13TH RUNNING OF AMERICA�S SECOND RICHEST RACE FOR 2-YEAR-OLDS
CARRIES $600,000 FIRST PLACE PRIZE ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
VINTON, LA. � Nominations to this year�s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot close on Saturday, October 24. The race offers a $600,000 first place prize as well as qualifying points in the �Road to the Kentucky Derby� series.
There were 282 horses nominated to the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot last year including Ocho Ocho Ocho, who won the race under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. This year�s race is once again expected to attract another high number of nominations from horsemen all around the country.
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will host the 13th running of the grade III race for 2-year-olds competing at 1-1/16 miles over a dirt surface on Saturday, November 21, along with seven other stakes races. The entire program will feature more than $2.3 million in total purse money. There will be a special first race post time on Jackpot Day of 1:15 pm CT.
The $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot has launched the careers for several top horses. The richest Jackpot alumni is 2012 winner Goldencents, who tallied over $3 million in career earnings including three grade I wins before his retirement last year. The 2008 Jackpot winner, Big Drama, went on to take the Breeders� Cup Sprint in 2010 and earned over $2.7 million during his time on the racetrack.
The race has also been a proven path to the Kentucky Derby. Last year�s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot produced three starters for this year�s showdown at Churchill Downs in May. There have been six Kentucky Derby starters come out of the Jackpot in the past three years and since its inception the race has seen 12 of its participants make it to the big dance in Louisville.
This year the �Road to the Kentucky Derby� series will include 35 stakes leading up to the big race at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 7. The top four finishers in this year�s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot will be awarded points on a 10-4-2-1 scale toward a possible starting position in the first leg of the 2016 Triple Crown.
To nominate a horse to this year�s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot, contact racing secretary Matt Crawford at 1-800-589-7441, ext. 1200. For more information about the big race, as well as Delta Downs� current 88-day season which began on October 16, visit www.deltadownsjackpot.com or www.deltadownsracing.com.
Horsemen and fans can also follow developments for this year�s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot and the new Delta Downs season through social media with Facebook and Twitter. The Facebook page is �Delta Downs Racing�, and the Twitter account to follow is @deltaracing.
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.