HANDLE INCREASE OF 12% NOTED IN THE THE 2017 THOROUGHBRED RACING MEET AT HARRAH’S LOUISANA DOWNS

Joey Foster, Gerardo Mora and Jorge Gomez Earn Titles

Bossier City, LA – The 2017 Thoroughbred racing season at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs concluded with a nine-race card on Wednesday, September 27.  The 84-day meet, which got underway on May 6, wrapped with positive gains in handle and officials were pleased with the transition to a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday racing schedule.

Louisiana Downs handled $67 million throughout the meet, an increase of 12% in handle from the 2016 live Thoroughbred racing season.

“We are grateful for the continued support of our horsemen throughout the 2017 meet,” said Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager. “The change in our schedule was well received by horseplayers on track and by simulcast fans watching and wagering across the country.”

Sunny skies graced both major racing events, the Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 5 and Super Derby Day on Saturday, September 9.  Flurry Racing Stables Mr. Misunderstood captured both the Prelude and $200,000 Super Derby and will make his next start in Saturday’s   Jefferson Cup Stakes at Churchill Downs, according to trainer Brad Cox.             

Joey Foster Repeats as Leading Trainer

Joey Foster has been firing on all cylinders this meet and defended his title in commanding fashion. The Vinton, Louisiana resident topped all conditioners with 301 starters and a record of 68 wins, 55 seconds and 48 third-place finishes. Foster was the meet’s top trainer last year with 41 wins, after finished third in the standings in 2015 with 39 wins.  His stakes winners this year included Big Game Baby, in the $75,000 Elge Rasberry and Illusionofreality, who kept her four-race win streak alive in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff.

“I am very blessed to have this success,” said Foster. “This meet has been great for me and my owners. Both track surfaces are well maintained and safe. I have to commend (track superintendent) Billy McKeever for doing a super job. To me, Louisiana Downs is the prettiest track in the state and I am grateful to have won the title again this year.”

H.B. Johnson finished in second place with 27 wins. Ronnie Ward saddled 18 winners and Sarah Delany rounded out the top four conditioners with 16 wins.

 

Gerardo Mora Wins His First Louisiana Downs Leading Rider Title

Gerardo Mora made the most of his second year competing in Bossier City topping a very competitive jockey colony to emerge as the meet’s top rider. The 25-year-old jockey is respected for his well-timed finishes and versatility in mastering both the turf and main track and finished the meet with a record of 477 starts, 77 wins, 81 seconds and 65 thirds.

Born in Palestine, Texas, Mora had family ties to racing as his uncle, Adrian Ramos, was a veteran rider on the Louisiana and Texas circuit. He made his debut at Sam Houston Race Park as an apprentice in 2011 and earned two leading rider titles there as well as Retama Park. Mora was third in the standings last year, but had plenty of business this year and was well represented by his agent, Ronald Ardoin, who was one of the most successful jockeys in Louisiana.

“I want to thank each of the trainers, owners for believing in me,” said Mora. “Last year was a good start for me at Louisiana Downs. When I started the meet, horsemen knew me and gave me a lot of opportunities and Ronald did a great job with my book. He’s the man!” 

Aubrie Green continued her strong showing, beginning the meet as an apprentice, but losing no business once she lost her bug. She finished in second place with 64 trips to the winner’s circle.Richard Eramia, who was on top for much of the season before he departed to ride at Remington Park, was third with 59 victories.  Jose Guerrero rounded out the top four with 57 wins.

Next up for Mora is Delta Downs for their meet which gets underway on October 18.

 

Jorge Gomez Honored as Leading Owner  

The very tight battle for leading owner honors concluded on the final day of the meet with Jorge Gomez finishing on top with 12 wins.  Horses owned by Gomez made 114 starts, with Ty Diesel, Blue Choice and Concho posting multiple wins.  This was the first leading owner title for Gomez, who resides in Bossier City, Louisiana and will head to Fair Grounds next.

“I want to thank my crew and my jockey, Alexander Castillo,” said Gomez. “They each helped me in winning my first leading owner title.”

Red Rose Racing followed closely with 11 wins and Patti Turner, Beverly Burress, Jamie C.  Pastor, William K. Harris, Dream Walkin Farms, Inc., Terrell Jarret, Jr. and Anthony Faulk each won nine races each 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

BIG GAME BABY TAKES THE $75,000 ELGE RASBERRY AND JACK SNIPE’S SCORES THE UPSET IN THE$75,000 A. L. (RED) ERWIN AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

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

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

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

 

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

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

2nd
Bermuda Star
Star Guitar–Bermuda Bride
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Diego Saenz

3rd
Our Sweet Sydni
Into Mischief–Our Dalila
Breeder: Brett A. Brinkman
Owner: Ironheart Farms
Trainer: Brett A. Brinkman
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

2nd
Fee Do
Forefathers–Snake Proof
Breeder: Leonard Warf
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Emanuel Nieves

3rd
Culp’s Hill
Eddington–Pussy Footin
Breeder: Southern Legacy Thoroughbreds, LLC
Owner: Southern Legacy Thoroughbreds, LLC
Trainer: Joseph M. Foster
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

final turn to finish fourth.

