GRAND LUWEGEE SCORES AN UPSET IN THIS YEAR’S LOUISIANA PREMIER NIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

GRAND LUWEGEE - LA Bred Premier Night Championship - 16th Running - 02-09-19 - R09 - DED-04
Grand Luwegee wins the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship Stakes at Delta Downs, Saturday, February 9th. Coady Photography

– JOCKEY DIEGO SAENZ TALLIES FOUR STAKES WINS ON RICH NIGHT OF RACING –

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted its richest program of the season on Saturday night with another edition of Louisiana Premier Night. The 12-race card featured 10 stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses and nearly $1 million in total purse money up for grabs.

 

The featured event of the night was the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship for older horses competing at 1-1/16 miles. The race was won by Grand Luwegee with jockey Diego Saenz in the saddle for owner, breeder and trainer Gerard Perron. The win was the third of four victories on the night for Saenz.

 

After the race, Perron praised Saenz for a special talent he used to help Grand Luwegee get to the winner’s circle following his first stakes win.

 

“Diego’s got the hands that this horse needs,” Perron stated. “He’s proven it each time he’s ridden him.”

 

Perron also explained how Grand Luwegee got his unique name.

 

“I let my grandsons name my horses and Bryce, who is six, came up with the name.”

 

Grand Luwegee’s win came with a front-running, rail skimming trip after he broke alertly from the inside post position in a field of 10. The 4-year-old carved our fractional times of 23.91 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 48.33 for the half, and 1:13.30 for three-quarters. At the top of the lane he owned a three-length lead before turning back a late challenge by Givemeaminit and won by a neck on the finish line. Mageez finished another 3 ¾-lengths behind in third.

 

The final time for the Championship was 1:45.80 over a fast track.

 

Grand Luwegee has now won five of 13 career starts and his $90,000 paycheck on Saturday raised his overall bankroll to $235,360.

 

Bred in Louisiana, Grand Luwegee is a dark bay or brown colt by El Corredor, out of the Gold Fever mare Magical Mia.

 

Sent to the gate at odds of 11-1, Grand Luwegee paid $24.20 to win, $10 to place and $6.40 to show. Givemeaminit returned $4 to place and $3 to show. Mageez was worth $7.20 to show.

 

In other action on Louisiana Premier Night it was Hyper Piper winning the $125,000 Distaff under jockey Tim Thornton. The grey 6-year-old is trained by Sam B. David, Jr. and is owned by Earl J. Hernandez, Keith Hernandez and John Duvieilh.

 

This year’s $100,000 Sprint was taken by Wonder Run, who was guided to victory by jockey Diego Saenz, Wonder Run is a 6-year-old gelding who is trained by Steven Flint and is owned by Whispering Oak Farm, LLC.

 

James McIngvale’s 3-year-old Goodprofit proved best in this year’s $100,000 Starlet while being ridden by Gerard Melancon. The 3-year-old bay runner is trained by Chris Richard.

 

A strong rally in the stretch got Shang to the winner’s circle in the $100,000 Prince with jockey Diego Saenz aboard. Shang is owned by Corinne and William Heiligbrodt and is conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen.

 

Ours to Run won her second straight $100,000 Matron this year as she turned in a strong performance under jockey Roberto Morales. The winner is owned by Colonel Thoroughbreds LLC and is trained by Larry Jones.

 

Galaxy Thirtysix gave Delta Downs leading trainer Karl Broberg a win on the program in the $60,000 Ladies Starter, as she drew clear in the lane under jockey Tim Thornton. Galaxy Thirtysix is owned by End Zone Athletics, Inc.

 

Jockey Kerwin Clark rode a masterful race in the $60,000 Gentlemen Starter to earn the victory aboard Just Stormin. The Allen Landry trainee is owned by Craig Drago.

 

In the $50,000 Bon Temps Starter it was Toomuch getting the victory with Diego Saenz in the saddle. Toomuch is owned by Darque Horse Racing, LLC and is trained by Eduardo Ramirez.

