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.