Delta Downs Cancels Racing Under New LED Lighting System

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Delta Downs was forced to cancel the remainder of its Friday night program after a third-race spill and will not conduct its scheduled Saturday night program.

The Vinton, La., racetrack, which opened its 2021-22 meet with two afternoon programs on Oct. 13-14, was racing under its new LED lighting system for the first time on Friday when Its a Deal fell at the top of the stretch in the third race. Jockey Jorge Guzman fell heavily to the track.

According to the Equibase chart, Its a Deal walked off after the incident. Guzman’s condition is not known.

 

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Ballots for LTBA Board of Directors to Mail October 15

Ballots for the 2021 Election of Louisiana Thoroughbred Thoroughbred Breeders Association Board of Directors will be mailing Friday, October 15th.

There are eight (8) nominees vying for five (5) spots on the board.

The affairs of this Association are entrusted to the Board of Directors, which shall have full power to authorize and make contracts, expend funds for the purposes, aims, objectives and operations of this Association.

There are currently thirteen members on the Board. Each board member elected shall serve for three years. The board membership terms are staggered which shall result in approximately 1/3 of the board being subject to election annually.

Ballots are mailing from MK Election Services in New Haven, CT and must be returned via USPS by November 15th. Please make your selections and return as quickly as possible. Ballots received after November 15th will not be counted. Please allow time for mail to reach MK Election Services in New Haven, CT.

ENTRIES TAKEN FOR OPENING DAY AT DELTA DOWNS RACETRACK CASINO & HOTEL

– NEW 84-DAY THOROUGHBRED SEASON KICKS OFF WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13 –

 

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs racing office took entries on Tuesday for the opening day program of its upcoming 2021-22 Thoroughbred season. The 84-day stand will kick off on October 13 and run through March 5. First post time each Wednesday and Thursday will be at 12:55 pm Central Time and the first race every Friday and Saturday night will begin at 5:55 pm.

 

A total of 92 horses, including also eligible horses, were entered in the nine-race program to start the season. Delta Downs allows a maximum of 10 horses to compete in each race, however the track does include up to two ‘also eligible’ horses in each event if there are enough entries to warrant it. The track began using ‘also eligible’ horses a few years ago and it has led to larger average field sizes and more betting opportunities for the wagering public.

 

The first stakes activity of the season will take place on opening weekend with the $100,000 Magnolia Stakes for 3-year-olds and up fillies and mares on Friday night, October 15 and the $100,000 Gold Cup for 3-year-olds and up going as the Saturday night headliner. Both races are restricted to horses bred in Louisiana.

 

Several streaks will be on the line this season in the horsemen ranks at Delta Downs this year. Karl Broberg will attempt to win his 11th consecutive training title while Tim Thornton will try to extend his streak to four straight riding titles. The ownership group of End Zone Athletices, Inc., which includes Broberg and Matt Johanson, will be looking to extend their run of six titles in a row this meet. Overall, they have captured nine of the last 10 owner crowns at the southwest Louisiana oval.

 

For more information about the upcoming season, including the entire stakes schedule, visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about the track through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

 

LTBA Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana 2021 Yearling Sale Results

 

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana held its 2021 Yearling Sale followed by Mixed Session, Saturday, October 2nd at the Equine Sales Facility in Opelousas. With 13 outs and 22 RNAs, a total of 87 head sold for $898,000.  The yearling average was $13,027. The weanling average was $3,117, and the mare average was $2,167.

 

Hip number 7,  a Custom For Carlos colt out of Labadeel, a Forest Wildcat mare, was purchased by Ricky Lagrange for $47,000 to top the sale. The bay colt was consigned by Clear Creek Stud, agent.

 

Hip number 54, also out of the Clear Creek Stud consignment, was purchased by Norman Stables for $45,000, the second highest price of the day.  A half sister to stakes placed Raising the Ante, the bay filly is by Midnight Storm out of the Majestic Warrior mare, Ante Up Annie.

 

Look for complete results Monday.

Brian Hernandez Jr. 12th Jockey To Ride 700 Churchill Downs Winners

Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.

