Louisiana Breds Exceed OBS Select Yearling Average

Louisiana-breds continue to show their strong marketability on the national level as four Louisiana-breds sold through the OBS Select Yearlings Session on Tuesday, October 10. Three of the four sold above the average of $45,247 for the session, with one bringing $75,000 and two selling for $50,000 each. Together the average of the four, $49,750 was above the session average.


Hip# 186, a colt by New Year’s Day-Moon Larry colt was purchased for $75,000 by Redwings Enterprises for $75,000. Select Sales, agent was the consignor. G1 Breeders Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day is ranked among the leading first crop sires in North America. The dam is a stakes placed half sister to stakes winner Why Wear Shoes.


Hip# 85 a colt by Strong Mandate-Carson Copy was purchased by Big D Stable purchased from the Pelican State Thoroughbreds, agent consignment for $50,000. The colt is from the first crop of G1 stakes winning, Breeders Cup Juvenile placed Strong Mandate. The dam, who has produced three winners from as many runners, is an unraced daughter of Carson Copy and a half sister to stakes winner, Shezacrazygirl.


Hip# 129, a Star Guitar-Geiger Geisha colt sold for $50,000 with EQB, Inc., Patrice Miller, Agent signing the ticket. The colt, by Louisiana’s all time top money earner and current leading second crop sire, is a half brother to stakes winner My Friend Flavin and a ¾ brother to 2017 juvenile stakes winner Aceguitar.


Additionally Hip# 168. Sallee Sumthing, a filly by Sum of the Parts-LaSalle Glory was purchased for $24,000 by Jason Hall, agent. Select Sales, agent was the consignor.



Bossier City, LA – The final two stakes of the Thoroughbred racing season at Louisiana Downs, the $75,000 Elge Rasberry and the $75,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin, were run on Saturday, September 23. Both stakes were written for 3-year-old graduates of the Louisiana-bred Sale and were run at the distance of one mile on the Franks Turf Course.

Big Game Baby Edges Out Bermuda Star in the $75,000 Elge Rasberry

Big Game Baby
Big Game Baby with Gerardo Mora aboard wins the 23rd running of Elge Rasberry at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Samuel Switalski


Elge Rasberry Stakes
Louisiana Downs, 9-23-17, 1 mile (turf)
3YO Louisiana Bred Sales Graduate Fillies, Purse $75,000

Gold Tribute – Hot Talent
Breeder: Ronald P. Webb
Owner: Eat My Dust LLC
Trainer: Joseph M. Foster
Jockey: Gerardo Mora

Bermuda Star
Star Guitar–Bermuda Bride
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Our Sweet Sydni
Into Mischief–Our Dalila
Breeder: Brett A. Brinkman
Owner: Ironheart Farms
Trainer: Brett A. Brinkman
Jockey: Gerard Melancon


The 23rd running of the $75,000 Elge Rasberry drew a field of 12 fillies.  Big Game Baby, a daughter of Gold Tribute, owned by Eat My Dust LLC, made her third trip to the winner’s circle and her first stakes win, closing gamely under leading rider Gerardo Mora.

 The early pace was set by Swifty Cat and jockey Emanuel Nieves, who covered the first quarter-mile in :25.25 and the half-mile in :49.79. Both Big Game Baby and heavy favorite Bermuda Star began to quicken strides as they rounded the final turn.  Jockey Diego Saenz aboard Bermuda Star, lodged a claim of foul against Mora as they bumped nearing the wire, but the stewards took no action. Big Game Baby covered one-mile in 1.38.02 over a firm turf course.

This was just the second turf start for runner-up Bermuda Star, owned by Brittlyn Stable, Inc and trained by Victor Arceneaux., The filly by Star Guitar had won three starts this year, including the Equine Sales Oaks on May 5 at Evangeline Downs.  Our Sweet Syndi ridden by Gerard Melancon ran third and Swifty Cat completed the superfecta.

