$1M Delta Downs Jackpot Top Contenders, The road to the 2014 Kentucky Derby continues with the running of the $1M Delta Downs Jackpot (G3). The 1 1/16 mile race is restricted to 2-year-olds and will take place at Delta Downs on Saturday, November 23; 10-4-2-1 points toward Kentucky Derby eligibility will be awarded to the top-four finishers. Among the top contenders are Rise Up, Big Bazinga and Rum Point.Winner of the local prep for the Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) is Rise Up, a 2-year-old son of Rockport Harbor. Trained by Thomas Amoss, Rise Up won the Jean Lafitte Stakes by 6 ½ lengths on October 26. The Delta Downs Jackpot will be his first graded-stakes attempt since the Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs on September 7 in which he finished sixth. In other previous starts, he won the Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes at Mountaineer Park on August 3 and his maiden at second asking at Presque Isle Downs on June 26 by 4 ½ lengths.
In his most recent work on November 15 at Fair Grounds, Rise Up went five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.00. He has earned $210,633 from five career starts and is 3-1-0.Trained by Sandra Dominguez, Big Bazinga is a son of Bluegrass Cat. He has just two races under his belt, and both were at cara daftar sbobet bola Woodbine Park: his maiden-breaking race on September 8, in which he collared the leader in the stretch with a determined rally to win by a neck, and the Grey Stakes (G3) on October 6, in which he led most of the way but yielded late to finish runner-up. Big Bazinga had been training at Woodbine but shipped to Churchill Downs where he posted his first breeze – four furlongs in 48.80 – on November 16. He has earned $61,347 from those two career starts.Looking to rebound from a disappointing 12th place finish in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Park on November 2 is Rum Point, a son of Malibu Moon.
Trained by Doug O’Neill, Rum Point is still seeking his first stakes victory. At Keeneland on October 5, he finished fourth in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1), and at Del Mar on September 4, he ended up ninth in the Del Mar Futurity (G1). He did have a solid maiden-breaking race at Del Mar on August 3, leading wire-to-wire and winning by 1 ¼ lengths. Rum Point has earnings of $71,490 and a record of 5-1-0-1. His workout preceded the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1); it was a five-furlong move timed in 59.80 at Santa Anita Park on October 25.Other notable nominees for the million-dollar race with Kentucky Derby points at stake include Mighty Brown, Coastline, Casiguapo and Intense Holiday.Related Links:Orb Wins 2013 Kentucky DerbyDelta Jackpot Stakes Attracts Derby Prospects from Six States