DAVID HEITZMANN PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR OF RACING AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

David Heitzmann

Bossier City, LA – David Heitzmann, who has been the racing secretary at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs since March, 2010, has been promoted to Director of Racing/Racing Secretary, pending all regulatory approvals.

Mike Rich, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs made the announcement about Heitzmann and the departure of Trent McIntosh, who has taken on the new role as General Manager of Hoosier Park in Indianapolis, Indiana for Caesars Entertainment.

Heitzmann has been affiliated with many racetracks across the country including Keeneland, Arlington Park, Fairgrounds and Churchill Downs, prior to his tenure at Louisiana Downs. Racing runs in the Heitzmann family as his father, Roger Heitzmann, Jr. was a trainer and he has three brothers involved in the racing industry. Roger, III, is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Association (LTBA); Mike serves as General Manager of Stone Bridge Farm in Kentucky and Eric, is a trainer who currently has 25 horses at Canterbury Park.

“David has a wealth of racing knowledge as he has worked in the industry for 31 years,” said Rich.

Born in Covington, Kentucky, Heitzmann grew up in Metairie, Louisiana, and is committed to supporting the horsemen who have shown loyalty to Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. While he does not predict any major changes this meet, he is clear on his goals.

“Our main focus is in our local horsemen,” stated Heitzmann. “We want to help them as much as possible as they support our daily racing programs. We are working on keeping the field size up and working with TVG in getting our signal out to horseplayers.”

Louisiana horseman Joe O. Duhon is the current co-leader in the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs trainer standings and has a long association with Heitzmann.

“David’s doing a super job,” said Duhon. “He’s a horseman; comes from a family of horsemen and I know he will do his best to look out for us.”

Camel and Ostrich Racing Set for July 4

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is hosting Exotic Animal Races on Wednesday, July 4th. Fans of all ages will enjoy Ostriches and Camels racing on the main track in between live Thoroughbred races. Post time is 3:15 pm and activities for families on the Kid’s Zone apron will get underway at noon.  The popular Food Trucks will make a return appearance and The Harrah’s Club is offering an All you can eat, All day Buffet for $29.99.

 

Trainer, Jockey and Owner Standings

As of July 2, Joe O. Duhon and Al Stall, Jr. are tied for the lead in the trainer standings with 11 wins each. Karl Broberg, Danny Pish and Henry E. Uriegas have each saddled ten winners to share second place. Eric Nelson, Jr. and Jorge Lara follow closely with eight wins each.

 

Several jockeys are riding very well this meet and a tight battle for leading rider is underway. Emanuel Nieves is the current leader in the standings with 31 wins. Joel Dominguez took command of the June 23rd card, winning six of the seven races. He has won 30 races to date. Gerardo Mora, who was the leading rider last year at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, is third with   28 winners. He won five races on the June 27th card, sending the message that a repeat of his title is certainly on his mind. Richard Eramia, who has locked up leading rider honors already at Lone Star Park, has 25 wins to his credit at Louisiana Downs.  He will be a threat once Lone Star concludes on July 15.

 

End Zone Athletics, Inc. and Dream Walkin Farms, Inc.  top the owner standings with eight wins each.  Jorge Gomez is second with six wins, one more than Patti Turner.  P and D Racing Stables and Indian Creek Thoroughbred Farms LLC follow with four wins each.

 

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 27.

 

The 84-day meet will include 14 stakes highlighted by two major events, Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 4 and Super Derby Day on Sunday, September 2. As previously announced one major change for the upcoming season is that the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby will return to the main track at a distance of a mile and one-sixteenth on Sunday, September 2.

 

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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LIVE THOROUGHBRED RACING AT HARRAH’S LOUISANA DOWNS GETS UNDERWAY ON SATURDAY, MAY 5

Opening Day Features the Simulcast of the 144th Kentucky Derby

 

Bossier City, LA – The 2018 Thoroughbred racing season at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs commences on Saturday, May 5. Opening day will include eight races beginning at 3:15 pm (Central) and the simulcast of the 144th Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs.

 

Opening day will feature plenty of action for racing fans and an entertaining day for families as well. Beginning at 11:00 am along the track apron, there will be a children’s area with free bounce houses, water slides, face painting and culinary delights from the most popular food trucks in Shreveport-Bossier City.

 

The 84-day meet will include 14 stakes highlighted by two major stakes programs, Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 4 and Super Derby Day on Sunday, September 2.

 

“We look forward to welcoming racing fans to Louisiana Downs this Saturday,” said Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager. “Opening day is always very exciting with live racing, the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby and a festival atmosphere suited for fans of all ages. The interest from horsemen has been strong and our goal is to offer quality racing to our horseplayers throughout the 2018 Thoroughbred meet.”

 

Super Derby Update and Fond Memories for Owner Staton Flurry

Louisiana Downs will present 14 stakes highlighted by two major events, Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 4 and Super Derby Day on Sunday, September 2. As previously announced one major change for the upcoming season is that the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby will return to the main track at a distance of mile and one-sixteenth on Sunday, September 2.