Bred by Ronald P. Webb, Big Game Baby is trained by Joey Foster, who is the top conditioner this season at the Bossier City racetrack.  She has made five starts this meet, running fifth in the Opelousas Stakes on August 5. Sent off at odds of 6-1, the gray filly returned $14.00 for the win and earned $45,000 for the Elge Rasberry victory.


Jack Snipe’s Pulls the Upset in the $75,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin

Jack Snipe's
Jack Snipe’s with Jansen Melancon aboard wins the 23rd running of the A.L. (Red) Erwin Stakes at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski


A.L. (Red) Erwin
Louisiana Downs, 9-23-17, 1 mile (turf)
3YO Louisiana Bred Sales Graduates, Purse $75,000

Half Ours–Rhodelia
Breeder: Clear Creek Stud Llc
Owner: Jeff Drown and Gary Scherer
Trainer: Gary M. Scherer
Jockey:  Jansen Melancon

Fee Do
Forefathers–Snake Proof
Breeder: Leonard Warf
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Emanuel Nieves

Culp’s Hill
Eddington–Pussy Footin
Breeder: Southern Legacy Thoroughbreds, LLC
Owner: Southern Legacy Thoroughbreds, LLC
Trainer: Joseph M. Foster
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

Jack Snipe’s made the most of his turf stakes debut, defeating a field of 10 colts and geldings in the second feature of the afternoon, the $75,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin.

Owned by Jeff Drown and Gary Scherer, the son of Half Ours won the six-furlong Louisiana Futurity last December at Fair Grounds. He entered today’s stakes off a tenth-place finish in the Mystic Lake Derby over a yielding turf course at Canterbury Park on August 17.  Whether the firm turf or pace scenario made the difference, he rallied in the final stages of the race at odds of 13-1. Jockey Jansen Melancon picked up the mount from Denny Velazquez and delivered a well-timed ride in a final time of 1.35.75.


The early fractions of :23.84 and :47.05 were set by Southern Legacy Thoroughbreds LLC’s


homebred Culp’s Hill under jockey Tim Thornton. Trained by Foster, the son of Eddington was

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looking for his fourth victory of the meet. He held for third-place as Fee Do edged him for the

place. Owned by Keith Plaisance, Fee Do, a gelded son of Forefathers made his stakes debut with

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jockey Emanuel Nievesaboard.  Magic Vow, the high-earner in the field saved ground on the

final turn to finish fourth.

This was the first win in four starts this year for Jack Snipe’s, who is trained by Scherer. He rewarded his supporters with a win payout of $29.80.

Louisiana Bred Givemeaminit third in G1 Hopeful S.

Givemeaminit, a two-year-old Louisiana Bred colt by Star Guitar out of Powerful Nation placed third in the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga, Monday September 4, 2017, in his second start. The bay colt from Star Guitar’s second crop, was soundly bumped at the start, then chased wide before tucking in on the rail. When asked, he rallied willingly along the rail to miss by a head and a neck. He was bred, raised and started by Clear Creek Stud and is owned by Valene Farms LLC.

Berniestrike Pulls the Upset in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic

Berniestrike with Eguard Tejera aboard wins the 33rd running of the Louisiana Cup Turf Classic from Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski


Louisiana Cup Turf Classic
Louisiana Downs, 8-5-17, One mile and one sixteenth, turf
Louisiana Bred 3YO and Upwards, Purse $50,000

Wilburn–Unusual Strike, by Unusual Heat
Breeder: James A. Boyd
Owner: James A. Boyd
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.
Jockey: Eguard A. Tejera

Trust Factor
Paddy O’Prado–Mainsail, by Mizzen Mast
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Scrivener Stables
Trainer: Michael J. Maker
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

Fort Pulaski
Any Given Saturday–Jazznwithcandy, by Jambalaya Jazz
Breeder: Tigertail Ranch
Owner: Tigertail Ranch
Trainer: Danny Pish
Jockey: Steve J. Bourque


The $50,000 Louisiana Turf Cup Classic attracted a solid field including the winner of the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Turf run here on July 17. Berniestrike, bred and owned by James Boyd, scored the upset, under rider Eguard Tejera. 

