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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August Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

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August 1

  • Jockey Club Report of Mares Bred Due

August 3

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting.  Winners Circle Church/Cafeteria, Louisiana Downs,Bossier City, 12:00 noon
  • Louisiana Cup Day.  Louisiana Downs, Bossier City. 1stPost 3:15 p.m.Six stakes races for Accredited Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds worth total purses of $300,000

August 9

  • Stallion Awards to be Mailed

August 12

  • Delta Downs stall applications due for 2019-20 Thoroughbred Meet

August 16

  • Fair Grounds Quarter Horse Meet Opens

August 19

August 26

  • Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale

August 28

  • Equine Sales Open Yearling and Mixed Sale Consignment Deadline

August 30

  • Louisiana Champions Day Forms to be Mailed

August 31

  • Accreditation Applications Due

September 5

Reminder: 2019-20 LTBA Regular Membership Applications and Renewals Due.
$75 before Sept. 30/$85 after Sept 30.

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Please contact Linda 985-386-0360, linda@louisianabred.com or Roger 504-947-4676, roger@louisianabred.com for cost and availability.

Do you have a date pertaining to Louisiana-breds that you would like included in an upcoming calendar? Please contact Linda 985-386-0360, linda@louisianabred.com or Roger 504-947-4676, roger@louisianabred.comfor consideration.

 

Any questions or need more info call

Roger A. Heitzmann III, Secretary/Treasurer

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

504-947-4676

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SEVEN STAKES TO BE CONTESTED ON LOUISIANA CUP DAY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 3

Top Four Finishers in the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude Advance

to the Grade 3,$300,000 Super Derby on Saturday, September 7

 

Bossier City, LA – The fields are set for Louisiana Cup Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on Saturday, August 3.  First post is 3:15 pm (Central) for the all-stakes card which will feature six stakes for accredited Louisiana-breds as well as the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude.

 

The Prelude for 3-year-olds will be contested at the distance of a mile and one-sixteenth on the main track. Leading the seven-horse field for the Prelude is Roy W. Cobb’s homebred Mr Money Bags who began his year with three consecutive wins, including back-to-back stakes scores at Sam Houston Race Park.

 

The son of Silver City out of the Miss Photogenic mare was Triple Crown nominated by his connections, trainer Mike Neatherlin and Cobb, who teamed up with multiple graded stakes colt Kip Deville over a decade ago. The Oklahoma-bred won the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Mile, earning over $3.3 million in his career.

 

Following his front-running scores in the Texas Stallion Stakes and Groovy Stakes at Sam Houston, Neatherlin shipped Mr Money Bags to Prairie Meadows, where he ran sixth in the $250,000 Iowa Derby.

 

“This horse likes to run on the front end and wins most of his races that way,” said Neatherlin. “In the Iowa Derby, he stumbled out of the gate and got into trouble from there.”

 

Mr Money Bags will be ridden by Texas-based jockey Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez on Saturday, breaking from post position three as the 8-5 morning line choice.

 

“Ernesto really fits the horse and our draw is pretty much perfect,” added Neatherlin.

 

Rotation, a colt by Tapit, bred and owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, will make ship in for conditioner Steve Asmussen. Stakes placed at Sunland Park, Rotation broke his maiden on May 4 at Churchill Downs and exits a $75,000 allowance there on June 1. Richard Eramia has the call and will break from the far outside post for the Hall of Fame trainer, who won last year’s Super Derby with Limation.

 

 

Blessed Again, the lone filly in the stakes, is the second-highest earner in the field, with four starts at Oaklawn Park before competing in two stakes for owner Glynn A. Puryear, Jr. Trained by John Henry Prather, Jr., the daughter of Paynter exits an eighth-place finish in the Grade 3 Indiana Oaks last month at Indiana Downs. She will be ridden by Joel Dominguez, who is currently the second leading rider at Louisiana Downs.

