By Don Stevens —-
7-YEAR-OLD GELDING RIDDEN TO VICTORY BY JOCKEY ASHLEY BROUSSARD –
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $100,000 Gold Cup Stakes on Saturday night as the track closed out the first week of its new Thoroughbred season. The one-mile Gold Cup for Louisiana-breds was won by Circle H Farms’ Nubin Ridge under jockey Ashley Broussard.
After breaking from post five in a field of 10, Nubin Ridge settled into stride while stalking the early leaders through fractional times of 23.88 seconds for the quarter-mile, 48.47 for the half, and 1:13.01 for three-quarters. As the field turned for home Broussard gave her mount the cue and he responded by running down pacesetter Sir Genghis and winning by a half-length. Race favorite Underpressure finished another ¾ of a length behind in third.
Nubin Ridge, who is trained by Alan Klanfer, covered the eight furlongs in 1:39.65 over a fast track.
The win by Nubin Ridge was the 10th of his 60-race career. He earned $60,000 for the score and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $573,015.
Bred in Louisiana by Neal McFadden and mary McFadden, Nubin Ridge is a 7-year-old gelding by Gold Tribute, out of the The Prime Minister mare So Sorry. He was purchased as a yearling in 2011 for $2,500.
Sent to the gate as the third choice of the wagering public, Nubin Ridge returned $14.20 to win, $8.60 to place and $5.40 to show. Sir Genghis paid $5.80 to place and $3.60 to show. Underpressure was worth $2.60 to show.
Delta Downs will begin its second week of racing on Wednesday night. The first post time is set for 5:30 pm CT.
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.