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RELENTLESS DANCER SPECTACULAR IN THE $100,000 LOUISIANA LEGACY AT DELTA DOWNS

MICHAEL MAKER TRAINEE RETURNS TO HOME STATE FOR FIRST STAKES WIN 

Louisiana Legacy

 

Louisiana Legacy Stakes
Delta Downs, 10-19-19, 7 furlongs
2-Year-Olds, $100,000

RELENTLESS DANCER
Midshipman-Passion For Words
Breeder: Paul Pruett
Owner: Paradise Farms Corp., Terry Raymond, Jana Wagner and Jeff Gardella
Trainer: Michael J. Maker
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

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

3rd
Richard Ronald
Misremembered–Reigning Cats
Breeder: Gary Scherer, Al & Bill Ulwelling
Owner: Gary M Scherer & Robert Bernacki
Trainer: Gary M. Scherer
Jockey: G. Melancon

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs closed out its second week of live racing on Saturday and the fans who showed up were treated to a dazzling performance by Relentless Dancer in the featured $100,000 Louisiana Legacy Stakes for 2-year-old Louisiana-breds.

After breaking his maiden by nearly 10 lengths at Churchill Downs on September 27, trainer Michael Maker supplemented Relentless Dancer to the Legacy for owners Paradise Farms Corporation, Terry Raymond, Jana Wagner and Jeff Gardella. The decision turned out to be a good one as Relentless Dancer used a stalking trip under jockey Colby Hernandez before opening up in the homestretch to win by 10-1/2 lengths over X Clown, who rallied for second. Richard Ronald rounded out the trifecta by finished third, another 1 1/4-lengths behind the runner up.

Relentless Dancer covered seven furlongs in the Legacy in a time of 1:27.04 seconds while running on a fast track.

The win by Relentless Dancer was his first in stakes company and his second from three overall starts. He earned $60,000 for the effort and now has a career bankroll of $104,857.

Bred in Louisiana by Paul Pruett, Relentless Dancer is a dark by or brown colt by Midshipman, out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Passion for Words. He was purchased for $85,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale in April of 2019.

Sent to the gate at odds of 4-5, Relentless Dancer paid $3.60 to win, $3 to place and $2.60 to show. X Clown returned $4.40 to place and $3.40 to show. Richard Ronald was worth $3.60 to show.

 

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

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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SEBS PRINCESS RALLIES FOR BIG WIN IN THE $100,000 LOUISIANA JEWEL AT DELTA DOWNS

STEVEN DUKE TRAINEE NABS FIRST STAKES WIN OF HER CAREER –

Sebs Princess, La. Jewel (2) - 10-18-19

Louisiana Jewel Stakes
Delta Downs, 10-18-19, 7 furlongs
2-year-old Fillies, $100,000

SEBS PRINCESS
Khozan–A True Star
Breeder: Adcock’s Red River Farm
Owner: Northpointe Thoroughbreds
Trainer: Steven Duke
Jockey: Diego Saenz

2nd
Film Study
Custom for Carlos–Roll Your Eyes
Breeder: Jason Hall & Jon Dean
Owner: Set-Hut LLC
Trainer: Jerry Delhomme
Jockey: Tyler Woodley

3rd
Schiff’s Corner
Songandaprayer–Sarahsintomischief
Breeder: Perform Stables Inc.
Owner: Leslie Schiff
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the Louisiana Jewel on Friday night and it was Northpointe Thoroughbreds’ (Vic and Nicole Topper) Sebs Princess who used a patient ride by jockey Diego Saenz to rally for victory in the $100,000 feature. The win marked was the first stakes tally for the Steven Duke trainee.

Sebs Princess settled well off the pace in the seven-furlong Jewel while pacesetter Sarah’s Passion carved out fractions of 23.03 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 47.78 for the half. As the field raced up the backstretch, Saenz called on his mount and she responded with a three-wide rally that put the early leader in her sights at the top of the homestretch.

In the final strides, Sebs Princess was able to collar the leader and pull clear for a 4-3/4 length victory as Film Study also rallied late to grab the place spot. Schiff’s Corner, part of an entry with Sarah’s Passion, was another 1-1/2 length back in third.

Sebs Princess covered the distance of the Louisiana Jewel in a time of 1:29.42 second while running on a fast track.

The record for Sebs Princess now stands at two wins from five career starts. She earned $60,000 for her effort in the Jewel and has now amassed $79,500 in total earnings.

Bred in Louisiana by Adcock’s Red River Farm LLC and J. Adcock, Sebs Princess is a bay filly by Khozan, out of the Yes It’s True mare A True Star.

