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.

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 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.

 

JOCKEY GERARDO MORA BACK ON TOP AT ​ HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Bossier City, LA –  Gerardo Mora, who was the leading rider last year at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, is now in the lead with 35 trips to the winner’s circle. He won five races on the June 27th card, sending the message that a repeat of his title is certainly on his mind.

“My meet started a little slow, but I did not think about it too much,” said Mora. “I am just focused on winning races.”

Born in Palestine, Texas, Mora, 26, has ridden in Texas and Louisiana since 2011. He rode as an apprentice at Retama Park near San Antonio, and won the riding title at Sam Houston Race Park in 2013 and 2014.   He has ridden 4,877 Thoroughbreds with a record of 623 wins, 689 seconds, 629 thirds and earnings of $9.2 million.

Mora is riding for a number of horsemen at Louisiana Downs, including Danny Pish, Ralph Irwin, Jamie Pasto, Patrick Moutonand last year’s leading conditioner, Joey Foster. He credits his agent, former top Louisiana jockey, Ronald Ardoin for building his business.

“I’ve got a great agent,” added Mora. “He sees the races better than anyone and is always there to help me.”

Mora added another three wins on the Monday, July 9th card, including a victory for Liaison Halo for Pish and owner Dennis Foster.

“He was making his second start and improved off his experience in his first race,” said Mora. “He relaxed as we made the trip between horses and handled the rail very well.”

Several jockeys are riding very well this meet Mora knows the race for the title could go down to the wire. Emanuel Nieves is second in the standings with 34 wins. Joel Dominguez took command of the June 23rd card, winning six of the seven races. He has won 32 races to date.  Richard Eramia, who has locked up leading rider honors already at Lone Star Park, has 25 wins to his credit at Louisiana Downs.  He will be a threat once Lone Star concludes on July 15.

 

Louisiana Cup Day News

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will present Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 4 featuring seven stakes for Louisiana-breds.

Trainer Danny Pish may nominate Liaison Halo for the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile, a six-furlong stakes he won last year with Scott Brown’s Ace Guitar.

“He’s a definite maybe,” said Pish. “He ran a very professional effort on Monday, so we will just have to see if mentally and physically, he is ready to take the next step up.”

 

Mary Rampellini of the Daily Racing Form broke the news that Autumn Warrior, who ran his record to 2-for-2 in the recent Lafayette Stakes at Evangeline Downs, is under consideration for the $60,000 Prelude Stakes. Trainer Al Stall, Jr. has the mile and one-sixteenth mile main track race in mind for the son of Orb, bred and owned by Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stables, Inc. 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

 

Al Stall, Jr. and Danny Pish Tied for Leading Trainer

As of July 10, Al Stall, Jr. and Danny Pish are tied for the lead in the trainer standings with 13 wins each. Joe O. Duhon is second with 12 victories and Karl Broberg and Henry E. Uriegas have each saddled ten winners to share third place. Eric Nelson, Jr. and Beverly Burress follow closely with nine wins each.

Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. tops the owner standings with nine wins with End Zone Athletics, Inc. in second place with eight winners.  Jorge Gomez is third with six wins, one more than Patti Turner. 

 

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.

 

DAVID HEITZMANN PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR OF RACING AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

David Heitzmann

Bossier City, LA – David Heitzmann, who has been the racing secretary at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs since March, 2010, has been promoted to Director of Racing/Racing Secretary, pending all regulatory approvals.

Mike Rich, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs made the announcement about Heitzmann and the departure of Trent McIntosh, who has taken on the new role as General Manager of Hoosier Park in Indianapolis, Indiana for Caesars Entertainment.

Heitzmann has been affiliated with many racetracks across the country including Keeneland, Arlington Park, Fairgrounds and Churchill Downs, prior to his tenure at Louisiana Downs. Racing runs in the Heitzmann family as his father, Roger Heitzmann, Jr. was a trainer and he has three brothers involved in the racing industry. Roger, III, is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Association (LTBA); Mike serves as General Manager of Stone Bridge Farm in Kentucky and Eric, is a trainer who currently has 25 horses at Canterbury Park.

