Delta Downs

Led by Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint champion Hightail, the Delta Downs’ racing office received 15 pre-entries on Nov. 6 for this year’s Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Jackpot Day program will have a special first post time of 1:15 p.m., and it will feature eight stakes races and more than $2.2 million in total purse money awarded.

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For the third consecutive year, nominations to the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot have reached an all-time high. A total of 301 possible candidates have been nominated to the race, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary Saturday, Nov. 17. That number represents a 19.4 percent increase over last year’s total of 252 nominations.

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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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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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Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
Winners: 166-527 (.314)
Best Bets: 21-51 (.411)
Longshots: 28-78 (.358)
Top 3 picks in the $: .521

Morning Line (track odds)
Winners: 155-527 (.294)
Best Bets: 58-130 (.446)
Longshots: 19-67 (.283)
Top 3 picks in the $: .501

Chad Cooper (Sports Editor)
Winners: 150-527 (.284)
Best Bets: 5-23 (.217)
Longshots: 11-37 (.297)
Top 3 picks in the $: .511

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