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Reports of Mares Bred Due at The Jockey Club by August 1

The Jockey Club reminds stallion managers to submit their Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) for the 2018 breeding season by August 1.

“To ensure that the breeding statistics we release in the fall are as accurate as possible, we request that RMBs be submitted by August 1,” said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club.

In addition, stallion managers who submit completed RMBs by August 1 are among the first to receive their Stallion Service Certificates, which facilitates the timely registration of 2019 foals.

Reports of Mares Bred may be submitted via Interactive Registration at registry.jockeyclub.com or a form is available by email, fax, or mail by contacting inquiries@jockeyclub.com.

Equine Guelph Offers Online Education

Upcoming Online Educational Offerings

 

Registration is open for Fall equine online courses by Equine Guelph, University of Guelph

 

12-Week Online Courses – register at EquineStudiesOnline.ca

 

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Equine Nutrition

Equine Behaviour

Equine Functional Anatomy

Stewardship of the Equine Environment

Equine Business Management

Advanced Equine Behaviour

 

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Equine Health & Disease Prevention

Equine Nutrition

Equine Functional Anatomy

Equine Behaviour

The Equine Industry

Equine Event Management

Global Perspectives in Equine Welfare

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Short Online Courses at TheHorsePortal.ca

 

Horse Behaviour & Safety for Youth (ages 14-17): July 23 – August 10

Horse Care & Welfare: September 17 – October 5

Sickness Prevention: October 15 – 26

Gut Health & Colic Prevention: November 12 – 30

Horse Behaviour & Safety: January 21- February 8, 2019

 

PDF:  http://www.equineguelph.ca/pdf/courses/Upcoming%20Course%20Offerings_F18_W19-LINKS.pdf

 

 

PURSE INCREASES SET FOR SIX LOUISIANA CUP DAY STAKES AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Bossier City, LA – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce that the purse for each of the six stakes for accredited Louisiana-breds on Louisiana Cup Day will increase by $10,000.  The annual Louisiana Cup Day is set for Saturday, August 4 with nominations closing this Saturday, July 21.

“We greatly appreciate the support from the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) in creating an even greater opportunity for Louisiana-bred racing,” said David Heitzmann, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Racing Secretary. “This is excellent news for our horsemen and we look forward to presenting an outstanding day of racing on August 4.”

This is the second announcement this meet at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. An increase in overnight race purses for the 2018 Thoroughbred season went into effect on June 30.  All overnight races, up to and including $12,500, were increased by $1,500. All other purses were raised by $1,000.

Heitzmann encouraged horsemen to contact the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs racing office as soon as possible, as nominations for Louisiana Cup Day close this Saturday.

In addition to the six stakes for accredited Louisiana-breds, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will also run the $60,000 Prelude for 3-year-olds at a mile and one-sixteenth on the main track. The winner will earn a berth to the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby on Sunday, September 2.

The purses and condition for the Louisiana Cup Day stakes are as follows:

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile                    2 YO LA-Bred                        Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies          2 YO Fillies LA-Bred             Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint  3 YO & Up F&M, LA-Bred  Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint                        3 YO & Up LA-Bred              Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic              3 YO & Up LA-Bred              1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 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

Scholarship Drawings Set for Louisiana Cup Day

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.

The drawings will be between the fifth and sixth races. The races begin at 3:15 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.at the designated registration booth.

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 at the drawing location to win.

Must have university ID number or Social Security number.

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.

“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association is pleased to continue making an investment in the future of our state by investing in the education process,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

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.

Nearly 220 Head Entered in Equine Sales Company Select Yearling Sale

Contact Foster Bridewell for more info at foster@equinesalesofla.com or 337-678-3024

 

Equine Sales Company has released a catalog of 219 head for its upcoming Consignor Select Yearling Sale. The auction is set for Thursday, September 6, starting at 10 a.m. in Opelousas, Louisiana.

