LTBA New Orleans Office to Close at 3 p.m Today, October 6, in Preparation for Hurricane Nate

The New Orleans office of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) will be closing at 3:00 this afternoon in order to take down and move the computer system to a secure location. This is a precautionary measure taken in preparation for Hurricane Nate.
A hurricane warning stretches from Grand Isle, La., to the Alabama-Florida state line.
In addition, a hurricane watch is in effect for metro New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas as well as from east of the Alabama-Florida border to the Okaloosa-Walton County line and from west of Grand Isle to Morgan City, La.
The LTBA currently plans to re-open at 8 am Monday, October 9 as long as conditions allow. We ask for your understanding and patience as we will need to re-install the computer system at that time.
We pray for the safety of everyone who might be affected in the path of Hurricane Nate.

LTBA to Open EVD Office

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will open its Evangeline Downs office Tuesday, April 4, for the thoroughbred race meet. The office is located at the racetrack adjacent to the racing office.

Martha Rico will be at the office Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon to assist breeders with any LTBA related business.

The EVD office of the LTBA will be open for business through the duration of the Evangeline Downs thoroughbred meet.

2235 Creswell Lane Extension
Opelousas, LA, 70570
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

LouisianaBred: Loretta Romero #LouisianaBred

LouisianaBred: Loretta Romero

“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.”



Saturday Race to Honor Billie Jo Courville

Evangeline Downs has named the first race on the Saturday, June 11th card in honor of Billie Jo Courville. Billie Jo had been a long time employee of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, serving breeders at the Evangeline Downs office from February 2004 until her recent death this past February. Her brightness of spirit and smiling face are missed by all who knew her.
The Billie Joe Courville Memorial Race is scheduled to be the first race on Saturday’s card with a post time of 5:50 p.m. There will also be a presentation in the winners circle.