Delta Downs Race Track, Casino and Hotel is a Calcasieu Parish racetrack for thoroughbreds and quarter horses in southern Louisiana. The track opened its gates in 1973, under Lee Berwick. Delta Downs held both quarter horse and thoroughbred race meetings, even in a mixed format. In the 1990s, after a law permitting the use of slot machines was passed, the Delta Downs track was sold to Boyd Gaming.

Hurricane Rita’s 2005 deadly path through the area caused the casino, hotel, and track to suffer serious damages in its wake; the track had to close for about six months after the hurricane, but the slots casino fortunately took up the slack. The racing quality has improved since then, producing many race-quality horses.

A famous fraud, ranked 11 on the top 25 cheats in sports, was perpetrated by Jockey Sylvester Carmouche in 1990 at Delta Downs Race Track. He hid the 5-year-old named Landing Officer he was riding in the fog as the other horses circled by, and for this he was later charged with felony theft by fraud.

The Delta Downs features draft, miniatures, and thoroughbreds on display. Malcolm Chiasson owns the quarter horse Red River Rebel, which holds the track record as of 2011, and is also the leading quarter horse winner and money-maker in Louisiana.

The track is a 6-furlong oval, and there is also a 550-yard quarter-horse chute. For thoroughbreds, there are a 0.625 mile and a 1.0625-mile chute. The track surface is sand and clay, with a limestone base.

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Delta Downs Racetrack Facts:

  • Racecourse type: American Thoroughbred
  • Location: Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
  • Purse: N/A
  • Venue Capacity: N/A
  • Track length: main track 6 furlong oval, 550-yard quarter-horse chute, a 0.625 mile thoroughbred chute, and a 1.0625 mile thoroughbred chute.
  • Important track records: N/A