Jockey Gerard Melancon led all jockeys in terms of wins with 78 and total mount earnings with $1,947,925. The 48-year-old Scott, Louisiana resident scored four stakes tallies on the meet. His richest wins came in the My Trusty Cat with La Appassionata and the Louisiana Jewel aboard Giant Cruiser. Each race was worth $150,000.
Overall it was Melancon’s fourth leading jockey title at Delta Downs dating back to the 2007-2008 season when he set a track record with 146 trips to the winner’s circle and his mounts earned a record $2,815,690. During his illustrious career Melancon has won 4,481 races and will most likely reach the 4,500 win plateau at Evangeline Downs during their 2016 season which gets underway on April 6.
Following Melancon in the jockey standings this year were Ashley Broussard (66 wins), C. J. McMahon (66), Eddie Martin, Jr. (62), Emanuel Nieves (39), Chris Rosier (37), Steve Bourque (37), Kirk LeBlanc (35), Colby Hernandez (34) and Alex Cortez (25).