November 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.

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Nov 1

  • All Saints Day

Nov 4

  • Treasure Chest S., Delta Downs, Vinton, Louisiana

Nov 5

  • Delta Mile S., Delta Downs, Vinton, Louisiana

Nov 6

  • Daylight Savings Time Ends

Nov 8

  • Election Day

Nov 11

  • Veterans Day
  • My Trusty Cat S., Delta Downs, Vinton, Louisiana

Nov 12

  • Jean Lafitte S., Delta Downs, Vinton, Louisiana

Nov 14
·       Fair Grounds, final day to enter papers for zero date

Nov 18

  • Fair Grounds 151st Season Opens
  • Happy Ticket S., Fair Grounds, New Orleans
  • Big World S., Fair Grounds, New Orleans
  • Donovan L. Ferguson S., Fair Grounds, New Orleans

Nov 19

  • Monte Man S., Fair Grounds, New Orleans
  • Scott’s Scoundrel S., Fair Grounds, New Orleans
  • Joseph R. Peluso Mem. S., Fair Grounds, New Orleans

Nov 24

  • Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving Classic, Fair Grounds, New Orleans

Nov 26

  • Final Louisiana Champions Day Nominations Deadline

Nov 30

  • Louisiana Futurity Nomination Forms to mail from LTBA office
  • Stallion Registration Forms (covered in ‘22 for foals of ‘23) to mail from LTBA office

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Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Submits Prohibited Substances List to the Federal Trade Commission

October 26, 2022 (Lexington, Ky.) – The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) has submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a technical document listing and categorizing 1,365 Prohibited Substances covered by HISA’s anti-doping and medication control (ADMC) rules and further dividing them into subcategories of Banned Substances and Controlled Medications. The document is now subject to final approval by the FTC ahead of the ADMC Program’s January 1, 2023 implementation date.

This technical document was developed by HISA’s ADMC Standing Committee and approved by the Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit (HIWU), which will administer the program. In a memorandum to racing participants, HISA ADMC Committee Chair Adolpho Birch summarized the contents of the document submitted, which underwent several modifications based on substantive feedback from racing participants and experts during a public comment period before submission to the FTC.

“The Prohibited Substances List is the result of extensive consultation with industry and subject matter experts and is informed by established research. Once approved by the FTC, it will serve as the backbone of HISA’s ADMC Program set to take effect in the New Year,” said Birch. “Through our collective efforts led by the ADMC Committee, we are proud to introduce U.S. Thoroughbred racing’s first-ever uniform Prohibited Substances list that will be applied on a national basis to advance integrity, transparency and accountability in the sport.”

“Effective anti-doping programs require clear guidance on prohibited substances, and we are pleased with the document that was submitted to the FTC,” said Ben Mosier, executive director of HIWU. “This list will play a key role in HIWU’s assignment to enforce HISA’s ADMC Program, and we are prepared to take on this critical responsibility on behalf of the Thoroughbred industry.”

In addition to listing and categorizing all prohibited substances covered by the ADMC Program, the document details detection times, screening limits and thresholds. The modified document submitted to the FTC is available on the HISA website.

Fair Grounds Lowers Pick 5 Takeout and Introduces New Pick 6 Pick 5 and Pick 6 takeout rate is set at 15%

NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, October 26, 2022) – With the approval of the Louisiana State Racing Commission handed down Wednesday afternoon, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots announces two horseplayer-friendly adjustments to the 2022-23 wagering menu. Takeout will be reduced on the Pick 5 from 25% to 15%. Also, a new Pick 6 at the same 15% rate will be added.

Takeout is the percentage of every wagering dollar removed before payoffs are calculated.

Racing officials at Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) and Fair Grounds have been studying successes at other tracks and working to make this change at Fair Grounds.

“We are very excited about both of these new wagering opportunities for horseplayers,” said Gary Palmisano Jr., the newly appointed Executive Director of Racing for CDI. “Fair Grounds has not had a Pick 6 in many years. After monitoring the success of this same wager at the New York Racing Association, we feel this is an interesting variation of the pool to implement and worth exploring.”

Fair Grounds offers a traditional Pick 5 where the entire pool, after the 15% takeout, is paid out to winning bettors. If there are no perfect Pick Five tickets, the entire pool, minus the takeout, will carry over to the late Pick Five the next racing day. On most racing days there will be two Pick Five opportunities for horseplayers – an early and a late – and on cards of 11 races or more, a third may be added.

