LA Horsemen Plea to Commission for Emergency Stabling

By T. D. Thornton

In the aftermath of Hurricane Laura that devastated structures at Delta Downs last week, the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (LHBPA) made a written plea to the Louisiana State Racing Commission (LSRC) Sept. 2 asking for an emergency order to be handed down that would mandate “immediate access to stalls to stable at both Louisiana Downs and Fair Grounds.”

The request for stabling involves both Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, and is complicated by meets for both breeds ending and starting within the same rough time frame at Louisiana’s four tracks. Additionally, the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic is making movement of people and horses difficult.

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KARL BROBERG, TIM THORNTON AND DALE WHITE, SR. WIN TITLES AT EVANGELINE DOWNS

THE 50-NIGHT SEASON CONCLUDED ON SATURDAY NIGHT

 

OPELOUSAS, LA – There was a long time during the Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs this summer where it appeared that Karl Broberg would not defend the training title he has won so many times before. That was until the night of August 19, when horses trained by Broberg won six of the nine races on the program and catapulted him back to the top of the standings. Broberg totaled 23 wins for the season, which was six more than a three-way tie for second at 17 wins between Sam David, Jr., Ron Faucheux and Eduardo Ramirez. For the season, Broberg’s horses earned $374,150 in purse money, which also topped the table.

The complete top 10 trainers’ standings were: Karl Broberg (23 wins), a three-way tie for second with Sam David, Jr., Ron Faucheux, and Eduardo Ramirez at 17 wins each, a three-way tie for fifth with Allen Landry, Lee Thomas and Dale White, Sr. at 15 wins each, a two-way tie for eighth with Keith Bourgeois and Bret Calhoun at 14 wins each and a three-way tie for ninth with Sam Breaux, Kenneth Hargrave and Corale Richards at 13 wins each.

Tim Thornton handily won the jockeys’ title at Evangeline Downs in 2020 with 73 victories from 339 starts for a 22% winning percentage. When you add 71 second-place and 47 third-place finishes to his record, that gives Thornton an in-the-money percentage for the season of 56%. Thornton and runner-up Diego Saenz were the only riders whose mounts earned in excess of one million dollars in purse money with Thornton’s horses picking up $1,268,850 and Saenz’s earning $1,050,461.

The complete top 10 jockeys’ standings were: Tim Thornton (73 wins), Diego Saenz (56), Gerard Melancon (46), Devin Magnon (31), Jansen Melancon (26), Ty Kennedy (25), C.J. McMahon (22), Joe Stokes (21), and a two-way tie for ninth between Jarred Journet and E.M. Murray at 18 wins each.

It was a stellar season for Dale White, Sr. at Evangeline Downs. White not only finished in the top five in the training standings, he also managed to finish the meet as the leading owner with 14 victories from 84 starts, ending up four wins ahead of a tie for second between Elite Thoroughbred Racing LLC and End Zone Athletics, Inc. White also added 13 seconds and 17 thirds for an in-the-money percentage of 52% for his runners. His horses earned $248,180 in purses, which was also led the standings.

The complete top 10 owners’ standings were: Dale White, Sr. (14 wins), a two-way tie for seconds with Elite Thoroughbred Racing LLC and End Zone Athletics, Inc. at 10 wins each, a two-way tie for fourth with Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez & John Duvieilh and Red Rose Racing at 9 wins each, a two-way tie for sixth with Rylee Grudzien and M & M Racing at 7 wins each and a three-way tie for eighth between Allied Racing Stable, LLC, Norman Stables, LLC and Whispering Oaks Farm, LLC at 6 wins each.

Live racing at Evangeline Downs will resume on September 17 with the beginning of the American Quarter Horse meeting. Post time for the season will be 5:35 pm Central Time.

 

For more information on racing at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.

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Mirabeau Takes D.S. “Shine” Young Filly Div. by 10 1/4

D.S. Shine Young Futurity
Evangeline Downs, 8-29-20, 5.5. furlongs
Two-Year-Old fillies, Accredited Louisiana-breds, $60,000

MIRABEAU - The DS Shine Young Futurity
Mirabeau, with Diego Saenz aboard wins the filly division of the D.S. “Shine” Young Memorial Stakes at Evangeline Downs. Coady Photography.

MIRABEAU
Bind-Smittystown
Breeder: J. Adcock & Nathan C. Granger
Owner: Larry Romero & Ron Faucheux
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: Diego Saenz

2nd
Squox
Oxbow-Suprise Squall
Breeder: Danny M. Brown, Donna B. Brown & Calument Farm
Owner: Laurence Jones
Trainer: Justin Jeansonne
Jockey: Pedro L. Cotto, Jr.

