National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization Partners with Delta Downs and Evangeline Downs

Lexington, KY— The National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization (NTWO) today announced a partnership with Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel and Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, which have each agreed to provide financial assistance and other support to NTWO’s horse-rehoming efforts in the state of Louisiana.  The Boyd Gaming Corporation-owned tracks are the first in Louisiana — and the nation — to provide much-needed support to horses and horsemen through the NTWO program.

The NTWO is focused on intercepting retired Thoroughbred horses from being sold into the slaughter pipeline.  The NTWO will have a full-time representative at the local tracks and training centers to work with trainers and owners to rehome their retirees. 

“While improvements have been made in the aftercare of racing’s horses, there is still much to be done,” said Victoria Keith, President of NTWO. “We have a lot of work in front of us, but we’re excited to get started and make a difference in the lives of horses in Louisiana.  We are grateful to Delta Downs and Evangeline Downs for taking the lead in working with us to fight the indefensible practice of horse slaughter – and we encourage others to follow their lead.”

“Every horse that races at our tracks deserves to find a good, loving home after it retires,” said Vince Schwartz, Senior Vice President of Operations for Boyd Gaming. “The NTWO’s noble mission is one we are proud to support. Both Delta Downs and Evangeline Downs want to see this inhumane practice eliminated from racing, but we can’t do it alone. We encourage our community partners and race fans to join us in supporting racehorse protection and welfare through the good work of the NTWO.”

The NTWO, founded by Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farm, will pull from all available resources to operate as a comprehensive welfare organization that protects horses for the overall benefit of the sport. In addition to bringing rehoming programs to areas in need, the NTWO also plans to address in the future drug and other issues that are damaging to the health and welfare of racing’s horses.  

For more information on the NTWO or to learn more about ways to support, please visit NTWO.org or call their hotline at (859) 382-7779. 

Delta Jackpot Will Not Be Renewed in 2018

By Bill Finley

The $1 million GIII Delta Jackpot S., which had been the signature race of the Delta Downs meet, is no more.

According to Delta Downs management, the local horsemen’s group, the Louisiana HBPA, was opposed to putting so much money into one race and one card at the expense of overnight purses, and when the two parties could not reach an agreement, it was decided to do away with the race.

“While it was our original intent to move forward with the Delta Downs Jackpot this year, we changed course after lengthy discussions with the state’s horsemen,” said Delta’s Vice President and General Manager Steve Kuypers. “They made it clear to us that they were vehemently opposed to proceeding with the Jackpot, as they felt the prize money could be put to better use in strengthening purses for the rest of our racing schedule. We have honored their request, and will not proceed with the Delta Downs Jackpot in 2018.”

Jackpot Day had also included the $400,000 GIII Delta Princess S. for 2-year-old fillies, the $250,000 Delta Mile and the $200,000 Treasure Chest S. Those races also will not be renewed.

The Jackpot card was canceled in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey hit the eastern part of Texas, which is where Delta draws the vast majority of its casino customers. Management and horsemen feared that there would be such a downturn in business due to the hurricane that the money would not be available for the Jackpot races. Those fears never materialized, as business at Delta’s casino remained steady. The money that would have gone to the Jackpot card was instead put into overnight races and by the end of Delta’s meet earlier this year, horses were racing for huge purses. On closing night in March, there was a $50,000 maiden special weight race and a $64,000 allowance race.

Trainer Ron Faucheux, a member of the HBPA Board, said horsemen at Delta and its sister track, Evangeline Downs, came to believe that the money would be better spent on races that normally involve local horsemen.

“Lousiana racing has taken a fall,” he said. “You’ve see it in the breeding industry and everywhere else over the last five, six years. The main thing is to help the locals as much as we possibly can.”

Delta and Evangeline are owned by Boyd Gaming and the vast majority of money for purses at both tracks comes from slots revenue. With Evangeline’s casino bringing in less money than Delta’s, the purses at Evangeline are considerably lower than they are at the cross-state track. However, the horses and trainers competing at the two tracks are primarily the same. Faucheux said the HBPA is seeking to have the Jackpot money put not into races at Delta but at Evangeline.

“We are hoping this move will allow a transfer of money from Delta to Evangeline,” he said. “The purses over the summer at Evangeline have gotten depleted over the last several years. We’re trying to create a situation where they can transfer money from one racetrack to the other. With the extra money now available, we believe the purses at Delta will be what they were at the beginning of last year’s meet [before several purse increases were enacted] and we can also boost purses substantially at Evangeline.”

