This Saturday is a big day for juveniles at Delta Downs with a pair of graded stakes races for some of the top up and coming two-year old thoroughbreds in horse racing betting today.
As the final field for this race continues to take shape leading up to post time this Saturday, the following is a closer look at my favorite to win as well as a few of my other top contenders to work into the betting odds mix for this year’s Jackpot Stakes.
Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes- Delta Downs
This Grade 3 stakes race is for two-year old thoroughbreds and it is contested on dirt over a distance a 1 1/16 miles. The total prize purse for this year’s event has been set at $1 million.
My top horse betting pick in this crowded field would be Exaggerator. This two-year old Kentucky bred colt is trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, and he comes into this race with the highest rating on the board by Horse Racing Nation at 7.31. His last time out, he finished just outside the money with a fourth-place run in this season’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland against a very competitive field.
Exaggerator started his major graded stakes racing career with a victory in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special on Aug. 16 and he followed that up with a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders Futurity on Oct. 3 which was also run at Keeneland.
The next horse on my list for Saturday’s Jackpot Stakes would be Found Money. Trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, this two-year old California bred colt is coming off an impressive second-place finish at Del Mar in the Golden State Juvenile Stakes. He started his racing career with a victory in the Santa Anita Juvenile on June 21 and after a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar, he was able to bounce back with a second-place run in the I’m Smokin Stakes on Sept. 4 at the same track.
Found Money’s early performance in four separate stakes races gives him a definitive edge against a young field that has been spending most of their time running in Maiden Special Weight events.
If you are looking to work a third horse into the mix for a possible trifecta bet in Saturday’s race, I would go with Sunny Ridge. Trained by Jason Servis and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. this two-year old gelding turned some heads with a second-place finish in this year’s Grade 1 Champagne Stakes on Oct. 3 at Belmont Park. His first victory in a stakes race came at Monmouth Park in his home state of New Jersey with a win in the Sapling Stakes on Sept. 6.
This is another young Juvenile that has some solid experience racing at a higher level and he could easily push Found Money for the place position in this race.
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Bonus Pick- Grade 3 Delta Downs Princess Stakes
The other graded stakes race at Delta Down this Saturday for juveniles is the Grade 3 Delta Downs Princess. The race is open to two-year old fillies and it is contested on dirt over the distance of a mile. The total prize purse for this graded event has been set at $400,000.
Right now there are seven horses entered into this race, but the one that stands out as the best in the field is La Appassionata. This two-year old filly has a solid trainer in Steven Asmussen and she has been ridden well in her first two races by Gerald Melancon. What makes her so attractive in this Saturday’s Delta Downs Princess is a pair of victories in those first two events.
The first win came in a Maiden Special Weight race at Churchill Downs on Sept. 13 and she followed that up with a victory in the My Trusty Cat Stakes at Delta Downs in late October.
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