Trained by H. B. Johnson, the 5-year-old Louisiana-bred had not run since December 16, but gamely wore down his rivals. He won by a neck, crossing the wire of the mile and one-sixteenth turf stakes in 1.41.16. Louisiana Legends Turf winner Trust Factor was second with Colby Hernandez up, followed by Fort Pulaski and Sir Genghis. 

Sent off at 22-1, Berniestrike, who ran third in the 2016 edition of this stakes, paid $46.20 for the victory.

Speedy Jockamo’s Song Takes the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint

Jockamo's Song-Turn
Jockomo’s Song with Gerard Melancon aboard turns for home and goes on to win the Louisiana Cup Sprint at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Sam Switalski


Louisiana Cup Sprint
Louisiana Downs, 8-5-17, 6 furlongs, dirt
Louisiana Bred 3YO and Upward, Purse $50,000

Half Ours–Miss Clairnette, by Trophy Hunter
Breeder: Debbie Allen & David Allen
Owner: Dare to Dream Stable LLC (Michael Faber)
Trainer: Michael Stidham
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

Nubin Ridge
Gold Tribute–So Sorry, by The Prime Minister
Breeder: Neal McFadden & Mary McFadden
Owner: Circle H Farms
Trainer: Alan Klanfer
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

Icy Gentleman
Yankee Gentleman–Icy Day, by Five Star Day
Breeder: Ironwater Farms Joint Venture
Owner: Ironwater Farms Joint Venture
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.
Jockey: Diego Saenz


The $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint, a six-furlong main track dash, attracted a full field, but none could match the prowess of Jockamo’s Song (5.20). Owned by Dare to Dream Racing Stable LLC, the son of Half Ours entered this race off a win in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint at Evangeline Downs. Gerard Melancon was the winning jockey, covering six furlongs in 1:10.83 for trainer Michael Stidham.

Nubin Ridge ran second under Ashley Broussard, followed by Icy Gentleman and Sea Vow.

Emily’s Lollipop Scores in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies

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Emily’s Lollipop with Diego Saenz aboard wins the 7th running of the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski


Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies
Louisiana Downs, 8-5-17, 6 furlongs, dirt
Louisiana Bred 2YO Fillies, Purse $50,000

Tiz the One–Changing Vista, by Changeintheweather
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Anton Kubacak
Trainer: Scott Gelner
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Sarah’s Holy Belle
El Corredor–My Holy Belle, by Holy Bull
Breeder: Perform Stables Inc.
Owner: Perform Stables Inc.
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

Feisty Embrace
Brethren–Appalachianna, by Langfuhr
Breeder: Matalona Thoroughbreds, LLC
Owner: Matalona Thoroughbreds, LLC
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez


Another full field of 2-year-old accredited Louisiana-bred fillies set the stage for an exciting edition of the six-furlong $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Making just the second start of her career, Anton Kobacak’s Emily’s Lollipop became a stakes winner for trainer Scott Gelner. Returning off her maiden race at Prairie Meadows, she took the lead under Diego Saenz, drawing off by a margin of five lengths over longshot Sarah’s Holy Belle. Feisty Embrace ran third and recent stakes winner Janae held for fourth.

Emily’s Lollipop rewarded her supporters with a win payout of $18.40.

Illusionofreality Notches Her First Stakes Win in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff

Illusionofreality with Alexander Castillo aboard pulls away over the turf to capture the 33rd running of the Louisiana Cup Distaff at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.


Louisiana Cup Distaff
Louisiana Downs, 8-5-17, One mile and one sixteenth, turf
Louisiana Bred 3YO and Upwards Fillies and Mares, Purse $50,000

Yankee Gentleman–Our Dalila, by Our Emblem
Breeder: Brett A. Brinkman
Owner: Maury and Leslie Harrington
Trainer: Joseph M. Foster
Jockey: Alexander Castillo

Safari Calamari
Half Ours–Zaafira, by A.P. Indy
Breeder: Brittlyn Stables, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: Richard E. Eramia

Inveniam Viam
Half Ours–Haliburton Honey, by Regal Classic
Breeder: Paul E Mullen
Owner: Allied Racing Stable, LLC
Trainer: Brad H. Cox
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez


A full field of 12 accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares took to the Franks Turf Course in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff.

