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

Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC Homebred Recovers From Stumble in the Prelude

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Deviant Dominates in the $60,000 Sunday Silence

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Landry felt that the addition of blinkers helped his filly.

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

About Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and was purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December, 2002. With annual Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons, the track is committed to presenting the highest quality racing programs paired with its 150,000 square foot entertainment complex offering casino gambling, dining and plasma screen televisions for sports and simulcast racing.

 

 

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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

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

2nd
Scootin Bayou
Guilt Trip–Zamiracle
Breeder: Beryl B. Lopez
Owner: Randall Hargrave
Trainer: Kenneth L. Hargrave
Jockey: Jose Andres Guerrero

3rd
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

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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

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

2nd
Dagny
Scrimshaw–Shezamarkedword
Breeder: Mr. & Mrs. Michael C. Danapas (TX)
Owner: Beyond Words Racing Stable (Michael Danapas)
Trainer: Joseph P. Smith
Jockey: Eguard Andres Tejera

3rd
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

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

2nd
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

3rd
Theoryintopractice
Into Mischief–Cayman Colada
Breeder: Cypress Bend Farm (LA)
Owner: Courtney Barousse
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Richard E. Eramia

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SIX COMPETITIVE UNDERCARD STAKES TO BE CONTESTED ON SUPER DERBY DAY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

The Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby Headlines the Saturday, September 7th Card

 

Bossier City, LA – While the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby is the richest race of the Saturday, September 7 card at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, six excellent undercard features will also be contested on the 13-race program. The marquee day of the 2019 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet will get underway at a special post time of 12:00 pm(Central).

 

As announced in Monday’s press release, Knicks Go owned by KRA Stud Farms, has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite in the Super Derby.  The colt by Paynter out of the Outflanker mare Kosmo’s Buddy broke his maiden last July at Ellis Park and went on to a highly successful 2-year-old season for trainer Ben Colebrook. He attracted considerable attention last October when he pulled a huge upset in 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. He followed that with a game runner-up finish in the Grade 1, Sentient Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs. The gray colt enters the Super Derby field with a career bankroll of $710,925 banked in 11 lifetime starts.  He will face nine rivals, including Super Derby Prelude winner Walpole Racing LLC’s Leader of Men in the 40th running of the Super Derby, which will run as the eleventh race, with an approximate post time of 5:07 pm (Central).

 

Six additional stakes have drawn full and competitive fields on Saturday’s card.

 

Brad Cox Trainees Top Excellent Field 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 including Big Changes, who won the 2018 edition of the $60,000 Unbridled.  The Florida-bred son of Shipman owned by Steve Landers Racing, LLC, is the highest earner with $568,854 banked in 28 starts. Trained by Brad Cox, Big Changes has won five stakes with his last victory coming last January at Gulfstream Park in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes. Jockey Colby Hernandez, who recently won the riding title at Evangeline Downs, has the call and will break from the far outside post.

 

Cox is also shipping in Kurilov (CHI), a 6-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky, who will make his return off a one-year layoff. He ran in the 2018 Woodward, a Grade 1 stakes at Saratoga and will break from the rail under jockey Diego Saenz.

 

The top two finishers in last month’s $50,000 Louisiana Turf Cup Classic will return to action. Theoryintopractice, owned by Courtney Barousse and trained by Steve Asmussen, came off the pace to edge In the Navy by a neck. Richard Eramia has the return call aboard the son of Into Mischief.  Kendel D. Standlee’s In the Navy, trained by Scott Gelner, is a 5-year-old sired by Midshipman who has hit the board in 10 of his 14 turf starts. Floyd Wethey, Jr. will ride.

 

The Frank L. Brothers will run as the tenth race on Saturday’s program.

 

Eleven Talented  Two-Year Fillies Assembled in the $60,000 Happy Ticket 

The 33rd running of the $60,000 Happy Ticket, drew a field of 11 fillies at the distance of seven and one-half furlongs on the Franks Turf Course. Just seven ran in last year’s edition of the race, but a very nice group of 11 fillies will compete in Saturday’s sixth race.

