11/23/2013 5:37PM

Delta Downs: Grand Contender sets track record in Delta Mile

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Grand Contender and jockey Gerard Melancon blew the Delta Mile open on the far turn.

VINTON, La. - Grand Contender set a new track record at Delta Downs on Saturday, when he won the $150,000 Mile in 1:36.89. Grand Contender opened up on the final turn, and drew clear by 3 1/4 lengths over Agent Di Nozzo, who held second by a nose over the late-running favorite Uncaptured.

The Mile was one of eight stakes on the Delta card, which was led by the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot.

Grand Contender ($23.60) was content to stalk Redhotrush in second, overtook him on the final turn, and coasted home under jockey Gerard Melancon. 

“This is horse is really athletic,” said winning trainer Tom Amoss. “On this kind of racetrack, going a route of ground, an athletic horse can really take advantage on the turns. I thought that’s what Gerard Melancon did on the racetrack and it worked out great.”

The previous record for a mile at Delta Downs was 1:37.18, set on March 19, 2011 by True Course.

Grand Contender races for Maggi Moss.

** Ide B Cool ($3.60) outgamed Mypalcharliebrown for a neck win in the $150,000 Legacy, a one-mile race for 2-year-olds bred in Louisiana. He covered the distance in 1:40.74. Chris Rosier rode the winner for owner-trainer Henry Ray Dunn. Ide Be Cool is a son of Ide. The race was the first of the eight stakes run Saturday at Delta.

** Hip Four Sixtynine ($19.40) closed into a hot pace set by Black Bear and Heitai to win the $75,000 Sam’s Town for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. The race was run around two turns and Hip Four Sixtynine covered the distance in 1:24.97. Robby Albarado was aboard for J-LU LLC and trainer Joey Foster. The race was the first leg of the $200,000 guaranteed pick four that was to end on the Jackpot.