Pair of stakes ends Delta’s thoroughbred season
Two stakes races were held on closing night of the 2011-12 thoroughbred season at Delta Downs, and while it was 19-1 longshot Wicked Vow upsetting the field in the $60,000 Au Revoir, it was the 8-5 favorite Amazing Saint who stole the show with a dominant performance in the $60,000 Bonne Chance on March 17.
Veteran rider Gerard Melancon kept the 5-year-old mare near the front of a quick pace set by Tracy Hebert and Miss Noon by Doon with the 1/4 fraction of 22.34 and the half-mile at 46.32.
Once the front-runner tired, Melancon made his move and cruised to a 3 1/4-length win to cover the mile in 1:39.46 over a fast track. Sweettalkin Hottie rallied from 10 lengths back to finish second with See the Stream good enough for third. The $2 win ticket returned a modest $5.20 on such a strong runner.
Bred in Kentucky, trainer Brent Delahoussaye claimed the daughter of Stephen Got Even for $30,000 back on Feb. 15. Amazing Saint won for the eighth time in 26 starts for earnings of $156,362. She is a perfect 3-3 at Delta, and Melancon has been in the saddle all three trips.
Wicked Vow shook things up some two races later as the 6-year-old Oklahoma bred rallied to win the Au Revoir by two lengths in 1:39.93 over the mile course at 19-1 odds. Ridden by Billy Patin for trainer Ronald Mattieu, who claimed the gelding for $15,000 in his last start, Wicked Vow won for just the seventh time in 48 starts for earnings of $148,427. The gelding was 0 for his last 8 starts, and his last win came atAssiniboia Downs in Canada.
Finishing second was Sir Maxwell followed by Brendyn Jo. The $2 win bet returned $40.20, exacta $307 and trifecta paid $1,158.Final standings
The 2011-12 thoroughbred season has come to an end and with 904 races in the books, and Tracy Hebert won his second consecutive riding title with 84 wins in 442 starts for earnings of $1,785,59. Hebert was second for most of the season until Gerard Melancon was injured in late January and missed more than six weeks.
Rounding out the Top 10 were Diego Saenz (68), Don Simington (58), Gerard “G-Money” Melancon (57), Colby Hernandez (54), David “Chip” Bourque (50), Kevin Smith (45), Jansen “Lil Gee” Melancon (44), Chris Rosier (41) and Eddie Martin Jr. (38).
Texas native Karl Broberg earned his first training title as he saddled 44 winners in 190 starts for earnings of $679,486. Rounding out the Top 10 were Sam Breaux (37), Keith Bourgeois (30), C.J. Woodley (26), Brian House (24), Shane Wilson (23), Brett Brinkman (22), Joey Foster (22), Thomas Amoss (17) and James Schultz (15).
Leading owner title for the season belonged to End Zone Athletics Inc., which also includes Karl Broberg. They sent out 15 winners in 46 starts for earnings of $194,842.
Quarter horse season
The 46-day quarter horse season at Delta Downs will begin Friday, April 27, and run through Saturday, July 14. Live racing will be held every Wednesday-Saturday with a first post time of 6:45 p.m.
A total of 27 stakes races are scheduled including the Louisiana Laddie and Lassie Futurities on Saturday, May 26, Firecracker Futurity and Derby on Saturday, July 7, and closing night will be headlined by the Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity.
The stakes action will begin opening night with the $50,000 John Alleman Memorial for older Louisiana bred horses going 350 yards.
Chad Cooper can be reached at (409) 832-1400, ext. 241, or by e-mail at cooper [at] theexaminer [dot] com.