Saturday, December 23, 2006
Looks Like A Million Bucks
Courtesy of Delta Downs News
Raymond H. Cottrell, Sr.'s 2-year-old colt BIRDBIRDISTHEWORD, used a big move on the far turn to take the lead and eventually win Boyd Gaming's $1 Million Delta Jackpot Stakes (Gr. 3) on Friday night at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel.
Under veteran rider and Louisiana native Robby Albarado, BIRDBIRDISTHEWORD, was bumped leaving the starting gate before settling near the back of the 10-horse field in the early stages of the 1 1/16-mile showdown. When Albarado decided it was time to launch a rally, he called on his mount to go after the leaders, which he proceeded to do in style . Within a few short strides Birdbirdistheword inhaled the front runners four wide with an Arazi-type move that advanced him from ninth to first turning for home. In the stretch the outcome was never in doubt, although a late rally by Pirates Deputy placed him within three quarters of a length of the winner at the finish line.