Delta Downs Kicks Off '20-'21 Season Nov. 24


Delta Downs

Delta Down's 2020-21 season Thoroughbred season, which had been set to begin Oct. 6, has been rescheduled for Nov. 24 because of the damaging storms that have rolled through the area over the past two months. Hurricane Laura, which struck the Vinton, Louisiana area Aug. 27 as a Category 4 storm with winds of nearly 150 miles per hour, caused extensive damage to the facility before Hurricane Delta struck nearly the same area as a Category 2 storm Oct. 9.

The 84-day meeting will continue through Apr. 16 and feature live racing each Monday through Thursday following opening week. Post times for the season have been moved up to 12:55 p.m. CST daily as a result of the damage sustained by the lighting system, making nighttime racing impossible.

Additionally, the stakes schedule has been revised from 2019 with the track offering 22 added-money races worth a total of $1.745 million, including a pair of $60,000 races opening weekend. The track will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 before the week wraps up with a pair of $100,000 events, the Treasure Chest S. and the Delta Mile S.

The richest race day of the year, scheduled for Feb. 10, features 18th edition of Louisiana Premier Day. The program includes 10 stakes for Louisiana-bred horses and a total of $805,000 in total purse money. The featured race on Louisiana Premier Day will be the $125,000 Louisiana Premier Day Championship for older horses.

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