Louisiana State Racing Commission Reinstates Piroplasmosis Testing Requirement

Effective October 4, 2017, The Louisiana State Racing Commission has reinstated the Piroplasmosis Testing requirement.

“Based on the recommendation of Dr. Cooley, Equine Medical Director for the Louisiana State Racing Commission, the Louisiana State Racing Commission hereby rescinds Directive No. 2014-01, and reinstates Piroplasmosis Testing as of October 4, 2017.”

Delta and Evangeline advise:

Effective Oct. 4, 2017, the LSRC has reinstated part B of LRC 35.I.1304 thus requiring all horses to have a negative Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) test, for Theileria equi taken within the past 12 months, prior to entering the confines of a racetrack or race in Louisiana.

KARL BROBERG DOMINATES THE 2017 THOROUGHBRD SEASON AT EVANGELINE DOWNS

LOUISIANA NATIVE TIM THORNTON WINS FIRST EVANGELINE RIDING TITLE

 

OPELOUSAS, LA – The 2017 Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs concluded this weekend and the entire season could really be encapsulated in one name: Karl Broberg. He won his seventh training title from 2011-2017 this summer and his ownership group, End Zone Athletics, Inc., also took down the leading owner honors.

The numbers by which Karl Broberg absolutely dominated the summer at Evangeline Downs are staggering. His horses won 86 races from 246 starts for a winning percentage of 35% and his runners also earned $1,010,580 for the season. Broberg finished 65 wins ahead of the tie for second place in the standings between, Allen Landry and Sam Breaux with 21 winners each. These figures were a marked improvement over Broberg’s 2016 title-winning season, when he won just 49 races and $657,910 in purse money and finished 11 wins ahead of runner-up, Eduardo Ramirez.

The complete top ten trainers’ standings were: Broberg (86 wins), Landry and Breaux (21), Eduardo Ramirez (20), Shane Wilson (19), Jose Camejo (18), Al Stall, Jr. and Dale White, Sr. (tied at 16), Scott Gelner (15), and a three-way tie for ninth between Howard Alonzo, Danny Pish, and Lee Thomas at 14 wins each.

The owners’ standings tell the same story with the End Zone Athletics, Inc. pairing of Karl Broberg and Matt Johanson outdistancing the competition with 52 wins from 133 runners for a winning percentage of 39% and earnings of $538,465. The margin of victory in the standings was an amazing 42 wins, as Whispering Oaks Farm, LLC came in second place with 10 wins from 56 starters.

The complete top ten owners’ standings were: End Zone Athletics, Inc. (52 wins), Whispering Oaks Farm, LLC (10), Elite Thoroughbred Racing, LLC (9), a five-way tie for fourth at eight wins each for Brittlyn Stable, Inc., Wayne T. Davis, Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable, LLC, Red Rose Racing, and Lee Young Farm, and a three-way tie for ninth at seven wins each for Circle H Farms, Double Dam Farm, LLC, and Norman Stables, LLC.

Jockey Tim Thornton, a Louisiana native, benefited from working as the main rider for Karl Broberg during his first full season riding at Evangeline Downs. That certainly helped him immensely as he won the riding title with 119 wins from 423 starts for a winning percentage of 28% and earnings of $1,377,442. Diego Saenz was the runner-up in the jockeys’ standings for the third consecutive season with 92 wins from 411 starts.

The complete top ten jockeys’ standings were: Thornton (119 wins), Saenz (92), Ashley Broussard (72), Colby Hernandez (71), Roberto Morales (38), Steve Bourque (32), Alexis Batista (30), Kerwin Clark and Gerard Melancon (tied at 29), and a tie for 10th between Jansen Melancon and apprentice Jarred Journet at 28 wins each.

Evangeline Downs will resume live racing with the start of the 46-day American Quarter Horse racing season on October 4. The premier night of the season will be Saturday, December 16 with four major stakes races taking place that evening. The finals for the $1,000,000 Louisiana Million (RG1), the $300,000-estimated LQHBA Breeders Derby, the $100,000-added Evangeline Downs Futurity, and the $50,000-added Evangeline Downs Derby all will be run that night. Post time for the American Quarter Horse season at Evangeline Downs will be 5:35 pm Central Time.

For more information on the American Quarter Horse season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.

 

READY PROSPECTOR IS READY AGAIN IN THE EVANGELINE DOWNS PRINCE

Evangeline Downs Prince Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 9-2-17, 6 furlongs

READY PROSPECTOR
Custom for Carlos – Vera Belle
Breeder: Virginia Lazenby
Owner: Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLC
Trainer: Oscar Modica
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

READY PROSPECTOR Prince

OPELOUSAS, LA – Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable’s Ready Prospector was able to add a second stakes victory of the Evangeline Downs season to his steadily improving resume’ with a win in the $50,000 Evangeline Downs Prince. Ready Prospector had previously won the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity on July 29.

