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Cabo’s Rumor First Winner for Amanecer de Oro

Two-year-old Cabo’s Rumor broke his maiden in his second out, Monday, June 18that Louisiana Downs. The Northpointe Thoroughbreds homebred ran the 4 ½ furlongs in :53.73 to defeat his competition by a length for trainer Steven Duke.

Amanecer de Oro is a 2008 son of Afternoon Deelites. An accomplished sprinter, he was twice stakes placed as a juvenile himself before going on to win four stakes at three and four and placing in another three, retiring with an overall record of 31-7-4-4 and earnings of $401,193.

Amanecer do Oro stands at Holly Hill Farm in Benton, Louisiana for a 2018 fee of $1,250. His first crop are two year olds of 2018.

Louisiana bred Two-Year-Olds Above Average at OBS

Four of six accredited Louisiana Bred two-year-olds offered sold for a total of $207,000 at the recently concluded OBS June Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale in Ocala, Florida. The average for the Louisiana breds was $51,750 well above the sale average of  $32,934.

The top priced Louisiana Bred was an Into Mischief filly out of Pioneer Gal. The half sister to stakes placed winner Pioneer’s Era tied for fastest under tack time of 10.0 flat. Consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, the filly named Ben’s Miss Chief, was purchased by Carlo Vaccarezza for $130,000. She was bred by Oak Tree Stables LLC.

A chestnut colt by Maclean’s Music out of multiple stakes producing Cinnamon Kisses sold for $62,000. Consigned by Bobby Dodd, agent, he was purchased by Maxis Stable. He was bred by Gulf Haven Farms, LLC.

 

Atchata First Winner for Louisiana Sire Apriority

The 2-year-old filly broke her maiden June 15 in her second start.

Heiligbrodt’s Atchata overcame a stumble at the start to score by 1 1/2 lengths in a June 15 maiden special weight on the turf to become the first winner for freshman sire Apriority.

Despite the stumble, the 2-year-old filly settled just off the pace behind Too Foofoo for You, who took the field through a quarter-mile in :22.08. Coming off the turn in the six-furlong race, Atchata rolled to the front unchallenged and caught the timer at :44.77 for the half-mile. Pulling away in the stretch, she finished the distance in 1:08.75 over the firm turf course.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Atchata was purchased under Heiligbrodt’s East Hickman Racing for $85,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales March 2-year-olds in training sale, where Robert Brewer consigned her. She was bred in Louisiana by 4M Ranch out of the Stormy Atlantic  mare Sweet Jackie Jo.

Apriority raced from age 3 to 7 and won the 2011 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) as a 4-year-old. The son of Grand Slam retired with a record of 6-9-3 from 36 starts. Four of his second-place finishes were in stakes, including a nose difference in the 2011 Churchill Downs Stakes (G2). He also finished second to Morning Line  in that year’s Carter Handicap (G1).

Standing at Elite Thoroughbreds in Louisiana, Apriority has a 2018 stud fee of $2,000.

Victory Trip First Winner, Starter for Guilt Trip

The 2-year-old colt won by 7 3/4 lengths June 13.

 

Victory Trip went gate-to-wire June 13 to represent Guilt Trip‘s first winner from the stallion’s first starter.

Victory Trip, a 2-year-old colt bred by Terry Adcock in Louisiana, broke on top to set fractions of :23.06 and :46.71 through a half-mile and finished out the 4 1/2-furlong maiden test in a final time of :53.17 over a fast track.

With no challengers in the remaining field of four, Victory Trip sped to a 7 3/4-length score.

The colt was purchased at the 2017 Equine Sales of Louisiana yearling sale by his connections for $20,000. He is out of the Songandaprayer mare Anne Margaret.

Guilt Trip, a 9-year-old son of Pulpit, was campaigned by Gary and Mary West and trainers Chad Brown, Bob Baffert, and Wayne Catalano. After breaking his maiden in his second start with Brown and following it with an allowance-level score, he was unable to make the grade as a 3-year-old. But he returned the following year to take the Strub Stakes (G2) with Baffert.

Bred by Winsong Farm in Kentucky, Guilt Trip is out of the Quiet American mare Mysterieuse Etoile. From two crops the stallion has 67 registered foals to date.

Guilt Trip stands at Jay Adcock’s Red River Farms in Louisiana for $2,500.

Louisiana Bred Pickett Impresses as First Winner for Goldencents

The Louisiana-bred gelding drew clear by 6 1/2 lengths at Evangeline Downs.

