Memorial Day Pig Races Set for Monday, May 28


Bossier City, LA – Apprentice jockey Joel Dominguez lost his bug on Tuesday, May 22, but those who have seen him in action have little doubt that he will remain successful at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.


Dominguez, 28, was born in Durango, Mexico. He was athletic as a child, playing soccer and then becoming a boxer; undefeated in his weight class. He moved to Kentucky and learned to ride under the tutelage of his brother-in-law Pablo Teutla. Dominguez galloped for Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen for three years and then the highly respected Kentucky-based conditioner, Neil Howard.


“Neil was like family to me,” acknowledged Dominguez. “When I first began riding in Kentucky, I wasn’t ready. Neil made sure I knew I could always come back to work for him.”


Two years ago, he decided to come to Louisiana Downs as many trainers liked to give mounts to apprentice jockeys.  In 2017, he won 31 races at Louisiana Downs, finishing tenth in the standings.


Don Simington, one of the top riders in Texas and Louisiana for three decades, is his agent.


“Ronnie Ardoin had his book last year,” said Simington. “I was impressed with Joel and was happy to become his agent. He’s a good, hard worker and came to Louisiana with a solid foundation.”


Dominguez has ridden at Delta Downs and Evangeline Downs, but this year picked up several mounts at Fair Grounds which boosted his confidence considerably. Dominguez enjoyed being a part of a very experienced jockey colony, crediting Corey Lanerie and Miguel Mena for serving as mentors. He also got the attention of the betting public on March 30 when he lit up the tote board with 54-1 longshot Reese’s Glory for owner/trainer Jorge Gomez. The 6-year-old mare rallied from last to first, rewarding her supporters with a $110.80 win payout!


“Riding in New Orleans was a good experience,” said Dominguez. “I really appreciated that Corey took the time to talk to me and gave me some helpful advice. He’s really talented and I like the way he goes to the front, sets the pace, and knows exactly how much horse he has.”


Another jockey who has boosted his confidence is Simington, who hung up his tack in 2015 after winning over 3,400 races.

“Don works very hard as my agent, but also helps me with feedback on my races,” he stated. “When I make a mistake, I always want to correct what I do wrong.”


Dominguez rides for many horsemen, including Gomez, Ronnie Ward, Ralph Irwin, Al Cates and Joe Duhon. He has also picked up mounts for Al Stall, Jr.  Veteran Louisiana conditioner Duhon has seen Dominguez develop into a solid race rider.


“Joel has a very good work ethic and is very conscientious,” said Duhon. “He had the talent all along; he just needed the experience.”


While Duhon may select apprentices to ride some of his horses in the future, he will keep Dominguez in his rotation, even with the added poundage.


“He gives 150%, in the mornings and in his races for me; that means a lot,” added Duhon.


Dominguez prides himself on showing respect to others and enjoys talking with horsemen and the many assistants, grooms and exercise riders. He is affectionately dubbed “Borrega”, the Spanish word for sheep, because of his curly hair.


“Everyone on the backside calls me that, but it’s okay,” he said with a smile.


Maybe someday there will be a graded stake win in his future, but for now, he will continue to work hard and fine tune his prowess in the saddle.


“I told Don that one of my goals was to finish in the top three in the jockey standings,” he explained. “To be tied for the lead with Richard Eramia means a lot.”


As he takes the next step forward in his career, the married father of two offers his thanks to those who have encouraged him so far.


“I thank all the trainers, my agent Don and all the people who have helped me,” said Dominguez. My wife is very supportive, and the kids love to see me ride,”


He has plenty of opportunities to win his first race as a journeyman in the near future and will embrace the challenge.


“I’m not too worried about losing the bug,” said Dominguez. “I feel that have good skills and will always try to improve.”


Family Activities Set for Memorial Day

Louisiana Downs will present a family-friendly promotion on Monday, May 28 highlighted by the second annual Memorial Day Pig Races!  The races will take place throughout the afternoon, between live Thoroughbred action. Plus, beginning at noon, there will be a children’s area with a FREE Petting Zoo, bounce houses and water slides. In addition, fans of all ages will be able to enjoy culinary delights from the most popular Food Trucks in Shreveport-Bossier City.