Leading Louisiana Downs trainer Joey Foster clinched the win with Illusionofreality, who added her fourth consecutive win of the meet and the first stakes of her career. The 4-year-old filly sired by Yankee Gentleman, is owned by Maury and Leslie Harrington.

With regular rider Alexander Castillo aboard, Illusionofreality ($16.40) broke from the far outside post and held off the late charge of Safari Calamari. Her final time for the mile and one-sixteenth turf route was 1:42.56. Post time favorite Inveniam Viam ran third and P Boo completed the superfecta.

Sunny Oak Wires the Field in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

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Jockey Emanuel Nieves pilots Sunny Oak to victory in the36th running of the Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint from Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.


Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint
Louisiana Downs, 8-5-17, 6 furlongs, dirt
Louisiana Bred 3YO and Upwards Fillies and Mares, Purse $50,000

Giant Oak–Heckuva Time, by Gilded Time
Breeder: Jeff Wahman & Darlene Wahman
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Emanuel Nieves

Can’t Touch Me
Musket Man–Notrestraintable, by Belek
Breeder: Paul Sita
Owner: Clay Loetscher
Trainer: Clay Loetscher
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

Look Into My Eyes
City Zip–Burnished Miss, by Wild Again
Breeder: Robert McDowell & Bethe Deal
Owner: Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti
Trainer: Efren Loza, Jr.
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez


Sunny Oak, owned by Keith Plaisance turned back eight challengers in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. 

With confident handling by rider Emmanuel Nieves, the 4-year-old filly by Live Oak won by 5 ¾ lengths over longshot Can’t Touch Me under Ashley Broussard. Defending champion Look Into My Eyes was third and Mr. Al’s Gal completed the superfecta.

Sunny Oak ($10.80) is trained by Edward Johnston and picked up her sixth win from 15 starts.

Front-Running Score by Aceguitar in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile

Aceguitar with Ted Gondron aboard turn for home and goes on to win the 7th running of the Louisiana Cup Juvenile at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Sam Switalski

Louisiana Cup Juvenile Stakes
Louisiana Downs, 8-5-17, 6 furlongs, dirt
Louisiana Bred 2YO Colts and Geldings, Purse $50,000

Star Guitar–Cherub Heart, by Dehere
Breeder: Clear Creek Stud Llc
Owner: Scott Brown
Trainer: Danny Pish
Jockey: Ted D. Gondron

Artie Schiller–Native Trinket, by Dove Hunt
Breeder: Jay Adcock
Owner: Norman Stables, LLC
Trainer: Lonnie Briley
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

Smokin’ Truth
Yes It’s True–Don’t Smoke, by Smoke Glacken
Breeder: Rebecca Farms LLC
Owner: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.  and Drop 23
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.
Jockey: Diego Saenz


The first stakes of the afternoon was the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile for Louisiana-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Scott Brown’s Aceguitar, a son of noted Louisiana champion Star Guitar, dug in gamely for jockey Ted Gondron. He wheeled back following his runner-up finish in the $105,000 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at Lone Star Park on July 22.

Aceguitar ($240) covered six furlongs in 1:12.47. Drewcitable, under Colby Hernandez, dueled with the winner, but settled for second, followed by Smokin’ Truth and Roaring Star Fire.


Winner of the $60,000 Prelude Will Earn a Berth to the $200,000 Super Derby

on Saturday, September 9


Bossier City, LA – The fields are set for Louisiana Cup Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on Saturday, August 5.  First post is 3:15 pm (Central) for card which will feature nine stakes, highlighted by the running of the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude.

The stakes for 3-year-olds will be contested on the Franks Turf Course at the distance of a mile and one-sixteenth this year. The winner will receive a berth to the $200,000 Super Derby on Saturday, September 9; the richest race of the 2017 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred racing season.

