Exaggerator tops 10 for the million dollar Delta Downs Jackpot

November 16, 2015 09:44am
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Delta Downs’ racing office saw a flurry of activity on Monday morning as final entries and post positions were drawn for Saturday’s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot (Gr. III). The 2-1 morning line favorite for the 13th running of the track’s signature event is this year’s Saratoga Special (Gr. II) winner Exaggerator, from the barn of J. Keith Desormeaux. A total of 10 talented 2-year-olds were entered for the 1-1/16 mile race. 

The 7-2 second choice in the morning line for Saturday’s showdown is Sunny Ridge, who is trained by Jason Servis. The son of Holy Bull won the Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park before finishing second to Greenpointcrusader in the Champagne Stakes (Gr. I) at Belmont Park in his most recent start. 

Doug O’Neill, who saddled Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another in 2012, will attempt to become the first trainer to win multiple $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot races when he sends out Found Money, who recently finished second in the Golden State Juvenile at Del Mar. In 2012 O’Neill traveled to Louisiana with Goldencents, who won the race in wire-to-wire fashion before scoring three grade I victories and earning more than $3 million during his illustrious career.

The $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot is the centerpiece of an 11-race program that will feature eight stakes races, two graded stakes, and over $2.3 million in total purse money. 

The entire field for the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot is listed below along with morning line odds for each horse.

Post #      Horse                       Jockey                     Trainer                      ML

1      Forevamo               Colby Hernandez      Al Stall, Jr.                         4-1

2      Memories of Winter  Patrick Valenzuela    Anthony Margotta, Jr.     10-1

3       Sunny Ridge            Irad Ortiz, Jr.         Jason Servis                      7-2

4       Whitmore              Robby Albarado       Ron Moquett                       8-1

5      Harlan Punch            Gerard Melancon      Tom Amoss                     10-1

6      Texas Jambalaya       Eddie Martin, Jr.      Terry Eoff                       20-1

7      Found Money            Mario Gutierrez        Doug O’Neill                    6-1

8     Cowboy Classic         Junior Inirio            Heidi J. Crane                  30-1

9      Exaggerator           Kent Desormeaux     J. Keith Desormeaux          2-1

10     Iron Dome             Steve Bourque           Kenneth Marshall            20-1


The winner of Saturday’s main event will earn a $600,000 paycheck and 10 points toward a possible starting position in next year’s Kentucky Derby by way of the ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ series. Since 2002, a total of twelve horses have participated in the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot before going on to compete in the Kentucky Derby as 3-year-olds. There have been six horses make it to the Kentucky Derby after running in the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot since 2013. 

Saturday’s program will also feature the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess (Gr. III). The one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies is headed by 3-5 morning line favorite La Appassionata, who won the My Trusty Cat Stakes at Delta Downs on October 23. La Appassionata hails from the barn of Steve Asmussen and will have the riding services of two-time $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot winning jockey Gerard Melancon. 

Delta Downs will offer a special guaranteed $200,000 all stakes Pick 4 on Jackpot Day. The wager has been available during each of the 12 previous editions of the Jackpot Day program. The record payoff for a $2 winning ticket was $22,225.80 in 2006. The minimum wager amount for the Jackpot Day Pick 4 is .50 cents. 

There is a special early post time for the Jackpot Day program Saturday of 1:15 p.m. CT. Listed below is the entire Jackpot Day Pick 4 sequence of races, along with their scheduled post times. 

Race 4             $150,000 Louisiana Legacy                                      Post Time 2:43 pm CT

Race 5             $250,000 Delta Mile                                                   Post Time 3:13 pm CT

Race 6             $400,000 Delta Downs Princess (Gr. III)                Post Time 3:43 pm CT

Race 7             $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot (Gr. III)              Post Time 4:15 pm CT 

For more information about the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot visit www.deltadownjackpot.com. Additional information can also be found on the ‘Delta Downs Racing’ page on Facebook, and by following Delta Downs on Twitter with the account @deltaracing.


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