HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS ANNOUNCES PURSE INCREASE OF $1,500 PER RACE BEGINNING AUGUST 8

The Annual Louisiana Cup Day Will Take Place on Saturday, September19 with the Support of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA)

 

Bossier City, LA – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce that overnight purses will be increased by $1,500 for the remainder of the 2020 Thoroughbred meet. The adjustment will go into effect on Saturday, August 8 and will continue through the conclusion of the racing season on Wednesday, September 23.

“We thank our local horsemen for their support since the live racing season began on June 6,” said David Heitzmann, Director of Racing at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. “This has been a very challenging year due to COVID-19, so we are pleased to reward these hard working men and women with a purse increase of $1,500 across the board.”

Further good news is that Louisiana Cup Day will be held at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on Saturday, September 19.  The annual day of racing, which traditionally takes place in August, showcases accredited Louisiana-bred Thoroughbreds. Due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the event was put on hold, but Roger Heitzmann, Executive Director of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA); Ed Fenasci, Executive Director of the HBPA and David Heitzmann, director of Racing at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, have worked diligently to put the annual stakes day back on the calendar.  On June 16, the LTBA Board of Directors voted to earmark $100,000 for Louisiana Cup Day.

“We are grateful to LTBA for allocating the funds so we can run Louisiana Cup Day once again this year,” added Heitzmann. “This is a very important day for our breeders, horsemen, and of course, the fans at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.”

Louisiana Cup Day Featured Stakes                                   

$40,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile                    2 YO LA-Bred                        Six furlongs

$40,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies          2 YO Fillies LA-Bred             Six furlongs

$40,000 Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint  3 YO & Up F&M, LA-Bred  Six furlongs

$40,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint                        3 YO & Up LA-Bred              Six furlongs

$40,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic              3 YO & Up LA-Bred              1 1/16 miles (T)

$40,000 Louisiana Distaff                              3 YO & Up F & M LA-Bred  1 1/16 miles (T)

 

Post Times and Racing Dates

The 2020 Thoroughbred racing season at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs got underway on Saturday, June 6. The 64-day meet will run Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through September 23. Post time is 3:05 pm (Central).

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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LTBA Earmarks $100,000 Contribution to Enable Running of Louisiana Cup Day at Louisiana Downs

The Board of Directors of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, voted at their June 16th meeting to earmark $100,000 dollars to be used for Louisiana Cup Day at Louisiana Downs in hopes that a card will be put together.

Louisiana Cup Day is a day of racing designed to showcase accredited Louisiana bred thoroughbreds at Louisiana Downs.  The event  includes multiple Louisiana bred stakes races.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, and its effects on racing, Louisiana Downs cut the stakes program from its condition book this year in order to keep overnight purses at a solid level. Consequentially, Louisiana Cup Day was suspended for 2020.

Not satisfied with this turn of events, Roger Heitzmann, Executive Director of the LTBA; Ed Fenasci, Executive Director of the HBPA and David Heitzmann, director of Racing at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, put their heads together to work on a plan to revive the Louisiana bred stakes day.  “We have been working on possible ways to bring back Louisiana Cup Day,” said Roger Heitzmann. “I believe we can get there, but a lot depends on handle. We can’t count on the funds we normally receive from slots and video poker. Hopefully field size remains at a good number. Larger fields will help entice the patrons to wager on Louisiana Downs.”

“Roger presented us with a plan which we believe will work,” said Warren Harang III, President of the LTBA. “We will be creative and work outside the box to accomplish this. We will be utilizing funds that we don’t normally use for purse supplements. Helping the horsemen of Louisiana is always our mission. Adding back six black-type races helps the the breeders, the horsemen participating in the races, as well as the track itself.”

Each  of Louisiana’s four racetracks has a day designated for Louisiana bred thoroughbred stakes. In addition to Louisiana Cup Day at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, there is Louisiana Premier Night at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana Legends Night at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, as well as Louisiana Champions Day at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

Louisiana Downs has opened the meet with good number so far. If Louisiana Cup Day is added back to the schedule, it will likely be run near the end of the meet in late September.

