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MARIAH’S GALAXY WINS THE TREASURE CHEST AT DELTA DOWNS

LOUISIANA-BRED ALSO WON THE MAGNOLIA STAKES ON OPENING WEEKEND

Mariah's Galaxy, Treasure Chest - 11-15-19
Maria’s Galaxy defeats open company in the $100,000 Treasure Chest Stakes at Delta Downs.

The Treasure Chest Stakes
Delta Downs, 11-15-19, One mile
Three-year-olds and upwards, fillies and mares, $100,000

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

2nd
She’s Our Fastest
Oratory–Dawali
Breeder: Eureka Thoroughbred Farm (TX)
Owner: Mark Norman and Norman Stables LLC
Trainer: Scott Gelner
Jockey: Thomas L. Pompell

3rd
Special Blessing
Flat Out–Langsyne
Breeder: J. Adcock (LA)
Owner: Coteau Grove Farms LLC
Trainer: W. Bret Calhoun
Jockey: Roberto Morales

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the 14th running of the $100,000 Treasure Chest Stakes on Friday night and the winner was Mariah’s Galaxy under jockey Kevin Smith. The Victor Arceneaux trainee has now won two stakes races already this season as she also took the $100,000 Magnolia on opening weekend, October 11.

Mariah’s Galaxy’s task in the Treasure Chest appeared to be tougher one as she was facing open company this time after beating Louisiana-breds in the Magnolia. She passed the test with flying colors however as she sat back in the 10-horse field while Summer’s Indy set the early pace of 23.01 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 47.40 for the half. As the field entered the final turn of the one mile event Smith called on his mount and she responded with a determined rally that put her 1-1/2 lengths in front of Shes Our Fastest at the wire while Special Blessing rallied for third, another four lengths behind the top pair. Summer’s Indy faded to fourth.

The final time for Mariah’s Galaxy over a fast track in the Treasure Chest was 1:39.51

The win by Mariah’s Galaxy, who is owned by Riley Blanchet and Todd Matte, was the ninth of her 24-race career. She banked another $60,000 for her win on Friday and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $302,485.

Bred in Louisiana by Margie K. Averett, Mariah’s Galaxy is a 5-year-old mare by Greeley’s Galaxy, out of the Devil His Due mare Black Mariah.

Sent to the gate at odds of 5-1, Mariah’s Galaxy paid $12 to win, $5.20 to place and $4 to show. Shes Our Fastest was worth $11.20 to place and $7 to show. Special Blessing paid $4.80 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.

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Four Wheel Drive Rolls to BC Juvenile Turf Sprint Win, Holding off Louisiana Bred Chimney Rock

Son of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah races for Breeze Easy.

 

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Louisiana Bred Chimney Rock in Todays Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

Two-year-old Chimney Rock (Artie Schiller-What’s Your Point, by Wheaton) in todays (1-1-19) $1 million G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. Bred in Louisiana by Stargazers and Clear Creek Stud, LLC, the Michael J. Maker trainee will start from Post Position 1 for owners Three Diamonds Farm.

 

Chimney Rock broke his maiden by 1 ¾ lengths going away in a $75,000 MSW at Saratoga, in his third start September 1st . Less than a week later he ran back in the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint where he just  missed the victory to undefeated Cambria (3-3) by a head. Next out he was once again a close second in the $200,000 Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland; this time to G2 placed multiple stakes winner Kimari, by a half length. Both races were 5 ½ furlongs on the turf.

 

An $18,000 purchase from the 2018 Equine Sales Company Select Yearling Sale, Chimney Rock is out of the stakes placed winning Wheaton mare, What’s Your Point ($435,095).  He is by 2005 Breeders Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller.  Artie Schiller won 6 Graded Stakes  and over $2 million in his racing career. He has consistently ranked among the leading sires in the country since his first crop started in 2010.

 

Chimney Rock will be competing at Morning Line odds of 10-1.

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Louisiana bred Khozan Colt Tops Equine Sales Co. Open Yearling and Mixed Sale

A yearling colt sired by Florida-based Khozan  was purchased by Norman Stables for $22,000 to top the Oct. 27 Equine Sales of Louisiana’s Open Yearling and Mixed Sale in Opelousas, La.

