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REBEL STAKES SPLITS INTO TWO DIVISIONS

As expected, one of Oaklawn’s signature races for 3-year-olds was divided into two divisions after 19 horses were entered Wednesday morning for Saturday’s Rebel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, the final major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13. The split means the Rebel, originally a $1 million race, will be worth $1.5 million overall, with each division offering $750,000 and 63.75 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby to the top four finishers (37.5, 15, 7.5 and 3.75).

Oaklawn President Louis Cella said March 6 the track was prepared to split the Rebel to accommodate Southern California horsemen impacted by the move, The Rebel was originally scheduled to offer 85 points (50-20-10-5) to the top four finishers toward starting eligibility for the Kentucky Derby.

Oaklawn hadn’t split one of its Kentucky Derby prep races since the Southwest Stakes (G3) in 2012. The 1 1/16-mile Southwest originally carried a purse of $250,000 that year, but it was split after 21 horses were entered. Each division was worth $250,000.

Churchill Downs has used a points system in designated races to help determine Kentucky Derby starting eligibility since 2013. Graded stakes earnings had previously been used.

 

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TESTING ONE TWO AS EASY AS ONE TWO THREE IN THE OWNERS APPRECIATION DISTAFF AT DELTA DOWNS

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Owner Appreciation Distaff Stakes
Delta Downs, 3-8-19, 8 furlongs
3YO and upwards, fillies and mares, $60,000

TESTING ONE TWO
Star Guitar–Yes Sir
Breeder: Brittlyn, Inc. (LA)
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Brittlyn Stable, Inc
Jockey: Diego Saenz

2nd
Maline
Fusaichi Pegasus–Tourmaline
Breeder: Al Ulwelling & Bill Ulwelling (LA)
Owner: Margaret Lanetta Haa
Trainer: Beverly Burress
Jockey: Eguard Andres Tejera

3rd
Saffron Spirit
Ghostzapper–Amber Grace
Breeder: Blackstone Farm LLC (PA)
Owner: Late Night Stables LLC
Trainer: Thomas M. Amoss
Jockey: Joel Dominguez

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $68,000 Owner Appreciation Distaff on Friday night and it was Brittlyn Stable, Inc.’s Testing One Two who came away with her second stakes win of the season under jockey Diego Saenz. Testing One Two is conditioned by Victor Arceneaux.

 

Testing One Two used a perfect trip in the Owner Appreciation Distaff as she stalked an early speed dual between Americium, Arch Arch Baby and Cause You Can. That trio volleyed for the lead through opening fractions of 22.89 seconds for the quarter-mile, 47.52 for the half and 1:13.52 for three-quarters. When the field reached the second turn of their one-mile journey, Testing One Two put the leaders away and set sail for home while opening up a clear lead in the stretch.

 

At the finish line, Testing One Two was 2-1/4 lengths clear of Maline who rallied for second while Saffron Spirit finished another two lengths behind in third. Testing One Two covered the eight furlongs in a time of 1:41.86 while running on fast track.

 

The win by Testing One Two was the eighth of her 13-race career. It was also her second stakes victory of the season. She also won the Treasure Chest Stakes on November 16. Friday night’s score was worth $42,000 and it raised her career bankroll to $399,660.

 

Testing One Two was bred in Louisiana by her owner. She is a 4-year-old bay filly by Star Guitar, out of the Scat Daddy mare Yes Sir.

 

Sent to the gate as the favorite at odds of 8-5, Testing One Two paid $5.20 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.20 to show. Maline was worth $8.20 to place and $4 to show. Saffron Spirit returned $6.60 to show.

 

For more information about the Delta Downs, including the upcoming Quarter Horse season that starts on April 19, go to the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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Bridgmohan to Miss Remainder of Fair Grounds Meet

Shaun Bridgmohan
Shaun Bridgmohan

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Bridgmohan to Miss Remainder of Fair Grounds Meet

Jockey suffered broken collarbone March 5 in Mardi Gras Stakes spill.

Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan confirmed via Twitter that he will miss the remainder of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots meet, which concludes March 24.

