Updated on 09/16/2011 8:54AM

Outta Here takes Delta Jackpot

J. Coady
Outta Here and Kent Desormeaux are up in time to take a three-quarter length decision over Comic Truth in Saturday night's $500,000 Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs.

The homecoming was sweet for Louisiana native Kent Desormeaux, who guided Outta Here to a three-quarter length win over Comic Truth in the inaugural $500,000 on Saturday night at Delta Downs in Vinton, La.

It was another three and three quarter lengths back in third to Cherokee's Boy.

Desormeaux, who spent a lot of weekends watching races at Delta as a child, flew in from Southern California to ride regular mount Outta Here. After an even break in the one-mile race for 2-year-olds, the two settled several lengths back in sixth behind pacesetter Corrizo Creek, who set fractions of 22.97 seconds for the opening quarter and 46.95 seconds for the half-mile mark.

Outta Here advanced down the backstretch, then went after Comic Truth, who took the lead on the final turn, in the stretch. With good late energy, Outta Here caught Comic Truth near the wire, covering the distance over a track rated fast in 1:37.77.

"I was very excited once he straightened out his body and went after the leader," said Desormeaux, who rode favorite Outta Here($5.80) for owners Al Eisman and Bill Currin.

Currin, who also trains the colt, went to great lengths to make flight arrangements for Outta Here and all his connections to get to Delta during the busy holiday travel season. After the race, he said he is already looking to the next running of the Delta Jackpot.

"We're working on a 2-year-old for next year," said Currin.

The Delta Jackpot was the richest race ever run at Delta, which opened in 1973. The small track has been able to quadruple purses as a result of slot machine revenues. The slots were installed in February.

Outta Here, who had placed in three Grade 3 races in California prior to the Delta Jackpot, picked up $300,000 for his first stakes win, which increased his earnings to $404,260. He has won two of seven races, and is a son of Dehere.

Desormeaux won with his only other mount on the card, Trumps Clown in the fifth, for his brother, trainer Keith Desormeaux.

Handle on the card was $1,103,548.