August Calendar of Events from the LTBA

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.Brought to you by Whispering Oaks Farm,   Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and Breeders Sales of Louisiana. Click images to link to more information

August 1

  • Jockey Club Report of Mares Bred Due 

August 5

  • The Spotted Horse Stakes, Evangeline Downs, Opelousas, LA

August 6

  • LTBA Board of Directors meeting, 10:30 a.m., Winners Circle Church
  • Louisiana Cup Day six stakes races for Accredited Louisiana Breds, Louisiana Downs, Bossier City.
  • LTBA Scholarship Drawings; two $1,000 scholarships for current college students. (Registration between 12:45-1:45 p.m. Drawings for two scholarships will occur at the winners circle after the 5th race. Must be present at winners circle to win.)
  • Evangeline Mile Stakes, Evangeline Downs, Opelousas, LA

August 10

  • Delta Downs stall applications due for 2022-23 Thoroughbred Meet

August 12

  • Stallion Awards to be Mailed

August 26

  • D.S. Shine Young Futurity (Filly Division), Evangeline Downs, Opelousas, LA

August 27

  • D.S. Shine Young Futurity (Colt and Gelding Division), Evangeline Downs, Opelousas, LA
  • Evangeline Downs Closing Day of 2022 Thoroughbred Meet

August 29

  • Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie

August 31

  • Accreditation Applications Due

Reminder: 2022-23 LTBA Regular Membership Applications and Renewals Due.
$75 before Sept. 30/$85 after Sept 30.

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Two Scholarships to be Awarded at Louisiana Cup Day

Registration On Site at Louisiana Downs August 6
(BOSSIER CITY, La.) – Louisiana Downs will host Louisiana Cup Day Saturday, August 5, with a post time of 1:45 p.m. CT. Plenty of activities are planned for the day that salutes Louisiana Thoroughbreds. Seven races will be contested including six stakes, all with purses of $67,000. The draw for the six features on Louisiana Cup Day will take place Saturday.
The stakes are as follows:
$67,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile                  2 YO LA-Bred                     5 ½ furlongs
$67,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies        2 YO Fillies LA-Bred           5 ½ furlongs
$67,000 Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint  3 YO & Up F&M, LA-Bred  Six furlongs
$67,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint                      3 YO & Up LA-Bred            Six furlongs
$67,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic            3 YO & Up LA-Bred             1 1/16 miles (T)
$67,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff                     3 YO & Up F & M LA-Bred  1 1/16 miles (T)
In addition on Louisiana Cup Day, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) will award two scholarships, each valued at $1,000, to college students.
“We invite registrants to sign up at Louisiana Downs and enjoy the races,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. “Students, families and friends are invited to Louisiana Cup Day racing that is a great day of championship racing for Louisiana bred thoroughbreds.”
Requirements for the scholarship are as follows:
  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time in an Accredited College, University or Community College for Fall 2022
  • Scholarships will be awarded by random draw.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  • Must be present to win at the Winner’s Circle when the announcement is made.
  • Must have college ID and government-issued ID.
  • Must have University ID number or Social Security number.
For Louisiana Cup Day:
  • Registration: 12:45 p,m. – 1:45 p.m. at the designated booth
  • Races begin: 1:45 p.m.
  • Drawing Time: The scholarships will be awarded after the fifth race. 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.
“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association is paying it forward as it continues to make an investment in the future of our state by investing in our students and the education process,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. “This type of investment is for our future, the state, as well as the organization. These scholarships encourage the younger generation to be engaged with LTBA so that our organization stays as one of the top breeding incentive program in the United States.”
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 (504) 947-4676.


HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, July 28, 2022) – Although it doesn’t begin until Friday, December 9, the 2022-2023 Oaklawn racing season has already broken at least two records. The Hot Springs, AR, track will offer the greatest number of stakes races and the highest stakes purses in its history.

Nine races have been added to the stakes schedule for the 68-day season, bringing the total to 45. Total purses offered for the stakes program have increased by $1.45 million to an all-time high of $13.75 million. The overall purse distribution for the season is projected to exceed $50 million, yet another record.

The stakes schedule is once again highlighted by the $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 1, along with three $1 million stakes races – the Rebel Stakes (G2) February 25, the Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 15, and the Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 22.