 

As reported by Mary Rampellini of the Daily Racing Form, Leader of Men, a half-brother to Hoppertunity, will make his stakes debut in the Prelude. Owned by Walpole Racing LLC, Leader of Men, the gelded son of War Front has won his last three races. Each of the victories have come at Louisiana Downs, beginning with his maiden-breaking score on May 6. Bred in Kentucky, Leader of Men is trained by Jodie Hodges and will be ridden by Hector Del-Cid.

 

“He was a May foal and basically, he’s just a big kid,” said Hodges. “His brain is finally catching up with his body, but has done everything we’ve asked of him. He’s ready!”

 

The Super Derby Prelude, the sixth race of the card, runs at 5:35 pm (CT). The complete field, in post position order, with riders is: Leader of Men,  Hector Del-Cid; Blessed Again, Joel Dominguez; Mr Money Bags, Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez; Trevilion, Diego Saenz; Fredonian, Carlos Lozada; Paynt Battle, Thomas Pompell and Rotation, Richard Eramia.

 

The winner as well as the second, third and fourth-place finishers, will receive a fees-paid berth to the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby on Saturday, September 7, which is the richest race of the 2019 Louisiana Downs racing season.

 

Pickens Leads the Field in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile

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

 

Pickens, a colt by Goldencents, will make his third career start for owners William and Corinne Heiligbrodt. Following a troubled debut at Churchill Downs on June 21, he broke his maiden impressively three weeks later at Evangeline Downs, drawing off by over six lengths. Trained by Asmussen, Richard Eramia will guide the 9-5 choice from post position four.

 

Trainer Beverly Burress will saddle Luckenbacher,  a gelded son of Mr. Besilu who broke his maiden at Evangeline Downs on June 8 before shipping to Lone Star Park for last month’s Texas Stallion Stakes. He closed well for third under jockey Diego Saenz, who has the return call.

 

Defending Champion Monte Man Returns in the $50,000 Louisiana Sprint

Monte Man, the pride and joy of Ivery Sisters Racing, returns to Louisiana Downs on Saturday to defend his title in the $50,000 Louisiana Sprint.

 

Claimed for $25,000, the 6-year-old son of Custom For Carlos is closing in on the half-million mark in earnings for trainer Ron Faucheux. Honored as Louisiana Bred Horse of the Year in 2018, the bay gelding will be seeking his 13thcareer win on Louisiana Cup Day.

 

Regular pilot Gerard Melancon will guide the 4-5 morning line favorite from post position two.

“He’s doing great,” reported Faucheux following his bullet work on July 24. “He’s not the best work horse, but even Gerard was impressed with how he did last week.”

 

Faucheux, who has conditioned respected stakes champion including Sunbean and Gantry, relishes having Monte Man in his barn.

 

“You never know if you will get another horse like him,” he stated. “He loves his job and coming into this race, he’s never been better!”

 

His top competition in the six furlong main track event includes State Treasurer, owned by Royalty Thoroughbreds LLC and Rodney L. Verret’s Laughingsaintssong.  State Treasurer, a 5-year-old son of Munnings has won his last two allowance races here and will be ridden by Eramia for trainer Steve Asmussen. Rider Colby Hernandez has the mount on Laughingsaintssong, who will make his Louisiana Downs debut for conditioner Allen Landry.

 

 

Bermuda Star and Is Too Renew Their Rivalry in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff

Ten accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares will take to the Franks Turf Course for the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff.

 

Bermuda Star, owned by Brittlyn Stable, Inc., won the 2018 edition of the race with a powerful finish up the rail under jockey Diego Saenz.  The 5-year-old mare by Star Guitar was bred by Tom Curtis and Wayne Simpson and is trained by Victor Arceneaux. She has won seven of her 22 career starts and earnings of $291,080.  Her last win came in the Louisiana Legends Turf Distaff on May 25 at Evangeline Downs. She will reunite with Saenz, who will break from the rail post.