Brian Hernandez Jr. became only the 12th jockey in Churchill Downs history to ride 700 winners at the Louisville, Ky., home of the Kentucky Derby when the 35-year-old won Thursday’s third race aboard Dream On It for trainer Dallas Stewart.

Hernandez Jr., who began riding professionally in 2003, won his first race at Churchill Downs aboard Machine to Tower on May 27, 2004. Overall, the native of Lafayette, La., has won 2,233 races and his mounts have amassed more than $95.7 million from 16,164 starts during an 18-year riding career.

He won the Eclipse Award in 2004 as the nation’s champion apprentice jockey. In 2012, Hernandez Jr. won the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita aboard Fort Larned for his biggest career win.

The top 12 jockeys in races won at Churchill Downs: 1. Pat Day (2,482), 2. Calvin Borel (1,232), 3. Robby Albarado (1,192), 4. Corey Lanerie (1,151), 5. Julien Leparoux (982), 6. Don Brumfield (925), 7. Larry Melancon (914), 8. Jim McKnight (883), 9. Charlie Woods Jr. (757), 10. Shane Sellers (738), 11. Shaun Bridgmohan (728) and 12. Brian Hernandez Jr. (700).

October Calendar of Events from the LTBA

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.Brought to you by Whispering Oaks Farm,  Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and  Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana. Click images to link to more information

Oct 1

  • 2020-21 Membership Dues are now past due. Fees are now $85.

Oct 2

  • Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana Yearling Sale followed by Mixed Session. 11:00 a.m. Equine Sales Facility, Opelousas, LA

Oct.  11

  • Fair Grounds, Deadline for Stall Application

Oct.  12

  • Columbus Day

Oct. 13

  • Delta Downs 2021-22 Thoroughbred Meet opens.

Oct 15

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, Petroleum Club at 111 Heymann Blvd., Lafayette LA. Lunch will be at 1:00pm with the meeting beginning at 1:30pm.
  • Louisiana Horse Stallion Register Stallion Submissions are due
  • Louisiana Horse Stallion Register Farm and Service Directory submissions are due along with payment
  • Magnolia S., Delta Downs

Oct. 16

  • Gold Cup, Delta Downs

Oct. 22

  • Louisiana Jewel S., Delta Downs

Oct. 23

  • Louisiana Legacy S., Delta Downs

Oct 31

  • Halloween

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Expanded “Road To The Derby” Series Highlighted During Fair Grounds’ 80-Day, 2021-22 Sesquicentennial ThoroughbredSeason

2021-22 STAKES SCHEDULE worth $7.795 MILLION
AS TRACK CELEBRATES 150th ANNIVERSARY

NEW ORLEANS (Tuesday, September 28, 2021) – In what will be a historic, 150th anniversary racing season, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced that 59 stakes worth a combined $7.795 million, up more than $600,000 from last season, will be offered during the 80-day, 2021-22 Thoroughbred meet, which is set to begin Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25.

“Fair Grounds Race Track is embedded in the history of New Orleans,” said Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots president Doug Shipley. “We have always been very proud to be part of such a great city and this year marks the 150th anniversary of our inaugural season. We are very excited to continue our growth and support of the Thoroughbred racing industry with our purse allocation and this year’s diverse and dynamic stakes schedule. Having not only the best fans, but also the best horsemen and jockeys from all around the world provides an unforgettable experience of high caliber racing at The Fair Grounds.”

The “Louisiana Derby Day” card on March 26 will feature eight stakes worth a total of $2.525 million, including the 109th running of the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby for 3-year-olds. Run at 1 3/16ths miles for the second time last year, the Louisiana Derby, which is worth 100-40-20-10 points to the top four finishers, is the fourth and final local prep on the Road to the Grade I $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve to be run at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 7. Last year’s race winner Hot Rod Charlie, runner-up Midnight Bourbon, and Mandaloun, who finished sixth as the favorite, have all factored prominently in subsequent stakes events. Mandaloun finished second in the Kentucky Derby and later won the Grade I Haskell (via DQ). Hot Rod Charlie finished third in the Kentucky Derby, second in the Grade I Belmont and he recently won the Grace I Pennsylvania Derby over Midnight Bourbon, who was also the runner-up in the Grade I Preakness and the Grade I Travers.

