Lone Sailor Nominated to the Super Derby by Trainer Tom Amoss


Bossier City, LA – A full field in last Saturday’s $60,000 Super Derby Prelude put on quite a show at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. Three of the top four finishers from the Prelude now have their sights set on the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derbyon Sunday, September 2.  The richest race of the 2018 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred racing season will also be contested on the main track at a distance of a mile and one-sixteenth.

Robert Guidry’s Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stable Inc’s homebred Autumn Warrior was sent off as the even-money favorite in the Prelude. Stretching out for the first time for trainer Al Stall Jr.,  the son of Orb out of the Posse mare, Kinsolving entered the Prelude off two convincing wins, but his trip on Saturday was far from simple! He stumbled out of the gate and found himself seventh heading into the far turn. Jockey Colby Hernandez remained patient and guided his charge to the outside where he was finally able to shake free, winning in a photo-finish.

Stall was at Saratoga on Saturday and had a few anxious moments as he watched the race.

“At the five furlong mark, I didn’t think he would even hit the board,” acknowledged Stall. “He missed the break, which was an issue as he had previously run forwardly placed. Colby did a good job, but I give a lot of credit to the horse. He handled adversity for the first time; that will help him as he goes forward.”

Stall added that Autumn Warrior came out of the Prelude in good order.

“He was on the muscle; sound and eating well,” he said. “He’s a bull of a horse!”

G’s Turn with rider Thomas Pompell in the saddle, ran a game second. Owned by Tom Galvin of Dallas, Texas, the son of Alternation was making his 14th career start in the Prelude. Campaigned on both turf and dirt by trainer Patricia West, G’s Turn was dismissed by the betting public at odds of 23-1. He had a similar challenging trip to that of Autumn Warrior, but finally got clear and rallied for second.

“He was stuck behind a wall of horses and couldn’t get clear,” said West. “Tom is a strong rider and makes good decisions; he did a good job on Saturday.”

West has 11 horses in her barn, and stated she will nominate G’s Turn for the Super Derby.

“We will run as long as he stays healthy and we feel he can be competitive,” she added.

Rosemont Farm’s homebred Zanesville ran third, by  a nose, for trainer Tom Amoss. The son of Tiznow was ridden by Gerard Melancon.

“He made a brilliant move at the half-mile pole to the head of the stretch,” said Amoss. “He’s back in Kentucky now and we have not made a decision yet about the Super Derby.”

However, Amoss does have one of his top 3-year-olds possibly headed to the Super Derby.

“I nominated Lone Sailor this morning,” Amoss reported from his base at Saratoga.

G M B Racing’s Lone Sailor, a colt by Majestic Warrior, ran eighth in the Grade 1, Kentucky Derby and followed that with solid efforts in the Preakness Stakes, Ohio Derby and most recently, the Grade 1, Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, where he finished third.

Oakwood Stable Inc.’s McFeely completed the superfecta in the Prelude and is also on target for the Super Derby. The colt by Scat Daddy was making his stakes debut last weekend under jockey Ashley Broussard. He broke his maiden at Evangeline Downs on May 25, adding an allowance win three weeks later for trainer John Ney.

David Heitzmann, Louisiana Downs Director of Racing, was pleased with the quality of the Louisiana Cup Day card and response from horseplayers locally and across the country.

“We were up a little over 18% per race, from last year,” said Heitzmann. “The Prelude was an excellent race and served as a great springboard to the Super Derby. My staff is already working on the Super Derby Day card and we are hopeful that we will run 13 races on September 2.”


Noon Post Time Set for Super Derby Day

The Louisiana Downs racing office is preparing for their next big stakes day on Sunday, September 2. An early post time of 12:00 pm (Central) is planned for the Super Derby card. Nominations close on August 18 for the seven stakes, which include:


$60,000 Unbridled                                          3 YO & Up                             1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 River Cities                                       3 YO & Up F&M                    1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 Happy Ticket                                    2 YO Fillies                             One Mile (T)

$60,000 Sunday Silence                                 2 YO                                       One Mile (T) $300,000 SUPER DERBY (G3)              3 YO                                       1 1/16 miles

$60,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin                             3 YO LA-Bred                        One Mile (T)

$60,000 Elge Rasberry                                   3 YO Fillies, LA-Bred            One Mile (T)



Super Derby Charity Golf Tournament Set for August 23

The Super Derby Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, August 23, at Querbes Golf Course in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The event will benefit Chaplain Jimmy Sistrunk & The Winner’s Circle Church, which provides assistance to the Louisiana racing community and backstretch workers. It serves as one of the special events saluting the annual Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby, the marquee race of the Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred season, set for Sunday, September 2.