According to his agent, Anthony Martin, Bridgmohan, 39, suffered a broken right collarbone after being unseated from his mount, Oxford Comma, in midstretch of the Mardi Gras Stakes March 5. Oxford Comma was vanned off and humanely euthanized. “He’ll [Bridgmohan] see the orthopedic doctor tomorrow, and he’ll go for surgery on Friday,” Martin said. “I think four to six weeks is the recovery time.”

 

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Oaklawn May Split Rebel Stakes to Help Horsemen

In an unprecedented move, the Oaklawn Jockey Club announced today [March 6, 2019] that it stands ready to split the $1 million Rebel Stakes on Saturday, March 16.

The announcement came just hours after Santa Anita racetrack in California announced it is suspending racing indefinitely due to poor weather and track conditions. The Santa Anita suspension has the potential to upend traditional West Coast prep races for the Kentucky Derby.

If the Rebel is split, each division will carry a purse of $750,000, and each division will offer 63.75 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.

In making the announcement, Oaklawn President Louis Cella said he hopes the situation in California resolves itself quickly, precluding any reason to split the Rebel. “But if that is not the case, Oaklawn stands ready to help horsemen around the country,” said Cella.

Cella added, “From a financial standpoint, splitting the race makes no sense whatsoever. If we split it, it will be strictly on the basis of sportsmanship and what is best for the sport and best for top three year olds trying to get to Kentucky.”

Cella said both divisions of the Rebel would need to attract a minimum of ten runners in order to justify the split.

According to Oaklawn general manager Wayne Smith, track officials were on the phone all day Wednesday with horsemen around the country. “Plus we reached out to Arkansas Racing Chairman Alex Lieblong and to Bill Walmsley, president of the Arkansas division of the HBPA. Both gentlemen were completely supportive of our offer.”

The deadline for nominating to the Rebel Stakes was to have been midnight, March 7. But, Smith said the deadline is going to be pushed back to midnight, Friday, March 8.

If the Rebel is split, it will be first time in American racing history for a million dollar race to be split and run in two divisions.

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Santa Anita Cancels Racing ‘Indefinitely’ Over Concerns Of Fatalities And Track Surface

In the wake of an alarming number of fatal injuries sustained by horses racing and training at Santa Anita Park since the Dec. 26, 2018, opening day, racing has been cancelled indefinitely, according to a published report in Daily Racing Form.

The announcement was conveyed to the newspaper by Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of the Racing and Gaming division of The Stronach Group, owner of Santa Anita. Ritvo did not offer a date racing would resume, but said this weekend’s live programs featuring Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and Grade 2 San Felipe – the latter a major prep for the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby and a points race for the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby – would not be held.

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PURSE INCREASES ANNOUNCED FOR THE FINAL FOURTEEN DAYS OF THE 2019 HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS QUARTER HORSE RACING SEASON

Bossier City, LA – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce that overnight purses have been increased by $1,200 for the remainder of the 2019 Quarter Horse meet. The adjustment was implemented on Saturday, March 2 and will continue through the conclusion of the racing season on Wednesday, March 20.

The next two weeks of the annual Quarter Horse meet are filled with premium racing events. On Saturday, March 16, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will present the final of the $305,296 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) and the $120,782 Mardi Gras Derby for accredited Louisiana-breds. The third stakes of the card will be the $15,000 Leverne Perry Memorial, named in honor of the esteemed breeder and Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBA) Executive Director Emeritus. On Wednesday, March 20, the ten top qualifiers will compete in the $254,070 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3).

“We are pleased to reward our local horsemen for their support throughout the 2019 live racing season,” said David Heitzmann, Director of Racing at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. “Our entire staff and management team have been encouraged by the interest from local fans and Quarter Horse players across the country. Judging from the quality of the 2-year-olds competing in trials for both the Mardi Gras and Harrah’s Entertainment Futurities, both finals will be extremely competitive and exciting to watch.”

The Quarter Horse season, which got underway on January 5, will continue Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with a 1:00 pm (Central) post time. In addition, racing will be conducted on Wednesday, March 13 and March 20, also at 1:00 pm. 

