LEADING HORSEMEN SMASH RECORDS AT DELTA DOWNS DURING 2018-19 SEASON

TIM THORNTON, KARL BROBERG AND END ZONE ATHLETICS REWRITE RECORD BOOKS

 

VINTON, LA. –  It was a season of records at Delta Downs in 2018-19 as new heights were reached in each of three horsemen’s categories during the 84-day meeting that wrapped up on Tuesday. Leading rider Tim Thornton set a new record for mounts earnings in a single meeting while trainer Karl Broberg and owner End Zone Athletics, Inc. established new marks for wins as well as earnings.

Thornton rode 142 winners during the season to earn his first local riding title and his mounts earned $2,894,080. His win total did not match Gerard Melancon’s 2007-08 mark of 146, however his earnings total did establish a new record. It was also the second season in a row that Thornton won the leading rider title at a Boyd Gaming owned racetrack. During the 2018 meeting at Evangeline Downs he tallied 141 wins to lead all jockeys.

Following Thornton in the jockey standings were Diego Saenz (86 wins), Gerard Melancon (56), Thomas Pompell (46), Eguard Tejera (41), *Paulina Ramirez (31), Emanuel Nieves (28), Kevin Smith (28), Chris Rosier (28), and Kerwin Clark (27).

Broberg continued his dominance at Delta Downs in 2018-19 by sending out 107 winners and totaling $2,017,120 in earnings. Both numbers established single-season records. It was also the first time a trainer had won more than 100 races and gone over the $2 million mark in earnings. The accomplishment capped off a season that saw Broberg win his eighth straight training title at the Vinton, Louisiana racetrack.

Rounding out the top 10 trainers for the 2018-19 season were Tom Amoss (32), Scott Gelner (30), Beverly Burress (27), Joel Berndt (24), Brett Brinkman (22), Robertino Diodoro (21), Sam Breaux (21), Dale White, Sr. (19), and Eduardo Ramirez (19).

And finally, records were also set in the category of leading owner this year as End Zone Athletics, Inc. saw 50 of their runners make it to the winner’s circle earning a total of $873,545. Both numbers established new single season records and it was the seventh time overall that End Zone Athletics, Inc. has won the leading owner title at Delta Downs. End Zone Athletics, Inc. is made up of trainer Karl Broberg and Matt Johansen.

Following End Zone Athletics in the owner standings this year were M and M Racing (Mike Sisk) (14), Brittlyn Stable Inc. (Evelyn Benoit) (14), Maggi Moss (11), Keene Thoroughbreds LLC (Danny Keene) (9), Giddy Up Racing, LLC (9), Beverly Burress (7), Dale White, Sr. (7), Wayne T. Davis (7), and Circle H Farms (Don Hargroder) (7).

Delta Downs now looks forward to its upcoming American Quarter Horse season which gets underway on April 19 and runs through July 6. The 46-day meeting will feature live racing each Wednesday through Saturday night beginning at 6:15 pm CST.

For more information about the Delta Downs go to the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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TESTING ONE TWO AS EASY AS ONE TWO THREE IN THE OWNERS APPRECIATION DISTAFF AT DELTA DOWNS

TESTING ONE TWO - Owner Appreciation Distaff Stakes - 7th Running - 03-08-19 - R10 - DED-01
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Owner Appreciation Distaff Stakes
Delta Downs, 3-8-19, 8 furlongs
3YO and upwards, fillies and mares, $60,000

TESTING ONE TWO
Star Guitar–Yes Sir
Breeder: Brittlyn, Inc. (LA)
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Brittlyn Stable, Inc
Jockey: Diego Saenz

2nd
Maline
Fusaichi Pegasus–Tourmaline
Breeder: Al Ulwelling & Bill Ulwelling (LA)
Owner: Margaret Lanetta Haa
Trainer: Beverly Burress
Jockey: Eguard Andres Tejera

3rd
Saffron Spirit
Ghostzapper–Amber Grace
Breeder: Blackstone Farm LLC (PA)
Owner: Late Night Stables LLC
Trainer: Thomas M. Amoss
Jockey: Joel Dominguez

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $68,000 Owner Appreciation Distaff on Friday night and it was Brittlyn Stable, Inc.’s Testing One Two who came away with her second stakes win of the season under jockey Diego Saenz. Testing One Two is conditioned by Victor Arceneaux.

