Delta Jackpot Stakes
|Grade III race|
|Delta Jackpot Stakes|
Vinton, Louisiana Flag of the United States
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1 1/16 miles (8.5 Furlongs)|
The Delta Jackpot Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana. A Grade III stakes open to two-year-old horses, it is raced in December over a distance of 1 1/16 miles (8.5 Furlongs) on dirt.
The inaugural running of the Delta Jackpot took place on December 21, 2002. Run over a distance of one mile (1.6 km), it carried a purse of $1,000,000. For the following year, the race was lengthened to its present 1 1/16 miles and the purse was increased to $1 million to make it the second-richest race for two-year-olds in North America behind only the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
The 2005 running of the Delta Jackpot Stakes was cancelled due to Hurricane Katrina.
The 2007 running of the Delta Jackpot Stakes finished in the race's first dead heat, with Z Humor and Turf War stopping the timer in 1:45.43. As a result of the tie, both horses split $800,000 in purse money.
Due to the 2008 economic downturn, the purse was reduced (perhaps temporarily) in the 2008 and 2009 running from $1,000,0000 to $750,000.
- 1:45.34 - Mr. Jester (2003)
Most wins by a jockey:
- No jockey has won this race more than once.
Most wins by a trainer:
- No trainer has won this race more than once.
Most wins by an owner:
- No owner has won this race more than once.
Winners of the Delta Jackpot Stakes
|2009||Rule||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||WinStar Farm||1:45.63|
|2008||Big Drama||Eibar Coa||David Fawkes||Harold L. Queen||1:44.72|
|2007||Z Humor (DH)||Garrett Gomez||William I. Mott||Zayat Stables||1:45.43|
|2007||Turf War (DH)||Calvin Borel||Mark Casse||Woodford Racing LLC||1:45.43|
|2006||Birdbirdistheword||Robby Albarado||Kenneth McPeek||Raymond H. Cottrell, Sr.||1:45.42|
|2004||Texcess||Victor Espinoza||Paul Aguirre||Omar Aldabbagh/P. Aguirre||1:48.20|
|2003||Mr Jester||Roman Chapa||Steve Wren||Karen J. Biggs||1:45.34|
|2002||Outta Here||Kent Desormeaux||Bill Currin||B. Currin / Al Eisman||1:37.77|
DH - Dead Heat