Gunnevera Dominant in Delta Downs Jackpot

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Gunnevera powered to a visually impressive runaway win in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes on Saturday. (Coady Photography)

Two dominating performances by juveniles happened in back-to-back races at Delta Downs on Nov. 19, capped by Gunnevera’s 5 ½-length runaway victory in the $1 million, Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes.

In the previous race, the one-mile Delta Downs Princess, undefeated Shane’s Girlfriend and jockey Flavien Prat won by 13 1/4 lengths. Both winners were awarded 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Road to the Kentucky Oaks, respectively.

For most of the 1 1/16 miles, Peacock Racing Stable’s Gunnevera, under jockey Javier Castellano, raced at the back of the 10-horse field as Our Stormin Norman and Hot Sean dueled for the early lead. The leading pair set quarter-mile fractions of :23.18, :47.05, and 1:12.52 through six furlongs. In a confident move, Castellano asked Gunnevera to go wide through the final turn and the 2-year-old colt responded, circling the entire field to drive well clear in the stretch and stop the clock in 1:45.15.

Gunnevera (Coady Photography)

Hot Sean finished second, four lengths ahead of Dangerfield in third.

Sent off as the 5-2 favorite, Gunnevera returned $7.80, $4.40, and $3.40 across the board.

A chestnut colt by Dialed In, Gunnevera also won the Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes, just like last year’s Jackpot winner Exaggerator, who then went on to win the Santa Anita Derby, Preakness, and Betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes, all Grade 1 races.

Gunnevera now has a record of three wins from six starts for trainer Antonio Sano, with earnings of $771,000.

Out of the Unbridled mare Unbridled Rage, the chestnut colt was purchased by Sano for $16,000 from Brandywine Farm and Stephen Upchurch at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale.

2016 $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot S.
November 19th, 2016

Winning Time: 1:45.15
  • Purse: $1,000,000
  • Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
  • Age: 2 yo
  • Surface: Dirt
  • Winning Time: 1:45.15
Results
Win
Place
Show
1st
6 Gunnevera
$7.80
$4.40
$3.40
2nd
8 Hot Sean
$5.40
$4.20
3rd
5 Dangerfield
$8.00
4th
9 J Boys Echo
5th
7 Balandeen
6th
1 Pat On the Back
8th
10 Tip Tap Tapizar
9th
2 Line Judge
10th
4 Our Stormin Norman
Payoff
Pick 3
8-8-6
8-8-6
$90
Pick 4
1-8-8-6
1-8-8-6
$1,088
Daily Double
8-6
8-6
$21
Exacta
6-8
6-8
$21
Superfecta
6-8-5-9
6-8-5-9
$134
Super High Five
6-8-5-9-7
6-8-5-9-7
$1,247
Trifecta
6-8-5
6-8-5
$137
Payoff
Pick 3
8-8-6
8-8-6
$90
Pick 4
1-8-8-6
1-8-8-6
$1,088
Daily Double
8-6
8-6
$21
Exacta
6-8
6-8
$21
Superfecta
6-8-5-9
6-8-5-9
$134
Super High Five
6-8-5-9-7
6-8-5-9-7
$1,247
Trifecta
6-8-5
6-8-5
$137

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