The Delta Jackpot was one of several examples in racing of a small-time track creating a rich marquee race to draw attention to itself. The race for 2-year-old males was won by both horses who went on to national prominence and horses who were never heard from again. The most notable winners of the Jackpot were 2016 GI Preakness winner Exaggerator (Curlin), two-time GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents (Into Mischief) and Eclipse Award winning sprinter Big Drama (Montbrook). In what could turn out to be the final edition of the Jackpot, the race was won by Gunnevera (Dialed In). After his 2016 Jackpot victory, he went on to win the GII Xpressbet Fountain of Youth S. and finish second in the GI Travers S.

DIEGO SAENZ, KARL BROBERG AND END ZONE ATHLETICS, INC. REPEAT AS LEADING HORSEMEN AT DELTA DOWNS FOR 2017-18 SEASON

84-DAY MEETING WRAPPED UP ON SATURDAY NIGHT WITH A 12-RACE CARD

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs closed out its 2017-18 Thoroughbred season on Saturday night with a special 12-race program. During the night, the track honored its leading horsemen for the 84-day meeting that began on October 18.

Jockey Diego Saenz won his second consecutive and fourth leading rider title overall at Delta Downs this year while Karl Broberg won his seventh consecutive leading trainer crown. The title of leading owner went to End Zone Athletics, Inc. for the sixth time in the last seven years. End Zone Athletics, Inc. is made up of Karl Broberg and Matt Johanson.

Saenz led all jockeys in terms of wins and mount earnings as he enjoyed 109 trips to the winner’s circle while his mounts earned a total of $2,530,635. The 39-year-old resident of Carencro, Louisiana had previously won titles during the 2009-10, 2013-14, and 2016-17 seasons.

Following Saenz in the final jockey standings were Timothy Thornton (93 wins), Gerard Melancon (69), Ashley Broussard (55), Roberto Morales (53), Luis Negron (47), Jansen Melancon (34), Jose Guerrero (30), Steve Bourque (27), and Eddie Martin, Jr. (26).

Karl Broberg saddled 83 winners to capture the leading trainer crown during the season and his barn also led all trainers in earnings with a total of $1,801,310. The 47-year-old resident of Arlington, Texas began his current streak of leading trainer titles at Delta Downs during the 2011-12 season and has led the entire nation in wins for four calendar years in a row, 2014-2017.

Rounding out the top 10 trainers for the season at Delta Downs were Eduardo Ramirez (34), Thomas Amoss (30), Brett Brinkman (28), Scott Gelner (26), Sam Breaux (24), Shane Wilson (24), Joel Berndt (19), Henry B. Johnson, Jr. (17), J. R. Caldwell (16).

End Zone Athletics Inc. saw 43 of their runners make it to the winner’s circle from 175 starts this year to earn the leading owner title again this year. The barn, which is made up of primarily allowance and claiming horses, tallied total earnings of $854,250.

Rounding out the top 10 owners for the meet were Karl Broberg (19), Red Rose Racing (Jimmy Johnson) (16), Maggi Moss (15), Wayne T. Davis (14), Norman Stables, LLC (Robert A. Norman) (12), Brittlyn Stable Inc. (Evelyn Benoit) (11), Indian Creek Thoroughbred Farm, LLC (Phillip Mark Dison) (9), Larry Elenz and Janice Krueger (9), and Donald Melancon (8).

Delta Downs is now preparing for its 2018 American Quarter Horse season, which gets underway on Friday, April 20. The 46-day stand will run through July 7 with live racing each Wednesday through Saturday night starting at 6:15 pm CT.

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 off I-10.

BITSY’S AFLEET RALLIES TO WIN THE PELICAN STAKES

BITSY'S AFLEET - Pelican Stakes - 7th Running - 03-10-18 - R07 - DED - Finish 2
Marcelino Pedroza guides Bitsy’s Afleet to victory in the 2018 Pelican Stakes at Delta Downs. Photo by Coady Photography.

