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Jack Ketel Headlines Delta’s Virgil Bond Stakes


Coming off a win in the Governor’s Cup Marathon Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on May 12, Jack Ketel headlines Friday’s 870-yard, $25,000 Virgil Bond Stakes at Delta Downs.

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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

VINTON, LA—MAY 29, 2018—Diamond L Racing’s Jack Ketel, a 6-year-old son of champion Ketel Won, is one of eight distance specialists entered in Friday’s 870-yard, $25,000 Virgil Bond Stakes at Delta Downs.

A $5,000 claim at Retama Park in August 2017, Jack Ketel has since won two of his five starts, including the 870-yard, $25,000 Governor’s Cup Marathon Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on May 12. The gelding drew post 7 and will be ridden by Donell Blake for trainer Scott Hamilton.

Other contenders include Fernando Ramirez’s JW Who Dat, a two-time 870-yard stakes winner during the Louisiana Downs winter meet. Trained by Eric Palacio, the 6-year-old Agouti gelding has earned $29,200 from four outs this season.

JW Who Dat drew post 4 and will be ridden by Antonio Alberto.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:

  1. Im Mighty Fast (Jose A. Rodriguez)
  2. Jes A Spitfire (Rolando Pina)
  3. Dark Bark (Noe Castaneda)
  4. JW Who Dat (Antonio Alberto)
  5. Absolute Shot (Juan D. Marquez)
  6. God I Am Handsome (Noe Villatoro)
  7. Jack Ketel (Donell Blake)
  8. Rakin In The Jax (Devin H. Magnon)

All Delta Downs races can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.


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