 

Steve Landers Racing LLC’s Taylor’s Josie exits three starts in Kentucky and will make her turf debut for trainer Brad Cox. Sired by Race Day, she broke her maiden at Churchill Downs on June 27 and will be ridden by Diego Saenz at odds of 3-1.

 

Breaking from the far outside post will be Tizsfrandella who is undefeated in two starts for owner/ trainer Justin Jeansonne. The daughter of Tizway has made two starts on the turf, breaking her maiden at Evangeline Downs on June 13 and capturing the $75,000 La Senorita at Retama Park on August 14. Jockey Thomas Pompell rode the bay filly in both events and has the return call.

 

“There looks to be quite a bit of speed in the race,” said Jeansonne, who welcomed the birth of his daughter on August 16. “Tommy has done a great job of getting this filly to relax, so hopefully he can take back and make a late run. She’s bred to go two turns; it’s been a great run so far.”

 

Trainer Ben Colebrook will also ship in Envied, a filly by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who broke her maiden at Ellis Park on July 5. Colby Hernandez will guide her in her second start and stakes debut.  Cedar Hall, who ran second in the La Senorita, makes her first start at Louisiana Downs for trainer Danny Pish. This will be the third stakes appearance by the daughter of Bayern, who will be ridden by Lane Luzzi.

 

Deviant Seeks His Second Turf Stakes Win in the $60,000 Sunday Silence

The eighth race of the afternoon  is the $60,000 Sunday Silence with ten juveniles competing seven and one-half furlongs on the Franks Turf Course. This is the 15th edition of the race named in honor of 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, will be aiming for his second consecutive turf stakes victory. The colt by Daredevil made three main track starts in Kentucky before making his turf debut 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, will ride the 5-2 morning line favorite.

 

Deviant will face several 2-year-olds who recently broke their maiden, including Violator from the barn of Steve Asmussen.  The Ontario-bred son of Violence won his second career start at Ellis Park for Winchell Thoroughbredsand Willis Horton Racing and will be ridden by Richard Eramia. Louisiana-bred Outofmybind broke his maiden here on July 30 for owner Richard Ringo. Jockey Joel Dominguez rode the son of Bind to a seven-length win and will remain in the irons for trainer James Hodges.

 

Asmussen also sends in Valiant Defender, who ran second to Deviant in the El Joven. The Kentucky-bred son of Stay Thirsty will make his third career start for H.V.Farms, Ltd with rider C. J. McMahon in the saddle.

 

Is Too Goes for Her Third Stakes in a Row in the $60,000 River Cities

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

 

Is Too, a 4-year-old daughter of Midshipman, owned by Barrone Farms LLC, returns to the Franks Turf Course in pursuit of her third consecutive stakes. She was an impressive winner here last month in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff.  Trained by for trainer Edward Johnston, Is Too has won six of her 15 career starts and is especially suited to the turf with three victories in four starts. She will reunite with regular pilot Colby Hernandez.

 

Also certain to attract plenty of attention is 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. She ran sixth in the Grade 1, Beverly D for owner Al and Bill Ulwelling. Trainer Gary Scherer has given the call to jockey Tim Thornton.  Also shipping in from Arlington Park is Ruffina, a 4-year-old daughter of Street Cry who is trained by Brad Cox. Diego Saenz will ride the bay filly, who has won three of her six turf starts. She will make her Louisiana Downs debut in the River Cities.

 

The River Cities is carded as the ninth race of the Super Derby program.

 

Nine Louisiana-Bred Fillies Take to the Turf in the $60,000 Elge Rasberry

The 24th running of the $60,000 Elge Rasberry drew a field of nine Louisiana-bred 3-year-old fillies.  Snowball,owned by Tin Roof Farms LLC has been installed as the 5-2 choice in the one-mile turf feature.

