TRAINER JOEY FOSTER SITTING ON A RECORD YEAR AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Bossier City, LA – Trainer Joseph M. Foster is a force to be reckoned with at Louisiana Downs.    “Joey” as he is known to fellow racetrackers, is a man of few words, but a work ethic not surpassed by many.

Well-known at the Bossier City racetrack, Foster stands alone at the top of the trainer standings for the 2017 Thoroughbred racing season, which began on May 6. He has enjoyed an enduring history at Louisiana Downs with a myriad of wins, including his first career victory by Striker J. scoring an upset at 32-1 on May 14, 1992.

Over the past 25 years, the native of Arkansas, has saddled 4,705 horses, winning 643 races with purses topping $10 million. It took Foster ten years to reach the $1 million mark in earnings, but he has done that for the past six years with runners mostly at the claiming and allowance levels. Louisiana Downs, Delta Downs, Evangeline Downs and Oaklawn Park have been Foster’s mainstay tracks, but he also has fond memories of running at Aksarben in Omaha, Nebraska.

“Aksarben was special,” said Foster. “It was run by a non-profit group and the people in Nebraska loved racing. The support to horsemen was unbelievable. They kept the place very clean; would come paint the barn area, mow the lawn and do whatever they could do to help. Legends of racing ran there and the fans were amazing.”

The highlight of the Louisiana Downs meet his year came on Louisiana Cup Day, Saturday, August 5. Illusionofreality, a 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Gentleman, notched her fourth win a row and first stakes of her career for Foster and owners Maury and Leslie Harrington.

 

Drawing the 13 hole in a mile and one-sixteenth turf event is not what most horsemen would ask for, but with nice rating from regular rider Alexander Castillo, Foster’s talented filly was able to hold off a late charge from Safari Calamari and become a stakes winner.

 

“It worked for us that day,” said Foster, said of the post. “I was really happy to win a stakes for the Harringtons. They are two of the nicest people I have ever known and have been with me for a while.”

 

Maury Harrington purchased Hometown Gossip, a filly by Milwaukee Brew for $7,500 at the 2011 Breeders’ Sales Company of Louisiana Yearling Sale. She earned over $200,000 for the Harringtons and Foster before she was claimed.  Foster enjoys that part of racing and points to Drinking Fund as one of his most astute claims. He cites his good fortune on January 20, 2012 at Delta Downs when he claimed the Louisiana-bred filly for $5,000.

 

“We claimed her for $5,000 and she won over $285,000,” stated Foster.

 

Nationally accomplished conditioner Brad Cox won three of the nine stakes on Louisiana Cup Day, but it was also a very good showing for the local horsemen.  H. B. Johnson, currently second in the standings, saddled Berniestrike, winner of the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic and Sunny Oak wired the field in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint for Louisiana horseman Edward Johnston.

 

“It’s always nice to win the bigger races at your home track,” added Foster. “H. B. had a good win and Eddie won with his filly too.”

 

Illusionofreality will train up to the $60,000 River Cities on Super Derby Day.

 

Foster has already surpassed his 41 winners from last year’s leading trainer title at Louisiana Downs, and looks very likely to pick up his second trophy when the meet concludes on September 27. He was third in 2015 with 39 wins, so slowly, but surely, Foster has risen up the ranks.

 

“We’ve been knocking on the door,” acknowledged Foster. “I’ve been down here for a lot of years, so it’s nice to see things going well.”

 

Special Noon Post Time for Super Derby Day

The marquee day of the 2017 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet is Super Derby Day onSaturday, September 9.  Officials announced that post time for the stakes-filled card will be 12:00 pm (Central).  Nominations will close on August 26 for the following featured events:

$60,000 Unbridled                                          3 YO & Up                             1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 River Cities                                       3 YO & Up F&M                    1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 Happy Ticket                                    2 YO Fillies                             One Mile (T)

$60,000 Sunday Silence                                 2 YO                                       One Mile (T)

$50,000 Tellike                                               3 YO & Up F&M                   5 Furlongs (T)

$50,000 Need for Speed                                 3 YO & Up                             5 Furlongs (T)

$200,000 SUPER DERBY                             3 YO                                       1 1/16 miles (T)

Louisiana Downs Trainer and Jockey Standings

Through August 14, last year’s leading trainer Joey Foster continues to hold a commanding lead over his fellow conditioners with 44 wins. H. B. Johnson is second with 21 wins to date and Ronnie Ward is in sole possession of third place with 13 wins. Donald Melancon follows in fourth; he has each saddled 12 winners.