Louisiana-bred Pickett was an impressive first winner May 30 for freshman sire Goldencents  at Evangeline Downs.

Making his first start for owner Charles Carlton and trainer Glenn Delahoussaye in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight for accredited Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds, Pickett broke sharply under jockey Timothy Thornton and went straight to the lead with four rivals in pursuit. The dark bay or brown gelding posted fractions of :22.93 and :46.37 while increasing his advantage and steadily drew off through the lane under a moderate hand ride to win by 6 1/2 lengths.

The final time was :52.87 on a fast track.

Pickett was bred by William D. Pickett out of the unraced Dixie Brass mare Street Beat and was a $50,000 purchase by his owner from Pickett Thoroughbreds’ consignment to the 2017 Equine Sales of Louisiana yearling sale. Street Beat also produced stakes winners Ahead of Her Time (Leestown) and Hisse (Buddha).

Two-time Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Goldencents, by Into Mischief , counts the 2013 Santa Anita Derby (G1) and Sham Stakes (G3), and the 2012 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (G3) among his conquests. He entered stud in 2015 at Spendthrift Farm near Lexington with seven wins and seven seconds from 18 starts, with earnings of $3,044,000. He stands the 2018 season for an advertised fee of $12,500.

 

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

FIELDS DRAWN FOR LOUISIANA LEGENDS NIGHT AT EVANGELINE DOWNS

THE NINE-RACE PROGRAM OFFERS TOTAL PURSES EXCEEDING $600,000

 

OPELOUSAS, LA – Evangeline Downs will be hosting Louisiana Legends Night this coming Saturday featuring the best Louisiana-bred horses currently in training competing against each other. There will be eight stakes races on the nine-race card with total purses of $600,000.

 

The $100,000 Classic for three-year-olds and up is the highlight event on Louisiana Legends Night with a field of seven going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The 8-5 morning-line favorite is Mobile Bay, who has won five consecutive stakes races entering Saturday night. Diego Saenz, who was aboard for all five of those victories, will have the riding assignment for trainer Victor Arceneaux. The Karl Broberg trainee, Social Misfit, is the 3-1 second choice following a win and a third in his last two starts at Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma.

 

The $75,000 Distaff for fillies and mares three-year-olds and up will feature a field of eight going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The field includes Pacific Pink, who is the defending Distaff champion and the 9-5 morning-line favorite. Colby Hernandez, who piloted the mare to victory in 2017, will once again be aboard for trainer Edward Johnston. Pacific Pink has won five of six lifetime starts over the Evangeline Downs oval and ran second in her only defeat. The 3-1 second choice in the Distaff is Mr. Al’s Gal from the barn of Justin Jeansonne. The four-year-old filly won multiple stakes races in 2017, but has yet to win in three starts in 2018.

 

Evangeline Downs has had a successful return of turf racing in 2018 and two of the Louisiana Legends stakes races will be run on the grass Saturday night. The $50,000 Starter for three-year-olds and up will be at one mile on the turf and the 17-time winner, Well’s Gold, from the barn of Karl Broberg has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the field of nine. The $75,000 Turf , also for three-year-olds and up, will be at 1 1/16 miles and drew a field of six. The 9-5 morning-line choice is Extra Credit, who is trained by Brad Cox and will be ridden on Saturday by Shaun Bridgmohan.

 

Three-year-olds always step to the forefront of racing in the spring and there will be two races on Louisiana Legends Night exclusively for that age group. The $75,000 Cheval for colts and geldings will be run at one mile over the main track and the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the field of seven is Battle At Sea, who won the Crescent City Derby at Fair Grounds in his last start on March 24. The $75,000 Soiree at one mile on the main track for fillies features a field of eight and the 8-5 morning-line choice is Testing One Two, who prevailed in her last try at Fair Grounds in the Crescent City Oaks, also on March 24.

 

The sprinters have their moments to shine on Louisiana Legends Night as well. The $75,000 Mademoiselle for fillies and mares three-year-olds and up will be at five and one-half furlongs and the 3-1 morning-line favorite is the Larry Jones trainee, Ours To Run, who won the $120,000 Matron on Premier Night at Delta Downs. The $75,000 Sprint for three-year-olds and up at five and one-half furlongs drew a full field of twelve with two also-eligibles. The 3-1 favorite is Monte Man, who is undefeated in three 2018 starts, winning two stakes races in that streak.

