NOMINATIONS FOR LOUISIANA CUP DAY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS CLOSE SATURDAY, JULY 20

Bossier City, LA – The Louisiana Downs racing office is busy this week taking nominations for Louisiana Cup Day, which is set for Saturday, August 3. Nominations for the seven stakes will close this Saturday, July 20.

Trainer Scott Gelner who won stakes last year on both Louisiana Cup Day and the Super Derby undercard has two horses nominated for Louisiana Cup Day.

Taylor’s Spirit,  a 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.

“She’s a nice filly,” said Gelner. “We would like to give her a try in the Prelude and maybe get a shot in the Super Derby.”

Gelner currently as 45 horses in training with the majority competing in Louisiana and Prairie Meadows. One of his personal favorites, Yes Gorgeous, is under consideration for the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint as well as the $50,000 Louisiana Distaff.

Gelner purchased the 4-year-old daughter of Mass Media for $1,700 at the Louisiana Mixed Sale.

“I trained her mama for a few races,” said Gelner. “She had a few problems, but overcame them with her big heart.”

Yes Gorgeous has rewarded Gelner with both heart and a solid return on his investment. She’s made 25 career starts, with a record of five wins, ten seconds and two third-place finishes and earnings of $258,220. In the $60,000 Elge Rasberry here last September, she defeated nine Louisiana -bred fillies, overcoming torrential rain during the running of the race.

“She tries hard every time she runs and even on an off day, gives her all,” stated Gelner. “She is just a blessing from God for me and my family and has handled everything we have ever asked: turf, dirt, even running against the boys.”

 

Mary Rampellini of the Daily Racing Form broke the news that Mr Money Bags is being pointed to the Super Derby by his trainer, 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.

“This horse likes to run on the front end and wins most of his races that way,” said Neatherlin. “In the Iowa Derby, he stumbled out of the gate and got into trouble from there.”

Neatherlin hopes to run Mr Money Bags in the $60,000 Prelude, which awards the winner a berth into the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby on Saturday, September 7.

 

Nominations for the following Louisiana Cup Day stakes close on July 20.

$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

 

Trainer, Jockey and Owner Standings

As of July 16, Joey Foster remains on top of the trainer standings with 31 wins. Karl Broberg is second with 25 wins.Joe O. Duhon is third with 14 winners and Beverly Burress has saddled 13 winners to round out the top four conditioners.

Carlos Lozada and Joel Dominguez are tied for lead in the jockey standings with 52 wins each since the meet began on May 4. Richard Eramia, who is dividing his time between Louisiana Downs and Lone Star Park, is third with 32 victories and Aubrie Green follows with 26 wins.

End Zone Athletics, Inc. tops the  owner standings with 12 wins. Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. is second with nine wins and four owners, Indian Creek Thoroughbred Farms, LLC. Penny Scarberry. Ronnie Ward and Albert Salmon, Jr., are tied with five victories each.

 

 

Super Tuesday Pick 4 Pays $629 on July 16

A new wager, the Super Tuesday Pick 4, continues to build momentum since making its debut on Tuesday, June 25.  The wager teams two Caesar’s Entertainment racetracks: Harrah’s Louisiana Downs and Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, which both offer Tuesday matinee racing programs. Two races from each property are selected for the Super Tuesday, Pick 4 wager, with an industry-low 15% takeout.

Even with the first race from Indiana Grand taken off the turf. the winning payoff  on Tuesday, July 16 returned $629.85. The wager is garnering attention from horseplayers as last week’s Super Tuesday Pick 4 paid $787.10.

 

Empire of Hope Day Featuring The Rescue Run To Take Place Saturday, July 20

Fans at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs have always enjoyed the Wiener Dog Races. This Saturday, Louisiana Downs will host a special event called The Rescue Run to raise funds for retired racehorse aftercare and local pet charities. The festivities will begin at 11 am when local shelters and pet organizations race their furry friends to the finish line! Food trucks, inflatables, face painting and pet adoption will be available before the live Thoroughbred racing gets underway. For more information, contact cboddie@caesars.com.

 

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

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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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STALL APPLICATIONS FOR UPCOMING 2019-20 DELTA DOWNS THOROUGHBRED SEASON DUE BY AUGUST 12

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs’ racing office has announced that stall applications for the track’s 2019-20 Thoroughbred season are due by Monday, August 12. The upcoming meet is scheduled to run from October 8 through February 29. First post time during the season will be at 4:55 pm CST each Wednesday through Saturday night.