 

Testing One Two used a perfect trip in the Owner Appreciation Distaff as she stalked an early speed dual between Americium, Arch Arch Baby and Cause You Can. That trio volleyed for the lead through opening fractions of 22.89 seconds for the quarter-mile, 47.52 for the half and 1:13.52 for three-quarters. When the field reached the second turn of their one-mile journey, Testing One Two put the leaders away and set sail for home while opening up a clear lead in the stretch.

 

At the finish line, Testing One Two was 2-1/4 lengths clear of Maline who rallied for second while Saffron Spirit finished another two lengths behind in third. Testing One Two covered the eight furlongs in a time of 1:41.86 while running on fast track.

 

The win by Testing One Two was the eighth of her 13-race career. It was also her second stakes victory of the season. She also won the Treasure Chest Stakes on November 16. Friday night’s score was worth $42,000 and it raised her career bankroll to $399,660.

 

Testing One Two was bred in Louisiana by her owner. She is a 4-year-old bay filly by Star Guitar, out of the Scat Daddy mare Yes Sir.

 

Sent to the gate as the favorite at odds of 8-5, Testing One Two paid $5.20 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.20 to show. Maline was worth $8.20 to place and $4 to show. Saffron Spirit returned $6.60 to show.

 

For more information about the Delta Downs, including the upcoming Quarter Horse season that starts on April 19, go to the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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CRESCENTCITYPRETTY SCORES GORGEOUS VICTORY IN AZALEA STAKES AT DELTA DOWNS

– JOSE CAMEJO TRAINEE GETS FIRST STAKES WIN OF HER CAREER –

 

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Crescentcitypretty wins the Azalea Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography

 

Azalea Stakes
Delta Downs, 3-1-19, 7 furlongs
3YO Fillies, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $70,000

CRESCENTCITYPRETTY
Bernardini – Penelope Plum
Breeder: Brittlyn, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Jose M. Camejo
Jockey: D. Saenz

2nd
Fortune Got Even
Stephen Got Even-Fortune In Gold
Breeder: Wendell A. Templet
Owner: Ricky Courville
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: A. Broussard

3rd
Madeforlife
First Defense-Slews Return
Breeder: James McIngvale
Owner: James McIngvale
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: G. Melancon

 

VINTON, LA. – Crescentcitypretty used a strong performance to notch the first stakes of her career in the $70,000 Azalea Stakes at Delta Downs on Friday night for owner Brittlyn Stable, Inc. The 3-year-old daughter of Bernardini won the race under jockey Diego Saenz who got a leg up from trainer Jose Camejo.

 

After breaking sharply, Crescentcitypretty pressed the early pace set by Blowing Bayou, who carved out fractional times of 23.54 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 48.35 for the half in the seven-furlong test for sophomore Louisiana-bred fillies. Saenz began to ask for more run going into the far tun and Crescentsitypretty responded by putting away Blowing Bayou and opening up in the homestretch. At the finish line she was 5-3/4 lengths better than Fortune Got Even who just nosed out Madeforlife for the place.

 

Crescentcitypretty covered seven furlongs of the Azalea Stakes in a time of 1:28.35 while running on a track listed as good.

 

The win by Crescentcitypretty came in her third career start. She most recently finished third in the Louisiana Premier Night Starlet on February 9 after breaking her maiden at first asking in on January 16. Friday night’s tally earned her $42,000 and raised her bankroll to $79,000.

 

Bred in Louisiana by her owner, Crescentcitypretty is a 3-year-old bay filly by Bernardini out of the Badge of Silver mare Penelope Plum.

 

Fans who wagered on the race made Crescentcitypretty the overwhelming 1-5 favorite and she paid $2.40 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Fortune Got Even was worth $3.40 to place and $2.10 to show. Madeforlife paid $2.10 to show.