The top four Louisiana stallions by 2018 progeny earnings—Star Guitar, Astrology, Half Ours and Custom for Carlos—are all well-represented in the sale, as are prominent Kentucky sires English Channel, Goldencents, Shackleford and Temple City, among others.

The first-crop sires represented include Palace, Medal Count, Race Day, Tapiture, Wicked Strong, Lea, Secret Circle, Jack Milton, Amira’s Prince and Koh I Noor.

“This year’s catalog is about the same size as the 214 head we had last year, but we’ve seen the quality continue to grow each year, and we have nearly 30 different consignors for this sale so I think we are going to have a strong selection of yearlings,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director. “We’ve also launched an improved website to make it easier for consignors and buyers to access the sale catalog and other sale information.”

The catalog can be viewed online at www.equinesalescompany.com, and live video of the auction will be available on sale day.

 

Lagartijo is Real Solution’s First Winner

Real Solution
Real SolutionCourtesy Calumet Farm/ThoroStride

Won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden claimer by 3 1/4 lengths.

Blue Star Racing’s freshman sire and grade 1 winner Real Solution  picked up his first winner July 7 when his son Lagartijo won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden claiming race in his third start at Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City.

The colt out of the winning Danehill daughter Keeping Watch had been making steady progress since he debuted June 1, when he finished third, four lengths behind the winner. In his next start, Lagartijo was second by only a half-length. Then, in breaking his maiden, he won in near gate-to-wire fashion by 3 1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:07.20 for owner Cuadra San Jorge.

Lagartijo is the fourth winner produced by Keeping Watch from four foals to race. The mare’s most recent trip through an auction was at the 2017 Keeneland January Winter Mixed Sale where Sycamore Shade Racing bought her for $10,000 in foal to Kitten’s Joy .

Ken and Sarah Ramsey bred Lagartijo in Kentucky. The Ramseys also bred and raced Real Solution, who won the Arlington Million Stakes (G1T) and Knob Creek Manhattan Stakes (G1T). Real Solution placed in the Man o’ War Stakes (G1T), Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (G1T), and Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (G1T).

The son of Kitten’s Joy entered stud at Ramsey Farm with $1,374,175 in earnings. After one breeding season, the stallion was transferred to Calumet Farm, where he stood two seasons before being shipped to Blue Star Racing in Louisiana. The stallion stands at Blue Star Racing for $5,000.

LTBA To Boost Louisiana Cup Purses

July 19, 2018

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association announced today that they are adding $10,000 to the purse of each Louisiana Cup Stakes race boosting the total purse money of each of the six stakes from $50,000 to $60,000. The Louisiana Cup stakes races for accredited Louisiana Breds will be run Saturday, August 4th at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs in Bossier City. Nominations close this Saturday, July 21st.

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile                    2 YO LA-Bred                        Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies          2 YO Fillies LA-Bred             Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint  3 YO & Up F&M, LA-Bred  Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint                        3 YO & Up LA-Bred              Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic              3 YO & Up LA-Bred              1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 Louisiana Distaff                              3 YO & Up F & M LA-Bred  1 1/16 miles (T)

Also, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.

The drawings will be between the fifth and sixth races. The races begin at 3:15 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. at the designated registration booth.

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 at the drawing location to win.
  • Must have university ID number or Social Security number.

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.

“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association is pleased to continue making an investment in the future of our state by investing in the education process,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Nominations Open for 2018 Ira Schulman Thoroughbred Rehoming Award

Annual award honors for-profit resellers of off-track Thoroughbreds.

 

The Retired Racehorse Project announced today that nominations are open for the 2018 Ira Schulman Thoroughbred Rehoming Award, which will be presented at the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, held Oct. 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

 

This award celebrates the legacy of Ira Schulman, the renowned horseman who placed thousands of off-track Thoroughbreds in a career that spanned more than 50 years. Schulman himself was the first recipient of the award at the 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover. He died just a few months later in March 2018 at the age of 80, and is believed to have placed more Thoroughbreds in his lifetime than any other individual or organization.