For fans preferring the air-conditioned comfort of the Grandstand, the Harrah’s Club will offer an All you can eat, All Day Buffet for $29.99.


Trainer, Jockey and Owner Standings

As of May 23, Jorge Lara and Karl Broberg top the trainer standings with five wins each. Joe O. Duhon, Dana Whited, Henry E. Uriegas and Danny Pish have each saddled four winners.


Richard Eramia and Joel Dominguez are tied for the lead in the jockey standings with ten wins. Last year’s leading jockey Gerardo Mora is second with eight trips to the winner’s circle and Kevin Smith, Emanuel Nieves, Hector Del-Cid and Eguard Tejera follow closely with six wins.


Dream Walkin Farms, Inc has won four races to take the early lead in the owner standings. End Zone Athletics, Inc. is next with three wins and Brittlyn Stable Inc, Thomas L. Holyfield, P and D Racing Stables, Jorge Gomez, Indian Creek Thoroughbred Farms LLC, Jerry Allen, Ian Yarnot, Joey Keith Davis, Maxie Wayne Kitchings, Sr. and Lara Racing Stables, Inc. follow with two wins each.


Wednesday and Saturday Race Day Promotions

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.


The Total Rewards program is free for horseplayers. With the swipe of their card each Saturday, members will receive valuable incentives.  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.

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
8000 East Texas Street | Bossier City, LA 71111




OPELOUSAS, LA – Evangeline Downs will be hosting Louisiana Legends Night this coming Saturday featuring the best Louisiana-bred horses currently in training competing against each other. There will be eight stakes races on the nine-race card with total purses of $600,000.


The $100,000 Classic for three-year-olds and up is the highlight event on Louisiana Legends Night with a field of seven going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The 8-5 morning-line favorite is Mobile Bay, who has won five consecutive stakes races entering Saturday night. Diego Saenz, who was aboard for all five of those victories, will have the riding assignment for trainer Victor Arceneaux. The Karl Broberg trainee, Social Misfit, is the 3-1 second choice following a win and a third in his last two starts at Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma.


The $75,000 Distaff for fillies and mares three-year-olds and up will feature a field of eight going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The field includes Pacific Pink, who is the defending Distaff champion and the 9-5 morning-line favorite. Colby Hernandez, who piloted the mare to victory in 2017, will once again be aboard for trainer Edward Johnston. Pacific Pink has won five of six lifetime starts over the Evangeline Downs oval and ran second in her only defeat. The 3-1 second choice in the Distaff is Mr. Al’s Gal from the barn of Justin Jeansonne. The four-year-old filly won multiple stakes races in 2017, but has yet to win in three starts in 2018.


Evangeline Downs has had a successful return of turf racing in 2018 and two of the Louisiana Legends stakes races will be run on the grass Saturday night. The $50,000 Starter for three-year-olds and up will be at one mile on the turf and the 17-time winner, Well’s Gold, from the barn of Karl Broberg has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the field of nine. The $75,000 Turf , also for three-year-olds and up, will be at 1 1/16 miles and drew a field of six. The 9-5 morning-line choice is Extra Credit, who is trained by Brad Cox and will be ridden on Saturday by Shaun Bridgmohan.


Three-year-olds always step to the forefront of racing in the spring and there will be two races on Louisiana Legends Night exclusively for that age group. The $75,000 Cheval for colts and geldings will be run at one mile over the main track and the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the field of seven is Battle At Sea, who won the Crescent City Derby at Fair Grounds in his last start on March 24. The $75,000 Soiree at one mile on the main track for fillies features a field of eight and the 8-5 morning-line choice is Testing One Two, who prevailed in her last try at Fair Grounds in the Crescent City Oaks, also on March 24.


The sprinters have their moments to shine on Louisiana Legends Night as well. The $75,000 Mademoiselle for fillies and mares three-year-olds and up will be at five and one-half furlongs and the 3-1 morning-line favorite is the Larry Jones trainee, Ours To Run, who won the $120,000 Matron on Premier Night at Delta Downs. The $75,000 Sprint for three-year-olds and up at five and one-half furlongs drew a full field of twelve with two also-eligibles. The 3-1 favorite is Monte Man, who is undefeated in three 2018 starts, winning two stakes races in that streak.


