Matt Vance Named Executive VP Of Racing At Remington, Lone Star

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Matt Vance

Officials with Global Gaming Solutions recently announced Matt Vance has been named executive vice president of racing for Remington Park in Oklahoma City and Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Skip Seeley, Global Gaming Solutions CEO, said Vance’s thorough knowledge of the horse industry and his passion for working collaboratively with horsemen, jockeys, racing fans and employees played an instrumental role in this decision.

“For several years, Matt has overseen racing operations at Remington Park and over the past couple years he has served in an advisory role at Lone Star Park. His leadership and commitment to horse racing helped us navigate a very trying time during the pandemic at both tracks. He led the 2020 Quarter Horse Season through uncharted territory that enabled racing to continue throughout the pandemic. He then used that experience to guide health and safety protocols and operations in Grand Prairie when its season opened.”

Seeley noted that Vance also received the 2020 Gordon Crone Special Achievement Award from the American Quarter Horse Association for his work during the pandemic.

As executive vice president for both tracks, he will oversee all mutuels/simulcasting, operations, track maintenance and racing operations.

“It is an honor to be able to live my passion for horse racing every day and to do that alongside some of the best horsemen, jockeys and fans in the sport,” said Vance. “As we build on our current successes, which include purse increases at both tracks, I look forward to working with our committed employees in both states to enhance our horsemen and patron experience.”

Vance has served as vice president of racing operations at Remington Park since 2015. He has worked in the racing industry for over 35 years, starting with Louisiana Downs in 1986 then to Remington Park from 1988-1997. He moved to other tracks for six years and eventually returned to Remington Park in 2003 for the construction of the casino, and the transition to new ownership in Global Gaming Solutions in 2010. During his tenure, Vance has played a key role on the leadership team that has helped the track soar in quality and popularity in recent years.

For more information about Remington Park, visit https://www.remingtonpark.com/. To learn more about Lone Star Park, go to https://www.lonestarpark.com/.

Trainer Karl Broberg Reaches 4,000-Win Milestone

Karl Broberg became the 13th trainer in North American history to reach 4,000 wins on Friday night when the Louisiana-bred gelding Baudette Blizzard edged Boo Be Right in a $5,000 claiming race at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. It was the fourth of five winners on the night for Broberg, who had 11 horses entered Friday at three tracks: Prairie Meadows, Lone Star Park in Texas and Evangeline Downs in Louisiana.

Baudette Blizzard is owned by Broberg’s End Zone Athletics, which claimed the gelding in June 2020 for $20,000. He was ridden to victory by Elvin Gonzalez.

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Lone Star Park Raises Overnight Purses 20%

Lone Star Park announced June 10 a 20% across-the-board overnight purse increase, effective immediately. Purses that ranged from $12,000 to $39,000 will now be worth $14,400 to $46,800.

Lone Star’s next live racing day is June 11, its first date of racing since the announced increase. Its centerpiece day of racing this weekend comes June 13 when the track hosts five stakes for either Texas-breds or progeny of Texas stallions.

The meet continues through July 11.

GERARD MELANCON REACHES MILESTONE 5,000TH VICTORY AT EVANGELINE DOWNS

LOUISIANA NATIVE BECOMES THE 37TH NORTH AMERICAN RIDER TO SURPASS THE MARK

 

OPELOUSAS, LA –Evangeline Downs fans were treated to a historic evening as jockey Gerard Melancon picked up a milestone victory in the final race on Thursday.  Melancon’s heavily favored runner, Reposado, led gate-to-wire, as he became the newest member of the 5000-victory club.  With countless friends and family in attendance, Melancon was able to celebrate early, even flashing five fingers as he crossed the wire in a 5-3/4 length victory.

 

The win was made more special as the victor was trained by longtime friend Glen Delahoussaye.  Running for owner Charles Carlton, the gelded son of Shackleford, Reposado is out of the Two Punch mare Bronze Abe.

 

Melancon began his professional riding career at Delta Downs in 1984.  His first victory came with his third career mount with Dash and Cash on February 9, 1984.  His first victory over the original Evangeline Downs oval, was astride Cajun Lawman on April 7 the same year.

 

A multiple graded stake winning jockey, he piloted Bonapaw to a Grade I winning score in the 2002 Vosburgh at Belmont Park.  Melancon claimed two editions of the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot, first with Saber Cat in 2011 and then with Rise Up in 2013.  His most recent graded-stakes score came in 2019 in the Lukas Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs with Mocito Rojo.

