This Saturday sees the running of the premier race of the Indiana Grand race schedule, with the running if the Grade 3 Indiana Derby.
Code West Headlines Field for $250,000 Delta Mile
On Saturday at Delta Downs, the track will feature the 12th running of the $250,000 Delta Mile. The mile contest has attracted a field of eight colts and geldings.
Graded stakes winner Code West has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for trainer Boyd Caster. Purchased for $340,000 as a yearling, the ridgling son of Lemon Drop Kid has won four of his seventeen starts. He was last seen finishing fourth in the Fayette (G3) at Keeneland. His lone win this year came in the Governor’s Cup at Remington Park in August. Jockey M. Clifton Berry will be aboard from the rail.
Local star Sunbeam has home track advantage
Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Sunbeam, a perfect three for three at Delta Downs. A Louisiana-bred son of Brahms, the four-year-old gelding is an eleven-time winner, five of which have come this year. He was last seen winning the Gold Cup Stakes for trainer Ron Faucheux as the heavy favorite. Regular rider Richard Eramia will be aboard and they are scheduled to break from post position four.
Mystery Train (ARG) trying to return to winning form
Also in the field at odds of 4-1 is Mystery Train (ARG) for trainer Darrell Vienna. A four-year-old ridgling son of Not For Sale (ARG), he was a multiple Group 1 winner in his native Argentina with eight total career victories. From two North American starts, he has struggled to hit the board against Grade 1 company and was sixth in the Awesome Again (G1). Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will be in the irons from post seven.
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