Consigned by Oakridge Farm, the colt was bred in Louisiana by Paul Pruett and is out of the Dixie Union mare Unwooed. The colt’s second dam, the Alysheba mare Designatoree, produced Voice of Destiny, a $556,723-earner whose 24 victories from ages 2 to 10 included the Berkeley Handicap and California Juvenile Stakes, both grade 3. Designatoree, a half sister to grade 1 winner Very Subtle, is also granddam of grade 3 winner Actin Good.

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RELENTLESS DANCER SPECTACULAR IN THE $100,000 LOUISIANA LEGACY AT DELTA DOWNS

MICHAEL MAKER TRAINEE RETURNS TO HOME STATE FOR FIRST STAKES WIN 

Louisiana Legacy

 

Louisiana Legacy Stakes
Delta Downs, 10-19-19, 7 furlongs
2-Year-Olds, $100,000

RELENTLESS DANCER
Midshipman-Passion For Words
Breeder: Paul Pruett
Owner: Paradise Farms Corp., Terry Raymond, Jana Wagner and Jeff Gardella
Trainer: Michael J. Maker
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

2nd
X Clown
Jimmy Creed-Evening Muse
Breeder: Michael & Cynthia villar
Owner: Set-Hut LLC
Trainer: Jerry Delhomme
Jockey: T. Woodley

3rd
Richard Ronald
Misremembered–Reigning Cats
Breeder: Gary Scherer, Al & Bill Ulwelling
Owner: Gary M Scherer & Robert Bernacki
Trainer: Gary M. Scherer
Jockey: G. Melancon

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs closed out its second week of live racing on Saturday and the fans who showed up were treated to a dazzling performance by Relentless Dancer in the featured $100,000 Louisiana Legacy Stakes for 2-year-old Louisiana-breds.

After breaking his maiden by nearly 10 lengths at Churchill Downs on September 27, trainer Michael Maker supplemented Relentless Dancer to the Legacy for owners Paradise Farms Corporation, Terry Raymond, Jana Wagner and Jeff Gardella. The decision turned out to be a good one as Relentless Dancer used a stalking trip under jockey Colby Hernandez before opening up in the homestretch to win by 10-1/2 lengths over X Clown, who rallied for second. Richard Ronald rounded out the trifecta by finished third, another 1 1/4-lengths behind the runner up.

Relentless Dancer covered seven furlongs in the Legacy in a time of 1:27.04 seconds while running on a fast track.

The win by Relentless Dancer was his first in stakes company and his second from three overall starts. He earned $60,000 for the effort and now has a career bankroll of $104,857.

Bred in Louisiana by Paul Pruett, Relentless Dancer is a dark by or brown colt by Midshipman, out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Passion for Words. He was purchased for $85,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale in April of 2019.

Sent to the gate at odds of 4-5, Relentless Dancer paid $3.60 to win, $3 to place and $2.60 to show. X Clown returned $4.40 to place and $3.40 to show. Richard Ronald was worth $3.60 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.

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SEBS PRINCESS RALLIES FOR BIG WIN IN THE $100,000 LOUISIANA JEWEL AT DELTA DOWNS

STEVEN DUKE TRAINEE NABS FIRST STAKES WIN OF HER CAREER –

Sebs Princess, La. Jewel (2) - 10-18-19

Louisiana Jewel Stakes
Delta Downs, 10-18-19, 7 furlongs
2-year-old Fillies, $100,000

SEBS PRINCESS
Khozan–A True Star
Breeder: Adcock’s Red River Farm
Owner: Northpointe Thoroughbreds
Trainer: Steven Duke
Jockey: Diego Saenz

2nd
Film Study
Custom for Carlos–Roll Your Eyes
Breeder: Jason Hall & Jon Dean
Owner: Set-Hut LLC
Trainer: Jerry Delhomme
Jockey: Tyler Woodley

3rd
Schiff’s Corner
Songandaprayer–Sarahsintomischief
Breeder: Perform Stables Inc.
Owner: Leslie Schiff
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the Louisiana Jewel on Friday night and it was Northpointe Thoroughbreds’ (Vic and Nicole Topper) Sebs Princess who used a patient ride by jockey Diego Saenz to rally for victory in the $100,000 feature. The win marked was the first stakes tally for the Steven Duke trainee.