 

The native of Rayne, LA has ridden in over 31,900 races and his mounts have earned nearly $88 million in purse money.  He recently passed Ramon Dominguez on the career wins list and the next rider to catch is Alex Solis with 5,035 wins.

 

He considers the 2004 Super Derby aboard Fantastic Cat his biggest win.  “It was a race I had dreamed about winning, and to do it twenty years into my career was pretty special,” he stated.

 

Several people have been integral in the storied career of Melancon.  “I have to thank my wife, Annette, for all of her support through the years.  Manuel Robin was integral in giving me a chance to get started, and my agent Louis Coco has been a great partner for the past 25 years.”

 

For more information on racing at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.com and on Twitter @evdracing.  Racing continues on a Wednesday thru Saturday schedule until the end of the meet on September 18.

 

Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Evangeline Downs is located in Opelousas, Louisiana, off I-49 on Cresswell Lane at Exit 18.

 

Iron Fist Starters 2 for 2

The first two starters for Louisiana stallion Iron Fist (Tapit-Successful Outlook), have both broken their maidens in their first attempts.

Saturday, June 5th, 2-year-old Louisiana-bred filly, Buckley Bunny (Iron Fist-Slamming) won her first start, a maiden special weight at Evangeline Downs. The grey filly trained by Steven B. Flint, trailed early, but with a late burst of speed, won going away by 2 lengths.

Two weeks earlier, the first starter for Iron Fist, 2-year-old Louisiana bred filly, Feisty Fist, also broke her maiden in her first start. 

Iron Fist stands at Whispering Oaks Farm LLC in Carencro, Louisiana.

Cornell’s Equine Seminar Series presents “5 Tips for keeping your horse sound”

WHAT: Michelle Delco, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, assistant research professor and equine surgery specialist, shares expert advice for horse owners on preventing lameness to keep horses sound.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 6 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Via zoom, registration required https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/9416225643191/WN_e-TIOSODRKmWi-huVEo5aA

MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Len Johnson at len.johnson@cornell.edu.

 

ITHACA, N.Y. – “A sound horse” is a term used to refer to the overall health of the animal not the whinny noise it makes. A sound horse is one with no lameness, illness, or injury. Key actions to achieve and sustain equine soundness will be presented during the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Seminar Series, on Tuesday, June 15 from 6 – 7 p.m. via Zoom.

 

Dr. Michelle Delco received her DVM from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. After completing a residency in Equine Surgery at University of California, Davis to become a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Delco served as an Assistant Professor of Equine Surgery at Kansas State University. In 2008, she joined a private equine referral practice near Seattle, WA, where her primary focus was orthopedic surgery and the diagnosis and treatment of complicated sports injuries in equine athletes. In 2012, Dr. Delco returned to Cornell University to pursue her PhD, which she completed in 2016. She is currently an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, and serves as a large animal surgeon at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals and Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists in Elmont, NY. Her research focuses on understanding how joint injury leads to arthritis in horses and humans. Specifically, she is investigating mitochondria, the energy-producing centers of the cell, as a link between cartilage trauma and osteoarthritis. Her group is also interested in understanding the role of mitochondrial function in tissue repair and regenerative medicine. The goal of her research is to develop new treatment strategies to prevent irreversible joint disease and chronic pain in equine and human patients who suffer orthopedic injuries.

 

The Cornell Equine Seminar Series is presented by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Hospital, the New York State 4-H Horse Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Held monthly, equine experts present on important equine health and management topics. The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to register with Len Johnson at len.johnson@cornell.edu

 

For additional information about the college, see the College of Veterinary Medicine news website.

LTBA’s Breeders Sale Company of Louisiana to hold Yearling Sale Followed by Mixed Session, October 2, 2021

June 8, 2021

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana will be holding a Yearling Sale followed by a Mixed Session on October 2, 2021 at the Equine Sales of Louisiana Facility in Opelousas, La. Consignment forms will be in the mail and on line at https://www.louisianabred.com/ shortly. With the Equine Sales Company deciding not to conduct any sales in 2021 the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Board of Directors felt it was necessary to serve our breeders and provide a market for their horses. We look forward to your entries and anticipate a successful sale.

 

Sincerely,

Warren J. Harang, III

OBS June Sale begins Wednesday, June 9th

The 2021 OBS June Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training & Horses of Racing Age is set for Wednesday through Friday, June 9th – 11th with all sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Hip No’s 1- 316 will be sold on Wednesday, Hip No’s 317- 632 will be offered Thursday and Hip No.’s 633 – 927 will sell on Friday. The catalog is available in the OBS website at obssales.com and in printed form at the sales grounds. Hip No.’s 1 – 874 are in the main book, Supplements 875 – 927 are in a separate catalog.

