– $150,000 CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHLIGHTS RICH CARD FOR LOUISIANA-BRED HORSES –
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs will host its richest race program of the season on Saturday, February 5, when the track will award $933,000 in total purse money throughout 11 races, included 10 stakes, all for Louisiana-bred horses. The event is called Louisiana Premier Day, and this year marks the 19th renewal of the event which will kick off with a special first post time of 12 noon.
The featured race on the card will be the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Day Championship for older horses competing at 1-1/16 miles, which will be the 10th race on the program. This year’s Championship attracted a full field of 12, which includes two also eligible runners.
The Championship is guaranteed to have a new winner this year. Underpressure, who has won the last two editions of the race, was not entered this year. The lukewarm 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s feature is Keith Plaisance’s Langs Day, who won the Gold Cup at Delta Downs on October 30 impressively before finishing a hard closing second in a tough allowance race last time out on January 12.
The Championship field also includes Kendel D. Standlee’s Izzy’s Baby Boy (5-1), who most recently won a dramatic B Connected Stakes on New Year’s Day; Robert Asaro Enterprises, Inc’s Maga Man (8-1), who comes into the event with the highest career earnings mark of $289,480; and the Sam B. David, Jr. trainee Jax Man (6-1), who ran second, only a neck behind Izzy’s Baby Boy, in the B Connected.
Fans will also be in for a treat when the $100,000 Louisiana Premier Day Matron rolls around as Grade 2 winner Cilla takes on several rivals in the five-furlong dash for older fillies and mares. The Brett Brinkman trainee and daughter of the great California Chrome is the solid 6-5 favorite as she goes for her seventh career win and attempts to add to her lofty $416,000 bankroll.
Another race that will get plenty of attention will be the $100,000 Louisiana Premier Day Starlet. The one-mile event will be a rematch between 5-2 morning line favorite Free Like a Girl and Buckley Bunny. Buckley Bunny narrowly defeated Free Like a Girl in the $100,000 Louisiana Lassie Stakes at Fair Grounds on December 11. Buckley Bunny has only raced at Delta Downs once and finished off the board while Free Like A Girl is undefeated in Vinton with two stakes tallies in as many starts earlier this meet. On October 22 she romped by 18-1/2 lengths in the $100,000 Louisiana Jewel and on November 19 she scored another impressive win in the $100,000 My Trusty Cat.
In addition to the many local horsemen taking part in Louisiana Premier Day, there are also some nationally prominent trainers who will saddle horses on the program. They include Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, as well as Karl Broberg, Tom Amoss, W. Bret Calhoun and many others.
Delta Downs will offer the DRF Bets $50,000 Guaranteed All Stakes Pick 4 wager on the Louisiana Premier Day program. The special wager will take place on race 8 – 11, which includes the afternoon’s richest race, the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Day Championship serving as the penultimate leg. The special wager will also include an ultra-low takeout of just 12%.
Delta Downs will also welcome a special guest to its simulcast program during Louisiana Premier Day. Nationally known horse racing analyst and commentator Martha Claussen will join track announcer Don Stevens on the simulcast show as a co-host, handicapper and trackside reporter following the major stakes races.
Listed below are each Louisiana Premier Day race in program order.
Race # Purse Stakes Race Distance Age
1 $50,000 LAPD Bon Temps Starter 5 furlongs 4yo & up FM
2 $100,000 LAPD Matron 5 furlongs 4yo & up FM
3 $38,000 (La-bred Maidens) 7-1/2 furlongs 3yo
4 $50,000 LAPD Ragin Cajun Starter 5 furlongs 4yo & up
5 $100,000 LAPD Starlet 1 mile 3yo FM
6 $60,000 LAPD Ladies Starter 1 mile 4yo & up
7 $100,000 LAPD Sprint 5 furlongs 4yo & up
8 $125,000 LAPD Distaff 1 mile 4yo & up FM
9 $100,000 LAPD Prince 1 mile 3yo
10 $150,000 LAPD Championship 1-1/16 miles 4yo & up
11 $60,000 LAPD Gentlemen Starter 1-1/16 miles 4yo & up
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will be awarding two (2) $1,000 college scholarships via a drawing that will take place on Louisiana Premier Day.
Entries for the LTBA drawing will be taken at a designated booth between 11 am and 12 noon. Winners will be announced after the fifth race and will have to be present to win when the announcement is made from winner’s circle. To qualify for the drawing, entrants must be enrolled full time for spring or summer 2022 classes and in good standing with their Louisiana college or university.
For more information about Louisiana Premier Day and the remainder of Delta Downs’ current season, which runs through March 5, visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.
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