This is the second consecutive season Oaklawn is opening in December. Oaklawn President Louis Cella said the expansion of the stakes program is made possible by the early start. “We were pleased with how December racing was received last year, by both racing fans and horsemen,” Cella said. “Now, we’re going to use our stakes schedule to build on that momentum.”

Three of the new Stakes races are scheduled for December, while the other six will take place during the final weeks of the season:

  • Ring the Bell Stakes ($150,000) – December 10
  • Renaissance Stakes ($150,000) – December 31
  • Year’s End Stakes ($150,000) – December 31
  • Matron Stakes ($250,000) – March 31
  • Hot Springs Stakes ($200,000) – April 1
  • Valley of the Vapors Stakes ($150,000) – April 22
  • Dig a Diamond Stakes ($150,000) – April 29
  • Lake Ouachita Stakes ($150,000) – May 5
  • Lake Hamilton Stakes ($150,000) – May 6

“One of the reasons Oaklawn has been successful for more than a century is because of where we are located,” Oaklawn General Manager Wayne Smith said. “Tourism is a major industry in our area, and Oaklawn is proud to be the state’s top tourism attraction. We wanted some stakes with names synonymous with Oaklawn’s hometown and the surrounding area.”

Oaklawn’s rich 3-year-old series, offering points towards eligibility in the Kentucky Derby (G1), begins January 1, with the $250,000 Smarty Jones Stakes and continues with the $750,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) January 28, and the Rebel Stakes (G2) February 25, before culminating with the April 1 Arkansas Derby (G1). The 3-year-old filly series offering points towards eligibility in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) follows the same path as the males, starting January 28 with the $200,000 Martha Washington Stakes, and continues with the $300,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) February 25, and $600,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 1.

Other notable highlights of Oaklawn’s 2022-2023 stakes schedule are the $600,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) February 18, $500,000 Essex Handicap (G3) and $200,000 Whitmore Stakes (G3) March 18, and the $1 million Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) and $500,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 15.

The 2022-2023 season runs Friday, December 9 through Saturday, May 6, Kentucky Derby Day.

Located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, Oaklawn is one of the premiere Thoroughbred racetracks in the country since 1904, best known as home of the Arkansas Derby. The casino features slots, live table games, and sports betting year-round. Live racing held Dec-May and simulcast racing throughout the year. Come visit the Oaklawn hotel, multi-purpose event center, state-of-the-art spa, and several dining options., 1-800-OAKLAWN.

Reports of Mares Bred Due at The Jockey Club by August 1

Thursday, July 28, 2022 Contact: Alexa Ravit (212) 521-5307
Reports of Mares Bred Due at The Jockey Club by August 1
The Jockey Club reminds stallion managers to submit their Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) for the 2022 breeding season by August 1.

“To ensure that the breeding statistics we release in the fall are as accurate as possible, we request that RMBs be submitted by August 1,” said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club. “Mare produce records and catalog-style pedigrees from are updated in real time with the latest covering information to assist industry stakeholders with their decisions. The number of mares reported bred is also an important economic indicator of the health of the Thoroughbred breeding industry.”

Stallion managers who submit completed RMBs by August 1 are among the first to receive their Stallion Service Certificates, which facilitates the timely registration of 2023 foals.

Reports of Mares Bred may be submitted via Interactive Registration at or a form is available by email, fax, or mail by contacting

​2022 Belmont Park fall meet to be held at Aqueduct Racetrack

by Pat McKenna


Belmont at the Big A to offer 41 stakes worth $9.9 million in total purses

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that, due to the construction of vehicular and pedestrian tunnels designed to provide access to the Belmont Park infield, the 2022 Belmont Park fall meet will be held at Aqueduct Racetrack. 

The 28-day Belmont at the Big A fall meet will begin on Thursday, September 15 and run through Sunday, October 30. Headlined by four Grade 1 races and six “Win and You’re In” qualifiers to the Breeders’ Cup in November at Keeneland, Belmont at the Big A will feature 23 graded events among 41 stakes worth $9.9 million in total purses. Live racing will be conducted Thursday-Sunday.

The construction of tunnels for vehicular and pedestrian access is a major capital improvement project that will unlock the 45-acre infield at Belmont Park. In addition to providing access for fans and the surrounding community, the tunnels will serve as a conduit to the infield for commercial vehicles allowing NYRA to completely reconstruct the Belmont main track and its two turf courses. The tunnels will also provide NYRA with the opportunity to consider the installation of a synthetic track in the future. 

