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
8000 East Texas Street | Bossier City, LA 71111

Jockamo’s Song Wins Louisiana Legends Sprint

JOCKAMO'S SONG Legends Sprint
Jockamo’s Song is victorious in the Louisiana Legends Sprint at Evangeline Downs. Photo by Coady Photography


Louisiana Legends Sprint Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-8-17, 5.5 f.(dirt)
3yo/up, Purse: $100,000

Half Ours-Miss Clairnette, by Trophy Hunter
Owner: Dare To Dream Stable LLC
Breeder: Debbie Allen & David Allen
Trainer: Michael Stidham
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

Icy Gentleman
Yankee Gentleman-Icy Day, by Five Star Day
Owner: Ironwater Farms Joint Venture
Breeder: Ironwater Farms Joint Venture
Trainer: Henry B. Johnston
Jockey: Jorge Guzman

C U Tiger
Indian Territory-Comehomewithasmile, by Came Home
Owner: Bill Langford and Roland Bruno
Breeder: Bill Langford
Trainer: Roland Bruno
Jockey: Alex Cortez

Underpressure Triumphs in Louisiana Legends Cheval

Underpressure under Diego Saenz wins the Louisiana Legends Cheval S. Photo by Coady Photography.


Louisiana Legends Cheval Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-8-17, 8 f.(dirt)
3yos, Purse: $100,000

Birdstone-Charming Colleen, by Charismatic
Owner: Mallory Greiner
Breeder: James McInvale
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Magic Vow
Private Vow-Whitewashed, by Broad Brush
Owner: Brittany Stable, Inc.
Breeder: J. Adcock
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: K.D. Clark

True Emperor
Yes It’s True-Queen Of the Empire, by Empire Maker
Owner: Dan Casey and Elite Thoroughbred Racing LLC
Breeder: Rebecca Farm LLC & T.J. Dickey
Trainer: Lee Thomas
Jockey: Jansen Melancon

P Boo Successful in Louisiana Legends Soiree

P BOO Legends Soiree
P Boo passes favorite Efforting to win the Louisiana Legends Soiree at Evangeline Downs. Photo by Coady Photography.

Louisiana Legends Soiree Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-8-17, 8 f.(dirt)
3yos, Purse: $100,000

Dominus-Paraiba, by Freud
Owner: Robert Lestz and Gillian & Kirk Harris
Breeder: Spendthrift Farm LLC
Trainer: Kirk Harris
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

Into Mischief-Get Going Bertie, by Carson City
Owner: Fair Grounds Racing Club, Inc.
Breeder: Orange Grove Thoroughbreds, Inc.
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: C.J. Hernandez

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

Look Into My Eyes Takes Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes

LOOK INTO MY EYES Legends Mademoiselle
C.J. Hernandez brings Look Into My Eyes across the finish line three lengths ahead of the nearest competitor in the Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle S. at Evangeline Downs. Photo by Coady Photography


Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-8-17, 5.5 f.(dirt)
3yo/up, fillies and mares, Purse: $100,000

City Zip-Burnished Miss, by Wild Again
Owner: Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti
Breeder: Robert McDowell & Bethe Deal
Trainer: Efren Loza, Jr.
Jockey: C.J. Hernandez

Half Ours-Madel, by More Than Ready
Owner: HP Thoroughbreds, LLC
Breeder: Sugarland Thoroughbred, LLC
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

Ramona’s Wildcat
Wildcat Heir-Pretty Indian, by Indian Charlie
Owner: W.C. Racing Inc.
Breeder: Georgia Farms Inc.
Trainer: Thomas M. Amoss
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

Pacific Pink Wins Louisiana Legends Distaff

PACIFIC PINK Legends Distaff
Pacific Pink with Colby Hernandez aboard wins the Louisiana Legends Distaff Stakes at Evangeline Downs. Photo by Coady Photography.