Sign in for the event’s Four Person Scramble kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with tee off at 10:30 a.m.  The fee is $80 per personor $320 for a four-person team.  The fee includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, and Super Derby t-shirt/cap.

Attendees can register in person in the Louisiana Downs Racing office, or by mail. Checks should be payable to The Backside Benevolence Fund and mailed to:  Jennifer Sokol, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, 8000 East Texas Street, Bossier City, Louisiana, 71111.

The deadline for registration is August 16. Hole sponsorships for $100, including a sign, are available, but must be purchased by August 1.

For further information, please contact Jennifer Sokol, Louisiana Downs Racing Office Manager at (318) 741-2512.


Trainer, Jockey and Owner Standings

As of August 7, Al Stall, Jr. and Karl Broberg top the trainer standings with 17 wins each.  Danny Pish is second with 14 victories and Jorge Lara and Joe Duhon have each saddled 13 winners.

Emanuel Nieves has been steady throughout the 2018 Thoroughbred meet and is the current leader in the jockey standings with 52 wins. He guided Cabo’s Rumor to victory in Saturday’s $60,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile for Northpointe Thoroughbreds and trainer Steven Duke. Last year’s leading jockey Gerardo Mora is second with 47 trips to the winner’s circle and Joel Dominguez, who lost his bug on May 24, is third with 43 wins. Rounding out the top four is Richard Eramia, who has won 33 races this season.

End Zone Athletics, Inc. has won 11 races to take the lead in the owner standings. Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. follows closely with 10 wins and Jorge Gomez, Patti Turner and Indian Creek Thoroughbred Farms LLC  are tied for third with seven wins each.


About Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and was purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December, 2002. 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.



Undefeated Colt Overcame a Troubled Trip to Win His Second Stakes


Bossier City, LA – A very exciting edition of Louisiana Cup Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs took place on Saturday, August 4. The card featured seven stakes and purses of $420,000, highlighted by an exciting running of the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude.


The stakes for 3-year-olds at the distance of a mile and one-sixteenth attracted a competitive field of 11. The top four will receive a berth to the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby on Sunday, September 2, which is the richest race of the 2018 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred racing season. 

Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stable Inc’s homebred Autumn Warrior was stretching out for the first time for trainer Al Stall Jr. Owned and bred by Robert Guidry’s Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stables Inc., the son of Orb out of the Posse mare, Kinsolving broke his maiden here on May 5 by 14 lengths and advanced directly into stakes company. He captured the $50,000 Lafayette Stakes for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds at Evangeline Downs by an impressive margin of 6-3/4 lengths.

Colby Hernandez had the return call on Autumn Warrior, but had to overcome a challenging trip when In Charge Halo blazed to the front and was followed by several horses covering the first quarter-mile in :24.66. Autumn Warrior was seventh heading into the final turn, and Hernandez found himself behind a wall of horses as he headed into the stretch. He found his stride and won in 1:46.41, a neck in front of a fast-closing G’s Turn and rider Thomas Pompell.

“We had a troubled trip the whole way,” said Hernandez. “Going around the second turn, I swung him outside and when I called on him, he finished really strong, I want to thank Al and Autumn Hill Farms for giving me this opportunity.”

Stall’s longtime assistant Pam Fitzgerald saddled the dark bay colt.

“I thought he did a great job,” she said. “He kind of stumbled out of the gate which is why he had the tight finish.  He’s a beautiful, big, strong horse and kind of a handful to train, but he has the talent.”

Guidry gave Stall his first horse back in 1991 and was proud of both Stall and Autumn Warrior.