 

And finally, Hunker Down took the $50,000 Ragin Cajun Starter with jockey Adam Beschizza aboard for trainer Ron Faucheux, who owns the 6-year-old gelding in partnership with Ming Yan Ng.

 

Delta Downs will embark on its 18th week of live racing Wednesday night with a 10-race program that kicks off at 5:25 pm. The current season runs through March 9.

 

For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

 

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.

 

Please follow and like us:
error

Delta Downs Preparing For Another Edition Of Louisiana Premier Night On Saturday

$150,000 LAPN CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHLIGHTS EXCITING CARD FOR LOUISIANA-BREDS –

  

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs is gearing up for another rich race program on Saturday as the track hosts the 16th edition of Louisiana Premier Night. The 12-race program will feature 10 stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses worth nearly $1 million in total purse money. First post time for the rich program is at 5:25 pm Central Time.

 

Saturday’s featured race will be the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship for older horses competing at 1-1/16 miles, which will be the ninth race on the program. This year’s Championship attracted a full field of 12, which includes two also eligible horses. The Chris Richard trainee Underpressure is one of the horses to watch in the feature as he just missed in last year’s race after taking the Louisiana Premier Night Prince in 2017.

 

The $125,000 Louisiana Premier Night Distaff field will include a pair of Brittlyn Stables runners in Testing One Two and Mr. Al’s Gal. Testing One Two is trained by Victor Arceneaux and is undefeated at Delta Downs with five wins in as many starts, including a score in the Treasure Chest Stakes on November 16. Mr. Al’s Gal, who hails from the barn of Justin Jeansonne, is the high earner in the field with a lofty bankroll of $479,400. The daughter of Salute the Sarge won the Louisiana Premier Night Starlet in 2017 before finishing third in last year’s Distaff.

 

In addition to the local horsemen taking part in Louisiana Premier Night there are also some nationally prominent trainers who will saddle horses on the program. They include Hall of Famers Jerry Hollendorfer and Steve Amussen, as well as Larry Jones, Al Stall, Jr., Dallas Stewart and Bret Calhoun.

 

Delta Downs will offer a $50,000 guaranteed all stakes Pick 4 wager on the special Louisiana Premier Night program. The special Pick 4 will take place on races six through nine, which includes the evening’s richest race, the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship serving as the anchor leg.

 

Fans can also take part in a special handicapping contest on Louisiana Premier Night which will offer a first-place prize of $500 and other cash prizes paid down to the top five finishers. The contest is free to enter but participants must be 21 years of age and a B Connected or Prime Rewards member to play. The contest will take place on races five through 10 and the deadline to enter is post time for the fifth race.

 

Listed below are all 10 Louisiana Premier Night stakes races for 2019 in program order.

 

Race #             Purse              Stakes Race                                                    Distance                      Age

2                      $100,000         LAPN Starlet                                                   1 mile                          3yo Fillies

3                      $50,000           LAPN Bon Temps Starter                               5 furlongs                    4yo & up FM

4                      $60,000           LAPN Gentlemen Starter                                1-1/16 miles                4yo & up

5                      $50,000           LAPN Ragin Cajun Starter                             5 furlongs                    4yo & up

6                      $60,000           LAPN Ladies Starter                                       1 mile                          4yo & up FM

7                      $100,000         LAPN Matron                                                 5 furlongs                    4yo & up FM

8                      $100,000         LAPN Prince                                                   1 mile                          3yo

9                      $150,000         LAPN Championship                                      1-1/16 miles                4yo & up

10                    $125,000         LAPN Distaff                                                  1 mile                          4yo & up FM

11                    $100,000         LAPN Sprint                                                   5 furlongs                    4yo

 

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will be awarding two $1,000 college scholarships via a drawing that will take place on Louisiana Premier Night. Entries for the drawing will be taken between 4:25-5:25 pm in the promenade area. To qualify for the drawing, entrants must be enrolled in a good standing in a Louisiana school. The winners of the scholarships will be announced during the program.