“This investment in the future of Belmont Park will transform our racing operations and pave the way for a broader re-imagining of the facility,” said Dave O’Rourke, NYRA President & CEO. “The shift to Aqueduct this fall will minimize the overall impact on the racing schedule, and ensure continuity for the Belmont spring/summer meet and Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets. We appreciate the patience of our horsemen and fans as we enter this period of transition at Belmont, and look forward to an exciting fall at the Big A.”

Construction on the tunnels will require the closure of the Belmont Park main track and turf courses at the conclusion of training hours on Sunday, August 7. NYRA expects main track and turf training to resume in April 2023. Construction on the racetracks will begin following the conclusion of the 2023 Belmont Park spring/summer meet, which will be held in its entirety at Belmont. 

Following a three-week closure for annual track maintenance, the Belmont Park training track will re-open on Monday, August 8 and remain open throughout tunnel and track construction. 

As part of the same round of capital improvement projects, NYRA will install a synthetic surface on the ¼ mile Belmont Park Pony Track. Expected to be complete in September, the Tapeta Footings track will provide a new all-weather training option and yield information and data on the performance of a synthetic surface in the weather conditions at Belmont. 

The Oklahoma Training track will operate as normal, with scheduled turf training available throughout the fall. 

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) is responsible for advancing and protecting the interests of thoroughbred owners and trainers at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. In his role as NYTHA President, Joe Appelbaum expressed support for the planned renovations and improvements to Belmont.

“NYTHA membership recognize the importance of modernizing Belmont Park and look forward to competing at a world-class thoroughbred racing venue,” said Appelbaum. “We will continue to work closely with NYRA to reduce any burdens on horsemen created by the temporary closure of the main track at Belmont.”

Belmont at the Big A will offer significant purse increases with a particular focus on adding value to conditions impacting the broadest group of owners and trainers. Accordingly, open allowance races will be run for six-figure purses while all claiming categories, New York-bred, and maiden races will enjoy purse enhancements. 

Beyond the increases to the purse schedule, NYRA will introduce a new bonus program to further reward horsemen for competing at the fall meet. The Belmont at the Big A bonus will pay $500 to the owner and $500 to the trainer of any horse finishing outside of the top three in his/her first fall start provided the most recent start was during the 2022 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course. Stakes races at Aqueduct do not qualify for the Belmont at the Big A bonus. 

The Belmont at the Big A stakes action will kick off on Saturday, September 17, with the closing legs of the Caesars Turf Triple Series: the Grade 3, $1 million Caesars Jockey Club Derby for 3-year-olds going 1 1/2 miles on the turf and the Grade 3, $700,000 Jockey Club Oaks for sophomore fillies. The Grade 3, $150,000 Pebbles at one-mile on turf for sophomore fillies will then be contested on Sunday, September 18. 

The first New York-bred stakes of the meet will be the $125,000 Joseph A. Gimma on Friday, September 23, leading into a weekend that includes the Grade 3, $175,000 Athenia for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up competing at 1 1/8 miles on the turf on Saturday, September 24. The Saturday card will also include the $125,000 Ashley T. Cole, a nine-furlong turf test for state-breds 3-years-old and up. The following day will see fillies and mares 3-and-up sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs in the Grade 2, $250,000 Gallant Bloom, with the undercard rounded out by the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard for New York-bred juveniles going seven furlongs. 

The weekend of October 1-2 will be comprised of seven graded stakes with a pair of Grade 1s highlighting the Saturday card in the $500,000 Woodward for 3-year-olds and up going nine furlongs and the $500,000 Champagne for 2-year-olds running one mile. The Champagne affords the winner a spot in the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The October 2 card will also include the Grade 2, $200,000 Miss Grillo for fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, which offers a “Win and You’re In” berth to the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf; along with the Grade 3, $200,000 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational for 3-year-olds and up going six furlongs on the turf. 