In addition to the exciting racing action, Louisiana Legends Night also includes some legendary Louisiana riders on hand for an autograph session from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame riders, Eddie Delahoussaye and Randy Romero, will be among those signing autographs. Ray Sibille, who won the George Woolf Award and is a current trainer at Evangeline Downs and Mark Guidry, a member of the Louisiana Hall of Fame and a current steward at Evangeline Downs will also be taking part.


Post time for the nine-race Louisiana Legends Program on Saturday night will be 5:50 pm Central Time.


For more information on the Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at



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Ask Your Veterinarian: What Heart Scans Can Tell You, And What They Can’t

by | 05.21.2018 | 6:34pm

Secretariat, who was known for having an abnormally large heart

QUESTION: Some buyers at the upper end of the auction market are now including heart scans as part of their pre-sale vetting process. What can these scans tell buyers, and what don’t they tell us?

ANSWER: Heart scans, also known as echocardiograms, are used to create ultrasonographic images of the heart. Echocardiography allows visualization of the entirety of the heart. This includes the cardiac walls and interventricular septum (composed of cardiac muscle), the valves and chambers within the heart, and the large vessels that carry blood to and away from the heart.  Ultrasound facilitates accurate measurement of these cardiac structures and can be performed at different phases of the cardiac cycle (such as systole and diastole). By examining the heart throughout the cardiac cycle, determination of cardiac function indicators can be made. Some of these indicators of cardiac function include stroke volume, cardiac output, fractional shortening, and end-diastolic volume.

Many of us are familiar with racehorses storied to have famously large hearts—Secretariat and Eclipse being two primary examples. It has been theorized that the successes of these two legendary horses can be credited to the size of this organ. And there is reason to conclude that this is the case. The left ventricle is the most muscular cardiac chamber and is responsible for pumping oxygenated blood coming directly from the lungs out through the aorta to be delivered to the rest of the body. In human athletes that are trained for either endurance or strength, there is evidence that thickening (hypertrophy) of the left ventricular wall can occur with training. This structural change can lead to increases in stroke volume and cardiac output, which ultimately enhance a person’s oxygen carrying capacity. Studies have also demonstrated that these structural changes can occur in equine athletes in response to training. Electrocardiography was used in the 1970s to demonstrate that increased cardiac size is related to enhanced athletic performance.

Heart scans have become an important component of the sales process. The veterinarians who perform these scans have measured a large number of equine hearts and have as such amassed a large database of information. This information can be used to make recommendations on both the athletic and breeding potential for a horse. Because much of this data is proprietary information, there is a paucity of recent peer-reviewed literature available on the subject. However, many who have pursued this purchasing strategy have encountered success in using it. It must be emphasized that evaluating the heart in isolation from the rest of the body is really just “one piece of the puzzle”. The athletic potential of a sales horse often includes analysis of other factors, including genetics and musculoskeletal conformation, before a recommendation is made.

The use of echocardiography in horses is not limited to assessing athletic potential. Echocardiography is a critical tool in evaluating a horse’s heart for cardiac pathology. When performed for this reason, a heart scan is typically completed by a cardiologist or internal medicine specialist. The aim of an echocardiographic examination in this scenario is to gather information that will allow for diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Common indications for this type of heart scan include valvular leakage, stretching of the cardiac walls, and congenital defects. While any of these abnormalities can certainly affect athletic potential, they can also interfere with a horse’s longevity and even a horse’s safety to ride due to a potential for collapse. Just as in heart scans performed in a sales setting, the echocardiogram can be used by a specialist as “one piece of the puzzle”. Other diagnostic tools, such as physical examination, electrocardiography, and exercise testing, will aid a veterinarian in tracking progression of disease and formulation of a treatment plan.

Dr. Bill Gilsenan received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Following an internship at Colorado State University, he completed a residency in large animal internal medicine at the New Bolton Center—University of Pennsylvania. He became board certified in large animal internal medicine in 2012. He held a faculty position at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine until joining the staff at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital as an internal medicine specialist in 2015.