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CARLOS LOZADA, JOEY FOSTER AND END ZONE ATHLETICS, INC TOP THE STANDINGS FOR THE 2019 THOROUGHBRED MEET AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Bossier City, LA – The 2019 Thoroughbred racing season at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, which got underway on May 4, concluded on Wednesday, September 25. The meet leaders, Carlos Lozada, Joey Foster and End Zone Athletics, Inc., were honored for their accomplishments on the final afternoon of the 84-day meet.

Both major racing events, Louisiana Cup Day on August 3 and Super Derby Day, which took place September 7, featured excellent fields. For the second year in a row, Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen won the richest race of the season, the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby with Rotation. The son of Tapit, bred and owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC, rallied strongly for his first graded stakes score under jockey Richard Eramia.

One of the most memorable events of the season was the creation of the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Racing Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place on Saturday, July 13 with  John Franks; Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr.;  Frank L. Brothers; C.W. Walker; Ronald Ardoin, Larry Snyder; Sunday Silence andFree Spirits Joy inducted into the inaugural class.

Voting for one additional Hall of Fame member in several categories was offered to the fans and they elected trainer Bobby Barnett, jockey Calvin Borel; former general manager Tom Sweeney as well as the incomparable Alysheba as additional inductees.

Officials also introduced a new wager, Super Tuesday Pick 4, on Tuesday, June 25.  The wager teamed two Caesar’s Entertainment racetracks: Harrah’s Louisiana Downs and Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, which both offer Tuesday matinee racing programs. Two races each Tuesday from both racetracks were selected and offered to fans at a reduced takeout of 15%.

“We were thrilled to induct honor such outstanding horses and trailblazers into our Racing Hall of Fame,”said Eric Halstrom, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs vice president of operations.  “The fan vote was very well-received and we will certainly offer that again in 2020. It was also a great beginning for the Super Tuesday Pick 4, which gave us an opportunity to attract new fans as we teamed with the talented and innovative team at Indiana Grand.”

 

Carlos Lozada Wins His First Leading Rider Title

Carlos Lozada was dominant throughout the meet, topping a very competitive jockey colony to claim his first ever leading rider title. The 34-year-old native of Puerto Rico finished the meet with a record of 428 starts, 95 wins, 70 seconds and 52 thirds and purses of $1,076,410.

He began riding in the United States in 2007 after attending Puerto Rico’s Escuela Vocational Hipica, the famed jockey school with a noted list of riders, including Irad Ortiz, Jr, Jose Ortiz as well as 2018 Harrah’s Louisiana Downs top-ranked rider, Emanuel Nieves.

The soft-spoken rider was the 17th-ranked rider in 2018 at Louisiana Downs, but united with former jockey and highly successful agent, Ronald Ardoin, this year.

“There is no doubt that Ronald made a big difference for me,” said Lozada. “He works hard in the mornings and got me a lot of mounts. He won so many races in his career and was very helpful when I asked for advice.”

One of the biggest wins of the meet came on Super Derby Day when Lozada guided Sugarland Thoroughbreds LLC’s homebred Eskenformore to victory in the $60,000 River Cities at odds  of 30-1.  He had ridden the 6-year-old mare, trained by James Hodges, and explained his change of tactics in winning the turf feature.

“I rode her like I knew her,” stated Lozada. “I felt she needed to be closer to the lead and knew she had plenty left for the finish.”

Winning leading rider honors at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs meant a great deal to the devoted family man, supported by his wife, Eileen Quinones and their three sons: Anthony, Jean Carlos and Jandriel.

“I was a little nervous toward the end,” he acknowledged. “Providing for my family is most important to me, but I want to thank every owner and trainer who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to win my first title!”

Lozada will head to Delta Downs for their upcoming Thoroughbred meet, which gets underway on Tuesday, October 8.

It was also a very successful season for Joel Dominguez, who finished second with 91 trips to the winner’s circle, edging Lozada in purses, with mounts earning $1,091,671. Dominguez, who was third in the standings last year, is represented by retired rider Don Simington. Jockey Aubrie Green finished third with 54 victories; a solid step up from her seventh-place finish here in 2018.  Richard Eramia and Hector Del-Cid tied for fourth with 47 trips to the winner’s circle.