 

For more information about Louisiana Premier Night and the remainder of Delta Downs’ current season, which runs through March 9, visit 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.

Please follow and like us:
error

SIR GENGHIS PREVAILS IN THE $100,000 GOLD CUP AT DELTA DOWNS

SIR GENGHIS - Gold Cup-The 16th Running - 10-20-18 - R09 - DED-01
Sir Genghis wins the Gold Cup Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography

 

Gold Cup Stakes
Delta Downs, 10-20-18, 1 Mile
Three Year Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Breds, $100,000

SIR GENGHIS
Tale of the Cat-Staria
Breeder: Randel Stutes
Owner: Gillian and Kirk L. Harris
Trainer: Kirk L. Harris
Jockey: T.L. Pompell

2nd
Mageez
Musket Man-Spaseeba
Breeder: James A. McGehee, Jr.
Owner: Double Dam Farm LLC
Trainer: Delmar R. Caldwell
Jockey: T. Thornton

3rd
Underpressure
Birdstone-Charming Colleen
Breeder: James McIngvale
Owner: Mallory Greiner
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: G. Melancon

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs capped of its new Thoroughbred season on Saturday with a 10-race program that included a pair of stakes races, the $100,000 Gold Cup and the $50,000 Jean Lafitte. Gillian and Kirk L. Harris’s Sir Genghis took the Gold Cup while Ninth Street dominated the Jean Laffite.

 

The Gold Cup field had plenty speed this year and Sir Genghis was one of the early-pace runners. After taking advantage of the rail post position under journeyman rider Thomas Pompell, the Kirk L. Harris trainee followed Queeten through an opening quarter-mile in 23.56 seconds while laying just off the pace. Sir Genghis then took the lead and passed the half-mile in 47.95 and three-quarters in 1:12.87. After that he proved unbeatable through the homestretch, hitting the finish line a half-length in front of Mageez who rallied well but came up short in second. Race favorite Underpressure settled for third, another 1-1/2 lengths behind the runner-up.

 

The final time for Sir Genghis in the Gold Cup was 1:39.43 over a fast track.

 

The victory by Sir Genghis was his first at Delta Downs from six trips and it was his 11th career win overall from 48 total trips to the starting gate. He earned $60,000 for the Gold Cup score and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $520,612.

 

Bred in Louisiana by Randel Stutes, Sir Genghis is a 7-year-old gelding by Tale of the Cat, out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Staria.

 

Sent off at odds of 5-2, Sir Genghis paid $7 to win, $4 to place and $2.60 to show. Mageez paid $5.20 to place and $3.20 to show. Underpressure returned $2.40 to show.

 

Delta Downs will embark on its second week of live racing on Wednesday night with a 10-race program that beings at 5:25 pm CT.

 

For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

 

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

Please follow and like us:
error

PACIFIC PINK SAVES HER BEST FOR LAST WHILE WINNING THE $100,000 MAGNOLIA STAKES AT DELTA DOWNS

PACIFIC PINK - Magnolia- The 16th Running - 10-19-18 - R09 - DED-01
Pacific Pink wins the 2018 Magnolia Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography

Magnolia Stakes
Delta Downs, 10-19-18, 1 mile
Three Year Olds and Upwards Accredited Louisiana Breds, $100,000

PACIFIC PINK
Private Vow-Truly Romantic
Breeder: Brandon Adcock
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

2nd
Safari Calamari
Half Ours-Zaafira
Breeder: Brittlyn Stables, Inc.
Owner: Brittany Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Jose M. Camejo
Jockey: Luis Negron

3rd
Fleet Halo
My Pal Charlie-Say Afleet
Breeder: Stewart M. Madison & Channon Farm, LLC
Owner: Cansler Investments
Trainer: Misty Cansler
Jockey: Eguard Andres Tejera

 

VINTON, LA. –Delta Downs kicked off its stakes schedule for the 2018-19 Thoroughbred season on Friday night with the $100,000 Magnolia and the $50,000 My Trusty Cat serving as the main events on a 10-race program.

