Clear Skies; Louisiana Premier Stakes

The 19th running of Louisiana Premier Day at Delta Downs on Feb. 5 couldn’t have been scripted out any better. With clear skies and a cool breeze, the 11-race program featured 10 stakes races and more than $900,000 in total purse money for Louisiana-bred horses who were vying for hoof-pounding greatness. Not only was the weather picture perfect, but the betting handle soared to $3,075,587, which was nearly $800,000 more than last year’s soirée.

 

Clear Skies; Louisiana Premier Stakes

THORNTON, BROBERG AND END ZONE ATHLETICS CONTINUE DELTA DOWNS DOMINANCE DURING 2021-22 THOROUGHBRED SEASON

TOP HONORS WERE HANDED OUT DURING CLOSING DAY PROGRAM ON SATURDAY, MARCH 5 

 

 

VINTON, LA. –  The 2021-22 Thoroughbred season at Delta Downs wrapped up on Saturday with familiar names topping the horsemen standings. Tim Thornton won his fourth straight leading rider title while Karl Broberg notched his 11th consecutive crown in the training ranks. Broberg and Matt Johansen’s End Zone Athletics, Inc. earned their seventh leading owner title and their 10th in the last 11 years.

 

Thornton’s season included 129 wins and mount earnings of $2,782,260. The title was Thornton’s fourth consecutive since moving his tack to Vinton in late 2017. During his first full season in 2018-19, Thornton set a new track record for mount earnings in a single season with $2,894,080.

 

Delta Downs’ 2021-22 leading jockey Tim Thornton and family

Thornton, a husband and father of three, won six of the track’s 26 stakes races during the meet. His biggest score came with the Allen Landy-trained Net a Bear, who took the $125,000 Louisiana Premier Day Distaff on the track’s richest race day of the year, February 5.

 

Following Thornton in the jockey standings were Joel Dominguez (65 wins), Joe Stokes (61), Jose Guerrero (50), Alex Birzer (46), Thomas Pompell (45), Vicente Del-Cid (42), C. J. McMahon (33), Kevin Roman (29), and Gerard Melancon (28).

 

Broberg continued his dominance at Delta Downs in 2021-22 by sending out 105 winners and totaling $1,928,820 in barn earnings. Broberg nearly bettered his own records for Thoroughbred conditioners this meet as well. During the 2018-19 season his horses set the current standard with 107 wins and earnings of $2,017,120.

 

Rounding out the list of leading trainers for the Delta Downs meeting were Allen Landry (31), Eduardo Ramirez (31), Brett Brinkman (26), Dale White, Sr. (21), Sam Breaux (20), Scott Gelner (19), Benjamin Zeno (19), Greg Tracy (19), and Lee M. Thomas (19).

 

End Zone Athletics, Inc. saw 78 of their runners win and earn a total of $1,322,480. The accomplishment broke their own records set just last year when End Zone won 64 races and took home $1,186,210.

 

Rounding out the top owners for the season were Dale White, Sr. (18), Elite Thoroughbred Racing, LLC (Michele Rodriguez) (12), Israel Flores Horses LLC (10), Keith Charles (9), Adriel Gonzalez (8), Gerald L. Averett, Jr. (7), Norman Stables, LLC (7), Rylee Grudzien (7), and Sandy Badeaux (6).

 

Delta Downs now looks forward to its upcoming American Quarter Horse season which gets underway on April 29 and runs through July 16. The 46-day meeting will feature live racing each Wednesday through Saturday night with first post time set for 6:15 pm Central Time.

 

For more information about the Delta Downs Quarter Horse season, including specific race days, go to the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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.

 

VODKA GIMLET WINS SECOND STAKES RACE OF THE SEASON IN THE BIG DRAMA AT DELTA DOWNS

ALLEN LANDRY TRAINEE GETS CLEAR LATE TO NIP LIGHTNING STRUCK AT THE WIRE

 

Vodka Gimlet wins the Big Drama S. at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $75,000 Big Drama Stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday afternoon and it was Ellen Epstein’s Vodka Gimlet who got the win under jockey Thomas Pompell. It was the second straight stakes victory for the Allen Landry trainee as he also won the $100,000 Louisiana Premier Day Prince at Delta Downs just 21 days earlier.

