Hail To The Nile, right, wins the Dixie Poker Ace Stakes at The Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, LA, Saturday, February 27, 2016. Francisco Torres was the winning jockey. Owned by Valene Farms, Hail to The Nile is trained by Sturges Ducoing.
HAIL TO THE NILE
Pioneerof The Nile-Takeaway, by Fly So Free
Breeder: Warren J. Harang, III
Owner: Valene Farms
Trainer: Sturges Ducoing
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Under severe political pressure, the Texas Racing Commission during an emergency meeting Feb. 18 voted 5-4 to repeal rules that would have permitted historical racing machines at pari-mutuel racetracks.
Commissioners have voted two other times in the past six months on repealing these rules but both votes were deadlocked without a majority, so the rules remained in place. If the rules had not been repeal at the Thursday meeting, a legislative budget board could have withheld all the commission’s operating funds and shut down both live racing and simulcasting beginning March 1.
“Today’s vote was brought about because of extreme pressure placed on commissioners by a small handful of Senate leaders,” said Marsha Rountree, executive director of the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership. “We maintain that the budget rider that forced this vote was unconstitutional and that today’s actions are meant to deny us our day in court. Real Texans will now suffer due to the continuing decline of the horse racing industry in Texas.”
A couple of lawsuits are pending regarding historical racing, which is an electronic kiosk game that looks like a slot machine but is considered by several other states to be pari-mutuel in nature because the outcome of each play is determined by the results of a previously run horse race and the wagering is pooled. None of these machines are currently operating in Texas.
One lawsuit brought by the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas and a coalition of companies that run charity bingo parlors challenges whether the Texas Racing Commission had constitutional authority to implement rules for historical racing. In 2014, a district court judge ruled in favor of the tribe and bingo operators. The ruling was appeal and the lawsuit is still pending.
The Texas Horsemen’s Partnership filed its own lawsuit Jan. 7 against the state’s comptroller, Glenn Hegar. The horsemen’s group alleges that Hegar implemented an unconstitutional budget provision allowing operating funds to be withheld from the racing commission. Since September, the racing commission has been operating on funds committed only for 90-day periods. Along with the intermittent funding was a threat that all funding could be pulled if the historical racing rules were not repealed. The position of Texas Gov. Greg Abbot and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has been that historical racing is illegal and the racing commission acted outside the scope of its authority in adopting rules for the game.
Hegar is an ex-officio member of the racing commission and his representative, Victoria North, voted Feb. 18 to repeal the historical racing rules. On two most recent votes on historical racing that were dead-locked, North abstained.
A spokesman for the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership said the coalition’s lawyers are considering several options regarding how the lawsuit will be handled going forward.
What happens next in this twisting tale is a ways from resolution. The Texas Legislature meets in every odd-numbered year, so any relief to racing that may come from lawmakers won’t be seen until 2017.
“This is a setback, but it is not a nail in the coffin,” said Andrea Young, CEO of Sam Houston Race Park. “I think a huge light has been shone on the state of Texas racing, and we are going to take the legislative leaders at their word taht they want to help us. We are ready for that meeting.”
Instead of shutting down on Feb. 16 as the Texas Racing Commission had originally planned, live racing will continue at Sam Houston Race Park through at least the end of February, according to published reports.
A judge in Cameron County issued a restraining order preventing the commission from either voting to close or to repeal historical racing. The order was issued in response to a lawsuit filed by the Texas Greyhound Association.
The commission was expected to hold those votes on Tuesday in Austin, finalizing the decision to either shut down on Feb. 16 or to give in to political pressure to repeal historical racing regulations in the state. Instead, there will be a hearing in Cameron County on Feb. 18.
STORMDRIVER RALLIES TO PULL THE UPSET IN LOUISIANA PREMIER NIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
HEITAI NOTCHES HIS THIRD STRAIGHT LOUISIANA PREMIER NIGHT SPRINT
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted its second richest program of the year on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 as the track played host to Louisiana Premier Night. The annual event featured 10 stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses and over $1,000,000 in total purse money.