 

Delta Downs will close out its race week on Saturday with another program that begins at 5:25 pm CST. The 10-race card includes the $70,000 Pelican Stakes for 3-year-old Louisiana-breds.

For more information about the Delta Downs, including the upcoming Quarter Horse season that starts on April 19, go to the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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JIMI’S A STAR SHINES BRIGHT IN THE PELICAN STAKES AT DELTA DOWNS

– THE HENRY B. JOHNSON TRAINEE PREVAILS AS A HEAVY WAGERING FAVORITE –

 

 

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Jimi’s A Star wins the Pelican Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography

 

Pelican Stakes
Delta Downs, 3-2,19, 7 furlongs
3YO Louisiana Breds, $70,000

JIMI’S A STAR
Star Guitar – Unusual Strike
Breeder: James Boyd
Owner: James A. Boyd
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.
Jockey: E. Nieves

2nd
Titanium Pledge
Songandaprayer-Titanium Jane
Breeder: Riceland Racing Stables LLC
Owner: Riceland Racing Stables LLC
Trainer: Enis Mouton
Jockey: J.A. Guerrero

3rd
Power Jet
Power Broker-Zada Rae
Breeder: Joseph Adcock
Owner: William T. Reed
Trainer: W. Bret Calhoun
Jockey: R. Morales

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $70,000 Pelican Stakes on Saturday night and it was James A. Boyd’s Jimi’s a Star who prevailed under jockey Emanuel Nieves. The winner is trained by Henry B. Johnson, Jr.

 

Sent to the gate as an odds-on favorite, Jimi’s a Star was taken back early in the seven-furlong Pelican as Conniejoe set the early fractional times of 23.57 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 48.40 for the half. Midway up the backstretch Jimi’s a Star began a sustained rally that put him within three lengths of the lead with a furlong to go. In the stretch he rallied passed his competition and reported home ¾ of a length in front of Titanium Pledge who finished second and Power Jet, who was another neck behind in third.

 

Jimi’s a Star covered the distance of the Pelican in a time of 1:28.42 while running on a fast track.

 

The victory was the first stakes score of Jimi’s a Star’s career and earned $42,000 for the effort. His career bankroll now stands at $129,820 on three wins from 12 trips to the starting gate.

 

Jimi’s a Star is a 3-year-old gray or roan gelding by Star Guitar out of the Unusual Heat mare Unusual Strike. He was bred in Louisiana by his owner.

 

Fans who wagered on Jimi’s a Star collected $3 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show. Titanium Pledge was worth $10.20 to place and $4.20 to show. Power Jet paid $4.20 to show.

 

Delta Downs will begin another week of racing on Wednesday night with a 10-race program that begins at 5:25 pm. The Thursday program next week will feature 11 races and Friday and Saturday night’s action will have 12 races per night. There will be a special post time of 4:55 pm on both of those expanded cards.

 

For more information about the Delta Downs, including the upcoming Quarter Horse season that starts on April 19, go to the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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DELTA DOWNS ADDS ADDITIONAL RACE DAY; ADJUSTS POST TIMES FOR EXPANDED PROGRAMS

–  THE FINAL WEEK OF THE 2018-19 SEASON WILL NOW END ON MARCH 12 –

 

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs has made changes to the final days of its 2018-19 Thoroughbred season. The meeting was originally scheduled to wrap up on Saturday, March 9 but will now end with an extra day of live racing on Tuesday, March 12. The special race day will also include an early post time of 1:10 pm Central Time. The extra race day was added to compensate for cancelled races on February 27 and 28 due to poor weather conditions.

 

In addition to the extra race day the track has also altered post times on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 to accommodate expanded 12-race cards. The first race on each of those days will take place at 4:55 pm instead of the customary 5:25 pm time slot.

 

For more information about the Delta Downs, including the upcoming Quarter Horse season that starts on April 19, go to the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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Jockey Tim Thornton Registers Career Win 2,000

Last year Thornton ranked second in wins among all North American riders.

 

Jockey Tim Thornton, who in 2018 posted more wins than any rider except Eclipse Award winner Irad Ortiz Jr., secured the 2,000th victory of his career in the sixth race Feb. 16 at Delta Downs.