 

Richard Eramia continues to lead his fellow riders with 59 wins. Gerardo Mora won nine races last week and is in second place in the standings with 49 trips to the winner’s circle. Apprentice Aubrie Green has piloted 43 winners and Jose Guerrero follows closely with 42 wins.

Patti Turner tops the leaderboard in the owner standings with nine wins.  Jamie C. Pastor moved into second-place with eight victories and Beverly Burress, Jorge Gomez, Red Rose Racing, Maury and Leslie Harrington, Phyllis Hodges, Anthony Faulk and Terrell Jarrett, Jr. each have won seven races in the 2017 Thoroughbred meet.          

            

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

First Three Starters For Tight Grip All Winners

tight-gripThe first three starters by Louisiana sophomore sire Tight Grip are all winners.

Starting with two juvenile winners in 2016 from his first crop, Tight Grip’s third starter (also from his first crop) Aztec Delite, broke his maiden by three lengths in his second start at Louisiana Downs in July.

Tight Grip is a winning son of Distorted Humor—Roman Song (Sultry Song) who was bred in Kentucky by Charles Nuckols & Sons. Gary and Mary West bought the colt for $300,000 as a yearling and earned nearly $274,000 with him at the track.

Tight Grip stands at Caswick Farm in Sunset, Louisiana for $1,000

NO MISUNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF THE PRELUDE VICTORY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS TO JOCKEY CHRIS ROSIER

Mr Misunderstood-Chris Rosier
Jockey Chris Rosier celebrates after capturing the 34th running of the Super Derby Prelude at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

 

Bossier City, LA – Fans on the track apron last Saturday for Louisiana Cup Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs might have thought that rider Chris Rosier had won the Kentucky Derby when he galloped back aboard Mr. Misunderstood, the winner of the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude.

Rosier was elated regarding the performance of the 3-year-old son of Archarcharch, who is owned by Flurry Racing Stable LLC and trained by Brad Cox. Sent off as the favorite, he drew clear by over two lengths and earned a berth to the $200,000 Super Derby on Saturday, September 9; the richest race of the 2017 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred racing season.

Rosier, 36, was born in California, but raised in Haughton, Louisiana.  A lifetime “racetracker”, he remembers the thrill of watching Calvin Borel win the 1991 Super Derby with Free Spirit’s Joy.

Turning professional in 2001, Rosier has piloted over 7,500 Thoroughbreds including Summer Ice in the 2009 Kentucky Derby.  Sent off at 43-1, finished a respectable sixth to Mine That Bird, who pulled off the monumental upset under Borel at 50-1.

As with any rider in this highly challenging sport, Rosier has had his share of highs and lows.

He was 24-years old went he went through a life-changing passage. He became seriously ill and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

“I went blind for a week, and just tried to believe the doctors who told me that my vision would return,” recalled Rosier. “It was God’s way of telling me to wake up.”

At the same time, Rosier’s wife, Shannon found out she was pregnant with their first child, which gave him even more reason to dedicate himself to his craft.

“I might be the only jockey in the country to ride with an insulin pump in my vest,” he said.

Coping with a chronic disease is far from easy, and perhaps, that’s why victories like the Prelude take on an added meaning.

The celebration was shared by Rosier’s agent, former jockey, Don Simington and Staton Flurry, owner of Mr. Misunderstood.

 

Mr Misunderstood-Staton Flurry_8-5-2017Flurry, 27, is a passionate Thoroughbred owner from Hot Springs, Arkansas. His family’s Flurry Racing Stables, LLC has campaigned a quality group of stakes winners at Oaklawn Park and Louisiana Downs. Simington was the winning pilot on Flurry’s first stakes winner Little Miss Flurry, who captured the 2014 Razorback Futurity.

 

Flurry and Rosier have developed a friendship over the last seven years, with Rosier winning several races, and plenty of seconds for Flurry Racing Stable. Good natured ribbing is the centerpiece of their relationship.  Flurry grinned in the Prelude post-race interview when he said he was glad that Mr. Misunderstood did not run second.

 

“Loyalty in racing is hard to come by sometimes, but Staton and I hit it off and he has supported me,” said Rosier.  “He calls me his ‘little’ older brother.”

There was one more bit of “karma” setting the stage for last weekend.

 

“My ringtone on my cell is (the Eric Church song) Mr. Misunderstood,” explained Rosier.

