Two years ago Big Drama shipped in to Delta Downs from Calder Race
Course after sweeping the Florida Stallions Stakes series and won the
Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (G3). Gourmet Dinner followed the recent
Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner’s hoof steps on Saturday
with a visually impressive score in the $1-million Jackpot under
A bay Trippi colt owned by Our Sugar Bear Stable, Gourmet Dinner won
the Affirmed and Dr. Fager divisions of the Florida Stallion series at
Calder before a runner-up finish in the In Reality division as the
3-to-5 favorite on October 16 in his previous start.
Gourmet Dinner showed he was back on his game approaching the stretch
in the Delta Jackpot. He surged to the lead after a sweeping bid and
shook free to prevail by 2 1/4 lengths at 20-to-1 odds. Gourmet Dinner
completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.23 on a track rated as fast for his third
stakes win and most lucrative victory to date.
“We took a chance because of the money involved,” trainer Steve Standridge said.