12/15/2003 12:00AM

Weight error in Jackpot

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Because of an oversight by officials at Delta Downs, Mr. Jester carried two fewer pounds than he should have under the conditions of the race in his victory in the $1 million Delta Jackpot for 2-year-olds on Dec. 5.

Mr. Jester won the 1 1/16-mile race under the weight he was assigned, 115 pounds, but he should have carried 117.

"It was missed," said Chris Warren, director of racing and simulcasting at Delta, in Vinton, La.

Despite the error, the results of the Jackpot are expected to stand. According to the rules of racing in Louisiana, any objections other than claims of interference must be made in writing to the stewards at least one hour before post for the race in question. It is believed that no weight protests were filed with the stewards the night of the Jackpot.

Calls to the Louisiana Racing Commission were not returned by press time Monday.

Mr. Jester won the Jackpot by three-quarters of a length over Fire Slam, who carried 115 pounds. It was another neck back in third to Perfect Moon.

The weight assignment error may have stemmed from Mr. Jester's finish in the Grade 3, $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile on Sept. 13. He finished second in the 1 1/16-mile race, but was placed first following the disqualification of Pomeroy.

To be eligible to receive a seven- pound allowance from the 122-pound starting weight in the Jackpot, a horse must not have won a race with a first-place prize of $60,000 at a mile or over. Mr. Jester was awarded the first-place purse of $62,000 in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile.

Allowances in the Jackpot were also given to nonwinners of $240,000 at a mile or over, and nonwinners of $120,000 at a mile or over.