“The horse only went seven furlongs before, so this should put a lot more wind into his lungs going further,” said Guidry. “Al has a great operation and a very good woman (Pam) working for him.”

Autumn Warrior was sent off as the favorite and paid $4.00. G’s Turn, at 23-1, followed by Zanesville from the barn of Tom Amoss. McFeely was fourth under Ashley Broussard  with Bode’s Maker, Speedy Fellar, In Charge Halo, Analyze This Jet,  Dream Baby Dream Major Brown and Double Star completing the order of finish. 


Silvercents Closes in the $60,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies

The first stakes of the afternoon featured a field of six accredited 2-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies in the six-furlong $60,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies. 

Silvercents, who ran second in $100,000 TTA Sale Futurity for Terry Eoff and Johnny Evans at Lone Star Park on July 15, made the most of her Louisiana Downs debut under rider Sasha Risenhoover. The daughter of Goldencents circled the field with confidence, edging clear of Raising the Ante by a length. The final time over the fast main track was 1:12.93.

“We knew she was capable, said Evans. “We just left her in the hands of the best rider in the country!”

Gerard Melancon rode Raising the Ante for owner Valene Farms. Whodatwhodat under Richard Eramia ran third.  Post time favorite Atchata ran fifth.

This was the second win in four starts for Silvercents, who paid $8.40 for the win, and earned $36,000 today.


P Boo Withstands Inquiry in the $60,000 Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

The $60,000 Louisiana Turf Cup Classic attracted six fillies and mares competing at the distance of six furlongs.  P Boo, trained by Kirk Harris and co-owned by Harris, his wife, Gillian and Robert Lestz, had the lead coming down the stretch under Thomas Pompell. The 4-year-old filly by Dominus dueled to the wire with Dixie Brees and jockey Richard Eramia. Eramia lodged an objection, resulting in a steward’s inquiry, but no change was made.

“We always knew this filly could run, but she struggled out of the gate,” said Harris. “We gave her a series of gate works, which really made the difference.”

Efforting was fourth, followed by l’ll Take it All and Fleet Halo. Honest Victory was an early scratch

P Boo ($5.60) crossed the wire in a speedy 1:10.17. The victory was her sixth win and second stakes victory. She increased her bankroll to $178,390.


Rail Opened for Bermuda Star in the $60,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff

Twelve accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares took to the Franks Turf Course for the $60,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff. 

Bermuda Star, owned by Brittlyn Stable, Inc., sat off a swift early pace set by Ourgoldshalayee, who set fractions of :23.36 for the first quarter and 46.99 half-mile. Rounding the far turn, jockey Diego Saenz guided the daughter of Star Guitar to the inside, and powered home. Her final time over the mile and one-sixteenth feature over a firm turf course was 1:42.08.

Bred by Tom Curtis and Wayne Simpson, Bermuda Star is trained by Victor Arceneaux, who captured her sixth career win today.

“I was a little nervous about her getting through on the rail,” admitted Arceneaux. “In the paddock, I told Diego ‘there is a lot of speed in the race’. He smiled and said ‘no problem; I’ve got it.”

Benoit was not in Louisiana Downs as her filly,  Minit to Stardom ran today in the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga.

“My thanks to Evelyn for Star Guitar,” added Arceneaux.

Eskenformore, trained by James Hodges, ran second under Richard Eramia. Ourgoldshalayee held for third with Luis Guerrero up and Royal Alexandra completed the superfecta.

Bermuda Star, sent off as the co-third choice in the wagering, paid $12.40 for her win.


Game Effort for Cabo’s Rumor in the $60,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile

The fourth feature of the afternoon was the $60,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile for Louisiana-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings.  A field of eight competed at six furlongs on the main track.

Cabo’s Rumor owned by Northpointe Thoroughbreds, closed gamely down the stretch under top Louisiana Downs jockey Emanuel Nieves for his first stakes score. The son of Amanecer de Oro ran fourth to Pickett in the D S Shine Futurity three weeks ago at Evangeline Downs.

It was also the first stakes winner for stallion Amanecer de Oro.

