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

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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

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

2nd
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

3rd
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

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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

JOCKAMO’S SONG
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

2nd
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

3rd
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

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

2nd
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

3rd
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

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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

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

2nd
Safari Calamari
Half Ours–Zaafira, by A.P. Indy
Breeder: Brittlyn Stables, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: Richard E. Eramia

3rd
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

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

2nd
Can’t Touch Me
Musket Man–Notrestraintable, by Belek
Breeder: Paul Sita
Owner: Clay Loetscher
Trainer: Clay Loetscher
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

3rd
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

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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

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

2nd
Drewcitable
Artie Schiller–Native Trinket, by Dove Hunt
Breeder: Jay Adcock
Owner: Norman Stables, LLC
Trainer: Lonnie Briley
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

3rd
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.

NINE STAKES TO BE CONTESTED ON LOUISIANA CUP DAY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS THIS SATURDAY

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

August Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.Brought to you by Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Whispering Oaks Farm, Texas Thoroughbred Assoc.and Equine Sales CompanyClick images to link to more information

August 1

  • Jockey Club Report of Mares Bred Due 

 

August 5

  • Stallion Awards to be Mailed

 

August 5

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting.  Holiday Inn Express, Bossier City,12:00 noon.
  • Louisiana Cup Day. Louisiana Downs, Bossier City. 1st Post 3:15 p.m.Six stakes races for Accredited Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds worth total purses of $300,000

 

August 14

  • Delta Downs stall applications due for 2017-18 Thoroughbred Meet

August 21

 

August 18

  • Fair Grounds Quarter Horse Meet Opens

 

Aug 31

 

 

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Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Will Award Scholarships at Louisiana Cup Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

(New Orleans, La.) – Louisiana Cup Day will take place Saturday, August 5, at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La. 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 2017.
  • 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.

The Louisiana Cup Day annual event features seven stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses and total purse money of $360,000. The highlight of the evening will be the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude for 3-year-olds competing at 1-1/16 miles.

Louisiana Cup Juvenile 2 Y.O. LA-Bred Six Furlongs $50,000
Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies 2 Y.O. Fillies LA-Bred Six Furlongs $50,000
Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint 3 Y.O. & Up F&M LA-Bred Six Furlongs $50,000
Louisiana Cup Sprint 3 Y.O. & Up LA-Bred Six Furlongs $50,000
Louisiana Cup Turf Classic 3 Y.O. & Up LA-Bred 1m 1/16 (Turf) $50,000
Louisiana Cup Distaff 3 Y.O. & up F&M, LA-Bred 1m 1/16 (Turf) $50,000
Super Derby Prelude 3 Y.O. LA-Bred 1m 1/16 (Turf) $60,000

For more information please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit louisianabred.com.

NOMINATIONS CLOSED FOR LOUISIANA CUP DAY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Nine Stakes to be Contested on Saturday, August 5 

Bossier City, LA – Nominations for the annual Louisiana Cup Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on Saturday, August 5 have closed with tremendous interest from horsemen.

The Louisiana Cup Day program 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 on the turf. Two additional turf stakes, the $50,000 John Henry and the$50,000 Opelousas, originally scheduled at Evangeline Downs, will also be on the Louisiana Cup Day card.  Purses for the all-stakes August 5 program will total $460,000.

The $60,000 Super Derby Prelude for 3-year-olds going a mile and one-sixteenth on the Franks Turf Course closed with 23 nominations. The winner of the stakes receives a berth to the $200,000 Super Derby on Saturday, September 9; the richest race of the 2017 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred racing season. The move to the grass course marks a departure for the track’s signature Super Derby, which had its first running in 1980, and had a noted history as a graded stake contested at nine furlongs on the dirt.

Trainer Efren Loza, Jr intends to run Taco in the Prelude. The Kentucky-bred son of Gio Ponti is owned by V. A. Racing Stables LLC and Amancio Alonzo and has won four of his five turf starts. He has not raced since finishing second in the $103,380 Pasadena Stakes on March 19 at Santa Anita. S

“He got a small cut on one of his legs so we had to give him some time off,” said Loza.  “He has resumed training and should be ready for the Prelude.”

