REGISTRATION STILL OPEN FOR THE NATIONAL HORSEPLAYERS CHAMPIONSHP CONTEST AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS ​ ON SATURDAY, JUNE 17

Bossier City, LA – There are still a few spots remaining for Saturday’s National Horseplayers Championship at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.

The entry fee for the handicapping contest is $300 ($150 entry fee, $150 live bankroll). It will be  limited to 100 entries, maximum two entries per person.  This will be a live format, with $5.00 win, place and show wagers on five Louisiana Downs races and an additional five races from either the Belmont Park or Gulfstream Park’s Saturday afternoon cards.  The contest rules are posted on the Louisiana Downs website.

Saturday’s contest has attracted some of the most elite tournament players, including Judy Wagner, the first woman to win the NHC and her husband, Bryan Wagner, winner of the 2009 NHC Tour. Michael Beychok, is also entered. He holds the distinction of being the first horseplayer to capture a $1 million grand prize in a handicapping contest.

Trey Stiles, who resides in Houston, Texas, is another experienced player registered for Saturday’sevent at Louisiana Downs. Through both live and online contests, Stiles has qualified for the final an impressive 15 years in a row.  He was pleased that Louisiana Downs set a date this year.

“I find live contests to be more fun,” said Stiles. “It’s an easy commute from Houston and an opportunity to catch up with some buddies.”

Stiles uses the past performances from the Daily Racing Form and begins by charting his likely plays for the contest as well as some longshots for consideration.

“My strategy is to map out a baseline dollar amount that I will need to hit to win the contest,” added Stiles. “If someone has a big lead heading into the final few races, then I’ll have to alter my selections and look for a bomb.”

The top two finishers will win a berth to the $2.5 million-est. National Horseplayers Championship, the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping tournament, in Las Vegas, February 9-11, 2018. Both winners will receive a $400 travel voucher and hotel accommodations for four nights in Las Vegas. In addition, cash prizes of $500 will be awarded to both the third and fourth-place participants and players finishing fifth through eighth will receive $150.

The Louisiana Downs 2017 Thoroughbred racing season began on May 6 and is off to a great start with notable increases in handle.  This week, racing officials were able to add an addition race to the Monday and Tuesday cards.  Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager, is pleased with that development and looks forward to welcoming NHC contest players on June 17​.

“Hosting this regional qualifying tournament for the National Horseplayers Championship at Louisiana Downs was an important priority this year,” said McIntosh. “We look forward to showcasing our main track and turf course on Saturday and providing excellent hospitality to each of the horseplayers in the contest.”

Registration for the Louisiana Downs contest is still open, but will be capped at 100, so register as soon as possible!  Players wishing to enter should contact Tracey Blevins (tblevins@caesars.com) or Michele Ravencraft (mravencraft@ntra.com).

​Louisiana Downs ​Trainer and Jockey Standings

Through June 12, last year’s leading trainer Joey Foster holds a commanding lead over his fellow conditioners with 18 wins. Ronnie P. Ward and Denise Schmidt are tied for second with six wins and Jorge Gomez. H. B. Johnson and Thomas Nixon have each saddled five winners.

The battle for leading rider is heating up with Richard Eramia taking over the top spot on the leader board with 20 wins.  Gerardo Mora, who finished third in the jockey standings last year, is currently in second place with 18 trips to the winner’s circle. Jose Andres Guerrero has 17 wins and Hector Del-Cid and apprentice Aubrie Green are tied with ten wins each.

Jorge Gomez and Red Rose Racing share the lead in the owner standings with five wins each. Patti Turner and Beverly Burress follow closely with four victories.

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

STRONG INCREASES IN HANDLE IN THE 2017 THOROUGHBRED MEET AT HARRAH’S LOUISANA DOWNS

Former Jockey Beverly Burress Posting Solid Stats as an Owner and Trainer

Bossier City, LA – The 2017 Thoroughbred racing season at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs got underway on May 6.  Officials made some changes in the live race day schedule in hopes of boosting handle and have already noted significant increases.   