Sunday, October 2 will be headlined by the Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette for 2-year-old fillies at one mile with a spot in the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies up for grabs. The October 2 card will include the Grade 2, $200,000 Pilgrim for juveniles going 1 1/16 miles on the turf, offering a “Win and You’re In” berth to the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf; and the Grade 3, $300,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya at 1 3/8 miles for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

Top quality racing will continue on Saturday, October 8 with the Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/2-miles, along with the Grade 2, $250,000 Vosburgh, a seven-furlong sprint [previously run at six furlongs] for 3-year-olds and up, which offers a “Win and You’re In” berth to the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Rounding out the October 8 stakes action will be the Grade 3, $150,000 Matron at six furlongs on turf for juvenile fillies.

October 9 will offer the fall meet’s final Breeders’ Cup qualifier with the Grade 3, $150,000 Futurity for 2-year-olds going six furlongs on the turf providing a spot in the Grade 1, $2 million Juvenile Turf Sprint. Also on tap that day will be the Grade 2, $250,000 Beldame at nine furlongs for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up; and the Grade 3, $150,000 Knickerbocker for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

On Saturday, October 29, the Grade 2, $300,000 Kelso, a one-turn mile for 3-year-olds and up will offer the top-four finishers a free nomination and starting fee in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile. The October 29 card will include the Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs [previously run at seven furlongs] on the main track. 

Additional graded races include the Grade 2, $200,000 Sands Point [October 15], Grade 2, $300,000 Hill Prince [October 22], and the Grade 3, $150,000 Noble Damsel [October 22].

Belmont at the Big A will close on Sunday, October 30 with the annual Empire Showcase Day, which will include eight stakes for New York-breds worth $1.6 million in total purse money. The lucrative card is highlighted by the $250,000 Empire Classic for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/8 miles, and its counterpart the $250,000 Empire Distaff at nine furlongs for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. Both the Empire Classic and Empire Distaff were previously run at 1 1/16-miles. Empire Showcase Day will also include four $200,000 stakes in the Sleepy Hollow, Maid of the Mist, Mohawk and Ticonderoga, along with a pair of $150,000 stakes in the Iroquois and Hudson.

For the complete Belmont at the Big A stakes schedule, visit

Arlington Park Food Service Equipment First in Series of Online Auctions

Arlington Park, Part I

Since October 13, 1927, Arlington Park has been the home of “the most beautiful track in America” and thoroughbred racing. Now, the track has closed. As part of the closure, all the equipment, nostalgia, artwork, and more will be offered to the public in a series of auctions over the remainder of 2022. This event is the first of many and features over 600 quality lots of food service equipment. Don’t miss this opportunity as the quality food service and commercial kitchen equipment will be sold to the public. Browse and bid your price now.

The public may preview and inspect items from 12p to 6p on August 1, and direct questions to Shawn Smith, call/text (937) 597-3602 or Judd Grafe, call/text (507) 254-1184.


Solid Nominations for the Six Stakes for Louisiana Thoroughbreds


Bossier City, LA – The momentum is building for Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 6 at Louisiana Downs with post time set for 1:45 pm (Central). Plenty of activities are planned for the day that salutes Louisiana Thoroughbreds. Seven races will be contested including six stakes, all with purses of $67,000. The draw for the six features on Louisiana Cup Day will take place on Saturday, July 30. The stakes are as follows:

$67,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile                    2 YO LA-Bred                        5 ½ furlongs

$67,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies          2 YO Fillies LA-Bred             5 ½ furlongs

$67,000 Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint  3 YO & Up F&M, LA-Bred  Six furlongs

$67,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint                        3 YO & Up LA-Bred              Six furlongs

$67,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic              3 YO & Up LA-Bred              1 1/16 miles (T)

$67,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff                      3 YO & Up F & M LA-Bred  1 1/16 miles (T)

Trainer Allen Landry Pointing Five Including Net a Bear to Cup Day

Each of the Louisiana racetracks host  a stakes day saluting Louisiana Thoroughbreds. Last Saturday, was Louisiana Legends Night at Evangeline Downs. One very familiar Louisiana-bred mare, Net a Bear did not disappoint as the favorite in the $75,000 Turf Distaff.  With Tim Thornton aboard, the 6-year-old daughter of Awesome Bet made her usual late run and drew off tin the one-mile turf stakes, winning by 1 ¼ lengths.

