Flat Lucky Wins The Sam's Town Stakes
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020
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FLAT LUCKY NIPS WONDER RUN TO WIN
THE SAM’S TOWN STAKES AT DELTA DOWNS
- LEADING RIDER TIM THORNTON WINS FOR TRAINER ROBERTINO DIODORO -
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the eighth running of the $65,000 Sam’s Town Stakes on Saturday night and the race came down to the final jump as Heads Up Racing’s Flat Lucky edged out Wonder Run to claim victory under leading jockey Tim Thornton.
The five-furlong Sam’s Town was laden with early speed, but Thornton took his horse back after the break before orchestrating a rail skimming trip to get the win.
The early fractional times were set by Wonder Run, who went the quarter mile in 22.12 seconds and the half in 45.65. When the field reached the top of the lane Flat Lucky surged to take the lead before battling with Wonder Run through the stretch. On the finish line Flat Lucky was a head in front of Wonder Run while race favorite Laughingsaintsong wound up third, another 3-1/2 lengths behind the top pair.
Flat Lucky covered the distance of the Sam’s Town in a time of 58.50 seconds while running over a fast track.
The win by Flat Lucky was the fifth of his 27-race career. He earned $39,000 for the effort and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $223,247.
Bred in Kentucky by William B. Harrigan & Mike Pietrangelo, Flat Lucky is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Flat out, out of the Cape Canaveral mare Ushuaia.
Sent to the gate at odds of 3-1, Flat Lucky paid $8.80 to win, $4.60 to place and $2.40 to show. Wonder Run was worth $10.40 to place and $4.20 to show. Laughingsaintsong paid $2.10 to show.
Delta Downs will conduct its 15th week of live racing next Wednesday through Saturday. First post time Wednesday and Thursday nights will be at 4:55 pm. The first race on Saturday and Sunday will start at 5:55 pm.
For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.