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Departing Standout on Delta Downs Undercard

Delta Mile tops undercard races on the Delta Jackpot program of Nov. 21.

Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider's homebred Departing looms a standout in the $250,000 Delta Mile Stakes that tops the undercard for the Nov. 21 Delta Jackpot card at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel.

The 11-race program that will feature eight stakes races, including two graded stake and over $2.3 million in total purse money, is highlighted by the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III).

To be ridden by Colby Hernandez for trainer Al Stall Jr., Departing breaks from the inside post position under co-topweight of 123 pounds as he seeks to return to the winner's circle after finishing a game second to Geothermal as the favorite in the inaugural Lukas Classic Stakes Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs.

The 5-year-old gelded son of Claiborne stallion War Front  squeezed through a hole along the rail to win the Firecracker Stakes (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs June 27 for his fourth graded stakes win to go along with victories in the West Virginia Derby and Super Derby, both grade II, and Illinois Derby (gr. III) in 2013.

Also shouldering 123 is Cougar Ridge, a 5-year-old Johannesburg gelding whose two career stakes wins came in back-to-back victories in the Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Handicap and Remington Green Stakes at Remington Park this year. Trained by Randy Morse for owner Richard Bahde, Cougar Ridge will have the services of Robby Albarado as he seeks his fourth consecutive win and 11th overall victory as he makes his 32nd career start.

In the $200,000 Treasure Chest Stakes for older fillies and mares, Jerry Namy's Diva's Diamond is the 123-pound topweight by virtue of a record in which she has won or placed in 31 of 43 starts and has earned $699,608. The 6-year-old Illinois-bred daughter of Crafty Shaw this year has won the Wild Rose Stakes and Iowa Distaff, both at Prairie Meadows, and finished second in the grade I Apple Blossom Handicap.

Entries: Louisiana Jewel S.

Delta Downs Racetrack, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Race 3

  • STK
  • 1m
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 2:12 PM (local)
11Blue Ribbon Girl (LA)Rico Flores119Eldon Hall12/1
22Glitter O'Prado (LA)Keeneland Sales GraduateJansen Melancon117Brent Morris7/2
33Ten Crowns (LA)Richard E. Eramia122Al Cates4/1
44Moment of Grace (LA)Dusty Ryder Shepherd117Scott Gelner20/1
55M. B.'s Vow (LA)Donnie J. Meche117Henry B. Johnson, Jr.9/2
66Wildcat Springs (LA)Eddie Martin, Jr.115John R. Donaghey6/1
77Zuzor (LA)Colby J. Hernandez117Ron Faucheux5/2
88Giant Cruiser (LA)Gerard Melancon117Steven B. Flint12/1
99Smiley Briley (LA)Manuel Chaves117Al Cates15/1

Entries: Louisiana Legacy S.

Delta Downs Racetrack, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Race 4

  • STK
  • 1m
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 2 yo Colts and Geldings
  • 2:43 PM (local)
11Rose Needs a Check (LA)Brandon Menard117Ricky Demouchet10/1
22Masterly (LA)Ashley Broussard117Ricky Courville8/1
33Frisky At the Bar (LA)Gerard Melancon117Brett A. Brinkman30/1
44Our Rapidash (LA)Donnie J. Meche122Glenn Delahoussaye2/1
55So Sorry Ruston (LA)Colby J. Hernandez117Jorge Lara20/1
66Berniestrike (LA)Manuel Chaves117Henry B. Johnson, Jr.5/1
77G's Josh (LA)Roberto Morales119W. Bret Calhoun7/2
88Mick (LA)Eddie Martin, Jr.115Brett A. Brinkman10/1
99Zartan (LA)Filemon T. Rodriguez115Shane Wilson20/1
1010Sea Vow (LA)Alexander Castillo117Joseph M. Foster6/1
1111King's Share (LA)Alexander Castillo115Eric D. Nelson, Jr.20/1

Entries: Delta Mile S.

Delta Downs Racetrack, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Race 5

  • STK
  • 1m
  • Dirt
  • $250,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 3:13 PM (local)
11Departing (KY)Colby J. Hernandez123Albert M. Stall, Jr.8/5
22Agent Di Nozzo (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRichard E. Eramia116Steve Margolis9/2
33F J Uncle Vic (TX)Eddie Martin, Jr.116Terry Eoff20/1
44Ring Necked (TX)Chris R. Rosier116J. R. Caldwell20/1
55Rise Up (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateGerard Melancon116Thomas M. Amoss4/1
66Mister Pollard (IN)Irad Ortiz, Jr.116Michael E. Lauer6/1
77Cougar Ridge (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRobby Albarado123Randy L. Morse3/1
88Dekabrist (KY)Geovanni Franco116Gennadi Dorochenko20/1

Entries: Treasure Chest S.

Delta Downs Racetrack, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Race 8

  • STK
  • 1m
  • Dirt
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 4:45 PM (local)
11Walk of Stars (KY)Irad Ortiz, Jr.116Michael J. Trombetta7/2
22Diva's Diamond (IL)Colby J. Hernandez123Karl Broberg7/2
33Haunted Heroine (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRichard E. Eramia118W. Bret Calhoun8/1
44Kyriaki (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMario Gutierrez118Peter Eurton3/1
55Private Promise (LA)Donnie J. Meche114C. Blaine Williams15/1
66Julie's Jewelry (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRobby Albarado118Ben Colebrook2/1

Entries: Sam's Town S.

Delta Downs Racetrack, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Race 9

  • STK
  • 7f
  • Dirt
  • $75,000
  • 3 yo
  • 5:15 PM (local)
11Fusaichi Flame (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateDusty Ryder Shepherd117Scott Gelner3/1
22Powder Keg (KY)Rico Flores117Tim Dixon20/1
33Thirtysilverpieces (KY)Gerard Melancon117Kenneth W. Marshall5/2
44Just Kissing Buck (LA)Colby J. Hernandez122Karl Broberg2/1
55Sierra Delta (KY)Luis A. Batista117Jerry Gourneau20/1
66Finishlikeapro (LA)Richard E. Eramia117Ron Faucheux9/2
77Nublado Bling (TX)Gerardo Mora119Eleuterio Martinez, Jr.6/1