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

FINAL TWO STAKES OF THE HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS 2017 THOROUGHBRED RACING SEASON TO BE RUN ON SATURDAY

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

 

Bermuda Star Leads the Field in the $75,000 Elge Rasberry

The 23rd running of the $75,000 Elge Rasberry drew a field of 12 fillies. Bermuda Star, owned by Brittlyn Stable, Inc., is the 6-5 morning line favorite. Trained by Victor Arceneaux, she has won three of her six starts this year, most notably the Equine Sales Oaks on May 5 at Evangeline Downs. Sired by Star Guitar, the gray filly will be ridden by Diego Saenz, who piloted three stakes winners on Super Derby Day.

“She’s only run once on the turf, but won the race easily,” said Arceneaux. “Diego didn’t even push her.”

Chases Dixie Belle, winner of the 2016 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies for owner Bobby Salome, is also entered. The daughter of My Pal Charlie prepped for this stakes in an allowance on September 11. Trainer Charles Hukill will give a leg up to jockey Aubrie Green.  She will break from post position six as the 4-1 second choice.

Louisiana Downs leading trainer Joey Foster will saddle Big Game Baby, a Gold Tribute filly who has two wins this meet. Owned by Eat My Dust LLC, Big Game Baby ran fifth in the Opelousas Stakes on Louisiana Cup Day. Gerardo Mora, the meet’s top jockey, has the call.

The Elge Rasberry will run as race 5, The field, in post position order, with riders, from the rail is:

Swifty Cat, Emanuel Nieves; Bless d’Cat, Williams Naupac; Tinkerbella, Tim Thornton; Sabe Marcelete, Kevin Smith; Our Sweet Syndi, Gerard Melancon; Chases Dixie Belle, Aubrie Green; Debbyz Wingz, Jose Guerrero; Casual Cool, Jansen Melancon; Blessed Song, Alfredo Contreras; Bermuda Star, Diego Saenz and Big Game Baby, Gerardo Mora.

 

Magic Vow Gives Turf Another Try in the $75,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin

Colts and geldings will compete in the second feature of the afternoon, the $75,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin.

Trainer Allen Landry conditions Magic Vow, the high-earner in the 12-horse field. The son of Private Vow out of the Broad Brush mare Whitewashed has earned $206,500 for Brittlyn Stable, Inc. This will be the second turf start for the bay gelding, who ran a game third to Super Derby champion Mr. Misunderstood in the August 5 Super Derby Prelude.

“There’s no shame in running third to a horse who is undefeated on the turf,” said Landry. “Boo Boo” (jockey Kerwin Clark) said he ran a little green the first time on the grass, but thinks he will improve on Saturday. He fits him well.”

Landry ran second in last year’s edition of the stakes with He’s a Lady Tamer, who left the gates at odds of 26-1 with jockey Steve Bourque in the irons.

Fee Do brings a three-race win streak into this one-mile turf stakes. Owned by Keith Plaisance, the gelded son of Forefathers has risen up the ranks from claiming to the allowance level nicely for trainer Edwin J. Johnston. The second choice in the morning line, at 7-2, will break from post position 11 in his stakes debut with jockey Emanuel Nieves aboard.

Southern Legacy Thoroughbreds LLC’s homebred Culp’s Hill will make his stakes debut for Joey Foster. The son of Eddington has won three races this meet, and prepped for this with a gate-to-wire turf allowance victory on August 23. Rider Tim Thornton has the call.

“He may be in a little deep, but gives a solid effort every time he runs,” said Foster.

The field for the A. L. (Red) Erwin, from the rail is: Magic Vow, Kerwin Clark; Tigerstorm, Alexander Castillo; Culp’s Hill, Tim Thornton; Paddy O’Lionel, Gerardo Mora; Fireblaster, Diego Saenz; Im a Cowboy Too, Arturo Aparicio; Score’s Choice, Aubrie Green; Jack Snipe’s, Denny Velazquez; Calmack, Jarred Journet; Impressive Student, Gerard Melancon; Fee Do, Emanuel Nieves and Drewmisterio, Roberto Morales.

 

Louisiana Downs Trainer and Jockey Standings

Through September 18, last year’s leading trainer Joey Foster continues to hold a commanding lead over his fellow conditioners with 62 wins. H. B. Johnson is second with 26 wins to date and Ronnie Ward is in sole possession of third place with 18 wins. Sarah Delany follows in fourth; she has each saddled 15 winners.

Gerardo Mora has taken the lead in the jockey standings with 71 wins. Aubrie Green continues her strong showing and has moved into second place with 60 trips to the winner’s circle. Richard Eramia, who was on top for much of the season before he departed to ride at Remington Park, is third with 59 victories.  Jose Guerrero rounds out the top four with 51 wins.

The very tight battle for leading owner honors continues with Jorge Gomez on top with 11 wins. Red Rose Racing follows closely with ten wins and Patti Turner, Beverly Burress, Jamie C.  Pastor and Anthony Faulk have each won nine races each 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

IMPRESSIVE SUPER DERBY SATURDAY FOR JOCKEY DIEGO SAENZ AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Bossier City, LA – While jockey Diego Saenz did not win the richest race of the Super Derby Day card Saturday at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, he certainly had a highly rewarding afternoon.

The 38-year-old rider won three of the seven stakes on the program, with a close second-place finish in the $60,000 Unbridled.

Saenz won the first turf feature of the day, the $60,000 River Cities, guiding the heavily favored Quinta Verde (IRE) to victory for trainer Brad Cox. Saenz had never ridden the 5-year-old mare owned by Swift Thoroughbred Inc. before, but settled her comfortably behind the pacesetters. She unleashed her powerful closing kick at the eighth-pole and drew off by 3 ¼ lengths.

