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Delaunay makes it five straight in $150K Kenner S.

Saturday, March 09, 2013 |
Smoke Glacken's Delaunay swept the three major sprint stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course with a 4 1/2-length score in Saturday’s $150,000 Duncan F. Kenner S., just missing the track record after getting the six furlongs in 1:08.36.

Delaunay, who was Smoke Glacken's leading earner last year, has won five straight and nine of his past 11 starts. His streak includes wins in the $72,000 Gaudin Memorial S., $98,000 Thanksgiving Day H., both at Fair Grounds, and the $61,000 Bet on Sunshine H. at Churchill Downs.

After being settled just behind the early pacesetter Amanecer de Oro, Delaunay took command leaving the backstretch, gradually increased the margin while kept to pressure by winning rider Rosie Napravnik and won with plenty in reserve.

The Tom Amoss trainee increased his career earnings to $539,455 with his 13th victory from 38 career starts.

“He does it all by himself,” said Amoss said after the race. “He’s a very laid-back kind of guy and I feel very fortunate to have him.”
Delaunay’s final time was the fastest six-furlong time at Fair Grounds since Mountain General’s track-record-setting 1:08.03 in the 2002 Thanksgiving H.

“I’m not big on time,” Amoss said. “I’ll say this in defense of his time – he broke a little flat-footed today and that’s not him. I think if he breaks on his toes today maybe it would’ve been a little bit quicker. That field today was very good. Gantry is a great sprinter and we’ve gotten the best of him this whole meet. I think that tells you what kind of horse Delaunay is.”

“He is a very cool horse,” added winning rider Rose Napravnik. “He is just very responsive and will do whatever you ask him to do and he just tries his heart out every time.”