Full Fields, Exciting Finishes and Enthusiastic Crowds for the Marquee Day of the 2019 Thoroughbred Racing Season
Bossier City, LA – It was a very impressive win by Rotation, the champion of Saturday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. The colt by Tapit out of the Olympio mare Free Spin, bred and owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC, was the second consecutive winner of the championship for Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen, but there were plenty of firsts on the stakes-filled card.
Jockey Richard Eramia won his first Super Derby and was thrilled with the performance of his colt, following his misfortune in last month’s Super Derby Prelude, in which Rotation stumbled to his knees out of the gate, almost unseating his rider. However, the gray colt showed his best form last Saturday, when he closed powerfully to win his first stakes score.
“It was a very special win for me,” said Eramia. “I have always wanted to win the Super Derby. Louisiana Downs has been very good for my career; I have won a lot of races here and like both track surfaces.”
Born in Uruguay, Eramia, celebrated his 40th birthday on June 24. He began his United States riding career in 2005, and the Super Derby victory was just the fourth graded stakes of his career in which he has guided 2,337 horses to the finish line and amassed purses of $49.1 million. His previous Grade 3 wins came on Grand Contender and Comic Burst. His lone Grade 2 was in the 2012 Smile Sprint Handicap aboard Gantry at Calder Race Course.
“I’m still working on my first Grade 1,” Eramia said with a smile.
Eramia has returned to Remington Park, where he has won plenty of races, including his 2,000th career milestone .
Another rider, Devin Magnon, won the first stakes win of his career, guiding High on Gin to the upset in the $60,000 Happy Ticket. As reported by Bloodhorse, the victory marked the first black-type win for her sire, Fury Kapcori, She was bred in Florida by Deborah A. Silveira. High on Gin was a $7,500 purchase by Jerry Caroom from GOP Racing Stable Corporation’s consignment to the Ocala Breeders’ Sales June 2-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age Sale.
Trainer Carl J. Deville reports that his filly came out of The Happy Ticket in good order and I under consideration for the $75,000 Our Dear Peggy on September 28 at Gulfstream Park.
“I was not surprised that she won her stakes debut last Saturday,” he said. “She’s a big, long filly; bred for the grass and definitely wants to route. Even when she broke her maiden, she came home fast and showed she wanted to go further.”
It was also the first time jockey Lane Luzzi had ever ridden at Louisiana Downs and he made the most of his debut by winning the $60,000 Sunday Silence with Deviant, trained by Danny Pish for owner Red Lane Thoroughbreds LLC.
Festivities included a Jockey Autograph signing to benefit the PDJF, Super Derby Hat Contest, handicapping seminar and children’s activities on the sunny day with temps over 100 degrees.
“Despite the heat, we had a very good turnout for Super Derby 40,” said Eric Halstrom, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Vice President of Operations. “We appreciate our fans, horsemen and the tremendous effort of each of our employees in making Super Derby 40 run so smoothly.”
Trainer, Jockey and Owner Standings
As of September 10, Joey Foster tops his fellow conditioners with 50 wins this season topping. Karl Broberg with 45 victories. Beverly Burress has saddled 27 winners, including Run Rocket in Saturday’s$60,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin, to take sold possession of third place. Horsemen Jorge Lara, Joe O. Duhon and Steve Asmussen have each won 18 races.
Carlos Lozada continues to lead the jockey standings with 88 wins, including a stakes victory by Eskenformore in the $60.000 River Citieson Saturday’s Super Derby card. He guided the mare, who was sent off at odds of 30-1, to victory over nine rivals for owner/breeder Sugarland Thoroughbreds LLC. Joel Dominguez is second with 85 trips to the winner’s circle and Richard Eramia, who won the Grade 3 Super Derby aboard Rotation is third with 47 wins. Aubrie Green has won 45 races to round out the top four in the standings.
End Zone Athletics, Inc. has built an insurmountable lead in the quest for owner honors with 25 wins. Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. is second with 13 winners and Ronnie P. Ward and Indian Creek Thoroughbred Farms, LLC are tied for third with ten wins each.
The leaders in each division will be honored on Wednesday, September 25, which is the final day of the 2019 Thoroughbred racing season.
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.