The Magnolia, a one-mile test for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds and upward, was won by Pacific Pink under jockey Colby Hernandez. The My Trusty Cat, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies, was taken by Taylor’s Spirit with Thomas Pompell in the saddle.

Pacific Pink used her customary late-running style to get the victory in the Magnolia as she sat well off the early pace set by Yes Gorgeous, who carved out early fractional times of 23.59 seconds for the quarter-mile and 47.90 for the half. The front-runner accomplished three-quarters of mile in 1:12.76 before tiring in the stretch.

For a brief time it appeared that 40-1 longshot Fleet Halo might shock the crowd as she took a short lead in deep stretch before Pacific Pink got clear and charged to the wire to win by ¾ of a length while Safari Calamari followed the winner for second. Fleet Halo held on for third, another ¾ of a length behind the top pair.

Pacific Pink, who is owned by Keith Plaisance and trained by Edward J. Johnston, covered the mile in a time of 1:39.62 over a fast track.

The win by Pacific Pink was the 12th of her 32-race career and she earned $60,000 for the effort. Her overall bankroll now stands at staggering $717,770.

Bred in Louisiana by Brandon Adcock, Pacific Pink is a 6-year-old dark bay or brown mare by Private Vow, out of the Robyn Dancer mare Truly Romantic.

Sent to the gate as the 3-2 wagering favorite, Pacific Pink paid $5 to win, $3 to place and $2.60 to show. Safari Calamari returned $11 to place and $6.40 to show. Fleet Halo paid $11.20 to show.

 

For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

 

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.

Please follow and like us:
error

DELTA DOWNS SET TO BEGIN 2018-19 THOROUGHBRED SEASON

– DIODORO AND POMPELL TOP LIST OF NEW FACES FOR THE 84-DAY MEETING –

 

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will kick off its 2018-19 Thoroughbred season on Wednesday, October 17. The 84-day stand will feature live racing Wednesdays through Saturdays with first post time set for 5:25 pm Central Time each night.

 

During the new season, Delta Downs will offer a stakes schedule that features 28 races and a total of $2.175 million in total purse money.

 

The stakes activity kicks off on opening weekend with the $100,000 Magnolia and the $50,000 My Trusty Cat taking place on Friday, October 19. On Saturday, the track will host the $100,000 Gold Cup and the $50,000 Jean Lafitte Stakes. The Magnolia and Gold Cup races are each restricted to Louisiana-bred horses.

 

The richest program of the year will happen on Saturday, February 9 when the track hosts another edition of Louisiana Premier Night. The exciting card will feature some of the best Louisiana-breds competing in 10 stakes races worth total purse money of $895,000. The headliner on Louisiana Premier Night is the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship for 4-year-olds and up competing at 1-1/16 miles.

 

The leading horsemen from last year at Delta Downs are expected to vie for top honors once again this season. Diego Saenz will be seeking his fifth leading rider title while Karl Broberg will compete for this eighth consecutive leading trainer title during the meet. Broberg has been the leading trainer in North America by wins for four consecutive years and currently leads all conditioners in 2018 with over 400 winners thus far.

 

End Zone Athletics Inc., which is made up of the team of Karl Broberg and Matt Johanson, will attempt to win their fourth straight and seventh overall leading owner title this season at Delta Downs.

 

There will also be a few new faces at Delta Downs. Most notable are jockey Thomas Pompell and trainer Robertino Diodoro. Pompell is a journeyman rider who has notched over 2,500 wins during his career which began in 1996. Diodoro has been training since 1995 and has saddled over 2,000 winners. His horses have earned just over $32 million.

 

For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

 

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.

Please follow and like us:
error