Updated on 09/18/2011 12:42PM

Rule by a neck in Delta Jackpot


VINTON, La. - WinStar Farm won its third graded 2-year-old stakes in three weeks on Friday night, when Rule drove to a gutty neck win over Uh Oh Bango in the at Delta Downs. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back in third to Oak Motte.

Rule's win came on the heels of Super Saver's victory in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes and American Lion's score in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue. The three colts race for the WinStar operation of Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt.

The Delta Jackpot was the richest of six stakes worth a cumulative $1.6 million on the Delta Downs card. Also on the program, Quiet Temper won her maiden in the for 2-year-old fillies. The card, which began under snowy conditions that cleared off, made for the richest night of racing at Delta.

Rule ($4) came into the Jackpot off a track-record performance in the race's local prep, the $175,000 Jean Laffite. He wired the field in that race and again used front-running tactics Friday night, setting fractions of 23.24 seconds for the opening quarter, 46.75 for the half-mile, and 1:12.12 for six furlongs, with Uh Oh Bango in close pursuit. Rule managed to fight off his pace rival through the lane and covered the 1 1/16 miles on a sloppy track in 1:45.63.

"He broke well," said John Velazquez, who was aboard for trainer Todd Pletcher. "I just left him alone wherever he was - obviously, he won like that here last time. I was just worried about the track. The track's a little bit heavier today, but he held on well.

"He put up a good fight. The other horse kept coming after him, and every time I asked him for a little more, he just kept giving it to me."

Rule earned $450,000 for the win in the Jackpot. He is a son of Roman Ruler.

Quiet Temper opens up in Princess

Quiet Temper opened up through the stretch for a 7 3/4-length win in the Princess. It was the first career win for the filly who came into the race off a runner-up finish in a key maiden race at Belmont Park.

"Everything she ran against at Saratoga, Belmont, they're nice quality fillies, some of the best in the country," said Robby Albarado who rode Quiet Temper for Mark Stanley and trainer Dale Romans.

Quiet Temper ($9) settled in off the pace in the early stages as Truth and Justice led the field through six furlongs in 1:13.35. Quiet Temper advanced on the turn and then went on to cover the mile on a sloppy track in 1:40.05.

"Coming around the turn, she made the lead, put her ears up, and it was Katie by the door," Albarado said.

Bella Diamante rallied for second, while it was a nose back in third to Joanie's Catch.

Truth and Justice, the favorite, broke down at the top of the lane and had to be euthanized, trainer Kelly Breen said. He said she had multiple fractures in her right knee. Truth and Justice had won three consecutive stakes leading into the Princess.

* Unforgotten ($5.20) rallied from well back and went on to a 3 1/4-length win over Mayhaw in the $125,000 Treasure Chest for fillies and mares at a mile on dirt. Albarado was aboard for trainer Dallas Stewart.

* Southern Vintage ($6.80) rolled to a three-length win over Lookn Mighty fast in the $60,000 Sam's Town. Diego Saenz was aboard for trainer John Locke.

* Saenz also won the $125,000 Delta Mile, when he guided Harlan Street ($9.60) to a two-length win over Stonehouse. Jim Hudson trains Harlan Street. Jonesboro, Stoney Gold, and Tend were scratched from the Delta Mile.

* Fools in Love ($8) closed from last to first and then withstood a riders' objection to win the first stakes of the night, the $60,000 Orleans for 3-year-old fillies, by three-quarters of a length over Double Espresso. Joe Bravo rode the winner for Breen.