Delta Downs, 1-6-18, 1 Mile, $65,000
Accredited Louisiana Breds, 4YOs and Upwards
Paddy O’Prado–Dana’s Lucky Lady
B- Sugarland Thoroughbreds, LLC
O- Phyllis J. Hodges
T- James E. Hodges
J- Gerardo Mora
Porto Foricos–Unfriendly Koo
B- Earl Hernandez & Keith Hernandez
O- End Zone Athletics, Inc.
T- Karl Broberg
J- Luis Negron
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.