POW! Apprentice Jockey Ramirez Makes Remarkable Recovery At Delta Downs

Paulina Ramirez nearly falls off St Teresa

Apprentice jockey Paulina Ramirez was cruising on the front end in a juvenile maiden claimer Wednesday evening at Delta Downs, when disaster nearly struck. Her mount, St Teresa, seemed to duck and hit the rail, flipping Ramirez off the side of the horse.

Ramirez, whose nickname is Pow!, somehow managed to hang on and lift herself back over St Teresa. While the rider had to give up her winning position, she still managed to finish third.


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Billy Badgett New Florida HBPA Executive Director

The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association has tabbed veteran trainer and racing executive William ‘Billy’ Badgett to fill the group’s vacant position of executive director.

Badgett, 67, recently left his position as vice president of racing at Gulfstream Park after a five-year stint on the frontside following a long and distinguished career as a trainer. His most well-known trainee was two time Eclipse award winning and Hall of Famer Go For Wand. Badgett has trained the winners of 583 races and over $21 million in purses.

“With horse racing facing such an uncertain future, I figured that my talents would be best served by helping the horsemen and backside community,” said Badgett. “I have the unique experience of having worked on both sides of the fence and going back to my roots as a horseman really appealed to me.”

FHBPA president Steve Screnci stated, “We are really excited to have Billy on board with the FHBPA. He is uniquely qualified to represent horsemen as in addition to his vast experience as a top trainer, he also has seen racing’s issues firsthand from the point of view of track management. Billy will be a huge asset for our organization.”

The FHBPA represents the interests of over 5,000 thoroughbred horse owners and trainers who race in south Florida. The FHBPA works to foster and promote their relationships with racetracks, government and community while creating a better economic climate in which our members can do business.

Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale Set for March 31

The 2020 Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, at Lone Star Park. The breeze show will be held at the Dallas-area track on Sunday, March 29. The auction is a joint venture by the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park. 

“Our yearling and mixed sale at Lone Star Park in August had gross sales and average prices both jumping by more than 20 percent, and we expect that momentum to continue into the 2-year-old sale,” said Tim Boyce, sales director. “The Southwest area has been strong for many years, and now with this very important legislation recently passed to boost the industry in Texas the region will get even stronger.” 

Sale graduates will be eligible for the 2020 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity to be run in divisions for fillies and colts/geldings at Lone Star in July. The estimated purse for each division is $100,000. 

“With new legislation passed to enhance purse money at Texas tracks and funds for the Accredited Texas-bred program, there is a lot of optimism for 2020 and beyond,” said Mary Ruyle, executive director of the Texas Thoroughbred Association. “We’ve already noticed an uptick in interest as breeding season approaches, so that bodes well for the future of Texas racing and breeding.”

The entry deadline for the sale is January 15, 2020, and consignment contracts and more information is available at www.ttasales.com.



Gold Cup Stakes
Delta Downs, 10-12-19, One Mile
Accredited Louisiana Bred, 3-year-olds & Upwards, $100,000

Trevilion - Gold Cup finish - 10-12-19

Lone Star Special-Spotsylvania
Breeder: Tigertail Ranch
Owner: Tigertail Ranch
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Musket Man-Spaseeba
Breeder: James A. Mcgehee Jr.
Owner: Double Dam Farm LLC
Trainer: Delmar R. Caldwell
Jockey: Roberto Morales

Jimi’s A Star
Star Guitar-Unusual Strike
Breeder: James Boyd
Owner: James A. Boyd
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.
Jockey: Emanuel Nieves


VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs wrapped up its first week of live racing on Saturday night with the $100,000 Gold Cup Stakes for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds and up competing at one mile. Tigertail Ranch’s Trevilion notched the initial stakes win of his career in the event and in the process gave trainer Victor Arceneaux a sweep of the weekend stakes activity. Arceneaux also saddled Mariah’s Galaxy before her score in the $100,000 Magnolia Stakes on Friday night.

