Hurricane Harvey’s Regional Impact Forces Cancellation of Delta Downs Jackpot
Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath is being felt at the racetrack. Delta Downs announced changes to its stakes schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 Thoroughbred season that starts Oct. 18. The 84-day meet will lose eight open-bred stakes after the HBPA Board of Directors recommended the cancellation to Delta Downs. The $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) is part of the cuts.
“While we are disappointed to scale back our first-half calendar, we believe this decision is appropriate, given the tremendous amount of damage throughout the region and the current focus on recovery efforts,” said Steve Kuypers, Vice President and General Manager of Delta Downs. “By continuing our support of the stakes races for Louisiana owners and trainers, we will help ensure the well-being and livelihood of our state’s hardworking horsemen during this difficult time.”
Also canceled was the $500,000 Delta Downs Princess (G3) for two-year-old fillies, which was scheduled to be run on the same November 18 program as the Jackpot.
The Jackpot and the Princess were point-scoring opportunities in the Road to the Kentucky Derby Series and Road to the Kentucky Oaks Series, respectively, offering qualifying points of 10-4-2-1 to the top four finishers of each race.
The $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot had been won more recently by Kentucky Derby runners Exaggerator, Gunnevera, Goldencents and Big Drama.