Sebs Princess settled well off the pace in the seven-furlong Jewel while pacesetter Sarah’s Passion carved out fractions of 23.03 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 47.78 for the half. As the field raced up the backstretch, Saenz called on his mount and she responded with a three-wide rally that put the early leader in her sights at the top of the homestretch.

In the final strides, Sebs Princess was able to collar the leader and pull clear for a 4-3/4 length victory as Film Study also rallied late to grab the place spot. Schiff’s Corner, part of an entry with Sarah’s Passion, was another 1-1/2 length back in third.

Sebs Princess covered the distance of the Louisiana Jewel in a time of 1:29.42 second while running on a fast track.

The record for Sebs Princess now stands at two wins from five career starts. She earned $60,000 for her effort in the Jewel and has now amassed $79,500 in total earnings.

Bred in Louisiana by Adcock’s Red River Farm LLC and J. Adcock, Sebs Princess is a bay filly by Khozan, out of the Yes It’s True mare A True Star.

Sent to the gate at odds of 3-1, Sebs Princess paid $8.80 to win, $4.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Film Study was worth $11 to place and $4.40 to show. Schiff’s Corner returned $2.20 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.

 

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the Louisiana Jewel on Friday night and it was Northpointe Thoroughbreds’ (Vic and Nicole Topper) Sebs Princess who used a patient ride by jockey Diego Saenz to rally for victory in the $100,000 feature. The win marked was the first stakes tally for the Steven Duke trainee.

 

Sebs Princess settled well off the pace in the seven-furlong Jewel while pacesetter Sarah’s Passion carved out fractions of 23.03 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 47.78 for the half. As the field raced up the backstretch, Saenz called on his mount and she responded with a three-wide rally that put the early leader in her sights at the top of the homestretch.

 

In the final strides, Sebs Princess was able to collar the leader and pull clear for a 4-3/4 length victory as Film Study also rallied late to grab the place spot. Schiff’s Corner, part of an entry with Sarah’s Passion, was another 1-1/2 length back in third.

 

Sebs Princess covered the distance of the Louisiana Jewel in a time of 1:29.42 second while running on a fast track.

 

The record for Sebs Princess now stands at two wins from five career starts. She earned $60,000 for her effort in the Jewel and has now amassed $79,500 in total earnings.

 

Bred in Louisiana by Adcock’s Red River Farm LLC and J. Adcock, Sebs Princess is a bay filly by Khozan, out of the Yes It’s True mare A True Star.

 

Sent to the gate at odds of 3-1, Sebs Princess paid $8.80 to win, $4.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Film Study was worth $11 to place and $4.40 to show. Schiff’s Corner returned $2.20 to show.

 

Delta Downs will conclude its second week of live racing on Saturday with another 10-race program starting at 4:55 pm CST. The featured race on the card will be the $100,000 Louisiana Legacy for 2-year-old Louisiana-breds.

 

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.

 

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LTBA Announces Breeders Awards Increase for Accredited Louisiana Bred Runners by Louisiana Sires

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Announces Breeders Awards Increase for Accredited Louisiana Bred Runners by Louisiana Sires


First U Make Aroux, Louisiana-bred by Louisiana based sire Due Date pictured winning the 2019 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) Board of Directors has announced  that the LTBA will be increasing Breeders Awards for Louisiana Sired Accredited Louisiana Breds to 20% beginning with the 2019-20 Delta Downs thoroughbred meet which opens Tuesday, October 8th.  Breeders Awards for Accredited Louisiana breds by stallions standing outside the state of Louisiana will continue to be paid at 18%.

The LTBA board is promoting the change an incentive to persuade breeders to choose stallions  that stand in the state of Louisiana. The increase was passed at the October 2nd LTBA Board Meeting at L’auberge Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Based on 2018 figures, the change could increase breeders awards paid out to Louisiana sired Louisiana breds by an estimated $500,000  this year.

