Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel wrapped up its 2010-2011 Thoroughbred meeting March 26. The richest day of the 88-day meet came Nov. 20 when the track hosted a program that featured the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) for 2-year-olds. The 1 1/16-mile race was won by Our Sugar Bear Stable’s Gourmet Dinner, who defeated Decisive Moment by 2 1/4 lengths.
Traditionally a night-time race card, the Delta Downs Jackpot Day program was run during the day in 2010. The 11-race set, which included eight stakes and total purse money of more than $3 million, produced an all-time record handle of $3,817,849.
In the category of human achievement, jockey Tracy Hebert rode 98 winners from 479 mounts to capture his second local riding title. Hebert’s first crown came in 2006-2007 when he booted home 121 winners.
Hebert went on a tear during the second half of the meet. After Saturday’s final race, Hebert stood 24 wins ahead of second-place Gerard Melancon, who finished with 74 tallies. Melancon did win the race for top mount earnings however, as his rides earned a tidy sum of $1,619,920.
Sam Breaux won his first training title at Delta Downs this season. Breaux saddled 46 winners from 259 starters and his barn earned a season-leading total of $849,045. Alex K. Dunn finished second to Breaux in both categories, with totals of 43 winners and $721,547 in earnings.
Heiligbrodt Racing Stable snared its second leading owner title with 21 wins from 88 starts and total earnings of $530,160. The Texas-based outfit, owned by L. William Heiligbrodt and his wife, Corinne, won its first leading owner title at Delta Downs in 2008-2009, with 18 wins and $785,745 in earnings.
The winningest horse during the season was Rolando Cabral’s Jetabilityprospect, a 5-year-old Florida-bred son of Sasha’s Prospect. The gelding won five races from seven starts. Jetabilityprospect was trained by Olivo Inirio and was ridden by three different jockeys during the season: Junior Inirio, Luis Negron, and Hector Santiago.
Delta Downs now turns its attention to the 2011 American Quarter Horse Meet. The 46-day stand will open on April 16, and run through July 3.