VINTON, LA. – For the second consecutive year jockey Ashley Broussard has won the Lookout and B-Connected Stakes at Delta Downs on the same weekend. Saturday night’s triumph in the $65,000 B-Connect came with Double Dam Farm LLC’s Mageez, who used a last-to-first rally to score in the one-mile race for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds and up who had never won a stakes race.
Much like her win with Illussion Artist in Friday night’s Lookout Stakes, Mageez showed very little early speed in the B-Connected. Lingering in last position, 11 lengths behind the early leaders, Mageez used a strong rally around the second and final turn to inhale the leaders turning for home. It didn’t hurt his cause that the early fractions set by Zendelphian were quick, as he went the opening quarter-mile in 22.92 seconds and the half in 47.09. The three quarter-mile clocking was 1:12.56 and by that time Mageez was well on his way to victory.
When the finish line was reached Mageez was 1-1/2 length to the good of Southern Argument, who finished second. Fort Pulaski, who went off as the wagering favorite at 7-5 odds, finished third another half-length behind the runner-up. The final time for Mageez over a sealed muddy track was 1:37.90.
Mageez, who is trained by Delmar R. Caldwell, has now won five of 15 starts. His first place paycheck of $39,000 on Saturday increased his overall bankroll to $118,280.
Mageez is a 3-year-old colt by Musket Man out of the Spectacular Bid mare Spaseeba. He was bred in Louisiana by James A. Mcgehee, Jr.
Sent to the gate at odds of 3-1, Mageez paid $8.20 to win, $5.20 to place and $2.80 to show. Southern Argument was worth $6.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Fort Pulaski paid $2.20 to show.
Delta Downs will begin its 11th week of live Thoroughbred racing on Wednesday night with another 10-race program that starts at 5:40 pm CT.