LTBA President Warren J. Harang, III said of the change, “the Louisiana breeding program is one of the strongest in the country. The board wanted to reward breeders who make their stallion selections among the many outstanding choices we have here in the state.”
 

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Louisiana Bred Tenpin Sugar Wins Show Jumper Division of 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover

 

Cowboy Swagger is 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover Champion With Fallon Taylor

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Cowboy Swagger, 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover Champion with Fallon Taylor. Photo by CanterClix

Champion barrel racer Fallon Taylor takes on a new challenge every year: in 2018, she took up show jumping. This year, she took on the Thoroughbred Makeover. Already a champion — she was the 2014 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Champion and 2018 AQHA World Champion — Taylor can add one more line to her deep resume: trainer of the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover Champion, Cowboy Swagger.

Much like winning the average in a rodeo, Taylor and Cowboy Swagger’s consistent, steady performances earned them victory in the Barrel Racing discipline at the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. Taylor didn’t lead after the horsemanship component, nor did she set the fastest times in the two daily barrel runs, but through those consistent performances she maintained the best overall scores in the division. After clinching the championship in Barrel Racing, Taylor’s fan base rallied behind her to vote her to the overall title.

In the TCA Covered Arena for the voting and award presentation, Cowboy Swagger stood quietly as the other horses circled around him, with just a set of reins around his neck and a massive blanket of roses that Taylor had made specially for her Thoroughbred barrel horse. A casual bystander might not guess that this horse just a few hours ago had been agilely turning barrels and sprinting for home flat-out in the same arena.

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Fallon Taylor and Cowboy Swagger in the Finale in front of a packed house. Photo by CanterClix

“I think the coolest thing about these Thoroughbreds is their demeanor,” Taylor commented. “This is a special, unique horse. I’m just sitting here with no bridle on, people all around, all these cameras pointed at him, and he’s completely unaffected. The Thoroughbreds want to please. And these guys are made to run — they’re made for this job. It’s our job to be kind, be patient and help these horses learn the pattern and learn their new job. We need to go out and get these horses and scoop them up!”

Taylor acquired Cowboy Swagger based on the advice of a friend who knew the horse on the track and loved his personality. He was bred in Oregon by Dr. and Mrs. Jack B. Root Jr., and as of his last start on January 8, 2019 at Portland Meadows he was trained by Sam Dronen. By Grindstone out of the Baquero mare One Fast Cowgirl, Cowboy Swagger made 16 career starts with three wins and total earnings of $20,299.

As a savvy social media personality, Taylor understands how to lever that fan base for a good cause. She’s documented her journey to the Makeover with Cowboy Swagger over the past few months, but that turned out to be just the beginning. “I documented every single ride that I took on this horse so that I can keep sharing that next year with my following and help more people try this competition,” she detailed.

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Fallon Taylor and Cowboy Swagger. Photo by CanterClix

“The horsemanship pattern was a challenge for me,” Taylor admitted earlier in the week. “But I like knowing that the horses are leaving the Makeover with a good foundation, especially if they’re selling at the Marketplace, to know that the next rider is going to have a really cool horse to play with later.”

And as for what this particular personal challenge has taught Taylor that she’ll take away to apply to her other barrel horses? “I’ve had to really be patient with this horse, and that’s going to help me on my other horses as well.”

2019 Thoroughbred Makeover Discipline Champions:

Competitive Trail: Belfast Cowboy, trained by Toni Harmon
Dressage: Fifth Ace, trained by Alison O’Dwyer
Eventing: Sanimo, trained by Rosie Napravnik
Field Hunter: Diplomat, trained by Sara Katz
Freestyle: Grande Warrior, trained by Amy Bowers
Polo: Great Reward, trained by Buck Schott
Ranch Work: Silence Is Awesome, trained by Amber Jacobson
Show Hunter: Furaha, trained by Susan Deal
Show Jumper: Tenpin Sugar, trained by Katherine Deichmann

For full results from the Thoroughbred Makeover, please visit www.tbmakeover.org.

