Saints N Muskets wins the 2020 Lookout Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted a nine-race Thanksgiving Eve program on Wednesday afternoon and jockey Joe Stokes feasted on stakes racing for the second day in a row. During Tuesday’s opening day card Stokes rode Speaktomeoflove to an exciting win in the $60,000 B Connected and on Wednesday he booted home Rodney J. Verret’s Saints N Muskets to a nice score in the featured $60,000 Lookout.

The Lookout featured a full field of 10 Louisiana-bred fillies and mares competing at seven furlongs. At the break it was Tenpins Tempo who took the lead from the rail and set a slow early pace of 24.76 seconds for the opening quarter mile before Schiff’s Corner stuck a head in front at the half-mile pole in a time of 49.32. When the field entered the upper stretch the Allen Landry-trained Saints N Muskets emerged from mid-pack to take the lead after going three-quarters of a mile in 1:15.18.

After Saints N Muskets straightened away turning for home she took off like a shot and drew clear to hit the finish line 3-3/4 lengths in front of Quikfast N Ahurry who was second. Schiff’s Corner held on for third, another length behind the runner-up. Saints N Muskets covered the distance over a wet fast track in time of 1:28.50

The win by Saints N Muskets was the fourth of her 15-race career and her first in stakes company. She earned $36,000 for the score and now owns a bankroll of $136,365.

Bred in Louisiana by J. E. Jumonville, Jr. & Bunny Jumonville, Saints N Muskets is a 5-year-old bay mare by Musket Man, out of the Vindication mare Laughing Saint.

Sent to the gate at odds of 7-1, Saints N Muskets paid $17.40 to win, $6.20 to place and $4.60 to show. Quikfast N Ahurry returned $6.80 to place and $5.20 to show. Schiff’s Corner was worth $10.80 to show.

Delta Downs will be dark on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 before closing out the opening week of its season on Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28. Post time each day will be at 12:55 pm CT. Next week the track will settle into its regular schedule of racing Mondays through Thursday until the end of the meet, April 16.


For more information about the current season visit the track’s website at Fans can also get information about the track through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

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.




Four Scholarships to be Awarded on Louisiana Champions Day at New Orleans Fair Grounds!
Register online now through 12:00 noon, Friday, December 11, 2020, to win a scholarship from the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association! We are drawing for four $1,000 scholarships on December 12 via Facebook Live during Louisiana Champions Day at New Orleans Fair Grounds. The drawings will be between the fifth and sixth races in the winners circle. The first race starts at 12:30 p.m. CDT.The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:

  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time in an Accredited College, University or Community College for Spring 2021.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  • Must have University ID number or Social Security number.

*Due to the COVID-19 students do not have to be present to win a scholarship.
**There will not be a registration booth on site.

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.

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association manages the best incentive program for breeding thoroughbreds in the United States. Since the organization formed, this has led to increased purses, better quality horses, and increased interest in racing and breeding horses. The thoroughbred racing and breeding industry generates over $1 billion and employs over 60,000 people in the state of Louisiana.

For more information about Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association visit or call 1-800-772-1195.

Obit: Judy Lyn Dugas


Judy Lyn Dugas

OCTOBER 11, 1942 – NOVEMBER 20, 2020
Obituary of Judy Lyn Dugas

Judy Lyn Dugas, 78, went to meet her heavenly Father on November 20th, 2020.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Sulphur. Judy was a 1960 Graduate of Sulphur High School where she was a member of the rodeo team and won the All-Around Champion Cowgirl Award in the State Championship Rodeo. She also attended the University of Arizona and studied Horse Racing on the Flat.

Judy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sulphur where she embraced the Lord and served him faithfully. She was involved in numerous church activities and committees, and she also loved her mission work in New Mexico.

