Delta Downs Ends Quarter Horse Meet with Louisiana Showcase Night

The 12-race program will feature seven official state-bred stakes.

Edited press release

Delta Downs will end its Quarter Horse season with a 12-race program, entitled Louisiana Showcase Night, on Saturday. First post time is 5:45 p.m. (CDT), and more than $1.4 million in purses will be offered to horsemen.

Delta Downs’s American Quarter Horse Season will end on Saturday with a 12-race program, Louisiana Showcase Night, featuring seven official stakes races for state-breds.

The entire program will feature races restricted to Louisiana-breds and will offer more than $1.4 million in purses, with the 350-yard, $700,000 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) headlining the card. First post time is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. (CDT).

In addition to the races, Delta Downs will also honor the meet's leading jockey, trainer and owner. Coming into the week, the race for leading jockey is still in doubt as Luis Vivanco leads the standings, but by only three wins over five-time Delta Downs leading jockey John Hamilton, 38-35. The race for leading trainer is all but wrapped up as Michael Taylor owns a 13-win advantage over Orlando Orozco, 34-21. Taylor won his first title as a trainer at Delta Downs in 2015.

The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association will conduct a drawing for two $1,500 college scholarships during the Louisiana Showcase Night program. Entrants must be enrolled and in good standing with a Louisiana college or university, and enter the drawing between 5:30-7:30 p.m. The drawing box will be located on the track level near the escalator that leads to the Triple Crown buffet. Entrants must be present to win. The winner’s will be announced between races after 7:30 pm.

Delta Downs will also welcome a special guest to its simulcast program during Louisiana Premier Night as Martha Claussen will join track announcer Don Stevens on the simulcast show as a co-host and handicapper. She also will interview the connections of the winners after the major stakes races. 

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