“Looking at the program, I thought I had some very good chances for the day,” said Saenz. “I was fortunate to be riding nice horses for top trainers.”

Next up was the $60,000 Sunday Silence for 2-year-olds and his second time to ride Jerry Durant’s Budro Talking, who was making his stakes debut for trainer Danny Pish.

The Louisiana-bred son of Tale of the Cat broke his maiden on July 27 at Evangeline Downs, sprinting on the main track. Pish felt that he could be versatile and compete well on turf, and he was certainly correct.  With Saenz back in the irons, the bay colt sat off the early fractions of :24.17 and :48.71, drawing clear and crossing the one-mile finish line in 1:37.78.

“He’s getting better and better,” said Saenz. “He relaxed for me and that’s what it takes when a young horse is stretching out.”

Perhaps Saenz’ most impressive ride came in the in the $50,000 Tellike Stakes, when he rode

Curtis C. Green’s homebred Justa Lady for trainer Steve Asmussen. Again, Saenz had never ridden the 4-year-old filly by More Than Ready, but he was content to let longshot Our Valor set the pace. In sixth position approaching the far turn, he got his mount clear and she responded with a strong rally, drawing clear in the five-furlong turf sprint.

“I saw (Roberto) Morales get to the lead quickly, but felt he would not hold his speed,” he stated. “My filly had plenty left and came running.”

Saenz was hoping for a fourth stakes victory aboard the heavily favored Big Changes, also trained by Cox, in the Unbridled. Net Gain, an Iowa-bred 3-year-old made a sweeping move on the far turn under rider Glen Corbett. Saenz, who finished second, lodged an objection against Corbett for interference, but the stewards reviewed the replay and took no action.

“That’s part of racing,” said Saenz. “You state your case and have to accept the decision.”

Saenz, who was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, has been riding professionally since 2004 and is currently ranked 56th in Equibase North American jockey standings. He was won 1,746 wins from 9,218 starts in his 14-year career.

He and his wife have three children and reside in Carencro, a suburb of Lafayette, Louisiana. Saenz will head to Delta Downs, where he has won three leading rider titles.

 

Update on Super Derby Winner Mr. Misunderstood

Mr. Misunderstood, owned by Flurry Racing Stables LLC, scored a definitive victory in the season’s marquee race, the $200,000 Super Derby last Saturday.

The gelded son of Archarcharch, shipped here last month undefeated on the turf, and punched his ticket to the Super Derby with a win in the $60,000 Prelude. Then owner Staton Flurry, trainer Brad Cox and jockey Chris Rosier just had to wait to see who they would be running against in the Super Derby.

“We knew what we had in Mr. Misunderstood,” said Flurry. “After the noms for the Super Derby came out, it was just the anticipation of who would enter and what he would run against. It looked like Sonneteer was our biggest threat, but speed was really holding Saturday afternoon, so he was more forwardly placed that we expected.”

Nonetheless, Mr. Misunderstood prevailed as the favorite and a memorable post-race celebration ensued for Flurry, jockey Chris Rosier and Ricky Giannini, assistant to Cox.

“It was great,” said Flurry. “I love running at Louisiana Downs; my aunt and uncle live near Shreveport and there were lots of family and friends there to enjoy our win. My phone was turned off, but thirty minutes later, I checked and had over 150 texts and Facebook messages.”

Flurry, 27, resides in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and is passionate about every facet of racing, from studying sale catalogs, training progress of his horses, to evaluating race options. He signed a sale $130,000 sale ticket for Mr. Misunderstood at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale and admitted that there were some doubts about the Kentucky-bred in the early stages of his career.

“Let’s just say that we weren’t very high on the horse last year,” admitted Flurry. “He was always balanced, but didn’t show much in his morning works.  Once we gelded him, he became more focused and found his way on the turf.”

Cox was pleased with the win and reported that Mr. Misunderstood returned safely to his base in Kentucky.

“He ran really well,” Cox told Mary Rampelinni of the Daily Racing Form. “Obviously, we’re super-pleased with the ride and where he was positioned early in the race with the lack of pace. He kicked on well. We’ll try to keep him with the 3-year-olds the rest of the year.”

 

Two More Stakes to Be Contested This Month at Louisiana Downs​

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

 

Louisiana Downs Trainer and Jockey Standings

Through September 12, last year’s leading trainer Joey Foster continues to hold a commanding lead over his fellow conditioners with 60 wins. H. B. Johnson is second with 23 wins to date and Ronnie Ward is in sole possession of third place with 16 wins. Sarah Delany follows in fourth; she has each saddled 15 winners.

Gerardo Mora has taken the lead in the jockey standings with 69 wins. Richard Eramia, who was on top for much of the season before he departed to ride at Remington Park, is second with 59 victories. Aubrie Green continues her strong showing and has moved into third with 58 trips to the winner’s circle.  Jose Guerrero rounds out the top four with 47 wins.