“David has a wealth of racing knowledge as he has worked in the industry for 31 years,” said Rich.

Born in Covington, Kentucky, Heitzmann grew up in Metairie, Louisiana, and is committed to supporting the horsemen who have shown loyalty to Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. While he does not predict any major changes this meet, he is clear on his goals.

“Our main focus is in our local horsemen,” stated Heitzmann. “We want to help them as much as possible as they support our daily racing programs. We are working on keeping the field size up and working with TVG in getting our signal out to horseplayers.”

Louisiana horseman Joe O. Duhon is the current co-leader in the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs trainer standings and has a long association with Heitzmann.

“David’s doing a super job,” said Duhon. “He’s a horseman; comes from a family of horsemen and I know he will do his best to look out for us.”

Camel and Ostrich Racing Set for July 4

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is hosting Exotic Animal Races on Wednesday, July 4th. Fans of all ages will enjoy Ostriches and Camels racing on the main track in between live Thoroughbred races. Post time is 3:15 pm and activities for families on the Kid’s Zone apron will get underway at noon.  The popular Food Trucks will make a return appearance and The Harrah’s Club is offering an All you can eat, All day Buffet for $29.99.

 

Trainer, Jockey and Owner Standings

As of July 2, Joe O. Duhon and Al Stall, Jr. are tied for the lead in the trainer standings with 11 wins each. Karl Broberg, Danny Pish and Henry E. Uriegas have each saddled ten winners to share second place. Eric Nelson, Jr. and Jorge Lara follow closely with eight wins each.

 

Several jockeys are riding very well this meet and a tight battle for leading rider is underway. Emanuel Nieves is the current leader in the standings with 31 wins. Joel Dominguez took command of the June 23rd card, winning six of the seven races. He has won 30 races to date. Gerardo Mora, who was the leading rider last year at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, is third with   28 winners. He won five races on the June 27th card, sending the message that a repeat of his title is certainly on his mind. Richard Eramia, who has locked up leading rider honors already at Lone Star Park, has 25 wins to his credit at Louisiana Downs.  He will be a threat once Lone Star concludes on July 15.

 

End Zone Athletics, Inc. and Dream Walkin Farms, Inc.  top the owner standings with eight wins each.  Jorge Gomez is second with six wins, one more than Patti Turner.  P and D Racing Stables and Indian Creek Thoroughbred Farms LLC follow with four wins each.

 

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 4 and 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.

 

HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS ANNOUNCES PURSE INCREASES FOR THE 2018 THOROUGHBRED MEET

Bossier City, LA – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs has announced an increase in overnight race purses for the 2018 Thoroughbred season, effective June 30.  All overnight races, up to and including $12,500, will be increased by $1,500. All other purses will be raised by $1,000.

The 84-day live racing season began on May 5 and the cards on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdayafternoons have been well-received on-track as well as by simulcast players throughout the country. With two major stakes days, Louisiana Cup Day on August 4 and
Super Derby Day on September 2, the purse increases will bolster the daily race cards for the meet which continues through Wednesday, September 26.

“We are pleased to announce this purse increase,” said David Heitzmann, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Racing Secretary. “While our Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby remains the richest race of the meet, we have a loyal core of horsemen who work hard to fill races throughout the season. We are hopeful that this increase will benefit both our horsemen and horseplayers.”

The annual Louisiana Cup Day on August 4 will feature six divisional stakes for horses bred in Louisiana, with four six-furlong main track stakes as well as the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic and the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff to be contested at a mile and one-sixteenth on the turf. The program also includes the $60,000 Prelude, a 1 1/16-mile race on the turf for 3-year-olds that serves as the local prep race for the Super Derby. Purses for the Louisiana Cup Day stakes will total $360,000.  In addition to the Super Derby, six additional stakes will be contested on Sunday, September 2 with total purses for the holiday card totaling $660,000.

