– DEL CID, BROBERG AND END ZONE ATHLETICS RETURN TO DEFEND TITLES –
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will kick off its 2023-24 Thoroughbred season on Friday night, October 6. Live racing will begin at 5:15 pm each week until the season comes to a close on February 24.
Live cards will take place Wednesdays through Saturdays after opening weekend and through the end of the calendar year. There will be several three-day race weeks, Thursdays through Saturdays, taking place in January and February. A total of six daytime race cards starting at 12:55 pm will be featured during the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
During the season, Delta Downs will offer a stakes schedule that features 23 races and a total of $2.035 million in total purse money. The track will also roll out exciting weekly promotions in the OTB for fans to participate in throughout the 21-week season.
The stakes activity begins on opening weekend with the $100,000 Magnolia and the $100,000 Gold Cup on Friday, October 6. Both races are restricted to Louisiana-bred horses with the Magnolia featuring 3-year-old and up fillies and mares.
The richest program of the year will happen on Saturday, February 3 when the track hosts another edition of Louisiana Premier Night. The exciting card will feature the best Louisiana-breds competing in 10 stakes races worth total purse money of $895,000. The headliner on Louisiana Premier Night is the $150,000 Championship for 4-year-olds and up competing at 1-1/16 miles.
The leading horsemen from last year at Delta Downs are expected to vie for top honors once again this season.
Jockey Vicente Del Cid, trainer Karl Broberg and owner End Zone Athletics Inc. are favored in the top spots for their respective categories. Del Cid is attempting to win his second consecutive title; Broberg is going for this 13th straight trainer crown; and End Zone Athletics will try to win its 12th title in the last 13 years.
Race fans will have several opportunities to save money during the meet. On Wednesdays, patrons in the OTB can score a free program; On Thursday nights fans will be treated to a free hot dog; On Friday nights fans can score a free domestic beer at the OTB bar. Each promotion requires the participant to be 21 years of age or older and a Boyd Rewards Card member.
For more information about racing at Delta Downs this season, including a detailed schedule and stakes dates, visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information throughout the season with our social media accounts. The Facebook page is found at ‘Delta Downs Racing’, and the track’s Twitter (X) handle is @deltaracing.
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation, is the premier racing and gaming entertainment venue in Vinton, LA. Named “America’s Best Horse Racing Track” by readers of USA TODAY 10Best, Delta Downs features a six-furlong oval track, 15,000 square feet of casino space and more than 1,500 of the most popular slot machines. Amenities include two restaurants, chart-topping entertainment at the Delta Event Center and the FanDuel Sportsbook.