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Delta Downs 10–4–2–1 November 19, 2016

The Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) witnessed Gunnevera’s emerging signature running style of exciting closing speed. The Jackpot was Gunnevera’s second win with this running style, as he finished first previously in the Saratoga Special (G2) on Aug. 14.

Jockey Javier Castellano and Gunnevera trailed early for nearly half the race, which saw a moderate first quarter time of 23:18. Along the final turn, Gunnevera made a massive move on the outside, passing the field as if they were standing still. Overtaking most challengers at the 3/4 mark in a time of 1:12.52, Gunnevera hit the stretch and caught race leader Hot Sean; they locked eyes, and Gunnevera kicked on to win the Jackpot by 5 3/4 lengths. Finishing in 1:45.15 at odds of 5-2, Gunnevera gains 10 points towards his Kentucky Derby (G1) bid, landing him third on the Kentucky Derby points leaders list and obtained a simple chart caller note of “solid try.”

Second place finisher Hot Sean sat off the pace early in second. He dropped to fourth in the field during the far turn, but was left in the dust once Gunnevera locked eyes. Hot Sean obtained 4 points for his efforts and moved to eleventh on the Kentucky Derby points list.

Dangerfield sought respect as he exited the gate at odds of 18-1. Running near the back of the pack early, he gradually moved up to stalk the group of leaders wide outside. Dangerfield came running strong as the field exited the turn to close a gap between him and Hot Sean. Although he had to settle for show, Dangerfield claimed 2 Kentucky Derby points and sits at Number 13 in point standings.

J Boys Echo finished fourth to also round out the top 20 Kentucky Derby points leaders as number 20 with the single point he earned in the Delta Jackpot.

Order of finish for the rest of the field was Balandeen, Pat On the Back, Thirstforlife, Tip Tap Tapizar, Line Judge, and Our Stormin Norman. This is the second-time Tip Tap Tapizar has finished behind Gunnevera in a graded effort.

Gunnevera finished fifth to Kentucky Derby points-leader Classic Empire in the Breeders’ Futurity Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 8, 2016. With Gunnevera’s two graded wins following this defeat, it appears he has pieced together how to successfully run his race. Trainer Antonio Sano was very pleased with his son of Dialed In and continues to look forward to the next race in 2017 with owners Peacock Racing Stable. Gunnevera was bred by Brandywine Farm & Stephen Upchurch. He earned a BRIS speed rating of 91.

Play
Results Win Place Show
6

Gunnevera 5-2

$7.80 $4.40 $3.40
8

Hot Sean 4-1

  $5.40 $4.20
5

Dangerfield 18-1

    $8.00
Payouts
Double 8/6 $20.90
Exacta 6/8 $21.00
Pick 3 8/8/6 $89.90
Pick 4 1/8/8/6 $1,088.40
Super High Five 6/8/5/9/7 $1,246.90
Superfecta 6/8/5/9 $133.62
Trifecta 6/8/5 $137.20

Entries

1 Pat On the Back
Ridden by Robby Albarado
Trained by Kenneth G. McPeek

Current Odds

14-1
ML 15-1

Wagers

$15,248

Entries

2 Line Judge
Ridden by C.J. McMahon
Trained by Joe Sharp

Current Odds

11-1
ML 6-1

Wagers

$19,566

Entries

3 Thirstforlife
Ridden by Florent Geroux
Trained by Mark E. Casse

Current Odds

14-1
ML 8-1

Wagers

$15,906

Entries

4 Our Stormin Norman
Ridden by Julien R. Leparoux
Trained by Mark E. Casse

Current Odds

6-1
ML 8-1

Wagers

$30,736

Entries

5 Dangerfield
Ridden by Flavien Prat
Trained by Doug F. O'Neill

Current Odds

18-1
ML 12-1

Wagers

$12,250

Entries

6 Gunnevera
Ridden by Javier Castellano
Trained by Antonio Sano

Current Odds

5-2
ML 5-2

Wagers

$61,652

Entries

7 Balandeen
Ridden by Channing Hill
Trained by Chris A. Hartman

Current Odds

9-1
ML 10-1

Wagers

$22,806

Entries

8 Hot Sean
Ridden by Martin A. Pedroza
Trained by Bob Baffert

Current Odds

4-1
ML 7-2

Wagers

$46,756

Entries

9 J Boys Echo
Ridden by Corey J. Lanerie
Trained by Dale L. Romans

Current Odds

3-1
ML 8-1

Wagers

$58,497

Entries

10 Tip Tap Tapizar
Ridden by Gerard Melancon
Trained by Steven M. Asmussen

Current Odds

23-1
ML 10-1

Wagers

$10,062

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