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Mississippi Delta Heads Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint


Faces Nine on Saturday

Coming off of a third-place finish behind millionaire Lady Shipman in the Grade III Royal North at Woodbine on July 31, Mississippi Delta heads a field of 10 as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in Saturday's Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint.

The daughter of Giant’s Causeway was previously training at trainer Mark Casse’s Woodbine base in Canada, but she was shipped to Churchill Downs to prepare for her start in the $350,000 race. She breezed there on Sept. 3, going a half-mile in 48.00.

“We’ve had her here a couple of weeks and she’s trained well. Hopefully she’ll run a big race for us,” said Casse assistant David Carroll.

Mississippi Delta is looking for her first win since her 4-year-old debut, when she faced allowance company at Gulfstream Park on March 6. Since then she has ran a pair of second-place efforts in the Grade II Honey Fox at Gulfstream Park on Apr. 2 and the Grade II Nassau at Woodbine on May 29.

She followed these seconds with two off-the-board finishes in the Intercontinental and the Perfect Sting Stakes, both non-graded events at Belmont Park where she finished a respective sixth and fourth.

She is running at Kentucky Downs for the first time.

“Obviously the one factor is how they’ll handle the turf course down there,” Carroll said. “It’s a bit of an unknown, but on the form she fits in there beautifully. She’s coming off a good work. She’s only been here for a few weeks but she seems to be doing really well.”

Mississippi Delta, who drew post 3, is only one of two horses in the 10-horse field that made a previous start in a graded stakes. Rapid Rhythm, who breaks to her inside from post 2, also emerges from the Royal North, where she finished sixth.

Florent Geroux has the mount for Saturday’s race.

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