 

Delta Downs stall applications are available online at www.deltadownsracing.com under the ‘Horsemen’s Info’ section. For more information about the season, horsemen can call racing secretary John Simon or his staff directly at 1-888-589-7223.

 

Delta Downs’ new season promises to be one of the best in the track’s 46-year history. The highlight of the 84-day stand will come on Saturday, February 8 when the track hosts Louisiana Premier Night, which features 10 stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses and nearly $900,000 in total purse money.

 

Delta Downs will release its complete stakes schedule for the 2019-20 season in the coming days.

 

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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HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS INDUCTS ITS INAUGURAL RACING HALL OF FAME CLASS ON SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2019

Fans Voted Alysheba, Bobby Barnett, Calvin Borel and Tom Sweeney as Additional Honorees

 

Bossier City, LA – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs held its first Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, July 13. The event, which was open to the public, honored the achievements of horse owners, trainers, jockeys, horses and property contributors who have played pivotal roles in the rich history of Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.

 

A committee was formed earlier this year and selected individuals and racing champions for its first class. In addition, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs offered racing fan an opportunity to vote for  additional inductees in the category of trainer, jockey, horse and contributor.

 

The Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Racing Hall of Fame honored the following recipients:

 

LAD Racing Hall of Fame Owner

  • John Franks – John Franks was the leading owner at Louisiana Downs for 18 years and much of the track’s success can be attributed to him.  Franks was an Eclipse Award winning owner and his homebred Answer Lively was honored as 1998 Two-Year Colt of the Year.

 

 

LAD Racing Hall of Fame Trainer

  • Frank L. Brothers Winner of nearly 800 races at Louisiana Downs and nine consecutive training titles from 1980 – 1988.  Brothers is the all-time  leader in Stakes victories with 127.  Louisiana Downs named a stakes race in his honor in 2019.

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  • C.W. Walker – The track’s second all-time leading trainer with 820 wins.  A mainstay at Louisiana Downs he was best known for his prowess with claiming horses but also had 16 stakes winners. He was the leading trainer in 1977.

 

 

FAN VOTE HONOREE:

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  • Bobby Barnett – A three-time Louisiana Downs training title champion (1991, 1994, 1997) and trainer of 2004 Super Derby winner, Fantasticat. He was the primary trainer for John Franks. Winner of nearly 500 races locally.

 

 

LAD Racing Hall of Fame Contributor

  • Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. – Instrumental in the early development of Louisiana Downs as one of the first owners. The track was a success from the start, setting numerous national records for handle and attendance throughout the 1970’s and ’80’s under his oversight.

FAN VOTE HONOREE:

  • Tom Sweeney – Longtime General Manager at Louisiana Downs including the early days of the racetrack. Sweeney was at the forefront of the inclusion of video poker and improved gaming at Louisiana Downs.

 

LAD Racing Hall of Fame Jockey

 

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  • Ronald Ardoin – A resident of Haughton, Louisiana, Ardoin is the all-time winningest jockey at Louisiana Downs. He made history as the 16th jockey nationally to have 5,000 wins when he rode Heart of an Angel to victory at Louisiana Downs.

 

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  • Larry Snyder – Legendary Jockey with a 35-year riding career. Loved by fans at Louisiana Downs and Oaklawn Park, Larry worked as a steward at the track after retiring from the saddle in 1994.

 

 

FAN VOTE HONOREE:

Calvin Borel

  • Calvin Borel – A three-time leading jockey at Louisiana Downs  (1991, 1992, 1994) and winner of over 1200 races locally.  Borel is a nationally prominent rider with multiple Kentucky Derby wins

 

 

 

 

LAD Racing Hall of Fame Horses

  • Sunday Silence – The Super Derby Winner in 1989 in the same year that he was named Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Male. He was winner of The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Breeder’s Cup Classic.  Sunday Silence was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1996.

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  • Free Spirits Joy – Louisiana-bred winner of the Super Derby in 1991. He made 29 Louisiana starts and 3 at Remington Park. He died at the age at 27 in 2015.

 

 

FAN VOTE HONOREE:

  • Alysheba – Won the Super Derby in 1987 after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Alysheba was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1993.

 

“We are so pleased to have honored the first class of the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Racing Hall of Fame today,” said Eric Halstrom, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Vice President of Operations “The accomplishments of these prodigious leaders, horsemen and tremendous racing champions are truly significant, both for Louisiana and the national racing industry. We thank our committee for their efforts and of course, our dedicated fans for voting the additional recipients into the inaugural Racing Hall of Fame.”