3rd
Mamas Gone Crazy
Bind-Keenly Enduring
Breeder: Brandon Adcock
Owner: Carl J. Deville
Trainer: Carl J. Deville
Jockey: Devin H. Magnon

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MIRABEAU AND CHU CHU’S LEGACY WIN BIG IN THE “SHINE” YOUNG FUTURITY AT EVANGELINE DOWNS

 

BIND SIRES THE WINNERS OF BOTH DIVISIONS ON SATURDAY NIGHT

 

OPELOUSAS, LA – Evangeline Downs hosted two divisions of the $60,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity for accredited Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds during the closing night program on Saturday night.

MIRABEAU - The DS Shine Young Futurity
Mirabeau, with Diego Saenz aboard wins the filly division of the D.S. “Shine” Young Memorial Stakes at Evangeline Downs. Coady Photography.

The fillies’ division of the “Shine” Young Futurity was a victory procession for Mirabeau. She started off well and sat just off the pace set by Mamas Gone Crazy, a 39-1 longshot, who led through early fractions of 22.07 seconds for the quarter and 46.19 seconds for the half. Once the field reached the top of the stretch, however, Mirabeau took the lead and never looked back. She kept widening her lead until she crossed the finish line 10-1/4 lengths ahead of Squox, who rallied from last to be second, while Mamas Gone Crazy held on for third. Mirabeau covered the 5-1/2 furlongs in 1:04.90 over the fast track.

 

Mirabeau paid $3.60 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.60 to show. Squox returned $6.80 to place and $6.60 to show and Mamas Gone Crazy paid $10 to show.

 

Mirabeau was bred in Louisiana by J. Adcock and Nathan Granger. The 2-year-old filly is owned by Larry Romero and Ron Faucheux, who doubles as the trainer. Diego Saenz was aboard for the victory. Mirabeau is by Bind and is out of the Speightstown mare, Smittystown. She has won three of four lifetime starts and the $36,000 first-place purse increases her lifetime earnings to $75,350.

 

The colts and geldings division of the “Shine” Young Futurity resulted in a big win for Chu Chu’s Legacy. The leading rider for the Evangeline Downs season, Tim Thornton, had the colt well-positioned right from the start as part of a duel for the lead with Bernie Special through fractions of 21.81 seconds for the quarter and 45.73 seconds for the half. Chu Chu’s Legacy shook clear of his challenger entering the stretch and won easily by four lengths. The 3-5 betting favorite, Schnell, got off to a slow start, but rallied late to finish second over G’Wildcat. Chu Chu’s Legacy finished the 5-1/2 furlongs in a time of 1:05.42.

CHU CHU'S LEGACY - The DS Shine Young Futurity
Chu Chu’s Legacy wins the colt and gelding division of the D.S. “Shine” Young Memorial Stakes at Evangeline Downs. Coady Photography.

Chu Chu’s Legacy won at odds of 4-1 and returned $10.20 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Schnell returned $2.20 to place and $2.20 to show, while G’Wildcat paid $6.60 to show.

 

Chu Chu’s Legacy was bred in Louisiana by J. Adcock and Hume Warnell. The 2-year-old colt is owned and trained by Allen Landry. Chu Chu’s Legacy was sired by Bind and is out of the Johannesburg mare, Bond’s Babe. He has won two of three lifetime starts and the $36,000 first-place purse increases his career earnings to $60,800.

 

Live racing at Evangeline Downs will resume Thursday, September 17 with the beginning of the American Quarter Horse season. Post time during this season will be 5:35 pm Central Time.

 

For more information on racing at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.

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Vacherie Girl Prevails in Louisiana Legends Soiree

Louisiana Legends Soiree
Evangeline Downs, 7-4-20, 1 mile
Accredited Louisiana Bred, Three-Year-Old Fillies, $60,000

VACHERIE GIRL - Louisiana Legends Soiree - 07-04-20 - R09 - EVD
Vacherie Girl wins the Louisiana Legends Soiree. Coady Photography.

