PURSE INCREASES SET FOR SIX LOUISIANA CUP DAY STAKES AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Bossier City, LA – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce that the purse for each of the six stakes for accredited Louisiana-breds on Louisiana Cup Day will increase by $10,000.  The annual Louisiana Cup Day is set for Saturday, August 4 with nominations closing this Saturday, July 21.

“We greatly appreciate the support from the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) in creating an even greater opportunity for Louisiana-bred racing,” said David Heitzmann, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Racing Secretary. “This is excellent news for our horsemen and we look forward to presenting an outstanding day of racing on August 4.”

This is the second announcement this meet at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. An increase in overnight race purses for the 2018 Thoroughbred season went into effect on June 30.  All overnight races, up to and including $12,500, were increased by $1,500. All other purses were raised by $1,000.

Heitzmann encouraged horsemen to contact the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs racing office as soon as possible, as nominations for Louisiana Cup Day close this Saturday.

In addition to the six stakes for accredited Louisiana-breds, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will also run the $60,000 Prelude for 3-year-olds at a mile and one-sixteenth on the main track. The winner will earn a berth to the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby on Sunday, September 2.

The purses and condition for the Louisiana Cup Day stakes are as follows:

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile                    2 YO LA-Bred                        Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies          2 YO Fillies LA-Bred             Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint  3 YO & Up F&M, LA-Bred  Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint                        3 YO & Up LA-Bred              Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic              3 YO & Up LA-Bred              1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 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

Scholarship Drawings Set for Louisiana Cup Day

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.

The drawings will be between the fifth and sixth races. The races begin at 3:15 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.at the designated registration booth.

The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:

Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Fall 2018.

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.

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.

LTBA To Boost Louisiana Cup Purses

July 19, 2018

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association announced today that they are adding $10,000 to the purse of each Louisiana Cup Stakes race boosting the total purse money of each of the six stakes from $50,000 to $60,000. The Louisiana Cup stakes races for accredited Louisiana Breds will be run Saturday, August 4th at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs in Bossier City. Nominations close this Saturday, July 21st.

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile                    2 YO LA-Bred                        Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies          2 YO Fillies LA-Bred             Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint  3 YO & Up F&M, LA-Bred  Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint                        3 YO & Up LA-Bred              Six furlongs

$60,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic              3 YO & Up LA-Bred              1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 Louisiana Distaff                              3 YO & Up F & M LA-Bred  1 1/16 miles (T)

Also, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.

The drawings will be between the fifth and sixth races. The races begin at 3:15 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. at the designated registration booth.

The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:

  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Fall 2018.
  • 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.

July Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.Brought to you by Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Whispering Oaks Farm, and Equine Sales CompanyClick images to link to more information

July 1

  • LTBA Membership Applications Due 
  • Louisiana Futurity Eligibility Payments due
  • Accreditation forms mailed from LTBA office

 

July 3

  • LTBA Board of Directors Election Results Announced

 

July 4

  • Independence Day

 

July 6

  • Accreditation Forms will be mailed
  • Opelousas Stakes, Evangeline Downs

 

July 7

  • John Henry Stakes, Evangeline Downs

 

July 14

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

 

July 16

  • Louisiana State Racing Commission meeting, 9:00 a.m., New Orleans, LA, Hotel Monteleone

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Any questions or need more info call

Roger A. Heitzmann III, Secretary/Treasurer

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

504-947-4676, 800-772-1195

June 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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June 1

  • Louisiana Futurity Nomination forms will be mailed
  • LTBA Board of Directors Ballots will be mailed

June 9

  • Belmont Day

June 11

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, 1:30 p.m., Landry’s Seafood, Breaux Bridge

June 12

  • Equine Sales Company of Louisiana, Select Yearling Sale Consignment Deadline

June 13-15

  • OBS June Two-Years-Olds & Horses of Racing Age Sale, Ocala, FL

June 14

  • Flag Day

June 17

  • Fathers Day

June 22

  • Spotted Horse Stakes, Evangeline Downs
  • Acadiana Stakes, Evangeline Downs

June 23

  • Evangeline Mile, Evangeline Downs
  • Lafayette Stakes, Evangeline Downs

June 30 

  • Board of Directors Election ballots counted 
  • Louisiana Futurity payments due

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Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

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House Bill 833 Amended. Horsemen’s Funds Remain Intact

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LTBA Contact:
Roger Heitzmann
(504) 947-4676
roger@louisianabred.com

May 3, 2018

LTBA Legislative Update:  House Bill 833

House Bill 833 Amended. Horsemen’s Funds Remain Intact

House Bill 833 was presented to the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee Tuesday, May 1. The bill was amended so that any horsemens funds that may have been affected by this bill are safe. Many thanks to all who contacted members of the House Appropriations  Committee. Your involvement has made all the difference! This has been a real work of cooperation between members of the LTBA, LQHBA, and LaHBPA, proving that when we join forces we all benefit.