Trainer Allen Landry conditions Magic Vow, the son of Private Vow out of the Broad Brush mare Whitewashed. The bay gelding is owned by Evelyn Benoit of Brittlyn Stable, Inc. This will be the first turf start for the bay gelding, who enters the race with a record of four wins from eight starts and earnings of $199,900.

“He’s bred for the grass and he has shown us he can route,” said Landry.

Trainer Brad Cox has entered two runners: Royal by Nature and Mr. Misunderstood.  Current leading rider Richard Eramia will ride Royal by Nature, who won the $75,000 SundaySilence over the Franks Turf Course here last September.

Mr. Misunderstood with Chris Rosier up, will make his first start since competing in the Grade 3, Illinois Derby on April 22. He was a multiple turf winner last season at Fair Grounds.

Trainer Efren Loza, Jr. sends in St George Stables LLC’s Jilotepec, a lightly raced colt by Into Mischief, who has won two of his three career efforts and will make his first start on the grass.

The Prelude field also includes Fast Talkin Man, a Texas-bred son of Oratory, trained by Danny Pish. He is stakes-placed on turf and will break from the rail under rider Luis Quinonez. Queeten has won two allowance races this meet for trainer Sarah Delany and will make his turf debut under rider Emanuel Nieves. Trainer Charles Hukill will give a leg up to Aubrie Green on Score’s Choice and Louisiana Downs leading trainer Joey Foster will saddle Mizztic Tale, a son of Mizzen Mast. Gerardo Mora will guide the Kentucky-bred from the far outside post.

The Super Derby Prelude is set as the eighth race of the card, with an approximate post time of 6:24 pm.

“I am proud of the race card that racing secretary David Heitzmann and the racing office team put together for Louisiana Cup Day,” said Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager.  “It’s very difficult to get this many competitive races with full fields especially on all stakes days, but they did just that.”

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile

The first stakes of the afternoon is the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile for Louisiana-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings.  A field of seven will compete at six furlongs on the main track.

Scott Brown’s Aceguitar, a son of noted Louisiana champion Star Guitar, will wheel back following his runner-up finish in the $105,000 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at Lone Star Park on July 22.

“He’s a promising young horse and came out of the stakes at Lone Star in good shape,” said trainer Danny Pish. “We think he deserves a shot.”

$50,000 John Henry

The first turf feature of the card is the $50,000 John Henry with a field of nine going a mile and one-sixteenth over the Franks Turf Course. This is one of the two features transferred from Evangeline Downs for the Louisiana Cup Day card. 

Doug Wall’s homebred Ibaka is closing in on the half-million dollar earning mark, with stakes wins at Sam Houston Race Park, Will Rogers Downs and Remington Park. Bret Calhoun trains the 5-year-old son of Uncle Abbie, named for Serge Ibaka, who played for the Oklahoma Thunder from 2009 -2016.  Ibaka drew the rail for his Louisiana Downs debut and will be ridden by Eddie Martin, Jr.

“He is a solid horse and has remained sound and healthy,” said Calhoun. “This race fell at a good time and will set him up nicely for his return to Remington Park and the Oklahoma-bred stakes.”

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

Eleven fillies and mares will compete six furlongs in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

Defending champion Look Into My Eyes, a 5-year-old daughter of City Zip, owned by Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti returns. Trained by Loza, she will be ridden by Colby Hernandez, her winning pilot in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes at Evangeline Downs on July 8.

Loza is based in south Florida, but has shipped several stakes runners to Texas and Louisiana in the past three years.  He is looking forward to returning to Louisiana Downs on August 5.

“Louisiana Downs has a nice turf course and we had success there last summer,” said Loza.

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff

A full field of 12 accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares will take to the Franks Turf Course for the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff.

Trainer Ron Faucheux won the $100,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic last year with Sunbean, the intrepid turf specialist bred and owned by Brittlyn Stable, Inc. The same noted connections will return to Louisiana Downs with Safari Calamari, a 5-year-old mare by Half Ours.