Through the first 16 days of racing, total handle on live races was up 23%. The change the in the racing schedule from Wednesdays-Saturdays in 2016 to a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday format in 2017 has been extremely successful and impactful.

“The change to Monday and Tuesday racing was made in an effort to avoid competition from the major racing that takes place on the weekends,” said Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager. “We were confident we would likely see an increase, but Mondays and Tuesdays have been even stronger than expected.”

One other very positive note is the escalation in field size in 2017.  With gains in handle on Monday and Tuesday as well as additional horses showing up in the entry box in 2017, Louisiana Downs will be adding one race per day each Monday and Tuesday for the remainder of the meet.

“We have seen increases in field size, horse population and handle, so beginning June 12, an additional race per day (on Monday and Tuesday) will be carded at Louisiana Downs,” added McIntosh. “To say it has been a fun and successful start to the meet would be an understatement.”

 

Beverly Burress Makes Smooth Transition from Jockey to Trainer at Louisiana Downs

Becoming a jockey was a dream come true for Beverly Burress, who was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Jones, Oklahoma. Both her dad, Bobby Burress and uncle, Billy, had ridden the Louisiana circuit before embarking on second careers as trainers.

She got her license in 2005 and rode for eight years. Burress had an excellent start as an apprentice, winning 29 races at Remington Park and 30 as a bug rider at Oaklawn Park.

“I am the all-time winningest female apprentice at Oaklawn,” said Burress.

Her second year in the saddle, 2006, was her best. She won 66 races and $1.1 million in purses.

However, after she lost her bug, she was injured in a spill, and had a difficult time getting named on horses.

“The injury was tough, and then I felt that I had to prove to trainers that I could still win races,” admitted Burress.

Burress continued to ride until 2013, piloting her final mount on September 22, 2013.  She had a pretty good reason for hanging up her tack​.​

“I was four months pregnant with my son,” she said.

Burress, 32, and her husband, jockey Juan Larrosa, are proud parents of Juan, Jr, who is now 3-years-old. She took out her training license in 2016, and saddled her first winner last November at Delta Downs. It is a true family affair as Juan rides and their son runs the shedrow, barefoot and beloved by the horses!

Burress is off to a very good start in 2017 and has won four races from seven starts at Louisiana Downs.  Plus, she is currently tied for leading owner with Patti Turner and Red Rose Racing.

“We are very hands-on,” said Burress of her stable. “Our day begins at 4:00 am and on race days, we don’t leave until after 6 pm, but we love doing what we do.”

And whereas many second or third generation horsemen and women might prefer to impart their own imprint on their training program, Burress loves getting input from her family members.  In addition to her dad, grandfather and uncle, her sister, Christy Hamilton began as an exercise rider and is now an assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen. Christy was previously married to Thoroughbred rider, Quincy Hamilton.

“Horsemen of today don’t give enough credit to the horsemen of yesterday,” she stated. “I will always listen to my dad and uncle. Plus, I am training a horse for my 87-year-old grandfather, Billy “Chief” Burress! Gospel Glamour is doing well and will probably run by the end of the month.”

She and Juan own a home in Princeton, Louisiana, chosen for its good school system.  Burress has done well with her claiming and lower level allowance runners and would love to have a few stakes-caliber horses in her barn. However, she never wants to get so big that she is unable to work one-on-one with each runner.

“I think about renaming my stable one day and calling it the “Hands On Stable”, she said. “As each horse leaves the barn and heads to the racetrack, they would pass by me holding a bucket of white paint. I would leave a nice white handprint right on their butt!”

A hard worker with a wonderful sense of humor. Hard not to root for this affable horsewoman!

 

Calling All Horseplayers!

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will host a regional qualifying event for the $2.5 million-est. National Horseplayers Championship. The contest will be held on Saturday, June 17.

This will be a live format, with win, place and show wagers on ten selected races. The entry fee is $300 ($150 entry fee, $150 live bankroll) and the contest will be limited to 100 entries, maximum two entries per person.  All participants must be NHC Tour Members and may join online. The fee of $50 offers valuable discounts for handicapping products and entry into the four FREE remaining online tournaments in 2017.