 

Big Saturday for Jockey Joel Dominguez and Agent Don Simington

Saturday, June 23 was a memorable day for both jockey Joel Dominguez and his agent, Don Simington. Dominguez won six of seven races on the card at Louisiana Downs, finishing third in the sixth race. Hector Del-Cid, who also is represented by Simington, guided Bitsy’s Half to victory, “spoiling” the sweep by Dominguez.

Dominguez began his day winning the first five races, beginning with Gardner’s Song; Phat and Fast; N.D. Free; Sunshine Tutie and Vinyl. He returned to the winner’s circle in the finale aboard Beautiful Gi Gi.

“The day set up perfectly for me,” admitted Dominguez. “I told my wife that I was named on a lot of horses that had a shot. But I never thought I could win six races!

As previously been reported in weekly notes, the 28-year-old rider ended his apprentice status on May 23.  He was confident that he would make the transition to journeyman status with the support of many trainers, including Al Stall, Jr., Joe Duhon, Dana Whited, Ronnie Ward, Ralph Irwin and Al Cates.

After losing his bug, Dominguez stated that one of his goals was to finish in the top three in the rider standings. He has won 27 races and is currently tied with Emanuel Nieves for the lead. Last year as an apprentice, Dominguez finished as the tenth-leading rider with 31 victories.

Born in Durango, Mexico, Dominguez credits his hard-working agent, Simington for his success so far as well as his record-setting Saturday.

“Don has me riding for many different barns,” he said.  “He’s doing a great job!”

Simington, hung up his tack in 2015 after winning over 3,400 races. He won five races on a card at Louisiana Downs several years ago, but had no issue with Dominguez breaking his record!

 

“It was an exciting day for Joel and nice day for me, winning seven races with my riders,” said Simington.

 

Camel and Ostrich Racing Set for July 4

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is hosting Exotic Animal Races on Wednesday, July 4th. Fans of all ages will enjoy Ostriches and Camels racing on the main track in between live Thoroughbred races. Post time is 3:15 pm and activities for families on the Kid’s Zone apron will get underway at noon.  The popular Food Trucks will make a return appearance and The Harrah’s Club is offering an All you can eat, All day Buffet for $29.99.

 

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 Packfeaturing 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.

 

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 4 and 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.

JOCKEY JOSE GUERRERO BRINGING HOME THE LONGSHOTS AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Bossier City, LA – There is no shortage of talented jockeys competing in the 2018 Thoroughbred racing season at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. Several young riders are making a name for themselves including Jose Andres Guerrero

Born in Dolores Hidalgo in Central Mexico, Guerrero, 23, began galloping five years ago in Texas.

He got his license at 19 and was named on 11 horses in 2015. His first victory came in 2016 and he completed the year with a record of 31 wins, 40 seconds and 42 third-place finishes. He had a good season last year at Louisiana Downs, beginning the meet as an apprentice, and transitioning to the journeyman ranks last July. Guerrero finished the meet fifth in the standings with 57 wins.

He’s already won 16 races this meet and has scored with several longshots. On Monday, June 18, he tallied a very impressive score aboard first-time starter Acadian Driftwood for trainer Jerry Cart. The filly by Forefathers was entered in a $22,000 maiden special weight.

“We knew she was pretty good,” said Cart. “Jose had never worked her, so all I told him was to get her out to the lead.”

That did not happen, as she got pinched back out of the gate and was ninth in the early stages of the six furlong main track event.

“She took a bad step out of the gate,” explained Guerrero. “I just decided to be patient and see how she would recover. I got her to the outside and she did the rest.”

She advanced from last, passing three runners as she neared the turn, and took off at the top of the stretch, drawing clear by over seven lengths. Sent off at 17-1, Acadian Driftwood paid $37.20 for the $2 win ticket.

