03/21/2013 3:48PM

Delta Downs: Hit the Road Lee faces two tough shippers in Borgata


Hit the Road Lee will have to fight off invaders Brethren and Shared Property to win his fourth consecutive race in Saturday night’s $70,000 Borgata at Delta Downs. The one-mile race for 4-year-olds and up is restricted to horses that have made at least one start at the Vinton, La., track since Oct. 18.

Brethren, who is in from Oaklawn off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3, $150,000 Razorback Handicap, is eligible for the Borgata after running in the $150,000 Delta Mile last November. He finished second in the race. Shared Property, who is based at Fair Grounds, raced in Vinton in his last start, and won an optional $15,000 claimer Dec. 27.

The Borgata closes out the Delta meet, which has been a memorable one for Hit the Road Lee. He has won 4 of 5 starts in Vinton since his first race at the meet Nov. 3, including three wins since he was claimed for $10,000 by trainer Keith Bourgeois.

The 6-year-old Hit the Road Lee began his current streak one start later, in a $15,000 starter allowance Jan. 11. He proceeded to win the $70,000 Premier Night Starter on Feb. 2 with a career-high Beyer Figure of 99, and the $50,000 Fremont in his most recent out March 2.