(BOSSIER CITY, La.) – Louisiana Downs will host Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 5, with a post time of 1:05 p.m. CT. The Louisiana Cup Day will feature some of the top Louisiana bred thoroughbreds with stakes races totaling $450,000 in purse money.
Louisiana Downs, located on 280 acres near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana opened on October 30, 1974 with approximately 15,000 fans in attendance for the first day of its inaugural meet. Built by the late shopping-center magnate, Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr., the track was a success from the start, setting numerous national records for handle and attendance throughout the 1970’s and ’80’s. In 1980, plans were announced for the first running of the Super Derby, a 1-1/4 mile race to be run in the fall with the hope of attracting the best three-year-olds in the country and to have an impact on the end-of-the year championships. With a $500,000 purse, the race was the richest ever for three-year-old Thoroughbreds.
Louisiana Cup Day Stakes Races:
- Louisiana Cup Juvenile $75,000 Guaranteed
- Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies $75,000 Guaranteed
- Louisiana Cup Sprint $75,000 Guaranteed
- Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint $75,000 Guaranteed
- Louisiana Cup Turf Classic $75,000 Guaranteed
- Louisiana Cup Distaff $75,000 Guaranteed
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) will award two scholarships, each valued at $1,000, to college students on Louisiana Cup Day.
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 2023.
- 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: 12:05 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. at the designated booth at Louisiana Downs.
- Races begin: 1:05 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.
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 louisianabred.com or call (504) 947-4676.