VINTON, La. (AP) Gunnevera raced to an early lead and held on to win the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot for 2-year-olds Saturday at Delta Downs Racetrack.
Ridden by Javier Castellano, Gunnevera ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:45:15 for his third victory.
Gunnevera earned $600,000 and 10 points in the chase for the Kentucky Derby. The Delta Downs Jackpot is part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby Series that gives points to horses in selected races and is the second-richest race for 2-year-olds in North America behind only the Breeders' Cup for Juveniles.
Hot Sean finished second and earned four points. Dangerfield was third and picked up two points, and Boys Echo finished fourth and received a point.
In only her second career start Shane's Girlfriend won the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. She was ridden by Flavien Prat.