 

The daughter of Apriority won the $75,000 Soiree on Louisiana Legends Night at Evangeline Downs on May 25. Trained by Sam Breaux,  the gray filly will be ridden by Diego Saenz and will break from post position seven. She has hit the board in seven of her 12 starts with earnings of $114,820 to date.

 

Randall Hargrave’s Scootin Bayou has faired well this season at Louisiana Downs, winning two turf races in front-running fashion under jockey Jose Guerrero. The filly by Guilt Trip will make her stakes debut for trainer Kenneth L. Hargrave. Other notable entrants include Net a Bear, runner-up in the Louisiana Legends Soiree for trainer Allen Landry and Irish Hustle, who exits a six-length main track allowance score on August 10 at Evangeline Downs. She is trained by Bret Calhoun, who has named Robby Albarardo to ride the daughter of Data Link.

 

Luck of the Draw Leads the Field in the $60,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin

An overflow field of Louisiana-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings will take to the Franks Turf

Course in the $60,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin.  Luck of the Draw will make his Louisiana Downs

debut for owner Ten Strike Racing and trainer Matt Shirer.  The gelded son of Lookin at Lucky

broke his maiden last December at Fair Grounds and competed in two turf races at Arlington Park

most recently.  Jockey Colby Hernandez will pilot the 7-2 morning line choice.

 

Another promising 3-year-old is Star Fitzstall, a son of Star Guitar, bred and owned by Brittlyn Stable, Inc. He has won two of his five starts, including back-to-back main track events at Delaware Park for conditioner Jose Camejo. Rider Marcelino Pedroza has the call on Star Fitzstall, who makes his turf debut on Saturday.

 

Another son of Star Guitar, Make Me Smile, broke his maiden on the turf on July 18 at Evangeline Downs and followed that up with an allowance win one month later. Trainer Keith Bourgeois has given the call to Tim Thornton. Tigertail Ranch’s homebred Hampton Roads will aim for his third career win under jockey Diego Saenz. The son of Lone Star Special is conditioned by Victor Arceneaux and ran fourth in a turf allowance here on July 6.

 

 

Super Derby Festivities Set for Saturday, September 7

Several promotions and special events are planned for Super Derby 40 so that both racing fans and families will have an enjoyable afternoon at the racetrack.

 

Watch and wager on the Super Derby Card in the air-conditioned comfort of the Harrah’s Club. An All You Can Eat Buffet offering for $39.99 per person will be available, beginning at 11:00 am. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 318-752-6367. An upscale buffet, thee  Super Derby 40 in the Sky, will also be available for $49.99 per person. Contact Jennifer Sokol at (318) 741-2512 as reservations are required.

 

At 10:30 am, a Jockey Meet and Greet and Autograph Signing will take place in the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs main entrance area. A photo of the riders will be available for $5.00 with the proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

 

Louisiana Downs track announcer John McGary and regional racing publicist Martha Claussen will team up for a pre-race handicapping preview at 11:00 am in the Inside Rail, located on the first floor of the grandstand. They will offer detailed analysis of the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby as well as their selections for each of the races on the Super Derby card.

 

Rachel McLaughlin, racing production manager and on-air talent at Indiana Grand, also one of the Caesars Entertainment horse racing properties, will make an appearance at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on Saturday, September 7 for Super Derby 40.  She will conduct select paddock previews and post-race stakes interviews and offer selections for the entire card.

 

Family activities will get underway at 11:00 am, a Children’s Area will open on the Racing Apron.  Face Painting is available for an additional charge. Children can join in the fun with the Super Derby Stilt Walkers and Hula Hoop Stars! Food Trucks from across the region will be serving up great local bites for purchase.

 

Also at 12:00 pm, registration begins for the Super Derby Ladies Hat Contest. Hats will be judged in three categories: Spirit of Louisiana, Classic and Most Original. The winners will receive $100 cash.

