$1 Million Delta Downs Jackpot Awards Kentucky Derby Qualifying Points
The 15th anniversary of the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot, the second richest race in the country for 2-year-olds, headlines an 8-stakes card on November 18 at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. The Grade 3 race at 1 1/16 miles is part Churchill Downs’ ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ series of races and will offer qualifying points to the top four finishers. Last year, Gunnevera picked up 10 Derby points for his Jackpot victory, and rewarded his betting backers with a back-of-the-pack closing finish to win as the 5-2 favorite. Gunnevera parlayed that into another victory in the Fountain of Youth, a 2nd in the Holly Bull and 3rd in the Florida Derby from an impossible outside post. Gunnevera went on to finish 7th in the Kentucky Derby with a troubled trip.
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will host an 84-day season that runs from October 18, 2017 through March 10, 2018. A total of 32 stakes races totaling $4.275 million in purse money will draw some of the best horses and top jockeys.
Jackpot Day will offer a total of more than $2.3 million in purse money for the 8 stakes races on Nov. 18, and also include the Delta Downs Princess for 2-year-old fillies. That one-mile event is a Grade 3 race and this year will see a purse increase from $400,000 to $500,000. The horses in the Delta Downs Princess have a chance to earn qualifying points toward entry in next year’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.
“The Jackpot Day program continues its rich tradition of attracting top quality race horses each year,” said Steve Kuypers, Vice President and General Manager of Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel. “Not only do the best horses come to Vinton for the event, but many of racing’s top jockeys, trainers and owners take part in a program as well. Our team will be ready to put on another spectacular show on November 18.”
For the fifth consecutive year, Delta Downs will offer a guaranteed $200,000 Jackpot Day Pick 4 during its biggest day of racing. The wager will include four stakes races anchored by the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot and the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess
Delta Downs will race Wednesdays through Saturdays during the upcoming season, with the first race scheduled for 5:30 pm each night.