 

In the early stages of the Big Drama it was a speed duel between Brian’s Iron Mike and Feisty Fist, who clicked off early fractions of 23.57 seconds for the quarter mile and 47.47 for the half. The pair began to feel pressure from the closers as they entered the second turn of the seven-furlong affair as Totalizer came to the attack three wide wile Vodka Gimlet was bottled up behind rivals.

 

As the field entered the top of the homestretch after traveling three-quarters in 1:14.61, Vodka Gimlet angled out from behind horses and took aim at Lightning Struck and Totalizer who were dueling inside the sixteenth pole. In the final strides Vodka Gimlet was able to overhaul his rivals and record the win by a neck over Lightning Struck while Totalizer settled for third, another ¾ of a length behind the top pair.

 

Vodka Gimlet stopped the clock in 1:28.59 over a track what was listed as fast all day.

 

Vodka Gimlet has now won three races lifetime from seven overall starts. His $45,000 paycheck on Saturday upped his career bankroll to $147,645.

 

Bred in Louisiana by 5 B Farm, Inc, Vodka Gimlet is a 3-year-old bay gelding by Goldencents, out of the Out of Place mare Shy Baby.

 

Sent to the gate at odds of 8-5, Vodka Gimlet paid $5.40 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.20 to show. Lightning Struck returned $10.80 to place and $5.20 to show. Totalizer was worth $3.40 to show.

 

Delta Downs will conclude its 2021-22 Thoroughbred season next Wednesday through Saturday. Post time each day is scheduled for 12:55 pm.

 

Delta Downs will wrap up its next-to-last race week on Saturday with another nine-race program starting at 12:55 pm. The featured race is the $75,000 Big Drama Stakes for 3-year-olds competing at seven furlongs.

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

 

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. Fro

WHOLELOTTAMO GIVES JAYDE GELNER FIRST STAKES WIN IN THE TAKE CHARGE BRANDI AT DELTA DOWNS

DAUGHTER OF MO TOM OUTLASTS MISS JANA TO GET THE NARROW VICTORY

 

Wholelottamo wins the Take Charge Brandi Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $75,000 Take Charge Brandi Stakes on Friday afternoon and it turned out to be a very special race for Thompson Racing LLC’s Wholelottamo, who gave trainer Jayde Gelner the first stakes win of his career. Jayde is the son of longtime Delta Downs trainer Scott Gelner and the grandson of late trainer John Charles Gelner.

 

Under jockey Thomas Pompell, Wholelottamo stalked an early pace set by Roll Baby and Miss Jana, who covered the opening quarter mile of the seven-furlong affair in 23.38 seconds. As the field approached the second turn it was Miss Jana who drew clear by two lengths while going a half mile in 48.66 seconds. At that point Wholelottamo began to rally and the pair reached the top of the homestretch side by side.

 

Through the final strides the outcome was still in doubt as Miss Jana dug in at the rail while Wholelottamo stayed right by her tenacious rival until the finish, when she got a narrow lead and prevailed by just a head. Wholelottamo covered the distance over a muddy racetrack in a time of 1:29.89.

 

The win by Wholelottamo was the third of her career and the second in stakes company. Her previous stakes tally came in the Louisiana Cup Juvenile at Louisiana last August when she was saddled by Scott Gelner. Friday’s paycheck of $45,000 raised Wholelottamo’s bankroll to $148,845 through eight overall starts.

 

Bred in Louisiana by Cloyce C. Clark, Jr., Wholelottamo is a 3-year-old filly by Mo Tom, out of the A. P. Jet mare Jet’s Tradition.

 

Sent to the gate as the 3-2 wagering favorite, Wholelottamo paid $5 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.40 to show. Miss Jana was worth $4.80 and $3.80. Taylors Babe returned $10.20 to show.

 

Delta Downs will wrap up its next-to-last race week on Saturday with another nine-race program starting at 12:55 pm. The featured race is the $75,000 Big Drama Stakes for 3-year-olds competing at seven furlongs.

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

 

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.

