Jack Ketel Headlines Delta's Virgil Bond Stakes

The stakes-winning son of Ketel Won draws post 7 for Friday's feature at Delta Downs.

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Jack Ketel, pictured here winning the Governor's Cup Marathon at Sam Houston Race Park, heads a field of eight in Friday's 870-yard Virgil Bond Stakes at Delta Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Diamond L Racing’s Jack Ketel, a 6-year-old son of champion Ketel Won, is one of eight distance specialists entered in Friday’s 870-yard, $25,000 Virgil Bond Stakes at Delta Downs.

A $5,000 claim at Retama Park in August 2017, Jack Ketel has since won two of his five starts, including the 870-yard, $25,000 Governor’s Cup Marathon Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on May 12. The gelding drew post 7 and will be ridden by Donell Blake for trainer Scott Hamilton.

Other contenders include Fernando Ramirez’s JW Who Dat, a two-time 870-yard stakes winner during the Louisiana Downs winter meet. Trained by Eric Palacio, the 6-year-old Agouti gelding has earned $29,200 from four outs this season.

JW Who Dat drew post 4 and will be ridden by Antonio Alberto.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Im Mighty Fast (Jose A. Rodriguez)
Jes A Spitfire (Rolando Pina)
Dark Bark (Noe Castaneda)
JW Who Dat (Antonio Alberto)
Absolute Shot (Juan D. Marquez)
God I Am Handsome (Noe Villatoro)
Jack Ketel (Donell Blake)
Rakin In The Jax (Devin H. Magnon)

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