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.

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.