VINTON, La. (AP) — Gerard Melancon won the Delta Downs Jackpot for the second time in three years, guiding Rise Up to a six-length victory Saturday in the $1 million race.
Rise Up, trained by Tom Amoss, ran 1 1/16 miles in a stakes record 1:44.71 and paid $6.20, $4 and $2.80. Casiguapo returned $6 and $4 while Rankhasprivileges paid $4 to show in the field of 10 2-year-olds. The old mark was 1:44.72 set by Big Drama in 2008.
Rise Up won his previous start, the Jean Lafitte Stakes, also by six lengths on Oct. 26 at Delta Downs. The Jackpot was his fifth career start and fourth victory.
“I knew we had a great horse coming out of the 10-hole,” Melancon said. “I think going a mile and a 1/16th, the 10 hole is really a great spot. I had all kinds of options.”