Indiana Grand Racing and Casino Partners for Four Races Each Week Through September 24
Bossier City, LA – A new wager, the Super Tuesday Pick 4, will debut on Tuesday, June 25. The wager teams two Caesar’s Entertainment racetracks: Harrah’s Louisiana Downs and Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, which both offer Tuesday matinee racing programs. Two races from each property will be selected for the Super Tuesday, Pick 4 wager: races six and seven from Indiana Grand and races two and three from Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.
Both racetracks will offer their fans a free Pick 4 mini-program with past performances on the four races as well as selections from analysts Rachel McLaughlin and John McGary.
The Super Tuesday Pick 4 Wager with a reduced takeout of 15%, will debut on Tuesday, June 25, pending approval from the Louisiana State Racing Commission (LSRC) at their June 24 meeting. It is expected to be offered each Tuesday through September 24.
“We are excited about this wager,” said Eric Halstrom, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs vice president of operations. “Our horseplayers have been highly receptive to handicapping contests and innovative wagers, so we believe they will embrace the Super Tuesday Pick 4 with enthusiasm. It is a tremendous opportunity for both properties to attract new fans and follow the action in Louisiana and Indiana.”
Fan Vote for the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Racing Hall of Fame Begins on June 15
Harrah’s Louisiana Downs recently announced the formation of its first Racing Hall of Fame. It will honor the achievements of horse owners, trainers, jockeys, horses and property contributors who have played pivotal roles in the rich history of Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. Members of the first class are John Franks, Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr., Frank L. Brothers, C. W. Walker, Ronald Ardoin, Larry Snyder, Sunday Silence and Free Spirits Joy.
Beginning on Saturday, June 15, the public will be able to cast a vote for an additional inductee in the category of trainer, jockey, racing contributor and horse. Voters can select ONE of the following nominees in each category by clicking on the following link on the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs website: http://shout.lt/bQZNV.
Voting will close on Saturday, June 29 with the Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony slated for Saturday, July 13.
Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge Set for Saturday, June 22
Caesars Entertainment horse racing properties – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs , Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Harrah’s Hoosier Park, and Harrah’s Philadelphia are pleased to announce the first-ever Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge.
The Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge will take place at four Caesar’s properties, including Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. The entry fee is $150 and participants must be 21 or over. The format for the challenge will require contestants to make 12 $2 win and place fictional wagers on the designated challenge races. Contestants must place a win and place wager on one horse in 12 mandatory races out of 20 available from Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Indiana Grand, and Harrah’s Hoosier Park
The first-place winner in the Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge will walk away with $20,000, a seat at the $3,000,000 estimated National Horseplayers Championship, and a chance at an additional $1 million cash prize in the event of a double victory. First-place winner must be eligible to participate in the NHC in order to receive the NHC seat. For more information about the National Horseplayers Championship, visit www.nhctour.com. The $1 million prize will be awarded either as an annuity that pays $25,000 per year for forty years without interest or as a discounted lump sum payment of $550,000, which represents the approximate present value of the annuity. Second place will be awarded $10,000 while the third-place winner will take home $1,500. There will be additional cash prizes for fourth through tenth place.
For further information, visit the contest page on the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs website.
Trainer Joey Foster Off to a Good Start at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs
Trainer Joseph M. Foster having a solid meet this season at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. “Joey” as he is known to his fellow horsemen and racing fans, is the current leader in the trainer standings with 14 wins since the 2019 Thoroughbred meet began on May 4.
Over the past 27 years, the native of Arkansas, has saddled 5,409 horses, winning 736 races with purses topping $11.8 million. Foster wins the majority of his races at the claiming and allowance levels. He won the 2016 and 2017 training titles at Louisiana downs, finishing second last year to Karl Broberg, the top conditioner in the nation by wins.
“Everything’s going well,” said Foster. “Our horses are doing fine and it’s a good start for the meet. After Lone Star wraps, Broberg will ship in 40 head and pass me!”
Foster has been impressed with some of the new programs offered this year to attract more fans to live racing at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.
“They are trying some new things this year,” acknowledged Foster. “As a horseman, I appreciate every attempt to get us attention and keep racing going in our region. It can be tough when several racetracks within three hours of each other are running at the same time. But my hat goes off to Eric Halstrom for coming up with these contests and new ideas.”
About Harrah’s Louisiana Downs
Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and was purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December, 2002. With annual Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons, the track is committed to presenting the highest quality racing programs paired with its 150,000 square foot entertainment complex offering casino gambling, dining and plasma screen televisions for sports and simulcast racing.