Delta Downs: Funding Shortfall Could Mean Canceling Of Jackpot, Princess Stakes

by | 09.12.2017 | 8:54am
Javier Castellano celebrates Gunnevera's victory in the 2016 Delta Downs Jackpot

A decline in casino revenue has officials at Delta Downs considering eliminating several stakes races in October and November, including the track's marquee event, the Delta Downs Jackpot.

The Daily Racing Form reports that much of the facility's business comes from the Houston area, which was hit by Hurricane Harvey. That has resulted in a decline in casino revenue, which helps fund purses at the track.

According to the Form, Delta's vice president and general manager Steve Kuypers sent a letter dated Sept. 7 to Louisiana Racing Commission chairman Bob Wright requesting that the LRC approve a request to eliminate eight open stakes races worth a total of $2.3 million.

“The impact of Hurricane Harvey to the people of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana is having a significant effect on slot revenue and subsequently the track's purse funds,” Kuypers said in the letter.

Kuypers added, “It is important that we support the local horsemen that fill our overnight races and this action will allow us to do that.”

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

  • Stuart H.

    Kind of sad…there have been some champions and graded stakes winners that have made their mark that have won this race: Big Drama back in 2008 went on to be a multiple grade 1 winner and BC champ, Exaggerator won and went on the win the Preakness, finish second in the Derby, Goldencents won and went on to win other stakes race, and last year Gunnevera won and went on to win the FOY Stakes, finish 3rd in the FL Derby and recently was second in the Travers Stakes. It was always a nice option for 2 year old horses that for one reason or another did not need the BC Juvenile. The oval bull ring like track always made an interesting event…

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