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

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

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

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Net A Bear Tops Louisiana Bred Fillies in the Elge Rasberry

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Timothy Thornton takes the lead and wins the Elge Rasberry Stakes aboard Net a Bear. Net a Bear is owned by Maximo Lamarche and Federico Deltoro, trained by Allen Landry. Hodges photo.

Elge Rasberry Stakes
Louisiana Downs, 9-7-19, 8 furlongs (turf)
Three-year-old, Accredited Louisiana Bred, Fillies, $60,000

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

Scootin Bayou
Guilt Trip–Zamiracle
Breeder: Beryl B. Lopez
Owner: Randall Hargrave
Trainer: Kenneth L. Hargrave
Jockey: Jose Andres Guerrero

Irish Hustle
Data Link–Rahfees Fairy
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Trainer: W. Bret Calhoun
Jockey: Robby Albarado

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Eskenformore Takes $60,000 River Cities Stakes

Carlos Lozada pilots Eskenformore to victory in the 33rd running of the River Cities Stakes at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski

River Cities S.
Louisiana Downs, 9-7-19, 8.5 furlongs (turf)
Three-year-olds and upwards, fillies and mares, $60,000

Breeder: Sugarland Thoroughbred, LLC (LA)
Owner: Sugarland Thoroughbreds LLC
Trainer: James E. Hodges
Jockey: Carlos Lozada

Breeder: Mr. & Mrs. Michael C. Danapas (TX)
Owner: Beyond Words Racing Stable (Michael Danapas)
Trainer: Joseph P. Smith
Jockey: Eguard Andres Tejera

Remember Daisy
Misremembered–Very Speightstown
Breeder: Al Ulwelling & Bill Ulwelling (LA)
Owner: Al and Bill Ulwelling
Trainer: Gary M. Scherer
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

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In The Navy Victorious Among Open Company in the Inaugural Frank L. Brothers Stakes

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The winner of the 40th Running of the Frank L. Brothers stakes is Floyd Wethey, Jr. riding In the Navy, owned by Kendel D. Standlee and trained by Scott Gelner. Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski

Frank L. Brothers Stakes
Louisiana Downs, 9-7-19, 8.5 furlongs (turf)
Three-year-olds and Upwards, $60,000

Midshipman–Southern Princess
Breeder: Ken Standlee (LA)
Owner: Kendel D. Standlee
Trainer: Scott Gelner
Jockey: Floyd Wethey, Jr.

Late Nite Mischief
Into Mischief–Tamboz
Breeder: Dell Ridge Farm, LLC (KY)
Owner: Late Nite Mischief Partnership
Trainer: Arthur L. Pike, III
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

Into Mischief–Cayman Colada
Breeder: Cypress Bend Farm (LA)
Owner: Courtney Barousse
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Richard E. Eramia

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Louisiana Bred Maclean’s Music Filly Tops Equine Sales Yearling Sale


Hip #33, a filly by  Maclean’s Music out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Sweet Jackie Jo was purchased by William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s East Hickman for $145,000 to top the Sept. 5 Equine Sales of Louisiana’s Consignor Select Yearling Sale in Opelousas, La.

The sale topper was bred in Louisiana by and consigned by 4M Ranch.  a half sister to two Louisiana bred stakes winners Actif Storm and Atchata, as well as multiple stakes-placed Nurse Goodnight.

Equine Sales reported 133 horses were sold for gross receipts of $1,518,500.   The average price was $11,417, with a $6,000 median, and the 34 head that went unsold from 195 cataloged represented an RNA rate of 20.4%. The 2018 sale results reported 148 yearlings selling for a total $1,937,700 for an average price of $13,093 and median of $6,000, with an RNA rate of 28.2%.

East Hickman, with SBM as agent, also purchased the sale’s second-highest offering. The top selling colt, a son of Tapiture, Hip 133,  from the Select Sales consignment, was purchased for $75,000.

Bred in Louisiana by Cloyce C. Clark, the colt is out of the multiple grade 3-placed mare Humble Janet (by Humble Eleven), a half sister to stakes winner and multiple graded-placed Han Sense. The colt is a half brother to multiple stakes winner Shang.