Sent right into contention by jockey Gerard Melancon, Ready Prospector allowed Calimor to take the lead on the backstretch and settled into second. The early fractions were strong as the quarter-mile was covered in 22.20 seconds and the half-mile went by in 45.74 seconds. Ready Prospector reclaimed the lead on the far turn and then turned away late challenges by Land Battle and Hardworkcleanlivin to win by 2-1/2 lengths. The final time for the six furlongs was 1:11.41 over the fast track.

Ready Prospector was bred in Louisiana by Virginia Lazenby and is trained by Oscar Modica. He has won two of his three lifetime starts and the $30,000 first-place purse increases his lifetime earnings to $80,200. Ready Prospector is by Custom for Carlos and out of the Not For Love mare, Vera Belle.

Ready Prospector paid $9 to win, $5.60 to place and $4 to show. Land Battle rallied late for second and paid $10.20 to place and $6.20 to show. Hardworkcleanlivin paid $3.60 to show.

REAP Night at the Races

REAP (Racing Employees Assistance Program) held its annual “Night at the Races” benefit program, Thursday, August 3, 2017 in the John Henry Room in the Evangeline Downs Clubhouse.

A healthy crowd of 80 participated in the event which included a reverse drawing and a silent auction.

REAP supports Chaplain Dwight Brown in all his good works as well as horsemen and their families in need.

Signature Sponsors of the event were St. Landry Homestead, DPB Racing LLC, Acadiana Equine Clinic, Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Assn, Louisiana HBPA, and Evangeline Downs.

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READY PROSPECTOR, SHE’SCREATIVE win D.S. “Shine” Young Futurities

READY PROSPECTOR STRIKES GOLD IN THE COLT DIVISION

 SHE’SCREATIVE TRIUMPHANT IN THE FILLIES DIVISION

READY PROSPECTOR
Ready Prospector wins the Colt and Gelding Division of the 2017 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity. Coady Photography

 

D.S. Shine Young Futurity 
Colt and Gelding Division
Evangeline Downs, 7-29-17, 5 1/2 furlongs, dirt
2YO colts and geldings, Purse $75,000

READY PROSPECTOR
Custom for Carlos–Vera Belle, by Not For Love
Breeder: Virginia Lazenby
Owner: Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLC
Trainer: Oscar Modica
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

2nd
I Want A Picture
Redding Colliery–Bond’s Babe, by Johannesburg
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Flurry Racing Stables LLC
Trainer: J. R. Caldwell
Jockey: Danny Sorenson

3rd
Cajun Creed
Jimmy Creed–Surprise Squall, by Stephen Got Even
Breeder: Danny M. Brown & Donna B. Brown
Owner: Horseplayers Racing Club LLC
Trainer: Danny Pish
Jockey: Roberto Morales

 

OPELOUSAS, LA – Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable’s Ready Prospector was able to survive an early speed duel and then withstand a furious charge from the favored I Want a Picture to prevail in the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity for Colts & Geldings on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs.

Ready Prospector was sent right up into the fray by jockey Gerard Melancon at the start and engaged with another longshot in Piranha Tough through solid early fractions of 22.02 for the quarter-mile and 46.04 for the half-mile. When the field entered the stretch, Ready Prospector had put away Piranha Tough, holding a 3-1/2 length lead, but the 9-5 favorite, I Want a Picture came running in the final furlong and just came up a head short. Ready Prospector finished the 5-1/2 furlongs in a final time of 1:05.46 over the wet-fast racetrack.

A 10-1 longshot, Ready Prospector, returned $22.60 to win, $8.40 to place and $5.40 to show. I Want a Picture paid $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show, while Cajun Creed rallied for third and returned $2.80 to show.

Ready Prospector scored the first win of his brief career in the “Shine” Young Futurity. He was bred in Louisiana by Virginia Lazenby and is trained by Oscar Modica. The maiden-breaking win earned Ready Prospector the $45,000 first-place purse and increased his lifetime earnings to $50,200. He is a two-year-old gelding by Custom for Carlos and out of the Not For Love mare, Vera Belle.

 

SHE'SCREATIVE
She’screative wins the Filly Division of the 2017 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity. Coady Photography

 

D.S. Shine Young Futurity 
Filly Division
Evangeline Downs, 7-29-17, 5 1/2 furlongs, dirt
2YO fillies, Purse $75,000

SHE’SCREATIVE
Creative Cause–She’s a Rebel Too
Breeder: T L Holyfield Racing Stable LLC
Owner: Thomas L. Holyfield
Trainer: J. R. Caldwell
Jockey: Dusty Ryder Shepherd

2nd
Eye Craft
Songandaprayer–Ihavemyeyeonyou, by Crafty Prospector
Breeder: Coulee Croche Thoroughbred, LLC
Owner: Brad Raney
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

3rd
Born to D’ Wild
D’wildcat–Jasmine Gardens, by Mineshaft
Breeder: Coteau Grove Farms, LLC
Owner: Brava Stables LLC
Trainer: Patrick Devereux, Jr.
Jockey: Diego Saenz

The fillies division of the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity was also run on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs. The original field of twelve was scratched down to six and the best of that half-dozen was She’screative. The filly assumed the lead shortly after the start and led through a quarter-mile of 22.31 seconds and a half-mile of 46.19 seconds. She received a challenge from Eye Craft, who briefly took the lead in the stretch. However, She’screative re-rallied on the rail to win by 2-1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:06.53 for the 5-1/2 furlongs.