Louisiana Legends Distaff Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-8-17, 8.5 f (dirt)
3yo/up, fillies and mares, Purse $100,000

Private Vow-Truly Romantic, by Robyn Dancer
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Breeder: Brandon Adcock
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: C.J. Hernandez

Zarb’s Brite Lite
Zarbyev-Steve’s Bride Lite, by Father Steve
Owner: Shelton J. Zenon, Jr.
Breeder: Robert Hewlett
Trainer: Shelton J. Zenon, Jr.
Jockey: Jared Journet

Castle Zip
Castle Berry Road-Go Zippy Go, by Vilzak
Owner: Danny M. and Donna B. Brown
Breeder: Danny M. and Donna B. Brown
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: K.D. Clark

Sir Genghis Victorious in Louisiana Legends Classic

SIR GENGHIS Legends Classic
Sir Genghis holds off a challenge by Social Misfit (#9) to win the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Classic at Evangeline Downs. Photo by Coady Photography.

Louisiana Legends Classic Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 7-8-17, 8.5f (dirt)
3yo/up, Purse $100,000

Tale of the Cat-Staria, by Unbridled’s Song
Owner: Gillian and Kirk Harris
Breeder: Randel Stutes
Trainer: Kirk Harris
Jockey: K.D. Clark

Social Misfit
Porto Forces-Unfriendly Too, by Friendly Lover
Owner: End Zone Athletics, Inc.
Breeder: Earl & Keith Hernandez
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

Just Stormin
Freud-Crypto Cream, by Cryptoclearance
Owner: Charles Carlton
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Trainer: Glenn Delahoussaye
Jockey: Ashley Broussard




SIR GENGHIS Legends Classic
Sir Genghis holds off a challenge by Social Misfit (#9) to win the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Classic at Evangeline Downs. Photo by Coady Photography.




OPELOUSAS, LA – The connections of Sir Genghis had to choose between running in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint and the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Classic tonight at Evangeline Downs. Part-owner and trainer Kirk Harris certainly made the right call as the gelding went right to the lead in the Classic and then withstood a stout challenge from Social Misfit in the final strides to win. The final time for the 1-1/16 miles over the fast main track was 1:43.93, just off the track record for the distance of 1:43.26, set by Friend Of Indy in 2013.


The winner broke well in the field of seven in the Classic and took the lead under jockey Kerwin Clark before the field made the first turn. He received some pressure from longshot Just Stormin through the early fractions of 24.08 seconds for the quarter-mile and 48.01 seconds for the half-mile. Social Misfit made a strong move in the stretch and closed to within a head of Sir Genghis, but just could not get by and had to settle for second. The 5-2 favorite, Classy Bird, was never a factor and finished sixth.


Sir Genghis was bred in Louisiana by Randel Stutes. He is owned by Gillian and Kirk Harris, who is also the trainer. The 6-year-old gelding is by Tale Of The Cat and out of the Unbridled’s Song mare, Staria. The win was the ninth in Sir Genghis’ 36-race career and the $60,000 first-place purse increases his lifetime earnings to $370,212.


Sir Genghis was sent off at 5-1 by the betting public and returned $13.60 to win, $7.00 to place and $4.60 to show. Social Misfit paid $5.60 to place and $4.60 to show, while Just Stormin held third and paid $7.60 to show.


Kirk Harris was also the part-owner and trainer of another winner on Louisiana Legends Night. P Boo rallied from off the pace to run down the favored Efforting in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Soiree, winning in a final time of 1:38.45 for the one mile distance. P Boo is owned by Robert Lestz, Gillian and Kirk Harris and was ridden to victory by Ashley Broussard. The 3-year-old filly was bred in Louisiana by Spendthrift Farm, LLC and is by Dominus and is out of the Freud mare, Paraiba.


