Gunnevera came from way off the pace to take the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, an impressive win for a colt who had recently finished a poor fifth to Classic Empire in the Breeder’s Futurity.
The pace was slow, with Stormin’ Norman and Hot Sean trading leads throughout the backstretch and Gunnevera trailing the pack. Going into the far turn, Gunnevera made an explosive move toward the front, and reaching the homestretch he was a close second to Hot Sean (Stormin’ Norman had faded in the far turn).
It was not a race for long. Gunnevera kicked in a higher gear and easily passed Hot Sean en route to a 5 3/4 lengths win.
Dangerfield finished third, and J Boys Echo finished fourth.