VACHERIE GIRL
Tapiture–Saucey Officer
Breeder: Georgia Farms Inc
Owner: L. William and Corinne Heiligbrodt
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Joel Dominguez

2nd
Southern Liaison
Liaison–Southern Banner
Breeder: Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez & John Duvieilh
Owner: Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez & John Duvieilh
Trainer: Sam B. David, Jr.
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

3rd
Quikfast N Ahurry
Closing Argument–Wynning Ride
Breeder: Carrol J. Castille
Owner: Whispering Oaks Farm LLC
Trainer: Steven B. Flint,
Jockey: Jansen Melancon

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Laughingsaintssong Scores Impressive Louisiana Legends Sprint Win

Louisiana Legends Sprint
Evangeline Downs, 7-4-20, 5.5 furlongs
Accredited Louisiana Bred, Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, $60,000

LAUGHINGSAINTSSONG - Louisiana Legends Sprint - 07-04-20 - R08 - EVD - Finish
Laughingsaintsong wins the Louisiana Legends Sprint

LAUGHINGSAINTSONG
Songandaprayer–Laughing Saint
Breeder: J. E. Jumonville Jr. & Bunny Jumonville
Owner: Rodney J. Verret
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

2nd
Scarlettsblackjack
Malibu Wesley–Mardi Gras Lady
Breeder: J R Stables LLC
Owner: Leadem Farm, Inc.,
Trainer: Joseph P. Smith
Jockey: Lane J. Luzzi

3rd
Monte Man
Custom for Carlos–Sarah’s My Angel
Breeder: Val C. Murrell
Owner: Ivery Sisters Racing
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: Jansen Melancon

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Snowball Finishes First in Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle

Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle S
Evangeline Downs, 7-4-20, 5.5 furlongs
Accredited Louisiana Bred, Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, Fillies and Mares, $60,000

SNOWBALL - Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle - 07-04-20 - R06 - EVD - Finish 1
Snowball wins the Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle. Coady Photography

SNOWBALL
Apriority – Inner Peace
Breeder: 4M Ranch
Owner: Tin Roof Farms LLC
Trainer: Samuel Breaux
Jockey: Ty Kennedy

2nd
Saints N Muskets
Musket Man–Laughing Saint
Breeder: J. E. Jumonville Jr. & Bunny Jumonville
Owner: Rodney J. Verret
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

3rd
Play Unified
Exchange Rate–Carson City Sham
Breeder: Keith Hernandez, Earl Hernandez & John Duvieilh
Owner: Ivery Sisters Racing, Larry J. Romero, Dorby Racing, LLC and Winalot Racing, LLC
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: Diego Saenz

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Mariah’s Galaxy Edges Competition to Win Louisiana Legends Turf Distaff

Louisiana Legends Turf Distaff
Evangeline Downs, 7-4-20, 1 mile, turf
Accredited Louisiana Bred, Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, Fillies and Mares, $60,000

MARIAH'S GALAXY - Louisiana Legends Turf Distaff - 07-04-20 - R05 - EVD - Finish
Mariah’s Galaxy wins the Louisiana Legends Turf Distaff. Coady Photography

MARIAH’S GALAXY
Greeley’s Galaxy–Black Mariah
Breeder: Margie Averett
Owner: Riley Blanchet and Todd Matte
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Kevin J. Smith

2nd
Net a Bear
Awesome Bet–Edacious Reality
Breeder: Lora Pitre & Elaine Carroll
Owner: Maximo Lamarche and Federico Deltoro
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

3rd
Is Too
Midshipman–Tensas Salt
Breeder: J. Adcock & Montgomery Equine Center
Owner: Baronne Farms, LLC
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Diego Saenz

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Relentless Dancer Claims Louisiana Legends Cheval Victory

Louisiana Legends Cheval S.
Evangeline Downs, 7-4-20, 1 mile
Accredited Louisiana Bred, Three-year-olds, $60,000

RELENTLESS DANCER - Louisiana Legends Cheval - 07-04-20 - R02 - EVD
Relentless Dancer wins the Louisiana Legends Cheval. Coady Photography

RELENTLESS DANCER
Midshipman–Passion for Words
Breeder: Paul Pruett
Owner: Paradise Farms Corp., Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner
Trainer: Michael J. Maker
Jockey: Ty Kennedy

2nd
Sydster
Power Broker–Tensas Salt
Breeder: J. Adcock & Montgomery Equine Center
Owner: Baronne Farms, LLC
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Diego Saenz

3rd
Jax Man
Goldencents–Blondie Lox
Breeder: Earl Hernandez & Keith Hernandez
Owner: Alston Thoroughbreds, LLC, E. Hernandez, K. Hernandez, and J. Duvieilh
Trainer: Sam B. David, Jr.
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

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