Jorge Gomez and Red Rose Racing are tied at the top of the owner’s leaderboard with ten wins each.  Patti Turner Jamie C.  Pastor and Anthony Faulk have won nine races each 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

Louisiana Breds Eden Grey’s Kitten, Budro Talking Take Open Stakes on Super Derby Day at Louisiana Downs

 

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Eden Grey’s Kitten (left) with jockey Gerard Melancon aboard wins the Need For Speed at LAD Stakes at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

Need For Speed Stakes
Louisiana Downs, 9-9-17, @5.5 furlongs (turf), $50,000

EDEN GREY’S KITTEN
Kitten’s Joy–Steaming Home
Breeder: Danny M. Brown & Donna B. Brown (LA)
Owner: Whispering Oaks Farm LLC
Trainer: Steven B. Flint
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

2nd
Wings Locked Up
Munnings–Sixteen Spices
Breeder: Avalon Farms, Inc. (OK)
Owner: Sad Sac Racing
Trainer: Clinton C. Stuart
Jockey: Glenn W. Corbett

3rd
Sir Genghis
Tale of the Cat–Staria
Breeder: Randel Stutes (LA)
Owner: Gillian and Kirk L. Harris
Trainer: Kirk Harris
Jockey: Kerwin D. Clark

 

Budro Talking
Budro Talking with jockey Diego Saenz aboard wins the Sunday Silence Stakes at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

Sunday Silence Stakes
Louisiana Downs, 9-9-17, 8 furlongs (turf), $60,000

BUDRO TALKING
Tale of Ekati–American Placed
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall (LA)
Owner: Jerry Durant
Trainer: Danny Pish
Jockey: Diego Saenz

2nd
High Providence
Wrote (IRE)–Gonna
Breeder: Nina Theodora Camperlengo (FL)
Owner: Run For The Cross LLC
Trainer: Jason H. Meaux
Jockey: Emanuel Nieves

3rd
Sitting Bull
Artie Schiller–Smoldering Beauty
Breeder: Clarence Scharbauer III (TX)
Owner: Douglas Scharbauer
Trainer: W. Bret Calhoun
Jockey: Gerardo Mora

MR. MISUNDERSTOOD VICTORIOUS IN THE $200,000 SUPER DERBY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Prelude Winner Scored by Three Lengths in the Meet’s Richest Race

 

Bossier City, LA –  Flurry Racing Stable LLC’s Mr. Misunderstood returned to the winner’s circle this afternoon at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, scoring a definitive victory in the season’s marquee race, the  $200,000 Super Derby.

The stakes for 3-year-olds was run this year on the Franks Turf Course at the distance of a mile and one-sixteenth. Trained by Brad Cox, the gelded son of Archarcharch, shipped here last month undefeated on the turf, and punched his ticket to the Super Derby with a win in the $60,000 Prelude.

Jockey Chris Rosier has the return call, and faced several new faces in today’s feature, including

Sonneteer and Phat Man.  The two set early fractions of :25.32 for the first-quarter and :50.66 for the half-mile. Rosier guided his mount to the outside, passed both came home a three-length winner. His final time, over the firm turf course, was :1:42.91.

“I have watched the Super Derby since I was a kid, so winning this, even though it is a turf stakes for the first time, means the world to me,” said Rosier. “It’s still the Super Derby. Crossing the finish line was just sheer love and passion. My dad was here and I am so happy for Staton; we are good friends and he gave me the chance to ride this amazing horse. Brad and Ricky have done a great job with him.”

Staton Flurry was on hand to accept the trophy for the $130,000 purchase at the Ocala Sale, and reflected on the fifth and biggest turf victory of Mr. Misunderstood.

“We gave the horse a little break after the Illinois Derby; and thought the Prelude would be an easier spot that Kentucky,” said Flurry. “He ran superb in the Prelude, and he came out of the race very well. I was surprised Sonneteer went early, but Chris knew he had a lot of horse; he said he felt like he exploded like a stick of dynamite.”

Ricky Giannini saddled the dark brown gelding for Cox and had a little fun discussing the one sub-par performance of Mr. Misunderstood, who ran seventh in the Illinois Derby.

“We keep trying to make a dirt horse out of him, but obviously know that’s not the case,” stated Giannini. “He showed he could handle this surface and had a race going into this. I told Chris I wouldn’t want to trade places with anyone going into this stakes. Brad and I will talk about next steps. We don’t want to rush him, but figure he likes Fair Grounds, so that is a possibility.”

Brad and Misty Grady’s Phat Mat, trained by Joe Sharp, held for second under Roberto Morales. Sonneteer. Bred and owned by Calumet Farms, the son of Midnight Lute who competed in both  Grade 1, Arkansas Derby and  Grade 1, Kentucky Derby, was third.  Gerard Melancon rode for trainer J. Keith Desormeaux. Flying Honeypot with Carlos L. Marquez was fourth and Gorgeous Kitten was scratched from the race.

Sadly, Fast Talkin Man, a Texas-bred son of Oratory, trained by Danny Pish, who ran second to Mr. Misunderstood in the Prelude under rider Luis Quinonez, suffered a catastrophic injury at the top of the lane and was euthanized.

 Sent off as the favorite, Mr. Misunderstood returned $3.40, picking up the winner’s check of $120,000. He boosted his career bankroll to $243,796 and will return to Cox’s base in Kentucky with a record of six wins from 10 starts.

 

Quinta Verde All Class in the $60,000 River Cities

The stakes action gets underway in the second race of the card, with a field of five fillies and mares in the $60,000 River Cities. 

 Trainer Brad Cox scratched Sister Blues, but won the race with his other entrant Quinta Verde (IRE)  ($3.60), a 5-year-old mare owned by Swift Thoroughbred Inc. Diego Saenz rode the winner, who began her career in Europe and picked up her first stakes today.

