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Goldencents wins the 2012 Delta Jackpot Stakes

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Goldencents winner of the 2012 Delta Jackpot Stakes at Delta Downs

© Vanessa Ng
Updated November 19, 2012
The $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes (G3) is an early Triple Crown prep, and is a points scoring race under the new "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series. A field of 9 two-year-olds contested this 1 1/16 mile trip at Delta Downs, with Jean Lafitte winner Bern Identity sent off as the 9-5 favorite over 5-2 Goldencents, second in the Champagne (G1), and 5-1 Know More, 13th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). Jockey Kevin Krigger sent Goldencents to the lead and he set fractions of 22.64, 46.22, and 1:11.18 while stalked by 67-1 longest shot Heaven's Runway. In the stretch, Bern Identity put in a strong rally from last but Goldencents easily held him off by 1 3/4 length in 1:44.89. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to 25-1 Mylute third.

Winning trainer Doug O'Neill said, “He’s such a nice colt. He has so much natural speed and he handled himself like a seasoned pro. We will probably look somewhere at Santa Anita after the first of the year. Maybe the Bob Lewis Stakes.”

Results chart

The distaff counterpart to the Jackpot is the $500,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes (G3) for 2-year-old fillies going 1 mile. 9-2 Salamera and 18-1 Unhedged battled for the lead through fractions of 23.49, 48.49, and 1:13.85 before tiring. 5-2 second choice Rose to Gold, who tracked the leaders in third, passed them to win by 1/2 a length over late-running 25-1 Touch Magic in 1:39.39. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to 11-1 Sittin at the Bar third, and 2 1/2 more to 7-5 favorite Madame Cactus fourth.

Results chart

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