The featured event on the program was the LAPN Championship for older horses competing at 1 1/16 miles. Fans made The Picket Factor the heavy 3-5 favorite in the race but it was Fruition Racing LLC’s Stormdriver who crashed the party with a come-from-behind victory under jockey Diego Saenz. Stormdriver defeated last year’s winner One King’s Man, by 1-1/4 lengths. The Pickett Factor wound up another half-length behind the runner-up in third. Stormdriver covered the distance over a fast track in a time of 1:45.67.
“Diego looked like he was loaded with this horse,” said winning trainer Patrick Devereaux, Jr. after he watching his charge stalk an early speed duel between The Pickett Factor, Deep Bottom and Know You Now through early fractions of 22.57 seconds for the quarter-mile and 47.22 for the half. “After they went about three-eighths of a mile I felt really confident. He handled this racetrack well tonight.”
The win by Stormdriver marked the eighth of his 32-race career. He earned $120,000 for his effort and has now placed $451,667 into his lifetime bankroll.
Stormdriver is a 6-year-old horse by Discreet Cat out of the Take Me Out mare Prom Date. He was bred in Louisiana by Tigertail Ranch.
Sent to the gate at odds of 6-1, Stormdriver returned $14.80 to win, $7.40 to place and $2.60 to show. One King’s Man was worth $4.80 to place and $2.10 to show. The Pickett Factor was worth $2.10 to show.
In other action Saturday it was Rowell Enterprises Inc.’s Heitai winning his third consecutive $100,000 LAPN Sprint, also with Diego Saenz in the saddle. The victory marked the first career stakes win for trainer Eduardo Ramirez. All three of Heitai’s LAPN victories have come for different conditioners. In 2014 he was saddled by Karl Broberg and last year he was sent out by Tom Amoss.
This year’s $150,000 LAPN Distaff was taken by Forest Lake, who was ridden to victory by Hector Santiago. Forrest Lake is owned by Set-Hut LLC of former NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme and is conditioned by Jake’s father, Jerry Delhomme.
The $125,000 LAPN Prince saw Icy Gentleman storm down the stretch to victory under jockey Jorge Guzman. Icy Gentleman is trained by Henry B. Johnson, Jr. and is owned by Ironwater Farms Joint Venture.
Smittys Cougar was victorious in the $125,000 LAPN Starlet with jockey Richard Eramia up. Smittys Cougar is conditioned by Ron Faucheux and is owned by Roger G. Smith.
This year’s $100,000 LAPN Matron was annexed by World War IV Racing’s Diamond Cutter, who carried jockey Gerardo Mora to victory for trainer Pamela Simpson.
To complete the set of 10 rich races on Saturday night were four starter stakes. The $65,000 LAPN Gentlemen Starter was won by Hardy Racing Stables LLC’s Watch My Smoke; the $65,000 LAPN Ladies Starter was taken by Dale White, Sr.’s Tough Jeans; the $50,000 LAPN Bon Temps Starter was won by Randy J. Stone’s Leave Em Counting; and the $50,000 LAPN Ragin Cajun Starter saw Witch Hunt finish first.
SERIOUS NATURE OF DISEASE HAS PROMPTED IMMEDIATE ACTION
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel today announced that it is banning horses from New Mexico and Arizona due to the recent outbreak of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) in those states. The ban takes effect immediately and will be in place until further notice in order to protect local horses and horsemen.
Equine herpesvirus is a contagious disease that has caused several horse deaths at Sunland Park in New Mexico as well as Turf Paradise in Arizona. Sunland Park suspended live racing for a minimum of 14 days beginning on January 23 and both racetracks, along with certain training centers in their areas, have also been placed under quarantine.
“The main goal of this ban is to provide safety and protect the health of our horses and horsemen here at Delta Downs,” said Delta Downs Director of Racing Chris Warren. “We believe this ban is the proper action to take in order to prevent the spread of the EHV-1 virus.”
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 off I-10.