A loyal employee to Choupique Enterprise, Inc. and Orange Rice Milling Company, Inc. for many years, Judy was also an employee of Delta Downs, Inc. as a placing judge/official timer and association steward, followed by employment with the Louisiana State Racing Commission where she served as a State Steward for over 20 years. After retirement, she continued as an alternate State Steward until her death. She was always described as a fair and qualified judge and was held in such high esteem. Judy loved horses, rodeoing, and horse racing. She also loved flowers and could be found working in her yard on many occasions. She had a passion for cooking and shared this passion with her family and friends. It was not unusual to get a call and be invited over for gumbo or roast and rice and gravy! Judy was also an avid sports fan and especially loved the Saints.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sister, Kathy Dugas Melancon (Paul) of Richland, TX; her nephews and nieces, Jason Melancon (Krista), Kristin Melancon (Joe Durantini), Donna Istre (Kevin), Sheila Hanks, Pam Haney (David); 10 great nieces and nephews, and 7 great-great nieces and nephews. Judy also leaves behind her life long, devoted friend, Sue Granger and her children who considered Judy as their second Mom, Jean Hernandez (Dale), Mike Granger (Esther), Sandy Granger McNeill (Jim); and grandchildren, John, Fletcher, Jami, Carly, Kylie, Kade, and Ethan. She also leaves behind her special friend, Janice Comeaux, and numerous friends and family.

All who loved her dearly will never forget her charm, undying love, compassion, and caring for them. She will be dearly missed and forever be in our hearts.

Judy is preceded in death by her parents; Alton & Winne Perry Dugas; sister, Sherry Dugas Sharp, nephew, Barret Istre, and former husband Skipper Kinney.

A celebration of Judy’s life will be at 2 PM Friday, November 27, in Hixson Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. The Rev. Michael Linton and Minister of Families Tom Bruce will officiate. Visitation will be from 11 AM- 2 PM in the funeral home. Entombment will follow at a later date at Mimosa Pines Cemetery. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Obit: Chad Steven White

Graveside services for Chad Steven White will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at the Magnolia Memorial Park Cemetery.

Chad Steven White, 59, of Bossier City, LA, formerly of Magnolia, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2020 at the Willis Knighton Bossier Medical Center in Bossier City.

Chad was born on July 2, 1961 in El Dorado. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Minden, LA where he was a member of the Salt and Light Sunday school class and actively involved with the Senior Adult Ministry.

He was the assistant to the director of Rider Administration for the Championship Bull Riding Association and Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour. He was the “concierge” to the rodeo contestants, he enjoyed helping them with whatever they needed.

Chad was preceded in death by his mother, Patsy Ruth (Harris) White.

He is survived by his father, Chad White of Magnolia; sister, Bekki White of Little Rock; and lifelong family friend, Becky Elliott of Magnolia.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at the Magnolia Memorial Park Cemetery with Bro. Leland Crawford officiating under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., in Magnolia. Masks are required.

Signing of the guest book and viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Minden, Senior Adult Ministry, 301 Pennsylvania Ave., Minden, LA 71055 or Professional Rodeo Cowboy Assoc., Attn: JCCF, 101 Pro Rodeo Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80919.

CLICK HERE to sign the online guest book or to share a memory.





Speaktomeoflove wins the B-Connected Stakes at Delta Downs.

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs kicked off its 2020-21 Thoroughbred season on Tuesday with a nine-race program that featured a thrilling edition of the $60,000 B Connected Stakes as well as an amazing feat by the  popular jockey/trainer tandem of Tim Thornton and Karl Broberg.


The wagering favorite in the B Connected Stakes was Scarlettsblackjack, who left the gate at odds of 1-2, but it was 14-1 longshot Speaktomeoflove who won the 13th running of the seven-furlong event for Louisiana-bred non-winners of a stakes race.


Speaktomeoflove’s victory came in dramatic fashion as the 3-year-old gelding came from just off the pace to get up by a head at the finish line over Jus Lively. Scarlettsblackjack finished another half-length behind the top pair in third.


Under jockey Joe Stokes, Speaktomeoflove got a perfect trip just behind Scarlettsblackjack, who set the fractional times of 23.50 seconds for the opening quarter mile, 47.76 for the half and 1:13.53 for three-quarters. Entering the homestretch Speaktomeoflove engaged Scarlettsblackjack and barely got in front before Jus Lively rallied stoutly and just missed in second. The winner covered the distance in a time of 1:27.25 over a fast track.


The win by Speaktomeoflove was his third straight and fourth from nine outs lifetime. He earned $36,000 for the victory and now has a career bankroll of $107,960.


