LEADING RIDER WINS SEVEN RACES IN ONE DAY TO SET NEW TRACK RECORD
VINTON, LA. – Tim Thornton set a single day track record for wins by a jockey on Saturday, October 23 when he rode seven winners during a 10-race program. The feat eclipsed the old mark of six wins in a day set by Steve Bourque and current rider Ashley Broussard.
Thornton’s accomplishment was honored by Delta Downs during its live program on Saturday as Vice President and General Manager Steve Kuypers presented a special plaque to him in the winner’s circle. The track’s jockey colony joined Thornton in the festivities as Kuypers commented on the accomplishment.
“What Tim did was incredible,” said Kuypers. “It’s something special when a rider wins two or three races in one day, but to visit the winner’s circle seven times on a single card is just amazing. I’m sure this record will stand for a very long time.”
After his unbelievable day, Thornton was humble about what he had just happened.
“It’s always awesome to win races,” Thornton commented. “I just took it one race at a time and kept trying to put horses in the right spot to win and luckily they were all fit and ready to go. I was able to get them there.”
Thornton’s biggest win during his seven-win day was with the Dallas Stewart trainee Unified Report ($2.40) in the $100,000 Louisiana Legacy Stakes. He also scored with Relax Town ($2.80), Blue Darter ($6), Dreaming of Neany ($8.60), Laughing Latinos ($14), Shackleford Strong ($4.20), and Interactif Moment ($9.60).
Thornton has dominated the jockey standings at Delta Downs since he moved his tack to Vinton, Louisiana in 2017. This season he ranks at the top once again as he attempts to win his fourth consecutive riding title.
Fans can watch Thornton ply his trade each week at Delta Downs this season. The track hosts live programs each Wednesday through Saturday afternoon beginning at 12:55 pm through March 5.
For more information about the current season visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about the track through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.