Obituary: Bobby Lee Duhon

Bobby Lee Duhon

July 1, 1941 – May 10, 2021


Obituary for Bobby Lee Duhon

Catholic Funeral Services will be held for Mr. Bobby Lee Duhon at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 13, 2021 in Martin and Castille’s La Fleur de Lis Chapel, 600 E. Farrel Rd., Lafayette, La 70508. Bobby went home to be with the Lord Jesus on Monday, May 10, 2021. He peacefully passed away at his residence with his family by his side.

The family request that visitation be observed at Martin and Castille’s SOUTHSIDE location, 600 E. Farrel Rd., Lafayette, La. 70508 on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a recitation of the rosary at 6:00 PM. Visitation will resume on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 8:00 AM until the time of service at 10:00 AM.

Entombment will be in St. Alphonsus Mausoleum.

The Very Reverend Chester C. Arceneaux,VF, Rector of Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, will conduct the funeral services.

Bobby was a graduate of Judice High School and also obtained a Business Degree from Spencer Business College. He proudly spent his whole life in the Oil and Gas Industry in which he was part owner of Specialty Machine and Supply. One of his greatest passions was entertaining and caring for his customers. He was always a very hard worker and a man of strong faith. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and the pinnacle of his faith was attending Cursillo number 420. He was an active owner of race horses and served on the Board of Directors with the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. He was a lifetime member of Woodmen of the World and was the current president of Lodge 714, of Maurice, La. He served as State Jurisdictional President and National Woodmen of the World Representative. He also served on the board for Lafayette Water Works District South.

Some of his hobbies included deer hunting, duck hunting, dove hunting, golf, cooking and playing card games with his Cajun buddies. Although Bobby was well accomplished in his career and very active in his community, his passion in life was family and especially his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed and memories of him will be cherished by all who knew him.

Left behind to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 59 years, Mrs. Linda Rose Deshotels Duhon; his daughter, Suzanne Duhon Payne and her husband Sandy; his daughter, Melanie Duhon Roberts and her husband Bryan; his son, Dirk Duhon and his wife Christina; his grandchildren, Ainslie Vannoy (Garet), Macie Thibodeaux, Taylor Leon, Julian Leon, Hunter Duhon, Carson Duhon and Kinley Duhon and soon to be great-grandchild; his sister, Earline Duhon Leleux and his brother, Ronous Duhon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Adless Duhon and Ella Mae Gilbert Duhon; his infant daughter and his infant sister, Evelyn Duhon.

Upholding the honor of pallbearers will be Dirk Duhon, Hunter Duhon, Carson Duhon, Julian Leon, Sandy Payne and Bryan Roberts.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Howard Patin, Freddy Deshotels, Ainslie Vannoy, Macie Thibodeaux, Taylor Leon and Kinley Duhon.

A heartfelt appreciation is extended by the Duhon family to Dr. Ryan Chauffe and NSI for the compassonate care given to Mr. Bobby in his time of need.

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Martin & Castille-SOUTHSIDE- 600 E. Farrel Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508, 337-984-2811



New Integrity Rules Coming to Horse Racing; Frequently Asked Questions Regarding HISA

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020 and focuses on ensuring the integrity of Thoroughbred horse racing and on the safety of Thoroughbred racehorses and jockeys by requiring national, uniform safety standards that include anti-doping and medication control and racetrack safety programs.


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Obituary: Curtis Ollie Clark

Bossier City – Curtis Ollie Clark, 82, of Bossier City, passed away unexpectedly on April 29, 2021. Curtis was born in Monroe, LA, to Willie Mae “Billie” and Curtis Wharton Clark on July 20, 1938.

Curtis was raised in Bossier Parish and after graduating from Bossier High School in 1956, he then joined the Army National Guard where he attended MP School. After discharge, he married Nancy Foreman in 1958 and had 2 sons. He married Dorothy “Dot” Coffey in 1966 and had 1 daughter.

