Bossier City, LA – The 2021 Thoroughbred racing season at Louisiana Downs will conclude on Tuesday, September 21. The 84-day season began on May 1 and two former leading riders, Carlos Lozada and Joel Dominguez, have been on top of the standings throughout the meet.
Heading into the final four days of the season, Lozada holds a narrow edge of 2 wins. For the past three years, Lozada and Dominguez have topped the jockey standings at the Bossier City racetrack. In 2019, it was Lozada winning his first leading rider title, edging Dominguez 96 to 91. Last year, Dominguez won his first career title in dominating fashion, winning 71 races; 30 more than Lozada. But this year, they have remained neck and neck since May, with Lozada heading into the final week with 80 wins to 78 trips to the winner’s circle for Dominguez.
Lozada is a 36-year-old native of Puerto Rico who began riding in the United States in 2007 after attending Puerto Rico’s Escuela Vocational Hipica. The famed jockey school has a noted list of graduates, including Irad Ortiz, Jr, Jose Ortiz as well as 2018 Louisiana Downs top-ranked rider, Emanuel Nieves.
He has been prominent throughout the meet, winning races for a variety of trainers including Joey Foster, Karl Broberg, Tim Dixon, Al Cates and Justin Jeansonne,
Now in his fifth year at the Bossier City racetrack, Dominguez earned his first leading rider title last year at Louisiana Downs. The31-year-old native of Durango, Mexico galloped for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen in Kentucky when he first came to the United States. Last year, Dominguez began riding first call for Asmussen at Louisiana Downs and credits the all-time leading Thoroughbred conditioner for giving him quality mounts and growing confidence.
“Riding for Steve has been a tremendous for me,” said Dominguez. “I am very grateful to him and also appreciate many other horsemen who have given me opportunities. David Gomez is coming up and does a great job with his runners. Also, I get along very well with Jose Camejo who gave me the call aboard Crescentcitypretty on Louisiana Cup Day. She’s a very talented filly.”
Both riders have top caliber agents. Lozada is represented by former jockey Ronald Ardoin, who piloted 5,226 winners in his storied career while Don Simington handles business for Dominguez. Simington won 3,427 races in Texas and Louisiana and has long term relationships with top horsemen and new outfits running in Louisiana.
“There is no doubt that Ronald made a big difference for me,” said Lozada. “He works hard in the mornings and gets me a lot of mounts. He won so many races in his career and is very helpful when I ask for advice.”
The competition between the two riders, both devoted family men, is strong.
“I’m hoping to win the title again,” said Dominguez. “But overall, it’s been a very good meet. I won more races this year than last, and with the schedule, have also been able to compete at Evangeline Downs. I will ride at Delta Downs from here and look forward to that meet.”
Shane Wilson and Wayne T. Davis Lead in the Trainer and Owner Standings
The presentation of leading rider honors may very well go down to the final race on Tuesday’s program. However, Shane Wilson, looks likely to keep his lead in the trainer standings. The Haughton, Louisiana resident heads into next week with 53 wins while Joey Foster remains in second with 39 first-place finishes and Joe Duhon is third in the standings with 31 wins.
The leading owner of the meet appears to be Wayne T. Davis who tops the standings with 25 victories. The 91-year-old Louisiana businessman has been an owner for over 20 years and he and Wilson have teamed with a wide range of Thoroughbreds; their most successful to date is Grade 3 winner Mocito Rojo. End Zone Athletics, Inc. and Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. are tied for second with 18 wins each.
The Louisiana Downs live Thoroughbred racing season will conclude with racing on Saturday, September 18, Sunday, September 19, Monday, September 20 and Tuesday, September 21. Post time is 2:45 pm (Central).
About 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.