“The filly really showed me she could run,” said Guerrero.

Cart, who is also the co-breeder and owner of the chestnut filly, had praise for Guerrero.

“He’s a talented rider and has really improved in the last year,” he said.

Guerrero appreciates each of the trainers who name him and for the hard work of his agent, Steve Melancon. He is satisfied with his progress in the fourth year of his career.

“I’m doing what I love to do, every time I ride,” he explained. “My faith in God keeps me humble.  I wake up every morning, work hard and try to be strong and finish well.”

Guerrero joined millions of racing fans in watching the masterful run of Justify as he became just the 13th Triple Crown winner.

“Wow; that is an incredible horse,” said Guerrero. “And what a great ride by Mike Smith. I was at Lone Star last year when he came in to ride a stakes race. He is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. I introduced myself and told him I had only been riding a few years. He was very encouraging and told me just to keep working hard.”

 

 

Trainer, Jockey and Owner Standings

As of June 20, Karl Broberg tops the trainer standings with 10 wins.  Joe O. Duhon and Henry E. Uriegas have each saddled nine winners to share second place. Danny Pish and Jorge Lara follow closely with eight wins each.

 

Big week for Emanuel Nieves who rode eight winners to take the lead from Richard Eramia. Nieves now tops the jockey standings with 25 wins. Eramia is second with 23 victories and Gerardo Mora follows with 20 wins. Joel Dominguez rounds out the top four with 17 trips to the winner’s circle.

 

End Zone Athletics, Inc. took sole possession of the lead in the owner standings with eight wins. Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. is second with seven victories and Jorge Gomez is next with five wins. Brittlyn Stable Inc, Patti Turner, P and D Racing Stables, Penny Scarberry, D & D Racing, Estate of William Gilmore, Eleuterio Martinez, Jr, Quail Ridge Farms of Hondo, LLC and Maxie Wayne Kitchings, Sr. follow with three 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.

 

 

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 4 and 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.

 

A RECORD TWO DEAD HEATS FOR TRAINER DANNY PISH TUESDAY, JUNE 12 AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Bossier City, LA – It was quite an unusual day for trainer Danny Pish Tuesday afternoon at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. With four starters on the card, Pish’s runners won two races in not one, but two dead heats!

In the third race Okbyeceya, a 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief and Perfect Poet could not be separated at the wire. Three races later, it was the same outcome when And She Scores and Theboyzgalaxy finished in unison.

“I’ve never had two dead-heats on the same day,” stated Pish. “In my previous 25 years of training, I’ve only had three, so it was a pretty crazy thing. But a win is a win!”

Okbyeceya, owned by GFB Racing LLC, was ridden by Emanuel Nieves. It was the fifth win in 19 starts for the Kentucky-bred.

“I claimed her for $8,000 at Oaklawn Park,” explained Pish. “She’s a little trouper kind of filly.”

He was equally impressed with Champion Racing Stable, Inc.’s And She Scores, who dug in gamely under leading rider Richard Eramia. It was just the second victory for the 3-year-old filly by Even the Score.

“Usually when a horse is on the outside and gaining, they will win,” Pish said of #7 Theboyzgalaxy. “But And She Scores (#5) was so gritty; she would not give up.”

It was the second career victory for Theboyzgalaxy, a 4-year-old daughter of Greeley’s Galaxy, owned and trained by Ronnie P. Ward.

Albert Salmon’s Perfect Poet scored for trainer Joseph P. Smith. The 3-year-old Oxbow filly was ridden by Gerardo Mora.

Pish has now won seven races at Louisiana Downs. He is currently the fifth leading conditioner at Lone Star Park. Earlier this year, he ran horses at Oaklawn Park, Sam Houston Race Park, Fair Grounds and Remington Park. Pish, who has won titles at each of the Texas racetracks, has a staff of 40; assistant Kevin Scholl oversees the Louisiana Downs string.