 

The song is a tribute to those who are not readily accepted, but have enough belief to overcome adversity and flourish as individuals.

 

“I see myself that way,” admitted Rosier. “There were other agents pushing riders to Brad, but he and Staton believed in me. Winning the Prelude on a quality horse meant a lot.”

Rosier looks forward to the return call aboard Mr. Misunderstood on September 9.

“We won’t know the rest of the field for a while, but as long as I can give him running room, I believe we have a legitimate shot.”

This year may have started on the slow side for Rosier, but there is no “misunderstanding” the impact of last Saturday’s Prelude victory.

“It’s been a rough meet for me, but that win put the love back into racing,” said Rosier.

 

Update on Prelude Winner Mr. Misunderstood

Trainer Brad Cox reports that Mr. Misunderstood came out of the Prelude in “great” condition and returned safely to his base at Churchill Downs on Sunday evening.

It was a big weekend for Cox, who scored three stakes wins Saturday at Louisiana Downs as well as a victory by La Piba in the $75,000 West Virginia Senate’s President’s Cup at Mountainer. Cox also captured the $250,000 Troy Handicap at Saratoga with Green Mask. The 6-year-old son of Mizzen Mast eclipsed the million-dollar earnings mark with his score on Sunday.

Louisiana Downs Trainer and Jockey Standings

Through August 7, last year’s leading trainer Joey Foster continues to hold a commanding lead over his fellow conditioners with 42 wins. H. B. Johnson is second with 19 wins to date and Ronnie Ward is in sole possession of third place with 13 wins. Donald Melancon follows in fourth; he has each saddled 12 winners.

 

Richard Eramia continues to lead his fellow riders with 56 wins and also clinched the title at the recently concluded Lone Star Park meet.  Gerardo Mora and Jose Guerrero are tied in second-place in the standings with 40 wins each and Aubrie Green follows with 38 trips to the winner’s circle.

 

Patti Turner tops the leaderboard in the owner standings with nine wins.  Jamie C. Pastor moved into second-place with eight victories and Beverly Burress, Jorge Gomez and Terrell Jarrett each have won seven races in the 2017 Thoroughbred meet.

               

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

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.

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

TRUST FACTOR GAME WINNER OF THE $100,000 LOUISIANA LEGENDS TURF AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

July 17, 2017 

Farmerville Captured the $50,000 Louisiana Legends Starter Stakes

 

Bossier City, LA – Today’s card at Louisiana Downs featured the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Turf and the $50,000 Louisiana Legends Starter Turf. The two races were originally scheduled at Evangeline Downs, but transferred earlier this month when the Louisiana Racing Commission granted approval.

Rail Skimming Victory for Trust Factor in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Turf

Trust Factor, a 4-year-old colt owned by Scrivener Stables, captured his first career stakes 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.

Jockey Colby Hernandez guided Trust Factor to victory, covering the first quarter mile in :23.48 and the half-mile in :47.22. He turned back a solid challenge from Eden Grey’s Kitten.prevailing as the even-money favorite in a final time of 1:41.56.   

Trainer Mike Maker was enjoying the cooler weather in upstate New York preparing his runners for the upcoming Saratoga meet, but certainly enjoyed watching his charge win the first stakes of his career.

“He faced a very competitive field at Arlington and didn’t care for the soft turf,” said Maker. “I am glad that they were able to move the turf races to Louisiana Downs and give him a chance to run in statebred company. He liked the firm turf and Colby gave him a very good ride.”

Eden Grey’s Kitten ran a game second under Roberto Morales.  Trained by Steve Flint, the 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy had won two in a row, including the $60,000 Costa Rising at Fair Grounds. Social Misfit, from the barn of Karl Broberg, closed for third, followed by Benwill, Well’s Gold and Impressive Student. 

This was the fifth win from 10 starts for the gray colt, who earned $60,000 this afternoon, boosting his career bankroll to $184,060.  Maker added that one mile might be the optimum distance for Trust Factor, but said that several options are on the table for his next start.

 

Farmerville Draws Off in the $50,000 Louisiana Legends Starter Stakes

End Zone Athletics’ Farmerville drew clear late to capture the $50,000 Louisiana Legends Starter Stakes.

 

Trained by Karl Broberg, the 6-year-old son of Richter Scale out of the Gift of Gib mare Very Gifted was making his 28th career start and picked up his sixth win.