 

In 2017, the Super Derby was contested on the Franks Turf Course and Flurry Racing Stable LLC’s Mr. Misunderstood scored a definitive victory in the richest race of the season. Trained by Brad Cox, the gelded son of Archarcharch, shipped to Bossier City for the $60,000 Prelude, won that easily to earn a berth to the Super Derby, the meet’s richest stakes.

 

Staton Flurry, 27, is a young owner with a keen eye for racing prospects. He purchased Mr. Misunderstood for $130,000 at the 2016 Ocala Breeders’ Two-Year-Old in Training Sale and sent him to Cox, who is emerging as one of the country’s most respected conditioners.

 

After Mr. Misunderstood finished a disappointing seventh in the 2017 Illinois Derby, Cox urged Flurry to consider a switch to grass for the dark bay gelding.

 

“Brad suggested we run Mr. Misunderstood on the turf,” Flurry explained. “He has a knack for listening to the horse and the horse really liked it.”

 

Make that really, really liked it!  Flurry’s pride and joy who was entered in a $30,000 claiming race at Fair Grounds at the end of 2016, went on to win seven consecutive turf races last year, culminating with a victory in the Grade 3, Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs.

 

Flurry has 15 horses in training with Cox, Kevin Martin and Karl Broberg and was not overly disappointed hearing the news that the Super Derby would revert to the main track.

 

“The way that I see it, we got a little piece of history,” he said. “I loved the experience and we enjoyed running at Louisiana Downs. I bought a Louisiana-bred at the TTA Sale last month; he had one of the top five works. If all goes well, we’re hoping to get him in a prep this meet and aim for the Prelude.”

 

Flurry makes his living in the family-owned parking lot business in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He has ties to Midget Car Racing but admits that horseracing is his passion.

 

“It gets in your blood,” admits Flurry. “I’m part owner of (the undefeated 3-year-old trained by Cox) Exclamation Point, who is pointed to the Sir Barton at Pimlico. I love studying bloodlines, attending the sales and watching my horses train. Of course, winning never gets old!”

Trainers and Jockeys To Watch

Joey Foster of Vinton, Louisiana, who has won the last two training titles at Louisiana Downs, returns with a full barn. He saddled 68 winners last year to top H. B. Johnson, Karl Broberg, James Hodges, Sarah Delany, Pat Mouton, Dana Whited and Danny Pish, all of whom return with runners on the opening day card.

 

Last year’s leading rider, Gerardo Mora, will be back, along with Richard Eramia, Aubrie Green, Filimon Rodriguez, Eguard Tejera Hector Del-Cid, Jose Guerrero, and Kevin Smith.

 

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 27.

 

The 84-day meet will include 14 stakes highlighted by two major events, Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 4 and Super Derby Day on Sunday, September 2. As previously announced one major change for the upcoming season is that the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby will return to the main track at a distance of mile and one-sixteenth on Sunday, September 2.

 

Saturday, August 4                           Louisiana Cup Day               Noms close July 21

$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

 

Sunday, September 2                        Super Derby Day                  Noms close August 18

$60,000 Unbridled                                          3 YO & Up                             1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 River Cities                                       3 YO & Up F&M                    1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 Happy Ticket                                    2 YO Fillies                             One Mile (T)

$60,000 Sunday Silence                                 2 YO                                       One Mile (T)

$300,000 SUPER DERBY (G3)

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3 YO

1 1/16 miles

$60,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin                             3 YO LA-Bred                        One Mile (T)

$60,000 Elge Rasberry                                   3 YO Fillies, LA-Bred            One Mile (T)

 

Race Day Promotions

The Total Rewards program at Louisiana Downs is free for horseplayers. With the swipe of their card each Saturday, members will receive valuable incentives, beginning May 5.  These include:

  • Play $250 or more to receive a 5X multiplier
  • Play $1,000 or more to receive a 7X multiplier
  • Play $5,000 or more to receive a 10X multiplier

Participant’s multiplier cannot exceed a total balance of more than one hundred thousand (100,000) Reward Credits during one promotional day after the multiplier is applied.

 

Also, fans in attendance on Saturday, May 5 will receive a $5.00 FREE BET which can be redeemed on Saturday, May 19.  Louisiana Downs offers value for racing fans each Wednesday with Dollar Day. They will be able to enjoy $1 hot dogs, $1 beer at the Paddock as well as $1 programs. Saturday’s weekly promotion is the Family Four Pack featuring four hot dogs, four sodas, a program, and a box seat for four at the affordable price of just $16.

 

For more information on the upcoming racing season and special events, click here.

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.

For further information, please contact:

Trent McIntosh  |  Assistant General Manager
318-752-6980
8000 East Texas Street | Bossier City, LA 71111
www.caesars.com
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