for the half, and 1:12.51 for three quarters.

As the field made their way up the backstretch Paddy O’Lionel began to gain momentum and swung wide around the far turn following Social Misfit, who was also rallied from far back. In the home-stretch it was the wagering favorite, Harbor Pilot, who drove to the lead but it was short lived as Social Misfit took over at the sixteenth pole. In the final strides it was a dash to the wire with Paddy O’Lionel putting his nose down and getting the narrowest of victories. Harbor Pilot settled for third another 4-1/4 lengths behind the top pair.

Paddy O’Lionel covered the eight furlongs of the B-Connected in a time of 1:39.98 seconds. The race was contested over a fast track.

Paddy O’Lionel has now won four of 13 career starts. Saturday’s night’s score earned him $39,000 and raised his lifetime bankroll to $131,200.

Bred in Louisiana by Sugarland Thoroughbreds, LLC, Paddy O’Lionel is a chestnut son of Paddy O’Prado, out of the Lucky Lionel mare Dana’s Lucky Lady.

Sent to the gate at odds of 9-2, Paddy O’Lionel returned $11.80 to win, $5.60 to place and $3.20 to show. Social Misfit was worth $6.80 to place and $3.20 to show. Harbor Pilot paid $2.60 to show.

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