Breaking from the outside post position in a field of 10, Trevilion stalked the early pace in the Gold Cup under jockey Diego Saenz sitting two lengths off the lead of Just Stormin. The latter carved out fractional times of 23.46 seconds for the opening quarter mile, and 48.15 for the half. As the field entered the far turn, Just Stormin was gave way to Trevilion who made a three-wide move and powered on to a four-length win over Mageez, who closed late for second. Jimi’s a Star also rallied to grab third, another head behind the runner-up.

The final time of the Gold Gup for Trevilion was 1:39.85 over a fast track.

Trevilion has now won four of seven career starts. His lifetime bankroll now stands at $143,250 after depositing another $60,000 on Saturday night.

Bred in Louisiana by his owner, Trevilion is a 3-year-old gelding by Lone Star Special, out of the Marquetry mare Spotsylvania.

Sent to the gate at odds of 7-2 on the totebard, Trevilion paid $9.60 to win, $4.60 to place and $3.60 to show. Mageez was worth $4.40 to place and $3.20 to show. Jimi’s a Star returned $5.80 to show.


Delta Downs will begin its second week of the new season on Wednesday night with another 10-race program that begins at 4:55 pm CST. Next week’s featured races include the $100,000 Louisiana Jewel on Friday night and the $100,000 Louisiana Legacy on Saturday.

For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.




Magnolia Stakes
Delta Downs, 10-11-19, One mile
Accredited Louisiana Bred, 3-year-olds and Upwards, Fillies and Mares, $100,000

Mariah's Galaxy - Magnolia Stakes - 10-11-19

Greeley’s Galaxy-Black Mariah
Breeder: Margie K. Averett
Owner: Riley Blanchet and Todd Matte
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Kevin J. Smith

Remember Daisy
Misremembered-Very Speightstown
Breeder: Al Ulwelling and Bill Ulwelling
Owner: Al and Bill Ulwelling
Trainer: Gary M. Scherer
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

Special Blessing
Flat Out-Langsyne
Breeder: J. Adcock
Owner: Coteau Grove Farms LLC
Trainer: W. Bret Calhoun
Jockey: Roberto Morales


VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the first stakes race of its new Thoroughbred season on Friday night as Riley Blanchet and Todd Matte’s Mariah’s Galaxy stormed home in front to take the $100,000 Magnolia Stakes for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares under jockey Kevin Smith.

Mariah’s Galaxy, who is trained by Victor Arceneaux, also won the Lookout Stakes at Delta Downs last year and now boasts and overall record of eight wins from 23 career starts. The $60,000 paycheck on Friday night raised her career bankroll to $242,485.

Fleet Halo took the early lead in Friday’s one-mile headliner and carved our fractional times 23.67 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 48.22 for the half and 1:13.08 for three quarters. But when she turned for home she was engulfed by Mariah’s Galaxy who had sat back in the field early before commencing a rally that put her in front at the top of the lane. Following Mariah’s Galaxy was race favorite Remember Daisey, who wound up four lengths behind the winner on the finish line. Special Blessing finished another 2-3/4 lengths behind the top pair in third.

The winner covered the distance in a time of 1:39.72 over a fast track.

Bred in Louisiana by Margie K. Averett, Mariah’s Galaxy is a 5-year-old mare by Greeley’s Galaxy, out of the Devil His Due mare Black Mariah.

Sent to the gate at odds of 15-1, Mariah’s Galaxy paid $32.60 to win, $9 to place and $4.40 to show. Remember Daisey returned $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show. Special Blessing was worth $3 to show.

Delta Downs will close out its opening week of racing on Saturday with another 10-race program that begins at 4:55 pm CST. Saturday’s featured race is the $100,000 Gold Cup for Louisiana-bred older horses competing at one mile.


For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.


Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

Amber Doege Joins TTA as Accreditation Manager and Racing Coordinator

The Texas Thoroughbred Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Amber Doege as Accreditation Manager and Racing Coordinator. Doege is replacing Jennifer Gibbs, who is retiring later this year after 20 years of service at the Lone Star State’s largest breed organization.