“It’s been a little bit of an uphill battle with this mare; we had to manage some issues,” said Giannini. “Diego gave her a good ride and she put it all together today and got the win.”

Saenz dueled with Illusionofreality through the first half-mile, but surged ahead at the eighth-pole, drawing off by 3 ¼ lengths in a final time of 1:43.32. Smiley Briley under Aubrie Green was second and Pera completed the trifecta.

 

Eden Grey’s Kitten Scores in the $50,000 Need for Speed 

The $50,000 Need for Speed, at a distance of five furlongs on the turf, was run as the fourth race of the afternoon. Stakes winner Eden Grey’s Kitten, owned byWhispering Oaks Farm, LLC, added another trophy to the case with a gritty effort under jockey Gerard Melancon.  The 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy picked up his ninth race from 25 lifetime starts for trainer Steve Flint, with a much better effort today than in last month’s turf performance.

“It was a little hot here on Louisiana Cup Day,” said Flint. “He was in good form today and the race set up well for him.”

The winner, sent off as the third-betting choice in the nine-horse field, paid $10.00. Wings Locked Up ran second with Glen Corbett in the irons, followed by Sir Genghis and Icy Gentleman. 

 

Budro Talking Rises to the Occasion in the $60,000 Sunday Silence

The 14th running of the $60,000 Sunday Silence produced an exciting finish with Jerry Durant’s Budro Talking winning the first stakes of his career.

The Louisiana-bred son of Tale of the Cat broke his maiden on July 27 at Evangeline Downs, sprinting on the main track. Pish felt that he could be versatile and compete well on turf, and he was certainly correct.  With Diego Saenz in the irons, the bay colt sat off the early fractions of :24.17 and :48.71, drawing clear and crossing the one mile finish line in 1:37.78.

“He’s getting better and better,” said Saenz. “He relaxed for me and that’s what it takes stretching out.”

Pish has several talented 2-year-olds winning stakes this year, and was pleased with the victory.

“Very nice colt,” said Pish. “He learns quickly. “We thought he had some talent and the work last Saturday shaped him up nicely for today.”

Budro Talking rewarded his supporters with a win payout of $15.80, and earned $36,000 for the victory. High Providence edged out post-time favorite Sitting Bullfor second and Drewcitable completed the superfecta.

 

Huge Finish for Justa Lady in the $50,000 Tellike Stakes

Curtis C. Green’s homebred Justa Lady won her stakes debut with a huge late run in the $50,000 Tellike Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and mares. With confident handling from rider Diego Saenz, the 4-year-old filly by More Than Ready caught longshot Our Valor at the wire, clocking five furlongs in :56.13 seconds.

“I was very happy to win a stakes race for Curtis Green,” said Asmussen, who was reached by phone for his assessment. “She’s a nice homebred and ran a very good race.”

Justa Lady ($4.80) picked up her fourth career win and first stake. With the winner’s share of $30,000, the Kentucky-bred  eclipsed the $200,000 earnings mark. Trainer Karl Broberg ran second with Our Valor and third with Boom Bam Bing.

 

Lady O’Toole Outfinishes Her Rivals in the $60,000 Happy Ticket 

It was another stakes win for trainer Brad Cox in the $60,000 Happy Ticket with Lady O’Toole, owned by Steve Landers Racing. The filly by Colonel John broke her maiden at Churchill Downs and shipped to Louisiana Downs off an allowance win at Indiana Grand on July 26. Jockey Colby Hernandez piloted the winner, who had no difficulty stretching out to a mile for the first time. She took control at the top of the stretch, drawing off to victory in 1.37.03, by a margin of 3 ½ lengths over longshot Caroline the Great and rider Aubrie Green. 

“She did a great job,” said Hernandez. “I let her settle and she was running nice and easy. She turned for home on the lead and just went on her way.” 

 Rosie O’Prado was third and Taylor’s Princess completed the superfecta. This was the third win from four starts for the Florida-bred filly.

 

Net Gain Upsets Big Changes in the $60,000 Unbridled

The biggest upset of the afternoon was a win by Net Gain in the $60,000 Unbridled. The Iowa-bred 3-year-old made a sweeping move on the far turn under rider Glen Corbett to score the victory in the mile and one-sixteenth stakes in 1:41.76.

Big Changes who won the $50,000 John Henry here last month was sent off as the favorite and finished second under Diego Saenz, who lodged an objection against Corbett. The stewards took no action.

“I rode him aggressively on the far turn, but I know we were clear,” said Corbett. “He ran a big race today.”

Trainer Clinton Stuart wanted to get his charge back on the turf.

“Rider Terry Thompson told me he did not like getting dirt in his face in his last main track races at Prairie Meadows,” he said.

Net Gain paid $23.60, the biggest mutual of the Super Derby card. Fort Pulaski finished third and Lawless West ran fourth.

 

Live racing continues on Monday, September 11. The 2017 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet continues through Wednesday, September 27.  The final two stakes of the season, the $75,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin and the $75,000 Elge Rasberry, will be run on Saturday, September 23.

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.

Jockeys Melancon, Batista Organize Relief Supplies For Hurricane Harvey Refugees

by Paulick Report Staff

Jockeys Gerard Melancon and Alexis Batista worked together to organize a relief effort for people displaced by Hurricane Harvey last week, according to the Daily Racing Form. The riders gathered more than 50 cases of water and a stash of diapers to a shelter in Lake Charles, La. which has taken in Texas residents fleeing the flooding from the storm.

