Jamie Theriot Returns to Racing, Proves Early On He’s Still Got It

Jamie Theriot. Hodges Photography.

New Orleans, La (December 5, 2022) – After a four-year absence from racing, jockey Jamie Theriot, 43, has returned to the saddle at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. On Sunday Nov 27, Theriot returned to the winner’s circle after giving Imindycatbirdseat a perfect ground-saving trip before tipping out and charging home to score in the day’s finale.

“It’s a great feeling that’s indescribable,” Theriot said walking back from the winner’s circle. “(Imindycatbirdseat) looked live on paper. I drew the one hole so I was like you know what, I’m going to give him the shortest trip, and if I have horse at the quarter pole, he’ll be the best today. And he was.”

Theriot now has 615 career wins at Fair Grounds, the fourth most of all active jockeys in the colony behind James Graham, Corey Lanerie, and Brian Hernandez, Jr. One of many brilliant riders from the Lafayette area, he rode his first race at the original Evangeline Downs, also known as the cradle of jockeys.

Taller than most riders, gaining the necessary fitness while maintaining weight off an extended time away was a challenge.

“Of course the last two pounds were the hardest thing,” Theriot said. “It was a very tall mountain to climb, but when I got to a certain weight, at a point in time you’ve got to finish the dance. It was a grind and is still a grind day-in and day-out.”

From riding six winners on June 8, 2008 at Churchill Downs to winning two Breeders’ Cup races in 2010 with Chamberlain Bridge in the Turf Sprint and Dubai Majesty in the Filly and Mare Sprint (both saddled by Bret Calhoun), Theriot has proven his talent on our sport’s biggest stages time and again. He’s also won leading rider titles at Evangeline Downs (2001), Oaklawn Park (2003), and Fair Grounds (2008).

“My first day back in the saddle breezing in the morning it was like I had stopped just yesterday,” Theriot said. “Don’t get me wrong there were little thingsI had to adjust but my timing was there. I knew I’d be a little rusty, the cobwebs would be there, but for the most part I was ready.”

In 2018, Theriot served a short stint riding for Ramapatee Gujadhur at Champ de Mars Racecourse in Port Louis, Mauritius. He rode the rest of 2018 based in Lone Star Park and Remington Park where he last rode Dec 5, 2018 before hanging it up to pursue other career opportunities.

“His attitude, his enthusiasm to come back and ride again is through the roof,” said Theriot’s agent David Heitzmann. “We’re working for a variety of trainers. A lot of Kentucky guys are still coming down and we expect to ride for some of those. The feedback has been really really good. We’re going to do our best to start off fast. And if he can ride the card, he’ll ride the card.”

Through Sunday Dec 4, Theriot’s record is 18-1-3-4. His win came riding for trainer Tanner Tracy. Through his prime when based at Fair Grounds, Theriot took a lot of mounts for trainers Bret Calhoun, Al Stall, Tom Amoss, Mike Stidham, and Joe Duhon.

“I’m thankful for the trainers who are giving me the opportunity and who believe in me.” Theriot said. “This is another step to show them I can still do this.”

 

Attention all Louisiana Horsemen: Please help protect Louisiana Horse Racing

Several news outlets reported yesterday that Senator Mitch McConnell is promoting a “legislative correction” to the HISA laws now that a federal appeals court has concluded it is Unconstitutional. Once again, McConnell plans to bypass the normal process that would allow hearing and debate on his legislation by attaching his “fix” to a “Must Pass” bill such as a year ending spending bill. This path is like the way McConnell slipped the current law into Covid Relief legislation in 2020.

The Louisiana State Racing Commission (LSRC) has regulated horse racing in Louisiana for over a century. The LSRC is in the unique position to know what is best for Louisiana racing and Louisiana racing participants. The Commission and our Louisiana legislators work with industry participants to formulate laws and rules which protect our horses and jockeys and create a fair playing field for all participants.

The Louisiana HBPA urges all industry participants to contact your U.S. House Representative and your U.S. Senators (contact information provided below) and voice your opposition to these “back room” deals that circumvent your right to be heard. Specifically, ask your congressmen to block any effort by HISA for another quick fix that got us in this mess in the first place. Our horsemen’s representative wants to work with ALL parties for new, sensible legislation that allows our jobs-heavy industry and related agribusiness to thrive and improve, rather than to choke from ill-advised legislation snuck through by a well-financed minority.

You can use this link to identify and contact your Representative:
https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

 

Contact information for the U.S. Senators from Louisiana is:

Senator John Kennedy
https://www.kennedy.senate.gov/public/
416 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Office number 202-224-4623

Senator Bill Cassidy
https://www.cassidy.senate.gov/
520 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Office number 202-224-5824

2023 Texas Two-Year-Old Sale Set for April 5th at Lone Star Park

(Austin, TX) – The 2023 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held on April 5, 2023 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, TX. The breeze show is scheduled for Monday, April 3, 2023.

“We’ve already had a lot of interest in our 2023 sale season,” Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “Our two-year-old sale has certainly gotten stronger in terms of quality in the past few years and those horses have been performing well at tracks around the midwest and south.”

Last year’s $200,000 sales topper, Free Drop Maddy, broke her maiden in the $150,000 Texas Thoroughbred Association Futurity at Lone Star Park, after a strong second on debut at Churchill Downs. She most recently won the Donovan L. Ferguson Memorial Stakes at the Fair Grounds Race Track for Mansfield Racing and Bret Calhoun. And 2022 graduate Tensas Candy won the $100,000 My Trusty Cat Stakes at Delta Downs for Terrell Jarrett Jr and Jorge Lara earlier this month; she was a $29,000 purchase from the Bryan Ford consignment.