 

Going forward, the Ira Schulman Thoroughbred Rehoming Award will be presented annually to an individual who continues Schulman’s legacy of repurposing off-track Thoroughbreds in new careers, doing so responsibly and creating successful partnerships. Although many non-profit organizations rescue and rehome ex-racehorses, this award is intended to honor professionals who include Thoroughbred retraining as part of their business models.

 

“Professional resellers like Ira Schulman play an important role in rehoming Thoroughbreds retiring from the racetrack,” said Jen Roytz, RRP’s executive director. “Many of these horses are sound and ready to start learning the skills for new careers right away. These trainers know what qualities to look for in a horse that will make it suitable for a particular rider or discipline, and have the connections within the sport horse world to market them effectively. When done responsibly, this process transitions these horses into new lives quickly and efficiently, and benefits not only the reseller, but also the horse and its new owner. We’re thrilled to be able to give these professionals some recognition at the Thoroughbred Makeover in Ira’s name.”

 

To be eligible, a nominated individual, business or for-profit reseller or listing agent must place a minimum of three off-track Thoroughbreds annually, and must not have won the award in the prior year. Those nominated do not need to be members of RRP or participants in the Thoroughbred Makeover. Non-profit organizations are not eligible for the award.

 

Nominations may be submitted online via the Thoroughbred Makeover website: www.tbmakeover.org/ira-schulman-rehoming-award-form

 

Individuals or businesses may submit their own nomination forms, or may be nominated by someone else. Nominations will be accepted through July 31. A selection committee will review nominations and announce up to five finalists by Aug. 15. A public vote will be held to determine the winner, and voting will close on Aug. 31. The winner will be announced on Sept. 3, and the award will be presented during the Makeover Finale on Saturday, Oct. 6.

 

The winner will be featured in the Fall 2018 issue of RRP’s Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine, which will be distributed at the Makeover, and will receive a free full-page ad in the Winter 2018-2019 issue and a prize package from Purina.

 

The award is sponsored by Tiffany Teeter, a longtime friend of Schulman’s. “I owe a lot to the Thoroughbred! For over 50 years, I have been lucky to recognize the courage, heart and athletic ability of these animals,” said Teeter. “This award in Ira’s honor is a small payback for all these horses have done for those fortunate enough to ride them.”

 

Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) works to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in the marketplace and inspiring equestrians to provide the training that secures their futures. RRP offers online directories, educational resources, and publishes Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine.

 

NOMINATIONS FOR LOUISIANA CUP DAY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS CLOSE SATURDAY, JULY 21

Bossier City, LA – The Louisiana Downs racing office is busy this week taking nominations for Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 4. Nominations for the seven stakes will close this Saturday, July 21.

Trainer H. B. Johnson has three runners pointed to Louisiana Cup Day, including Berniestrike, who pulled the upset in last year’s$50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic. Bred and owned by James Boyd,  the son of Wilburn out of the Unusual Heat mare Unusual Strike wore down his rivals under rider Eguard Tejera.

 Sent off at 22-1, Berniestrike, who ran third in the 2016 edition of this stakes, paid $46.20 for the victory. He won off an eight-month layoff last year and will be making his first stakes in six months,as his last race was the Dixie Poker Ace on March 3 at Fair Grounds.

“He ran in New Orleans and got hurt, so we had to give him some time off,” said Johnson. “I think he’ll do well again; turf is his best surface.”

The 5-year-old gelding has won four of his 19 starts, earning $169,470 to date.

His half-brother Jimi’s a Star, also owned and bred by Boyd, will make his stakes debut in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile. Sired by Star Guitar out of Unusual Strike, he ran a game second to Liaisons Halo in a $23,000 maiden special weight here on July 9. Jockey Emanuel Nieves had the call.

“He’s a pretty nice horse,” said Johnson. “In his debut, he was a little erratic, but came running late. I think he’ll improve in his second start.”

