HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS ANNOUNCES THE ADDITION OF SIX TURF STAKES FOR THE 2017 LIVE RACING SEASON

Bossier City, LA – On July 5, the Louisiana Racing Commission granted approval of the transfer of six turf stakes from Evangeline Downs to Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.

The turf features will now be run on the Franks Turf Course at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, July 17

$100,000 Legends Louisiana Turf      3 YO & Up LA-Bred                          1 1/16 miles (T)

$50,000 Legends Starter                     3 YO & Up LA-Bred                          7 ½ Furlongs (T)

Saturday, August 5

$50,000 John Henry                            3 YO & Up                                         1 1/16 miles (T)

$50,000 Opelousas                              3YO & Up F&M                                 1 Mile (T)

 

Saturday, September 9

$50,000 Tellike                                   3 YO & Up F&M                               5 Furlongs (T)

$50,000 Need for Speed                     3 YO & Up                                         5 Furlongs (T)

 

“We commend the group effort and coordination between, the LHBPA and Evangeline Downs in moving these turf stakes to Louisiana Downs,” said Trent McIntosh, assistant general manager at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.  “The first two stakes will run on Monday, July 17 and we will do our best to ensure a smooth transition as we incorporate these events into our 2017 Thoroughbred racing season.”

Louisiana Cup Day News and Notes

Evangeline Downs hosted Louisiana Legends Night on Saturday, July 8 with eight stakes races for Louisiana-breds.

It was a big night for trainer Edward J. Johnston and Pacific Pink, who won the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Distaff. The multiple stakes winning mare is owned by Keith Plaisance, and has won nine of her 21 career starts. She ran second here in the 2015 Louisiana Distaff and returned six weeks later to win the Elge Raspberry Stakes.  The 5-year-old daughter of Private Vow out of the Robyn Dancer mare, Truly Romantic, is closing in on the half-million mark in career earnings. A return to Louisiana Downs in the $50,000 Louisiana Distaff is on the radar for the talented mare.

“She’s run three races very hard this year, and we are very proud of her,” said Johnston. “Her win at Evangeline on Saturday was pretty impressive in that she broke outward and was out of it for the first half-mile. Colby (Hernandez) knew what he had to do and got the job done.”

Johnston has nominated Pacific Pink and three other Louisiana-breds for stakes on Louisiana Cup Day, Saturday, August 5.

“I nominated Pacific Pink, Sunny Oak and Calamity Jane on Monday morning,” said Johnston. “We’ve got some time to choose between the Distaff or Sprint for the fillies and Grande Basin will be pointed to the Louisiana Cup Sprint or maybe the Turf Classic.”

Nominations for the Louisiana Cup will close July 22. With the addition of the two turf stakes, the August 5 racing program will feature the following:

 

Saturday, August 5                           Louisiana Cup Day               Noms close July 22

$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 John Henry                                        3 YO & Up                             1 1/16 miles (T)

$50,000 Opelousas                                          3YO & Up F&M                    1 Mile (T)

$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 (T)

Louisiana Downs Trainer and Jockey Standings

Through July 10, last year’s leading trainer Joey Foster continues to hold a commanding lead over his fellow conditioners with 30 wins. H. B. Johnson is second with 13 wins to date and Donald Melancon took sole possession of third place with 10 wins. Ronnie Ward, Denise Schmidt and Jorge Lara have each saddled eight winners.

 

Richard Eramia continues to lead his fellow riders with 40 wins, and has been in the national spotlight with his solid form and wins as he divides his time between Louisiana Downs and Lone Star Park. Alexander Castillo remains in second with 29 victories and Gerardo Mora follows closely with 27 wins. Jose Guerrero holds down fourth-place with 23 trips to the winner’s circle.

Red Rose Racing and Patti Turner are tied on top of the leaderboard in the owner standings with six wins each.  Jorge Gomez and Terrell Jarrett, Jr. follow in second place with five wins and eight owners have each won four races in the 2017 Thoroughbred meet.

 

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 5 and Super Derby Day on Saturday, September 9.  To see a complete list of the 2017 Thoroughbred stakes schedule, 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