VINTON, LA. – Nominations to this year’s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot close on Saturday, October 22. The race offers a $600,000 first place prize as well as qualifying points in the ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ series.

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will host the 14th running of the grade III race for 2-year-olds competing at 1-1/16 miles over a dirt surface on Saturday, November 19, along with seven other stakes races. The entire program will feature more than $2.3 million in total purse money. There will be a special first race post time on Jackpot Day of 1:15 pm CT.

There were 191 horses nominated to the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot last year including that of Exaggerator, who won the race under Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux. Exaggerator would go on to win three grade I races after his trip to Vinton including the Santa Anita Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Haskell Invitational while becoming the highest earning winner of Delta Downs’ richest annual offering at more than $3.5 million. It was announced last week that the son of Curlin has been retired and will now stand at WinStar Farm in Kentucky. This year’s race is once again expected to attract another high number of quality nominations from horsemen throughout the country.

In addition to Exaggerator, the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot has launched the careers for several other top horses. Goldencents, who took the race in 2012, tallied over $3 million in career earnings while winning three grade I races before his retirement a couple of years ago. The 2008 Jackpot winner, Big Drama, went on to take the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in 2010 and earned over $2.7 million during his time on the racetrack.

The $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot has also been a proven path to the Kentucky Derby. Last year’s race produced two starters for ‘Run for the Roses’ at Churchill Downs in May. There have been eight Kentucky Derby starters come out of the Jackpot in the past four years, and since its inception in 2002 the race has seen 14 of its participants make it to the big dance in Louisville.

This year the ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ series will include 35 stakes leading up to the big race at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 6. The top four finishers in this year’s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot will be awarded points on a 10-4-2-1 scale toward a possible starting position in the first leg of the 2017 Triple Crown.

To nominate a horse to this year’s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot, contact the track’s racing office at 888-589-7223. For more information about the big race, as well as Delta Downs’ upcoming 86-day season which begins on October 19, visit or

Horsemen and fans can also follow developments for this year’s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot and the new Delta Downs season through social media. The track’s Facebook page is ‘Delta Downs Racing’, and the Twitter account to follow is @deltaracing.

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & 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.

KEEP Conference: Facilitate Horse Encounters

By , BloodHorse Daily


With the continued urbanization of the United States, speakers at the first Kentucky Equine Education Project industry conference Oct. 18 in Lexington said it’s more important than ever for industry participants to reach out to the general public to help facilitate a connection to horses.

“We sometimes forget that while we get to see horses every day, the vast majority of the world does not,” said Price Bell of Mill Ridge Farm and Nicoma Bloodstock. “They want to see how horses live, how they are cared for each day.”

Bell, who participated on a panel discussing growth opportunities for the industry at the two-day conference, is the board president of Horse Country Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides tours of Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms.

KEEP works to promote horse industry awareness in Kentucky.

Bell noted that the original economic engine for horse racing, pari-mutuel wagering, faces more and more competition. He said it’s important for the industry to create new experiences for customers. He said the thing that makes racing unique compared with other gaming is the horse, and providing access to horses at tracks and farms can create unique experiences that will create new fans.

“Our consumer has changed a lot in my lifetime. Now that you can bet on anything, people want an experience. They want to touch a horse, they want a nice place to go for the races,” Bell said. “The horse is the differentiator… Demands of the horse racing consumer have dramatically changed from a sort of betting commodity to an experience. We need to drive more experience-based exposure to the horse for people.”

Bell said it’s hugely important to fans that the horse is treated well during its racing career and will be treated well after it’s retired. Bell said bringing people into contact with horses and allowing them to see first-hand how well they are treated can help when animal rights groups assail the sport.

“I believe in promoting transparency and promoting horses. The more you bring people into your barns, it helps affect the conversation,” Bell said. “Through social media, initiatives like Horse Country that celebrate the horse, its care, and its love; it can help change the conversation.”

Kentucky commissioner of agriculture Ryan Quarles, also participating on the panel, said strides have been made in educating legislators about the breeding industry. He said more of them understand that the backbone of the industry are family-owned farms. But he encouraged farm owners to continue to reach out to lawmakers and invite them to see the operations first-hand.

Quarles, a Republican who was elected in November 2015, said he is committed to working with the equine industry.

“Over the years Agriculture has had a limited relationship with the equine industry,” Quarles said. “I want to change that. I believe we need a more active role. You are going to have to educate me and the Department of Agriculture, because of that limited previous interaction.”