Doege, whose father, Glenn, was a longtime trainer based in Texas, brings nearly 20 years of experience in the industry. Her previous positions in horse racing include assistant racing secretary, stakes coordinator, horse identifier, paddock judge, placing judge and claims clerk at tracks around the region such as Retama Park, Lone Star Park, Delta Downs and Fair Grounds. Doege earned a bachelor’s degree at Texas State University with a major in animal science.

Doege’s responsibilities will cover the Accredited Texas-bred program, Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes and Texas Thoroughbred Futurity as well as the two Thoroughbred sales held jointly by the TTA and Lone Star Park.

“I’m very excited to be joining the TTA team,” said Doege. “I know that I have big shoes to fill but Jennifer has spared no effort to make sure this transition is smooth.”

“I know I speak for countless TTA members in saying that we will miss the knowledge and passion that Jennifer brought to the position for many years, but we are also thrilled to welcome Amber to the team,” said Mary Ruyle, executive director of the TTA. “She brings a wide range of experience in the industry, and she’ll do a great job serving our membership, especially now with an increase in purses and Accredited Texas-bred program funds thanks to the recent passage of legislation.”

Kentucky Commission Unanimously Approves Sale Of Turfway To Churchill



A rendering of the planned grandstand for Turfway Park.

At a special meeting convened Tuesday afternoon, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously to approve the change of control for Turfway Park, clearing the way for Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) to purchase the track for $46 million. Churchill, operating via its wholly-owned subsidiary, NKYRG LLC, announced the deal last week, noting it was contingent upon Commission approval. The closing is expected to take place tomorrow.

Kevin Flannery, president of Churchill Downs Race Track, presented the commission with CDI’s initial plans for the facility. CDI plans to hold the upcoming race meet, which runs December to March, and demolish the existing grandstand and associated buildings immediately after. Flannery said simulcasting will be moved to another, to-be-determined location during construction. CDI plans to operate during the same December to March timeframe next season, with the hope being that the majority of the construction will be completed by the end of 2020. The official grand opening for the new facility is slated sometime mid-2021.


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Horse Racing Reform Bill Gains Momentum

Effort for uniform standards to protect racehorses passed major milestones this week.

The effort to bring uniform standards to protect racehorses passed three major milestones this week, according to an Oct. 8 release from the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity.

One hundred and fifty members of Congress have signed on as co-sponsors to the Horseracing Integrity Act, which is more than one third of the House of Representatives. Besides the strong Congressional support, 135 of the industry’s leading trainers support the bill. Additionally, more than 53,000 people have signed a petition from the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity calling for passage of the bill.

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LTBA Announces Breeders Awards Increase for Accredited Louisiana Bred Runners by Louisiana Sires

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Announces Breeders Awards Increase for Accredited Louisiana Bred Runners by Louisiana Sires

First U Make Aroux, Louisiana-bred by Louisiana based sire Due Date pictured winning the 2019 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) Board of Directors has announced  that the LTBA will be increasing Breeders Awards for Louisiana Sired Accredited Louisiana Breds to 20% beginning with the 2019-20 Delta Downs thoroughbred meet which opens Tuesday, October 8th.  Breeders Awards for Accredited Louisiana breds by stallions standing outside the state of Louisiana will continue to be paid at 18%.

The LTBA board is promoting the change an incentive to persuade breeders to choose stallions  that stand in the state of Louisiana. The increase was passed at the October 2nd LTBA Board Meeting at L’auberge Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Based on 2018 figures, the change could increase breeders awards paid out to Louisiana sired Louisiana breds by an estimated $500,000  this year.

LTBA President Warren J. Harang, III said of the change, “the Louisiana breeding program is one of the strongest in the country. The board wanted to reward breeders who make their stallion selections among the many outstanding choices we have here in the state.”