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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CRESCENTCITYPRETTY SCORES GORGEOUS VICTORY IN AZALEA STAKES AT DELTA DOWNS

– JOSE CAMEJO TRAINEE GETS FIRST STAKES WIN OF HER CAREER –

 

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Crescentcitypretty wins the Azalea Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography

 

Azalea Stakes
Delta Downs, 3-1-19, 7 furlongs
3YO Fillies, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $70,000

CRESCENTCITYPRETTY
Bernardini – Penelope Plum
Breeder: Brittlyn, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Jose M. Camejo
Jockey: D. Saenz

2nd
Fortune Got Even
Stephen Got Even-Fortune In Gold
Breeder: Wendell A. Templet
Owner: Ricky Courville
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: A. Broussard

3rd
Madeforlife
First Defense-Slews Return
Breeder: James McIngvale
Owner: James McIngvale
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: G. Melancon

 

VINTON, LA. – Crescentcitypretty used a strong performance to notch the first stakes of her career in the $70,000 Azalea Stakes at Delta Downs on Friday night for owner Brittlyn Stable, Inc. The 3-year-old daughter of Bernardini won the race under jockey Diego Saenz who got a leg up from trainer Jose Camejo.

 

After breaking sharply, Crescentcitypretty pressed the early pace set by Blowing Bayou, who carved out fractional times of 23.54 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 48.35 for the half in the seven-furlong test for sophomore Louisiana-bred fillies. Saenz began to ask for more run going into the far tun and Crescentsitypretty responded by putting away Blowing Bayou and opening up in the homestretch. At the finish line she was 5-3/4 lengths better than Fortune Got Even who just nosed out Madeforlife for the place.

 

Crescentcitypretty covered seven furlongs of the Azalea Stakes in a time of 1:28.35 while running on a track listed as good.

 

The win by Crescentcitypretty came in her third career start. She most recently finished third in the Louisiana Premier Night Starlet on February 9 after breaking her maiden at first asking in on January 16. Friday night’s tally earned her $42,000 and raised her bankroll to $79,000.

 

Bred in Louisiana by her owner, Crescentcitypretty is a 3-year-old bay filly by Bernardini out of the Badge of Silver mare Penelope Plum.

 

Fans who wagered on the race made Crescentcitypretty the overwhelming 1-5 favorite and she paid $2.40 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Fortune Got Even was worth $3.40 to place and $2.10 to show. Madeforlife paid $2.10 to show.

 

Delta Downs will close out its race week on Saturday with another program that begins at 5:25 pm CST. The 10-race card includes the $70,000 Pelican Stakes for 3-year-old Louisiana-breds.

For more information about the Delta Downs, including the upcoming Quarter Horse season that starts on April 19, go to the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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JIMI’S A STAR SHINES BRIGHT IN THE PELICAN STAKES AT DELTA DOWNS

– THE HENRY B. JOHNSON TRAINEE PREVAILS AS A HEAVY WAGERING FAVORITE –

 

 

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Jimi’s A Star wins the Pelican Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography

 

Pelican Stakes
Delta Downs, 3-2,19, 7 furlongs
3YO Louisiana Breds, $70,000

JIMI’S A STAR
Star Guitar – Unusual Strike
Breeder: James Boyd
Owner: James A. Boyd
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.
Jockey: E. Nieves

2nd
Titanium Pledge
Songandaprayer-Titanium Jane
Breeder: Riceland Racing Stables LLC
Owner: Riceland Racing Stables LLC
Trainer: Enis Mouton
Jockey: J.A. Guerrero

3rd
Power Jet
Power Broker-Zada Rae
Breeder: Joseph Adcock
Owner: William T. Reed
Trainer: W. Bret Calhoun
Jockey: R. Morales

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $70,000 Pelican Stakes on Saturday night and it was James A. Boyd’s Jimi’s a Star who prevailed under jockey Emanuel Nieves. The winner is trained by Henry B. Johnson, Jr.