Sent to the gate at odds of 3-1, Sebs Princess paid $8.80 to win, $4.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Film Study was worth $11 to place and $4.40 to show. Schiff’s Corner returned $2.20 to show.

 

 

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

 

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.

 

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the Louisiana Jewel on Friday night and it was Northpointe Thoroughbreds’ (Vic and Nicole Topper) Sebs Princess who used a patient ride by jockey Diego Saenz to rally for victory in the $100,000 feature. The win marked was the first stakes tally for the Steven Duke trainee.

 

Sebs Princess settled well off the pace in the seven-furlong Jewel while pacesetter Sarah’s Passion carved out fractions of 23.03 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 47.78 for the half. As the field raced up the backstretch, Saenz called on his mount and she responded with a three-wide rally that put the early leader in her sights at the top of the homestretch.

 

In the final strides, Sebs Princess was able to collar the leader and pull clear for a 4-3/4 length victory as Film Study also rallied late to grab the place spot. Schiff’s Corner, part of an entry with Sarah’s Passion, was another 1-1/2 length back in third.

 

Sebs Princess covered the distance of the Louisiana Jewel in a time of 1:29.42 second while running on a fast track.

 

The record for Sebs Princess now stands at two wins from five career starts. She earned $60,000 for her effort in the Jewel and has now amassed $79,500 in total earnings.

 

Bred in Louisiana by Adcock’s Red River Farm LLC and J. Adcock, Sebs Princess is a bay filly by Khozan, out of the Yes It’s True mare A True Star.

 

Sent to the gate at odds of 3-1, Sebs Princess paid $8.80 to win, $4.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Film Study was worth $11 to place and $4.40 to show. Schiff’s Corner returned $2.20 to show.

 

Delta Downs will conclude its second week of live racing on Saturday with another 10-race program starting at 4:55 pm CST. The featured race on the card will be the $100,000 Louisiana Legacy for 2-year-old Louisiana-breds.

 

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

 

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 SET TO BEGIN 2019-20 THOROUGHBRED SEASON TUESDAY NIGHT

– THORNTON, BROBERG AND END ZONE ATHLETICS RETURN AFTER RECORD SEASON –

 

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will kick off its 2019-20 Thoroughbred season next week with live cards scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday night, October 8 through 12. After opening week, the track will go to its regular schedule of Wednesday through Saturday racing until the 84-day stand wraps up on February 29. First post time each evening is set for 4:55 pm Central Time.

During the new season, Delta Downs will offer a stakes schedule that features 26 races and a total of $2.245 million in total purse money.

The stakes activity kicks off on opening weekend with the $100,000 Magnolia on Friday, October 11 and the $100,000 Gold Cup on Saturday, October 12. Both races are restricted to Louisiana-bred horses with the Magnolia featuring 3-year-old and up fillies and mares.

The richest program of the year will happen on Saturday, February 8 when the track hosts another edition of Louisiana Premier Night. The exciting card will feature some of the best Louisiana-breds competing in 10 stakes races worth total purse money of $895,000. The headliner on Louisiana Premier Night is the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship for 4-year-olds and up competing at 1-1/16 miles.

The leading horsemen from last year at Delta Downs are expected to vie for top honors once again this season. Jockey Tim Thornton, trainer Karl Broberg and owner End Zone Athletics Inc. each set records during the 2018-19 season and should vie for the top spots in their respective categories again this meeting.

Thornton won his first Delta Downs leading rider title last year by booting home 142 winners while establishing a new record for mount earnings in a single meet with $2,894,080. Broberg won his eighth consecutive local trainer title while setting new records for wins, 107, and barn earnings, $2,017,120. End Zone Athletics, which is made up of Broberg and Matt Johansen, won their seventh title while establishing new marks for wins, 50, and earnings, $873,545.

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

 

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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‘I Am Horse Racing’ Aims to Shine Positive Light on Sport of Racing

BY NATALIE BRUNELL ARCADIA

ARCADIA, Calif. — As the daughter of a jockey, Christina Blacker spent nearly every day of her childhood at the Santa Anita race track.

In fact, she was born into a community dedicated to horses and the sport of racing.

“My mom actually scheduled a c-section on a Tuesday because there was no racing that day so my dad could be here for when I was born,” Blacker said.

She was just four-years-old when she first jumped into a saddle herself and fell in love with thoroughbreds.

 

 

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Risen Star, Louisiana Derby, Lecomte Will All Be Longer In 2020

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced that 56 stakes worth a combined $7.13 million will be offered during the upcoming 2019-20 racing season, which is set to begin Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28.

“We are proud to once again continue our growth and support of the thoroughbred racing industry with our purse allocations and this diverse and dynamic stakes schedule” said Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots president Doug Shipley. “We look forward to our 148th racing season and the continuation of bringing many of the best horsemen and jockeys from around the world to enjoy the high caliber racing at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.”