 

The Food Truck Face-Off  will take place after the 3rd race. Competitors will have five minutes to scarf down some of the yummiest foods available for purchase on the Racing Apron. Seven popular local celebrities and three participants from the crowd will compete to win, not only bragging rights, but $250 in cash.

 

Super Derby 40 $5 Free Bet

Racing fans can swipe their Caesars Rewards card at the racing kiosks for a $5.00 Free Bet that can be redeemed on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

 

After the 6th Race Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Super Derby 40 Opening Ceremony will include a Proclamation by Bossier City Mayor Lorenz Walker, posting of the colors by the Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines and The National Anthem performed by Billie Joe, Real Country Reality Singing Competition artist.

 

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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X CLOWN RALLIES FROM LAST TO WIN THE $50,000 EVANGELINE DOWNS PRINCE

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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

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

2nd
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

3rd
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 www.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.

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DELTA DOWNS RELEASES STAKES SCHEDULE FOR 2019-20 THOROUGHBRED SEASON

84-DAY MEETING GETS UNDERWAY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel today announced its 2019-20 Thoroughbred stakes schedule. The track will offer 26 stakes races during an 84-day season that runs from October 8, 2019 through February 29, 2020. The stakes schedule includes $2.245 million in total purse money.

This year’s stakes activity will kick off on opening weekend with a pair of added-money events. On Friday, October 11 the track will host the $100,000 Magnolia for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares and on Saturday, October 12 the $100,000 Gold Cup for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds and upward will take center stage to close out the first week of racing.

The richest race day of the season will happen on Saturday, February 8 when Delta Downs hosts another edition of Louisiana Premier Night, which will offer a total of $895,000 in purse money for Louisiana-bred horses. The highlight of the evening will come in the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship for older horses. The most famous winner of the Championship was Star Guitar, who scored four consecutive victories in the race between 2009 and 2012 and later finished his career as the highest earning Louisiana-bred in history with over $1.7 million in purses won.

There will also be a couple of important simulcast dates to take note of during the upcoming season. This year’s set of 14 Breeders’ Cup races will take place on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2. All the action from Santa Anita Park can be watched and wagered on inside Delta Downs’ spacious OTB.

After Delta Downs’ opening weekend, which includes a special Tuesday card to start the meet on October 8, Delta Downs will race each Wednesday through Saturday night during the meeting. Regular post times are scheduled for 4:55 pm Central Time.

To view the entire stakes schedule and to get more information about the upcoming season at Delta Downs,  visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information on Facebook with the track’s page ‘Delta Downs Racing’ and on Twitter with the handle @deltaracing.

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NOMINATIONS CLOSED FOR LOUISIANA CUP DAY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 3

 

Bossier City, LA – Nominations for the annual Louisiana Cup Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on Saturday, August 3 have closed with considerable interest from local and nationally prominent horsemen.  The Louisiana Cup Day program will feature six divisional stakes for accredited Louisiana-breds and the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude for 3-year-olds going a mile and one-sixteenth on the main track. The winner will earn a berth to the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby on Saturday, September 7, which is the richest race of the 2019 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred racing season.

 

The Super Derby Prelude closed with 24 nominations with Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussenconsidering options for three runners. They include Comedian, a colt by Into Mischief who broke his maiden earlier this year at Oaklawn Park and ran in the $300,000 Oaklawn Invitational Stakes on May 4. He is owned by Bloom Racing Stable, the connections behind distaff superstar Midnight Bisou. The two other nominees are owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC. Rotation, a son of Tapit, ran fourth in the Riley Allision Derby at Sunland Park and recently competed at the allowance level at Churchill Downs. Wicked Indeed, also sired by Tapit, has tested the wagers in two Grade 3 stakes, running fourth in both the LeComte at Fair Grounds and the Sunland Derby at Sunland Park.