Tenpin Sugar, a 2013 bay mare by Tenpins out of Storm Cat mare, Hurricane Amy won the show jumper division of the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover with trainer Katherine Deichmann. Bred in Louisiana by Emile J. Barras Farm Stables LLC., Tenpin Sugar earned $7,586 in her racing career.

 

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ROTATION RETURNS IN CHAMPIONSHIP FORM TO WIN THE GRADE 3, $300,000 SUPER DERBY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC Homebred Recovers From Stumble in the Prelude

Bossier City, LA – When you don’t succeed at first, try again, and there was no better example of that adage than the performance of Rotation, the champion of today’s Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.

The colt by Tapit out of the Olympio mare Free Spin, bred and owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC, was the favorite in last month’s $60,000 Super Derby Prelude.  He stumbled out of the gate, nearly unseating rider Richard Eramia, but recovered to finish fourth.

Today was a different story for the well-bred colt, who is a full brother to Tapiture. He broke from the rail, sitting off the pace set by rider Robby Albarado on Pirate’s Punch, who completed the first quarter in: 46.77 and the half-mile in :46.77. Eramia got his charge clear heading into the second turn and drew off. The final time over the fast main track was 1:43.70.

“Robby Albarado is a smart rider and controlled the pace,” said Eramia. “I got the exact trip I was hoping for. My horse stumbled last time, but really deserved to win. I want to thank Steve, the owners and everyone on the backside for doing a great job”

Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen won the 2018 Super Derby with longshot Limation for owner Michael Langford.  He was reached on the phone after the race, and was thrilled with the victory by Rotation and a game runner-up effort by his other entrant, Vangilder, who closed under C.J. McMahon for second.

“Rotation is a very handy horse,” said Asmussen. “It was tough to see the trouble he had in the Prelude. Referring to the incident as a stumble out of the gate is not doing it justice. It’s like calling the Grand Canyon a ditch! But to his credit and the team down there, including Misty Drinkwater and Ashley Trosclair, it all came together.”

“We are very proud of him,” he added.  “This was a significant win.”

Vangilder, winner of the $70,000 Charles Taylor Derby on July 20 at the Downs of Albuquerque for owner Chuck Hovitz rallied for second.

“Watching the replay of his last race, he sat off the pace and pounced home tremendously, said McMahon. “Rotation left a step behind me, which I thought he would. I sat in the pocket behind him and couldn’t have gotten a better trip.”

Pirate’s Punch, trained by Grant Forster, held on for third. The son of Shanghai Bobby, was making his stakes debut for the ownership group of Gulliver Racing LLC , Craig W. Drager and Dan Legan.  Albarado, who is just returning off a wrist injury suffered in June at Churchill Downs, won his first Super Derby in 2006 aboard Strong Contender and followed that with a win with  Departingseven years later.

Morning line favorite, Knicks Go owned by KRA Stud Farms, completed the superfecta. Trained by Ben Colebrook, he won the Grade 1, Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland. Dismissed by the betting public, he topped a full field of juveniles in gate-to-wire fashion at odds of 70-1.  This was the fifth graded stakes start for Knicks Go in 2019.

Prelude runner-up Trevilion, owned by Tigertail Ranch, ran fifth, followed byLeader of Men, owned by Walpole Racing LLC, who won the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude on August 3, and brought a four-race win streak at Louisiana Downs to the Super Derby.  Completing the order of finish was Adele B. Dilschneider‘s homebred Rescind;  Cabot, Paynt Battle and Fredonian.

Rotation returned $13.40 for the win and added $180,000 to his career earnings, which stand at $302,318.  Asmussen was not sure of the next start for both runners. 

The Super Derby, which had its first running in 1980, has a distinguished list of past champions, including four Kentucky Derby winners, four Preakness Stakes winners, five Belmont Stakes winners and seven Travers Stakes winners. Six previous Super Derby entrants have won the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Classic and three Super Derby winners, Tiznow, Sunday Silence and Alysheba have been voted the Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year, the industry’s highest award.

