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Rise Up runs away with Delta Jackpot

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Anyone who is an Atlanta Falcons fan knows that the Dirty Birds’ war cry is “Rise Up.” While there hasn’t seemed to be much life in the ATL team this year, the war cry has not exactly rung empty. That is, it hasn’t if you happen to be a fan of the colt by the same name. The bay son of Rockport Harbor landed the luck of the draw in terms of post positions. While the far outside post is no man’s land at most tracks, at Delta Downs, it is actually the perfect spot to be. With a long run to the first turn, whoever is lucky enough to land to the outside has plenty of time to size up the competition and decide what move will be best. That’s exactly what Rise Up and jockey Gerard Melancon did today when the field of ten broke in the G3 Delta Jackpot. When it became evident that no one really wanted the lead, Melancon set his mount down and sent him early.
 
 
Grabbing the lead well before the field hit the first turn, Melancon and the chrome-faced Rise Up threw down the gauntlet and dared the other nine contenders to catch them if they could. The duo easily cruised through opening fractions of 22:82 and 46:30. As they turned for home, Rise Up needed little urging to handily draw away from his opponents, being kept to the task rather than really asked for run. He cruised under the wire a 6 length winner with jockey Melancon victoriously fist pumping before the duo even hit the wire.
 
 
While well within himself, Rise Up set a new stakes record for the mile and a sixteenth race when he stopped the clock in 1.44:71. The previous stakes record of 1.44:72 was set by Big Drama in 2008. Fourth betting choice Casiguapo checked in second, 1 ¾ lengths ahead of third place finisher Rankhasprivileges. The order of finish was completed by Roman Unbridled, Whyruawesome, Mighty Brown, Big Bazinga, Coastline, Flat Gone, and Rum Point. Coastline was made the morning line and post time favorite, but the Mark Casse trainee stumbled at the start. He settled well and made a bid but gave way in the stretch after being taken out of his normal racing style by the awful start.
 
 
As the second choice in the field of ten, Rise Up returned $6.20/$4.00/$2.80. Casiguapo returned $6.00/$4.00, and Rankhasprivileges returned $4.00. The $600,000 winner’s share of the Jackpot purse pushed Rise Up’s career earnings to a tidy $810,633 and improved his record to 6: 4-1-0. His only worse than second finish came in the G3 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs back in September when he tired in his first attempt at a route distance. Along with a nice check, today’s victory also earned Rise Up ten Road to the Kentucky Derby points. Casiguapo was awarded 4 points for his second place finish, Rankhasprivileges earned 2 points, and Roman Unbridled earned 1 point.  

 

What the Nation is saying about Rise Up runs away with Delta Jackpot...

And if you continue that sentence, you'll see that I also said that horses have outrun their pedigrees.
this is the quote that relates to that: I'm not sure that Rise Up's pedigree screams Classic distance winner. Based on what I've seen so far, I think 9 F may ultimately be his limit,
QUOTE: Do yourself a favor and learn that "alone on the lead" is a situation that is distantless....To see, find out about Olden TImes in the San Juan Capistrano at Anita. a middle distance animal carefully coaxed to almost go 1 and 3/4
QUOTE: Do yourself a favor and learn that "alone on the lead" is a situation that is distantless....To see, find out about Olden TImes in the San Juan Capistrano at Anita. a middle distance animal carefully coaxed to almost go 1 and 3/4
As much as I like Rise Up, winning the Delta Jackpot just isn't the same as winning the BC Juvy. Jackpot winners haven't made a huge mark on the Derby Trail, and I'm not sure that Rise Up's pedigree screams Classic distance winner. Based on what I've seen so far, I think 9 F may ultimately be his limit, but horses have outrun their pedigrees before...
No pressure up fron
Does Rise Up take his spot next to or just behind New Years Day as the early Derby favorite, nearly 6 months til the 1st Saturday of May? I liked Casiguapo, glad he showed up to be "Best of the rest".

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