Videos from the five Under Tack sessions are posted online at obssales.com as well as viewable on site via video kiosks located around the sales pavilion. Current information about OBS sales, consignors and graduates is now also available via social media sites Facebook and Twitter. A link on the homepage directs users to either site.

OBS will again offer Online Bidding during the June Sale. Buyers will be able to go to the OBS website and register to gain bidding approval, then access the OBS Bidding Screen with their credentials. For complete information on registration and online bidding please go to the OBS website at: obs-online-bidding/

Sales results are updated frequently during each session on the OBS website and available in sortable, .pdf and excel formats at the conclusion of each session. The latest news regarding OBS graduates, sales schedules, nominations, credit requests, travel information and other news relevant to OBS consignors and customers is also available. E-mail should be addressed to obs@obssales.com.

For more information regarding the June Sale or OBS website, please call (352) 237-2154.

OAKLAWN ANNOUNCES SHIFT IN ITS RACING CALENDAR

HOT SPRINGS, AR (June 7, 2021) – In yet another historic move for the 117-year-old track, Oaklawn will now add December race dates to its calendar and host a 66-day season from Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 – Sunday, May 8, 2022.

“For many years, horsemen have wanted to race here in December to fill a gap in their racing schedule,” said Oaklawn President Louis A. Cella, who has guided Oaklawn through the most dramatic changes in its history over the past four years. “We have completed our resort expansion, including the opening of our luxury hotel, spa and event center. Therefore, the timing is right for another expansion – to our live racing season.”

The 66-day season will be conducted largely on a Friday-Sunday basis, with some exceptions. There will be no racing Dec. 24 through Dec. 26 during the Christmas holiday and also no racing on Easter Sunday, April 17. Racing will continue to be offered on Presidents’ Day Monday, Feb. 21, 2022.

Oaklawn plans to present the new proposed racing schedule to the Arkansas Racing Commission at their next meeting for approval.

“We are looking forward to the new format,” Cella said. “The additional days will provide a huge economic impact for horsemen, Arkansas Thoroughbred breeders and tourism in Central Arkansas.”

“Oaklawn’s decision to add racing days in December is wonderful news for Hot Springs and Garland County,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. The expansion of its casino and its addition of a world-class hotel this year already provided Hot Springs with an exciting new feature in its attractions menu. The additional live racing dates will further cement Oaklawn’s status as a premier economic engine for our city. We all look forward to this great new reason for everyone to visit Hot Springs.”

Purses for the season are projected to be $45 million – $50 million; the highest in America at that time of year, with all allowance races starting at $100,000.

“To be able to offer six-figure allowance races for five consecutive months is a very strong statement,” Oaklawn Racing Secretary Pat Pope said. “Between the purses and all of our new amenities, we should be part of every horseman’s annual calendar.”

The extended season and projected purse increases make it necessary for Oaklawn to restructure its stakes program, highlighted, by realigning Oaklawn’s strong 3-year-old prep races.

“We will offer 2­-year-old racing in December,” Cella said, “and we anticipate additional exciting changes in our racing program, including an aggressive 2021-2022 stakes schedule. We are working on that now and will announce those changes soon. Suffice it to say that our stakes program will continue to be designed to attract the nation’s best horses and best horsemen to Hot Springs.”

Trainers are also excited about the additional race dates.

“I love it,” Hall of Famer and 11-time Oaklawn leading trainer Steve Asmussen said. “The more Oaklawn, the better.”

“I’ve been an advocate for this for years,” Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said. “I think it’s a great addition and will keep our stables competitive. It’s also going to be a popular time. People are already in a festive mood around the holidays and the weather in December is usually pretty good. I think there is going to be a strong fan base. I’m 100% for it.”

“Oaklawn’s new dates allow us horsemen to participate in the most lucrative purse circuit in America without any interruptions,” trainer Ron Moquett said. “It’s now a smooth transition between Oaklawn, Churchill, and Saratoga.”

Located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, Oaklawn has been one of the premiere Thoroughbred racetracks in the country since 1904, best known as home of the $1 million Arkansas Derby. The casino features slots, live table games, and sports betting year-round. Live racing held Dec-May and simulcast racing throughout the year. Now open: a 198-room luxury hotel, multi-purpose event center, state-of-the-art spa, and new dining options. Oaklawn.com, 1-800-OAKLAWN.