Delta Downs Jackpot Cancelled Due To Regional Impact Of Hurricane Harvey

by | 09.12.2017 | 1:53pm
Javier Castellano celebrates Gunnevera's victory in the 2016 Delta Downs Jackpot

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel today announced that it is altering its stakes schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 Thoroughbred season, due to the regionwide impact of Hurricane Harvey. The 84-day meet is scheduled to get underway on October 18.

At the recommendation of the HBPA Board of Directors, Delta Downs has decided to cancel eight open-bred stakes during the first half of the season, including the Delta Downs Jackpot (Gr. III) on November 18. Delta Downs currently plans to continue its full calendar of stakes races in the second half of the season as scheduled.

“While we are disappointed to scale back our first-half calendar, we believe this decision is appropriate, given the tremendous amount of damage throughout the region and the current focus on recovery efforts,” said Steve Kuypers, Vice President and General Manager of Delta Downs. “By continuing our support of the stakes races for Louisiana owners and trainers, we will help ensure the well-being and livelihood of our state's hardworking horsemen during this difficult time.”

Delta Downs still plans to host two events on the November 18 Jackpot Day card – the $150,000 Louisiana Legacy and $150,000 Louisiana Jewel Stakes.

For more information on Delta Downs, including a revised schedule for the 2017-18 season, visit the track's Fans can also get information on Facebook with the track's page ‘Delta Downs Racing' and on Twitter with the handle @deltaracing.

  • Brent T

    I suppose they would look for any excuse to not add the money they are supposed to. So they lost a couple million for the month during Hurricane Harvey, what about the other 11 months of the year where they made untold of millions….. They need to sale this place and Evangeline and let someone else come in and take over that has Horse Racing as thier main focus, cause the slots take care of themselves

    • Rahytime

      It could be worse, you could be owned by Harrah’s.

      • Brent T

        It can’t get much worse than theses 2 owners. Harrahs is bad you’re correct. Hopefully they get bought out as well.

      • Cardaddy

        Its head and head to the wire who is worse, Harrahs or Boyd. Both are filthy bottom level casino corps.

    • Eric

      I think DeD is concerned that Harvey could have a significant long term negative impact on their casino operation, not just one bad month. They are going to have to find a way to run the Jackpot and Princess in 2018 or the races will lose their graded stake status, and will also be dropped as points races for the Derby and Oaks.

      • Mr. James

        Didn’t Churchill Downs just add an ungraded race at Remington Park as a points race for some reason?

        • FlyingDutchman

          Springboard Mile. It’s worth $400k now and is a big deal for 2-year-olds in the Midwest. The two coasts get all of the attention but I like that they’re showing the Midwest some love. Besides, it’s only a 10-pointer.

          Good Midwest-circuit horses have competed in it recently. Will Take Charge, Suddenbreakingnews, Shotgun Kowboy, Smack Smack, Bayerd, Cool Arrow.

        • Blue Larkspur


        • Eric

          You’re right. I still think Delta worked too hard to get these races graded to allow the graded status to lapse.

          I don’t have a strong opinion one way or another on whether the Springboard Mile should be a Derby points race (or graded for that matter) but I looked at the last 3 renewals and I believe that only one runner ran in a Triple Crown race (Suddenbreakingnews). The Jackpot has a better track record of producing Derby horses (partially because it was a points race).

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