08/24/2006 11:00PM

$1M Jackpot back after '05 washout

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The Grade 3, $1 million Delta Jackpot is back from a one-year hiatus brought on by Hurricane Rita. The Jackpot, which will be run on Dec. 1 at Delta Downs, is the richest Thoroughbred race in Louisiana.

In all, 39 stakes worth a record $4,075,000 are scheduled for the 88-date Delta Downs meet that opens Nov. 1. and continues through March 31, 2007.

The Jackpot, for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, will be the first graded stakes for Thoroughbreds ever run at Delta. It was to be run as a graded stakes last year, but was canceled after Rita hit on Sept. 24, 2005, and damaged the track, located in Vinton, La.

The Jackpot will be supported by four other stakes, including the $300,000 Princess for 2-year-old fillies at one mile. The Princess purse was boosted from $250,000 when it was last run in 2004. Together, the five stakes are worth $1.5 million, making the card the richest night of racing at Delta.

Preps for the Jackpot night stakes will be held Nov. 3, with the most notable being the $150,000 Jean Lafitte for 2-year-olds. Other big nights on the calendar include the $1 million Louisiana Premier Night, when 10 stakes for Louisiana-breds will be run, topped by the $200,000 Championship.

Delta will race Wednesday through Saturday nights, with a first post of 6:20 p.m. Central.

2006-07 stakes schedule

DATEEVENTCONDITIONSDISTANCEPURSE
Fri.,Nov. 3Golden TriangleF&M, 3YO & Up7 furlongs$50,000
Fri.,Nov. 3Marshland3YO & Up7 furlongs50,000
Fri.,Nov. 3My Trusty Cat2YO F7 furlongs100,000
Fri.,Nov. 3Jean Lafitte2YO1 mile150,000
Sat.,Nov. 18Creme De La Creme2YO F*5 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Nov. 18MagnoliaF&M, 3YO & Up*1 mile75,000
Sat.,Nov. 18Calcasieu2YO*5 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Nov. 18Gold Cup3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles100,000
Fri.,Dec. 1Zydeco3YO & Up5 furlongs50,000
Fri.,Dec. 1Sam's Town3YO & Up1 mile100,000
Fri.,Dec. 1Treasure ChestF&M, 3YO & Up1 mile100,000
Fri.,Dec. 1Delta Princess2YO F1 mile300,000
Fri.,Dec. 1Delta Jackpot (G3)2YO1 1/16 miles1,000,000
Sat.,Dec. 16GardeniaF&M, 3YO & Up*6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Dec. 16Cocodrie3YO & Up*6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Fri.,Dec. 29Prime RewardsF&M, 3YO & Up1 mile40,000
Fri.,Dec. 29Lookout3YO & Up1 mile40,000
Sat.,Jan. 13CameliaF&M, 4YO & Up*7 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Jan. 13Cypress4YO & Up*7 furlongs50,000
Fri.,Jan. 26Genesis3YO F6 1/2 furlongs50,000
Fri.,Jan. 26Triple Sec3YO6 1/2 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Feb.3Bon Temps StarterF&M, 4YO & Up*5 furlongs45,000
Sat.,Feb.3Ragin Cajun Starter4YO & Up*5 furlongs45,000
Sat.,Feb.3Ladies StarterF&M, 4YO & Up*1 mile55,000
Sat.,Feb.3Gentlemen Starter4YO & Up*1 1/16 mile 55,000
Sat.,Feb.3Starlet3YO F*7 furlongs125,000
Sat.,Feb.3Prince3YO*7 furlongs125,000
Sat.,Feb.3MatronF&M, 4YO & Up*5 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Feb.3Sprint4YO & Up*5 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Feb.3DistafF F&M, 4YO & Up*1 mile150,000
Sat.,Feb.3Championship4YO & Up*1 1/16 miles200,000
Fri.,Mar. 2MademoiselleF&M, 4YO & Up5 furlongs45,000
Fri.,Mar. 2Delta Express4YO & Up5 furlongs45,000
Fri.,Mar. 2SweetheartF&M, 4YO & Up1 mile50,000
Fri.,Mar. 2Delta Mile4YO & Up1 mile50,000
Sat.,Mar. 31Green Oaks3YO F1 mile75,000
Sat.,Mar. 31Sportsman's Paradise3YO1 mile75,000
Sat.,Mar. 31Goddess F&M, 4YO & Up1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,Mar. 31Gulf Coast Classic4YO & Up1 1/16 miles100,000

*Louisiana-bred