 

Asmussen won the 2018 Super Derby with Limation for owner Michael Lankford.

 

As reported last week, trainer Scott Gelner who won stakes last year on both Louisiana Cup Day and the Super Derby undercard, has nominated Taylor’s Spirit for the Prelude. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Algorithms, owned by Norman Stables, LLC, won the $60,000 Happy Ticket last September at Louisiana Downs and added three more stakes wins since that victory. She has competed in graded stakes company, running last year at Churchill Downs  in the Grade 2, $200,000 Pocahontas. Taylor’s Spirit exits a third-place finish in the Grade 3, $200,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows on July 5. She’s won six of her 12 starts and $250,730 since making her debut in Iowa last July. Also, Mr Money Bags has been nominated by  his conditioner, Mike Neatherlin.  Bred by his owner, Roy W. Cobb, Mr Money Bags established himself as a serious runner earlier this year at Sam Houston Race Park, winning two consecutive stakes by a combined margin of 12 lengths. Sired by Silver City, Mr Money Bags was Triple Crown nominated by his connections, and following his win in the Groovy Stakes in Houston, shipped to Churchill Downs to compete in the Grade 3, $400,000 Pat Day Mile. He garnered another stakes win at Lone Star Park on June 1 and made his most recent start in the $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows.

 

The draw for the following Louisiana Cup Day stakes will take place on July 27.

 

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile                    2 YO LA-Bred                        Six furlongs

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies          2 YO Fillies LA-Bred             Six furlongs

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint  3 YO & Up F&M, LA-Bred  Six furlongs

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint                        3 YO & Up LA-Bred              Six furlongs

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic              3 YO & Up LA-Bred              1 1/16 miles (T)

$50,000 Louisiana Distaff                              3 YO & Up F & M LA-Bred  1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 Super Derby Prelude                         3 Y0                                        1 1/16 miles

 

“We are pleased with the interest from horsemen for the Louisiana Cup Day stakes,” said David Heitzmann, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Director of Racing. “It will be an excellent showcase for Louisiana-breds and once again, the top four runners in the Prelude will earn a berth to the Grade 3 Super Derby on September 7 with all fees waived.”

 

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

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will conduct a fundraiser on Saturday, August in support of the Shantel Lanerie Cancer Breast Foundation.  The beloved Louisiana native and wife of jockey Corey Laneriewas 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.
“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association continues to make an investment in the future of our state by investing in our students and the education process,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. “This type of investment is for our future, the state, as well as the organization. Our hope is that these scholarships get the younger generations invested in LTBA so that our organization stays the top breeding incentive program in the United States.”

 

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 person or $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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IS TOO STORMS HOME TO WIN OPELOUSAS STAKES

JOCKEY COLBY HERNANDEZ WINS FOUR RACES ON THE FRIDAY NIGHT PROGRAM

IS TOO
Colby Hernandez with Is Too wins the 2019 Opelousas Stakes at Evangeline Downs. Coady Photography.

 

Opelousas Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-12-19, One mile* (originally scheduled for turf)
Three-year-olds and upwards, fillies and mares, $50,000

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

2nd
Mariah’s Galaxy
Greeley’s Galaxy–Black Mariah
Breeder: Margie K. Averett (LA)
Owner: Riley Blanchet and Todd Matte
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Kevin J. Smith

3rd
Roussalka
Skipshot–Hemera
Breeder: Olympia Star Inc (KY)
Owner: Mark Glover
Trainer: Tracey Glover
Jockey: Aubrie Green

OPELOUSAS, LA – Friday night at Evangeline Downs was a stellar night for one of the perennial leading riders at the track, Colby Hernandez. He won four of the nine races on the card, including an impressive stakes score aboard Is Too in the $50,000 Opelousas Stakes. The race had originally been scheduled for one mile on the turf, but rain throughout the week forced it to be transferred to the main track. Is Too finished the mile in 1:39.67 over the fast track.

