Month: January 2016
Louisiana-Bred has the Best Time at OBS
A Pioneerof the Nile filly drilled three furlongs in :32 4/5, the fastest for the distance at the Jan. 25 under tack show for the horses of racing age section of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s winter mixed sale.
Consigned by McKathan Bros., the unraced Louisiana-bred 3-year-old filly is out of Bojangle’s Cat, a four-time winning daughter of Tabasco Cat who has produced four winners. The filly is from the family of stakes winner Colonel Rutledge.
The sale’s horses of racing age section follows the open session Jan. 28.
Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Will Award Scholarships at Louisiana Premier Night at Delta Downs Casino and Racetrack
(New Orleans, La.) – Louisiana Premier Night will take place on Saturday, February 6, at Delta Downs Casino and Racetrack in Vinton, La. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.
The drawings will be after the fifth race. The races begin at 5:40 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 4:40 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. at the designated registration booth.
The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:
- Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Spring 2016.
- Must be in good standing with the college or university.
- Must be present to win.
The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student’s account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.
“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association is pleased to continue making an investment in the future of our state by investing in the education process,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
For more information, please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit louisianabred.com.
Oaklawn Cancels Friday’s Races
Evangeline Downs Thoroughbred Season Starts April 6th
Oh Baby Oh Baby Does it again in The Eldorado Stakes at Delta Downs
Without Funding, Texas Racing Commission Will Stop Live Racing Feb. 16th
Benoit Purchases Roan Inish for $500,000 at Keeneland
By Ron Mitchell,
Canadian Oaks winner Roan Inish, an Elusive Quality mare in foal to Arch was purchased by Evelyn Benoit’s Star Guitar Inc. for $500,000 during the second session of Keeneland’s January horses of all ages sale.
The price for the 9-year-old mare consigned by Mill Ridge Sales was the highest of the Jan. 12 session at the time she went through the ring.
A homebred racing for Robert Costigan in Ireland and Canada, Roan Inish won two of eight starts, with four placings, and earnings of $598,619.
Roan Inish was produced from the two-time Canadian grass champion mare Inish Gloria.
Georgia Keogh, the daughter of James B. Keogh, who operates Grovendale, signed the ticket on behalf of Benoit, who raced Star Guitar and plans to breed the mare to that horse who now stands in Louisiana.
“She’s a beautiful mare, she’s in foal to Arch,” James Keogh said. “We just loved the Elusive Quality, loved the racehorse. She belonged to the Costigans, and Evelyn said she just had to have her. She’ll breed her to her stallion in Louisiana.”
Roan Inish will be sent to Clear Creek Stud in Louisiana.
Glenye Cain Oakford contributed to this story
Sea Vow Scores His Third Straigt Stakes Win in The Big Drama at Delta Downs
– JOEY FOSTER TRAINEE GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE IN VICTORY –
VINTON, LA. – Ronald Webb’s 3-year-old gelding Sea Vow wasted little time taking control of Saturday’snight’s $75,000 Big Drama Stakes as he led every step of the way while recording a two-length win over Drakarys. Mr. N reported home another three lengths behind the runner-up in third.
It was Sea Vow’s third consecutive stakes win as he also took the $150,000 Louisiana Legacy at Delta Downs on November 21 before his tally in the $100,000 Louisiana Juvenile at Fair Grounds three weeks later.
Jockey Alexander Castillo rode Sea Vow on Saturday and has been aboard him for all but one of his six career starts. Jansen Melancon rode the bay runner at Louisiana Downs when he made his career debut on August 12.
Sea Vow covered seven furlongs of the Big Drama, which is named after the 2008 winner of the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot, in a time of 1:27.04. The race was contested over a fast track.
Sea Vow has now won four races in all during his six-race career. Saturday’s effort put another $45,000 into his bankroll, which now stands at $218,240.
Sea Vow is a son of Private Vow, out of the Hazaam mare Victory at Sea. He was bred in Louisiana by his owner.
Fans sent Sea Vow to the post as the second wagering favorite at odds of 2-1 and he returned $6 to win, $3 to place and $2.80 to show. Drakarys paid $11.20 to place and $7.40 to show. Mr. N was worth $6.80 to show. The 6-5 favorite, Wild Man, finished last in the field of six.
Delta Downs will kick off another week of racing on Wednesday with a 10-race program that is scheduled to begin at 5:40 pm CT. Next week’s action includes the $70,000 Eldorado Stakes on Friday night and the $70,000 Fremont Stakes 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’.
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.
Jockey Graham Moves Tack Back to Fair Grounds
James Graham announced via Twitter Saturday morning that he would be moving his tack back to the Fair Grounds from Santa Anita. A follow-up tweet reassured followers that he would fulfill his riding assignments at the southern California track on Saturday and Sunday before returning to New Orleans.
Graham said he was grateful for the opportunities he received at Santa Anita, but that his business had just not taken off the way he was hoping for. Trainers who rode Graham include James Cassidy, Sean McCarthy, and Art Sherman, among others.
Among North American jockeys, Graham was ranked 34th by earnings at the end of 2015 with a total of $5,687,324. He was also ranked 75th by wins, with 125 from 964 mounts. Graham will be represented by agent Mark Guidry at the Fair Grounds.
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