This is our first post on the Road To The Kentucky Derby and all the Triple Crown races, which include the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. We’re big fans of trying to figure out the Kentucky Derby at Best Daily Fantasy Site and we’ll be shadowing every prep up until the big day and then all the way to the last leg of the triple crown.
Delta Downs Jackpot 2014
Mike Smith kept Ocho Ocho Ocho inside on the final turn to beat D. Wayne Lukas-trained favorite Mr. Z by a neck Saturday in the Delta Downs $1 Million Jackpot.
Undefeated Ocho Ocho Ocho, trained by James Cassidy, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.47 and had a Beyer Speed Figure of 90.
The top four finishers in the Grade III race earn points in the Kentucky Derby series. Ocho Ocho Ocho gained 10 points, second-place Mr. Z 4 points, third-place Far Right 2 points and fourth-place Saratoga Heater 1 point. Ocho Ocho Ocho who is the son of 2007 Derby winner Street Sense, is now in a third-place tie with four other horses in the Derby Series standings.
The Jackpot, now in its 12th year, has helped propel nine horses to the Kentucky Derby, including three in 2012. A record total of $5.2 million was bet on the 11-race program at Delta Downs, which includes wagers from simulcast locations across North America, track spokesman Don Stevens said.
Far Right’s jockey, Corey Lanerie, contested the finish, saying Smith had committed jockey’s interference, but after a brief inquiry, the finish stood.
Ocho Ocho Ocho won his third race since Oct. 14. Mr. Z entered as the favorite, but Ocho Ocho Ocho pulled from the middle of the pack to capture the race.
It was the horse’s first race over a mile, having raced six-and-a-half furlongs in his last win, at Santa Anita. It marked the first time a Jackpot winner was racing more than a mile for the first time.
The 90 was a nice beyer number for the winner in his first try at the 1 1/16 distance. However, he had a perfect trip. He saved ground the whole way and then battled down the stretch with Mr. Z.
Mr. Z had all the opportunity to pass Ocho Ocho Ocho and just hung.
Far Right was making some moves before he went for a hole that didn’t exist and checked. He lost around 3-4 lengths on that move and would have been right there at the end for a possible win.
So where does this lead us. Mr. Z came 5th in the Breeders Cup Juvenile and was part of a group that set ridiculously fast fractions before they all faded. He sat off the early fractions here, which were on the quick end of the spectrum and was still not able to come through with a convincing win.
Ocho Ocho Ocho didn’t wow us, but he’s still pretty green and learning. He’ll have ample opportunity to step up in the next few months and improve. He does have the pedigree to win the Kentucky Derby as his sire was Street Sense.
We’re not taking Far Right very seriously as we don’t think he has the pedigree on the Sire side, even though he has some Seattle Slew from his mother.
Come back for our next report as we’ll be recapping the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile 2014.