 

 

Joey Foster Wins His Third Louisiana Downs Leading Trainer

Benton, Louisiana horseman Joey Foster picked up his third leading trainer title at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, winning 54 races from 218 starters to top his fellow conditioners this meet.

The very popular trainer won his first title here in 2016, repeating the feat in 2017 and finishing second to Karl Broberg last year. He saddled a mix of claiming and allowance horses throughout the meet, with standouts including Mizztic Tale, who won three of his four starts this meet for owners Brett Day and Kevin Spretz. Also, Play on Becky picked up her third victory of the season on Wednesday, September 25 for her breeder and owner Jim Horton.

“I want to thank each of my owners for their support,” said Foster. “They are the ones that put the show on; training horses is the easy part, but keeping great owners is key.”

Foster also acknowledged his wife, Cheryl, who he refers to as “the backbone” of the barn, and the hard work of assistant trainer, Amaniel Ortiz, affectionately known as “Shorty”.

The Foster trainees will head to Delta Downs as well as Fair Grounds. Foster cited Our Lost Love, a 2-year-old filly Louisiana-bred daughter of Half Ours, as one of his runners to watch. Bred and owned by Tri-Star Racing LLC, she broke her maiden impressively here on September 14.

“She ran a great race and earned an 83 Beyer (speed figure),” said Foster. “We will run her on Louisiana Champions Day (December 14) at Fair Grounds.”

Last year’s leading conditioner, Karl Broberg, finished second with 45 wins. Beverly Burress, who saddled 18 winners last year, finished the meet with 28 victories, including a stakes score with Run Rocket in the $60,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin on the Super Derby card. Steve Asmussen and Jorge Lara tied for fourth with 20 winners each.

 

Leading Owner Title Goes to End Zone Athletics, Inc.

End Zone Athletics, Inc. repeated as owner of the meet, and unlike last year, when the title went down to the final day, the national leader held a comfortable lead throughout the meet.  The highly successful partnership of Karl Broberg and Matt Johanson won 25 races this meet to earn leading owner honors.

“I want to thank Darwin Quevado, my assistant at Louisiana Downs for all he has done,” said Broberg.  “We used quite a few riders, but I was pleasantly surprised by Aubrie Green.”

Broberg confirmed that he will send a string to Delta Downs for their upcoming Thoroughbred meet and will also have a barn at Fair Grounds when their season gets underway.

Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. was second in the standings with 14 wins and horses owned by Ronnie P. Ward made 11 trips to the winner’s circle. Indian Creek Thoroughbred Farms, LLC and Penny Scarberry tied for fourth with ten wins in the 2019 Thoroughbred meet.

 

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs to Offer Training and Stall Space to Horsemen

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to offer horsemen an opportunity to train and stable their Thoroughbreds during the months of October, November and December.

When the Evangeline Training Center closed in 2018, officials acknowledged that many Louisiana Thoroughbred trainers were in need of a facility to stable and train their racehorses.  The Bossier City-Shreveport metroplex offers convenient proximity for shipping to Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana; Fair Grounds in New Orleans; Remington Park in Oklahoma as well as upcoming live meets at Sam Houston Race Park and Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Space and availability for Thoroughbreds is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Horsemen are encouraged to contact David Heitzmann, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Director of Racing at (318) 741-2511 or (318) 741-2512 for rates and information.

 

Quarter Horse Racing Returns to Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on January 4

The 2020 Quarter Horse dates for Harrah’s Louisiana Downs have been approved. The 46-day meet will commence on  Saturday, January 4 and continue through Wednesday, March 18.

 

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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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.

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

2nd
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

3rd
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)

 

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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.