Speaktomeoflove is a 3-year-old chestnut gelding by Run Away and Hide, out of the Proudest Romeo mare Awesome Truth. He was bred in Louisiana by his owner and trainer Benard Chatters.


Speaktomeoflove paid $30.20 to win, $12 to place and $5 to show. Jus Lively returned $8.40 to win and $4.80 to show. Scarlettsblackjack was worth $2.20 to show.


In other action, the team of trainer Karl Broberg and jockey Tim Thornton won five of the nine races on the opening day program. The pair teamed up to win the opener with End Zone ($3 to win), the second race with Snoose Goose ($4.80), the fifth with Flash of Mischief ($4.80), the sixth with Tiz One Fee ($6), and finally the seventh with Much Class ($10.40). Broberg has won each training title at Delta Downs since 2011 and Thornton is attempting to win his third riding title in a row at the Vinton, Louisiana oval.


Delta Downs will continue its opening week of racing on Wednesday with another nine-race card starting at 12:55 pm. The track will be dark on Thursday to observe Thanksgiving before closing out the week on Friday and Saturday, again with 12:55 pm first post times.


For more information about the current season visit the track’s website at Fans can also get information about the track through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.


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.


Bobby’s Wicked One Looks to Defend Thanksgiving Title

Fair Grounds Lover is 5-for-6 Locally


New Orleans (November 24, 2020) – Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stables Inc.’s Bobby’s Wicked One will look to rediscover his best form and try to repeat in the $125,000 Thanksgiving Classic when he starts as the one to catch in Fair Grounds’ Opening Day stakes. The 6-furlong dash is the first of 51 stakes worth $7.055 million at the 76-day meet, which will be run for the 149th time, and this year’s renewal is as deep and competitive as any in recent memory.

Bobby’s Wicked One (post four, 4-1 ML, Miguel Mena to ride), a 5-year-old son of Speightstown trained by All Stall, Jr., figures to welcome a return to a Fair Grounds main track that he’s 5-for-6 over lifetime. Last in both the Count Fleet (G3) behind subsequent Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Whitmore at Oaklawn Park in April and Volatile in the Aristides at Churchill Downs June 6, Bobby’s Wicked One will race fresh on Thursday. Stall opted for a planned summer freshening after the Aristides, with an eye towards Fair Grounds and a winter campaign, and Bobby’s Wicked One, who is 6-for-17 lifetime, including a win in the Commonwealth (G3) at Keeneland in April 2019, has responded well.

“He just hasn’t been a summer horse, so it’s normal for us to give him some off time. He ran those two bad races but physically there was nothing wrong,” Stall said. “He usually wilts a bit in the heat and has proven to be a winter horse, so we’re looking forward to leading him over for another go Thursday.”

Bobby’s Wicked One put in his final piece of work with a sharp 5-furlong move in 1:00 over the local main track, the second-fastest of 45 drills at the distance. While he does enter off a five-month layoff, Stall is eagerly looking towards a title defense.

“Physically, and moving-wise, he’s come back better than ever this fall. He’s gotten that last bit of maturity in him and you’re going to see a very thick, strong horse in the paddock,” Stall said. “We weren’t able to get a prep off the bench but he’s a fresh, sharp horse, so hopefully he breaks running and we can get over to the rail. For whatever reason, he’s a very confident horse when he can get to the rail, from what Miguel has told me.”

Susan Moulton’s Manny Wah (post 5, 3-1, James Graham) may be winless in seven starts this year for trainer Wayne Catalano but you could argue he enters with the best recent form of any of his seven rivals. He comes in off a close and troubled fifth-place in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland on November 7. The 4-year-old son of Will Take Charge was third in both the Count Fleet and Aristides and is 3-for-21 lifetime. He hasn’t missed a beat since his Keeneland run, which may have surprised everyone but his trainer.

“We thought he was live as a firecracker that day and with the layout of the race we thought we were a winner, but he gave up the spot to the 7 (Whitmore) and that was it,” Catalano said. “I think we’ll be in the catbird seat (Thursday) off the speed, pull the trigger, and go baby, go.”

