10/02/2004 12:00AM

Believe Im Special again

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Believe Im Special won the $40,000 Racino Inaugural for the third straight year at Delta Downs on Friday night. He won the five-furlong opening night feature by a neck over Joyful Tune. It was another half-length back in third to favorite Nitro Chip.

Believe Im Special ($9.80) broke sharp from his rail post and dueled throughout, covering the distance in 59.37 seconds. Guy Smith rode the winner for trainer Thomas Sam. Believe Im Special earned $24,000 for the partnership of Davis, Davis, and Defrates. He has won 9 of 27 starts overall for earnings of $241,899.

Believe Im Special is a 5-year-old gelding by Believe It.

Delta handled $613,626 on its 10-race card, with $49,131 of that amount bet ontrack. Delta does not release attendance figures because the track operates a casino and attendance is free. The meet will run through April 2, 2005.