Pelican Stakes
Delta Downs, 3-10-18, 6 1/2 furlongs, $80,000
Accredited Louisiana Bred, 3-year-olds

BITSY’S AFLEET
Northern Afleet–Streamin Bitsy
Breeder: Rose C. Hernandez & Earl Hernandez
Owner: Earl and Rose Hernandez
Trainer: Sam B. David, Jr.
Jockey: Marcelino Pedroza

2nd
Grand Luwegee
El Corredor–Magical Mia
Breeder: Gerard Perron
Owner: Gerard Perron
Trainer: Gerard Perron
Jockey: Roberto Morales

3rd
Double Star
Star Guitar–Bond Queen
Breeder: Thomas Edward Vinci & Bill Mayfield
Owner: Four Star Racing
Trainer: Robert D. Schultz
Jockey: Jose Andres Guerrero

Delta Downs capped off its 2017-18 Thoroughbred season on Saturday night with a 12-race program that included the $80,000 Pelican Stakes was won by Earl and Rose Hernandez’s Bitzy’s Afleet.

 Bitsy’s Afleet’s effort in the Pelican Stakes came with a masterful ride by jockey Marcelino Pedroza, who sat well off a rapid early pace set by Top Money and Grand Luwegee. That pair carved out fractional times of 23.20 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 46.82 for the half before clicking off three-quarters in 1:12.97. That set things up perfectly for Bitsy’s Afleet who took command at the top of the homestretch and drew clear for a decisive 2-1/2 length victory over Grand Luwegee with Double Star finishing another 3-3/4 lengths back in third. The final time for the Sam B. David, Jr. trainee in the 6 ½-furlong race was 1:19.69 over a fast track.

 The win marked Bitsy’s Afleet’s third in four lifetime starts. He earned $48,000 for the effort and now has a career bankroll of $110,400.

 Bitsy’s Afleet is a 3-year-old dark bay or brown gelding by Northern Afleet, out of the Ford Every Stream mare Streamin Bitsy. He was bred in Louisiana by his owners.

 Sent to the gate at odds of 4-5, Bitsy’s Afleet paid $3.80 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.40 to show. Grand Luwegee was worth $4.20 to place and $3.20 to show. Double Star paid $4 for the show.

 

Delta Downs will now be dark until its 2018 American Quarter Horse Season gets underway on April 20. The 46-day meeting will run through July 7 with live racing conducted each Wednesday through Saturday night at 6:15 pm.

 

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

 

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.

 

LA MISTAKE FLAWLESS WHILE WINNING THE AZALEA STAKES

LA MISTAKE - The Azalea - 10th Running - 03-09-18 - R07 - DED - Finish 2
La Mistake with Gerard Melancon aboard wins the 2018 Azalea Stakes at Delta Downs. Photo by Coady Photography

Azalea Stakes
Delta Downs, 3-9-18, 6 1/2 furlongs, $80,000
Accredited Louisiana Bred, 3-year-old fillies

LA MISTAKE
Bind – Guculka Ksenya
Breeder: Cantrell Family Partnership
Owner: Cantrell Family Partnership
Trainer: Brett A. Brinkman
Jockey: G. Melancon

2nd
Yes Gorgeous
Mass Media-Isn’t She Gorgeous
Breeder: J. Adcock & Montgomery Equine Center
Owner: Scott Gelner
Trainer: Scott Gelner
Jockey: D. Saenz

3rd
Fame Feather
Lion Tamer-Pretty Indian
Breeder: Ramona M. Pierce
Owner: Picard Thoroughbreds Racing Stable LLC
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: S. Doyle

 

Delta Downs kicked off its closing weekend of live Thoroughbred racing on Friday night with an 11-race program that included the $80,000 Azalea for 3-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies.

The Azalea was won impressively by Cantrell Family Partnership’s La Mistake with jockey Gerard Melancon in the saddle for his first of two stakes tallies on the night. The Brett Brinkman trainee pressed the early pace set by longshot Ms Sassy Butclassy as she carved out fractional times of 23.25 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 47.71 for the half in the 6 ½-furlong test for horses who had never won a stakes race.

As the field of 10 entered the second turn of the race, La Mistake took the lead and began to draw clear. In the home-stretch she held a comfortable lead over Yes Gorgeous, who was a game second but no threat to the winner. On the finish line, La Mistake was 3-3/4 lengths in front of Yes Gorgeous while Fame Feather was another 6-1/4 lengths behind in third. La Mistake covered the distance in 1:20.13 while running on a fast track.

The win by La Mistake was the third of her four-race career. She earned $48,000 for the effort and now owns a bankroll of $96,600.

Bred in Louisiana by her owner, La Mistake is a 3-year-old bay daughter of Bind, out of the Lion Heart mare Guculka Ksenya.

