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Jls Book Of Psalms Holds Off Ec Cartel To Win The Virgil Bond Stakes At Delta Downs

Jls Book of Psalms, under jockey Lucas Constantin, holds off Ec Cartel in the $36,550 Virgil Bond Stakes Friday night at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA—JUNE 3, 2016—Jls Book of Psalms used a fast break to take the $36,550 Virgil Bond Stakes Friday night at Delta Downs.

The victory by Jls Book of Psalms may have been accomplished at the start of the 870-yard showdown for older horses as he broke very alertly from his inside post position before battling for the lead with Kr Jess Hopeful around the far turn. In the upper stretch jockey Lucas Constantin urged his mount on as he opened up a clear lead with 100 yards to go.

In the final strides race favorite Ec Cartel made a furious rally at the leader but wound up a half-length behind his rival in second. Game Own came on to grab third, another neck behind the top pair.

Jls Book of Psalms, who is owned by Jls Speedhorse Ranch Inc. and trained by Lanny Keith, covered the distance of the Virgil Bond over a track listed as good in 46.156 seconds.

The winning connections of Jls Book Of Psalms accept the Virgil Bond Stakes trophy Friday night at Delta Downs.
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The win by Jls Book of Psalms was the fifth of his 16-race career. He earned $24,000 for the effort and now boasts a total bankroll of $133,379.

Bred in Louisiana by his owner, Jls Book of Psalm is a 5-year-old sorrel gelding by First Prize Perry out of the Osceola Warrior mare Psalmist.

Ec Cartel, a 7-year-old son of Tinys First Corona earned $5,000 for owner Alejandra Carrion. Judd Kearl conditions the gelding out of Twayana Too, by Zevi (TB) with Donell Blake getting the riding assignment. Bred in Texas by Enrique Carrion, Ec Cartel has earned $90,902.

Yoani Abreu conditions third place finisher for owner Yaima Grillo. Luis Guerrero rode the son of Game Patriot out of My Own Fortune by Six Fortunes. The $4,440 show check boosted the sorrel gelding's earning to $83,402.

Sent to the gate at odds of 5-1, Jls Book of Psalms paid $7.20 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Ec Cartel returned $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show. Game Own was worth $3.40 to show.

Streak Of Music, Kjr Tocaille, Kr Jess Hopeful and Downtown Forrest completed the field.

Delta Downs will wrap up its seventh week of American Quarter Horse racing on Saturday night with another 10-race program that is set to get underway at 6:16 pm CT.

For more information about the upcoming season visit the track’s website at or on the Facebook page, ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

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Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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