Bred by Lora Pitre and Elaine Carroll, Net a Bear is owned by Maximo Lamarche and Federico Deltoro and trained by Allen Landry.Since she began her career in 2018, the bay mare, versatile on turf or dirt, has won 12 of her 33 lifetime starts and following the victory at Evangeline Downs, upped her earnings to $615,970.  Her first stakes win came at Louisiana Downs when she captured the 2019 Elge Rasberry and she was a convincing winning last year in the Louisiana Cup Distaff.  Remarkably, Net a Bear has been a stakes winner at each of the four Louisiana racetracks and will defend her title in the Louisiana Cup Day Distaff.

“She’s tough as hell,” said Landry. “Even when she gets in trouble, she gets clear and gives it her all. She just has an incredible turn of foot!”

He likes his chances with Vodka Gimlet for owner Ellen Epstein in the Louisiana Cup Turf Classic and feels that World War IV Racing’s Ranch Water is poised for a good effort in the Louisiana Cup Juvenile.

“He won his first time out, despite breaking in the air and getting shuffled back” explained Landry. “When he circled the field and came running, we thought he had something special.”

Landry has been prominent on Louisiana Cup, with victories by Chu Chu’s Legacy in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile and Rodney Verret’s Laughingsaintssong who won the Louisiana Cup Day Sprint in 2019 and 2020.

“We just ran him for a tag on July 25,” said Landry. “He’s getting older, but ran a game third.”

But no chance of Landry dropping Net a Bear anytime in her racing career.

“We plan on running her through the end of the year and then she will be pointed to her second career as a broodmare,” he stated.


Free Like a Girl to Return in the Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

2021 Louisiana Thoroughbred  Breeders Association (LTBA) Champion 2-year-old filly Free Like a Girl will return to Louisiana Downs on Cup Day to run in the six-furlong Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.

Her unique story began when she was in foal to a mare named Flashy Prize. Retired jockey Kim Renee Stover and her sister, Lisa Osborne  were able to purchase the mare for just $500. She foaled at Stover’s farm in Starks, Louisiana on February 24, 2019.

Free Like a Girl was sent to Carl Deville and his daughter, Chasey Deville Pomier and began her racing career for owner Gerald Bruno, Jr., running second in open company at Lone Star Park.

On July 9 at Evangeline Downs, Free Like a Girl notched her first win. Pedro Cotto, Jr. had the call and has remained her rider to date. Despite a poor break in the $50,000 Louisiana Juvenile Fillies on August 21 at Louisiana Downs, in which she spotted her rivals by ten lengths,  she rallied for third. Free Like a Girl sparkled in the  $60,000 D.S. Shine Young Futurity on September 21 at Evangeline Downs and won back-to back stakes at Delta Downs. She dominated nine rivals in the $100,000 Louisiana Jewel on October 22 and scored another impressive victory one month later in the $100,000 My Trusty Cat Stakes.

Her final two starts of 2021 came at Fair Grounds where she ran second in the $100,000 Louisiana Lassie on Champions Day. But she left no doubt as to who was best 2-year-old filly the $109,600 Louisiana Futurity. The bay filly quickly took command, extending her lead andcrossing the wire of the six furlong feature by 6 ¼ lengths in a final time of 1:11.11.

Free Like a Girl began her 3-year-old campaign on February 5 with a gate-to-wire romp on Louisiana Premier Day at Delta Downs, winning the $100,000 Starlet by four lengths. Her connections sent her to Oaklawn Park where she ran fourth in the Grade 3, $300,000 Honeybee on February 26 to the much heralded Secret Oath.

“There were people who disagreed with her running outside of Louisiana, but she deserved a chance,” said Stover. “We were not embarrassed.”

After winning the $75,000 Louisiana Legends Soiree at Evangeline Downs, Free Like a Girl ran a credible third in the $225,000 Iowa Oaks (G3) on July 9 at Prairie Meadows.

Free Like a Girl has won seven of her 14 starts and has already banked $423,873 for owners  Gerald Bruno, Jr; Carl J, Deville; Chasey Deville Pomier and Jerry Caroom.

“She came out of the race well and we are looking forward to running her at Louisiana Downs,” said Stover.


Louisiana Cup Day Festivities

Racing fans of all ages are invited to enjoy the festivities offered on August 6 at Louisiana Downs.