Sent to the gate at odds of 4-5, La Mistake paid $3.80 to win, $3 to place and $2.10 to show. Yes Gorgeous was worth $5 to place and $3 to show. Fame Feather returned $2.60 to show.

Louisiana Premier Night Winning Connections

MOBILE BAY - The LA Bred Night Championship - 15th Running - 02-10-18 - R09 - DED - Finish
Mobile Bay wins the $170,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship. Photo by Coady Photography.

Louisiana Premier Night Championship
Delta Downs, 2-19-18, 1 1/16 mile, $170,000
Four-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Breds

MOBILE BAY
Lone Star Special-Tranquility Bay
Breeder: Tigertail Ranch
Owner: Tigertail Ranch
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Diego Saenz

2nd
Underpressure
Birdstone-Charming Colleen
Breeder: James McIngvale
Owner: Mallory Greiner
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: G. Melancon

3rd
Social Misfit
Porto Foricos-Unfriendly Koo
Breeder: Earl Hernandez and Keith Hernandez
Owner: End Zone Athletics
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: T. Thornton

 

PACIFIC PINK - The LA Bred Night Distaff - 02-10-18 - R11 - DED - Finish
Pacific Pink wins the Louisiana Premier Night Distaff. Photo by Coady Photography

Louisiana Premier Night Distaff
Delta Downs, 2-19-18, 1 mile, $145,000
Four-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies and Mares

PACIFIC PINK
Private Vow – Truly Romantic
Breeder: Brandon Adcock
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: C.J. Hernandez

2nd
Hyper Piper
Old Fashioned-Filaree
Breeder: Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez & John Duvieilh
Owner: John Duvieilh and Keith J. and Earl J. Hernandez
Trainer: Sam B. David
Jockey: T. Thornton

3rd
Mr. Al’s Gal
Salute The Sarge-Spanish Ice
Breeder: J. Adcock & Neal McFadden
Owner: Brittany Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Justin Jeansonne
Jockey: D. Saenz

 

OURS TO RUN - The LA Bred Night Matron - 14th Running - 02-10-18 - R10 - DED - Finish
Ours To Run wins the Louisiana Premier Night Matron. Photo by Coady Photography.

Louisiana Premier Night Matron
Delta Downs, 2-19-18, 5 furlongs, $120,000
Four-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies and Mares

OURS TO RUN
Half Ours – Brown Eyed Baby
Breeder: Clifford Grum
Owner: Colonel Thoroughbreds LLC
Trainer: J. Larry Jones
Jockey: R. Morales

2nd
My Miss Chiff
Into Mischief-Carl’s Frosty Girl
Breeder: Steve Holliday
Owner: Town and Country Racing, LLC
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: M. Murrill

3rd
Shamrock Star
Star Guitar-Indian Treaty
Breeder: Half Moon Stables, LLC
Owner: Carl R. Moore Management LLC
Trainer: W. Bret Calhoun
Jockey: T. Thornton

 

MONTE MAN - The LA Bred Night Sprint - 15th Running - 02-10-18 - R08 - DED - Finish
Monte Man wins the Louisiana Premier Night Sprint. Photo by Coady Photography.

Louisiana Premier Night Sprint
Delta Downs, 2-19-18, 5 furlongs, $120,000
Four-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Breds

MONTE MAN
Custom for Carlos – Sarah’s My Angel
Breeder: Val C. Murrell
Owner: Very Sisters Racing
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: G. Melancon

2nd
Sea Vow
Private Vow- Victory at Sea
Breeder: Ronald Webb
Owner: End Zone Athletics, Inc.
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: L. Negron

3rd
Win Lion Win
Lion Tamer-Twinwinwin
Breeder: Rebecca Farm LLC
Owner: Farm d’Allie Racing Stable
Trainer: Allison Ramsay-Banks
Jockey: E. Martin Jr.

 

GLADYOUSAWME - The LA Bred Prince - 14th Running - 02-10-18 - R07 - DED - Finish
Gladyousawme wins the Louisiana Premier Night Prince. Photo by Coady Photography.

