Sports

Trainer Kelly Breen won his second consecutive Jean Lafitte Stakes at Delta Downs when Kentucky bred Bern Identity won the $200,000 race for open bred 2-year-olds going 1 mile on Oct. 20.

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Chad Cooper (Sports editor)
Winners: 9-33, .272
Best Bets: 1-3, .333
Longshots: 2-3, .600
Top 3 picks in the $: .484

Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
Winners: 9-33, .272
Best Bets: 2-3, .667
Longshots: 0-3, .000
Top 3 picks in the $: .393

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Chad Cooper (Sports editor)
Winners: 6-22, .272
Best Bets: 1-2, .500
Longshots: 1-2, .500
Top 3 picks in the $: .454

Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
Winners: 6-22, .272
Best Bets: 2-2, 1.000
Longshots: 0-2, .000
Top 3 picks in the $: .512

Morning Line Odds
Winners: 7-22, .318
Best Bets: 4-10, .400
Longshots: 0-0, .000
Top 3 picks in the $: .499

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Chad Cooper (Sports editor)
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Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
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Morning Line Odds
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Pro angler Phil Marks

October is the month for some exceptional bass fishing on lakes within a quick-hit run from Beaumont, or for that matter, Southeast Texas in general. With each passing cold front, water temperatures on lakes like Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend drop into that magical zone that tells bass it’s time to chow down and fatten up for the lean winter months to come. The water temperature on both Rayburn and T-Bend is holding right at the 75 to 77 degree mark.

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The fastest athletes on dirt will return to Delta Downs on Friday, Oct. 19, as the 2012-13 thoroughbred horseracing season begins with a first-race post time of 5:45 p.m. After opening weekend, live race days are Wednesday-Saturday until the meet concludes March 23. The only exceptions to the schedule will come on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, when the track is closed.

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Nothing perks up bow hunting for deer like an October cold front. This week’s blast of cold air is exactly what bow hunters in East Texas needed to jumpstart the rut in the Piney Woods. Timely rainfall across much of the state that began during winter 2011 and continued through the first half of this year generated much needed habitat recovery, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists. Those important food sources resulted in increased deer antler growth, improved body conditions and higher fawn production and survival.

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Despite opening the Southland Conference 0-2, the Lamar Cardinals look to get back on track when they host McMurry University for Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at Provost Umphrey Stadium in non-conference action.

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More than 50 players competed in the annual two-day City Championship Golf Tournament at Henry Homberg Golf Club at Tyrrell Park, but it was Darrell Landry who outlasted the field to take home the prize in the 75th edition with scores of 75, 70 for a 36-hole total of 145.

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Kevin Milliken, commissioner of the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL), and Striker Coach Topper Cogan have announced the 2012-13 Striker season schedule for home games, which will be played inside Ford Arena.

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