Marlon St. Julien Undergoes Spinal Surgery After Prairie Meadows Incident

by | 05.21.2018 | 2:32pm

Marlon St. Julien

Jockey Marlon St. Julien, 46, was involved in a serious spill on Saturday at Prairie Meadows, reports In the ninth race, his mount Carbaugh was interfered with at the start and St. Julien went down hard.

“He went headfirst into the ground,” said his agent, Bobby Dean.

On Sunday, St. Julien underwent spinal surgery to fuse the C5 and C7 vertebrae, in an attempt to keep the pressure of his discs off his spinal cord. The rider was on a ventilator on Sunday, and his range of motion is under evaluation.

The rider of 2,468 winners with earnings just shy of $47 million, St. Julien has won multiple graded stakes races over the course of his career.


Two Scholarships to be Awarded at Louisiana Legends Night

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Two Scholarships to be Awarded at Louisiana Legends Night
OPELOUSAS, La. – Louisiana Legends Night will take place on Saturday, May 26, at Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel in Opelousas, La. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award a total of two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.
The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:
  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Fall 2018.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  • Must be present to win at the Winner’s Circle when the announcement is made.
  • Must have college ID and government-issued ID.
For Louisiana Legends Night:
  • Registration: 4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. at the designated booth
  • Races begin: 5:40 p.m.
  • Drawing Time: The scholarships will be awarded after the fifth race. The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student’s account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.
For more information, please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit

Obituary: Billy Cannon

Billy Cannon passed away peacefully in his home early Sunday morning, May 20, 2018, LSU announced. He was 80 years old.

A Baton Rouge native, Cannon was the winner of the 1959 Heisman Trophy as a halfback, and led the Tigers to the 1958 national championship. He was a longtime member of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc.

He was inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975 and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. He was named LSU Alumnus of the Year in 2010.

“There may be no other figure in LSU sports who was more beloved and revered,” LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. “His loss will be felt across the world today. The LSU family mourns with the Cannon family. He will always be a Tiger and will always be in our memories.”

“To say that Billy Cannon was legendary is an understatement,” LSU President Dr. F. King Alexander said. “His talent catapulted LSU Athletics into the national limelight, but more than that, he had unwavering commitment to his alma mater. He will forever remain a part of the LSU legacy throughout the nation.”

A private ceremony for Cannon is planned for early this week, according to LSU Athletics. Details for a public remembrance will also be announced.

The Cannon family asks that donations be made to Johnny Robinson’s Boys Home and the Tiger Athletic Foundation Billy Cannon Endowed Scholarship in lieu of flowers.

“Billy Cannon was LSU football through and through. He was a legend. He will be missed and never forgotten,” LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron said.

Cannon Family statement:

“Today is profoundly sad for all of us. We know the thoughts and prayers of so many who were touched by my father’s life are with him and with us. There are no words to express how grateful we are for the outpouring of support from all over the country. It is overwhelming and comforting.”

“LSU meant more to our dad than anyone could ever know. It wasn’t the awards or the acknowledgements on the football field. It was always the love of the LSU family that meant the world to him and to all of us. There is simply no other place on earth where so many come together to love and support their own like LSU. His life was intertwined with the purple and gold, and he wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

Obituary: Allen J. “Pummy” Guillotte, Jr.; Services to be held Tuesday, May 22

Allen Joseph Guillotte Jr., a native of St. Mary Parish, longtime former resident of Franklin, and a resident of Kentwood for the past 17 years, passed away at the age of 71 on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at his home. Pummy, as he was affectionately known, was a Horseman through and through. His passion in life was breeding and racing Thoroughbred Horses. Most of his days were spent caring for his horses and managing his 75 acre Horse Farm.

