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Delta Jackpot Stakes

Grade III race
Delta Jackpot Stakes
Location Delta Downs
Vinton, Louisiana Flag of the United States
Inaugurated 2002
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.deltadowns.com
Race information
Distance 1 1/16 miles (8.5 Furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Two-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $750,000

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.

Sponsored by Boyd Gaming, the Delta Jackpot Stakes was run as a graded race for the first time in 2006. It is run on the same day as the Delta Princess Stakes for two-year-old fillies.

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.


Speed record:

  • 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
2005 no race
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



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