Louisiana Premier Night Prince
Delta Downs, 2-19-18, 1 mile, $120,000
Three-Year-Olds, Accredited Louisiana Breds

GLADYOUSAWME
Due Date-Flame Run
Breeder: Bertram Klein & Richard Klein
Owner: Klein Racing
Trainer: Brad H. Cox
Jockey: R. Morales

2nd
Ready Prospector
Custom For Carlos-Vera Belle
Breeder: Virginia Lazenby
Owner: Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLC
Trainer: Oscar Modica
Jockey: G. Melancon

3rd
Bitsy’s Afleet
Northern Afleet-Streamin Bitsy
Breeder: Rose C. Hernandez & Earl Hernandez
Owner: Earl and Rose Hernandez
Trainer: Sam B. David, Jr.
Jockey: M. Pedroza

 

REMEMBER DAISY - The LA Bred Starlet - 15th Running - 02-10-18 - R05 - DED - Finish
Remember Daisy wins the Louisiana Premier Night Starlet. Photo by Coady Photography.

Louisiana Premier Night Starlet
Delta Downs, 2-19-18, 1 mile, $120,000
Three-Year-Olds, Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies

REMEMBER DAISY
Misremembered-Very Speightstown
Breeder: Al Ulwelling & Bill Ulwelling
Owner: Al & Bill Ulwelling
Trainer: Gary M. Scherer
Jockey: M. Murrill

2nd
Sarah’s Holy Belle
El Corredor-My Holy Belle
Breeder: Perform Stables Inc.
Owner: Perform Stables Inc.
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: L. Negron

3rd
Yes Gorgeous
Mass Media-Isn’t She Gorgeous
Breeder: J. Adcock & Montgomery Equine Center
Owner: Scott Gelner
Trainer: Scott Gelner
Jockey: D. Saenz

 

THEORYINTOPRACTICE - The LA Bred Gentlemen Starter - 14th Running - 02-10-18 - R06 - DED - Finish
Theoryintopractice wins the Louisiana Premier Night Gentleman Starter. Photo by Coady Photography.

Louisiana Premier Night Gentleman Starter
Delta Downs, 2-19-18, 1 1/16 mile, $70,000
Four-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Breds

THEORYINTOPRACTICE
Into Mischief-Cayman Colada
Breeder: Cypress Bend Farm
Owner: Courtney Barousse
Trainer: Corale A. Richards
Jockey: C.J. Hernandez

2nd
Harbor Pilot
Trappe Shot-Harbor Princess
Breeder: Curt Leake
Owner: Red Rose Racing
Trainer: Scott Gelner
Jockey: D. Saenz

3rd
Bluegrass Punch
Bluegrass Cat-Bronze Abe
Breeder: Chrislin LLC
Owner: Courtney Barousse
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: L. Negron

 

ZYANARA - The LA Bred Ladies Starter - 14th Running - 02-10-18 - R03 - DED - Finish 01
Zyanara wins the Louisiana Premier Night Ladies Starter. Photo by Coady Photography.

Louisiana Premier Night Ladies Starter
Delta Downs, 2-19-18, 1 1/16 mile, $70,000
Four-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies and Mares

ZYANARA
Zong-Ore Money
Breeder: Indian Creek Thoroughbred Farms, LLC
Owner: Indian Creek Thoroughbred Farms, LLC
Trainer: Philip Mark Dison
Jockey: A. Contreras

2nd
Arctic Peace
Run Production-Arctic Indian
Breeder: Oak Leaf Farm TCLP
Owner: Wayne T. Davis
Trainer: Shane Wilson
Jockey: F.T. Rodriguez

3rd
Lefthoofrightleft
Giant Fun-Dancing Shawklit
Breeder: Robert Odom
Owner: Rick Salter
Trainer: Rick Salter
Jockey: O. Martinez

 

ELEGANT IDEA - The LA Bred Bon Temps Starter - 14th Running - 02-10-18 - R04 - DED - Finish 1
Elegant Idea wins the Louisiana Premier Night Bon Temps Starter. Photo by Coady Photography.

Louisiana Premier Night Bon Temps Starter
Delta Downs, 2-19-18, 5 furlongs, $60,000
Four-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies and Mares

ELEGANT IDEA
Private Vow-I Have and Idea
Breeder: Channon Farm, LLC
Owner: End Zone Athletics, Inc
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: O. Martinez

2nd
Dale’s Lil Sis
Zong-Judy
Breeder: Indian Creek Thoroughbred Farms, LLC
Owner: Indian Creek Thoroughbred Farms, LLC
Trainer: Phillip Mark Dison
Jockey: A. Contreras

3rd
Just Glossy
Exclusive Quality-Lip Gloss
Breeder: Anna Paul
Owner: Brent Delahoussaye
Trainer: Brent Delahoussaye
Jockey: A. Broussard

 

RIVER BOBCAT - The LA Bred Ragin Cajun Starter - 14th Running - 02-10-18 - R02 - DED - Finish
River Bobcat wins the Louisiana Premier Night Ragin Cajun. Photo by Coady Photography.