 

LANGS DAY STORMS HOME IN FRONT TO WIN THE $150,000 LOUISIANA PREMIER DAY CHAMPIONSHIP AT DELTA DOWNS

– FREE LIKE A GIRL NOTCHES THIRD STAKES WIN OF THE SEASON IN THE STARLET –

Langs Day wins the 19th Running of the LA Bred Premier Championship Stakes. Coady Photography

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted its richest program of the season on Saturday afternoon as the 19th edition of Louisiana Premier Day took center stage. The 11-race program featured 10 stakes races and more than $900,000 in total purse money for Louisiana-bred horses.

 

The featured race of the day was the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Day Championship, which featured a full field of 10 competing at 1-1/16 miles. The race appeared to be wide open without Underpressure, as the winner of the last two editions of the event was not entered this time around. The morning line favorite and race-time chalk Langs Day did not disappoint, as the Lee Thomas trainee went from last-to-first while scoring his second stakes win of the meet.

 

“He’s a simple horse but a hard horse to ride,” said jockey Ty Kennedy. “You have to let him find himself but once he hits the three-eighths pole he does the rest and I just let the big guy roll. He always runs well at Delta Downs.”

 

Langs Day is known for his strong late kick, and on Saturday he used it well. After dropping back to last in the initial strides he began to pick up momentum racing into the second and final turn while pacesetters Magawildtime and Beauregard carved out fractional times of 23.85 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 48.37 for the half. When the field hit three-quarters of a mile in 1:14.54 it was Speaktomeoflove who had forged a narrow lead.

 

In the homestretch Speaktomeoflove looked to be in for a big payday but Langs Day had other ideas. The pair hooked up at the sixteenth pole and it was a war of wills before Langs Day got the upper hand late to record a half-length win over his tenacious rival. Jimi’s a Star finished well to be third, another 1-1/2 lengths behind the top pair.

 

Langs Day now has six wins from 17 career starts for owner Keith Plaisance. The winner’s prize of $90,000 on Saturday raised Langs Day’s bankroll to $277,040.

 

Bred in Louisiana by J. Adcock & Adcock’s Red River Farm, LLC, Langs Day is a 5-year-old chestnut gelding by New Year’s Day, out of the Langfuhr mare Langsyne.

 

Sent off at odds of 8-5, Langs Day paid $5.40 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Speaktomeoflove returned $4.80 to place and $3.60 to show. Jimi’s a Star was worth $4.60 to show.

 

Net a Bear scored her second stakes win of the season in the $125,000 Distaff on Louisiana Premier Day. The win came in dramatic fashion as jockey Tim Thornton had to angle out from the rail in the upper-stretch and rundown leaders Snowball and Fort Polk to get up just before the wire. The Allen Landry trainee also took the Magnolia Stakes at Delta Downs on October 29.

 

Net a Bear is now 10-for-30 during her career and has earned $523,870 after taking home $75,000 on Saturday afternoon for owners Maximo Lamarche and Federico Deltoro.

 

Trainer Allen Landry did himself one better in the $100,000 Prince as he saddled the first and second-place finishers, Vodka Gimlet and Brian’s Iron Mike. The pair were far in front of the rest of the field at the wire with Vodka Gimlet winning the first stakes race of his career with jockey Thomas Pompell in the saddle. Vodka Gimlet is owned by Ellen Epstein.

 

The win by Vodka Gimlet put another $60,000 into his bankroll which now stands at $102,645. He is a 3-year-old gelding by Goldencents out of the Out of Place mare Shy Baby.

 

The $100,000 Starlet featured Free Like a Girl, who already had two stakes wins under her belt this season. The Chasey Deville Pomier trainee won the Louisiana Jewel in October before taking the My Trusty Cat just one month later. She most recently won a stakes race at Fair Grounds

before her appearance in the Starlet on Saturday where she took the lead early and never looked back under jockey Pedro Cotto, Jr.

 

Free Like a Girl notched her sixth win from just 11 career starts in the Starlet and raised her career bankroll to $341,473. The bay filly by El Deal is owned by Gerald Bruno, Jr., Carl J. Deville, Chasey Deville Pomier and Jerry Caroom. She was bred by former jockey Kim Stover and her sister Lisa Osborne.

 

Bertie’s Galaxy turned in a sharp performance to win this year’s $100,000 sprint under jockey Jareth Loveberry. The Ron Faucheux trainee broke sharp and lead every step of the way in the five-furlong dash for older horses. Bertie’s Galaxy has now won 10-of-23 career starts and earned another $60,000 on Saturday to raise his overall bankroll to $382,850. The son of Greeley’s Galaxy is owned by Allen Cassedy.

