Delta Meet Wrapup
Delta wraps up its racing season.
July 15, 2014
Delta Downs wrapped up its 2014 American Quarter Horse season on Saturday night with another edition of Louisiana Showcase Night. The 10-race program featured eight stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses and it capped off a great season for John Hamilton, Kenneth Roberts, Sr. and Joan Rood, who finished the meeting as leading jockey, trainer and owner respectively.
Hamilton is a veteran jockey who has now won three consecutive Delta Downs riding titles dating back to 2012. This year he was near the lead in the standings all season long but came into the final week of racing one win behind David Alvarez. He then proceeded to reel off nine tallies to close out the meeting with a total of 49 from 262 mounts. Alvarez could only muster three trips to the winner’s circle during the final four days of action and wound up second with 44.
The 50-year-old Hamilton, who resides in Newton, Texas, also led all jockeys in terms of mount earnings during the season with a total of $890,566. His richest and only stakes victory of the meet came with Fast Talkin Henry in the $100,000 Louisiana Classic (RG2) on closing night.
Kenneth Roberts, Sr. was unstoppable at Delta Downs in 2014 as he saddled 50 winners. Roberts, who makes his home near the racetrack in Vinton, Louisiana, sent out a total of 210 starters during the season. His richest score came in the $217,545 Delta Downs Louisiana-bred Derby on closing night with Kool Design. Overall Robert’s trainees earned $956,442 which was the most of any trainer.
Roberts’ has now won three consecutive training titles at Delta Downs and six overall in the Boyd Gaming era. His other crowns came in 2002, 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Joan Rood captured her first leading owner title at Delta Down this year as she saw 10 of her 31 starters make it to the winner’s circle. The leading owner in terms of earnings was Joseph Landreneau, whose runners amassed $531,229. The vast majority of Landreneau’s total came from one horse, Game, who won the $265,285 Louisiana Laddie Futurity (RG2) and the $645,645 Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity (RG1) during the season. The Lee Berwick marked the richest American Quarter Horse racing in track history dating back to 1973.
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