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Keepn It Kool Returns in Delta’s Virgil Bond Stakes

David Vance’s Keepn It Kool is one of eight distance specialists entered in Friday’s 870-yard Virgil Bond Stakes at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA—JUNE 1, 2015—David Vance’s Keepn It Kool, a two-time 870 stakes winner at the 2014 Evangeline Downs fall meet, is one of eight distance specialists entered in Friday’s 870-yard, $25,000 Virgil Bond Stakes at Delta Downs.

A 6-year-old First To Shine gelding trained by Danny Eldridge, Keepn It Kool is coming off of a second-place finish in an 870-yard, $16,000 open-condition allowance at Delta on April 22. Keepn It Kool’s 5-year-old campaign included a three-race win streak that included victories in the $35,000 Races N Aces Stakes (R) and $30,000 IP 870 Stakes at Evangeline Downs.

Keepn It Kool drew post 7 and will be ridden by John Hamilton.

Other contenders include TF Corona N Passion, a 5-year-old Too Tough To Catch gelding trained by Steven Salazar for owner Renato Contreras. TF Corona N Passion scored a 2 3/4-length victory in the 870-yard, $15,000 Marathon Stakes at Louisiana Downs in January.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments--

  1. JLS Book Of Psalms (Donald Watson)
  2. Eyes Your Date (Gilbert Ortiz)
  3. Toast To Lady Di (Patrick Watson)
  4. Downtown Forrest (Josh Dearmon)
  5. McM Zuperman (Alfonso Lujan)
  6. Cosino Winner (Donell Blake)
  7. Keepn It Kool (John Hamilton)
  8. TF Corona N Passion (David Alvarez).

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