All-Time Leading Texas Stallion Valid Expectations Dies at 22

Valid Expectations, a Florida-bred son of Valid Appeal who was leading freshman sire in North America by money won and winners and went on to become the all-time leading sire in Texas, has died at the age of 22, according to a report in

Bred by the late Harry T. Mangurian Jr., Valid Expectations (produced from the Iron Constitution mare Mepache) was campaigned by Ackerley Brothers Farm, which purchased Valid Expectations for $225,000 at the OBS February Sale of 2-year-olds in training. He was trained by Steve Asmussen.

Winner of 12-of-27 races, including two Grade 3 events, the Derby Trial Stakes and Sport Page Handicap, Valid Expectations stood his first two years in Florida, then moved to William S. Farish�s Huisache Farm (later Lane�s End Texas). He was owned by a partnership consisting of Lane�s End, Leland and Robert Ackerley, Joe Archer, Greg Goodman, and Robert and Janice McNair.

After leading the Texas sire list nearly every year throughout his career, Valid Expectations was pensioned in 2013. His progeny earned in excess of $33.1 million and included Group 1 Golden Shaheen winner Saratoga County and Ivan Fallunovalot, a possible starter in this year�s G1 Breeders� Cup Sprint

Nominations Close Saturday, Oct. 24 for the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot




VINTON, LA. � Nominations to this year�s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot close on Saturday, October 24. The race offers a $600,000 first place prize as well as qualifying points in the �Road to the Kentucky Derby� series.


There were 282 horses nominated to the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot last year including Ocho Ocho Ocho, who won the race under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. This year�s race is once again expected to attract another high number of nominations from horsemen all around the country.


Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will host the 13th running of the grade III race for 2-year-olds competing at 1-1/16 miles over a dirt surface on Saturday, November 21, along with seven other stakes races. The entire program will feature more than $2.3 million in total purse money. There will be a special first race post time on Jackpot Day of 1:15 pm CT.


The $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot has launched the careers for several top horses. The richest Jackpot alumni is 2012 winner Goldencents, who tallied over $3 million in career earnings including three grade I wins before his retirement last year. The 2008 Jackpot winner, Big Drama, went on to take the Breeders� Cup Sprint in 2010 and earned over $2.7 million during his time on the racetrack.


The race has also been a proven path to the Kentucky Derby. Last year�s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot produced three starters for this year�s showdown at Churchill Downs in May. There have been six Kentucky Derby starters come out of the Jackpot in the past three years and since its inception the race has seen 12 of its participants make it to the big dance in Louisville.


This year the �Road to the Kentucky Derby� series will include 35 stakes leading up to the big race at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 7. The top four finishers in this year�s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot will be awarded points on a 10-4-2-1 scale toward a possible starting position in the first leg of the 2016 Triple Crown.


To nominate a horse to this year�s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot, contact racing secretary Matt Crawford at 1-800-589-7441, ext. 1200. For more information about the big race, as well as Delta Downs� current 88-day season which began on October 16, visit or


Horsemen and fans can also follow developments for this year�s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot and the new Delta Downs season through social media with Facebook and Twitter. The Facebook page is �Delta Downs Racing�, and the Twitter account to follow is @deltaracing.


Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & 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.

Delta Downs Embarks on 2015-16 Thoroughbred Season on Friday Night


VINTON, LA.- Delta Downs� 2015-16 Thoroughbred season gets underway Friday night in Vinton, Louisiana with an 11-race program that begins at 5:40 pm Central Time. The upcoming season runs through March 12 with live racing set to take place each Wednesday through Saturday night after opening weekend October 16 and 17.

Delta Downs� stakes schedule is an impressive one with 32 big races featuring $4.6 million in total purse money. The first stakes activity of the season will take place on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 when the track hosts the $100,000 My Trusty Cat and the $200,000 Jean Lafitte respectively.

The My Trusty Cat winner will earn an automatic bid into the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess and the Jean Lafitte winner gets first preference to enter the season�s richest race, the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot. Both grade III races for 2-year-olds will take place on Saturday, November 21 when the track offers eight stakes races overall and will award over $2.3 million in total purse money. There will be a special post time of 1:15 pm CT on Jackpot Day.

Later in the season Delta Downs will feature a special day of racing dedicated to horses bred in the Bayou State. Louisiana Premier Night will take place on Saturday, February 6 and the program will include 10 stakes races and over $1 million in total purse money. The highlight of Louisiana Premier Night is the $200,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship for older horses competing at 1-1/16 miles.

Fans of Delta Downs will recognize many of the horseman taking part in the upcoming season. Past Delta Downs leading jockeys Colby Hernandez and Gerard Melancon are each scheduled to ride on opening night and former leading trainers Karl Broberg, Keith Bourgeois and Sam Breaux will also hit the ground running with several starters this weekend.

For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track�s website at Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page �Delta Downs Racing�.


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.

October Calendar of Events from the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders

October Calendar of Events from the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following
list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

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Oct 1
  • Louisiana Champions Day Early Bird Nominations are due
  • 2015-16 Membership Dues are now past due. Fees are now $85.
Oct. 5
  • Fair Grounds, Deadline for
    Stall Application
Oct 15
  • Louisiana Horse Stallion Register
    Stallion Submissions are due
  • Louisiana Horse Stallion Register
    Directory submissions are due along with
  • Breeders� Cup Standard Foal Nominations
  • Breeders� Cup 4th Quarter Stallion
    Payments Due (North American)
Oct 16
  • Delta Downs 2015-16 Thoroughbred Meet opens.
    Wednesdays-Saturdays. Post Time 5:40
  • Louisiana Horse Fall 2015 Issue
    Ad Placement Deadline
Oct. 19
  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, 12:30 pm.,
    Landry’s in Henderson
  • Fair Grounds, Barn Area Opens
  • Fair Grounds, Training Begins
  • Breeders� Cup Pre-Entry Deadline for Breeders�
    Cup World Championships at Keeneland
Oct. 23
  • My Trusty Cat S., Delta Downs, 7 furlongsfor 2yo fillies, $100,000G
Oct. 24
  • Jean Lafitte S., Delta Downs, 7 furlongs for 2yos, $200,000G

Oct. 25
  • Equine Sales Co. of Louisiana Open Yearling
    and Mixed Sale
    , 10:00 a.m.,  372 Harry Gulibeau Rd., Opelousas

Oct. 26

  • Breeders� Cup Entry Deadline for Breeders�
    Cup World Championships
Oct. 30
  • Magnolia S., Delta Downs, 1 mile for 3yo
    and up La-bred fillies,  $100,000G
Oct. 31
  • Gold Cup, Delta Downs, 1mile for 3yo and
    up La-breds,  $100,000G
Oct. 30-31
  • Breeders� Cup World Championships

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