 

The $100,000 Matron featured graded stakes winner Cilla, who dazzled the fans with a romping victory in the five-furlong test for older fillies and mares. Cilla is owned by P. Dale Ladner and trained by Brett Brinkman. The daughter of California Chrome was ridden to victory by jockey Thomas Pompell. Cilla has now won seven of 14 starts and owns a bankroll of $476,000.

 

The $60,000 Gentlemen Starter was taken by Greeley’s Dealer. The Dale White, Sr. owned and trained 9-year-old gelding saved his best for last, coming up the rail to snare the win under jockey Jose Guerrero. Greeley’s Dealer has now won 15-of-55 starts during his career.

 

Longshot Girl Thirsty was victorious as a huge longshot in the $50,000 Ladies Starter. Overlooked at odds of 30-1, the Ronnie Ward trainee ran down race favorite Heart That Binds in the stretch to get the win under jockey Alexander Castillo. Girl Thirsty is owned by Claudio Solis.

 

This year’s $50,000 Bon Temps Starter was won by Sandy Badeaux’s Madison’s Place with jockey Joel Dominguez in the saddle. The Eduardo Ramirez trainee overhauled race favorite Wild Mallory in the stretch to record the ninth win of her 32-race career.

 

And finally, it was the Keith Charles owned and trained gelding Alterana who took the $50,000 Ragin Cajun Starter under jockey Gerard Melancon. Alterana has now won nine of 31 career starts and the score on Saturday afternoon extended his current winning streak to four races.

 

Delta Downs will conduct live racing for the next four weeks on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule until the meet comes to a close on March 5. First post time each day is at 12:55 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.

 

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.

DELTA DOWNS SET FOR 2022 EDITION OF LOUISIANA PREMIER DAY ON FEBRUARY 5

–  $150,000 CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHLIGHTS RICH CARD FOR LOUISIANA-BRED HORSES –

 

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs will host its richest race program of the season on Saturday, February 5, when the track will award $933,000 in total purse money throughout 11 races, included 10 stakes, all for Louisiana-bred horses. The event is called Louisiana Premier Day, and this year marks the 19th renewal of the event which will kick off with a special first post time of 12 noon.

 

The featured race on the card will be the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Day Championship for older horses competing at 1-1/16 miles, which will be the 10th race on the program. This year’s Championship attracted a full field of 12, which includes two also eligible runners.

 

The Championship is guaranteed to have a new winner this year. Underpressure, who has won the last two editions of the race, was not entered this year. The lukewarm 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s feature is Keith Plaisance’s Langs Day, who won the Gold Cup at Delta Downs on October 30 impressively before finishing a hard closing second in a tough allowance race last time out on January 12.

 

The Championship field also includes Kendel D. Standlee’s Izzy’s Baby Boy (5-1), who most recently won a dramatic B Connected Stakes on New Year’s Day; Robert Asaro Enterprises, Inc’s Maga Man (8-1), who comes into the event with the highest career earnings mark of $289,480; and the Sam B. David, Jr. trainee Jax Man (6-1), who ran second, only a neck behind Izzy’s Baby Boy, in the B Connected.

 

Fans will also be in for a treat when the $100,000 Louisiana Premier Day Matron rolls around as Grade 2 winner Cilla takes on several rivals in the five-furlong dash for older fillies and mares. The Brett Brinkman trainee and daughter of the great California Chrome is the solid 6-5 favorite as she goes for her seventh career win and attempts to add to her lofty $416,000 bankroll.

 

Another race that will get plenty of attention will be the $100,000 Louisiana Premier Day Starlet. The one-mile event will be a rematch between 5-2 morning line favorite Free Like a Girl and Buckley Bunny. Buckley Bunny narrowly defeated Free Like a Girl in the $100,000 Louisiana Lassie Stakes at Fair Grounds on December 11. Buckley Bunny has only raced at Delta Downs once and finished off the board while Free Like A Girl is undefeated in Vinton with two stakes tallies in as many starts earlier this meet. On October 22 she romped by 18-1/2 lengths in the $100,000 Louisiana Jewel and on November 19 she scored another impressive win in the $100,000 My Trusty Cat.

