VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $60,000 Sam’s Town Stakes on Monday afternoon and it was the Steve Asmussen trainee Boldor who proved best in the five-furlong affair for sprinters. Boldor used a last-to-first move in the homestretch under jockey Joel Dominguez to snare the win.
Breaking from post six in a field of eight, Boldor let the speed develop up front as Firecrow, Secular Nation and Shangroyal battled for the lead while setting fractional times of 22.05 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 45.44 for the half. As the field turned for home it was 59-1 longshot Shangroyal who forged a narrow lead and appeared to be home free, but that’s when Boldor kicked it into high gear and mowed down his rivals, reaching the finish line ¾ of a length to the good of Secular Nation who finished second, and Shangroyal who faded to third, another neck behind the top pair.
Boldor, who is owned by Ed Orr and Susie Orr, covered the distance over a fast track in a time of 58.26 seconds.
The win by Boldor marked the fourth of his 13-race career. He earned $36,000 for the effort and now has a career bankroll of $245,197.
Bred in Virginia by Carlos S. E. Moore & Gillian Gordon-Moore, Boldor is a 5-year-old bay horse by Munnings, out of the Siphon mare Senate Caucus.
Sent to the gate at odds of 7-1, Boldor paid $16.20 to win, $7.60 to place and $6.20 to show. Secular Nation was worth $9.40 to place and $6.40 to show. Shangroyal returned $19.20 to show.
Delta Downs continues its race week on Tuesday with another nine-race program starting at 12:55 pm. The featured race is the $60,000 Orleans Stakes going as the eight event on the card.
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