 

In addition to the exciting racing action, Louisiana Legends Night also includes some legendary Louisiana riders on hand for an autograph session from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame riders, Eddie Delahoussaye and Randy Romero, will be among those signing autographs. Ray Sibille, who won the George Woolf Award and is a current trainer at Evangeline Downs and Mark Guidry, a member of the Louisiana Hall of Fame and a current steward at Evangeline Downs will also be taking part.

 

Post time for the nine-race Louisiana Legends Program on Saturday night will be 5:50 pm Central Time.

 

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.

 

 

About Evangeline Downs

Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel is owned by Boyd Gaming Corporation, a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.  Boyd Gaming press releases are available at www.prnewswire.com.  Additional news and information can be found at www.boydgaming.com, or www.evangelinedowns.com.

Indigo Girl Dies

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Indigo Girl winning the 2007 Louisiana Premier Night Matron Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.

It is with great sadness Randy Davis & Associates, Inc. announced the recent death of multiple stakes winning mare Indigo Girl. Sired by Leestown out of Sister of Soul (Bluebird), Indigo Girl won 8 stakes races from 2-6 years in addition to several 2nds and 3rds in stakes company. With total winnings of $486,000 she was Leestown’s leading female earner.
Farm Manager Sandra Coffman is raising the 30 day old orphaned Tizway filly Indigo left behind at Mathews Farm in Benton.
Indigo Girl was a crack sprinter, but was able to harness her speed to win a stakes going a flat mile. She was trained exceptionally by Sam Breaux and was able to compile a 13-4-2 record from 25 starts.
She will be missed.

Two Scholarships to be Awarded at Louisiana Legends Night

Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
(337) 235-2924 ext. 18
LTBA Contact:
Roger Heitzmann
(504) 947-4676
Two Scholarships to be Awarded at Louisiana Legends Night
OPELOUSAS, La. – Louisiana Legends Night will take place on Saturday, May 26, at Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel in Opelousas, La. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award a total of two 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 Fall 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 Legends Night:
  • Registration: 4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. at the designated booth
  • Races begin: 5:40 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.
“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association continues to make an investment in the future of our state by investing in our students and the education process,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. “This type of investment is for our future, the state, as well as the organization. Our hope is that these scholarships get the younger generations invested in LTBA so that our organization stays the top breeding incentive program in the United States.”
Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association manages the best incentive program for breeding thoroughbreds in the United States. Since the organization formed, this has led to increased purses, better quality horses, and increased interest in racing and breeding horses. The thoroughbred racing and breeding industry generates over $1 billion and employs over 60,000 people in the state of Louisiana.
For more information about Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association visit louisianabred.com or call 1-800-772-1195.

Midnight Lute Filly Tops Equine Sales Company 2-Year-Old Sale

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(Opelousas, Louisiana – May 7, 2018) — An accredited Louisiana-bred daughter of Midnight Lute sold for $77,000 on Monday to top the Equine Sales Company 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale in Opelousas, Louisiana.
Named Nite Jean, the sale-topper went to prominent Southwest owner Carl Moore from the consignment of Pike Racing, agent. The May foal worked an eighth-mile on Sunday in :10 1/5, just one tick off the fastest time of :10 flat set by a trio of horses. Nite Jean is out of the winning Macho Uno mare St. Jean, who has produced a winner from her only starter and whose second dam is Grade 2 winner and graded stakes producer French Park.
The second-highest price was $65,000 for an accredited Louisiana-bred from the first crop of Sum of the Parts. The filly out of stakes winner La Salle Glory worked :10 flat and went to J. Stevens Bloodstock, agent, from the consignment of Ricky Courville, agent.
J. Stevens Bloodstock also picked up the highest-priced colt and third-highest price overall. The accredited Louisiana-bred by top Louisiana sire Half Ours sold for $55,000 after working :10 2/5.
All told, 42 of 61 horses sold for a total of $733,400. The average 2-year-old price was $18,168 with a median of $12,000. Last year’s sale posted an average 2-year-old price of $20,308 with an identical median. That auction was fueled by two six-figure sales, including an all-time sale record $110,000 for a Flat Out filly named Special Blessing. That filly just won the $75,000 Equine Sales Oaks this past Friday. There were two horses of racing age in this year’s sale that brought a total of $6,700.
“Last year’s 2-year-old sale was our best ever and we knew it would be hard to match those results, but I’m pleased that we came pretty close,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director.
Equine Sales Company has two auctions remaining this year with the Consignor Select Yearling Sale on September 6 and the Open Yearling and Mixed Sale on October 28.
Full results are available at www.equinesalesofla.com.
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