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Point leaders: Shanghai Bobby, 20; Joha, Power Broker, Steeler, River Seven, 10.\
Hightail won the six furlong Juvenile Sprint in his ninth start, which includes a pair of sixth place finishes on synthetic and turf at 1 1/16 miles. But his 90 Beyer speed figure in the Breeders' Cup is the highest for any horse in the field of nine except for Goldencents, who earned a 93 figure in his debut sprinting at Del Mar before finishing second in Belmont's Champagne to unbeaten Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby.
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Goldencents, the 5 2 favorite, is trained by Doug O'Neill, who won the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness with I'll Have Another. O'Neill also is running Know More, who won his racing debut in a Grade II stakes and was second in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity and Santa Anita's FrontRunner before racing extremely wide throughout the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, finishing 13th. Know More is owned by Paul Reddam and will New Balance Womens 711v2
Others in the Delta Jackpot include Saratoga's Grade II Sanford winner Bern Identity, who won Delta's $200,000 Jean Lafitte; two time Calder stakes winner Itsmyluckyday, and Central Banker, a five length allowance winner at Churchill Downs.
FULL STANDINGS: The Road to the Kentucky Derby
Rajiv Maragh aboard Hightail, right, reacts after defeating Merit Man with Patrick Valenzuela in the 2012 Breeders Cup Juvenile Sprint by a nose.(Photo: Jayne Kamin Oncea, US PRESSWIRE)
The Jackpot is one of the races most impacted by the Derby's new selection criteria, as its winner in the past made enough money to be guaranteed a spot in New Balance Running Shoes Women Black the Derby even if the horse did not run well in any 3 year old preps.
Derby production: Six horses have run in the Kentucky Derby after running earlier in the Delta Jackpot, with the best finish being Closing Argument's second at Churchill at 71 1 odds in 2005. Sabercat, last year's Jackpot winner, finished 15th in the Derby.
Churchill Downs has changed the method in which horses earn their way into the Kentucky Derby if more than 20 are entered for next year's race, abandoning preference based on graded stakes earnings in favor of a tiered points system based on 36 races. The designated races this fall and into early next year offer a 10 4 2 1 scale for the top four finishers. Churchill has estimated that 40 points should get a horse into the May 4 Derby.
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Hightail set for Delta Jackpot
Story HighlightsHightail is trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas and won the Breeders Cup Juvenile Sprint Hightail is the first Breeders Cup winner to compete in Delta Downs $1 million JackpotFavored Goldencents is trained by Doug O who trained 2012 Derby winner I Have Another
Hightail, fresh off breaking his maiden by a nose in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint, becomes the first Breeders' Cup winner to compete in slots enriched Delta Downs' $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot in Vinton, La. The dark bay son of 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft also will be Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas' first starter at the track, which has a six furlong circumference.
Saturday's points race: $1 million Delta Jackpot (G3), Vinton, La., 1 1/16 miles on dirt. Post time: 5:15 pm ET. TV: TVG, HRTV. Satellite radio: Sirius 93/XM 209.
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