Melancon said the project was a combined effort of riders at Louisiana Downs, along with their valets and chaplain Dwight Brown.

Also on Wednesday, NTRA Charities announced it would donate more than $5,000 to the Penn National Gaming Foundation, which is helping Sam Houston Race Park employees affected by the storm.

LOCAL FIREFIGHTER “AIMS” HIGH ON SUPER DERBY DAY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS THIS SATURDAY

Special Early Post time of 12:00 noon on September 9

 

Bossier City, LA – An overflow field of 2-year-old fillies will travel one mile in the $60,000 Happy Ticket, one of the seven turf stakes on Saturday’s Super Derby program at Louisiana Downs.

The race is wide-open with many lightly-raced fillies competing in stakes company for the first time.  Aim Spot broke her maiden at first asking at Louisiana Downs on July 25, drawing off by over five lengths in her five and one-half furlong main track debut. Her breeder and owner, Autry Lowry, Jr., resides in Bossier City and has been a firefighter, serving the Benton Fire Station, in Bossier Parish Louisiana, for 15 years.

Last week, the call went out to the men and women who protect the citizens of Louisiana that responders were needed in Houston to deal with the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. It was Lowry’s day off, but within 45 minutes, he and a fellow fireman were on their way to Houston to assist with rescue efforts.

“He had a flat bottom air boat, so we got the call that elderly couple and three children were in an emergency,” said Lowry. “The water was so deep in their home that all five were forced to the attic, waiting to be rescued. The water level had risen 18 inches in less than 30 minutes.”

Obviously, a veteran fireman has seen his share of life-threatening situations and emergencies through the years, but the extent of the flooding crisis in Houston even had him shaken.

“There’s nothing you can do to mentally prepare yourself for the devastation you see,” he admitted.

Safely back home in Louisiana, Lowry is looking forward to a good effort, and hopefully a victory on Saturday’s Super Derby card by his homebred Aim Spot.

His filly is a daughter of Overanalyze out of a mare he owns named Aut’s Maddie.

“I named my mares after my daughters, Caroline and Maddie,” explained Lowry. “Caroline is attending LSU. Our younger daughter, Maddie, is nationally-ranked in archery. As good as she is now, she had major difficulty finding her aim spot; hence the name of this filly!”

Trained by Ruperto Urbina, Aim Spot will break from post nine under Jose Guererro.  The bay filly is 12-1 on the morning line, but her owner is hopeful she will fare well in her second career effort and stakes debut.

“She’s been training really well,” said Lowry.  “Plenty of blood, sweat and tears go into breeding and racing horses. There are way are more lows than highs, but my family will be at the track Saturday cheering on our filly.”

It’s hard not to root for a firefighter, family man, and horse lover. Seems like a nice trifecta! 

 

Mr. Misunderstood Leads the Field in the $200,000 Super Derby

Seven turf stakes will be contested on Saturday afternoon at Louisiana Downs, highlighted by the running of the $200,000 Super Derby. The richest race of the 2017 Thoroughbred season is written for 3-year-olds going a mile and one-sixteenth on the Franks Turf Course. 

Flurry Racing Stable LLC’s Mr. Misunderstood was the winner of the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude, here on August 5.  That victory gave the gelded son of Archarcharch, who is undefeated in each of his four turf starts, a berth into the Super Derby.  Trained by Brad Cox, the Kentucky-bred will break from post position four under jockey Chris Rosier at odds of 9-5.

The field from the rail with jockeys: Fast Talkin Man, Luis Quinonez; Gorgeous Kitten, Colby Hernandez; Flying Honeypot, Carlos L. Marquez; Mr. Misunderstood, Chris Rosier; Sonneteer, Gerard Melancon; and Phat Man, Roberto Morales.

$75,000 All Stakes Pick 4 on Super Derby Day

Officials have announced that there will be a $75,000 Guaranteed All-Stakes Pick 4 on Saturday, September 9, beginning on race 8.  The wager will encompass four stakes, including the $200,000 Super Derby.

 

Handicapping Preview Show Gets Underway at 11:00 am

Louisiana Downs track announcer John McGary and regional racing publicist Martha Claussen will team up for a pre-race handicapping preview at 11:00 am in the Inside Rail, located on the first floor of the grandstand. They will offer analysis of each of the races on the Super Derby card as well as the All Stakes Pick 4.

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

FIELD OF SIX SET FOR THE $200,000 SUPER DERBY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Seven Turf Stakes to be Contested with a Special Early Post time of 12:00 noon

 

Bossier City, LA – The draw took place today for Super Derby Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on Saturday, September 9.  The program will get underway at 12:00 pm (Central) for the 13-race card which will feature seven turf stakes, highlighted by the running of the $200,000 Super Derby. The richest race of the 2017 Thoroughbred season is written for 3-year-olds going a mile and one-sixteenth on the Franks Turf Course.

Flurry Racing Stable LLC’s Mr. Misunderstood was the winner of the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude, here on August 5.  That victory gave the gelded son of Archarcharch, who is undefeated in each of his four turf starts, a berth into the Super Derby.  Trained by Brad Cox, the Kentucky-bred will break from post position four under jockey Chris Rosier at odds of 9-5.