Johnson’s third runner is Smokin’ Truth, who is slated to run in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint. The 3-year-old son of Yes Its True is co-owned by Johnson and Drop 23, LLC. He ran third in the 2017 Louisiana Cup Juvenile and eighth in the Sunday Silence here on Super Derby Day.

Another veteran trainer Robert Schultz has nominated Double Star for the $60,000 Prelude. Owned by Four Star Racing, the son of Star Guitar out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Bond Queen, has won four of his 12 career efforts, including two stakes earlier this year at Evangeline Downs. Schultz shipped the bay colt to Louisiana Downs and ran him in a turf allowance on July 6, where he finished sixth.

“Either he didn’t like the turf or facing that company, it wasn’t his best race,” stated Schultz. “Sometimes 3-year-olds get funny when they are up against older horses.”

Schultz looks for a good performance from Double Star, who will be ridden by Jose Guerrero.

“He’s been on him all but once,” he added. “Jose is a good, young rider.”

 

Mary Rampellini of the Daily Racing Form broke the news that Analyze This Jet is being pointed to the Prelude by his trainer, Terry Eoff.  The stakes winner has been gelded since running fourth in the $65,000 Prairie Mile at Prairie Meadows June 8.

The Prelude serves as a prep for the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby which will be run on Sunday, September 2.

 

Louisiana Cup Day nominations for the following stakes close on July 21.

$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

 

Super Derby Charity Golf Tournament Set for August 23

The Super Derby Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, August 23, at Querbes Golf Course in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The event will benefit Chaplain Jimmy Sistrunk & The Winner’s Circle Church, 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, set for Sunday, September 2.

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

For further information, please contact Jennifer Sokol, Louisiana Downs Racing Office Manager 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 27. The 84-day meet will include 14 stakes highlighted by two major events, Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 4and Super Derby Day on Sunday, September 2. As previously announced one major change for the upcoming season is that the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby will return to the main track at a distance of a mile and one-sixteenth on Sunday, September 2.

 

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.

 

Louisiana’s Evangeline Training Center Set To Permanently Close Next Month

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The Evangeline Training Center in Carencro, La., located on the old Evangeline Downs site, will shut down Aug. 15.

A spokeswoman for the center’s owner, Carrol Castille, told a Layfayette TV station the business has been losing money for several years, and the training center struggled to comply with new standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The facility, which featured an equine pool, hyperbaric chamber and other amenities, opened in 2003. A decade later, the training center began negotiations with the EPA.

Owners have until Aug. 15 to move their horses off the property, which is likely to be sold or re-developed.

ERIC HALSTROM JOINS HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS AS VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

Eric Halstrom
Coady Photography

Bossier City, LA – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs has named Eric Halstrom as the new Vice President of Operations, pending all regulatory approvals.

Mike Rich, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs made the announcement. Halstrom takes on the role vacated by Trent McIntosh, now the new General Manager of Hoosier Park in Indianapolis, Indiana for Caesars Entertainment.

Halstrom is a graduate of the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program and has a strong background in in racetrack management. He served as the Vice President of Racing at Canterbury Park from 1997-2008 and then spent five years at Fair Grounds in New Orleans as the Vice President and General Manager of Racing Operations. Most recently, Halstrom has lent his expertise to the team at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, as the assistant director of racing.

“Eric has a vast knowledge of the industry and is a passionate sports and racing fan,” said Rich.

Halstrom is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota and the father of three children: Bailey 22; Ben 19 and Colin 15. He is relocating to Bossier City and will work closely with David Heitzmann, who was recently promoted to Director of Racing at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.

“I am looking forward to returning to Louisiana and this tremendous opportunity at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs,” said Halstrom. “There is a great team in place and very loyal horsemen as well as enthusiastic racing fans. I know the excitement is building for the Grade 3, $300,0000 Super Derby, which is coming up on September 2.”

Live racing will be conducted Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Saturday with a 3:15 p.m. (Central) post time through September 26. For more information on the upcoming racing season and special events, 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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