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Delta Downs: Hightail among pre-entries for Delta Downs Jackpot
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Hightail was one of 15 horses pre-entered Tuesday in the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. The 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds will be run Nov. 17. It is the centerpiece of the Delta meet in Vinton, La., and it anchors a card of eight stakes worth $2.2 million. The program also includes the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess for 2-year-old fillies, which drew 14 pre-entries Tuesday.
Final entries for both races will be taken next Wednesday, Nov. 14. The fields will each be limited to 10 starters over the six-furlong oval at Delta.
Hightail cut back to six furlongs for the Juvenile Sprint and rolled up the rail to win his maiden in the championship race. Other high-profile Jackpot pre-entrants are Bern Identity, winner of the Grade 2 Sanford at Saratoga who gets first preference into the Jackpot by virtue of his win in the local prep, the $200,000 Jean Lafitte; Overanalyze, winner of the Grade 2 Futurity at Belmont Park; Goldencents, runner-up to BC Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby in the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont; and Know More, winner of the Grade 2 Best Pal at Del Mar.
Also pre-entered were Two T’s At Two B and Itsmyluckyday, multiple stakes winners at Calder; stakes winners Heaven’s Runway and Tree of Life; stakes-placed runners Keep the Canoli, Mylute, and Joshua’s Comprise; and Show the Magic and Ive Struck a Nerve.
Horses who have finished first, second, or third in Grade 1 or Grade 2 races will have second preference in the Jackpot, while third preference goes to horses who finished third or better in Grade 3 races. The final preference ranking will be by overall earnings.
It cost $1,000 to pre-enter on Tuesday, while Central Banker, a recent allowance winner at Churchill Downs, was a $10,000 supplement as he was not among the original list of 301 nominees when they closed Oct. 20.
The Jackpot is part of the “Kentucky Derby prep season” and the new points system that determines preference into the Kentucky Derby if that race is oversubscribed. The winner will get 10 points.
Miss Empire, a stakes winner who also finished third in the Grade 1 Chandelier at Santa Anita, was among the fillies whose connections paid $500 to pre-enter the one-mile Princess. Also pre-entered were Salamera, runner-up in the Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga; Gal About Town, Cloudy in Sandiego, and Danalake, the respective runner-up, fourth-, and sixth-place finishers in the Grade 2 Pocahontas at Churchill; and stakes winners Rose to Gold, Unhedged, and Promise Me More.
Madame Cactus, who won the local prep, the $150,000 My Trusty Cat, gets first preference into the Princess. Others pre-entered were Floral Sky, Cayllano, Sittin At the Bar, Wittgenstein, and Touch Magic.
I don't understand why the winner of the Jackpot is awarded 10 points for the Derby. Obviously, the people who designed the system didn't look at the quality of winners of this race. The winner is awarded 10 points. The same as the BC Juvenile and other G-1 races. None of the horses that have come out of this race have ever hit the board in the Derby and only one, Big Drama, has become a G-1 winner. This is a third - rate race and none of the winners have been competitive at higher levels. Also, none of the horses that have run in the BC have run a step in the Jackpot, despite often going to post as the favorite.
Why not give Hightail a little rest? Why run him back so quick he is only 2 give him a break for cryin out loud!
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