Born in Yoakum, Texas, Pish, 52, became a trainer after competing in the junior and professional rodeo circuits where his top event was bull riding.

“I grew up rodeoing,” said Pish. “I was addicted to it before I could truly fathom the danger!”

He began training Thoroughbreds in 2005. He has started over 13,000 horses with a record of 2,246 wins; 2,029 seconds; 1,895 third-place finishes and $33 million in earnings.

Weekday racing is far from ordinary at Louisiana Downs. The biggest win payout of the 2018 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet came on Monday, June 4 when Glory Be True won the sixth race at odds of 72-1 and returned $146.60 for the $2.00 win bet. Longshot players were rewarded handsomely with Mr Lexis ($64.60) winning the sixth race; Glory Be True ($146.60) captured the seventh and Bear Down Baby ($48.40) closing out the late Pick 3 for a 50-cent payout of $7,634.55.

Stay tuned for more of the out of the ordinary at Louisiana Downs, and of course, the running of the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby on Sunday, September 2!

 

Jackpot Carryover of $96,901 for Wednesday, June 13

Live racing resumes on Wednesday, June 13 at 3:15 pm. Carryovers for the Jackpot, the meet’s Pick 6 wager have continued to build and $96,901 will be up for grabs on Wednesday. The wager begins on the second race of the card.

 

Trainer, Jockey and Owner Standings

As of June 12, Karl Broberg and Jorge Lara share the lead in the trainer standings with eight wins each.  Joe O. Duhon,Danny Pish and Henry E. Uriegas have each saddled seven winners.  Last year’s leading horseman Joey Foster and Beverly Burress follow closely with six wins.

 

Richard Eramia has been on a roll of late and is the current leader in the jockey standings with 20 wins. Joel Dominguez, Gerardo Mora and Emanuel Nieves are tied for second with 17 wins each. Hector Del-Cid has made 14 trips to the winner’s circle.

 

Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. is tied with End Zone Athletics, Inc. for the lead in the owner standings with six wins each. Jorge Gomez is next with five wins and Brittlyn Stable Inc, Patti Turner, P and D Racing Stables, Penny Scarberry, D & D Racing and Maxie Wayne Kitchings, Sr. follow with three 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.

 

 

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 4 and 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.

BUSY SUMMER UNDERWAY FOR HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS JOCKEY RICHARD ERAMIA

Bossier City, LA – Jockey Richard Eramia has spent as much time on the road as he has in the saddle, but you will never hear him complain about his schedule.  He began the year at Oaklawn Park, where he finished a respectable 12th in one of most competitive jockey colonies in the country.

 

Currently he is dividing his time between Louisiana Downs and Lone Star Park, which runs through July 15. He is solidly on top of their standings with 52 trips to the winner’s circle since their season began on April 19.  He was honored as the Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for April 23 – 20, 2018 by virtue of his huge week in which he won five races on the Lone Star card and topped all other North American jockeys in wins for the week.

 

This was the second time he was recipient of that award. Last June, he was recognized when he won five of the seven races on the June 21st card Louisiana Downs. Between Louisiana Downs and Lone Star Park, he posted the most victories of any jockey in the country.

 

For the next five weeks, Eramia will be dividing his time between Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas and Louisiana Downs.

 

“I like both track surfaces here,” said Eramia. “It’s a very good turf course, but the main track is excellent as well.”

 

He finished third behind Gerardo Mora and Aubrie Green in the standings here last year, departing six weeks early to return to Remington Park.

 

He won his 2,000th career last November at Remington Park, guiding Conquest Hiosilver to victory for trainer Kenneth Nolen. He won 73 races to finish second to Ramon Vazquez.

 

“Last year was my fourth full meet at Remington,” said Eramia. “It has been great.”

 

Born in Uruguay, Eramia began his United States riding career in 2005. He has surpassed the $4 million earnings mark six times with 2,106 wins to date.  In excellent health, he has no time table for how long he will continue to ride and handles the wins and his losses with a quiet calm.

