OPELOUSAS, LA –Vicente Del-Cid pulled away in the final weeks to repeat as the top jockey at the recently concluded Evangeline Downs Thoroughbred meet.  Bolstered by a 4-win night with a week to go, Del-Cid finished the season with 76 wins from 380 mounts.  Add in 41 runner-up finishes and another 63 shows, his mounts won at a 20% rate and hit the board in 47% of his chances, while earning $1,513,675.  The champion jockey led a trio of riders to eclipse the million-dollar mark in purses.  Tim Thornton was second with $1,409,235 and apprentice Elio Barrera was third with his mounts earning $1,312,420.

The complete top 10 jockeys for the 2023 season were:  Vicente Del-Cid (76 wins), Elio Barrera (64), Tim Thornton (55), Juan Vargas (42), C.J. McMahon (41), Jose Luis Rodriguez (29), Joel Dominguez (25), Joe Stokes (23) and a tie for ninth between Thomas Pompell and Casey Fusilier with 21.

Trainer Lee Thomas emerged as the leading trainer in a tight battle that came down to the final night of the season.  Thomas trainees were victorious in 24 trips to the post from 98 starters.  His runners hit the board at a solid 48% rate and topped the list with $540,055 in purses, just ahead of the Allen Landry barn with $506,425.

The complete top 10 in the trainer standings:  Lee Thomas (24 wins), Eduardo Ramirez (22), Sam Breaux (22), Juan Larrosa (21), Allen Landry (20), Karl Broberg (18), Sturges Ducoing (15), Edith Mojica (15), Keith Bourgeios (15), and Jayde Gelner (13).

Elite Thoroughbred Racing, LLC (Michele Rodriguez) topped the owner standings with 17 wins from 76 starters.  With nine places and 10 shows, Elite Thoroughbred runners hit the board 47% and earned a meet leading $310,925.  Other owners to surpass the quarter-million mark in earnings included End Zone Athletics ($260,945), Set-Hut LLC ($237,520), Whispering Oaks Farm LLC ($237,390), and Norman Stables ($226,290).  Owner Sandy Badeaux runners won at a 32% strike rate, best among the top 10.

The complete top 10 in the owner standings were:  Elite Thoroughbred Racing, LLC (17 wins), End Zone Athletics (14), Sandy Badeaux (12), Norman Stables, LLC (9), Whispering Oaks Farm, LLC (7), Mojica Stables, Inc. (7), Jason Grudzien (7), Tres Portillos Ranch Inc. (7), and L and G Racing Stables and Set-Hut LLC with 6 wins apiece.

Evangeline Downs will be dark for a few weeks.  Live racing resumes with the start of the American Quarter Horse meet on Friday, September 29.  Post time for the 46-day season will be at 5:35pm Central Time.

For more information on Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at Evangeline Downs information can also be found on Twitter @EVDracing and on Facebook at

Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Evangeline Downs is located in Opelousas, Louisiana, off I-49 on Cresswell Lane at Exit 18.






VINTON, LA. –  The 2022-23 Thoroughbred season at Delta Downs wrapped up on Tuesday with a couple of familiar names and one new one at the top of the horsemen’s standings. Karl Broberg and End Zone Athletics, Inc. once again led all trainers and owners respectively while emerging superstar Vicente Del Cid topped the jockey standings for the first time in Vinton.

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Del Cid came into the season at Delta Downs as an apprentice rider and left as a journeyman. He lost his apprentice allowance midway through the meeting, but the added weight did not slow him down as he topped the standings from start to finish and ended the season with 121 wins and $2,789,565 in mount earnings to lead both categories. He also scored three stakes wins this year, each worth $100,000 in total purse money.

Del Cid’s accomplishment at Delta Downs followed a breakout season at Boyd Gaming’s other Louisiana racetrack, Evangeline Downs. During the 2022 meet in Opelousas, Del Cid won his first riding title by notching 125 wins. His riding prowess in 2022 garnered enough votes nationally to see him finish second in the voting for the Eclipse Award for Champion Apprentice Jockey, which was announced in late January.

Following Del Cid in the jockey standings were C. J. McMahon (85 wins), Jose Guerrero (59), Joe Stokes (52), Alex Birzer (49), Joel Dominguez (40), Tim Thornton (40), Thomas Pompell (39), Elio Berrera (33), and Juan Vargas (33).

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Broberg continued his dominance at Delta Downs in 2022-23 by sending out 72 winners and totaling $1,473,510 in barn earnings to lead each category. It was the 12th straight time the Broberg barn has led the standings dating back to the 2011-12 season. During the 2018-19 season his horses set the current records for Thoroughbred trainers with 107 wins and earnings of $2,017,120.

Rounding out the list of leading trainers for the Delta Downs meeting were Brett Brinkman (39), Juan Larrosa (38), Isai V. Gonzalez (32), Allen Landry (26), Eduardo Ramirez (26), Greg Tracy (21), Edith Mojica (16), Sam Breaux (16), and Lee M. Thomas (16).

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End Zone Athletics, Inc. saw 59 of their runners win and earn a total of $1,158,650 during the meeting to lead both categories for owners. It was the eighth consecutive title and 11th overall for End Zone Athletics, which includes partners Karl Broberg and Matt Johanson.

Rounding out the top owners for the season were GSH Stables, LLC (23), Mojica Stables, Inc. (14), Mark Hibdon (11), Noman Stables, LLC (11), Brandon Hebert (9), Elite Thoroughbred Racing, LLC (8), Spooky Business Stable, LLC (7), L and G Racing Stables (7), and Jason S. Guidry (7).

Delta Downs now looks forward to its upcoming American Quarter Horse season which gets underway on April 28 and runs through July 15. The 46-day meeting will feature live racing each Wednesday through Saturday night with first post time set for 6:15 pm Central Time.

For more information about the Delta Downs Quarter Horse season, including specific race days, go to the track’s website at 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.