Stephen's Answer Wins The Delta Mile Stakes
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STEPHEN’S ANSWER SOLVES THE QUESTION
IN THE $100,000 DELTA MILE AT DELTA DOWNS
- ROBERTINO DIODORO TRAINEE STAYS PERFECT AT DELTA DOWNS -
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs’ featured race on Saturday night was the $100,000 Delta Mile Stakes and Empire Racing Stables, LLC’s Stephen’s Answer won a thriller with jockey Quincy Hamilton in the saddle for trainer Robertino Diodoro.
After scoring two easy wins against lesser competition earlier in the season, Stephen’s Answer looked to notch a big stakes win while setting the pace, which is his customary running style. After the break, Stephen’s Answer went straight to the lead and carved out fractional times of 23.23 seconds for the opening quarter mile, 47.39 for the half and 1:12.44 for three quarters. As the field of nine approached the top of the homestretch the eventual winner was challenged by Late Nite Mischief, but that one could not get by, leaving the lead to Stephen’s Answer in deep stretch.
As the finish line was approaching a late bid was made by Extirpator under jockey Jose Guerrero, who was rallying stoutly down the middle of the racetrack. The come-from-behind effort came up a neck short as Stephen’s Answer just held on for the win. Late Nite Mischief saved the show, another half-length behind the top pair.
Stephen’s Answer covered the eight-furlong distance in a time of 1:40.51 over a fast track.
The win by Stephen’s Answer was his third in a row at Delta Downs, keeping his local record perfect. Overall, he has won nine of 39 starts and earned a total of $203,077. Saturday’s win was worth $60,000.
Bred in Maryland by Wayne Morris & Juanita Morris, Stephen’s Answer is a 6-year-old bay gelding by Stephen Got Even out of the Seeking Daylight mare Answer by Daylight.
Sent to the gate at odds of 9-2, Stephen’s Answer paid 11.20 to win, $6.20 to place and $4.40 to show. Extirpator was worth $12.40 to place and $7.60 to show. Late Nite Mischief returned $3 to show.
Delta Downs will conduct its seventh week of live racing next Wednesday through Saturday with first post time each night at 4:55 pm CST. Highlighting next week’s action is the $100,000 My Trusty Cat Stakes on Friday night and the $100,000 Jean Lafitte on Saturday.
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.