 

 

Smooth Sailing for In The Navy in the $60,000 Frank L. Brothers Stakes

One of the six turf stakes on the Super Derby card was renamed this year to honor New Orleans native Frank L. Brothers. “Frankie,” as he is known in the racing industry, began his highly successful career as a Thoroughbred trainer in Louisiana, winning nine leading trainer titles at Louisiana Downs and winning the 1998 Super Derby with Arch. He was inducted into the inaugural Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Racing Hall of Fame on July 13.

The mile and one-sixteenth Frank L. Brothers attracted an overflow field of turf specialists with three Louisiana-breds taking on open company, and it was Kendel D. Standlee’s In the Navy, who righted the ship this afternoon.  Trained by Scott Gelner, the 5-year-old son of Midshipman exited a second-place finish in last month’s Louisiana Cup Turf Classic.  Gelner enlisted the riding services of  Floyd Wethey, Jr., who took the lead and went gate to wire,  in fractions of :23.79, :47.92, 1:11.42, crossing the wire in 1:40.51.

“Scott told me to just let him do his thing and hopefully have something left for the finish,” said Wethey, who made the best of his first time riding at Louisiana Downs.  “He is a cool horse; I didn’t need to do a thing.”

The win was the seventh for In the Navy, who was sent off at odds of 7-1, returned $17.40 for the win. Late Night Mischief ran second under Tim Thornton, followed by $50,000 Louisiana Turf Cup Classic winner Theoryintopractice, also trained by Asmussen.  Kurilov, from the barn of Brad Cox, returned off a one-year layoff to complete the superfecta and Big Changes, who won the 2018 edition of the stakes, which was previously named the  Unbridled, was fifth.

 

 

High On Gin Serves Up the Upset in the $60,000 Happy Ticket 

The 33rd running of the $60,000 Happy Ticket, drew a field of ten fillies at the distance of seven and one-half furlongs on the Franks Turf Course.

Jerry Caroom’s High On Gin won her debut at Evangeline Downs on August 21 in a main track sprint on a sloppy track. Trainer Carl J. Deville was impressed with the first-time starter and decided to try her in stakes company and on the turf. With the lanky Devin Magnon in the irons, the filly by Fury Kapcori, got clear on the outside and began passing rivals. She drew off to a two-length victory in a final time of 1:30.21.

It was no surprise to her rider, who won the first race of his career.

“I’ve worked twenty horses for Carl this year and was always impressed with this filly,” said Magnon.

“I thank Jerry and each of my owners for giving me the opportunity to train for them,” added Deville.

Cedar Hill, the runner-up in the La Senorita, ran second under Lane Luzzi withEnvied, a daughter of American Pharoah completing the trifecta.  Deville also conditioned the fourth-place finisher, Thirstyamericangal, who outran her odds of 63-1 under Kerwin Clark.

 

Deviant Dominates in the $60,000 Sunday Silence

The 15th running of the $60,000 Sunday Silence showcased a completive group of ten juveniles competing seven and one-half furlongs on the Franks Turf Course. The race honors the prolific champion who won the 1989 Super Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and was inducted into the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Racing Hall of Fame this year. 

Deviant, owned by Red Lane Thoroughbreds LLC, made the trip to Louisiana in pursuit of his second consecutive turf stakes victory. His most recent victory came on August 14 in the $75,000 El Joven at Retama Park. It was a winning effort for the juvenile, who drew off by a margin of 7 ¾ lengths under Lane Luzzi.

The son of veteran New York rider Mike Luzzi, made his first trip to Louisiana Downs and confidently guided the son of Daredevil to the wire. He moved from the rail to the far outside to launch his bid, with a final clocking of 1:29.96.

“He’s a real nice horse,” said Luzzi. “Hard to explain what makes him so good, other than he does everything you ask of him. The credit goes to Danny, who has worked with him from the beginning.”

Longshot Free Indeed battled gamely under rider Kerwin Clark, but had to settle for second. See Bee Salute, at 14-1, was third with Crimson Zipcompleting the superfecta.

 

 

Eskenformore Lights Up the Toteboard in the $60,000 River Cities

A full field of fillies and mares competed in the 33rd running of the $60,000 River Cities at the distance of a mile and one-sixteenth on the turf.