The nominees include several stakes winners who will be making their debut on grass.

Trainer Allen Landry conditions Magic Vow, the high-earner of the 23 nominated runners for the Prelude. The son of Private Vow out of the Broad Brush mare Whitewashed has earned $199,900 for Brittlyn Stable, Inc. This will be the first turf start for the bay gelding, but Landry believes his charge will handle the surface switch.

“He’s bred for the grass and he has shown us he can route,” said Landry. “We’ll bring “Boo Boo”(jockey Kerwin Clark) as he knows him well.”                           

John S. Turner’s Impressive Student is also nominated and under consideration according to trainer Morris Nicks. Sired by Student Council, Impressive Student had a good meet earlier this year at Fair Grounds, breaking his maiden on the turf on January 29, and scoring again at the allowance level on March 3. He competed at Louisiana Downs in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends, finishing sixth to Trust Factor.

“The older horses might have outclassed him, “said Nicks. “He was training well after a layoff, and we debated running him in the Legends or waiting for the Prelude. We are not 100% certain we will run on August 5, but so far, everything looks good.”

Multiple stakes winner Rumpole, bred and owned by Joe Archer of Fletcher Properties Inc., is another horse making his first start on the grass. The son of leading Texas sire, Too Much Bling won the $65,000 Jim’s Orbit at Sam Houston Race Park and followed that up with a victory in another race for Texas-bred colts, the $50,000 Groovy Stakes. Trainer Robert Young shipped him to Lone Star Park where he won the $65,000 Texas Stallion Stakes under current top Louisiana Downs rider Richard Eramia.

“I was hoping to try him on the turf at Lone Star, but could never get a race for him,” said Young. “I haven’t got a clue if he’ll like it or not, but he’s really training well.”

Loza has also nominated St George Stables LLC’s Jilotepec for the Prelude. The lightly raced colt by Into Mischief, who has won two of his three career efforts.

“He has never run on the grass, but we think he would be good,” added Loza.

Local horsemen who have nominated runners for the Prelude include Louisiana Downs leading trainer Joey Foster with Mizztic Tale; Charles Hukill with Score’s Choice and former jockey, Beverly Burress, who conditions Charlie Ballado.

The draw for the nine features on Louisiana Cup will take place on Saturday, July 29.

Saturday, August 5                           Louisiana Cup Day               

$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 John Henry                                        3 YO & Up                             1 1/16 miles (T)

$50,000 Opelousas                                          3YO & Up F&M                    1 Mile (T)

$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 (T)

Louisiana Downs Trainer and Jockey Standings

Through July 24, last year’s leading trainer Joey Foster continues to hold a commanding lead over his fellow conditioners with 34 wins. H. B. Johnson is second with 14 wins to date and Ronnie Ward took sole possession of third place with 11 wins. Donald Melancon and Jorge Lara have each saddled 10 winners.

 

Richard Eramia continues to lead his fellow riders with 47 wins, and looks also to be in contention for the Lone Star Park riding title when their meet wraps on July 30.  Gerardo Mora moved into second-place in the standings with 36 wins and Alexander Castillo is third with 31 victories. Aubrie Green follows with 30 trips to the winner’s circle. She lit up the toteboard in Monday’s seventh race, scoring with Sailorman ($136), owned and trained by Henry Ray Dunn.

 

Patti Turner, Beverly Burress and Jamie C. Pastor are tied top of the leaderboard in the owner standings with seven wins each. Red Rose Racing, Jorge Gomez, Anthony A. Faulk and Terrell Jarrett, Jr. have all won six races in the 2017 Thoroughbred meet.

 

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 5 and Super Derby Day on Saturday, September 9.  To see a complete list of the 2017 Thoroughbred stakes schedule, click here. 

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