 

Timothy Thornton was the winning pilot, breaking from the far outside post and angling his mount directly behind pacesetting Flit in Time. He covered the half-mile in 49.13 before taking command at the top of the stretch and drawing off to win by a margin of 1 ¾ lengths. The final time of the 7 ½ furlong race over a firm turf course was 1.30.77.

 

“I’ve ridden him several times and know he can be kind of aggressive early,” said Thornton. “Karl took the blinkers off and he ran comfortable fractions today and did it within his means. He’s a nice horse!”

 

Farmerville, sent off as the second betting choice, returned $6.20, $4.40 and $2.60 across the board. His winner’s share of $30,000 boosted his career earnings to $167,500. Flit in Time with Diego Saenz aboard, held for second with post-time favorite Southern Minister, ridden by Kerwin Clark was third. B Brazin ran fourth followed by Howe Amazing.  

 

An inquiry was posted when the tightly bunched field of six entered the first turn and Valseunseated rider Alexander Castillo. The stewards review determined that Valse took a bad step, and no action was taken. Both horse and rider were not injured.  Crooked As Can Be, One Survivor and Mitchnjohnny were early scratches.

 

Louisiana Cup Day News and Notes

The Louisiana Downs racing office is busy this week taking nominations for Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 5. Nominations for the nine stakes will close this Saturday.

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.”

Faucheux has two turf stakes in mind for Safari Calamari, the $50,000 Opelousas (one mile) or the $50,000 Louisiana Distaff (One mile and one-sixteenth). The mare has earned $178,780 with six wins from 15 starts.

“We have time to make the decision,” added Faucheux.

Nominations for the Louisiana Cup will close July 22 for the following stakes:

 

Saturday, August 5                           Louisiana Cup Day               Noms close July 22

$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)

 

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

HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS ANNOUNCES THE ADDITION OF SIX TURF STAKES FOR THE 2017 LIVE RACING SEASON

Bossier City, LA – On July 5, the Louisiana Racing Commission granted approval of the transfer of six turf stakes from Evangeline Downs to Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.

The turf features will now be run on the Franks Turf Course at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, July 17

$100,000 Legends Louisiana Turf      3 YO & Up LA-Bred                          1 1/16 miles (T)

$50,000 Legends Starter                     3 YO & Up LA-Bred                          7 ½ Furlongs (T)

Saturday, August 5

$50,000 John Henry                            3 YO & Up                                         1 1/16 miles (T)

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

 

Saturday, September 9

$50,000 Tellike                                   3 YO & Up F&M                               5 Furlongs (T)

$50,000 Need for Speed                     3 YO & Up                                         5 Furlongs (T)

 

“We commend the group effort and coordination between, the LHBPA and Evangeline Downs in moving these turf stakes to Louisiana Downs,” said Trent McIntosh, assistant general manager at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.  “The first two stakes will run on Monday, July 17 and we will do our best to ensure a smooth transition as we incorporate these events into our 2017 Thoroughbred racing season.”

Louisiana Cup Day News and Notes

Evangeline Downs hosted Louisiana Legends Night on Saturday, July 8 with eight stakes races for Louisiana-breds.

It was a big night for trainer Edward J. Johnston and Pacific Pink, who won the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Distaff. The multiple stakes winning mare is owned by Keith Plaisance, and has won nine of her 21 career starts. She ran second here in the 2015 Louisiana Distaff and returned six weeks later to win the Elge Raspberry Stakes.  The 5-year-old daughter of Private Vow out of the Robyn Dancer mare, Truly Romantic, is closing in on the half-million mark in career earnings. A return to Louisiana Downs in the $50,000 Louisiana Distaff is on the radar for the talented mare.

“She’s run three races very hard this year, and we are very proud of her,” said Johnston. “Her win at Evangeline on Saturday was pretty impressive in that she broke outward and was out of it for the first half-mile. Colby (Hernandez) knew what he had to do and got the job done.”

Johnston has nominated Pacific Pink and three other Louisiana-breds for stakes on Louisiana Cup Day, Saturday, August 5.

“I nominated Pacific Pink, Sunny Oak and Calamity Jane on Monday morning,” said Johnston. “We’ve got some time to choose between the Distaff or Sprint for the fillies and Grande Basin will be pointed to the Louisiana Cup Sprint or maybe the Turf Classic.”