Louisiana Premier Night Ragin Cajun Starter
Delta Downs, 2-19-18, 5 furlongs, $60,000
Four-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Breds

RIVER BOBCAT
Behindatthebar-Heroic Flight
Breeder: Divine Equine, LLC
Owner: Jacqueline Savoy
Trainer: Eduardo Ramirez
Jockey: T. Thornton

2nd
Reckless Ransom
Regal Ransom-Indigo Girl
Breeder: Randy Davis & Associates, Inc.
Owner: End Zone Athletics, Inc.
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: L. Negron

3rd
Mars Curiosity
Lunarpal-Kelly’s Lake
Breeder: Heiligbrodt Racing Stable
Owner: Jory Ferrell
Trainer: Tim Dixon
Jockey: R. Flores

 

MOBILE BAY WINS SECOND STRAIGHT LOUISIANA PREMIER NIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

MOBILE BAY - The LA Bred Night Championship - 15th Running - 02-10-18 - R09 - DED - Finish
Mobile Bay wins the $170,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship. Photo by Coady Photography.

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the 15th edition of Louisiana Premier Night on Saturday and the fans who attended the rainy evening program were treated to 12-race card that included 10 stakes races worth total purse money of more than $1 million. The featured event on the big night for Louisiana-bred horses was the $170,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship, which was won for the second consecutive year by Tigertail Ranch’s Mobile Bay.

Under jockey Diego Saenz the Victor Arceneaux trainee tracked the early pace set by Temprano, who carved out fractional times of 24.65 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 48.77 for the half. As the field of six entered the second turn of the 1 1/16-mile test for older horses, Mobile Bay took command after traveling three-quarters of a mile in 1:14.08, opening up a lead of nearly two lengths. But the race was far from over.

In the homestretch, Mobile Bay drifted out while Underpressure began to cut into the leader’s advantage stride by stride while hugging the rail under Gerard Melancon. At the finish line only a nose separated the rivals with Mobile Bay taking home the winner’s trophy. Social Misfit wound up third another 5-1/2 lengths behind the top pair. The final time in the Louisiana Premier Night Championship was 1:46.49. Each race on the rich program was contested over a sealed track listed as sloppy.

Mobile Bay has now won 12 of 27 lifetime starts. He earned $102,000 for his win on Saturday and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $1,198,440. The dark bay or brown horse went over the $1 million mark in career earnings with his win the Championship last year.

Bred in Louisiana by his owner, Mobile Bay is a 6-year-old by Lone Star Special, out of the Out of Place mare Tranquility Bay.

Mobile Bay was sent to the gate at odds of 3-5 and returned $3.40 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Underpressure was worth $3 to place and $2.40 to show. Social Misfit paid $4.20 to show.

In other stakes activity on the program it was Pacific Pink winning the $145,000 Louisiana Premier Night Distaff under jockey Colby Hernandez, who got a riding double on the card. Pacific Pink is trained by Edward J. Johnston and is owned by Keith Plaisance.

This year’s $100,000 Louisiana Premier Night Sprint was taken by Ivery Sisters Racing’s Monte Man, who was ridden to victory by Gerard Melancon. Monte Man is trained by Ron Faucheux.

Jockey Roberto Morales notched a riding triple on the special night of racing included two stakes scores. He booted home Gladyousawme in the $120,000 Louisiana Premier Night Prince for owner Klein Racing and trainer Brad Cox. He also made it to the winner’s circle in the $120,000 Louisiana Premier Night Matron aboard the Larry Jones trainee Ours to Run, who is owned by Colonel Thoroughbreds LLC.

The $120,000 Louisiana Premier Night Starlet was annexed by Al and Bill Ulwelling’s Remember Daisy, who was ridden to victory by Mitchell Murrill. Remember Daisy is conditioned by Gary Scherer.

The Phillip Dison trainee Zyanara pulled a 28-1 upset in winning the $70,000 Louisiana Premier Night Ladies Starter. She was ridden to victory by Alfredo Contreras and is owned by Indian Creek Thoroughbred Farms, LLC.