The “Louisiana Derby Day” card on March 21 will feature eight stakes worth a total of $2.425 million, including the 107th running of the Grade 2 $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby for 3-year-olds.

Previously run over nine furlongs on dirt, the distance of Louisiana Derby has been extended to 1 3/16th miles. The third and final local prep on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, the race is worth 100-40-20-10 points to the top four finishers. Run at 1 1/16 miles, the 52nd running of the G2 $400,000 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks for 3-year-old fillies offers the same number of points en route to the G1 $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks.

“We’ve also lengthened the Lecomte from 1 mile and 70 yards to 1 1/16 miles and the Risen Star from 1 1/16 miles to nine furlongs,” said Fair Grounds’ racing secretary Scott Jones. “The Lecomte has always been a popular early season prep for the horsemen and we wanted to provide the horses a longer run into the first turn. The elongated distances of the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby will help differentiate our races from the other Kentucky Derby preps. We consulted with key participants from recent years, and they were in favor of the slight alterations.”

We are proud to once again note 2019 has been a banner year for 3-year-olds who campaigned at Fair Grounds:

  • G2 Risen Star runner-up Country House, who was also fourth in the Louisiana Derby, was the adjudicated winner of the G1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
  • G3 Lecomte and G2 Risen Star winner War of Will won the G1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
  • Serengeti Empress and Liora, the one-two finishers in the G2 Rachel Alexandra, also ran first and second in the G1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.
  • Street Band, winner of the G2 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks, won the G3 Indiana Oaks at Indiana Grand and the G1 Cotillion at Parx.
  • G3 Lecomte runner-up Hog Creek Hustle, who also competed in the G2Risen Star and G1Louisiana Derby won the G1 Woody Stephens at Belmont.
  • Mr. Money, who competed in both the G2 Risen Star and G1 Louisiana Derby, rattled off four consecutive G3 victories prior to finishing second in the G1 Pennsylvania Derby.

A pair of nine furlong, high-impact stakes for older horses are also scheduled on the Louisiana Derby Day program – the G2 $400,000 New Orleans Classic and the G2 $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.

On January 18, the “Road to the Derby Kickoff Day presented by Hotel Monteleone” features a pair of key 3-year-old events — the G3 $200,000 Lecomte Stakes, now run at 1 1/16 miles, 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 18 program — the $125,000 Colonel E.R. Bradley Stakes at 1 1/16 miles over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course, the $100,000 Louisiana Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, the $100,000 Duncan F. Kenner Stakes at six furlongs and the $100,000 Marie G. Krantz Memorial Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on grass.

On February 15, “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, now run at 1 1/8 miles, and the Grade II $300,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes presented by Fasig-Tipton, increased by $100,000 for this year’s renewal, for fillies to be contested over 1 1/16 miles. The top four finishers receive 40-20-10-5 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks respectively.

The Rachel Alexandra has produced the last two Kentucky Oaks winners in Monomoy Girl (2018) and Serengeti Empress (2019) and 2014 winner Untapable also took down the Run for the Lilies. The Fair Grounds is hopeful the Rachel Alexandra will soon achieve the Grade 1 status is deserves.

Four stakes for older horses will also be presented on the February 15 program — the G3 $200,000 Mineshaft Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, the G3 $150,000 Fair Grounds Stakes for 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.

The December 21 “Santa Super Saturday presented by Coca-Cola” card offers a six-pack of $75,000 stakes. Four of the races are for older horses — the Tenacious Stakes at 1 mile and 70 yards, the Bonapaw Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, the Blushing K.D. for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf, and the Buddy Diliberto Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf. The other two are six furlong events for juveniles – the Sugar Bowl Stakes for the boys and the Letellier Memorial Stakes for the girls.

Louisiana Champions Day presented by Acadian Ambulance will be held on December 14. 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 is worth $100,000 with the exception of the Louisiana Champions Day Classic, which carries a $150,000 purse.

Named in honor of the Hall of Fame jockey who passed away in August, The Randy P. Romero Memorial Overnight Stakes (formerly Captain Maestri) will be run on February 1 (3-year-olds, one mile on turf).

Named in honor of the longtime horse racing reporter and author who passed away in July, The Bob Fortus Memorial Stakes (formerly the Tiffany Lass) will be run on December 26 (fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, 1 mile 70 yards on dirt)

Stakes races named last racing season in honor of the late Thoroughbred owner and New Orleans icon Tom Benson, who owned the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, and Shantel Lanerie, the late wife of long-time jockey Corey Lanerie and the inspiration for the Shantel Lanerie Breast Cancer Foundation, also remain on the schedule on March 21 and February 8 respectively.