 

Live racing resumes on Monday, July 15 and the two major stakes days are right around the corner. Louisiana Cup Day will run on Saturday, August 3, featuring seven stakes, including the  $60,000 Prelude, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds that serves as the local prep race for the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby. Saturday, September 7 is the date for this year’s Super Derby Day card, which features seven stakes with purses totaling $600,000.

 

For more information on the 2019 Thoroughbred meet, which runs through September 25, visit https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-louisiana-downs/racing.

 

 

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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CHRI Blankets Capitol Hill Pushing Support for the Horseracing Integrity Act

Members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) blanketed Capitol Hill today seeking support for the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019 (HIA). Individual members are meeting with senators to educate them on HIA, which was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Martha McSally (R-AZ). The Senate bill is the companion legislation to the House bill, which was introduced earlier this year by Reps. Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY).

“The Horseracing Integrity Act is gaining momentum with the introduction of the Senate bill, and prominent members of the horse racing industry have flown in from all over the country to help educate senators and members about the need for reform,” said Shawn Smeallie, executive director of CHRI. “We’ve already had 127 members of the House co-sponsor the bill, and we’re confident that a majority of senators will get on board as well.”

The HIA would create a private, independent horse racing anti-doping authority responsible for developing and administering a nationwide anti-doping and medication control program. The program would be administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, the body responsible for administering anti-doping programs for human athletes, including the U.S. Olympic teams.

“The bill doesn’t create a new ‘Department of Horse Racing,’ but rather sets up an independent board with broad representation from the industry,” continued Smeallie. “We are currently operating under a patchwork quilt of state regulations with little consistency across jurisdictions. Inconsistent rules mean that the health of horses suffers, with injuries and deaths that could have been prevented.”

The new set of rules, testing procedures, and penalties would replace the current makeshift regulatory system that governs horse racing’s 38 jurisdictions. Passage of this bill will result in a substantial increase in out-of-competition testing, which will help ensure horses are free from performance-enhancing drugs during racing and training.

In a recent research paper, the group in charge of the industry’s breed registry, The Jockey Club, wrote that “improper drug use can directly lead to horse injuries and deaths. Horses aren’t human, and the only way they can tell us something is wrong is by reacting to a symptom. If that symptom is masked, the results can be devastating… we lag behind cheaters and abusers and by the time we have caught up they have moved on to the next designer substance.”

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HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS TO HOST RACING HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY ON SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2019

Super Derby Festival 40 Charity Golf Tournament Set for Thursday, August 29

 

Bossier City, LA – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will honor the first class of its Racing Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 13. It will serve as an opportunity to honor the achievements of horse owners, trainers, jockeys, horses and property contributors who have played pivotal roles in the rich history of Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.

 

The Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Racing Hall of Fame Committee selected the following recipients for the inaugural class. In addition, fan voting was offered and the public contributed to honor one additional inductee in the category of trainer, jockey, racing contributor and horse.  Those results will be announced in Saturday’s induction ceremony, which will take place in the lobby of Harrah’s Louisiana Downs following the races.  The festivities are open to the public.

 

These are the inductees into the 2019 Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Racing Hall of Fame.

 

LAD Racing Hall of Fame Owner

  • John Franks – John Franks was the leading owner at Louisiana Downs for 18 years and much of the track’s success can be attributed to him.  Franks was an Eclipse Award winning owner and his homebred Answer Lively was honored as 1998 Two-Year Colt of the Year.

 

LAD Racing Hall of Fame Trainer

  • Frank L. Brothers Winner of nearly 800 races at Louisiana Downs and nine consecutive training titles from 1980 – 1988.  Brothers is the all-time  leader in Stakes victories with 127.  Louisiana Downs named a stakes race in his honor in 2019.
  • C.W. Walker – The track’s second all-time leading trainer with 820 wins.  A mainstay at Louisiana Downs he was best known for his prowess with claiming horses but also had 16 stakes winners. He was the leading trainer in 1977.

 

 

LAD Racing Hall of Fame Contributor

  • Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. – Instrumental in the early development of Louisiana Downs as one of the first owners. The track was a success from the start, setting numerous national records for handle and attendance throughout the 1970’s and ’80’s under his oversight.

 

 

 

LAD Racing Hall of Fame Jockey

  • Ronald Ardoin – A resident of Haughton, Louisiana, Ardoin is the all-time winningest jockey at Louisiana Downs. He made history as the 16th jockey nationally to have 5,000 wins when he rode Heart of an Angel to victory at Louisiana Downs.
  • Larry Snyder – Legendary Jockey with a 35-year riding career. Loved by fans at Louisiana Downs and Oaklawn Park, Larry worked as a steward at the track after retiring from the saddle in 1994.