 

The longest shot on the board at 27-1, Mi Copa Rebosa, took the early lead and set a solid pace of 24.98 seconds for the quarter-mile and 49.51 for the half. As the field approached the half-mile mark, Is Too advanced through an opening at the rail and assumed the lead. She eventually built a four-length edge as the field entered the stretch. Mariah’s Galaxy closed strongly but was only able to cut the final margin of victory for Is Too to 1-1/4 lengths. Roussalka finished third while the betting favorite, Bermuda Star, never fired and finished fourth in the field of six.

 

Is Too was sent off at odds of 2-1 and paid $6 to win, $3 to place and $2.80 to show. Mariah’s Galaxy returned $3.80 to place and $3 to show, while Roussalka paid $4.40 to show.

 

Is Too was bred in Louisiana by J. Adcock and Montgomery Equine Center, is owned by Baronne Farms, LLC. and is trained by Edward Johnston. The 4-year-old filly is by 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, Midshipman, and is out of the Salt Lake mare, Tensas Salt. She has now won 5-of-13 career starts and the $30,000 first-place purse increases her lifetime earnings to $157,640.

 

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 American Quarter Horse season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.

 

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HALFMOON REEF SCORES IN THE “SHINE” YOUNG FUTURITY AT EVANGELINE DOWNS

COLT GETS FIRST LIFETIME STAKES WIN ON SATURDAY NIGHT

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Halfmoon Reef earns his first stakes victory in the colt division of the D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity. Coady Photography

D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity
Colt Division
Evangeline Downs, 7-6-19, 5 1/2 Furlongs
2-Year-Old Colts and Geldings, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $75,000

HALFMOON REEF
Half Ours-Glorious Exit
Breeder: Clear Creek Stud, LLC and Coulee Croche Thoroughbreds LLC
Owner: L. William and Corinne Heiligbrodt
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Diefo Saenz

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

3rd
Free Indeed
Midshipman-Flashy Prize
Breeder: J. Adcock & Neal McFadden
Owner: Carl J. Deville and Jerry Bruno
Trainer: Carl J. Deville
Jockey: Devin H. Magnon

 

OPELOUSAS, LA – The 1-5 betting favorite in the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity for colts and geldings, Halfmoon Reef, lived up to his advance billing with a hard-fought win over X Clown, prevailing by a neck in a final time of 1:05.50 for the 5-1/2 furlongs over the fast track.

 

There was a three-way speed battle at the outset between Halfmoon Reef, My Amigo Charlie and Scotty Boy. The trio went at it through a quarter-mile of 22.19 seconds and a half of 45.53. As the field arrived at the top of the stretch, Halfmoon Reef put away his two early challengers, but faced a new foe in X Clown, who had rallied nicely on the far turn. X Clown was wearing down Halfmoon Reef, who had built a 2-1/2 length lead in the stretch, but Halfmoon Reef held on and got to the finish line first. Free Indeed closed strongly and beat out Scotty Boy for the third spot.

 

Halfmoon Reef paid $2.60 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. X Clown returned $3 to place and $2.10 to show. Free Indeed paid $2.40 to show.

 

Halfmoon Reef was bred in Louisiana by Clear Creek Stud, LLC and Coulee Croche Thoroughbreds, LLC. The 2-year-old colt is owned by Corrine and William Heiligbrodt, trained by Steve Asmussen and was ridden to victory by Diego Saenz. Halfmoon Reef is by Half Ours and is out of the Henny Hughes mare, Glorious Exit. He has now won two of three starts in his career and the $45,000 first-place purse increases his lifetime earnings to $84,568.

 

For more information on the Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.

 

 

About Evangeline Downs

Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel is owned by Boyd Gaming Corporation, a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.  Boyd Gaming press releases are available at www.prnewswire.com.  Additional news and information can be found at www.boydgaming.com, or www.evangelinedowns.com.

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