The biggest favorite of the night was able to justify the faith of the bettors, as 1-9 choice Pacific Pink won the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Distaff. She was last early on but was able to run in the clear outside of traffic and eventually pulled away to win by three lengths in a final time of 1:44.80 for the 1-1/16 mile distance. The win was the second stakes victory of the Evangeline Downs meet for Pacific Pink, who had previously won the Spotted Horse Stakes on June 2. Pacific Pink was bred in Louisiana by Brandon Adcock. She is by Private Vow and out of the Robyn Dancer mare, Truly Romantic. Pacific Pink is owned by Keith Plaisance, trained by Edward Johnston and was ridden to victory by Colby Hernandez.


Hernandez was also the winning rider in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle aboard Look Into My Eyes. She settled in nicely early on behind early leaders Rach’slastscarf and Overthegardengate and surged by in the stretch to win by three lengths in a final time of 1:03.04 for the 5-1/2 furlongs. Look Into My Eyes was bred in Louisiana by Robert McDowell and Bethe Deal. She is owned by Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti and trained by Efren Loza, Jr. Look Into My Eyes is by City Zip and out of the Wild Again mare, Burnished Miss.


Jockey Diego Saenz scored four riding wins on the Louisiana Legends program. The one stakes victory for Saenz was aboard Underpressure in the $100,000 Cheval. Underpressure ran in midpack early on behind the pacesetting Bending Saint and Set Hut. Saenz sent the colt into the breach on the far turn and as the field entered the stretch Underpressure was in front and held off a late challenge from Magic Vow to win by 1-3/4 lengths in a final time of 1:37.77 for the one mile. Underpressure was bred in Louisiana by James McIngvale. He is owned by Mallory Greiner and trained by Chris Richard. Underpressure is by Birdstone and out of the Charismatic mare, Charming Colleen.


Jockamo’s Song had been running on the turf for his last five starts, but switched to the dirt to win the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint. He got away to a decent start in the full field of 12, running seventh after a quarter-mile, before jockey Gerard Melancon moved him up nicely alongside the early leader, Icy Gentleman. Jockamo’s Song was able to pass that one and prevail by a length in a final time of 1:03.64 for the 5-1/2 furlongs. Jockamo’s Song was bred in Louisiana by Debbie and David Allen. He is owned by Dare to Dream Stable, LLC and trained by Michael Stidham. Jockamo’s Song is by Half Ours and out of the Trophy Hunter mare, Miss Clairnette.


Live racing will resume at Evangeline Downs on Wednesday night with a nine-race program. There will be a Super Hi 5 carryover of $1,766.72 into the Wednesday card. Post time will be 5:25 pm Central Time.


For more information on the Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at


July Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

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July 1

  • LTBA Membership Applications Due 
  • Louisiana Futurity Eligibility Payments due

July 4

  • Independence Day

July 5

  • LTBA Board of Directors Election Results Announced

July 7

  • Accreditation Forms will be mailed

July 8

  • Louisiana Legends Night at Evangeline Downs.
    Accredited Louisiana Bred Thoroughbred Stakes racing.

July 29

  • D.S. “Shine” Young Futurities. Evangeline Downs.

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Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Will Award Scholarships at Louisiana Legends Night at Evangeline Downs

(New Orleans, La.) – Louisiana Legends Night will take place Saturday, July 8, at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino in Opelousas, 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 in the winners circle. The races begin at 5:50 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 4:50 p.m. and 5:50 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 Legends Night annual event features six stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses and total purse money of $600,000. The highlight of the evening will be the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Classic for 3-year-olds and up competing at 1-1/16 miles.


Legends Night 7/8/2017      
Louisiana Legends Classic 3+ La bred 1m 1/16 $100,000 G
Louisiana Legends Distaff FM3+ La bred 1m 1/16 $100,000 G
Louisiana Legends Sprint 3+ La bred 5 1/2f $100,000 G
Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle FM3+ La bred 5 1/2f $100,000 G
Louisiana Legends Cheval 3 YR La bred 1m $100,000 G
Louisiana Legends Soiree F 3YR La bred 1m $100,000 G



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