Nominations for the Louisiana Cup will close July 22. With the addition of the two turf stakes, the August 5 racing program will feature the following:

 

Saturday, August 5                           Louisiana Cup Day               Noms close July 22

$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 10, last year’s leading trainer Joey Foster continues to hold a commanding lead over his fellow conditioners with 30 wins. H. B. Johnson is second with 13 wins to date and Donald Melancon took sole possession of third place with 10 wins. Ronnie Ward, Denise Schmidt and Jorge Lara have each saddled eight winners.

 

Richard Eramia continues to lead his fellow riders with 40 wins, and has been in the national spotlight with his solid form and wins as he divides his time between Louisiana Downs and Lone Star Park. Alexander Castillo remains in second with 29 victories and Gerardo Mora follows closely with 27 wins. Jose Guerrero holds down fourth-place with 23 trips to the winner’s circle.

Red Rose Racing and Patti Turner are tied on top of the leaderboard in the owner standings with six wins each.  Jorge Gomez and Terrell Jarrett, Jr. follow in second place with five wins and eight owners have each won four 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

EARLY INTEREST IS HIGH FOR ​THE LOUISIANA CUP AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS​ ​ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 5

Bossier City, LA – Live Thoroughbred racing at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs began on May 6 and the first major stakes program, Louisiana Cup Day, is set for Saturday, August 5.

While nominations for the annual Louisiana Cup do not close until July 22, interest is high for the seven divisional stakes for horses bred in Louisiana.  Purses totally $360,000 will be divided among the features which include 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.

Trainer Efren Loza, Jr. has several horses pointed to Louisiana Cup Day. As previously reported by Mary Rampellini of the Daily Racing Form, Loza intends to run Taco in the $60,000 Prelude, with the intention of returning for the $200,000 Super Derby on September 9. The Kentucky-bred son of Gio Ponti won his first four starts, including the $50,000 Texas Heritage Stakes for 3-year-olds on February 25 at Sam Houston Race Park. 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 Louisiana Downs stakes.”

One other horse he has under consideration for the Prelude is St George Stables LLC’s Jilotepec, a 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,” he added.

Loza will run Look Into My Eyes this Saturday in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes and then back to Louisiana Downs on Louisiana Cup Day.  This will be the first start of the year for the 5-year-old daughter of City Zip who is owned by Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti.  She has won seven of her 14 career starts, including the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint here last August.

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.

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. 

Louisiana Downs Trainer and Jockey Standings

Through July 4, last year’s leading trainer Joey Foster continues to hold a commanding lead over his fellow conditioners with 29 wins.H. B. Johnson is second with 10 wins to date and Donald Melancon and Ronnie Ward have both saddled eight winners.

 

Richard Eramia continues to lead his fellow riders with 37 wins, and has been in the national spotlight with his solid form and wins as he divides his time between Louisiana Downs and Lone Star Park. Alexander Castillo has moved into second with 26 victories and Gerardo Mora follows closely with 25 wins.

Red Rose Racing tops the leaderboard in the owner standings with six wins.  Jorge Gomez and Patti Turner are tied for second place with five wins and eight owners follow closely with four victories.     

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

Louisiana Downs Among Tracks To Reach Deals With Contest Site Derby Wars

Several Tracks Reach Deals With Contest Site Derby Wars
Photo: Coady Photography

Ellis Park is one of six tracks to come to a partnership agreement with Derby Wars

Horse racing contest site DerbyWars.com announced June 30 it reached partnership agreements with several tracks and racing associations that will allow the site to use those racing signals as part of its handicapping contests.

The agreement comes just over two weeks after Derby Wars owner Horse Racing Labs agreed to pay The Stronach Group at least $500,000 to resolve a lawsuit brought against the contest site, which had used signals from Stronach-owned tracks without permission or compensation.

On Friday Derby Wars said partnership agreements were reached with New York Racing Association, Monmouth Park, Meadowlands, Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs, Louisiana Downs, and Fairmount Park. The agreements include revenue-sharing with the tracks and horsemen for use of their races in contests at DerbyWars.com, as well as video and data sharing opportunities to enhance customer experience.

“Our mission is to be an innovator in horse racing and establishing these additional track partnerships will help us continue to introduce new players to racing, re-engage others, and ultimately grow the sport,” said Derby Wars founder Mark Midland. “We continue to see tremendous growth opportunities for the sport through contests and we’re thrilled to be working with more tracks going forward.”

Derby Wars had previous revenue-sharing agreements with Thoroughbred tracks Hawthorne Race Course, Kentucky Downs, and Sam Houston Race Park. Midland said Derby Wars was the first site to establish such revenue-sharing agreements three years ago.