Take note that the open undercard stakes on “Road to Derby Kickoff”, “Louisiana Derby Preview Day” and “Louisiana Derby Day” as well as the Thanksgiving Day Classic will now be run for $100,000, up from $75,000. In addition, Fair Grounds has eliminated handicap conditions for stakes races. These races will now be weighted under allowance conditions.

The 80-day, 2019-20 Fair Grounds racing season run conclude Sunday, March 29. Regular post time will be 12:30 p.m. CT. The exceptions are Louisiana Derby Day (March 21 at 11 a.m. CT), “Twilight Racing” (December 7 and January 25 at 3 p.m. CT) and “Starlight Racing” (March 13 and 27 at 5 p.m. CT).

“On the heels of a banner 2018-19 season, we’re excited to offer another outstanding stakes program to horsemen and fans,” said Fair Grounds’ racing secretary Scott Jones. “Our biggest days are direct feeders into the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, and the recent results of the horses who have participated with us in New Orleans speak for themselves. This year will be no exception. We are equally excited to see an enhancement in purse money for some of our stakes and we are confident that the program and our day to day racing product we will be well supported by our horsemen.”

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More Than 600 Stakeholders from Across the Racing Industry Sign Public Letter In Support of Protecting Lasix as a Choice on Race-Day

LEXINGTON, KY (Friday, Sept. 20, 2019) – A unified industry group believes banning Lasix will adversely impact the health and welfare of racehorses, as well as the strength of our industry. Today, a letter (posted below) was released with more than 600 signatures in support of protecting Lasix as a choice for horsemen and veterinarians to administer on race-day for the well-being of equine and human athletes. The initial round of signatures from racing stakeholders features individuals from across the industry. Signatures will continue to be collected going forward. Click here to be added to the list.

Public Letter on Stance to NOT Eliminate the Choice to Administer Lasix on Race Day

A recent open letter proclaimed that “horse racing is at a pivotal moment in its long history in the United States.” On this we agree. We also agree all of us love and cherish the equine athletes upon which our industry is built. To that end we believe in practicing the highest standards of horsemanship, and we continually work to improve the care, health and safety of our thoroughbred racehorses.

In that regard, we support horsemen and our veterinarians having the continued option to run a horse with a race-day administration of the therapeutic and protective medication furosemide (Lasix).

We, too, are ready for change and will eagerly embrace change if the alterations are done for the greater good of equine health and welfare. We are committed to reforms emphasizing transparency and developments that will address misunderstandings from those in the non-racing public as well as ensuring our horses are treated with the highest degree of care. The eradication of our choice to administer race-day Lasix will not do any of those things.

It is our belief that banning Lasix will adversely impact the health and welfare of our racehorses as well as the strength of our industry. Research also proves an increased number of horses will bleed significantly out of their nostrils, or into in their lungs, and an increased number will die.

We understand and agree things can and should be done to improve the safety and welfare of our equine athletes. It is just as important to understand what is NOT causing catastrophic injuries, as it is understanding the underlying causes. Many continue to claim Lasix will interfere with post-race drug testing due to dilution, but this argument has long been disproven. Lasix is a short-acting diuretic and the dilution effect is gone in two hours. However, the tightly regulated administration of Lasix is required four hours before a race. Thus, Lasix has no ability to interfere with blood or urine testing after a race.

No one takes our stance on this position casually, but we believe we must not be led down a path created by perception and not facts. For this reason we must stand for what is in the best interest and safety for our equine and human athletes.

This letter includes an initial round of over 600 signatures from racing stakeholders and signatures will continue to be collected going forward. Click here to be added to the list.

Signatures include the following: Rusty Arnold; Steve Asmussen; Buff Bradley; Bret Calhoun; Anita and James Cauley; Dr. Nancy Cole; Brad Cox; Boyd Caster; Wayne Catalano, Jake Delhomme; Michael Ann Ewing; Greg Foley; Vickie Foley; Tim Glyshaw; Larry Jones; Dallas Keen; Marshall Gramm; Dr. Chuck Kidder; Mike and Penny Lauer; Mike Maker; Ron Moquett; Randy Morse; Maggi Moss; Loren Hebel Osborne; Joe Orseno; Joel Politi; Allen Poindexter; Louis J. Roussel III; Clay Sanders; Chester Thomas; Mike Tomlinson; Tom Van Berg; Kelly Von Hemel; Gary and Mary West; Ian Wilkes; Jack Wolf; Erv Woolsey.

The entire list may be viewed as a PDF file and can also be found at this link (list updated as of 9/20/19):

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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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