ERJ Racing LLC, Madaket Stables LLC, and Dave Kenney’s Landeskog (post six, 4-1, Colby Hernandez) will look to get untracked after a disappointing sixth at odds-on in Pimlico’s Oct. 3 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash (G3). The 4-year-old son of Munnings returned from a 10-month layoff and posted a decisive win in an optional-claimer at Ellis Park in August while making his first start for trainer Brad Cox but seemed to regress at Pimlico. Landeskog is 3-for-7 lifetime, and figures to be pressing Bobby’s Wicked One the entire way.

Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Nitrous (post two, 7-2, Adam Beschizza) was third, beaten just a head, in the DeFrancis for trainer Steve Asmussen and will look to break a nine-race losing streak. The 4-year-old son of Tapit is 3-for-17 lifetime and has faced some of the best in the sprint division since winning the Bachelor at Oaklawn in April 2019.

Gary Broad’s Tringale (post one, 12-1, Mitchell Murrill), second to Bobby’s Wicked One in last year’s renewal, has been working bullets in the morning for his first start since April; Brittlyn Stable Inc.’s Chublicious (post three, 20-1, Angel Suarez), fifth in the 2018 renewal; Winning Stables Inc.’s He’s Smokin Now (post seven, 20-1, Marcelino Pedroza), a restricted stakes winner at Canterbury Park earlier this year; and Erma Cobb’s Mr Money Bags (post eight, 9-2, Carlos Marquez), who won the Stonerside Sprint at Sam Houston in January, are also entered for the Thanksgiving Classic.

The Thanksgiving Classic is the eighth race on a strong 10-race Opening Day card, with a scheduled post of 3:35 p.m. CT. Weather permitting, the will be four turf races (R3,R5,R7, R9), along with an MSW for 2-year-olds (R6) that could have a direct impact on the “Road to the Derby” series, which culminates March 20, with the 108th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2).

The meet kicks off at 12:00 p.m. CT and will mark the return of a traditional early and late Pick 5, which will encompass the first and last five races of the card, with the latter replacing the Black Gold 5 jackpot bet. In addition, there will be a daily early Pick 4 (R2-5), and late Pick 4 on the last four races of the day, as well as a middle Pick 4 when there are 10 or more races. A pocket schedule, along with a complete list of the stakes schedule, can be found here:


Battered By Hurricane Laura, Delta Downs Is Back in Business

By Bill Finley

Take a quick glance at the opening day card at Delta Downs and it might seem like nothing has changed. The fields for Tuesday’s races are full, perennial leading trainer Karl Broberg has seven entered and the feature is a $60,000 stakes for Louisiana-breds that has attracted horses from the stables of Tom Amoss and Steve Asmussen.

But this will be a meet unlike any other at the track that sits just a few miles east of the Texas-Louisiana border. Delta Downs was directly in the path of Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm with winds reaching 150 miles per hour that all but tore the place apart when it hit land on Aug. 27. Since then, there’s been a full-court press to get the track ready for a delayed opening day of a meet that will be conducted during the day.


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Tom’s Ready Arrives at Old Friends

Tom’s Ready | Coady

Tom’s Ready (More Than Ready), a three-time graded-stakes winner around one turn, has been added to the roster at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The 7-year-old, trained by Dallas Stewart for Gayle and Tom Benson’s GMB Racing, was runner-up in the GIII Lecomte S. and GII Louisiana Derby in 2015, but cut back to one turn to win the GII Woody Stephens S. over seven furlongs and the GIII Ack Ack S. going a mile that season. Winner of the GIII Bold Ruler H. in 2016, the Pennsylvania-bred originally entered stud at Spendthrift and was later relocated to Red River Farms in Louisiana.

“It gives us great pleasure to have our wonderful Tom’s Ready retire to Old Friends,” Gayle Benson said. “He was our first purchase, he is a Grade II winner, and he raced in the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup, so we are very proud of him and he is deserving of the great care that Old Friends will provide.”

Stallion Registrations Due before January 1, 2021

Stallion Registration forms were mailed from the LTBA office Wednesday, November 18th. If you own a stallion who stood in Louisiana in 2020 and covered mares, you need to register your stallion.

