– JOCKEY TIM THORNTON RIDES A RECORD SEVEN WINNERS ON THE PROGRAM –
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $100,000 Louisiana Legacy Stakes (Louisiana-breds) on Saturday and the heavy favorite, Unified Report, did not disappoint his backers as he stormed home under jockey Tim Thornton to win his stakes debut for owner Valene Farms LLC (Murray Valene) and trainer Dallas Stewart. The win by Thornton was also his sixth of seven on the day, making it the best single race day of his career and marking a new Delta Downs Boyd Gaming era record.
Unified Report left the gate at odds of 1-5 in the Legacy after a maiden-breaking win at first asking while running at Churchill Downs on September 24th. His win in the Legacy set up much like his first race as he stalked the early pace set by Family Creed, who went the opening quarter mile in 23.53 seconds, and the half mile in 49.15. Unified Report engaged Family Creed with a furlong to go and the pair matched strides until they reached the sixteenth pole, where the former edged clear and went on to a 2-1/4 length victory. Fiesty Fist rounded out the trifecta finishing third, another 1-1/2 lengths behind the top pair.
Unified Report finished the seven-furlong distance of the Legacy in a time of 1:28.81 while racing over a track listed as fast.
Unified Report earned $60,000 for the win in the Legacy which raised his career bankroll up to $94,720.
Bred in Louisiana by Stephen Brown, Unified Report is a 2-year-old bay colt by Unified, out of the Closing Argument mare Closing Report. He was purchased as a yearling in 2020 for $33,000.
Unified Report was a popular winner for the fans as he paid $2.40 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Family Creed was worth $3.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Fiesty Fist returned $2.40 to show.
In addition to his big win the Legacy with Unified Report, Thornton also won with Relax Town ($2.80) in the first race; Blue Darter ($6) in the second; Dreaming of Neany ($8.60) in the third; Laughing Latinos ($14) in the fifth; Shackleford Strong ($4.20) in the sixth; and Interactif Moment ($9.60) in the ninth.
Delta Downs will conduct its third week of racing next week, Wednesday through Saturday. Post time each day is at 12:55 pm.
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.