She’screative was the even-money favorite in the “Shine” Young Futurity and returned $4 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show. Eye Craft paid $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. Born to D’wild paid $2.60 to show.

She’screative is a 2-year-old filly bred in Louisiana by T.L. Holyfield Racing Stable, LLC. She is owned by Thomas L. Holyfield, trained by J.R. Caldwell and was ridden to victory by Dusty Shepherd. Her record is now a perfect two-for-two and the $45,000 first-place purse increases her lifetime earnings to $60,600. She’screative is by Creative Cause and out of the Two Punch mare, She’s a Rebel Too.

 

 

For more information on the Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.

Jockamo’s Song Wins Louisiana Legends Sprint

JOCKAMO'S SONG Legends Sprint
Jockamo’s Song is victorious in the Louisiana Legends Sprint at Evangeline Downs. Photo by Coady Photography

 

Louisiana Legends Sprint Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-8-17, 5.5 f.(dirt)
3yo/up, Purse: $100,000

JOCKAMO’S SONG
Half Ours-Miss Clairnette, by Trophy Hunter
Owner: Dare To Dream Stable LLC
Breeder: Debbie Allen & David Allen
Trainer: Michael Stidham
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

2nd
Icy Gentleman
Yankee Gentleman-Icy Day, by Five Star Day
Owner: Ironwater Farms Joint Venture
Breeder: Ironwater Farms Joint Venture
Trainer: Henry B. Johnston
Jockey: Jorge Guzman

3rd
C U Tiger
Indian Territory-Comehomewithasmile, by Came Home
Owner: Bill Langford and Roland Bruno
Breeder: Bill Langford
Trainer: Roland Bruno
Jockey: Alex Cortez

Underpressure Triumphs in Louisiana Legends Cheval

UNDER PRESSURE Legends Cheval
Underpressure under Diego Saenz wins the Louisiana Legends Cheval S. Photo by Coady Photography.

 

Louisiana Legends Cheval Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-8-17, 8 f.(dirt)
3yos, Purse: $100,000

UNDERPRESSURE
Birdstone-Charming Colleen, by Charismatic
Owner: Mallory Greiner
Breeder: James McInvale
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: Diego Saenz

2nd
Magic Vow
Private Vow-Whitewashed, by Broad Brush
Owner: Brittany Stable, Inc.
Breeder: J. Adcock
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: K.D. Clark

3rd
True Emperor
Yes It’s True-Queen Of the Empire, by Empire Maker
Owner: Dan Casey and Elite Thoroughbred Racing LLC
Breeder: Rebecca Farm LLC & T.J. Dickey
Trainer: Lee Thomas
Jockey: Jansen Melancon

P Boo Successful in Louisiana Legends Soiree

P BOO Legends Soiree
P Boo passes favorite Efforting to win the Louisiana Legends Soiree at Evangeline Downs. Photo by Coady Photography.

Louisiana Legends Soiree Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-8-17, 8 f.(dirt)
3yos, Purse: $100,000

P BOO
Dominus-Paraiba, by Freud
Owner: Robert Lestz and Gillian & Kirk Harris
Breeder: Spendthrift Farm LLC
Trainer: Kirk Harris
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

2nd
Efforting
Into Mischief-Get Going Bertie, by Carson City
Owner: Fair Grounds Racing Club, Inc.
Breeder: Orange Grove Thoroughbreds, Inc.
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: C.J. Hernandez

3rd
Bermuda Star
Star Guitar-Bermuda Bride, by Runaway Groom
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Look Into My Eyes Takes Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes

LOOK INTO MY EYES Legends Mademoiselle
C.J. Hernandez brings Look Into My Eyes across the finish line three lengths ahead of the nearest competitor in the Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle S. at Evangeline Downs. Photo by Coady Photography

 

Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-8-17, 5.5 f.(dirt)
3yo/up, fillies and mares, Purse: $100,000

LOOK INTO MY EYES
City Zip-Burnished Miss, by Wild Again
Owner: Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti
Breeder: Robert McDowell & Bethe Deal
Trainer: Efren Loza, Jr.
Jockey: C.J. Hernandez

2nd
Rach’slastscarf
Half Ours-Madel, by More Than Ready
Owner: HP Thoroughbreds, LLC
Breeder: Sugarland Thoroughbred, LLC
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

3rd
Ramona’s Wildcat
Wildcat Heir-Pretty Indian, by Indian Charlie
Owner: W.C. Racing Inc.
Breeder: Georgia Farms Inc.
Trainer: Thomas M. Amoss
Jockey: Gerard Melancon