Updated on 11/26/2013 9:20AM

Delta Downs: Rise Up wins Jackpot in stakes-record time

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Rise Up, ridden by Gerard Melancon, wins the Delta Downs Jackpot by six lengths in a stakes-record time of 1:44.71.

VINTON, La. – Temperatures were unseasonably cold at Delta Downs on Saturday, but trainer Tom Amoss and jockey Gerard Melancon were on fire, winning four races together, including the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot with Rise Up.

Earlier on the meet’s richest program, Amoss and Melancon teamed to win the $150,000 Delta Mile in track-record time with Grand Contender and an overnight race with Done Gone. They also won the last of the 11 races on the card, a starter allowance, with Jump Jump.

Rise Up ($6.20) won by six lengths over Casiguapo, while it was another 1 3/4 lengths back to Rankhasprivileges in third. The favored Coastline fell to his knees at the start of the race and finished eighth.

The win gave Rise Up a $600,000 prize and 10 points toward Kentucky Derby preference in a system introduced in 2012. Casiguapo earned four points for second, Rankhasprivileges got two for third, and Roman Unbridled one for fourth.

Rise Up broke well and gradually advanced to the lead, then found himself up by a length through an opening half-mile in 46.30 seconds. He proceeded to control his rivals through six furlongs in 1:11.94 before opening up through the stretch to cover the 1 1/16 miles in a stakes-record time of 1:44.71. The old mark of 1:44.72 had been set by Big Drama in 2008.

Melancon said in the week leading up to the race that he expected Rum Point, Coastline, or Casiguapo to set the pace in the Jackpot.

“Somehow, I wound up being on the lead,” Melancon said. “I said, ‘Okay, they’re just going to have to catch me,’ from there. He relaxed really good for me.”

Rise Up had won the local prep for the Jackpot, the $200,000 Jean Lafitte, by 6 1/2 lengths in his most recent start Oct. 26. The Jackpot was his third career stakes win, behind the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile and the Jean Lafitte.

Paul and Andrena Van Doren purchased Rise Up privately after the Mountaineer Juvenile in August. In his first start for his new connections, he was sixth in the Grade 3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs, a race in which he did not relax, Amoss said. The goal since then has been getting the horse to relax.

Rise Up is a son of Rockport Harbor and was bred in Kentucky by Cottonwood Stables.

The remaining order of finish was Whyruawesome in fifth, followed by Mighty Brown, Big Bazinga, Coastline, Flat Gone, and Rum Point.

The Jackpot win was the second for Melancon, who had won with Sabercat in 2011.

A $200,000-guaranteed pick four on races 4-7 paid $3,882. The winning numbers were 7-4-1-10. The pool was $254,495.

• Class Included ($5) dominated the $150,000 Treasure Chest by six lengths over Livi Makenzie while making her first start since May. She stalked the pace in fifth in the one-mile race for fillies and mares, then drew clear under jockey Rosie Napravnik. Ron Faucheux trains Class Included for Brittlyn Stable. Class Included came into the Treasure Chest off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 La Troienne at Churchill Downs. She covered the mile in 1:38.60.

• All Woman ($3.80) drove to a 2 1/2-length win over Glamoride in the $150,000 Louisiana Jewel, a one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies bred in Louisiana. Napravnik was aboard for Roy Investments and trainer Mike Henry.

• Boss Barney’s Babe ($9.20) used a nice closing kick to win the $75,000 Orleans, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies that closed out the eight stakes run Saturday at Delta. Miguel Mena rode for Barnett Stables and trainer Bret Calhoun.

* Delta Downs handled $5,044,286 from all sources on its 11-race card, which was a record for the small track that has been in operation for more than 30 years. The previous record of $4.4 million was set on Jackpot Day in 2011. The majority of the $5 million bet Saturday was wagered offtrack, with $138,823 bet by the large ontrack card at Delta. There are no attendance figures because there are no admission fees at Delta, which operates a slots casino.