Curtis was born to be a cattleman and a horseman. It had been in his bloodline for many generations. He was happiest when he was with his cattle and horses. He loved team roping and the fellowship of rodeo. One of his favorite stories was of the time he and some of his buddies came across a deer while gathering cattle on horseback. They saw that as a challenge not to be missed. So he and Benny Grant took off after it and Curtis head roped that big 11 point buck while Benny roped the heals. What an accomplishment! They all were so proud of themselves and that story has been told countless times. After working at the family sale barn, Clark’s Livestock Auction in Bossier City, he went on to be the longtime manager of North Ridge Farms in North Shreveport. While employed there, he became the President of the Louisiana Cattleman’s Association, one of his most proud accomplishments. From there he went back to his roots to manage Clark’s Auction for several years. He was also an order buyer for Conley Cattle Company and travelled the sale barn circuit. He made many lifelong friends at those sales. Lots of stories were shared among the “Under the Tree” club. He and his wife, Dot, then began the Wineglass Cattle Company and raised cattle for many years. He was particularly proud of his brand, a wine glass, because it symbolized his love of spirits and a good time. After the cattle came the thoroughbred horses, which he also loved. He owned a few racehorses and had some success with them, but his biggest glory was “Cute ‘N Noble.” She went on to win the Louisiana Breeders Oaks and the Champions Day Ladies Stakes in 2003.

Curtis is survived by the love of his life, Dorothy “Dot” Clark, his brother, Tom Clark and wife, Jeanene, 3 children, James Curtis “Bud” Clark and wife, Belinda, Steve Clark, Michelle Clark Corley and husband, Todd, 3 grandchildren, Spencer Clark, Carson Clark, and Randi Corley, a great grandchild, Harrison Clark, nephew, Matthew Clark and niece, Melissa Morton.

2020 NTRA Legislative Annual Report Released

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2021) ― The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) 2020 Legislative Action Campaign (LAC) Annual Report is now available on the association’s website and can be downloaded here or at the following link:


The report reviews the NTRA’s federal legislative activities in 2020 and the fundraising programs that support them. Specifically, the report includes:

  • A federal legislative summary of issues that are important to horse racing and breeding, including the latest on the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, Sports Betting, Three-year Racehorse Depreciation, Immigration and other legislation;
  • A list of 2020 contributors to the NTRA’s Legislative Action Campaign through the ¼% Check-off Program and other related NTRA fundraising programs;
  • Sale company calendars; and
  • Member discount information from NTRA partners like John Deere, Sherwin-Williams, Office Depot and Big Ass Fans


“We thank the buyers, sellers and consignors who supported our federal legislative advocacy in 2020 by participating in the ¼% Check-off Program through sales hosted by our partners at Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton, Ocala Breeders Sales (OBS), the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (WTBOA) and the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA),” said NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop. “We appreciate these sale companies for all they do to help facilitate the Check-off Program and we also thank the farms, breeders and National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Tour members who contributed through other fundraising programs. It was a difficult year in many ways but, once again, the industry rallied in support of our efforts on Capitol Hill.”

Board and Standing Committee of HISA Announced

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s nominating committee announced its board of directors and standing committees. The process was led by Nancy Cox, University of Kentucky vice president for land-grant engagement and dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and Leonard Coleman, former president of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs.

The nine-person board includes five members from outside of the Thoroughbred industry and four industry representatives. The two chairs of the Authority’s standing committees serve on the board of directors, and the board is expected to select the board chair at its first meeting. The board of directors includes:

  • Steve Beshear, Kentucky (independent director)
  • Leonard Coleman, Florida (independent director)
  • Ellen McClain, New York (independent director)
  • Charles Scheeler, Maryland (independent director)
  • Adolpho Birch, chair of the Anti-Doping and Medication Control standing committee, Tennessee (independent director)
  • Joseph De Francis, Maryland (industry director)
  • Susan Stover, chair of the Racetrack Safety standing committee, California (industry director)
  • Bill Thomason, Kentucky (industry director)
  • DG Van Clief, Virginia (industry director)

The members of the Anti-Doping and Medication Control Standing Committee are:

  • Adolpho Birch, chair (Tennessee, independent director)
  • Jeff Novitzky, Nevada (independent member)
  • Kathleen Stroia, Florida (independent member)
  • Jerry Yon, Florida (independent member)
  • Jeff Blea, California (industry member)
  • Mary Scollay, Kentucky (industry member)
  • Scott Stanley, Kentucky (industry member)

The members of the Racetrack Safety Standing Committee are:

  • Susan Stover, chair (California, industry director)
  • Lisa Fortier, New York (independent member)
  • Peter Hester, Kentucky (independent member)
  • Paul Lunn, North Carolina (independent member)
  • Carl Mattacola, North Carolina (independent member)
  • Glen Kozak, New York (industry member)
  • John Velazquez, New York (industry member)


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The Jockey Club to Produce The American Racing Manual

Tuesday, May 04, 2021


The Jockey Club announced today that it will take over production of The American Racing Manual from the Daily Racing Form. The manual has traditionally served as a source for historical racing trends and data for 125 years.

“We commend the Daily Racing Form team for their dedication to compiling the statistics and written content that have made up The American Racing Manual over the years,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. “This publication is an invaluable resource to the industry, and The Jockey Club plans to continue that tradition and hopes to improve upon it.”