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Louisiana Bred Tops Texas Yearling Sale

Texas Yearling Sale Records Big Jumps in Average and Gross


The Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale held Monday at Lone Star Park concluded with strong gains in average and gross receipts, signaling that the recent passage of legislation could be having a positive impact on the industry. The sale was sponsored by the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park.

In the yearling session, 42 of 65 head sold for a total of $506,000, which was an increase of 22.1% from last year when 44 of 82 sold for $414,300. This year’s average came in at $12,048, up 28% from last year’s $9,416. The median this year dropped to $5,000 from $7,750. Buybacks at this year’s sale were 35.4% compared to 46.3% last year.

“Even with a smaller catalog this year it’s encouraging that we were able to increase the gross sales along with a big surge in the average,” said Tim Boyce, sales director. “With as much as $25 million annually expected to be added to the Texas racing program thanks to the bill that was passed, that can only do good things for this sale and for the entire Southwest region in the coming years.”

Hip 61, a Louisiana-bred colt by champion Shanghai Bobby, topped the sale with a $115,000 bid from Summer Grove Farm. Consigned by Clear Creek Stud LLC, agent, the March 5 foal is out of the winning Cobra King mare Viva Vega, who has produced eight winners including stakes winners Southern Dude and Viva Vegas. 

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Hip # 61, Louisiana-bred Shanghai Bobby-Viva Vega colt.

While the sale-topper was bred in Louisiana, the next three highest-priced horses were all Texas-breds by leading Texas stallion Too Much Bling. Tops among the Texas-breds was Hip 42, a colt consigned by Benchmark Training Center, agent, and sold for $60,000 to Anton Kubacak. He is out of the multiple stakes-producing Devil His Due mare Red Thread.

In the mixed portion of the sale, 13 of 17 head sold for a total of $33,100. Show Me the Bling, a winning and Grade 3-placed daughter of Too Much Bling, topped the mixed session, going to CJ Thoroughbred for $14,000. Benchmark Training Center, agent, consigned the 11-year-old broodmare who sold in foal to Alternation.

Next up on the Texas sale calendar is the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. It will be held in the spring of 2020 at Lone Star Park with a date to be announced soon.

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X CLOWN - The Evangeline Downs Prince Stakes - 08-24-19 - R08 - EVD - Finish 2
X Clown wins the 2019 Evangeline Downs Prince Stakes. Coady Photography.

Evangeline Downs Prince Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 8-24-19, 6 furlongs
2YO colts and geldings, $50,000

Jimmy Creed-Evening Muse
Breeder: Michael Villar & Cynthia Villar (LA)
Owner: Set Hut LLC
Trainer: Jerry Delhomme
Jockey: Tyler Woodley

Elusive d’Oro
Elusive Quality-Bridgette Bordeaux
Breeder: Godolphin & Asiel Stables LLC (KY)
Owner: Whispering Oaks Farm LLC
Trainer: Steven B. Flint
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

Free Indeed
Midshipman-Flashy Prize
Breeder: J. Adcock & Neal McFadden (LA)
Owner: Carl J. Deville and Jerry Bruno
Trainer: Carl J. Deville
Jockey: Kerwin D. Clark

OPELOUSAS, LA – The featured event on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs was the $50,000 Evangeline Downs Prince for 2-year-old colts and geldings. X Clown was the king of the evening after sitting last early on and rolling past the rest of the field to score not only his first career stakes win, but also the first career stakes win for his jockey, Tyler Woodley. X Clown ran the six furlongs in a final time of 1:11.73 over the main track listed as good.

X Clown was allowed to settle in last in the field of six as the even-money favorite, Scotty Boy, and Elusive d’Oro dueled through solid fractions of 22.29 seconds for the quarter-mile and 45.75 seconds for the half. That speed battle took its toll on the pacesetters as Woodley guided X Clown to the outside around the turn and took aim at the leaders. X Clown was able to wear down Elusive d’Oro and prevailed by three-quarters of a length, while Scotty Boy faded to last.

X Clown was sent off at odds of 3-1 and returned $8.20 to win, $3.60 to place and $2.80 to show. Elusive d’Oro paid $3.40 to place and $2.20 to show, while Free Indeed paid $6.40 to show.