Run at 1 1/16 miles, the 54th running of the Grade II $400,000 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks for 3-year-old fillies offers 100-40-20-10 en route to the Grade I $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks to be run at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 6. Last year’s winner Travel Column finished fifth in the Kentucky Oaks. Runner-up Clairiere, who recently won the Grade I Cotillion, was fourth in the Kentucky Oaks prior to consecutive placings in the Grade II Mother Goose (3rd), Grade I Coaching Club American Oaks (3rd) and Grade I Alabama (2nd). Third place finisher Souper Sensational has since won the Grade III Victory Ride and finished second in the Grade I Test and the Grade II Prioress. Obligatory followed up her fourth place run in the Fair Grounds Oaks with a win in the Grade II Eight Belles and a second in the Grade I Acorn and sixth place finisher Zaajel would later upset the Grade II Mother Goose.

“Fair Grounds has proven to be one of the premier winter racing destinations,” said Fair Grounds’ racing secretary Scott Jones. “Once again last year, the quality of horses who stabled or came through New Orleans have made a huge impact in premier stakes races all over the country. Adding the Gun Runner and the Untapable to our progressive schedule of 3-year-old races for both the boys and girls gives horsemen even more opportunity to develop their horses and compete for excellent purses.”

A pair of nine furlong, high-impact stakes for older horses are also scheduled on the Louisiana Derby Day program — the Grade II $500,000 New Orleans Classic (purse raised by $100,000) and the Grade II $300,000 Muniz Memorial Stakes, to be run over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course. In addition, four undercard stakes are slated for the lucrative card, including the $100,000 Tom Benson Memorial for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on grass and a trio of Louisiana-bred events – the $75,000 Costa Rising Stakes, a 5½-furlong turf sprint, the $75,000 Crescent City Derby for 3-year-old males at 1 1/16 miles and the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks for females at 1 mile and 70 yards.

A pair of brand new 2-year-old stakes with Kentucky Derby and Oaks point implications (10-4-2-1) have been added to the Fair Grounds stakes schedule for the December 26 “Road to the Derby Kickoff Day” card. The $100,000 Gun Runner will be contested at 1 1/16ths miles and the $100,000 Untapable for fillies will be run over 1 mile 70 yards. Four supporting stakes, all for older horses, will also be offered – the $100,000 Tenacious Stakes ($25,000 purse increase) at 1 1/16ths miles, the $75,000 Buddy Diliberto Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf, the $75,000 Blushing K.D. for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf and the $75,000 Richie Scherer Memorial at 5 ½ furlongs on turf.

On January 22, the “Road to the Derby Day presented by Hotel Monteleone” features a pair of key 3-year-old events — the Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes, which was extended from a mile to 1 1/16 miles last season, and the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes for fillies at 1 mile and 70 yards. The top four finishers in each race receive 10-4-2-1 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks respectively.

Four stakes for older horses will also be presented on the January 22 program, including the $150,000 Louisiana Stakes, which was elevated to Grade III status last year and received another $25,000 purse increase for this year’s renewal, at 1 1/16 miles, the $100,000 Colonel E.R. Bradley Stakes at 1 1/16 miles over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course, the $100,000 Duncan F. Kenner Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf and the $100,000 Marie G. Krantz Memorial Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on grass.

On February 19, “Louisiana Derby Preview Day presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln” features a pair of key 3-year-old stakes — the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln, which was extended from 1 1/16 to 1 1/8 miles two years ago, and the Grade II $300,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes presented by Fasig-Tipton, for fillies to be contested over 1 1/16 miles. The top four finishers receive 50-20-10-5 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks respectively. The Rachel Alexandra has produced the last two of the last four Kentucky Oaks winners in Monomoy Girl and Serengeti Empress and 2014 victress Untapable also took down the Run for the Lilies.