Those he leaves to cherish his memory include his son, Steven Gerard Guillotte and his wife Mindy of Metairie; granddaughter, Kaitlyn Guillotte of Hammond; his longtime companion, Judy Simoneaux of Kentwood; one brother, Ronnie Paul Guillotte of Baldwin; one sister, Connie G. Darden and her husband Oneil of Charenton; three step-children, Bethany Kuhlman and her husband Marc of Franklin, Shay Brasseaux and her husband Chris of Franklin, and Joseph Simoneaux and his wife Candie of Kentwood; step-grandchildren, Marcus Kuhlman, Sarah Kuhlman, Ty Brasseaux, Myles Brasseaux, and Selene Simoneaux; one nephew, Oneil Darden Jr; two nieces, Tricia Mestayer and Pamela Darden; and his former wife, Elizabeth Blanchard.

He was preceded in death by wife, Virginia Tyler Guillotte; his parents, Allen J. GuillotteSr. and Thelma Hebert Guillotte; and two sisters, Pamela Guillotte (infant) and Patricia G. Mora.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Baldwin on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial being celebrated at 11:00 a.m., with Fr. Cedric Sonnier officiating. Following the Mass he will be laid to rest in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Ronnie Guillotte, Oneil Darden Jr., Mickey Michel, David LeBourgeois, Marc Kuhlman, and Marcus Kuhlman. Honorary pallbearers will be Joseph Simoneaux, Tony Scelfo, Barney Core, Paul Labiche, and Jules Hebert.

Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary, Inc., 1007 Main Street, Franklin, LA 70538, (337) 828-5426.


Tuesday, May 22
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM   

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church

414 Martin Luther King Jr. St. Baldwin, LA 70514



Tuesday, May 22
11:00 AM   

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church

414 Martin Luther King Jr. St. Baldwin, LA 70514

Supreme Court Opens State Sports Betting Flood Gates, Sen. Hatch Offers Federal Framework

May 14, 2018

Today the Supreme Court released its opinion in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, rejecting the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), a federal statute which effectively banned sports gambling in most state jurisdictions.  In a six to three opinion, the high court reversed a 2016 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which upheld the federal law.  Importantly, the court affirmed Congress’s authority to regulate sports betting directly.  However, the court struck PASPA on the grounds that the statute infringed on a state’s ability to “authorize” gambling within its jurisdiction, thereby violating the constitutional principle of “dual sovereignty.”  The court states that in the event Congress doesn’t place direct regulations on gambling, then states are free to enact betting laws as they see fit.

While today’s decision gives the green light for individual states to move forward with sports gambling schemes, Congress was quick to offer a legislative fix to address the role of the federal government in sports gambling activity.  Not long after the release of the Supreme Court decision, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) announced that he plans to introduce legislation that he states will remedy a “patchwork” of state laws that won’t adequately protect the “integrity of sports.”  As an original sponsor of PASPA when it was enacted in 1992, Sen. Hatch states that his legislation will “protect consumers, safeguard against underage and problem gambling, and help states who choose not to permit sports betting within their borders.”

“Until today, pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing has been the only legal form of sports wagering available throughout most of the United States at both physical locations and online. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled PASPA unconstitutional, states are free to regulate sports betting as they see fit. Horse racing must rise to the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by this expansion of sports betting,” stated Alex Waldrop, Chairman of AHC’s Racing Committee and President of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

AHC will provide a more detailed analysis of the Supreme Court decision and legislative responses during the days ahead.  To view a copy of the Supreme Court decision, please click here:  To view a copy of Sen. Hatch’s (R-UT) announcement for a federal framework for sports gambling, please click here:

Indigo Girl Dies

INDIGO GIRL 07Premier Night Matron
Indigo Girl winning the 2007 Louisiana Premier Night Matron Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.

It is with great sadness Randy Davis & Associates, Inc. announced the recent death of multiple stakes winning mare Indigo Girl. Sired by Leestown out of Sister of Soul (Bluebird), Indigo Girl won 8 stakes races from 2-6 years in addition to several 2nds and 3rds in stakes company. With total winnings of $486,000 she was Leestown’s leading female earner.
Farm Manager Sandra Coffman is raising the 30 day old orphaned Tizway filly Indigo left behind at Mathews Farm in Benton.
Indigo Girl was a crack sprinter, but was able to harness her speed to win a stakes going a flat mile. She was trained exceptionally by Sam Breaux and was able to compile a 13-4-2 record from 25 starts.
She will be missed.