 

LAD Racing Hall of Fame Horses

  • Sunday Silence – The Super Derby Winner in 1989 in the same year that he was named Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Male. He was winner of The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Breeder’s Cup Classic.  Sunday Silence was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1996.
  • Free Spirits Joy – Louisiana-bred winner of the Super Derby in 1991. He made 29 Louisiana starts and 3 at Remington Park. He died at the age at 27 in 2015.

 

 

Super Tuesday Pick 4 Pays $797 on July 9

A new wager, the Super Tuesday Pick 4, continues to build momentum since making its debut on Tuesday, June 25.  The wager teams two Caesar’s Entertainment racetracks: Harrah’s Louisiana Downs and Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, which both offer Tuesday matinee racing programs. Two races from each property are selected for the Super Tuesday, Pick 4 wager, with an industry-low 15% takeout.

 

With just two favorites winning in the Tuesday, July 9 sequence, a record $787.10, for the $.50 wager, was returned to savvy horseplayers.

 

“We are very pleased that horseplayers are catching on to this wager,” said Eric Halstrom, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Vice President of Operations “Offering the 15% takeout was very important to us. Had we run it with the standard takeout of 25%, the winning ticket would have paid $694.50. We want the best for our horseplayers and look forward to offering the Super Tuesday Pick 4 through September 24.”

 

 

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 Clubin 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.

“I am always so humbled to see all the support that the Golf Tournament brings to our ministry,” said Sistrunk. “The people in our industry are some of the most caring and supportive people that I know.   And plus, it is a great time that we can get away from the everyday duties of the racetrack.  I am truly a blessed person and Chaplain to get to work with such a great group of people!!!

 

It’s also an event that brings a lot of joy to the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs employees, including Jennifer Sokol, who serves as racing office coordinator.

 

“We had an amazing turnout last year,” said Sokol. “Chaplain Jimmy does so much for our racing community and our annual charity golf tournament is such an enjoyable way to raise valuable funds. We thank our horsemen and local businesses for their support and look forward to another successful event this year!”

 

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 9. Hole sponsorships for $100, including a sign, are available, but must be purchased by August 1.

 

For further information, please contact Sokol at (318) 741-2512.

 

 

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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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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SARAH’S PASSION WINS THE “SHINE” YOUNG FUTURITY AT EVANGELINE DOWNS

FILLY MAKES HER FIRST LIFETIME START A STAKES VICTORY

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Sarah’s Passion wins the filly division of the D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity in her first start. Coady Photography

 

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

SARAH’S PASSION
Songandaprayer-My Holy Belle
Breeder: Perform Stables, Inc.
Owner: Perform Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

2nd
Todayisnotheday
D’Wildcat-Rock N Roll Brick
Breeder: Carrol J. Castille
Owner: Whispering Oaks Farm LLC
Trainer: Steven B. Flint
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

3rd
Tensas Weezy
Palace-Tensas Idea
Breeder: Curt Leake
Owner: Bobby Dupre
Trainer: Carl J. Deville
Jockey: Devin H. Magnon

OPELOUSAS, LA – A first-time starter winning their first start is not something that happens very often and for it to come in a stakes race is rare indeed. Yet, that was exactly what happened in the fillies division of the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity on Friday night at Evangeline Downs. Sarah’s Passion broke alertly and was in contention all the way, taking the lead at the top of the stretch and cruising to a ¾-length win in a final time of 1:06.36 for the 5-1/2 furlongs over the fast track.

 

The 4-5 betting favorite, Joe G’s Payback, went right to the lead at the start and set a solid pace of 22.09 seconds for the quarter-mile and 46.24 for the half. Sarah’s Passion stalked the leader through the early stages of the race and made her move entering the stretch, taking over while dropping over to the rail. Todayisnottheday was also forwardly-placed throughout and made a valiant try to overtake the leader late, but came up just short in her effort to keep a perfect record through two starts. Tensas Weezy, a 38-1 longshot, was outrun early on, but closed stoutly to get up for third.

 

Sarah’s Passion won at odds of 3-1 and paid $8 to win, $5 to place and $3.80 to show. Todayisnottheday returned $6.20 to place and $4.40 to show, while Tensas Weezy paid $7 to show.

 

Sarah’s Passion was bred in Louisiana by the owners Perform Stables Inc., is trained by Ricky Courville and was ridden to victory by Colby Hernandez. The 2-year-old filly is by Songandaprayer and is out of the Holy Bull mare, My Holy Belle. She is a perfect one for one in her career and earned $45,000 for the debut victory.

 

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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