Delta Downs Releases 2017-2018 Stakes Schedule
It looks like another great horse racing meet is on the horizon at Delta Downs in Vinton, La.
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel today announced its 2017-18 Thoroughbred stakes schedule on Monday, with 32 stakes races schedule during an 84-day season that runs from October 18, 2017 through March 10, 2018.
The schedule includes a very nice $4.275 million in total purse money.
The biggest day of the meet at Delta Downs will be Saturday, November 18 when the track hosts the 15th edition of Jackpot Day featuring the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot. It will be a grade 3 race for 2-year olds, at 1/16 miles over a dirt surface.
The race is once again expected to be part Churchill Downs’ ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ series of races and will offer qualifying points to the top four finishers.
Not only that, but Jackpot Day will also include the Delta Downs Princess for 2-year-old fillies. That one-mile event is a grade 3 race and this year will see a purse increase from $400,000 to $500,000.
The horses in the Delta Downs Princess horses have a chance to earn qualifying points toward entry in next year’s Kentucky Oaks (Gr. 1) at Churchill Downs.
Overall, Jackpot Day will offer eight stakes races and total purse money of more than $2.3 million.
Another big date to mark is Saturday, February 10, when the track hosts Louisiana Premier Night, featuring 10 stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses.
Delta Downs will race Wednesdays through Saturdays during the upcoming season, with the first race scheduled for 5:30 pm each night.