 

She will renew her rivalry with Is Too, a 4-year-old daughter of Midshipman, who defeated her in the Opelousas Stakes at Evangeline Downs on July 12. Owned by Barrone Farms LLC, Is Too has been a solid stakes competitor this year for trainer Edward Johnston. She ran fourth to Bermuda Star in the Louisiana Legends, but turned the tables with a gate-to-wire score in their last meeting. Colby Hernandez has the return call aboard the chestnut filly.

 

Eskenformore, trained by James Hodges, has a proven turf record at Louisiana Downs and was last year’s runner-up. Owned and bred by Sugarland Thoroughbreds LLC, the 6-year-old mare will be ridden by current Louisiana Downs leading jockey Carlos Lozada.

 

A Field of Twelve to Compete in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies

A very competitive field of 12 accredited 2-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies will vie in the six-furlong $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies.

 

Tuffology, a daughter of Astrology, owned by Janet Marden, has been installed as the 7-2 morning line favorite. She won at first asking here on July 15, scoring by over three lengths under jockey Joel Dominguez. Trained by Michael Stewart, she will make just her second career start on Saturday afternoon.  First U Make Aroux is also 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 will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado as the second choice of 4-1.

 

Sarah’s Passion, winner of the filly’s division of the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity on July 5 at Evangeline Downs, will make her second start for trainer Ricky Courville.  Bred and owned by Perform Stables Inc., she is sired by Songandaprayer and will reunite with Colby Hernandez at odds of 9-2.

 

“That was a big win for her, and she was a little tired afterwards,” said Courville. “But she’s doing really well; had a nice work Saturday at Copper Crown..”

 

Courville has a barn full of 2-year-old fillies and will also run Leslie Schiff’s Schiffs Corner, another filly by Songandaprayer.

 

“Sarah’s Passion has natural speed,” he added. “My only concern is that she’s never gotten dirt in her face and might not like that. “I’ll just leave the trip up to Colby.”

 

In the Navy to Defend His Title in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic

The $50,000 Louisiana Turf Cup Classic attracted nine runners going a mile and one-sixteenth over the Franks Turf Course.

 

In the Navy, owned by Kendel D. Standlee, returns to defend his title for trainer Scott Gelner. The 5-year-old son of Midshipman will be ridden by Diego Saenz as the 2-1 morning line favorite. He won the Mr Sulu Stakes at Fair Grounds last November and will be in pursuit of his first win of 2019 on Saturday.

 

“He’s just a great turf horse,” said Gelner. “I am proud of the fact that he has won on each of the Louisiana turf courses.

 

Theoryintopractice, who ran third to In the Navy in the $75,000 Louisiana Legends Turf at Evangeline Downs, is the 5-2 second choice for owner Courtney Barousse and trainer Steve Asmussen. The son of Into Mischief has won five of his nine turf races and will be ridden by Richard Eramia.

 

Eden Grey’s Kitten, is the high earner in the field and will make his 40th career start. The son of Kitten’s Joy is now trained by Steve Flint and will break from the rail under Gerard Melancon.

 

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

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

 

Galaxy Thirtysix, winner of the Louisiana Legends Night Distaff Starter at Evangeline Downs is the 7-2 morning line favorite. The  5-year-old Greeley’s Galaxy mare also prevailed in the $60,000 Premier Night Ladies Starter Stakes at Delta Downs on February 9 for owner Arian Haxhillari.   Trainer  Ron Faucheux will give a leg up to Edgar Prado.

 

The field includes stakes winners Yes Gorgeous, owned and trained by Scott Gelner and defending champion P Boo, who has won over $200,000 in her career, but looking for her first win of 2019.

 

Hall of Fame Jockey Edgar Prado To Ride on Cup Day

In addition to the leading riders of the Louisiana Downs meet, there will be some new jockeys making the trip to Bossier City for Saturday’s card. Edgar S. Prado has six mounts on Saturday

 

Born in Peru, Prado, 52, is one of the elite North American jockeys to have surpassed the 7,000 mark in wins. His illustrious list of graded stakes victories is topped by the 2006 Kentucky Derby with Barbaro. Prado was inducted into the National Museum Racing Hall of Fame in 2008.

