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Paco Lopez celebrates aboard Jean Lafitte Stakes winner Bern Identity

2012 Jean Lafitte and My Trusty Cat Stakes Results

Date: 10/20/2012

The $200,000 Jean Lafitte Stakes is a major local prep for the Delta Jackpot Stakes, the first Louisiana points-scoring race in the new Road to the Kentucky Derby system. A full field of 10 three-year-olds contested this 1 mile trip over the Vinton oval, with Sanford (G2) winner Bern Identity sent off as the 1-2 favorite off his third place finish in the Hopeful (G2). In to challenge him inclluded 7-2 second choice Show Some Magic, 5th in the Hopeful, and 10-1 Mylute, fifth in the Arlington Washington Futurity (G3).

Bern Identity wins the Delta Jackpot

17-1 Manewal and 23-1 Mr. Bandini's Band battled for the lead through fractions of 23.15 and 47.95 over the fast track while stalked by 11-1 fourth choice Ive Struck a Nerve. On the far turn Ive Struck a Nerve moved up to take the lead through 3/4 in 1:13.74. Bern Identity, 5th early, came out 4 wide and cruised to the lead easily, drawing away to win by 3 lengths over Mylute in 1:39.47. It was another 4 lengths back to Mr. Bandini's Band third.

Full results chart from DRF

Left: Bern Identity in the winner's circle. Trainer Kelly Breen said, "We have the big one in four more weeks. We'll come back for the Jackpot."

Right: Bern Identity in the post parade. Jockey Paco Lopez said, "I had a lot of horse." He improved his record to 3 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 5 starts, earning $426,000 for owners George and Lori Hall.

Left: Second place finisher Mylute in the post parade. The 10-1 third choice raced 7th early under jockey Gerard Melancon, then rallied late to get second beaten 3 lengths. The Tom Amoss trainee improved his record to 1 win, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 5 starts, earning $89,095 for owner GoldMark Farm.

Right: Third place finisher Mr. Bandini's Band walks over before the race. the 23-1 shot contested the pace under jockey Kevin Smith, then tired late to finish third beaten 7 lengths. The Eric Nelson Jr. trainee improved his record to 1 wins, 3 seconds, and 1 third in 7 starts, earning $65,500 for owner William Gilmore.

Madame Cactus wins the My Trusty Cat Stakes

The distaff counterpart to the Lafitte is the $150,000 My Trusty Cat Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going 7 furlongs on Friday, opening night of the Delta Downs meet. Madame Cactus, a maiden winner last out, was sent off as the 8-5 favorite in the field of 10 over 2-1 Cayllano off a fourth place finish in the Adirondack (G2), and 4-1 third choice Miss Goodthing, winner of the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies. 70-1 longest shot My Daughter's Song led through fractions of 22.87 and 47.85 while pressed by 13-1 Ile St. Molly and Cayllano. On the far turn, Cayllano moved up to gain a short lead through 5/8 in 1:13.92, but Madame Cactus, 4th early, easily passed the pacesetters to win by 2 lengths over late-running 16-1 Sittin at the Bar in 1:27.29. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to Cayllano third.

Full results chart

Left: Madame Cactus in the winner's circle. Jockey Richard Eramia said, "We had a perfect trip. In the stretch, I opened up a little bit and she finished very well. She's a very nice filly."

Right: Madame Cactus in the post parade. The Steve Asmussen trainee improved her record to 2 wins and 1 second in 3 starts, earning $132,200 for owners Mr. and Mrs. Marc Ferrell.

Left: Second place finisher Sittin At the Bar returns after the race. The 16-1 shot raced 5th early under jockey Rodolfo Guerra, then rallied to get second beaten 2 lengths. The Brett Brinkman trainee improved her record to 1 win and 1 second in 2 starts, earning $45,000 for owner Dale Ladner.

Right: Third place finisher Cayllano in the post parade. The 2-1 second choice stalked the pace in third under jockey Gerard Melancon, led briefly but tired late to finish third beaten 3 3/4 lengths. The Tom Amoss trainee improved his record to 2 win, 0 seconds, and 1 third in 4 starts, earning $75,401 for owner GoldMark Farm.

One of the alligators in the infield pond at Delta Downs decided to take a walk on Saturday afternoon! The alligators have caused race delays before by crawling on the track. There are at least 3 alligators who live in the infield at Delta Downs and the big one is about 15 feet long! According to a post I read online, they like to lay under the inside rail and watch the morning workouts.

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