 

Sent to the gate as an odds-on favorite, Jimi’s a Star was taken back early in the seven-furlong Pelican as Conniejoe set the early fractional times of 23.57 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 48.40 for the half. Midway up the backstretch Jimi’s a Star began a sustained rally that put him within three lengths of the lead with a furlong to go. In the stretch he rallied passed his competition and reported home ¾ of a length in front of Titanium Pledge who finished second and Power Jet, who was another neck behind in third.

 

Jimi’s a Star covered the distance of the Pelican in a time of 1:28.42 while running on a fast track.

 

The victory was the first stakes score of Jimi’s a Star’s career and earned $42,000 for the effort. His career bankroll now stands at $129,820 on three wins from 12 trips to the starting gate.

 

Jimi’s a Star is a 3-year-old gray or roan gelding by Star Guitar out of the Unusual Heat mare Unusual Strike. He was bred in Louisiana by his owner.

 

Fans who wagered on Jimi’s a Star collected $3 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show. Titanium Pledge was worth $10.20 to place and $4.20 to show. Power Jet paid $4.20 to show.

 

Delta Downs will begin another week of racing on Wednesday night with a 10-race program that begins at 5:25 pm. The Thursday program next week will feature 11 races and Friday and Saturday night’s action will have 12 races per night. There will be a special post time of 4:55 pm on both of those expanded cards.

 

For more information about the Delta Downs, including the upcoming Quarter Horse season that starts on April 19, go to the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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DELTA DOWNS ADDS ADDITIONAL RACE DAY; ADJUSTS POST TIMES FOR EXPANDED PROGRAMS

–  THE FINAL WEEK OF THE 2018-19 SEASON WILL NOW END ON MARCH 12 –

 

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs has made changes to the final days of its 2018-19 Thoroughbred season. The meeting was originally scheduled to wrap up on Saturday, March 9 but will now end with an extra day of live racing on Tuesday, March 12. The special race day will also include an early post time of 1:10 pm Central Time. The extra race day was added to compensate for cancelled races on February 27 and 28 due to poor weather conditions.

 

In addition to the extra race day the track has also altered post times on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 to accommodate expanded 12-race cards. The first race on each of those days will take place at 4:55 pm instead of the customary 5:25 pm time slot.

 

For more information about the Delta Downs, including the upcoming Quarter Horse season that starts on April 19, go to the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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OAKLAWN INCREASES ALL OVERNIGHT PURSES

The track where purses have been steadily rising for 11 straight years is at it again. Oaklawn is increasing all overnight purses, some as much as $6,000, retroactive to the Thursday, Feb. 14 card, which was drawn last Friday.

Maiden special weights and open allowances are being bumped $6,000 and are now $83,000 and $87,000, respectively. Purses for all claiming races with a claiming price of $16,000 or greater, maiden claiming races with a claiming price of $20,000 or greater and starter allowances are being increased by $3,000. All other races are being increased by $2,000.

“We’re off to a fantastic start because the fans have responded to great weather and great racing,” President Louis Cella said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the response we’ve gotten in support of our new race dates. We opened later and had one of the best opening weekends in 10 years.

“We are mindful of the fact that bigger purses bring in the best horses and human athletes, which in turns brings out the fans. Our goal is to have the richest and most competitive racing product in the country between January and early May.”

The purse increase comes at the start of a five-day race week highlighted by a special Monday card in celebration of Presidents’ Day. The Monday card features the $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) for older fillies and mares, the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) for older horses and the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3), the second of four races in Oaklawn’s rich series for 3-year-olds culminating with the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).

“I think from a horsemen’s perspective this shows that the late start has been successful and was a wise decision,” Arkansas H.B.P.A. President Bill Walmsley said. “The horsemen are already reaping the benefits in the form of this purse increase so quickly in the season. It is both unexpected and appreciated.”

“It’s fantastic,” said Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, who is spending his first winter in Hot Springs. “I’ve been praising the Cella family and their organization. They have a great organization and great people who work for them. And, now I think the horsemen are rallying around them. It’s a testament to how well you can work together in this business. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Oaklawn’s 2019 live meet continues through Saturday, May 4.

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