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Louisiana Bred Tenpin Sugar Wins Show Jumper Division of 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover


Cowboy Swagger is 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover Champion With Fallon Taylor

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Cowboy Swagger, 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover Champion with Fallon Taylor. Photo by CanterClix

Champion barrel racer Fallon Taylor takes on a new challenge every year: in 2018, she took up show jumping. This year, she took on the Thoroughbred Makeover. Already a champion — she was the 2014 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Champion and 2018 AQHA World Champion — Taylor can add one more line to her deep resume: trainer of the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover Champion, Cowboy Swagger.

Much like winning the average in a rodeo, Taylor and Cowboy Swagger’s consistent, steady performances earned them victory in the Barrel Racing discipline at the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. Taylor didn’t lead after the horsemanship component, nor did she set the fastest times in the two daily barrel runs, but through those consistent performances she maintained the best overall scores in the division. After clinching the championship in Barrel Racing, Taylor’s fan base rallied behind her to vote her to the overall title.

In the TCA Covered Arena for the voting and award presentation, Cowboy Swagger stood quietly as the other horses circled around him, with just a set of reins around his neck and a massive blanket of roses that Taylor had made specially for her Thoroughbred barrel horse. A casual bystander might not guess that this horse just a few hours ago had been agilely turning barrels and sprinting for home flat-out in the same arena.

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Fallon Taylor and Cowboy Swagger in the Finale in front of a packed house. Photo by CanterClix

“I think the coolest thing about these Thoroughbreds is their demeanor,” Taylor commented. “This is a special, unique horse. I’m just sitting here with no bridle on, people all around, all these cameras pointed at him, and he’s completely unaffected. The Thoroughbreds want to please. And these guys are made to run — they’re made for this job. It’s our job to be kind, be patient and help these horses learn the pattern and learn their new job. We need to go out and get these horses and scoop them up!”

Taylor acquired Cowboy Swagger based on the advice of a friend who knew the horse on the track and loved his personality. He was bred in Oregon by Dr. and Mrs. Jack B. Root Jr., and as of his last start on January 8, 2019 at Portland Meadows he was trained by Sam Dronen. By Grindstone out of the Baquero mare One Fast Cowgirl, Cowboy Swagger made 16 career starts with three wins and total earnings of $20,299.

As a savvy social media personality, Taylor understands how to lever that fan base for a good cause. She’s documented her journey to the Makeover with Cowboy Swagger over the past few months, but that turned out to be just the beginning. “I documented every single ride that I took on this horse so that I can keep sharing that next year with my following and help more people try this competition,” she detailed.

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Fallon Taylor and Cowboy Swagger. Photo by CanterClix

“The horsemanship pattern was a challenge for me,” Taylor admitted earlier in the week. “But I like knowing that the horses are leaving the Makeover with a good foundation, especially if they’re selling at the Marketplace, to know that the next rider is going to have a really cool horse to play with later.”

And as for what this particular personal challenge has taught Taylor that she’ll take away to apply to her other barrel horses? “I’ve had to really be patient with this horse, and that’s going to help me on my other horses as well.”

2019 Thoroughbred Makeover Discipline Champions:

Competitive Trail: Belfast Cowboy, trained by Toni Harmon
Dressage: Fifth Ace, trained by Alison O’Dwyer
Eventing: Sanimo, trained by Rosie Napravnik
Field Hunter: Diplomat, trained by Sara Katz
Freestyle: Grande Warrior, trained by Amy Bowers
Polo: Great Reward, trained by Buck Schott
Ranch Work: Silence Is Awesome, trained by Amber Jacobson
Show Hunter: Furaha, trained by Susan Deal
Show Jumper: Tenpin Sugar, trained by Katherine Deichmann

For full results from the Thoroughbred Makeover, please visit www.tbmakeover.org.

Tenpin Sugar, a 2013 bay mare by Tenpins out of Storm Cat mare, Hurricane Amy won the show jumper division of the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover with trainer Katherine Deichmann. Bred in Louisiana by Emile J. Barras Farm Stables LLC., Tenpin Sugar earned $7,586 in her racing career.



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