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Local jockey Gerard Melancon became the first jockey to score two victories in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot as he rode Rise Up to a six-length win Saturday. Rise Up, trained by Tom Amoss, ran 11⁄16 miles in 1:44.71 and paid $6.20, $4 and $2.80. Casiguapo placed and had returns of $6 and $4, while Rankhasprivileges paid $4 to show in the field of 10 2-year-olds. It was Rise Up’s fourth victory in five career starts. Rise Up finished first in the Jean Lafitte Stakes at Delta Downs on Oct. 26. (Kirk Meche / Special to the American Press)<br>

Local jockey Gerard Melancon became the first jockey to score two victories in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot as he rode Rise Up to a six-length win Saturday. Rise Up, trained by Tom Amoss, ran 11⁄16 miles in 1:44.71 and paid $6.20, $4 and $2.80. Casiguapo placed and had returns of $6 and $4, while Rankhasprivileges paid $4 to show in the field of 10 2-year-olds. It was Rise Up’s fourth victory in five career starts. Rise Up finished first in the Jean Lafitte Stakes at Delta Downs on Oct. 26. (Kirk Meche / Special to the American Press)

Delta Downs expecting big weekend to close season

Last Modified: Friday, July 11, 2014 1:29 PM

By Albert Burford / American Press

With the quarter horse season at Delta Downs coming to a close this weekend, the track is expecting the biggest day of its season on Saturday.

Louisiana Showcase Night will feature eight stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses, highlighted by the $645,645 Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity, the richest Quarter Horse stakes race in Delta Downs history. The race is named for Lee Berwick, who built and ran Delta Downs from 1973 until 1999.

With three race days remaining on the season Kenneth L. Roberts Sr. has won the leading trainer title for the season at Delta Downs. It’s his third consecutive season winning it and sixth overall at the track.

The leading jockey and owner titles will be decided this weekend.

Once the quarter horse season comes to a close, the track will begin preparing for thoroughbred season, which begins Oct. 15.

During thoroughbred season, races run Wednesday through Saturday nights beginning at 5:45 p.m. each evening.

Delta Downs has announced slight changes to its biggest day of the year, Jackpot Day, which features the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot race.

This year’s event, which takes place Nov. 22, will feature raised purse amounts for two of the eight stakes races on the day and a lowered purse on one race.

The Delta Mile will see a purse raise $150,000 to $250,000 and the Treasure Chest will be worth $200,000, up from $150,000. The Delta Downs Princess will drop from $500,000 to $400,000.

“Jackpot Day has developed into one of the most anticipated race days in the country each year,” said Delta Downs Vice President and General Manager Steve Kuypers. “The new purse structure will make the day even better as it should attract even more top quality horses from throughout the country and provide race fans with highly competitive fields and tremendous wagering opportunities.”

Jackpot Day in 2013 finished with a record handle — total money spent on a day — of $5,044,286.

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