11/22/2014 8:13PM

Ocho Ocho Ocho narrowly prevails in Delta Jackpot

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Ocho Ocho Ocho, ridden by Mike Smith, earns a nose victory to remain undefeated by taking the Delta Downs Jackpot.

VINTON, La. – Ocho Ocho Ocho remained undefeated in three starts Saturday after he won a photo over Mr. Z in the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, and  then withstood both a stewards’ inquiry as well as an objection from the rider of third-place finisher Far Right. With the win, Ocho Ocho Ocho earned $600,000 and 10 preference points for next year’s Kentucky Derby.

The Jackpot, run 1 1/16 miles, was the richest race on a program of eight stakes worth $2.3 million. Take Charge Brandi, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, captured the Grade 3, $400,000 Delta Downs Princess on the same card..

Ocho Ocho Ocho ($7.20) came into the Jackpot off back-to-back wins at Santa Anita. He won a maiden special weight sprint on Oct. 11 and then returned to take the $100,000 Juvenile Sprint on Nov. 1. Jim Cassidy, who trains Ocho Ocho Ocho for DP Racing, said the horse likely closed out his 2-year-old season Saturday.

“We’ve run three times in six weeks,” Cassidy said. “We’ll give him a chance to take a breather. I don’t think he’ll run before January.”

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Ocho Ocho Ocho, ridden by Mike Smith, stalked the pace in fourth as Conquest Tsunami took the field through fractions of 22.27 seconds for the opening quarter and 45.74  for the half-mile, pressed by Prime Engine. Ocho Ocho Ocho moved to the lead through six furlongs in 1:12.48, and then nosed out Mr. Z after battling with that rival in the stretch. Ocho Ocho Ocho covered the distance  on a fast track in 1:45.47.

Following the race there was a stewards’ inquiry and then a jockey’s objection for interference. It was quickly determined there would be no change to the order of finish.

The Jackpot win was the second stakes score on the card for DP Racing, Cassidy, and Smith, who teamed to capture the $200,000 Treasure Chest with Yahilwa.

Ocho Ocho Ocho is a son of Street Sense who was bred in Kentucky by Siena Farms. He has now earned $693,600.

Mr. Z earned four points towards Kentucky Derby eligibility for his runner-up finish, while Far Right picked up two and Saratoga Heater, who was fourth, one. The remaining order of finish in the Jackpot was Dekabrist in fifth, followed by Wake Up Nick, Red Button, Prime Engine, Golden Actor, and Conquest Tsunami.

The all-stakes pick four that had a $200,000 guaranteed pool paid $46.35. The pool was $319,918, which was a record pick four pool for Delta.



Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Is it me? or did it really look like Mr. Z was waiting down the stretch? OOO ran great...and a very nice horse...but, I think Mr. Z had more in the tank and just kept pulling himself up as he got in front...as if he just was waiting. If that's true...Mr. Z will like the 1 1/4 down the road.... nice fun race to watch.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
Congrats on a great day @ Delta for Mike Smith. OOO seems to be a nice and determined 2yo with a good looking future.
Joe Bosi More than 1 year ago
Typical mi!!ion dollar race...complete with good stretch duel,inquiry, claim of foul, no DQ....LOL!
VJ More than 1 year ago
The idea put forth on TVG that the stewards had insufficient evidence to warrant a claim of foul because Far Right was fouled on the turn is ridiculous. So is their praise for Mike Smith's ride. To paraphrase a 1930s song: If that ain't a foul It will have to do Until the real thing comes along.
Richard James More than 1 year ago
AND since DRF wont print it, here's Lanerie's comments from bloodhorse.com "''I reacted to go ahead and get up in there and go about my business,'' Lanerie said . ''As I made that decision, Mike got him back under control and back down on top of me. I was trying to go inside and he dropped back inside and pushed me into the fence. ''My horse was a little bit intimidated being he was young, which didn't help,'' Lanerie said, adding that without the trouble, he believed Far Right might have won.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Lanerie got a schooling from Smith and would do well to learn from it.
Richard James More than 1 year ago
Far Right inhaled the whole field in a matter of strides and was TONS the best!!! Smith likes to whine when he gets taken out of a race at the start, but when he almost drops somebody whos coming through we hear nothing. This horses momentum was stopped COLD and he almost went down, At no point in his move did he hang at all. CLEARLY the best horse!!!!!
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
Did you bet Mr.Z?
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
To win?
Walter More than 1 year ago
I'm wondering if the winner of the Los Al Futurity (formerly the Hol Futurity) will determine the 2yo title again?
Walter More than 1 year ago
I'm wondering if the winner of the Los Al Futurity (formerly the Hol Futurity) will determine the 2yo title again?
M More than 1 year ago
love the broodmares on bottom of pedigree (numbered account again, ala Chrome sensation--but once here).. and some interesting SAF horses I've never heard of in this pedigree.
Abel Montoya More than 1 year ago
Really like the horse small and fast. Just hope he can go the distance for triple crown.