 

 

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NEW AWARD FOR TOP-PLACING LOUISIANA-BRED AT 2018 THOROUGHBRED MAKEOVER

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Supports Retired Racehorse Project, Thoroughbred Makeover and Future Farmers of America
(New Orleans, La.) – The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) announced recently that a new special award will be offered at the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America and taking place October 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) is sponsoring a $2,500 cash prize for the top-placing Louisiana-breds at the competition. Ten Louisiana-breds took part in the 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover, competing in eventing, dressage, show jumpers, show hunters, and polo. Louisiana was ranked eighth among states and Canadian provinces for the most horses entered.
“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association continues to make an investment in the future of our Thoroughbreds by helping our former runners secure a beautiful life after their time on the racetrack is done,” said Roger Heitzmann III, secretary-treasurer of LTBA. “We believe that by assisting the Retired Racehorse Project, former racers are able to show others the true beauty of the Thoroughbred, as well as their continued usefulness.”
The LTBA award will be presented to the Louisiana-bred that earns the highest percentage of the total possible score in any of the ten disciplines offered. Almost 800 trainers have been accepted to compete in the 2018 event. Many trainers have not yet purchased the horse they intend to compete, and the cash award will offer an extra incentive to shop for an eligible mount bred in the Pelican State.
Any Jockey Club-registered Thoroughbred that raced or had a published work on or after July 1, 2016, is eligible to compete in the Makeover, as long as the horse did not start retraining for a second career prior to Dec. 1, 2017.
“More and more we are hearing about off the track thoroughbreds in Louisiana are being purchased as sport and pleasure horses,” said Heitzmann. “There are many now competing at national and international levels in many disciplines and winning. Horse purchases are trending toward these athletes that are known for their competitive prowess and talent.”
The Thoroughbred Makeover is the flagship event for RRP, a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to increasing the demand for and value of Thoroughbreds in their careers after racing. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover.
LTBA is also working with the Louisiana Future Farmers of America (FFA) as a sponsor for a Career Development Event and Proficiency Awards. Career opportunities abound within today’s agriculture industry. Career Development Events (CDEs) help develop the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market. There are 27 CDEs encompassing a broad range of career opportunities from communications to mechanics. Some events allow students to compete as individuals, while others allow them to compete in teams.
Today, the Louisiana FFA Association remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. “That commitment matches with ours as we work to support future horsemen/horsewomen, veterinarians, farriers and others in the horse business,” said Heitzmann.
FFA continues to help the next generation rise to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of agricultural career pathways.
“Louisiana’s racing and breeding industry plays an important role in the state’s economic well-being and contributes a significant source of state revenue,” said Heitzmann. “The combined impacts of both racing and breeding and their related industries generates over $1 billion annually and employs nearly 13,000 people.”
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May 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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May 1

  • LTBA Board of Directors to meet with the Acadiana Caucus in Baton Rouge

May 3, 4, 5, 6

  • New Orleans Jazz Fest at the Fair Grounds

No visitors will be allowed access to New Orleans Office during these days.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

May 3

  • National Day of Prayer

May 4

  • Equine Sales Oaks, Evangeline Downs

May 5

  • Equine Sales Derby, Evangeline Downs
  • Louisiana Downs 2018 Thoroughbred Meet Opens
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Cinco De Mayo

May 6

  • Equine Sales Two Year Olds In Training Breeze Show
  • LTBA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, 5:00 p.m., at Equine Sales Facility, Opelousas, LA

May 7 

  • Equine Sales Two Year Olds In Training Sale
  • Nominations for LTBA Board of Directors due from LTBA membership. Resume and photo of prospective board members also due.

May 13

  •     Mothers Day

May 19

  •  Preakness Stakes
  • Armed Forces Day

May 21

  • LTBA 2017-18 Membership Forms mail

May 26

  • Louisiana Legends Night – Eight stakes races for Accredited Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds worth total purses of $750,000

May 28

  • Memorial Day

May 31

  • Louisiana Futurity Forms mail

June 1

  • LTBA Board of Directors Ballots to be mailed out

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Any questions or need more info call

Roger A. Heitzmann III, Secretary/Treasurer

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

504-947-4676, 800-772-1195