The top two finishers will win a berth in the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping tournament which will take place in Las Vegas, February 8-11, 2018. In addition, both winners will receive a $400 travel voucher and hotel accommodations for four nights in Las Vegas.

Registration is now open. Players needing further information may contact Tracey Blevins (tblevins@caesars.com) or Michele Ravencraft (mravencraft@ntra.com).

Race Day Promotions

Fans in attendance on Saturday, June 10 will receive a $5.00 FREE BET which can be redeemed on Saturday, June 17.  Louisiana Downs offers value for racing fans each Wednesday with Dollar Day. They will be able to enjoy $1 hot dogs, $1 beer at the Paddock as well as $1 programs. Saturday’s weekly promotion is the Family Four Pack featuring four hot dogs, four sodas, a program, and a box seat for four at the affordable price of just $16.

 

The Total Rewards program is free for horseplayers. With the swipe of their card each Saturday, members will receive valuable incentives.  These include:

  • Play $250 or more to receive a 5X multiplier
  • Play $1,000 or more to receive a 7X multiplier
  • Play $5,000 or more to receive a 10X multiplier

Participant’s multiplier cannot exceed a total balance of more than one hundred thousand (100,000) Reward Credits during one promotional day after the multiplier is applied.

 

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

REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY FOR THE NATIONAL HORSEPLAYERS CHALLENGE AT HARRAH’S LOUISANA DOWNS

May 30, 2017

REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY FOR THE NATIONAL HORSEPLAYERS CHALLENGE AT HARRAH’S LOUISANA DOWNS ON SATURDAY, JUNE 17

 

Owner and Trainer Charles Hukill Still Going Strong

 

Bossier City, LA – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce that they will host a regional qualifying event for the $2.5 million-est. National Horseplayers Championship. The contest will be held at the Bossier City racetrack on Saturday, June 17 and registration opens today.

This will be a live format, with win, place and show wagers on ten selected races. The entry fee is $300 ($150 entry fee, $150 live bankroll) and the contest will be limited to 100 entries, maximum two entries per person.  All participants must be NHC Tour Members and may join online. The fee of $50 offers valuable discounts for handicapping products and entry into the four FREE remaining online tournaments in 2017.

The top two finishers will win a berth in the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping tournament which will take place in Las Vegas, February 8-11, 2018. In addition, both winners will receive a $400 travel voucher and hotel accommodations for four nights in Las Vegas.

Registration is now open. Players needing further information may contact Tracey Blevins (tblevins@caesars.com) or Michele Ravencraft (mravencraft@ntra.com).  

Owner and Trainer Charles Hukill a Force at Louisiana Downs

There are many Thoroughbred trainers who pursue the profession because their families were horsemen, and their love for racing was passed down from previous generations.  But Charles Hukill took a very different route!

Hukill was born in Dallas, Texas and built a very successful landscaping and sprinkler business in Plano, 20 miles northeast of downtown Dallas.  He got into horseracing as an owner in the ‘70’s, but did not begin training until his oldest son assumed control of the family business. In 1998, Hukill took out his trainer’s license and embarked upon building a new business centered on racing and breeding. He owned and operated a training center in Canton, Texas and had as many as 120 horses in the late 1990’s. He was a solid supporter of Texas racing with stakes wins at both Sam Houston Race Park and Lone Star Park.  In addition to training, Hukill stood several stallions, including Sand Tunnel and Record Catch.

Tragedy struck Hukill’s training center in February, 2011 when an electrical fire broke out and 25 horses perished.

 

“That was pretty tough,” acknowledged Hukill.

 

He got out of the breeding after the fire, and owns and trains the majority of his 26 horses currently stabled at Louisiana Downs.

 

“I have one owner, Bobby Salome, who has six horses with me,” said Hukill. “I prefer to train my own and bring them along my way.”

Hukill and his wife, Lynn, have three sons. Growing up, each one worked

​in the family

landscaping and sprinkler business, with the two oldest remaining in that vocation. His youngest son served our country in the Air Force, and Hukill chuckles when he talks about his career choice.

