Delta Downs wraps up 2015 quarter horse season

Director of Racing Chris Warren with leading owner Joan Rood and her trainer

The 46-day quarter horse season ended July 11 at Delta Downs in nearby Vinton, Louisiana, and the leading jockey, trainer and owner were honored.

With his fourth consecutive riding title in hand weeks ago, 51-year-old jockey John “Hambone” Hamilton won 69 races in 328 mounts for earnings of $1,206,044.

Rounding out the top 10 jockeys for the season were Raul Ramirez Jr. (38 wins), David Alvarez (37), Pat Watson (33), Juan Marquez (27), Alfonso Lujan (26), Randy Edison (21), Tony Alberto (19), Armando Ramirez (19), and Eddi Martinez (16).

Mike Taylor trained the most winners this season to earn his first leading training title with 37 victories in 153 starts with purses totaling $717,326. Kenny Roberts, who finished second with 35 wins, led all trainers in money with $1,047,174.

Following the top two trainers in the win column this season were Trey Ellis (32), Carlos Saldivar (24), Martin Trejo (23), Randy Hebert (23), Manuel Macias (13), Lanny Keith (11), Kelli Smith (11), and Kevin Broussard (10).

Winning her second consecutive leading owner title was Saskatchewan, Canada, resident Joan Rood, who won 16 races in 60 attempts. Rood’s runners earned a total of $238,364, which ranked second to Jason Richards and Michael J. LeBlanc’s $473,153. Rood’s exclusive trainer throughout the season was Randy Hebert.

Filling out the list of top 10 owners in terms of wins were Jose Barron (12), Joseph Landreneau (8), Rogelio Marquez Jr. (8), Mike Taylor (7), Tony Doughtie (6), Triple C Racing Stables (5), Gene Cox (5), M&G Farms (4), and Mary G. Lynne Thompson (4).

The 2015-16 thoroughbred season will begin Friday, Oct. 16.

Evangeline Downs

Delta’s sister track in Opelousas, Louisiana, will host three turf stakes races Saturday, July 25. The 10-race card will start at 5:40 p.m. and those races, along with others across the country, can be wagered on inside the off-track-betting area inside Delta Downs.

The first stakes on the program will be Race 3, the $75,000 Sunset, as a field of seven travel 1 1/16 miles on the grass, including multiple stakes winner Stormdriver, who has already won two stakes on the dirt this season at Evangeline including the $125,000 Louisiana Legends Classic and the $60,000 John Henry. Also in the race is Grade 3 winner Potomac River.

Race 7 will be the $75,000 Opelousas as a field of eight fillies and mares go 1 mile on the turf. Leading contender is $50,000 Ellis Park Turf winner Haunted Heroine.

Multiple stakes winner and $980,000 earner Heitai will be the one to beat in Race 8, which is the $75,000 Turf Express with nine horses darting 5 furlongs. The 5-year-old gelding has won 15 of 31 starts, including 4-for-5 on the grass.