Justin Phillip Colt Tops Equine Sales Company Open Yearling and Mixed Sale

A colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Justin Phillip topped the Equine Sales Company Open Yearling and Mixed Sale on Sunday in Opelousas, Louisiana. A total of 114 head sold from 181 offered for $305,000. The average was $2,675 with a median of $1,550. Those numbers were off from last year’s auction when 127 of 190 sold for $414,700 with an average of $3,265 and median of $1,400.

Consigned by Select Sales, agent, and purchased for $22,000 by Scott Gelner, the sale-topper is a Louisiana-bred yearling out of the stakes-placed A. P Jet mare Jet’s Tradition. She is the dam of two starters, including $227,806 earner Jet Majesty.

“After setting a record yearling price of $145,000 in our select yearling sale in September and also posting big increases in gross sales, average and median, it’s not surprising that the numbers for this auction were down a little,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director for Equine Sales Company. “We had a mare in foal to Uncle Mo last year that brought $55,000 and another mare go for $48,000, so that kind of skewed the average for that auction. When you discount those, we were pretty much on par with that sale.”

Next up for Equine Sales Company is the 2-year-olds in training sale next year on May 9 with the breeze show on May 7.

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Equine Sales of Louisiana 2016 Open Yearling & Mixed Sale Results

Results for the Equine Sales of Louisiana 2016 Open Yearling & Mixed Sale which was held Sunday, October 16, 2016 are available. They can be accessed through this link:  2016 Open Yearling & Mixed Sale Results, or by going to the Equine Sales website.

For more information please contact:  Equine Sales Company by email ( or call:  337-678-3024.

Equine Sales of Louisiana 2016 Open Yearling & Mixed Sale, Sunday, Oct. 16, 10:00 a.m.

Over 200 Head Consigned to Equine Sales Company Open Yearling and Mixed Sale to be held Sunday, October 16, at 10 a.m. in Opelousas, Louisiana.
This year’s initial catalog includes 65 yearlings and 39 weanlings, up from final totals of 50 yearlings and 35 weanlings last year. There are also 78 broodmares and four horses of racing age consigned this year.  A supplement to the catalog consisting of an additional 22 consignments is currently available and can be viewed on line.
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Louisiana Breds Shine in Stakes Across North America

The third quarter of 2016 has shown that Louisiana Breds can compete at top levels all across the country. From July through September, Louisiana Breds showed up on the board in Graded Stakes in Kentucky and New York.  Additionally, in stakes with purses above $50,000, Louisiana Breds won at Monmouth Park and Remington Park, as well as placing in stakes at racetracks from New York to California.

Tip Tap Tapizar, a two-year-old Louisiana Bred colt by Tapir out of Counterpoise, a winning Storm Cat mare, ran 3rd in the $100,000 G3 Bashford Manor Stakes on July 2nd at Churchill Downs. The victory came in his 2nd start after breaking his maiden at the same track in June. He followed with a 2nd in the $196,000 G2 Saratoga Special Stakes on August 14th at Saratoga. The Steve Asmussen trainee then earned his first stakes win on September 4th at Monmouth Park as the favorite in the $100,000 Sapling Stakes for owners Whispering Oaks Farm, LLC. Bred in Louisiana by Summer Hill Farm, LLC, the juvenile has earned $133,060 thus far racing across the country.

Chocopologie, who ran 2nd in the 2015 G2 Super Derby, won the $175,000 Governor’s Cup Stakes at Remington Park on September 25th. The three-year-old colt by Candy Ride (Arg) out of Highest Class, a Mineshaft graded placed winning mare, was bred in Louisiana by Coteau Grove  Farms, LLC. The Patrick Devereux, Jr. trainee put away his competition crossing the finish line 5 lengths ahead of his nearest competitor.

2016 D.S. Shine Young winner Crosscheck Carlos, ran 2nd in the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park on August 14th and followed up with another 2nd in the $100,000 Barretts Juvenile Stakes on September 18th at Los Alamitos Race Course. The bay by Custom For Carlos-Weepnomoremylady, by Summer Squall was bred by Allen Gillette, Jr. and races for owners ERJ Racing, LLC, Slam Dunk Racing and Neil Haymes under the training of Shawn H. Davis.

Believe In Bertie, a three year old filly by Langfuhr out of the Street Cry mare Saint Bertie, ran 2nd in the $200,000 Indiana Grand Stakes at Indiana Downs on September 7th. Earlier in the summer the Richard and Betram Klein homebred won the Louisiana Legends Soiree S.