“Dad, I have dug my last hole; I’m going to join the Air Force,” Hukill recalled.

Hukill has started over 6,300 Thoroughbreds in Texas and Louisiana, with a record of 478 wins and purses of $7.5 million. He was the ninth-leading trainer at Louisiana Downs in 2016.

One of his top level horses is Chases Dixie Belle, who captured the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies last August at Louisiana Downs. The daughter of My Pal Charlie has won 2 of her 11 starts and has bankrolled $89,800 to date.

 

“She’s a nice filly,” said Hukill. “She broke her maiden at first asking and moved right into stakes company.”

Hukill will turn 80 in November and talks about slowing down. But his version of cutting back may differ from most people in their late 70’s.  His last venture involved transforming a 40-acre property in Canton into Mare Haven Estates.

“I sold all but two lots,” he said. “It was home to my mares and babies, so that’s why it was named Mare Haven Estates.”

Current Meet Leaders

Last year’s top trainer Joey Foster continues his dominance with 13 wins, through May 30, to lead all conditioners. Foster has started 53 runners and is hitting the board at an impressive 58%. Ronnie Ward, Beverly Burress and Denise Schmidt are tied for second with four wins.

 

Gerardo Mora has the lead in the jockey standings with 15 wins, followed by Richard Eramia who has won 13 races and apprentice Jose Guerrero, who follows closely with 12 wins.

 

Beverly Burress has won four races to top the owner standings. Patti Turner and Red Rose Racing are tied for second with three wins and 13 owners, including Hukill, locked in a showdown for third-place with two victories each.

 

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. For more information on the upcoming racing season and special events, visit https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-louisiana-downs/racing.

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 LOUISANA DOWNS TO HOST A NATIONAL HORSEPLAYERS CHAMPIONSHP QUALIFYING CONTEST ON SATURDAY, JUNE 17

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The “orange men” of leading trainer Joey Foster. Hodges Photography

Bossier City, LA – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce that they will host a regional qualifying event for the $2.5 million-est. National Horseplayers Championship. The contest will be held at the Bossier City racetrack on Saturday, June 17.

This will be a live format, with win, place and show wagers on ten selected races. The entry fee is $300 ($150 entry fee, $150 live bankroll) and the contest will be limited to 100 entries, maximum two entries per person.  All participants must be NHC Tour Members and may join online at https://www.ntra.com/membership. The fee of $50 offers valuable discounts for handicapping products and entry into the four FREE remaining online tournaments in 2017. Registration opens for the Louisiana Downs qualifier on Tuesday, May 30. Players needing further information may contact Tracey Blevins (tblevins@caesars.com) or Michele Ravencraft (mravencraft@ntra.com).

The top two finishers will win a berth in the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping tournament which will take place in Las Vegas, February 8-11, 2018. In addition, both winners will receive a $400 travel voucher and hotel accommodations for four nights in Las Vegas.

“Going the extra mile for our horseplayers is an extremely important priority at Louisiana Downs,” said Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager. “We look forward to hosting this regional qualifying tournament for the National Horseplayers Championship and will be rooting for our two winners to be crowned Horseplayer of the Year next January.”

About the National Horseplayers Championship

In its 19th year, the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (formerly known as the NTRA National Handicapping Championship) is presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens and Treasure Island Las Vegas. Equibase is the official data provider of the NHC and NHC Tour. The NHC is world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping tournament of the year for horseplayers and is the culmination of a year-long series of NTRA-sanctioned local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino race books, off-track betting facilities and horse racing and handicapping websites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals. Each year, the NHC winner joins other human and equine champions as an honoree at the Eclipse Awards. The most recent NHC offered record prize money and awards totaling more than $2.9 million. NHC 19 will be held February 9-11, 2018, at Treasure Island Las Vegas.