“She ran second to Believe in Bertie (in the $60,000 Red Camelia Stakes) at Fair Grounds,” he said. “This mare is much better on the turf, but we needed to get a race in her. She ran at Louisiana Downs on July 12 over a sloppy track. She lost by a nose; but she ran well.”

Richard Eramia, who won the Lone Star Park riding title yesterday, will guide Safari Calamari from post position three. She has earned $178,780 with six wins from 15 starts.

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies

Another full field of 2-year-old accredited Louisiana-bred fillies in the six-furlong $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Janae, won the $100,000 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity two weeks ago at Lone Star Park, drew post 12 in the field of 13.  Purchased for $16,000 by Susan Moulton, the daughter of Closing Argument has already won $77,000. She is trained by Brandon Jenkins, the son of longtime Texas horseman Bobby Jenkins. She will reunite with jockey Kerwin Clark on Saturday.

“She’s doing really well and my only concern is that this will be her first time going three-quarters (of a mile),” he said. “Susan knew Kerwin (Clark) when she used to gallop at Lone Star Park, so all the credit for her last race goes to him. She drew the ten-hole that day, so we are hoping he can angle her in again.”

Jenkins began the Lone Star meet with three horses and now is up to 12 in his barn.

“It’s been pretty amazing,” he said. “I’m hoping she can run a good race at Louisiana Downs. It means a lot to a ‘small time trainer’ to have a nice filly like Janae.”

Matalona Thoroughbreds LLC’s  Feisty Embrace is one of several fillies looking to step up to stakes company. Trainer Al Stall, Jr, will be in Saratoga this weekend, but will watch the race.

“I scratched her out of the Evangeline Stakes because I think this distance suits her,” he said. “She tries hard and drew well for her stakes debut.”

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic

The $50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic attracted 12 turf runners and two also-eligibles going a mile and one-sixteenth over the Franks Turf Course. Several competitors from the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Turf run here on July 17, will return to action, including the winner, Trust Factor. 

The 4-year-old colt owned by Scrivener Stables, defeated five rivals under jockey Colby Hernandez.

“He liked the firm turf and Colby gave him a very good ride,” said trainer Mike Maker.

Runner-up Eden Grey’s Kitten, trained by Steve Flint, will return. The 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy had previously won two in a row, including the $60,000 Costa Rising at Fair Grounds.

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint

The $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint will run as race seven. The six-furlong main track dash drew a field of 14.  Trainer H.B. Johnson, who is based at Louisiana Downs, has two entrants in final preparation for this feature. Icy Gentleman, bred and owned by Ironwater Farms Joint Venture, ran fourth in the 2016 edition of this race and has banked over $312,000 in fifteen starts. He won the Louisiana Premier Night Sprint on February 11 and was second to Jockamo’s Songone month ago in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint at Evangeline Downs. Diego Saenz will ride the 4-year-old Icy Gentleman and Eguard Tejera will pilot All About Interest for ownersTimothy Riley and Gregory Hoffman.  The 8-year-old, sired by Interest Rate ran second in the 2015 Louisiana Cup Sprint.

Recent Louisiana Downs allowance winner Dickman Legacy Ranch LLC’s Spring Value, will make his stakes debut for conditioner Steve Asmussen. The 4-year-old colt by Interactif will be ridden by Richard Eramia.


$50,000 Opelousas

Originally scheduled at Evangeline Downs, the $50,000 Opelousas at one mile over the Franks Turf Course drew an overflow field of fillies and mares. 

Artistic License, a 6-year-old daughter of Heart of the Storm will make her 37th career start for Carl Moore Management, LLC and trainer Bret Calhoun.

“She was a little unlucky at Lone Star Park,” said Calhoun. “She won the River Cities last year on Super Derby day, so we know she likes the Louisiana Downs turf course.”

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association to Award Scholarships on Saturday

In honor of Louisiana Cup Day, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, on Saturday afternoon.   The drawings will be between the fifth and sixth races. Students must be there to register between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. at the designated registration booth.

“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.

For more information on requirements for the scholarships, please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit louisianabred.com.

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
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