Family-friendly activities on the trackside apron include live music, inflatable bounce houses and water slides, face painting, and much more! Also, enjoy tasty bites from the city’s best food trucks. And don’t forget to claim your FREE $5 wager while you are there!

Handicapping Preview Show Begins at Noon on Cup Day

Louisiana Downs track announcer John McGary and regional racing publicist Martha Claussen will team up for a pre-race handicapping preview at 12:00 pm in the Inside Rail, located on the first floor of the grandstand. They will offer analysis and their selections for each of the races on the Louisiana Cup Day card. The seminar is free and open to all racing fans.

Scholarship Drawings Set for Louisiana Cup Day

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) will award two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.

The drawings will take place after the fifth race. The races begin at 1:45 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. at the designated registration booth. The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:

Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Fall 2022.

Must be in good standing with the college or university.

Must be present at the drawing location to win.

Must have university ID number or Social Security number.

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.

Trainer, Jockey and Owner Leaderboard

As of July 27, Shane Wilson, who was honored as 2021 Louisiana Down leading trainer, continues to top his fellow conditioners with 35wins and an impressive 64% in the money stat. Joey Foster and Greg Tracy have both saddled 20 winners with Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen in fourth place with 15 wins.

Last year’s leading jockey Carlos Lozada moved into a tie for first place in the jockey standings with Jose Guerrero. Both riders have won 55 wins since the meet began on May 7. Joel Dominguez and Alexander Castillo are tied for third with 21 wins each. Vincente Del-Cid follows with 19 wins.

Emanuel Nieves was injured two weeks ago and underwent successful surgery on July 25 to repair his broken right arm. He was in third place with 29 victories prior to the spill. We wish him a speedy recovery!

Wayne T. Davis is the leading owner with 13 wins to date. Greg Tracy is second with 10 top finishes and End Zone Athletics, Inc. Asmussen and Elite Thoroughbred Racing LLC are tied for third with six wins each.

The 2022 Thoroughbred meet at Louisiana Downs began on May 7 with live racing each Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The 84-day live racing season will conclude  on September 27.

About Louisiana Downs

Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and is now owned by Rubico Acquisition Corporation. 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.

More than 200 Horses Cataloged for the 2022 Texas Summer Yearling Sale

(Austin, TX) – Two-Hundred-Twelve yearlings made the catalog for the 2022 Texas Summer Yearling Sale, presented by the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park. The sale will be held on August 29th at the sales pavilion at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. 

The sale will feature a good mix of regional and national stallion and pedigree influence. The catalog lists yearlings by leading 2022 freshman stallions Justify, Good Magic, Sharp Azteca, and Mendelssohn, as well as youngsters by Violence, Bernardini, Tapiture, Midshipman, Jimmy Creed, Midnight Lute, Paynter, Practical Joke, Goldencents, Kantharos, and Keen Ice, sire of 2022 Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike. First crop stallions Mitole, Vino Rosso, Flameaway, Catalina Cruiser, Coal Front, Enticed, Breaking Lucky, Code West, and Preservationist are represented.

“This book represents the best of the best that this region has to offer,” TTA Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “Our breeders, owners, and consignors really delivered with quality stallions, families, and physicals. I have been very impressed by this yearling crop, both regionally and nationally, and am looking forward to the sale on August 29th.”

Texas and regional stallion power will also be on display this year, featuring yearlings by Texas’ top sires Too Much Bling, Bradester, My Golden Song, and Competitive Edge, as well as regional leaders like Star Guitar and El Deal.

“Our Texas and regional programs have gotten stronger in recent years, and I think this year’s yearling group is a sign of that,” Bridewell added. “We have a lot of pedigrees that have stakes influence both nationally and locally and that’s a sign of the growth our sale has made in recent years.”

Notable yearlings cataloged:

Hip 2: Louisiana bred Colt by Half Ours who is a half sibling to two stakes winners, including 2021 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity winner Streak of Silver. Consigned by Clear Creek Stud.

Hip 9: Texas bred Colt by Lord Nelson who is a half to Texas Champion and G1SP/MGSW Con Lima. Consigned by Stoneview Farm, Agent.

Hip 19: Texas bred Filly by Too Much Bling who is a full sister to G3SP/SW Bling on the Music. Consigned by Highlander Training Center, Agent.

