Bet on the Delta Jackpot Stakes
Inaugurated in 2002, the $1 million purse of the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot has allowed the race to quickly rise in stature as a marquee event for two-year old colts. Run annually at Delta Downs in Vinton, LA, the Delta Jackpot is the second richest purse for two-year-olds behind only the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile. The race is run at a mile and one sixteenth on dirt and takes place in late November with many of the top trainers and owners shipping in from around the country for a chance at the million.
Delta Jackpot Stakes Racebooks
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Delta Jackpot Stakes Betting Odds
Eight was great in the 2014 Delta Jackpot, as 5-2 favorite Ocho Ocho Ocho won by a nose over 3-1 Mr. Z, to produce a $30.20 exactor payout, with 23-1 Far Right getting up for third to boost the $2 trifecta to $347. Win or lose, Bovada sweetens the deal by issuing weekly rebates for all your plays. Straight wagers like win, place, and show receive a 3% rebate, and you’ll earn a 5% rebate on all exotic wagers. Bovada also offers a generous 50% sign-up bonus for all new users up to $250 for use on props and head-to-head bets.
2015 Delta Jackpot Contenders
With the hefty purse of $1 million, the Delta Jackpot Stakes (G3) drew a competitive and wide-open field of two-year-olds for the 2015 edition, led by Exaggerator who went to the gate as the heavy favorite off of a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).
Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his brother, Kent, the dark bay colt broke well and quickly assumed the early lead. Though under pressure from longshot Iron Dome early, he put away that rival and maintained a small advantage as they approached the stretch. Sunny Ridge began to launch a rally and those two battled to the wire with Exaggerator prevailing by a hard-fought neck. They were 4 ¾ lengths clear of the rest of the field. He is currently training at Santa Anita for his three-year-old debut.
2015 Order of Finish: Win Place Show
1st: Exaggerator $3.80 $2.60 $2.20
2nd Sunny Ridge $4.00 $3.20
3rd: Harlan Punch $5.00
(Also Ran: Found Money, Whitmore, Forevamo, Texas Jambalaya, Memories of Winter, Cowboy Classic, Iron Dome)
Check back closer to the race for the contenders for the 2016 Delta Jackpot Stakes.
Did you know?
As top trainers and owners have taken more notice of the Delta Jackpot, the race has featured eventual Kentucky Derby participants in recent years with Sabercat winning the 2011 Jackpot and champion Goldencents winning the 2012 edition. Goldencents would go on to become a multiple graded stakes winner with his most notable triumph in the 2013 Breeder’s Cup Dirt Mile. 2008 winner Big Drama became a champion sprinter later in his career winning the 2010 Breeder’s Cup Sprint as a four-year-old. The Jackpot is held on the same day as the Delta Princess Stakes and several as well as several other stakes events making the track’s marquee day popular among bettors.
Jockey Gerard Melancon is the only rider to win multiple Delta Jackpots taking the 2011 renewal aboard Sabercat and winning again in 2013 with Rise Up. No trainer has won multiple Jackpots, but some of racing’s most notable conditioners can claim a Jackpot victory including Tom Amoss (2013), Doug O’Neil (2012), Steve Asmussen (2011), and Todd Pletcher in 2009. Turf War and Z Humor dead-heated in the 2007 resulting in a split of the $800,000 purse. In 2010, the Jackpot purse was again raised to its current 1 million dollars.