 

Gerard Melancon, Ashley Broussard, Colby Hernandez and Diego Saenz also have mounts on Louisiana Cup Day.

 

Shantel Lanerie Breast Cancer Fundraiser To Take Place on Louisiana Cup Day

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will conduct a fundraiser on Saturday, August 3 in support of the Shantel Lanerie Cancer Breast Foundation.  The beloved Louisiana native and wife of jockey Corey Lanerie was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in January, 2018 and passed away just six months later.  She is survived by her parents, husband and daughter, Brittlyn.

 

Rick Mocklin, who was Lanerie’s agent for ten years and his wife, Jeanette, were close friends of Shantel.  Mocklin serves as founder and president of the Shantel Lanerie Breast Cancer Foundation. It was founded with a mission of educating, empowering and encouraging women to become pro-active in early detection, and if diagnosed, surviving breast cancer.  Acknowledging that breast cancer impacts the entire family, the Foundation designates funds raised through donations and fundraisers to assist with basic needs of breast cancer patients through every stage of diagnosis and treatment.

 

Mocklin is grateful to Louisiana Downs for their interest in assisting with fundraising efforts on Louisiana Cup Day.  A table will be set up in the grandstand with monogrammed apparel from the foundation, including t-shirts,  caps, bumper stickers and pink handkerchiefs.  Jockeys will be on hand to autograph the items, with all proceeds to benefit the foundation.

 

“Breast cancer can be devastating for so many people,” explained Mocklin. “To lose Shantel when she was just 42 years-old was heartbreaking for her family and many friends. The foundation has already helped 30 women diagnosed with breast cancer and we want to keep raising funds to support those in need.”

 

Handicapping Preview Show Set for Saturday, August 3

Louisiana Downs track announcer John McGary and regional racing publicist Martha Claussen will team up for a pre-race handicapping preview at 2:00 pm in the Inside Rail, located on the first floor of the grandstand. They will offer analysis and their selections for each of the races on the Louisiana Cup Day card. The seminar is free and open to all racing fans.

 

LTBA Scholarship Drawings Set for Louisiana Cup Day

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, on Saturday, August 3.

 

The drawings will be between the fifth and sixth races. The races begin at 3:15 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.at the designated registration booth.

The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:

 

Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Fall 2018.

Must be in good standing with the college or university.

Must be present at the drawing location to win.

Must have university ID number or Social Security number.

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, visit louisianabred.com or call (504) 947-4676.

Super Derby Festival 40 Charity Golf Tournament Set for August 29

The Super Derby Festival 40 will be held on Thursday, August 29, at Northwood Hills Golf Club in Shreveport, Louisiana.

 

The event will benefit Chaplain Jimmy Sistrunk and The Backside Benevolence Fund, which provides assistance to the Louisiana racing community and backstretch workers. It serves as one of the special events saluting the annual Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby, the marquee race of the Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred season, which takes place on Saturday, September 7.

 

Sign in for the event’s Four Person Scramble kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with tee off at 10:30 a.m.  The fee is $80 per personor $320 for a four-person team.  The fee includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, and Super Derby t-shirt/cap.

 

Attendees can register in person in the Louisiana Downs Racing office, or by mail. Checks should be payable to The Backside Benevolence Fund and mailed to: Jennifer Sokol, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, 8000 East Texas Street, Bossier City, Louisiana, 71111.

 

The deadline for registration is August 22. Hole sponsorships for $100, including a sign, are available, but must be purchased by August 16. For further information, please contact Sokol at (318) 741-2512.

 

Post Times and Stakes Schedule

Live racing will be conducted Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Saturday with a 3:15 p.m. (Central) post time through September 25. The 84-day meet features 14 stakes highlighted by two major events, Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 3 and Super Derby Day on Saturday, September 7.

 

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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