The new Pick 6 wager will have a $1 minimum wager. It will be “non-jackpot” and 75% of the after-takeout pool will be paid to all tickets with 6 winners. The other 25% will be paid to all those with 5 of 6 winners as a consolation. If no one has 6 winners, then 75% goes to the next day as a carryover and 25% is paid to all the consolation tickets.

“The obvious goal is that this wager will create numerous carryover opportunities and draw attention to racing in New Orleans,” Palmisano Jr. added.

The 80-day, 2022-2023 Fair Grounds racing season opens on Friday, November 18 and runs through Sunday, March 26. Regular post time will be 1:05 p.m. CT, but opening day post time is 3:00 p.m. CT. Sixty-five stakes worth a combined $8.5 million, up more than $700,000 from last season, will be offered during the Thoroughbred meet.

Louisiana Officials Revoke Ownership License Of Former Co-Defendant In Zetas Money Laundering Case

by Natalie Voss


Louisiana stewards have revoked the ownership license of Carlos M. Nayen-Barbolla after determining Nayen-Barbolla – one of the men convicted as part of the Zetas drug cartel’s drug laundering case – lied on his application.

According to a ruling dated Oct. 21, Nayen-Barbolla was affiliated with the ownership group Red Sea Racing and applied for an owner’s license on July 20.

“When filling out his application he answered ‘no’ to Question 1 Have you ever used an alias or been licensed under any other name? and Question 6 Have you or your spouse ever been arrested or charged with any misdemeanor or felony, including DWI?’” the ruling read.


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New Study Finds Horses Racing On Lasix At 62 Percent Increased Risk Of Sudden Death

by Paulick Report Staff


A new study of data from the Equine Injury Database has revealed that horses medicated with furosemide (Lasix) on race day were at 62 percent increased odds of sudden death compared to horses that were not racing on furosemide.

Funded by the Grayson Jockey Club Foundation, the study was published by Dr. Euan Bennet and Dr. Tim Parkin on Oct. 20, 2022, in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. It examined the 4,198,073 race starts made by 284,387 Thoroughbred horses at 144 racetracks in the United States and Canada between 2009 and 2021; those numbers represent 92.2 percent of all official race starts during that period.

Of those nearly 4.2 million starts, 536 resulted in a horse’s sudden death, an incidence rate of 0.13/1,000 starts. Sudden death was defined as any horse that was recorded as a fatality within three days of racing, along with one or more of the following fatal injury descriptions or (presumptive) diagnosis, as provided by each participating track to the EID: (1) sudden death (recorded as “SUD” in the EID), (2) pulmonary hemorrhage, (3) exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), (4) postexertional distress/heatstroke (PED), and (5) cardiac arrhythmia.


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Lasix Mythbusters: Drug Masking, TCO2, And Impact On Racehorse Breakdowns

by Natalie Voss


For decades now, people with an interest in horse racing have had opinions about furosemide, commonly referred to by its trade name of Lasix or Salix. Even now, as its use has been gradually pushed back farther from race time, theories abound on why trainers use it, and how (or whether) it should be used.

But floating about amongst all those opinions are sometimes misconceptions, including one we’ve heard repeatedly at the Paulick Report – that furosemide is used as a masking agent to cover up illegal drug use in post-race testing.

Dr. Rick Sams, former laboratory director at LGC Science, said that under current regulations, that just isn’t possible. Here’s why.


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Accredited Louisiana Bred Champion Hope List Euthanized

Hope List at Double Dam Farm in 2019. Barbara Livingston photo.

Two time Accredited Louisiana Bred Champion Filly or Mare, Hope List, was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age in October. She was thirty-two years old.

Unraced as a Two-Year-Old, Hope List gave us a hint of her class with four wins as a Three-Year-Old. At Four she was stakes placed in both the Honeymoon Stakes and Sangue Handicap. As a Five-Year-Old, Hope List broke into the stakes winning class with wins in the Red Camelia Handicap and in the Louisiana Champions Day Turf, where she handily beat the boys. She was also second in the Coca Cola Classic and the Vinery Matchmaker Stakes and third in the Sangue Handicap. She saved her best for her Six-Year-Old season with four stakes wins that included finally capturing the Sangue Handicap in addition to winning the Furl Sail Handicap, Red Camelia Handicap and finishing the year with a win in the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies. As a Seven-Year-Old she won her third Red Camelia Handicap and was stakes placed in both the Sangue Handicap and the Honeymoon Stakes. In all, Hope List won twenty races from eighty-one starts with twelve seconds and thirteen thirds for earnings of $601,475 for Owner/Breeder Delmar Caldwell. She was voted Champion Filly Or Mare in both 1995 and 1996.

