11/18/2013 3:45PM

Delta Downs: Casse has contenders for three biggest stakes on Jackpot card

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Coastline wins the $61,000 Street Sense Stakes by three lengths at Churchill Downs on Oct. 27.

Trainer Mark Casse will attack Saturday’s $2.2 million Delta Downs Jackpot card with starters in the three major races among the day’s eight stakes. Casse has Coastline for the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot; Appreciating and Tepin for the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess; and Uncaptured for the $150,000 Delta Mile.

The Jackpot card will have an afternoon first post of 1:15 Central. The fields for the races were to be drawn Tuesday. Delta plans to offer a $200,000-guaranteed pick four that will include the Princess and Jackpot.

Casse has been a longtime participant on what is annually the biggest card of the meet at the Vinton, La., track. He sent out Turf War to a dead-heat win in the Jackpot in 2007 and last year captured the Delta Mile with Prospective. Casse is hopeful the horses he is sending this year will adapt to the six-furlong oval.

“All four horses we’re bringing, we had that in mind,” Casse said. “We’ve been there enough now to know who likes it and who doesn’t like it, and we feel like these horses fit. Hopefully, we’re right.”

Coastline could be favored in the Jackpot, a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds, after winning the $61,000 Street Sense at a mile at Churchill Downs. He dominated by three lengths and was flattered when fourth-place finisher Almost Famous came back and romped in a highly rated allowance at Churchill. Coastline, meanwhile, was tabbed for a trip to Delta for the Jackpot.

“I think he suits there very well,” Casse said. “He’s got some speed. I don’t think the distance is going to be a problem. I think he has a legitimate chance to win it, so there’s a million reasons to go.”

Coastline is to be ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, who also has the mount on Appreciating in the Princess, a one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies. Casse said Miguel Mena will ride Tepin and Uncaptured. The horses are to fly in Wednesday from Kentucky. They are scheduled to arrive in Houston, then van two hours to Delta Downs.

Coastline was one of 14 horses pre-entered in the Jackpot on Nov. 12. The field will be limited to 10. Others pre-entered include Best Plan Yet, Rise Up, Casiguapo, Rum Point, and Intense Holiday. Yes I’m Lucky, a three-time stakes winner also among the pre-entries, may not be entered in the Jackpot, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. said Monday.

“I’m leaning against it right now,” he said. “But I’m not going to say no.”

Plesa said an alternative for Yes I’m Lucky is the $100,000 Pulpit at Gulfstream on Nov. 30.

Pre-entries for the Princess included graded stakes winners Miss Behaviour, Concave, and Bahnah.

The Jackpot is to be broadcast on both HRTV and TVG. The race will have a post time of 4:15 p.m. Central. It also will be featured live on Sirius XM Radio as part of a two-hour program hosted by Dave Johnson, Bill Finley, and Chris McCarron.

rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
There are people who think these big purses races on small tracks is bad for racing. I remember people complaining on here about parx two $1m races the winners came back and finish second in Distaff and Classic. Goldencents won this race last year he came back to have a pretty good year. Million dollar purse never bad for racing no matter where the race is run.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Not true. With so many of them, the talent gets spread as there is options. This means your stars and rivalries are done. Fans do not say, "oh my god its the Delta Jackpot", they go causs of the marketing of the day. After that.... they stop following till next year. Old days... you tuned in to NBC and watched the same horses slug it out. The other problem.... win a couple of the glorified allowance races and its breeding shed time cause you can toss a big breeding fee becauss you have a "multimillionaire" on your hands
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
I would have liked to have seen Uncaptured in the Delta Jackpot.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
I know because A THREE YEAR OLD Uncaptuted would of been 1/9 against a bunch of TWO YEAR OLD COLTS. HAHAHAHAHA. LOL.SMH. You Want to read the race descriptions before you POST please. WOW. SMH
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
If horseracing wants to survive and prosper it should make an effort to ensure honesty. After all its tied to gambling and nobody bets on something that's dishonest..there should be a task force with law enforcement power at every racetrack like there are at casinos to ensure that its honest. 90 year old stewards with no law enforcement power or investigation skills are no longer able to keep jockeys and trainers under surveillance..i recently saw a video documentary on the surveillance program at major track for a big race it consisted of two older ladies walking around the stables with a clip board. What a joke. Until somebody is dragged off in handcuffs for doping a horse or taking a bribe its a free ride to the bank...I look at some of what goes on in some races and would not risk more than a few bucks in any race..in the end this will go the way of jai alai unless changes are made.
Howard Schwartz More than 1 year ago
It should be a felony crime of fixing a sporting contest. Jail time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the Great Falls PETER?
Peter Northcott More than 1 year ago
Mr. Casse has spent many millions, like tens of millions in the last five years on young horses. With below average results stateside for the many millions put out, I will be trying to beat the hype.
saoirse. More than 1 year ago
$7.7 million ytd ain't too shabby, and most assuredly it ain't his millions that are being spent, more the idle rich who are his clients
yagodaaron More than 1 year ago
Mark does a great job for his clients. He treats them better than any trainer could possibly do and he gets them plenty of action and win pics. I'm sure if you did a study of other top trainers his success rate is greater than or at least equal to theirs. I'm guessing your a wine drinker cause you seem to have sour grapes. Or maybe you need some cheese and crackers to go with your whine. In any event I wish you luck with your bets Saturday and I will make sure Mark send you a win pic just in case he beats you on some of your bets.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Ya but what he makes up at woodbine is surely a good chunk of coin.
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Fred Greenstein More than 1 year ago
I don't like DRF+ either. But a company has a right to sell their product for any price they want. You, on the other hand, have the right to buy it or not. What is the problem?
James More than 1 year ago
If the DRF can't handle the criticism from a long time supporter then they need to go to the clothing store and buy some big boy pants. They also need to use ads to increase income instead of expecting long time players to pay for something brisnet offers for free. Brisnet and Bloodhorse are one click away. DRF is cutting their own throats and Big Jeff is merely pointing it out.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I don't get it Jeff and doubt it's personal. You're Gr1 in the bunch on here. Maybe they have filters that trip on keywords? Saw that Wynn has future book odds out.
James More than 1 year ago
Totally agree with you. Further, when i read Watchmaker's article on why POS shouldn't run in the Breeder's cup, it was clear the DRF seems have to lined up on the side against the average horse race player. I was flabbergasted to read the article. By the way, are you the Big Jeff from New Jersey?
jo More than 1 year ago
Same here, got deleted for posting his Weekend Warrior picks on saturday ran 6th, 3rd and 9th...and we are to pay for such selections?...
dylbert More than 1 year ago
Easy solution. Just don't pay for his selections. Bad, free selections ain't no bargain. They're just bad.