Sugarland Thoroughbreds LLC’s homebred Eskenformore pulled the upset at odds of 30-1 for trainer James Hodges. Leading Louisiana Downs rider Carlos Lozada guided the 6-year-old mare to victory by a margin of 1 ¾ lengths over Dagny.  Running third was Remember Daisy, who captured the $100,000 Louisiana Ladies Stakes at Fair Grounds last December before heading to Canterbury Park and most recently, Arlington Park in Chicago. Is Too, a 4-year-old daughter of Midshipmam could not replicate her effort  here last month in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff, finishing fourth under Colby Hernandez.

“She’s a nice mare,” stated Hodges. “She ran into trouble in her last race, but not today! She will run next at Fair Grounds on Louisiana Champions Day.”

 

Net a Bear Tops Louisiana-Bred Fillies in the $60,000 Elge Rasberry

The 24th running of the $60,000 Elge Rasberry drew a field of eight Louisiana-bred 3-year-old fillies and ran as the first stakes race of the Super Derby card.

Net a Bear sprang the upset for trainer Allen Landry and owner Maximo Lamarche and Federico Deltoro. The filly by Awesome Bet closed gamely in the final furlong under jockey Tim Thornton, covering a mile, over the firm Franks Turf Course in 1:36.45.

“I’ve worked her in the morning and knew she could run,” said Thornton.

Landry felt that the addition of blinkers helped his filly.

“She has always been a high strung filly,” stated Landry. “We hauled in and bandaged her really well before loading her. By the time we arrived, she had torn all of them off!”

Scootin Bayou ran second for trainer Kenneth Hargrave and rider Jose Guerrero. Irish Hustle was under Robby Albarado and Louisiana Legends Soiree champion Snowball, who was sent off as the favorite, completed the superfecta.

Net a Bear paid $23.00 for the victory; her second win in 11 starts.  Bred by Lora Pitre and Elaine Carroll, she will make her next start at Delta Downs, according to Landry.

 

 

First Stakes Victory for Run Rocket in the $60,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin

A full field of Louisiana-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings went to the gate for the $60,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin.

The son of Run Production is owned by Margaret Lanetta Haas, and had won three of his last four starts.Trainer Beverly Burress gave jockey Eguard Tejeraa leg up, and he took the lead at the top of the stretch, completing the mile turf test in 1:36.79.

It was a special moment for retired jockey Burress, who saddled just the second stakes winner of her career.

“Since we claimed him for $10,000, he’s done everything right for us,” she said. “He has been running really well; just shows his determination when he runs.”

Make Me Smile, a son of Star Guitar, ran second under Tim Thornton, followed by Bailey’s Power and Star Fitzstall.

Run Rocket was sent off as the favorite and returned $7.60 for the win and with his winner’s share of $36,000, doubled his lifetime earnings. He was bred by Israel Flores Horses, LLC.

 

 

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.

 

 

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Run Rocket Earns First Stakes Victory in A.L. (Red) Erwin Stakes

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Run Rocket pulls to the lead with Eguard Tejera aboard to win the A. L. (Red) Erwin stakes. Run Rocket is owned by Margaret Lanetta Haas and trained by Beverly Burress. Hodges Photography/Ann Switalski

A.L. (Red) Erwin Stakes
Louisiana Downs, 9-7-19, 8 furlongs, turf
Three-year-olds, Accredited Louisiana Bred Colts or Geldings

RUN ROCKET
Run Production–Hot Rocket
Breeder: Israel Flores Horse LLC
Owner: Margaret Lanetta Haas
Trainer: Beverly Burress
Jockey: Eguard Andres Tejera

2nd
Make Me Smile
Star Guitar–Blonde Bullet
Breeder: Aleta Camperlengo Overby
Owner: Robert Asaro and Greg Tramontin
Trainer: Keith G. Bourgeois
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

3rd
Bailey’s Power
Mister Dance–Baileys Affair
Breeder: Penny Scarberry
Owner: Penny Scarberry
Trainer: Jorge Lara
Jockey: Joel Dominguez

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