11/19/2014 5:53PM

Ocho Ocho Ocho makes two-turn debut in Jackpot

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Barbara D. Livingston
Ocho Ocho Ocho comes into the Jackpot off an impressive win at Santa Anita.

Ocho Ocho Ocho is one of the most exciting prospects in Saturday's Delta Downs Jackpot as an undefeated stakes winner with a serious turn of foot. He dueled through blazing fractions last out when he won the $100,000 Juvenile Sprint at Santa Anita on the Breeders’ Cup undercard Nov. 1.  In his only other start, Ocho Ocho Ocho won his debut in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Santa Anita, stalking and pouncing in a razor-sharp 1:02.80 on Oct. 11.

“This guy hasn’t done anything wrong,” said Jim Cassidy, who trains Ocho Ocho Ocho for DP Racing. “He hasn’t been two turns, but his breeding suggests he’ll get two turns.”

Ocho Ocho Ocho is a son of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense.

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Cassidy said Ocho Ocho Ocho, who spent time training on a synthetic surface this summer at Del Mar, really came to hand when moved to dirt at Santa Anita.

“As soon as we got him on the dirt, he acted like the horse I thought he was,” Cassidy said. “Everything has been great since, his two races nothing short of excellent.”

Ocho Ocho Ocho was scheduled to fly in Thursday. Mike Smith has the mount in the Jackpot.

Joe Bosi More than 1 year ago
I agree I think this horse is the real deal..no way he's 6/1.....i think he might have ran in breeders cup ..but connections opted for an easier and more conservative path...which turns out to be a great move...a million bucks plus derby points..and no daredevil,,carpe diem .and the other " big boys " sitting this one out...pedigree suggests further improvement.. Don't think smith is coming just to eat red beans... All systems go!!!
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
The Street Sense winner is getting no respect. 3rd race on the dirt and at the distance.
Gary Camejo More than 1 year ago
From a Derby winner and speed. A lethal combo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The safest bet Saturday is that Ocho Ocho Ocho will be less than 6-1. If speed figures mean anything at all Ocho Ocho Ocho will cruise.
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
I see him at around 4/5.
tina More than 1 year ago
This is a great horse for a mile or less but it's the first time Ocho coho will run a distance over a mile at 1 1/16. I will put him 2nd and 3rd in trifecta, but there are other hall of fame jockeys and other horses which ran at this race distance and won graded stakes races which have bigger odds which I can't understand.
riddick More than 1 year ago
Cassidy/Smith would not ship him unless he thought he could handle the turns. These "experts" lose you money all the time. My God, if I listened to them about Bayern all year I'd never have cashed some decent tickets. only question is this does Ocho have tons of speed? Yes. does he have the top jockey? Yes. That's all you need other than racing luck.
riddick More than 1 year ago
That's my pick Mary. Going with Mikey shipping in. and Horse Racing will never be done, everything moves in cycles
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who cares. Horse racing is done, over, kaput. Get another job.
Christia More than 1 year ago
He will be 2-1 in this race
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
Add in Mike Smith is riding him and 4/5 is the best you can hope for.