If you wish to participate in the stallion award program the fee is $200 (includes stallion program and registration). If you only wish to register your stallion as a stallion who stood in Louisiana the fee is $20.

These forms are to be returned before January 1, 2021 with payment. If you did not receive the form please see our website or call the LTBA office 504-947-4676.

Top Stables Old and New Converge on Fair Grounds

Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown among several powerful new barns


New Orleans (November 20, 2020) – A deep and competitive backstretch will be that much tougher this winter when Fair Grounds opens their 149th meet Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, as several new trainers will make their presence felt for the first time. The who’s who list is led by reigning four-time Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown, who will have 24 stalls and joins two-time defending champion Brad Cox, along with perennial powers Ron Faucheux, Tom Amoss and Steve Asmussen, in making up one of the most talented and well-stocked group of conditioners to have ever descended on Fair Grounds.

Brown, based primarily in New York for the first decade of his career, has branched out in recent years and put down roots in Kentucky this year for the first time, which created a natural progression towards Fair Grounds.


“Being in the Midwest at Churchill Downs, and with things going well, we felt it made a lot of sense to bring a division to Fair Grounds and try to establish a year-round circuit,” Brown said. “We’re optimistic that we can be competitive down there this winter.”


Brown, who has long had the deepest and most talented grass horses in the country, is familiar with Fair Grounds’ biggest turf stakes, the Muniz Memorial Classic (G2), as he shipped Bricks and Mortar in to win the race in 2019, in what helped kickstart a Horse of the Year campaign that ended with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. While he plans on taking advantage of the local turf course, he expects to be well represented on all levels.


“Right now, we’re still finalizing who we’re going to bring down there and what kind of horses fit best, regardless of what class or division it might be,” Brown said. “We’ll look over the condition book and see, on a horse-by-horse basis, what makes the most sense. If we have a lot of horses for the same condition it makes sense to separate them. And certainly, we’ll keep our clients in mind as well, as some like to race in certain spots, based on where they are located.”


Brown is based at Palm Meadows in South Florida during the winter and will still call that home, which means Whit Beckman, a Louisville native who oversaw the Kentucky division this year, will be running the shedrow at Fair Grounds.


“Whit has been with us a few years now and has done a terrific job with the Kentucky string this year,” Brown said. “He’s proven himself to be an excellent horseman and will be familiar with a lot of the horses we send to Fair Grounds.”


Though the list of newcomers is clearly led by Brown, there are several other nationally recognized trainers who will have a string at Fair Grounds this winter, including Norm Casse, who will have 21 stalls, while Ignacio Correas (26), Cherie DeVaux (22), Tommy Drury (6), Austin Gustafson (22), Anthony Quartarolo (14), Kelly Rubley (15), and Shane Wilson (40) are all new faces.


A smaller presence at Fair Grounds in recent years, Keith Desormeaux (25) has upped thee ante for 2020-21. He’s enjoyed local success in the past, winning the Risen Star (G2) in 2013 with 135-1 longshot Ive Struck a Nerve, while Drury could bring grade 2 winning 3-year-old Art Collector to run in next season’s handicap division.


Cox, who pulled clear late last year and won the trainer’s title with 40 wins, is the favorite to win it this year and will have the maximum allotted 44 stalls, as will Faucheux, who ran second with 34 wins. Amoss (29 wins) and Asmussen (26) also have 44 stalls, as do top-10 trainers Bret Calhoun, Joe Sharp, Al Stall, and Mike Stidham.


The jockey’s race was a meet-long battle last year, as James Graham booted home 63 winners to outlast Mitchell Murrill by one and Colby Hernandez by three, and the trio will again lead the way this year. Florent Geroux (56 wins), Brian Hernandez Jr. (44), Adam Beschizza (44), Shaun Bridgmohan (38), Gabriel Saez (35), and Miguel Mena (32) were all in the top-10 and will be back this winter as well.


Opening Day marks the first of 76 racing days as Fair Grounds will run through March 28. There will be over $7 million in stakes races, highlighted by the March 20, $1 million Louisiana Derby. A pocket schedule, along with a complete list of the stakes schedule, can be found here: