By Don Stevens —-
Hyper Piper; All Photots by Coady Photography
SAM B. DAVID, JR. TRAINEE GETS HER FIRST STAKES WIN AND THIRD WIN IN A ROW –
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted its first stakes of the new calendar year on Friday night and it was Hyper Piper who notched her third win in a row and her first in stakes company while taking the $65,000 Lookout Stakes for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares. The Sam B David, Jr. trainee was ridden to victory by jockey Timothy Thornton.
After breaking sharply in the one-mile test for 4-year-olds and upward, Hyper Piper stalked the early pace set by Pera, who covered the opening quarter-mile in 23.65 seconds and the half-mile in 48.44. As the field of 10 entered the far turn Thornton asked his mount for her best run and she responded by opening up a three-length lead at the top of the homestretch. The 4-5 wagering favorite then proceeded to cruise home unchallenged and won the race by 2-1/2 lengths over Shea’s Lil Shug. Sweet Pea Mama Ve finished another half-length behind the top pair in third.
The win by Hyper Piper, who is owned by John Duvielh, Keith J. & Earl J. Hernandez, was her sixth overall from 12 career starts. She earned $39,000 for her effort which raised her bankroll to $166,110.
Hyper Piper is a gray or roan mare by Old Fashioned out of the Saros (GB) mare Filaree. She was bred in Louisiana by her owners.
The wagering public had the Lookout figured out as Hyper Piper paid $3.80 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.40 to show. Shea’s Lil Shug returned $5 to place and $3.60 to show, Sweet Pea Mama Ve was worth $4.80 to show.
Delta Downs will close out its 12th week of racing on Saturday night with an 11-race program that begins at 5:40 pm. The card will include the $65,000 B-Connected Stakes for Louisiana-breds competing at one mile.
For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracingcom. 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.