 

Trainer and Jockey Standings

Through the first six days of the 2017 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred season, last year’s leading trainer Joey Foster tops his fellow conditioners with five wins. Patti Turner, Beverly Burress, Denise Schmidt, Jorge Gomez and Ronnie P. Ward each have saddled two winners.  Gerardo Mora, who finished third in the jockey standings last year, is off to a great start with seven trips to the winner’s circle. Apprentice Jose Andres Guerrero has six wins and Richard Eramia follows closely with five wins and an impressive 67% in the money statistic.

 

Preakness Simulcast Promotions

Fans in attendance on Saturday, May 20 for the simulcast of the 142nd Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course in Maryland, will receive a $5.00 FREE BET which can be redeemed on Saturday, May 27.

Also, the Total Rewards program is free for horseplayers and offers valuable incentives each Saturday.  These include:

  • Play $250 or more to receive a 5X multiplier
  • Play $1,000 or more to receive a 7X multiplier
  • Play $5,000 or more to receive a 10X multiplier

Participant’s multiplier cannot exceed a total balance of more than one hundred thousand (100,000) Reward Credits during one promotional day after the multiplier is applied.

 

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. For more information on the upcoming racing season and special events, visit https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-louisiana-downs/racing.

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

Owner Clifford Grum Dies at 82

Clifford Grum, a prominent businessman and Thoroughbred owner, died Dec. 19 in Lufkin, Texas under the card of Hospice of the Pines. He was 82.

Grum once served as publisher of Fortune magazine and was an executive vice president of Time Inc. Grum served as a board member and then chairman of First Bank and Trust East Texas in Diboll, Texas until his death. He was a former member of national boards including Time Inc., Tupperware Brands, Cooper Industries, Guaranty Federal, Premark International, and Trinity Industries.

“He was just a wonderful human being,” said Dr. J. David Richardson, a member of The Jockey Club and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. “He loved horses and loved racing. The last time I saw him was at Churchill Downs around the end of the meet. He was game to the end.

As an owner, Grum’s horses raced in the name of his first wife, Janelle, and later Mary. His only graded stakes win came in 1998 with Relic Reward in Oaklawn Park’s Exxex Handicap (gr. III). Mary Grum’s Athena won last year’s Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes at Laurel Park and this year’s Roxelana Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Grum was a serious buyer at the Louisiana yearling sales. In 2006 he made Louisiana sales history at the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana Annual Yearling Sale, breaking the $100,000 mark for not just one, but two yearlings; a filly by Salt Lake out of Kathie’s Sister and colt by Grand Slam out of Lady’s Kiss.

Known to be a generous man, Grum was involved with Louisiana Downs’ Backside Benevelonce Fund, Inc., and was instrumental in getting the chapel built at the Bossier City track.

Grum had a long association with trainer Cecil Borel, and upon Borel’s retirement in 2014, Crum’s trainer had been Helen Pitts.

 

Half Ours Runners Dominate Louisiana Downs 2016 Season Closing Day Stakes

On Saturday, September 24, the Elge Rasberry Stakes and A.L. “Red” Erwin Stakes were dominated by progeny of Half Ours. Half Ours is currently the Leading Sire of Louisiana Breds for 2016. Saturday was the final day of the Louisiana Downs 2016 Thoroughbred meet.

Jockey Jorge Guzman guides My Queen Olivia to victory in the 22nd running of the Elge Rasberry Stakes at Louisiana Downs.  Hodges Photography
Jockey Jorge Guzman guides My Queen Olivia to victory in the 22nd running of the Elge Rasberry Stakes at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography
In the Elge Rasberry, My Queen Olivia settled just off the pace in the one mile turf contest then made her move on the outside in the stretch to win by an ever widening two and three quarters lengths and capture the $45,000 winner’s share of the purse for the Pegasus Stables of Patsy and Joe Rink. Bred by Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association President, Warren J. Harang III, My Queen Olivia was purchased by Pegasus at the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana Annual Yearling Sale for the bargain price of $4,500 and is trained by Pat Mouton. My Queen Olivia is the first stakes winner produced by the Stormy Atlantic dam, Bond Queen, who produced a full brother to the stakes winner in 2016. Second place finisher, Smiley Briley, is also by Half Ours.