Hip 81: Texas bred Filly by Khozan who is a half to G3SW Prudhoe Bay. Consigned by Oakridge Farm.

Hip 92: Louisiana bred Colt by Midshipman who is a half brother to G3SP Untitled. Consigned by Red River Farm.

Hip 103: Texas bred Filly by Include who is a full sister to G3SW Proud Emma. Consigned by Highlander Training Center, Agent.

Hip 107: Texas bred Colt by Tapiture who is a half sibling to two stakes winners. Consigned by Asmussen Horse Center, Agent.

Hip 115: Louisiana bred Filly by Jimmy Creed who is a full sister to MSW X Clown. Consigned by 4M Ranch, Agent.

Hip 127: Texas bred Filly by Too Much Bling who is a half sister to MSW No Mas Tequila and MSP Imaluckycharm. Consigned by Benchmark Training Center, Agent.

Hip 143: Florida bred Colt by Justify out of SP Iroquois Girl, from the family of G3SW Salty Strike. Consigned by KP Sales, Agent.

Hip 204: Texas bred Filly by Bradester who is a half sister to 2022 Texas Thoroughbred Association Futurity winner Vietnam Victory. Consigned by KP Sales, Agent.

Hip 206: Texas bred Filly by My Golden Song who is a half sister to six SW/SP runners including Kat’s Infatuation and Shocktime and from the family of G3SW He’s Comin in Hot. Consigned by Benchmark Training Center, Agent.

Hip 212: Texas bred Colt by Vino Rosso out of an unraced full sister to SW/MGSP Kid Kate. Consigned by Stoneview Farm, Agent.


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Victory For State Sovereignty & Louisiana Industry: Federal Takeover Of Horse Racing Halted

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Victory For State Sovereignty & Louisiana Industry: Federal Takeover Of Horse Racing Halted
Federal Judge Sides with AG Jeff Landry, Blocks Enforcement of HISA Regulations in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has won a victory over regulations imposed by an unconditional and unfunded Congressional mandate that cedes much regulatory and taxation power of the State to an unelected and unaccountable nongovernmental entity.

Ruling in favor of Attorney General Landry – Judge Terry Doughty of United States District Court in the Western District of Louisiana has granted the State of Louisiana, State of West Virginia, Louisiana State Racing Commission, Louisiana Horseman’s Benevolent & Protective Association, Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Jockeys Guild, West Virginia Racing Commission, and horse owners, trainers, and jockeys a preliminary injunction against rules created from the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act of 2021 (HISA).

“I am grateful Judge Doughty applied the law and blocked this federal overreach from devastating our State and the thousands of Louisianans in the horse industry here,” said Attorney General Landry. “Since becoming a State in 1812, Louisiana has not only regulated horseracing but also built an entire culture around it with the owners, trainers, jockeys, racetracks, and patrons.”

“Congress ramrodded HISA into the COVID relief bill and recklessly set up this massive regulatory scheme that is onerous at best on everyone; then to add insult to injury, it is paid for on the backs of those who work the hardest and receive the least,” explained Attorney General Landry.

As noted when Attorney General Landry filed suit in June – HISA purports to effectively substitute state regulatory commissions with a private corporation, setup 90 days prior to the passage of this Act, in charge of horseracing. This newly-created private corporation then began to issue regulations – allowing very little time for public comment, leaving those that actually labor under them with little input or voice.

“The process of creating the law and its associated regulations showed a reckless disregard for the thousands of industry participants in Louisiana and a correspondingly reckless disregard for the impact to our State,” added Attorney General Landry. “The regulations are unclear, inconsistent, and violate due process; and I will continue to do all that I legally can to halt them from taking effect in Louisiana.”

A copy of the ruling may be found at

Injunction Halts HISA Rules in Louisiana and West Virginia

By T. D. Thornton

The plaintiff states of Louisiana and West Virginia won a preliminary injunction in federal court Tuesday that will keep the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) Authority’s rules from being implemented in those two states until a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of HISA gets decided in full.

“This court believes the threatened harm to Plaintiffs outweighs any harm that may result to the Defendants and that a preliminary injunction will not undermine the public interest,” wrote Judge Terry Doughty of U.S. District Court (Western District of Louisiana).

“This Court is only ruling on the adoption of the rules by HISA, not the constitutionality of the Act,” Doughty was quick to add.

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