Also on the board is stakes across the country for the quarter were Jazz Lady (’14 dkbb.f by Mizzen Mast-April Storm, by Storm Cat) who ran 2nd in the $100,000 Bolton Landing S. at Saratoga on August 17th; Ramona’s Wildcat (’12 dkbb.f. by Wildcat Heir-Pretty Indian, by Indian Charlie) who ran 2nd in the $100,000 Open Mind Stakes at Churchill Downs on September 17;  Fancy Madelyn (’11 b.f., by My Friend Max-Fancy Dealer, by Barberstown) who placed third in the $75,000 Brandywine Stakes on July 19 at Indiana Downs; Jack Snipe’s (’14 b.g., by Half Ours-Rhodesia) who ran 2nd in the $75,000 Shakopee Juvenile Stakes on September 17th at Canterbury Park; 2016 Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes winner Wheatfield (’12 dkbb.f. by Lone Star Special-Thistle Bear) who ran 2nd in the $50,000 Flashy Lady Stakes on September 15th at Remington Park; and Ed Johnson (’13 gr./ro.c., by Paddy O’Prado-Sassy Gal) who ran 2nd in the $50,000 Robert Depret Derby on August 6th at Santa Rosa.

Delta Downs to Offer Nation’s Lowest Takeout Rate During Its 2016-17 Thoroughbred Meet


VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs will offer an incredibly low takeout rate of just 12% on its Pick 4 wagers during the upcoming 2016-17 Thoroughbred season which gets underway on October 19. The track will feature an early Pick 4 beginning with the first race every night and a late Pick 4 on the final quartet of races. The Pick 4 is a .50-cent minimum wager.

Delta Downs’ sister racetrack, Evangeline Downs, began offering the 12% Pick 4 takeout rate during its recently completed season and fans responded well to it. Delta Downs winter meet is very popular with simulcast fans across the country and the reduction of takeout from 25% to 12% on its Pick 4 wager is expected to increase pool size while also putting more money in the players’ pockets.

The new season at Delta Downs will featuring live racing every Wednesday through Saturday night with first post time each evening set for 5:40 pm Central Time. The biggest day of the meet will take place on Saturday, November 19, when the track hosts the 14th running of the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot (Gr. 3). Jackpot Day will feature a guaranteed all stakes $200,000 Pick 4 wagering pool that will also feature the ultra-low takeout rate.

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


Fair Grounds Announces 2016-17 Stakes Schedule

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced a comprehensive stakes schedule with 60 stakes worth more than $6.79 million for the 145th Thoroughbred racing season at the New Orleans oval scheduled to kick off on Saturday, Nov. 19.

The stakes schedule will mirror several past seasons with a major focus on big event days, including the meet’s centerpiece, Louisiana Derby Day, which will include eight stakes worth $2.36 million, highlighted by the 104thrunning of the Grade II $1 million Louisiana Derby on April 1. The Grade II $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks, the Grade II $400,000 New Orleans Handicap and the Grade II $300,000 Muniz Memorial will also be run on April 1 along with four additional undercard stakes.

Leading into the Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds will also host a pair of major stakes days designed as part of The Road to the Kentucky Derby, beginning with Road to the Derby Kickoff Day on Jan. 21. The Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes will be the first race on the Fair Grounds stakes schedule to offer qualifying points for the Grade I Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. The Grade III $125,000 Colonel E. R. Bradley Stakes and the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes will complement the afternoon’s action alongside three other undercard stakes.

Five weeks later on Feb. 25, the track will host Louisiana Derby Preview Day. The day’s highlight will be the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes that will offer qualifying points toward the Grade I Kentucky Derby and will also include the Grade II $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes, the Grade III $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap and the Grade III $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap.

Another mainstay on the Fair Grounds Stakes Schedule, Louisiana Champions Day, will be held for the 26th time on Dec. 10. The day will feature 11 stakes races across varying divisions restricted to Louisiana-breds worth a total of $1.1 million.

The open purse minimum climbed from $60,000 to $75,000 this season, and the first three stakes races of the season will be held on Opening Day on Nov. 19, including the $50,000 Mr. Sulu Overnight Stakes, the $50,000 Happy Ticket Overnight Stakes and the $50,000 Heitai Overnight Stakes. The newly created Si Cima Overnight Stakes will be run the following day on Nov. 20 for older fillies and mares traveling one mile and 70 yards on the main track, and all four of the Opening Weekend stakes races are designed as preps for Louisiana Champions Day.

The complete 2016-17 stakes schedule can be found at:


Equine Sales Company has added a supplement catalog consisting of over 20 supplements to their 2016 Open Yearling & Mixed Sale catalog which has 193 entries. These supplements include yearlings, weanlings and broodmares.

To view the supplement catalog, please click this link: Supplement Catalog
To view the catalog in its entirety, please click here: 2016 OPEN YEARLING & MIXED SALE CATALOG (193)

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