Rock N Sake with jockey Jansen Melancon aboard captures the 22nd running of the A.L. (Red) Erwin Stakes at Louisiana Downs.  Hodges Photography
Rock N Sake with jockey Jansen Melancon aboard captures the 22nd running of the A.L. (Red) Erwin Stakes at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography
The second stakes of the program at Louisiana Downs Saturday was the A.L. “Red” Erwin, named after the first president of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. Roy Investments’ Rock N Sake got off a bit slow but quickly joined the early pacesetters and much like the winner of the Elge Rasberry, swung wide in the stretch and was increasing his margin at the finish line. Rock N Sake was purchased at the Equine Sales of Louisiana Yearling Sale for $27,000 from breeders Tom Curtis and Wayne Simpson. He is the second stakes horse produced by the Benchmark dam, Passion For Words. Velton Vidrine trains Rock N Sake, who has now earned $157,975 for his owners.

LTBA to Award Scholarships at Louisiana Cup Day at LAD

(New Orleans, La.) – Louisiana Cup Day will take place on Saturday, August 6, at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Casino and Racetrack 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 after the fifth race. 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 2016.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  • Must be present to win.

The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student’s account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.

“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association continues to make an investment in the future of our state by investing in the education process,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

 

LOUISIANA CUP DAY RACES

FIRST RACE LOUISIANA STAKES
The 6th Running of Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies
$50,000 Guaranteed
FOR ACCREDITED LOUISIANA BRED TWO YEAR OLD FILLIES.
SIX FURLONGS

SECOND RACE LOUISIANA STAKES
The 6th Running of Louisiana Cup Juvenile
$50,000 Guaranteed
FOR ACCREDITED LOUISIANA BRED TWO YEAR OLD COLTS AND GELDINGS.
SIX FURLONGS

THIRD RACE LOUISIANA STAKES
The 35th Running of Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint
$50,000 Guaranteed
FOR ACCREDITED LOUISIANA BRED FILLIES AND MARES, THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD.
SIX FURLONGS

FOURTH RACE LOUISIANA STAKES
The 38th Running of Louisiana Cup Sprint
$50,000 Guaranteed
FOR ACCREDITED LOUISIANA BRED THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD.
SIX FURLONGS

FIFTH RACE LOUISIANA STAKES
The 32nd Running of Louisiana Cup Distaff
$75,000 Guaranteed
FOR ACCREDITED LOUISIANA BRED FILLIES AND MARES, THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD.
ONE MILE AND ONE SIXTEENTH (FRANKS TURF)

SIXTH RACE LOUISIANA STAKES
The 32nd Running of Louisiana Cup Turf Classic
$75,000 Guaranteed
FOR ACCREDITED LOUISIANA BRED THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD.
ONE MILE AND ONE SIXTEENTH (FRANKS TURF)

SEVENTH RACE STAKES
The 33rd Running of Super Derby Prelude
$100,000 Guaranteed
FOR THREE YEAR OLDS.
ONE MILE AND ONE SIXTEENTH

 

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

 

LouisianaBred: Loretta Romero #LouisianaBred

LouisianaBred: Loretta Romero
#LouisianaBred

“I truly enjoy racing in Louisiana.”

It is easy to see why Loretta Romero loves her job and racing in Louisiana. The Bossier City resident manages the Shreveport office at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs and attends every Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association board meetings and championship day events.

While she prefers to be behind the scenes, Loretta is the engine that drives the North Louisiana operation. Her welcoming smile is the first thing anyone sees when they enter the office. She takes care of any and all details that members need.

When you ask her to talk about herself, she is genuinely humble. She always credits the people around her and her team at LTBA. Her can do attitude motivates everyone around her. She will tell you that she is just doing her job and she has been doing it for 34 years. That is an invaluable asset to LTBA and the members.

Loretta has been associated with thoroughbred racing and breeding business for 50 years. She is a warehouse of information on the history, the people and the industry. She really understands what it takes and that is why she is so amazing at her job.

She is currently involved in the racing business with her husband and former jockey, Gerald Romero. Together they own and operate Bethany Farm, the breeding side of their thoroughbred business. It is apparent she loves horses and is passionate about her work with them.