“We were hoping to draw either the four or five hole, so it worked out well,” said owner Staton Flurry. “It’s an interesting race, for sure, but Brad and I have confidence in our horse on the turf. Hopefully, he will run as well on Saturday as he did in the Prelude.”

Flurry and Rosier and close friends, so even though Rosier departed Louisiana to ride at Remington Park, he will be back aboard the dark brown gelding on Saturday afternoon.

“We never even talked about another rider,” added Flurry. “Chris rode him so well here, there would be no reason to take him off Mr. Misunderstood.”

Trainer Mike Maker will ship Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey’s homebred Gorgeous Kitten,who drew post position two with Colby Hernandez in the irons.  The colt by Kitten’s Joy will be making his seventh turf start with three recent graded stakes appearances at Arlington Park. He ran second in both the Grade 3, Arlington Classic and American Derby before stepping up to the Grade 1, $400,000 Secretariat on August 12. Gorgeous Kitten ran fifth to Oscar Performance in that stakes and will make his Louisiana Downs debut at odds of 5-2.  Maker and the Ramseys won the 2014 edition of the Super Derby with Vicar’s in Trouble when it was a main-track mile and one-eighth graded stake.

Another strong contender making his Louisiana Downs debut is Sonneteer. Bred and owned by Calumet Farms, the son of Midnight Lute has faced tough company in California and had a solid meet at Oaklawn Park, capped by a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1, Arkansas Derby on April 15.  He followed that with a start in the Grade 1, Kentucky Derby before returning to California. Trained by J. Keith Desormeaux, Sonneteer won his turf debut on July 23 at Del Mar, closing from off the pace to score by a nose. Veteran Louisiana-based rider Gerard Melancon has the call on the Sonneteer, the highest earner in the field with $323,685 bankrolled to date.

Brad Grady’s Phat Man will ship in from Kentucky in search of his first victory on the turf. Sired by Munnings, Phat Man will return to action following a run in the Grade 3, West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer last month. Trainer Joe Sharp has given the mount to Roberto Morales and looks for his runner to make an impact in the Super Derby.

“His dam (Nicole’s Dream) is a grade 2 winner on the grass,” said Sharp. “We ran him in the Texas Heritage Stakes on the turf at Sam Houston earlier this year and he never picked up his feet, but we wanted to give him another chance. Of course, I wouldn’t be upset if it rained and it came off the turf!”

Fast Talkin Man, a Texas-bred son of Oratory, trained by Danny Pish, ran second to Mr. Misunderstood in the Prelude under rider Luis Quinonez. He broke from the rail in the Prelude and drew the far inside post again for the Super Derby.  Pish was pleased with his effort here onAugust 5, but is hoping for a different pace scenario on Saturday; one that will set up well for the big closing kick on Fast Talkin Man.

“This horse is a deep closer and the fractions did not set him up in the Prelude,” said Pish. “He always comes home like a monster.”

The field from the rail with jockeys: Fast Talkin Man, Luis Quinonez; Gorgeous Kitten, Colby Hernandez; Flying Honeypot, Carlos L. Marquez; Mr. Misunderstood, Chris Rosier; Sonneteer, Gerard Melancon; and Phat Man, Roberto Morales.

 

Sister Blues and Illusionofreality Return in the $60,000 River Cities

The stakes action gets underway in the second race of the card, with a field of six fillies and mares in the $60,000 River Cities.  Two stakes winners from Louisiana Cup Day on August 5 will return to the Franks Turf Course.

Sister Blues, a 5-year-old daughter of Pioneer of the Nile, was the winner of the $50,000 Opelousas and will break from the rail under jockey Colby Hernandez.  Brad Cox trains the 5-year-old mare for breeder and owner Lucky Seven Stable.

Leading Louisiana Downs trainer Joey Foster will saddle Illusionofreality, who will be gunning for her fifth consecutive win of the meet for owners Maury and Leslie Harrington.. The 4-year-old filly sired by Yankee Gentleman, scored her first stakes victory last month in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff.  She drew post position six and will reunite with regular rider Alexander Castillo in the mile and one-sixteenth stakes.

 

Competitive Field of Sprinters Set in the $50,000 Need for Speed 

The $50,000 Need for Speed, at a distance of five furlongs on the turf, will run as the fourth race of the afternoon. The field of nine includes stakes winner Eden Grey’s Kitten, owned byWhispering Oaks Farm, LLC. The 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy has won eight of his 24 lifetime starts for trainer Steve Flint. He will break from post position six under Gerard Melancon.  Sir Genghis, sired by Tale of the Cat, won the Louisiana Legends Classic Stakes at Evangeline Downs in July, Trained by Kirk Harris, the Louisiana-bred will be seeking his tenth career win with jockey Kerwin Clark in the irons. 

 

Competitive Group of Two-Year-Olds Drawn for the $60,000 Sunday Silence

Rising two-year-old stars will compete at the distance of one mile in the $60,000 Sunday Silence. Recent maiden-breaking juveniles Virginia Lazenby’s Lucky Mon, ELA Racing Stable’s Too Tall Tony and Jerry Durant’s Budro Talking are among the field of nine.

 

Nine Fillies and Mares to Run in the $50,000 Tellike Stakes

Race eight is the $50,000 Tellike Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and mares. A field of nine will sprint five furlongs on the Franks Turf Course.

Look Into My Eyes, a 5-year-old daughter of City Zip, owned by Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti, is a multiple-stakes winner and will break from post position nine under Jesus Rios.