 

In addition to the many local horsemen taking part in Louisiana Premier Day, there are also some nationally prominent trainers who will saddle horses on the program. They include Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, as well as Karl Broberg, Tom Amoss, W. Bret Calhoun and many others.

 

Delta Downs will offer the DRF Bets $50,000 Guaranteed All Stakes Pick 4 wager on the Louisiana Premier Day program. The special wager will take place on race 8 – 11, which includes the afternoon’s richest race, the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Day Championship serving as the penultimate leg. The special wager will also include an ultra-low takeout of just 12%.

 

Delta Downs will also welcome a special guest to its simulcast program during Louisiana Premier Day.  Nationally known horse racing analyst and commentator Martha Claussen will join track announcer Don Stevens on the simulcast show as a co-host, handicapper and trackside reporter following the major stakes races.

 

Listed below are each Louisiana Premier Day race in program order.

 

Race #             Purse              Stakes Race                                        Distance                      Age

1                      $50,000           LAPD Bon Temps Starter                   5 furlongs                    4yo & up FM

2                      $100,000         LAPD Matron                                     5 furlongs                    4yo & up FM

3                      $38,000           (La-bred Maidens)                              7-1/2 furlongs              3yo

4                      $50,000           LAPD Ragin Cajun Starter                 5 furlongs                    4yo & up

5                      $100,000         LAPD Starlet                                       1 mile                          3yo FM

6                      $60,000           LAPD Ladies Starter                           1 mile                          4yo & up

7                      $100,000         LAPD Sprint                                       5 furlongs                    4yo & up

8                      $125,000         LAPD Distaff                                      1 mile                          4yo & up FM

9                      $100,000         LAPD Prince                                       1 mile                          3yo

10                    $150,000         LAPD Championship                          1-1/16 miles                4yo & up

11                    $60,000           LAPD Gentlemen Starter                    1-1/16 miles                4yo & up

 

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will be awarding two (2) $1,000 college scholarships via a drawing that will take place on Louisiana Premier Day.

 

Entries for the LTBA drawing will be taken at a designated booth between 11 am and 12 noon. Winners will be announced after the fifth race and will have to be present to win when the announcement is made from winner’s circle. To qualify for the drawing, entrants must be enrolled full time for spring or summer 2022 classes and in good standing with their Louisiana college or university.

 

For more information about Louisiana Premier Day and the remainder of Delta Downs’ current season, which runs through March 5, visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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.

 

NEW REGISTRATION AND POST TIME. Two $1,000 College Scholarship Drawings on Louisiana Premier Day to Run Saturday, February 5 at Delta Downs Racetrack

Two $1,000 College Scholarship Drawings Scheduled for Louisiana Premier Day at Delta Downs Racetrack on February 5
Registration Now 11:00 am – 12 noon
(Vinton, La.) – Two $1,000 of scholarships will now be available for college and university students registers for spring and summer semesters on Saturday, February 5 at Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino. The scholarships will be offered by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) as part of Louisiana Premier day that features 10 stakes races for Louisiana bred horses.
The LTBA criteria for the two $1,000 scholarships on February 5, Louisiana Premier Day are:
  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time in an Accredited College, University or Community College for spring/summer 2022.
  • Scholarships will be awarded by random draw.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  • Must be present to win at the Winner’s Circle when the announcement is made.
  • Must have college ID and government-issued ID.
  • Must have University ID number or Social Security number.
For Louisiana Premier Day:
  • Registration: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the designated booth
  • Races begin: 12:00 noon
  • Drawing Time: Two scholarships will be awarded after the fifth race. The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student’s account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.
“The scholarship program helps fund students as they pursue their degree programs in Community Colleges, Universities and other accredited higher education programs,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer LTBA. “We often hear from the award winners about how much this helped them continue their course of study. The students are pursuing all types of degree programs and it just our small part in encouraging them to complete their studies.”
For more information about Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association visit louisianabred.com or call (504) 947-4676.

Fix to Delta’s Light Woes Might Not Arrive by End of Meet

By T. D. Thornton

A new lighting system at Delta Downs that was only operational for three races on the first night of the season back in October and has been repeatedly tweaked since then might not end up being deemed safe or usable for racing by the time the current Thoroughbred meet ends Mar. 5.