Daily Racing Form will continue to provide content for The American Racing Manual, helping to maintain many of the longstanding features familiar to readers.

“Daily Racing Form is proud to contribute to the continued production of The American Racing Manual,” said Itay Fisher, president and chief executive officer of Daily Racing Form. “The racing manual has been the go-to source for historical data and yearly statistical information for well over a century, and we support The Jockey Club’s efforts in taking over the stewardship of this great Thoroughbred title.”

Starting with the 2021 edition, The Jockey Club will provide the digital PDF version of the manual free of charge on its website as part of its online Fact Book. Over the next few years, the manual will be converted from a static PDF to a more dynamic product with links to source data and other user-friendly features to provide easy access to more information about Thoroughbred racing to everyone from researchers to fans.
The Jockey Club is accepting feedback for potential modifications to The American Racing Manual, which can be submitted to

The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It founded America’s Best Racing (, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing, and in partnership with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, operates OwnerView (, the ownership resource. Additional information is available at

Mamone, Owner of Imperial Hint, Dies at 88

Raymond Mamone died from COVID-19 complications May 3 in Somerville, N.J.


Raymond Mamone, who bought his first racehorse in 1976 and then waited 42 years for his first graded stakes winner, passed away from COVID-19 complications May 3 in his hometown of Somerville, N.J. He was 88.

Mamone, who had been hospitalized with the virus in recent days, owned a small stable for decades and then in 2016 it came to include eventual multiple grade 1 winner Imperial Hint  . Trained by Luis Carvajal Jr., Imperial Hint earned the nickname “Little Rocket” because he was small in stature and blessed with enormous heart and blazing speed.

Imperial Hint (by Imperialism) delivered the first graded stakes scores to both his owner and his trainer when he took the General George Stakes (G3) and the Smile Sprint Stakes (G3) in 2017 before finishing second by one length in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) that same year. He would go on to win the True North Stakes (G2), the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1), and the Vosburgh Stakes (G1) in 2018 and repeat in the Vanderbilt in 2019. He earned more than $2.2 million in his 25-race career with a 14-2-4 record.


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Arlington Heights Votes to Ban No-Gaming Clause in Sale

Village board voted to prohibit CDI from including clause in sale of Illinois track.


The village of Arlington Heights, Ill., has tossed a potential monkey wrench into the planned sale and presumed demolition of Arlington International Racecourse.

The Arlington Heights village board at a May 3 meeting voted to prohibit the track’s owner, Churchill Downs Inc., from including in any sale agreement a provision the new owners could not use the property for gaming or certain other uses.

The village legal and planning department, which drafted the ordinance, said the intent is “to preserve all options for the property whether it includes complete redevelopment through a long-term master plan or continued use as a horse racing facility with additional redevelopment.”


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The `Good’ Larry Melancon

By Bryan Krantz

Back in the days when I was in high school, I would work in the racing office at Jefferson Downs in the mornings as an entry clerk. This was before the days of computerized databases and electronically keyed-in entries. Entry blanks were bound by red glue as thick pads and filled out in pencil. Each form filled out one by one, as the jockey agents and trainers drifted into the racing office to do business. Entries were made in individual stalls for privacy and usually in a hushed tone so no one could overhear the potential competitors filling the races offered for the race day to be carded several days later.

The jockey agents were a cast of Runyon-esque all-stars. “Sad Sal the Horseman’s Pal” who had spent time in “Mandeville”…the mental hospital, Roland “Buck Eye” Dagrepoint, Lloyd L. “Cuz” Nixon, John Giambelluca, along with others would keep things lively as they entered trainers’ horses for the day after securing calls for their riders. Some of the trainers would enter their own. There are hundreds of stories about those guys and those days, but the one for today begins in those days and came to a close Mar. 25, 2021.


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Asmussen Breaks Single-Season Oaklawn Earnings Record

Trainer Steve Asmussen breaks his single-season Oaklawn record for purse earnings.


Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen broke his single-season Oaklawn Park record for purse earnings when Sianara and Miner’s Queen ran 1-2, respectively, in the seventh race April 28, a maiden special weight sprint for fillies and mares, 3 and up, valued at $93,000.

Asmussen’s runners collected $74,400 for the finish, pushing his total past the record $5,644,609 set in 2019 when he won 64 races, second-highest single-season total in Oaklawn history. Wednesday was the 48th day of the weather-shortened 51-day meeting that ends Saturday. Asmussen finished Wednesday with $5,686,643 in purse earnings at the meet.


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