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Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes 2013; Rum Point

Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes 2013; Rum Point

Rum Point Horse

Doug O’Neill sends out Rum Point and Mario Gutierrez in the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes on Saturday, November 23, 2013 in Vinton, Louisiana at Delta Downs.

The Road to the 2014 Kentucky Derby continues this weekend with the GIII Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes taking place in Vinton, Louisiana at Delta Downs. Ten two-year-old Derby hopefuls will take to the 1 1/16 mile dirt track for a chance at $1,000,000 and ten points towards their Kentucky Derby leader board tally. Experts agree that the field is full of young talent including Rum Point, who may follow in the hoof-steps of fan-favorite Goldencents.

Last year, Doug O’Neill brought 2013 Breeders’ Cup Mile Champion Goldencents to victory in the 2012 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes with jockey Kevin Krigger on the mount. Goldencents earned his way into the 2013 Kentucky Derby by winning the Delta Downs, Sham Stakes, and Santa Anita Derby. Despite the colt’s 17th place finish in the Kentucky Derby, Goldencents is proof that the victor of the Delta Downs Jackpot has what it takes to become a world champion after winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile!

Breaking from post postion #5 with jockey Mario Gutierrez, trainer Doug O’Neill enters Reddam Racing’s two-year-old Rum Point in Saturday’s Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes. Rum Point most recently finished 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile but that doesn’t sway the 5/1 morning line odds or the loyal fans of Team O’Neill. No other trainer has ever won the Delta Downs Jackpot more than once, so fans are doubly passionate about Rum Point and Doug O’Neill’s success.

Doug O’Neill told Lady and The Track via email that his team is extremely excited about another possible Delta Downs Jackpot win with the Malibu Moon colt Rum Point saying, “We’re so pumped about returning to Vinton, LA. Days after winning last year with Goldencents, we circled the calendar for this year’s running.”

The always-grateful Doug O’Neill added, “We’re blessed to have Rum Point. He’s a happy camper and is named after a beautiful spot in the Cayman Islands. We look forward to a safe trip for all.”

So if the vision of a beautiful beach in the Cayman Islands doesn’t float your boat or clout your betting ticket for the 2013 Delta Downs Jackpot, you can choose from nine other up-and-coming two-year-olds on the rise that may become the next Breeders’ Cup World Champion or 2014 Kentucky Derby winner.

Trixie’s Pixies for the 2013 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes include; Rum Point, Mighty Brown, and 20/1 longshot Flat Gone.

Delta Downs will host eight stakes races on Saturday, November 23rd with $2.25 million in total purses including the 11th running of the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. Post time for the 2013 Delta Downs Jackpot is at approximately 4:15 PM CT and is the 7th race of the day.

Rum Point

For your visual pleasure, a photo of Rum Point Beach, Grand Cayman, for which Rum Point the colt was named after.

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Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes 2013 Post Positions & Odds
1 Whyruawesome 10/1 Martin Jr./Smith
2 Coastline 5/2 Bridgmohan/Casse
3 Roman Unbridled 30/1 Smith/Cook
4 Mighty Brown 12/1 Mena/Ice
5 Rum Point 5/1 Gutierrez/O’Neill
6 Flat Gone 20/1 Saenz/Desormeaux
7 Rankhasprivileges 15/1 Albarado/McPeek
8 Casiguapo 4/1 Saez/Morales
9 Big Bazinga 12/1 Napravnik/Vassilieva
10 Rise Up 3/1 Melancon/Amoss

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