Sarah's Patriot Wins The Virgil Bond Stakes
SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2022
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SARAHS PATRIOT WINS THE
VIRGIL BOND STAKES AT DELTA DOWNS
- PHILLIP CALAIS, JR. TRAINEE TAKES HER STAKES DEBUT -
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $35,000 Virgil Bond Stakes on Saturday night and the 870-yard test for distance horses was won by Gilbert Matthews’ Sarahs Patriot with Juan Garcia, Jr. in the saddle.
Breaking from post two in a field of eight, Sarahs Patriot quickly went to the lead but was joined by a host of horses to her outside. As the field turned for home, Sarahs Patriot, who is trained by Phillip Calais, Jr., battled with One Fast Cajun before getting a narrow lead in the upper stretch.
Inside the final 100 yard Sarahs Patriot held One Fast Cajun at bay and reported home 1 ½ lengths to the good of her rival while Lolas Lil End wound up third, another three lengths behind to top pair. Sarahs Patriot covered the distance over a fast track in 46.950 seconds, which equaled a speed index of 84.
The win by Sarahs Patriot was the fourth of her 15-race career and her first in stakes company. She earned $21,000 for the effort and now has a career bankroll of $84,223.
Sarahs Patriot is a 4-year-old bay filly by Game Patriot, out of the Into Mischief mare Sarahsintomischief. She was bred in Louisiana by Perform Stables, Inc.
Sent off as the race favorite and paid $5.40 to win, $4.20 to place and $3.80 to show. One Fast Cajun paid $3 to place and $2.60 to show. Lolas Lil Ed was worth $10.40 to show.
Delta Downs will conduct its eighth week of American Quarter Horse racing next Wednesday through Saturday nights. First post time Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be at 6:15 pm. The track will host the Firecracker Futurity trials on Friday night and the Firecracker Derby trials on Saturday. The Saturday action will also feature Exotic Animal races. Fans will get to see camels and zebras compete on the racetrack with a special early post time at 4:30 pm.
For more information about the season, visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com.
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.