She has won eight career efforts, including the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint here in 2016.  Love Partnership Interests Lp’s Boom Bam Bing is a stakes-placed daughter of Exchange Rate from the barn of Karl Broberg. Also, Curtis C. Green’s homebred Justa Lady will make her stakes debut for trainer Steve Asmussen. The 4-year-old filly by More Than Ready is closing in on the $200,000 earnings mark and ships in from Ellis Park in Kentucky.

 

Field of 13 Fillies Entered in the $60,000 Happy Ticket 

An overflow field of 2-year-old fillies will travel one mile in the $60,000 Happy Ticket, which will be run as the ninth race on the Super Derby program.  Trainer H. B. Johnson will saddle Chloe Raven, a filly by Winslow Homer, who he co-owns with Fletcher B. Clement. She is undefeated in her two starts and will be ridden by Kerwin Clark.  Indiana Grand allowance winner, Lady O’Toole, owned by Steve Landers Racing, is also making her stakes debut for Brad Cox. Recent maiden winners Aim Spot, Coraluna and Taylor’s Princess each figure to lend appeal to this edition of the Happy Ticket.

 

Big Changes Leads the Field in the $60,000 Unbridled

Trainer Brad Cox, who won three of the nine stakes on Louisiana Cup Day, is hoping for a second stakes score by Big Changes in the $60,000 Unbridled.  The Florida-bred son of Shipman owned by Steve Landers Racing captured the $50,000 John Henry here last month. Jockey Diego Saenz, who was the winning pilot, retains the mount in the mile and one-sixteenth turf feature, to be run as the tenth race of the card.

 

$75,000 All Stakes Pick 4 on Super Derby Day

Officials have announced that there will be a $75,000 Guaranteed All-Stakes Pick 4 on Saturday, September 9, beginning on race 8.  The wager will encompass four stakes, including the $200,000 Super Derby.

“We feel that with seven stakes, including the richest race of our meet, that our fans will enjoy the All Stakes Pick 4,” said Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager. “With full fields and a very competitive field of turf specialists in the Super Derby, this wager will be compelling for both our local fans and horseplayers across the country.”

 

Handicapping Preview Show Gets Underway at 11:00 am

Louisiana Downs track announcer John McGary and regional racing publicist Martha Claussen will team up for a pre-race handicapping preview at 11:00 am in the Inside Rail, located on the first floor of the grandstand. They will offer analysis of each of the races on the Super Derby card as well as the All Stakes Pick 4.

 

Ideal Weather Conditions on Tap for Super Derby Day

Excellent weather is forecast for Bossier City on Saturday, with sunny skies, a high of 83 degrees and just a 10 percent chance of rain.  

   

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

NOMINATIONS CLOSED FOR SUPER DERBY DAY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Special Post Time of 12:00 pm Set for Saturday, September 9

 

Bossier City, LA – Nominations have closed for Super Derby Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, which will take place on Saturday, September 9. The marquee day of the 2017 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet will get underway at a special post time of 12:00 pm (Central).

The Super Derby program will feature seven turf stakes, highlighted by the $200,000 Super Derby, for 3-year-olds going a mile and one-sixteenth on the Franks Turf Course. The Super Derby closed with 34 nominations.  

Trainer Brad Cox has nominated five runners for the Super Derby, including Flurry Racing Stable LLC’s Mr. Misunderstood, winner of the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude, here on August 5.  That victory gave the gelded son of Archarcharch, who in undefeated in each of his four turf starts, a berth into the Super Derby.

Arklow, owned by Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger and Peter Coneway, is also nominated. Sired by Arch, Arklow has bankrolled $246,987 to date with his most prestigious score coming in the Grade 2, $300,000 American Turf at Churchill Downs in May.  Cowboy Culture, who has won four of his six turf starts, is also nominated. The son of Quality Road has not run since winning the Grade 3, $100,000 Arlington Classic on May 27.

Several other nationally prominent conditioners are considering shipping in for the Super Derby.

California based Tim Yakteen  has nominated George Krikorian’s homebred Big Score.  He has tested Grade 1 company twice, beginning with a fifth-place finish in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last November at Santa Anita.  Fern Circle Stables’ Senior Investment has been nominated by trainer Kenneth McPeek.  The colt by Discreetly Mine competed in both the Grade 1 Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

A trio of turf specialists from Mike Maker also is on the list of nominations. Kenneth L and Sarah K. Ramsey homebreds Gorgeous Kitten and Kitten’s Cat, both sired by Kitten’s Joy are graded stakes placed runners. Maker also trains Skychai Racing LLC’s Benefactor, who made his last start at Saratoga and could ship in for the Super Derby.

Current leading Louisiana Downs trainer Joey Foster has nominated Culp’s Hill and Mizztic Tale, who placed fifth in the Super Derby Prelude. 

The draw for Super Derby Day will take place on Saturday, September 2. The featured stakes are:

$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)

 

$75,000 All Stakes Pick 4 on Super Derby Day

Officials have announced that there will be a $75,000 Guaranteed All-Stakes Pick 4 on Saturday, September 9, beginning on race 8.  The wager will encompass four stakes, including the $200,000 Super Derby.

“We feel that with seven stakes, including the richest race of our meet, that our fans will enjoy the All Stakes Pick 4,” said Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager. “With full fields and a very competitive field of turf specialists in the Super Derby, this wager will be compelling for both our local fans and horseplayers across the country.”     

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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