“It’s not my way to get overly excited about the wins or really down when I lose a race,” he said. “I prefer to stay steady and to take each day as it comes.”

 

Currently second to leading rider Joel Dominguez at Louisiana Downs, the hard-working veteran is highly respected in the jocks room. His fellow riders often compliment Eramia on his professionalism and willingness to serve as a mentor.

 

“That means a great deal to me,” he stated. “I was taught from an early age to show respect to others. I’ve always believed in treating people like you want to be treated.”

 

Eramia turns 39 on June 24. Chances are that he will be riding that afternoon at Lone Star Park and the birthday celebration will have to wait. That should be no problem for the easy-going family man, who makes his home four miles from Lone Star Park in Dallas.

 

However, he is looking forward to Saturday’s Belmont Stakes and will be rooting for Justify to win the Triple Crown.

 

“It is exciting to see a horse go for it,” he stated. “To get more attention for racing is great. It’s the way we make our living, and everyone wants to see another Triple Crown winner!”

 

 

Glory Be True Lights Up the Toteboard Monday Afternoon

The biggest win payout of the 2018 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet came on Monday, June 4 when Glory Be True won the sixth race at odds of 72-1 and returned $146.60 for the $2.00 win bet. Owned by James Evans of Doyline, Louisiana, and trained by Beverly Burress, the 7-year-old mare by EZ Glory was making her 29th career start in a six furlong sprint for accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares. Breaking from post position seven under jockey Hector Del-Cid, the dark bay mare took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off a late bid from Gina’s Pie for her maiden-breaking victory.

 

“She had been off since last February,” explained Burress. “After her loss at Delta as a 6-year-old maiden, there were no other options, so we just turned her out. This year, Louisiana Downs changed their rule on maidens, so the owner wanted to give her another chance.”

 

Burress worked her in the mornings and explained that she struggled with the mare in her training efforts. Another exercise rider suggested taking off her blinkers, which made a huge difference.

 

“We clashed on the racetrack, but I always loved on her in the barn,” added Burress. “Hector knows her well; he had run second and third on her before. Now, she is no longer a maiden!”

 

It was the fourth win from 29 starters for Burress, the former jockey, who has just been training since 2016.

 

“She’ll run again,” said Burress said of Glory Be True. “James knew she would win and just told me to figure it out!”

 

Longshot players were rewarded handsomely on Monday with Mr Lexis ($64.60) winning the sixth race; Glory Be True ($146.60) captured the seventh and Bear Down Baby ($48.40) closing out the late Pick 3 for a 50-cent payout of $7,634.55.

 

Belmont Stakes Simulcast on June 9

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs invites fans of all ages to enjoy live racing and the simulcast of the 150thBelmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9. The undefeated Justify will be the favorite as he competes in the third leg of the Triple Crown facing rivals including Hofburg, Bravazo, Vino Rosso, Tenfold, Blended Citizen, Noble Indy, Free Drop Billy and Gronkowski. Should he win, he would become just the 13thThoroughbred in the history of the sport to win the Triple Crown.  Live Thoroughbred horse racing gets underway at 3:15 pm with the Belmont Stakes to run at 5:37 pm (Central).

 

In addition to the racing, Louisiana Downs will host a family fun kid zone featuring bounce houses, water slide, and face painting. The popular Food Trucks will return, or for fans that prefer the air conditioned comfort of the grandstand, the Harrah’s Club Buffet is open from 12pm – 6pm at $39.99 per person. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 800-551-7223 or 318-752-6367.

 

 

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
318-752-6980
8000 East Texas Street | Bossier City, LA 71111
www.caesars.com

SEVERAL LOUISIANA LEGENDS STAKES WINNERS ON TARGET FOR LOUISIANA CUP DAY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

 

Bossier City, LA – Evangeline Downs hosted its richest night of the Thoroughbred season on Saturday, May 26 with eight stakes races for Louisiana-breds. Several of the Louisiana Legends Night champions are on target to compete at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on Saturday, August 4 as part of Louisiana Cup Day.