Four stakes for older horses will also be presented on the February 19 program — the Grade III $250,000 Mineshaft Stakes at 1 1/16 miles ($50,000 purse increase), the Grade III $150,000 Fair Grounds Stakes at nine furlongs on turf, the $100,000 Colonel Power Stakes at 5½ furlongs on turf and the $100,000 Albert M. Stall Memorial Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Louisiana Champions Day presented by Acadian Ambulance will be held on December 11. With the races run over various divisions and distances on both dirt and turf, the program features ten stakes restricted to Louisiana-breds. Each Louisiana Champions Day stakes is worth $100,000 with the exception of the Louisiana Champions Day Classic, which carries a $150,000 purse.

In addition to the Gun Runner and the Untapable, Fair Grounds has added four other new stakes to the schedule: the Joseph R. Peluso Memorial Stakes, named for the longtime racing official who passed away in January, for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf on November 25; the Bob Wright Memorial Stakes, named for the longtime chairman of the Louisiana Racing Commission, who passed away in March, for older horses at 1 1/16ths miles on turf on November 27; the Fred P. Aime Memorial Stakes, named for the New Orleans native and longtime jockey agent who passed away in December, for older fillies and mares at 5 ½ furlongs on turf on January 29; and the Page Cortez Stakes, named for the Louisiana senator, for older Louisiana-bred fillies and mares at 5 ½ furlongs on turf.

For the second consecutive year, the purse for the opening day Thanksgiving Classic for older male sprinters has been increased $25,000 to $150,000.

The 80-day, 2021-2022 Fair Grounds racing season runs through Sunday, March 27. Regular post time will be 1:05 p.m. CT, but there will be an earlier noon CT first post on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25), Louisiana Champions Day (Dec. 11), Road to the Derby Kickoff Day (Dec. 26), Road to the Derby Day (Jan. 22) Louisiana Derby Preview Day (Feb. 19) and Louisiana Derby Day (March 26).

Obituary: Richard Ray “Dickie” Barber

Richard Ray “Dickie” Barber

1946 – 2021

 

 

Dickie was born August 4, 1946, in Tylertown, MS, to the late J.C. and Audie Walker Barber, and passed away peacefully at his home in Loranger, LA September 22, 2021, at age 75. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church of Hammond.

Dickie was a thoroughbred farm manager for 40 years having managed Camelot Farm for Dr. Jerry Adkins where he managed the stallion careers of Frazier River and Finest Hour. He also managed Time Bandit and Joe’s Son Joey at  Heritage Stud for Sonny Oechsner.

He later worked as a foreman for the Tangipahoa Parish Government.

Dickie is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dianne Price Barber; children, Renee Barber, and Krystal Barber; grandchildren, Tyler Ray Barber, Ragan Renee Szalajeski, and Lucas James Szalajeski; brothers, J.M. Barber (Melvia), and Dossie Barber (Linda); uncle, Ray Walker (Joyce); and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Special thanks to friends and family for their outpouring of support.

Louisiana Breds Present Opportunity and Value at Sales across North America

Always popular at thoroughbred sales across North America, Louisiana breds have garnered attention at the recent Texas Summer Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale, held August 30th at Lone Star Park and at the current Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

At the Texas sale, Louisiana breds accounted for three of the top ten horses sold, including Hip #77 which sold for $120,000 and Hip #27 which sold for $100,000. A total of 86 Louisiana breds sold through the ring for $1,384,700 for an average of $16,101. With desirable pedigrees, 14 head sold in the $26,000 to $50,000 range, with another 26 going for between $10,000 and $25,000.

At the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, 23 Louisiana breds sold for a total of $1,743,000, for a $75,782  average.

Breeders Sales Company 2021 Yearling Sale, which is coming up Saturday, October 2, is offering a terrific opportunity to purchase Louisiana breds. With the recent action of the Louisiana legislature allowing Historical Racing Games, purses are expected to rise significantly. This is an opportunity to get some terrific young Louisiana breds to be able take advantage of the predicted upswing in purse monies.