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

2nd
In the Navy
Midshipman–Southern Princess
Breeder: Ken Standlee
Owner: Kendel D. Standlee
Trainer: Scott Gelner
Jockey: Diego Saenz

3rd
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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First U Make Aroux Draws Off in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies

Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies
Louisiana Downs, 8-3-19, 6 furlongs
2YO Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies, $50,000

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First U Make Aroux with jockey Edgar Prado aboard wins the 9th running of the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

FIRST U MAKE AROUX
Due Date–Chef Bertie
Breeder: Lora Pitre
Owner: Cheryl Dendy and Dennis Dendy
Trainer: Justin Jeansonne
Jockey: Edgar S. Prado

2nd
Sarah’s Passion
Songandaprayer–My Holy Belle
Breeder: Perform Stables, Inc.
Owner: Perform Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

3rd
Joe G’s Payback
Flashpoint–Scarlet Tribute
Breeder: Spanish Cross Stable, LLC
Owner: P. Dale Ladner and Scott Creel
Trainer: Brett A. Brinkman
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

 

A very competitive field of 12 accredited 2-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies put on a good show in the six-furlong $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies. 

First U Make Aroux ($8.60) was a debut winner for conditioner Justin Jeansonne. Owned by Cheryl and Dennis Dendy, the filly by Due Date scored on July 17 at Evangeline Downs. She made her stakes foray under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, who flew in this morning from Florida.

“I watched her race and talked to the trainer earlier today,” said Prado. “It looked like she was a nice filly, so I just tried to keep her clear.”

She responded well, taking the lead at the quarter-pole and drawing off to a 2 ¼ length lead in 1:12.40.

Sarah’s Passion, winner of the filly’s division of the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity on July 5 at Evangeline Downs, ran second for trainer Ricky Courville.  Joe G’s was next and Schiff’s Corner completed the superfecta.

Sent off as the second choice in the wagering, First U Make Aroux paid $8.80. The undefeated filly will likely make her next start at Delta Downs, according to Jeansomme.

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Is Too Turned the Tables on Defending Champion Bermuda Star in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff

Louisiana Cup Distaff
Louisiana Downs, 8-3-19, 8.5 furlongs (turf)
3YO and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred, Fillies and Mares, $50,000

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Is Too with Colby Hernandez aboard outduels Bermuda Star to win the Louisiana Cup Distaff at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

IS TOO
Midshipman–Tensas Salt
Breeder: J. Adcock & Montgomery Equine Center
Owner: Baronne Farms, LLC
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

2nd
Bermuda Star
Star Guitar–Bermuda Bride
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Diego Saenz

3rd
Bella Cajun
Bellamy Road–Cajun Candy
Breeder: Cypress Bend Farm
Owner: Ralph Dore and Keith Gautreau
Trainer: Ralph J. Dore
Jockey: Aubrie Green

 

Seven accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares took to the Franks Turf Course for the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff.  It shaped up to be another test between defending champion Bermuda Star and Is Too, and the two talented mares did not disappoint.

The victory went to Is Too, a 4-year-old daughter of Midshipman, owned by Barrone Farms LLC, and rider Colby Hernandez in a final time of 1:42.21.

Assistant trainer Bobby Felks, saddled for trainer Ed Johnston and had tremendous admiration for the talented mare.

“We campaigned Pacific Pink (earner of over $730,000) and she was so easy,” said Felks. ‘This mare can be kind of mean and had never run here before. She’s better on the turf that main track; ran a very good race today.”

 

Is Too ($3.40) won her sixth race from 15 starts and has now won $187.40. Felks said that she may take a break until Fair Grounds.

Bermuda Star, owned by Brittlyn Stable, Inc. completed the exacta with Diego Saenz aboard, followed by Bella Cajun and Thegrayspider.