“I trained both his sire and dam, so getting this colt to the track means a lot to me,” said trainer Steve Duke. “He’s a nice horse; just needs some time to get going.”

Beto, trained by Steve Asmussen ran second with Diego Saenz up over Victory Trip.  Both also competed in in the D.S. Shine Futurity. Geauxcro completed the superfecta.

Cabo’s Runner scored his first stakes win in a final time of 1:13.01. He paid $21.40.  

Smooth Sailing for In The Navy in the 60,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic

The $60,000 Louisiana Turf Cup Classic attracted 11 turf runners going a mile and one-sixteenth over the Franks Turf Course. 

In the Navy, owned by Kendel D. Standlee, captured his fifth career win for trainer Scott Gelner. The 4-year-old son of Midshipman broke well and tracked early pacesetter Sir Genghis. Jockey Colby Hernandez patiently guided his mount through the early stages of the race and he strided clear at the sixteenth pole in 1:42.11.  Magic Vow was second by a half-length, followed by Sir Genghis and Theoryintopractice.

“He’s just a great turf horse,” said Gelner. “Always runs well for Colby and I am proud of the fact that he has won on each of the Louisiana turf courses. 

Gelner stated that In the Navy ($11.20) will have a break and return to action at Fair Grounds. 


Monte Man Keeps Streak Alive in the $60,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint

The $60,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint closed out the card with a gritty performance by Monte Man, who won his sixth consecutive race. Claimed for $25,000 in October, the 5-year-old son of Custom For Carlos is owned by Ivery Sisters Racing and trained by Ron Faucheux. 

Gerard Melancon guided him to the wire of the $75,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint at Evangeline Downs and had the return call today, winning in front-running fashion over Cheers to Berti. He covered six-furlongs in 1:10.17.

“There is always a little pressure with a streak on the line,” said Faucheux. “I didn’t expect him to go to the lead, but he just does everything right. It’s a pleasure training him.”

Cheers to Berti rallied for second under Diego Saenz, followed by Divine Bean and Queeten.

Monte Man ($4.40) will be pointed to opening day at the Fair Grounds, but Faucheux said that an out-of-state stakes is under consideration.

Live racing continues on Monday, August 6. The next major stakes day of the 2018 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet is Super Derby Day on Sunday, September 2.

About Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and was purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December, 2002. 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. 



AUTUMN WARRIOR - The Lafayette Stakes
Autumn Warrior leads the field wire to wire to defeat his competition by 6 3/4 lengths in the Lafayette Stakes. Coady Photography.

Lafayette Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 6-23-28, 7 furlongs, $50,000
3YO Accredited Louisiana Breds

Breeder: Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stables, Inc.
Owner: Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Al Stall, Jr
Jockey: C. J. Hernandez

O’L Red
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Cool Breeze Racing
Trainer: Dwight J. Viator
Jockey: Kevin J. Smith

Discreetly D
Discreetly Mine-Evening Muse
Breeder: Michael Villar & Cynthia Villar
Owner: Set Hut LLC
Trainer: Jerry Delhomme
Jockey: T. Thornton

The $50,000 Lafayette Stakes for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds took place on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs and the winner was the even-money wagering favorite, Autumn Warrior. The gelding was engaged in a speed duel through the early stakes with O’L Red, as that pair posted swift fractions of 22.21 seconds for the quarter-mile and 44.73 for the half-mile. Once in the stretch, however, Autumn Warrior easily dispatched O’L Red and surged to a 6-3/4 lengths victory in a final time of 1:24.19 for the seven furlongs.

Autumn Warrior paid $4.20 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.40 to show. O’L Red returned $3 to place and $2.40 to show and Discreetly D paid $3.60 to show.

Autumn Warrior was bred in Louisiana by the owners Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stables Inc., is trained by Al Stall, Jr. and was ridden to victory by Colby Hernandez. The 3-year-old gelding is by 2013 Kentucky Derby winner, Orb, and is out of the Posse mare, Kinsolving. He is now two-for-two in his career and the $30,000 first-place purse increases his lifetime earnings to $43,200.