11/17/2011 3:08PM

Delta Downs: Glenwood Canyon has targets in Delta Mile


Glenwood Canyon might get some fractions he can sink his teeth into Saturday when he faces a pair of swift Southern California shippers and a Kentucky-based front-runner in the $125,000 Delta Mile at Delta Downs in Vinton, La.

“One target after another is good for him,” said Al Stall Jr., who trains Glenwood Canyon for Columbine Stable.

The Delta Mile is one of seven stakes supporting the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot on Saturday. The races are worth a cumulative $2.1 million, and they are being held on a special afternoon card one year after Delta experimented with a daytime slot for the Jackpot and realized an all-time record handle of $3.8 million.

Glenwood Canyon should start as one of the top choices in the Delta Mile, which is part of a $100,000-guaranteed pick four being offered on races 4-7. He ran one of the best races of his career last month, when he closed into a quick pace to take the $104,000 Schaefer Memorial Mile by a neck at Hoosier Park. The race came at what Stall said is his “exact distance,” a two-turn mile, and it looks as if Glenwood Canyon could get a carbon-copy pace scenario Saturday.

Hoorayforhollywood, who has invaded from Santa Anita, has done his best work on the front end. He won his maiden at 5 1/2 furlongs in February and in more recent form attended a quick pace when second by a nose in a one-mile allowance at Santa Anita. He is by Storm Cat and out of the multiple Grade 1-winning mare Hollywood Story. Martin Garcia has the mount for owner-breeder George Krikorian and trainer Bob Baffert.

Matto Mondo, the other shipper from Southern California, finished second to multiple stakes-winning sprinter Atta Boy Roy in a one-mile allowance at Santa Anita on Oct. 21. The Beyer Speed Figure of 95 that he earned for the effort is the best last-race number in the Delta Mile. Diego Saenz has the mount for trainer Doug O’Neill.

Decisive Moment also could stir the pace pot in the Delta Mile as he set the fractions in last month’s Grade 2 Fayette at Keeneland before finishing seventh. The race was his first start against older horses. Earlier in his career, Decisive Moment was second in the Jackpot and won the $250,000 Jean Lafitte, also at Delta Downs.

◗ Saturday’s stakes action starts in the third race, with Grade 3 winner Le Mi Geaux charged with running down the rail-drawn Spirit Seeker in the $125,000 Treasure Chest. The one-mile race is for fillies and mares. Spirit Seeker invades from Southern California in search of her fourth straight win Saturday.

◗ Freddie One Bite moves into Louisiana-bred company for the first time in the $150,000 Legacy, a one-mile race for 2-year-olds that also serves as the first leg of the all-stakes pick four that includes the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Princess and the Jackpot.

◗ Little Miss Protocol seeks her second career stakes win in the $150,000 Jewel, a one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies bred in Louisiana. Saenz has the mount for trainer Patrick Devereux Jr.

◗ Nacho Business is looking to build off a recent first-level allowance win at Monmouth Park in the $60,000 Sam’s Town, a seven-furlong race restricted to 3-year-olds who have never won a stakes. Elvis Trujillo has the mount for trainer Kelly Breen.

◗ Breen and Trujillo also will team up in the final stakes, the $60,000 Orleans, with Coco Ecolo. She will be making her third start off a layoff in the seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies who have not won a stakes. She races for George and Lori Hall, as does Nacho Business.