The $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes highlight the Delta Downs Racetrack's annual marquee day of horse racing, which consists of eight races overall, including two high-stakes events.
Along with the Jackpot Stakes' substantial acclaim is the Delta Downs Princess, which fosters two-year-old fillies in a competition that has $500,000 in prize money on the line.
Here is a look at the complete schedule of racing for the day, courtesy of BloodHorse.com, along with a brief overview of the 8.5-furlong Jackpot Stakes and a prediction as to who will win.
Note: Statistics and race history are courtesy of Equibase.com unless otherwise indicated.
When: Saturday, Nov. 23
Where: Delta Downs Racetrack in Vinton, La.
TV: TVG Network & HRTV
|Delta Downs Princess (Gr. 3)||$500,000|
|Delta Jackpot Stakes (Gr. 3)||$1,000,000|
|Treasure Chest Stakes||$150,000|
|Louisiana Jewel Stakes||$150,000|
Jackpot Stakes Preview and Predicted Winner
The 5-to-2 odds-on favorite is Coastline, whose connections aren’t quite as highly regarded as some of the other 10 entrants in the Jackpot Stakes.
Coastline claimed victory in a maiden special weight at Keeneland and in the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs. Despite the early positive signs, this is easily Coastline's stiffest challenge yet in terms of competition.
Shaun Bridgmohan is a solid jockey, but there are more accomplished ones in the field who could upstage him even though he's aboard the early No. 1 choice to win.
Rise Up has drawn the very outside No. 10 post and should be in the running in riding alongside formidable 12-to-1 dark horse Big Bazinga.
Rosie Napravnik is in the saddle for Big Bazinga, and she finished third in the Jackpot Stakes with Mylute last season before riding Mylute to fifth in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness Stakes.
A horse to keep an eye on is the No. 3 favorite, Casiguapo, who will be jockeyed by Luis Saez from the eighth post position to sandwich Big Bazinga between two top-flight contenders.
Saez nearly staged an epic comeback victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic before settling for second aboard Will Take Charge.
Casiguapo has run in two Grade 1 races and finished in the top four in each, showing signs that this two-year-old could be the next star to come out of this race.
Goldencents, last year’s champion, wound up running in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and even won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. A similar fate could be in store for Casiguapo if Suarez breaks him at the right time.
With the exceptional talent sure to set the pace immediately out of the starting gates, Casiguapo should have no issues keeping up.
Between the experience accumulated in the young horse's career in Grade 1 action and a talent like Saez aboard, this could prove to be the landmark victory that launches the next star horse into the stratosphere ahead of 2014's Triple Crown campaign.
Prediction: Casiguapo by two lengths; Place: Rum Point; Show: Coastline