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Laughingsaintssong Cruises in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint

Louisiana Cup Sprint
Louisiana Downs, 8-3-19, 6 furlongs
3YO and upwards, Accredited Louisiana breds, $50,000

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Laughingsaintssong with Colby Hernandez aboard wins the Louisiana Cup Sprint at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

Laughingsaintssong
Songandaprayer–Laughing Saint
Breeder: J. E. Jumonville Jr. & Bunny Jumonville
Owner: Rodney J. Verret
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

2nd
State Treasurer
Munnings–Dakota Dazzler
Breeder: Dennis Milligan
Owner: Royalty Thoroughbreds, LLC
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Richard E. Eramia

3rd
Double Barrel Man
Musket Man–Double Points Day
Breeder: Michele Rodriguez
Owner: Allen Cassedy
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: Edgar S. Prado

 

Next up on the card was the running of the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint with a field of seven. Defending champion Monte Man was sent off as the heavy favorite, but the victory went to Rodney L. Verret’s Laughingsaintssong.

Monte Man, owned by Ivery Sisters Racing, stumbled out of the gate, but rider Colby Hernandez had clear sailing aboard Laughingsaintssong, who was making his first start at  Louisiana Downs for conditioner Allen Landry. He drew clear from the far outside post, winning the six furlong sprint in 1:10.07, a margin of 5 ½ lengths over State Treasurer.

“He ran a great allowance race at Evangeline last month,” said Landry. “We didn’t want to change a thing and we had been pointing for this for a while.”

Double Barrel Man ran third, and Monte Man, owned by Ivery Sisters Racing and trained by Ron Faucheux, ran fourth. Honored as Louisiana Bred Horse of the Year in 2018, the bay gelding is now just $6,000 shy of the half-million earnings mark.

Laughingsaintssong ($22.60) is bred by Jumonville Farms, one of the top Quarter Horse breeders in Louisiana.  J.E. Jumonville was inducted into the LQHBA Hall of Fame in March.

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Scotty Boy Pulls the Upset in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile

Louisiana Cup Juvenile
Louisiana Downs, 8-3-19, 6 furlongs
2YO Accredited Louisiana Breds, $50,000

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Alexander Castillo aboard Scotty Boy turns for home and goes on to win the 9th running of thed Louisiana Cup Juvenile at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski

SCOTTY BOY
Fast Anna–Golden Dina
Breeder: Time Will Tell LLC
Owner: Ronnie P. Ward
Trainer: Ronnie P. Ward
Jockey: Alexander Castillo

2nd
Pickens
Goldencents–Ebony Run
Breeder: DW2 Equine, LLC
Owner: L. William and Corinne Heiligbrodt
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Richard E. Eramia

3rd
Papa’s Isaac
Custom for Carlos–Band of Time
Breeder: Peter Lawrence Orlando
Owner: M and J Equine Champions, LLC
Trainer: Scott Gelner
Jockey: Edgar S. Prado

 

The first feature of the afternoon was the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile for Louisiana-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings.  A field of eight competed at six furlongs on the main track.

Scotty Boy, owned and trained by Ronnie P. Ward, earned his first stakes win in three starts. The gelded son of Fast Anna broke his maiden in May at Evangeline Downs and followed that with a fourth-place finish in the D. S. Shine on July 6.  Regular rider Alexander Castillo guided him from off the pace, clearing the field in 1.11.46 over a fast main track.

 “We train him here and were looking forward to running him at Louisiana Downs,” said Ward. “I told Alexander not to get caught up in the early speed. It was great to win this with and share it with his breeder, Fred Willis.”

Pickens, a colt by Goldencents, ran second for owners William and Corinne Heiligbrodt was second under Richard Eramia, followed by Papa’s Issac and Luckenbacker.

Sent off at odds of 10-1, Scotty Boy rewarded his supporters with a win payout of $21. With today’s winner’s share of $30,000, his record stands at two wins from three starts and earnings of $51,750.

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Two Scholarships to be Awarded at Louisiana Cup Day

BOSSIER CITY, La. – Louisiana Cup Day will take place on Saturday, August 3, at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award a total of two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.
The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:
  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Fall 2019.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  • Must be present to win at the Winner’s Circle when the announcement is made.
  • Must have college ID and government-issued ID.
For Louisiana Cup Day:
  • Registration: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. at the designated booth
  • Races begin: 3:15 p.m.
  • Drawing Time: The scholarships will be awarded after the fifth race. The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student’s account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.
For more information, please call (504) 947-4676 or visit louisianabred.com.
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