“Our graduates are proof of the quality our consignors have offered each year,” Bridewell said. “We’re excited to get to work on putting together another solid edition in April.”

The breeze show is set for Monday, April 3rd, on the Lone Star Park dirt. The sale will be held Wednesday, April 5, 2023, inside the sales pavilion.

The Entry Deadline for the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale is January 16, 2023, and consignment forms are now available at www.ttasales.com.

December 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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Dec 3

  • Louisiana Champions Day Entry Day
  • Pan Zareta Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 9

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, 2:00 p.m., HBPA Main Office, Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans
  • The Magic City Classic, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 10

  • 32st Annual Louisiana Champions Day, 8 stakes for Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds,  New Orleans Fair Grounds, 1st Post 1:15 p.m.
  • Louisiana Champions Day, Race Central, 12:00 noon through last race, New Orleans Fair Grounds, LTBA Tent. Lunch is served from 1 – 3pm. No Reservations Required. First come first served. Rick Mocklin and Southern Voice to perform 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • LTBA Scholarship Drawings; four $1,000 scholarships for current college students.

Dec 15

  • Anyone with information about Louisiana Breds winning outside of North America, please contact Roger Heitzmann (Roger@louisianabred.com)

Dec 24

  • Christmas Eve

Dec 25

  • Christmas

Dec 26

  • Road To The Derby Kickoff Day
    Tenacious Stakes, Richard R. Scherer Memorial Stakes, Blushing KD Stakes, Gun Runner Stakes, Untapable Stakes, Buddy Diliberto Memorial Stakes, Joseph E. “Spanky” Broussard Memorial Stakes, Sugar Bowl Stakes, Letellier Memorial Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 29

  • Rosewater Stakes, Delta Downs, Vinton

Dec 30

  • Boyd Rewards Stakes, Delta Downs, Vinton

Dec 31

  • New Years Eve
  • Louisiana Futurity, Divisions for Fillies and for Colts and Geldings, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • Woodchopper Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • Pago Hop Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • Louisiana Stallion Registrations Due
  • Louisiana Futurity Nominations Due (pregnant mares)
  • FINAL DAY to apply for accreditation of 2022 Louisiana Bred foal at weanling rate  of $75. As of January 1, 2023, 2022 foals become yearlings and the rate increases to $250.

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Do you have a date pertaining to Louisiana-breds that you would like included in an upcoming calendar? Please contact Linda 985-386-0360, linda@louisianabred.com or Roger 504-947-4676, roger@louisianabred.comfor consideration.

 

Any questions or need more info call

Roger A. Heitzmann III, Secretary/Treasurer

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

504-947-4676

Four Scholarships to be Awarded at Louisiana Champions Day Registration On Site at the Fair Grounds on December 10

(NEW ORLEANS, La.) – The Fair Grounds Racecourse & Slots will host Louisiana Champions Day Saturday, December 10, with a post time of 1:15 p.m. CT. Plenty of activities are planned for the date that is one of the biggest day of championship racing for Louisiana breds. Nine races will be contested including six stakes.

The stakes are as follows:

Champions Day Classic: $150,000 Guaranteed – Grade BT

Champions Day Juvenile: $100,000 Guaranteed – Grade BT

Champions Day Ladies Sprint: $100,000 Guaranteed – Grade BT

Champions Day Ladies Starter: $50,000 Guaranteed

Champions Day Distaff: $100,000 Guaranteed – Grade BT

Champions Day Lassie: $100,000 Guaranteed – Grade BT

Champions Day Sprint: $100,000 Guaranteed – Grade BT

Champions Day Starter: $50,000 Guaranteed

In addition on Louisiana Champions Day, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) will award four scholarships, each valued at $1,000, to college students.

“We are looking forward to a great day of championship racing at the Fair Grounds,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. “Students, families and friends are invited to attend and enjoy one of Louisiana’s most exciting days of racing. These championship races often help decide our Horse of the Year standings by our members. These are the top Louisiana bred race horses and there is sure to be some exciting finishes.”

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 or Spring 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 Champions Day:

  • Registration: 12:15 p,m. – 1:15 p.m. at the designated booth
  • Races begin: 1:15 p.m.
  • Drawing Time: The scholarships will be awarded after the fifth race. Post time for the fifth race is 3:15 p.m. 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.

Fair Grounds Suspends Turf Racing

The Louisiana track entered its meet with plans to begin with limited turf racing.

Officials at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots this week suspended turf racing through at least late December to allow the track’s grass to recover from damage to the inner portion of the course. The New Orleans track entered its meet that began Nov. 18 with plans of a reduced schedule of turf racing, utilizing only its outermost running lane.

According to Gary Palmisano, executive director of racing for Churchill Downs Inc., which owns Fair Grounds, the course did not experience its customary growth this fall. Amid dry conditions, a well the track used for watering the grass was intruded with salt water when the Gulf of Mexico pushed into city freshwater supplies due to drought across much of the areas surrounding the Mississippi River, he said. Saltwater can kill grass.

Initial use of another water source and recent rainfall in the area has allowed officials to irrigate the turf, he added.

 

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LTBA Year End Reminders

The LTBA would like to remind breeders of several important deadlines coming up before the end of the year.

 

Accreditation Fees for 2022 Foals
Louisiana Accreditation fees are $75 for 2022 weanlings.
On January 1, 2023 foals become yearlings and the rate increases to $250.
Due by December 31, 2022

 

Louisiana Futurity Nominations (Pregnant Mares)
Due by December 31, 2022

 

Louisiana Stallion Registrations
Stallion owners register your stallions as a stallion participating in the stallion award program ($200) or as a stallion standing in the state only ($20)
Due by December 31, 2022