The $70,000 Louisiana Premier Night Gentleman Starter was taking by Theoryintopractice, who was piloted by Colby Hernandez and is trained by Corale Richards. Theoryintopractice is owned by Courtney Barousse.

Elegant Idea took the $60,000 Louisiana Premier Night Bon Temps Starter with jockey Odilon Martinez riding for Delta Downs leading trainer Karl Broberg. End Zone Athletics, Inc. owns Elegant Idea.

And finally, it was River Bobcat who won the $60,000 Louisiana Premier Night Ragin Cajun Starter under jockey Timothy Thornton. The Eduardo Ramirez trainee is owned by Jacqueline Savoy.

Delta Downs will kick off its 18th week of live racing on Wednesday night with a 10-race program that begins at 5:40 pm. The current season runs through March 10.

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

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.

 

DELTA DOWNS PREPARING FOR LOUISIANA PREMIER NIGHT ON SATURDAY

–  $170,000 LAPN CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHLIGHTS LUCRATIVE CARD FOR LOUISIANA-BREDS –

  

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs is gearing up for another rich race program on Saturday as the track hosts the 15th edition of Louisiana Premier Night. The 12-race program will feature 10 stakes races for Louisiana-breds worth $1,055,000 in total purse money. There will be a special first post time for the rich program of 5:20 pm Central Time.

Saturday’s featured race will be the $170,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship for older horses competing at 1-1/16 miles, which will be the ninth race on the program. This year’s Championship has attracted a field of seven including 2017 winner and graded stakes hero Mobile Bay as well as last year’s Louisiana Premier Night Prince winner, Underpressure.

The $120,000 Louisiana Premier Night Distaff field will include Hyper Piper, who won the Lookout Stakes on January 5; Mr. Al’s Gal, who took last year’s Louisiana Premier Night Starlet; and multiple stakes winner Pacific Pink, who has earned over $522,000 during her illustrious career.

Delta Downs will offer a $50,000 guaranteed all stakes Pick 4 wager on the special Louisiana Premier Night program. The special Pick 4 will take place on race 6 – 9, which includes the evening’s richest race, the $170,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship.

Listed below are all 10 Louisiana Premier Night stakes races for 2018 in program order. 

Race #             Purse              Stakes Race                                                    Distance                      Age

2                      $60,000           LAPN Ragin Cajun Starter                             5 furlongs                    4yo & up

3                      $70,000           LAPN Ladies Starter                                       1 mile                          4yo & up FM

4                      $60,000           LAPN Bon Temps Starter                               5 furlongs                    4yo & up

5                      $120,000         LAPN Starlet                                                   1 mile                          3yo Fillies

6                      $70,000           LAPN Gentleman Starter                                1-1/16 mile                  4yo & up

7                      $120,000         LAPN Prince                                                   1 mile                          3yo

8                      $120,000         LAPN Sprint                                                   5 furlongs                    4yo & up

9                      $170,000         LAPN Championship                                      1-1/16 miles                4yo & up

10                    $120,000         LAPN Matron                                                 5 furlongs                    4yo & up FM

11                    $145,000         LAPN Distaff                                                  1 mile                          4yo & up FM

 

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will be awarding two $1,000 college scholarships via a drawing that will take place on Louisiana Premier Night. Entries for the drawing will be taken between 4:20-5:40 pm in the promenade area. To qualify for the drawing, entrants must be enrolled in a good standing in a Louisiana school. The winners of the scholarships will be announced during the program.

For more information about Louisiana Premier Night and the remainder of Delta Downs’ current season, which runs through March 11, visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. 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.

Two Scholarships to be Awarded at Louisiana Premier Night

Louisiana Premier Night will take place on Saturday, February 10, at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel in Vinton, 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 Spring 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 Premier Night:
  • Registration: 4:20 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. at the designated booth
  • Races begin: 5:20 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 louisianabred.com.

DELTA DOWNS ISSUES BAN ON HORSES FROM TURFWAY PARK FOLLOWING EHV-1 TEST POSITIVES

– TEMPORARY ACTION TAKEN TO PROTECT LOCAL HORSE COLONY –

  

VINTON, LA. – Due to recent positive tests for Equine Herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1) at Turfway Park in Kentucky, Delta Downs has issued a temporary ban on horses stabled at that racetrack from entering its stable area. This action is being taken to ensure the health and safety of Delta Downs horse population and will serve the best interest of local horsemen.

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

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.