 

Trust Factor, a 5-year-old horse owned by Scrivener Stables, captured his first career stakes last July at Louisiana Downs with a ground saving trip in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Turf. The son of Paddy O Prado was bred in Louisiana and defeated five rivals in the mile and one-sixteenth turf stakes with jockey Colby Hernandez in the irons.   He added a turf victory at Fair Grounds in the $60,000 Dixie Ace Poker Stakes on March 3 and returned to the winner’s circle last Saturday in the $75,000 Louisiana Legends Turf at Evangeline Downs.

 

Trainer Mike Maker said Trust Factor will likely make his next start on August 4 at Louisiana Downs in the Louisiana Cup Turf Classic.

 

“It’s the most logical spot,” said Maker. “He’s a cool horse and fits well in state-bred company. He has been fortunate that each of the Louisiana turf stakes wins were on firm turf courses. That’s what he likes.”

 

Mary Rampellini of the Daily Racing Form reported that Double Star, winner of the $75,000 Equine Sales Derby is under consideration for the $60,000 Prelude, a mile and one-sixteenth main track race for 3-year-olds, which will also run on August 4. The son of Star Guitar is trained by Robert Schultz for Four Star Racing. His victory last weekend at Evangeline Downs was his fourth win in 11 starts.

 

Rampellini also spoke with conditioner Ron Faucheux about Monte Man, winner of the $75,000 Louisiana Legends Sprinton Louisiana Legends Night. Sired by Custom For Carlos, Monte Man’s victory on Saturday night was his fifth in a row. Owned by Ivery Sisters Racing, Faucheux told Rampellini that his sprinter is a candidate for the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint.

 

Much more on Louisiana Cup Day which will take place on Saturday, August 4 in the weeks to come. Nominations for the seven stakes close July 21.

 

Belmont Stakes Simulcast on June 9

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs invites fans of all ages to enjoy live racing and the simulcast of the 150th Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9. The undefeated Justify will be the favorite as he competes in the third leg of the Triple Crown facing rivals including Hofburg, Bravazo, Vino Rosso, Tenfold, Blended Citizen, Noble Indy, Free Drop Billy and Gronkowski. Should he win, he would become just the 13th Thoroughbred in the history of the sport to win the Triple Crown.  Live Thoroughbred horse racing gets underway at 3:15 pm with the Belmont Stakes to run at 5:37 pm (Central).

 

In addition to the racing, Louisiana Downs will host a family fun kid zone featuring bounce houses, water slide, and face painting. The popular Food Trucks will return, or for fans that prefer the air conditioned comfort of the grandstand, the Harrah’s Club Buffet is open from 12pm – 6pm at $39.99 per person. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 800-551-7223 or 318-752-6367.

 

Trainer, Jockey and Owner Standings

As of May 30, Joe O. Duhon and Karl Broberg top the trainer standings with six wins each.  Jorge Lara, Dana Whited and Henry E. Uriegas have each saddled five winners.  Danny Pish, Al Stall, Jr. and Tyron Benoit follow closely with four wins.

 

Joel Dominguez, who lost his bug on May 24, did not lose a beat transitioning to the journeyman ranks. He added four victories to remain in the lead of the jockey standings with 14 wins. Richard Eramia is second with 13 trips to the winner’s circle and last year’s leading jockey Gerardo Mora is third with 11 wins. Kevin Smith, Hector Del-Cid and Aubrie Green have each won eight races.

 

Dream Walkin Farms, Inc has won five races to maintain the lead in the owner standings. End Zone Athletics, Inc. is next with four wins and Brittlyn Stable Inc, P and D Racing Stables and Jorge Gomez follow with three 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 Packfeaturing 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
318-752-6980
8000 East Texas Street | Bossier City, LA 71111
www.caesars.com