Ironically, after more than three months of debate over alleged shadows and perceived inconsistencies with how the patterns fall on the racing surface, the lighting installer and a consulting firm retained by Delta are now trying to rectify the problem not by increasing candlepower, but by actually turning down the intensity of the lighting from about 90% of full illumination to around 60% on each of the poles around the six-furlong track.

 

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CILLA DAZZLES WHILE CAPTURING THE $75,000 ORLEANS STAKES AT DELTA DOWNS

GRADED STAKES WINNER NOTCHES ANOTHER BIG WIN FOR OWNER P. DALE LADNER

 

Cilla wins the Orleans Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $75,000 Orleans Stakes on Friday afternoon and the winner was a very popular choice of the fans as P. Dale Ladner’s 3-5 wagering favorite, Cilla, came home in front under jockey Thomas Pompell. The daughter of California Chrome got back to the winner’s circle for the first time since winning the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga Race Course back in September.

 

Breaking from post eight in a field of nine, Cilla stalked the early pace set by Icy Charlie, who carved out fractional times of 22.54 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 46.01 for the half. As they turned for home Cilla engaged Icy Charlie who didn’t give way easily in the stretch. The pair battled it out for a few strides before Cilla gained the upper-hand and went on to a 2-3/4 length victory over a game Icy Charlie while Onerollofthedice settled for third, another half length behind the runner-up.

 

Cilla covered the five-furlong distance of the Orleans in a rapid time of 58.40 seconds. Each race on the Friday program was contest of a fast track and under sunny skies.

 

The win by Cilla marked the sixth of her 13-race career. She earned $45,000 for the effort and now has a career bankroll of $416,000.

 

Bred in Louisiana by Ladner and her trainer Brett Brinkman, Cilla is a 4-year-old bay daughter of California Chrome, out of the Into Mischief mare Sittin At the Bar.

 

Fans who wagered on Cilla collected payoffs of $3.20 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.20 to show. Icy Charlie was worth $4.80 to place and $3.40 to show. Onerollofthedice returned $7 to show.

 

Delta Downs will close out its race week on Saturday afternoon with another nine-race program that kicks off at 12:55 pm. The headliner will be the $75,000 Sam’s Town Stakes for older horses sprinting five furlongs.

 

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

 

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.

IZZY’S BABY BOY WINS THRILLING EDITION OF THE B CONNECTED STAKES AT DELTA DOWNS

SCOTT GELNER TRAINEE SNARES FIRST STAKES WIN

 

Izzy’s Baby Boy noses out Jax Man to win the 14th B-Connected Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $70,000 B Connected Stakes on Saturday afternoon and the fans on hand were treated to an incredible finish as Kendel Standlee’s Izzy’s Baby Boy just nosed out Jax Man for the win under jockey Thomas Pompell. The race was for older Louisiana-bred horses who had not won a stakes race competing at 7-1/2 furlongs.

 

The B Connected featured a full field of 10 runners and the early pace was set by Magawildtime, who carved out fractional times of 23.55 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 48.29 for the half. As the field turned for home Izzy’s Baby Boy drew alongside Magawildtime as the pair clocked three-quarters of a mile in 1:14.44. At the head of the lane Magawildtime time fought back at the rail and took the lead again before Izzy’s Baby Boy and late runner Jax Man went by late and finished only a nose apart.

 

After the photograph was examined it was Izzy’s Baby Boy who got the decision over Jax Man, while Magawildtime settled for third, another half length behind the top pair. The final time for the winner was 1:35.47 while racing over a fast track.

 

The win by Izzy’s Baby Boy was the fifth of his 31-race career and his first in stakes company. He earned $42,000 for the effort and now has a career bankroll of $208,235.

 

Bred in Louisiana by his owner, Izzy’s Baby Boy is a 6-year-old chestnut gelding by Shackleford, out of the Yankee Victor mare Lady Carmen.

 

Izzy’s Baby Boy was sent to the gate at odds of 7-1 and paid $16.20 to win, $8.60 to place and $5 to show. Jax Man was worth $9.20 to place and $7.40 to show. Magawildtime returned $19.40 to show.

 

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

 

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.