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Updated on 11/17/2012 8:00PM
Delta Downs: Prospective defeats older horses in Delta Mile
VINTON, La. - Prospective won his fifth stakes race of the year on Saturday, when he defeated older rivals in the $150,000 Delta Mile at Delta Downs. The race was one of eight stakes on the Delta Downs Jackpot card.
Prospective ($8.20) had just one horse beat in the early stages of the Delta Mile, as Hurricane Ike, Pirate Island, and defending champ Decisive Moment dueled through fractions of 23.18 for the opening quarter, 47.12 for the half-mile and 1:11.68 for six furlongs. Prospective, meanwhile, angled off the rail on the final turn and put in a powerful bid through the stretch to win on a track rated fast in 1:38.57.
“There was a lot of speed in front of me and from the quarter pole home he was flying,” said jockey Miguel Mena, who rode the winner for John Oxley and trainer Mark Casse.
Prospective won by a length and a quarter over Brethren. It was another head back in third to Hurricane Ike.
Prospective won the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby in March and was facing older horses for the first time in the Delta Mile. His other stakes wins this year include the Grade 3 Ohio Derby in July. He finished 18th in the Kentucky. Prospective is a son of Malibu Moon.
* Bella Medaglia defended her title in the $150,000 Treasure Chest when she comfortably held off a bid from entrymate Little Ms Protocol to win by a length and three-quarters. Both horses paid $6, and are owned the Louisiana-based Coteau Grove Farms and trained by Pat Devereux. Bella Medaglia was prominent throughout under jockey John Jacinto and covered the mile for fillies and mares in 1:38.52.
* Monono ($12.40) dropped in from Grade 2 company to set a stakes record in the $70,000 Orleans, winning by 1 3/4 lengths over Minesave. She covered seven furlongs around two turns in 1:26.04. Monono came into the Orleans off a 10th-place finish in the Raven Run at Keeneland on Oct. 20. Richard Eramia rode the winner for Agave Racing Stable and trainer Michelle Lovell.
*Donoharm continued his upward trend when he won his stakes debut in the $70,000 Sam’s Town for 3-year-olds.
Donoharm has made a steady rise up the class ranks since winning his maiden for a claiming price of $50,000 at Churchill Downs in May. He came into the Sam’s Town off back-to-back allowance wins, the first at Monmouth Park in August and the other Delaware Park in October. The efforts made him the favorite, and after stalking the pace he shuttled to a three-quarter length win over Jonesy Boy. It was another length back in third to Peace Wins.
Donoharm ($4.40) covered the seven furlongs in 1:25.98. The race was run around two turns. Miguel Mena rode the winner for trainer Bret Calhoun. Donoharm, a son of Lemon Drop Kid, races for the partnership of Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch.
*Hometown Gossip ($15.20) rallied for a 3 1/4-length win over She Loves Runnin’ in the $150,000 Louisiana Jewel for 2-year-old fillies bred in Louisiana.
Chris Rosier was aboard for trainer Joseph Foster.
* In the companion stakes for colts and geldings, the $150,000 Louisiana Legacy, Westernator ($7.60) closed from next to last for a three-quarter length win over Heitai. Mark Guidry rode the winner for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Congratulations, Prospective. Very nice win. It's gratifying to see you improving and moving forward. I'll Have Another; Paynter; Bodemeister; Dullahan; Trinniberg; Union Rags; Alpha; Neck 'n Neck; Calidioscopio; Creative Cause; Hansen; Prospective; Grandeur; Nonios; The Lumber Guy; Goldenticket; Handsome Mike; Atigun; My Miss Aurelia; Potesta (before her very scary injury); Questing; Ridasiyana; Reneesgotzip; The Fugue; In Lingerie; Zo Impressive; Lady of Shamrock; Contested; Believe You Can; Broadway's Alibi; Grace Hall. It's really nice to see so many of this year's Kentucky Derby horses and other top-rated 3 year olds, both male and female, starting to blossom as a group. That's quite a group listed above, not shabby at all. Contrary to what many think and have negatively expressed, that is a very talented group of horses, and those not retired & are still in training have impressive, steadily growing accomplishments. Not a weak group at all.
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