In the milestone race Saturday, Thornton sent M and M Racing’s She’sgotthebeatto the lead along the rail, opened that advantage to two lengths in the stretch, then held off a late charge from longshot Theboyzblues to win by a half-length. She’sgotthbeat is trained by Robertino Diodoro.

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Grand Luwegee Gives Grand Performance to Win Louisiana Premier Night Championship

GRAND LUWEGEE - LA Bred Premier Night Championship - 16th Running - 02-09-19 - R09 - DED-01
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Louisiana Premier Night Championship S.
Delta Downs, 2-9-19, 1 1/16 Mile
4YOs & Up, Accredited Louisiana Breds, $150,000

GRAND LUWEGEE
El Corredor-Magical Mia, by Gold Fever
Breeder: Gerard Perron
Owner: Gerard Perron
Trainer: Gerard Perron
Jockey: D. Saenz

2nd
Givemeaminit
Star Guitar-Powerful Nation, by Turkoman
Breeder: Clear Creek Stud LLC
Owner: Valene Farms LLC
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Jockey: G. Melancon

3rd
Mageez
Musket Man-Spaseeba, by Spectacular Bid
Breeder: James A. McGehee Jr.
Owner: Double Dam Farm LLC
Trainer: Delmar R. Caldwell
Jockey: R. Morales

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Hyper Piper Takes Home Louisiana Premier Night Distaff

HYPER PIPER - LA Bred Premier Night Distaff - 16th Running - 02-09-19 - R10 - DED-01
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Louisiana Premier Night Distaff S.
Delta Downs, 2-9-19, 1 Mile
4YOs & Up, Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies and Mares, $125,000

HYPER PIPER
Old Fashioned-Filaree, by Sara (GB)
Breeder: Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez and John Duvieilh
Owner: Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez and John Duvieilh
Trainer: Sam B. David, Jr.
Jockey: T. Thornton

2nd
Testing One Two
Star Guitar-Yes Sir, by Scat Daddy
Breeder: Brittlyn, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: D. Saenz

3rd
Mr. Al’s Gal
Salute The Sarge-Spanish Ice, by Spanish Steps
Breeder: J. Adcock & Neal McFadden
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Justin Jeansonne
Jockey: R.E. Eramia

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Wonder Run Draws Clear to Take Louisiana Premier Night Sprint

WONDER RUN - LA Bred Premier Night Sprint - 16th Running - 02-09-19 - R11 - DED-01
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Louisiana Premier Night Sprint S.
Delta Downs, 2-9-19, 5 furlongs
4YOs & Up, Accredited Louisiana Breds, $100,000

WONDER RUN
Run Production-Gal Wonder, by Three Wonders
Breeder: Carrol J. Castille
Owner: Whispering Oaks Farm LLC
Trainer: Steven B. Flint
Jockey: D. Saenz

2nd
Monte Man
Custom For Carlos-Sarah’s My Angel, by Sutter’s Prospect
Breeder: Val C. Murrell
Owner: Ivery Sisters Racing
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: G. Melancon

3rd
Win Lion Win
Lion Tamer-Twinwinwin, by Twining
Breeder: Rebecca Farm LLC
Owner: Farm d’Allie Racing Stable
Trainer: Allison Ramsay-Banks
Jockey: K.J. Smith

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Shang Wins Louisiana Premier Night Prince

SHANG - La Bred Premier Night Prince Stakes - 02-09-19 - R08 - DED-01
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Louisiana Premier Night Prince S.
Delta Downs, 2-9-19, 1 mile
3YOs, Accredited Louisiana Breds, $100,000

SHANG
Shanghai Bobby-Humble Janet, by Humble Eleven
Breeder: Cloyce C. Clark, Jr.
Owner: L. William and Corinne Heiligbrodt
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: D. Saenz

2nd
Classy John
Songandaprayer-Kitty’s Got Class, by Old Forester
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Valene Farms LLC
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Jockey: C.J. Lanerie

3rd
Jimi’s A Star
Star Guitar-Unusual Strike, by Unusual Heat
Breeder: James Boyd
Owner: James A. Boyd
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.
Jockey: E. Nieves

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