 As a broodmare, Hope List produced twelve foals, all of which raced, with nine winners and one stakes placed runner, Runaway From Itall.

Judge Rules CDI Can Ban Broberg From Fair Grounds Over Alleged Neglect

by Paulick Report Staff


Trainer Karl Broberg

Last September, Churchill Downs, Inc. banned trainer Karl Broberg from the entry box at its parent company’s racetracks after an incident involving a voided claim led to what CDI alleged as neglect.

When racing began at the CDI-owned Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, La., however, the Louisiana Racing Commission insisted that only state racing stewards could legally exclude Broberg from racing. Commission chair Benjamin Guilbeau argued that since the Kentucky commission did not take action against Broberg, the trainer’s license remained in good standing.

Broberg wound up starting 40 horses at last year’s Fair Grounds race meet, per Equibase, running out earnings of $152,900. For comparison, the trainer started 76 horses at the 2020-2021 race meet.


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Late September wins the Louisiana Legacy Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.



VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $100,000 Louisiana Legacy Stakes on Saturday night as the track closed out another race week in Vinton, Louisiana. The race was won by Kevin Stedman’s Late September under jockey Jose Rodriguez. The Jose Camejo trainee and his connections had to wait a while to celebrate in the winner’s circle after the race as a jockey’s objection was lodged against him by C. J. McMahon, the rider King’s Lute, who finished second. After several tense moments the claim of foul was disallowed and the win was made official.

Late September was making his first start in four months in the Legacy and was facing state-bred company for the first time. The layoff didn’t bother him as he broke sharply and settled back into fifth position early in the seven-furlong test around two turns. Meanwhile the pace was being set by Bisping who traveled the opening quarter mile in 22.73 seconds and stopped the timer in 47.24 for the half mile. The pacesetter, and wagering co-favorite along with Late September, was challenged by the eventual winner as the field entered the second turn but could not repel the challenge. Bisping would go on to finish fifth in the field of nine.

When Late September entered the final furlong he was put to the test by King’s Lute, who had rallied stoutly from the back on the pack. The pair came together in the upper-stretch before Late September pulled clear to finish a length to the good of his rival at the finish line. Boss Soss would up third, another 5-3/4 length behind the runner-up. Late September finished the race in a time of 1:28.13 over a fast track.

The win by Late September was the second of his four-race career. He earned $60,000 for the effort and now has a bankroll of $97,870.

Bred in Louisiana by Coteau Grove Farms, LLC, Late September is a 2-year-old bay colt by Munnings, out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Hello Maggie May. He was purchased at sale earlier this year for $60,000.

The wagering public who backed Late September at the windows was rewarded with payoffs of $6 to win, $4.20 to place and $3 to show. King’s Lute paid $9 to place and $5.80 to show. The Boss Soss was worth $3 to show.

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Janet Is Ready wins the Louisiana Jewel Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.


VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the 14th running of the $100,000 Louisiana Jewel Stakes on Friday night and talented filly Janet Is Ready came through with the win. Owned by Carl J. Deville, Gerald Bruno, Jr., Our Blue Streak Stable LLC and Jerry Caroom, the Chasey Deville Pomier trainee was guided to victory by apprentice jockey Vicente Del Cid.

The Jewel, which featured eight 2-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies competing at seven furlongs, had an honest early pace set by Cajun Gumbow, who went the opening quarter mile in a time of 23.28 seconds and the half mile in 47.88. When the field entered the second turn of the race, Janet Is Ready was roused to the lead by Del Cid but the stretch run would not be easy as she had to deal with a fast-closing Tensas Candy.

Through the stretch Janet Is Ready dug in gamely and held off her game rival Tensas Candy to win by ¾ of a length. Free Drop Maddy was no threat to the top pair and finished another two lengths behind in third. The final time of the race was 1:28.04 and it was contested over a fast track.

The win by Janet Is Ready marked the fourth of her six-race career. The score also gave her three wins in stakes company from four starts. Her maiden-breaking victory came at Evangeline Downs in June. Saturday night’s triumph earned Janet Is Ready a tidy sum of $60,000 and raised her fledgling bankroll to $191,900.

Bred in the Bayou State by Bentley T. Early, Janet Is Ready is a bay offspring of Custom for Carlos, out of the Pure Prize mare Just Call Me Janet. She was purchased as a yearling for just $5,500.

Sent to the gate at odds of just over 2-1, Janet Is Ready returned $6.40 to win, $4.20 to place and $3 to show. Tensas Candy was worth $16.80 to place and $7 to show. Free Drop Maddy paid $2.60 to show.

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