Just when you thought the road to the 2014 Kentucky Derby had hit that long quiet stretch between the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and those early 3yo races this coming winter the $1,000,000, GIII Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes for 2yo at 1 1/16 mile over the Delta Downs main on Saturday, Nov 23rd down in Bayou State is fast closing in.
Goldencents, who won this thing here last year on his way to a GI Santa Anita Derby win and of course, his big front-running effort to take down this year’s B/C Dirt Mile title helps bring some gravitas to this GIII Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes making it one 2yo race you’ll want to keep a close eye on this year!
Still, it’s just 10 points toward a Derby gate for this year’s winner, but win here and maybe a good showings in some of the 2014 Derby trail contests and presto you’re a derby contender at Churchill on that first Saturday in May, as last year’s Derby runner-up Golden Soul got into the big race on just 14 points!
2013 “Pre-entries” are,
Horse – Last Out
Yes I’m Lucky – 1st, 2013 Laurel Futurity
Casiguapo – 4th, 2013 Champagne
Coastline – 1st, 2013 Street Sense
Intense Holiday – 4th, 2013 Nashua
Best Plan Yet – 1st, 2013 Florida Stallion In Reality
Rise Up – 1st, 2013 Jean Lafitte
Whyruawesome – 5th, Kee Allow (10/20/2013)
Rankhasprivileges – 1st, Kee MSW (10/20/2013)
Rum Point – 12th, 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Big Bazinga – 2nd, 2013 Grey
Final Step – 1st, SA MSW (10/14/2013)
Flat Gone – 3rd, 2013 Jean Lafitte
Mighty Brown – 2nd, 2013 Jean Lafitte
Roman Unbridled – 4th, 2013 Jean Lafitte
So, like it or not the 2014 Derby trail finds 10 points for the taking here at Delta Downs on Saturday, Nov. 23rd in the $1,000,000, GIII Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes on the road to Derby 140!