Her favorite Louisiana Bred (besides her husband) is Superior Storm. “She was a champion horse and won each Champions Day at all four racetracks in Louisiana.”

 

 

Louisiana Downs to Open 2016 Season Saturday

The Louisiana Downs 2016 meet that opens this Saturday, May 7. The 84-date season at the Bossier City oval will run through Sept. 24.

The highlight of the season will the Super Derby, its richest race, on a card of five stakes, to be run on Sept. 10.  The program, worth a total of $700,000, will again include a pair of one-mile turf stakes for 2-year-olds, the $75,000 Sunday Silence and the $75,000 Happy Ticket. The Super Derby will be run over 1 1/8 miles, and the purse remains $400,000. In a change, the Super Derby will be contested as a Grade 3 race this year after holding Grade 2 status last season, when it was won by Mobile Bay.

Louisiana Downs will group seven stakes together Aug. 6 for the annual Louisiana Cup. There will be six divisional stakes for horses bred in Louisiana, led by the $75,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic and the $75,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff. The program also includes the $100,000 Prelude, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds that serves as the local prep for the Super Derby. Purses for the races will total $450,000.

Louisiana Downs will race Wednesdays through Saturdays at this meet, with special Monday cards May 30, July 4, and Sept. 5.

 

Super Derby tops 14 stakes at Louisiana Downs 84-day meet

The Super Derby on Sept. 10 will again serve as the centerpiece of the Louisiana Downs meet that opens May 7. The 84-date season in Bossier City will run through Sept. 24.

The Super Derby is part of a 14-race stakes schedule worth a total of $1.3 million. It will be run over 1 1/8 miles, and the purse remains $400,000. In a change, the Super Derby will be contested as a Grade 3 race this year after holding Grade 2 status last season, when it was won by Mobile Bay.

Louisiana Downs will showcase the Super Derby, its richest race, on a card of five stakes. The program, worth a total of $700,000, will again include a pair of one-mile turf stakes for 2-year-olds, the $75,000 Sunday Silence and the $75,000 Happy Ticket.

Louisiana Downs will group seven stakes together Aug. 6 for the annual Louisiana Cup. There will be six divisional stakes for horses bred in Louisiana, led by the $75,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic and the $75,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff. The program also includes the $100,000 Prelude, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds that serves as the local prep for the Super Derby. Purses for the races will total $450,000.

Louisiana Downs will race Wednesdays through Saturdays at this meet, with special Monday cards May 30, July 4, and Sept. 5.

Date Race Condition Distance Purse
Sat.,     Aug. 6 Prelude 3YO 1 1/16 miles $100,000
Sat.,     Aug. 6 Louisiana Cup Juvenile 2YO* 6 furlongs $50,000
Sat.,     Aug. 6 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies 2YO* F 6 furlongs $50,000
Sat.,     Aug. 6 Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint F-M, 3YO & Up* 6 furlongs $50,000
Sat.,     Aug. 6 Louisiana Cup Sprint  3YO & Up* 3YO & UP* 6 furlongs $50,000
Sat.,     Aug. 6 Louisiana Cup Turf     3YO & Up* 3YO & UP* 1 1/16 miles (T) $75,000
Sat.,     Aug. 6 Louisiana Cup Distaff F-M, 3YO & Up* 1 1/16 miles (T) $75,000
Sat.,     Sept. 10 Super Derby (G3) 3YO 1 1/8 miles $400,000
Sat.,     Sept. 10 Unbridled 3YO & UP 1 1/16 miles (T) $75,000
Sat.,     Sept. 10 River Cities F-M, 3YO & Up 1 1/16 miles (T) $75,000
Sat.,     Sept. 10 Happy Ticket 2YO F 1 mile (T) $75,000
Sat.,     Sept. 10 Sunday Silence 2YO 1 mile (T) $75,000
Sat.,     Sept. 24 A.L. “Red” Erwin 3YO** 1 mile (T) $75,000
Sat.,     Sept. 24 Elge Rasberry 3YO** 1 mile (T) $75,000