“It’s a very integral part of our culture and a great program that has been the leading model in the country.”
Jake has grandfather bred horses, and Jake’s father was a jockey who began racing at eight years old. Jake has called horses his “first love,” and today he, his father, and his brother own and train thoroughbreds.
Jake’s been involved with thoroughbreds for 24 years. His racing and breeding operation is Set-Hut, LLC, based in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. He is an outside director of a Community Bank.
Delhomme became a star NFL quarterback after setting Ragin’ Cajun football records that still stand.
A Breaux Bridge native, Delhomme rewrote the Ragin’ Cajuns football record book and then led the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl to highlight an 15-year NFL career. In college, he threw for 9,216 yards and 64 touchdowns from 1993-1996. Delhomme made the New Orleans Saints roster as an undrafted free agent, but made his big NFL splash when he turned the Panthers into a Super Bowl team in his first year in Carolina in 2003. For New Orleans, Carolina and Houston, Delhomme totaled 126 touchdown passes and 20,975 yards with a 59 percent completion rate.
He was inducted in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this year.
Delhomme married the former Keri Melancon in 2000; the two were childhood sweethearts and were “Junior Sweethearts” at Teurlings Catholic High School. They have two daughters: Lauren Elizabeth, who was born on December 17, 2002, and Lindsey Marie, who was born on February 25, 2007. Delhomme wears #17 because it is the date of his first daughter’s birthday; she was born after 17 hours of labor.
Jake’s favorite Louisiana Bred is Forest Lake because “she is mine!” Forest Lake was foaled and raised at his home. She was Jake’s first multiple stakes winner. He also lists Hallowed Dreams as a favorite.