X Clown was bred in Louisiana by Michael and Cynthia Villar. The 2 year-old-gelding is owned by Set Hut, LLC of Jake Delhomme and trained by Jerry Delhomme. He is by Jimmy Creed and is out of the Invasor mare, Evening Muse. He is now two for three in his career and the $30,000 first-place purse increases his lifetime earnings to $59,400.

Live racing at Evangeline Downs will resume on Wednesday night with a nine-race program. Post time on Wednesday will be 5:50 pm Central Time.

For more information on the Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at

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Diamond Cutter Game Winner of the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint
Louisiana Downs, 8-3-19, 6 furlongs
3YO and upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies and Mares, $50,000

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Diamond Cutter with Joel Dominguez aboard wins the 37th running of the Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

Salute the Sarge–Sparkling Diamond
Breeder: World War IV Racing
Owner: World War IV Racing
Trainer: Dwight J. Viator
Jockey: Joel Dominguez

Tensas Thought
Custom for Carlos–Tensas Idea
Breeder: Curt Leake
Owner: Cash is King, LLC and Edward Johnston Racing Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

Galaxy Thirtysix
Greeley’s Galaxy–Stang Thirtysix
Breeder: Gerald L. Averett Jr.
Owner: Arian Haxhillari
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: Edgar S. Prado

The $50,000 Louisiana Filly and Mare Sprint  closed out Louisiana Cup Day with a field of  eight distaffers competing at the distance of six furlongs.

It was the 7-year-old Diamond Cutter, who sprinted home like young filly, who drew off convincingly for World War IV Racing crossing the wire in 1:10.96. Trained by Dwight Viator and ridden to victory by Joel Dominguez, the mare by Salute the Sarge was making her 38th career start.

“She is such a game mare,” said Viator. “Joel put a great ride on her.”

Tensas Thought was second, followed by Galaxy Thirtysix and Play Unified. The third defending champion on the card, P Boo, faded to eighth.

Diamond Cutter, at odds of 10-1, paid $23.00 for the win. She increased her bankroll to $345,625.


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Theoryintopractice Tops Defending Champion In the Navy in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic

Louisiana Cup Turf Classic
3YO and upwards, Accredited Louisiana Breds, $50,000
Louisiana Downs, 8-3-19, 8.5 furlongs (turf)


Richard Eramia aboard Theoryintopractice keeps a head in front of In The Navy to win the 34th running of the Louisiana Cup Turf Classic at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

Into Mischief–Cayman Colada
Breeder: Cypress Bend Farm
Owner: Courtney Barousse
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Richard E. Eramia

In the Navy
Midshipman–Southern Princess
Breeder: Ken Standlee
Owner: Kendel D. Standlee
Trainer: Scott Gelner
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Dynamite Dan
Point of Entry–Omi Princess
Breeder: Ada White
Owner: Arthur K. Starr
Trainer: John Henry Prather, Jr.
Jockey: Joel Dominguez


The $50,000 Louisiana Turf Cup Classic attracted nine runners going a mile and one-sixteenth over the Franks Turf Course.  It was the second time on the card that a defending champion was denied as Theoryintopractice, who ran third to In the Navy in the $75,000 Louisiana Legends Turf at Evangeline Downs, ran down his rival in the final strides.

 Owned by Courtney Barousse and trained by Steve Asmussen, the son of Into Mischief ran fourth in the 2018 edition of this race.

With a confident ride from Richard Eramia, the bay son of Into Mischief tracked  In The Navy and early pacesetter In a Cowboy Too through early fractions of 22.00; 46.68 and 1:10.27. He made his move at the top of the stretch, drawing even with In the Navy and winning by a neck. The final time, over a firm turf course, was 1:40.87.

“I want to thank Steve, his assistant Ashley (Trosclair) and Richard,” said Barousse. “As an owner, I just pay the bills; they do all the work to get these wins.”

In the Navy, owned by Kendel D. Standlee, finished second for trainer Scott Gelner. The 5-year-old son of Midshipman was ridden by Diego Saenz.

Dynamite Dan closed for third under Joel Dominguez with Curlins on Fire completing the superfecta.

Theoryintopractice, who ran fourth in the 2018 edition of this race, has now won 12 of his 35 career efforts, compiling a bankroll of $273,415.

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