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.

PICKETT, ATCHATA WIN COLT AND FILLY DIVISIONS OF D.S. “SHINE” YOUNG FUTURITIES AT EVD

OPELOUSAS, LA – Evangeline Downs hosted two divisions of the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity on Saturdaynight for Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds, one for colts and geldings and one for fillies.

PICKETT - The DS Shine Young Futurity
Pickett wins the colt division of the D.S “Shine” Young Memorial Futurity. Coady Photography

Louisiana Futurity (colt and gelding div.)
Evangeline Downs, 7-14-18, 5 1/2 furlongs, $75,000
2YO Accredited Louisiana Breds

PICKETT
Goldencents–Street Beat
Breeder: William D. Pickett
Owner: Charles Carlton
Trainer: Glenn Delahoussaye
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

2nd
Victory Trip
Guilt Trip–Anne Margaret
Breeder: Terry Adcock
Owner: Norman Stables
Trainer: Lonnie Briley
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

3rd
Beto
Custom for Carlos–Bella Moneta
Breeder: Jason Hall & BCS Thoroughbreds LLC
Owner: L. William and Corinne Heilibrodt
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Roberto Morales

 

In the Colts and Geldings Division, a speed duel between the two betting choices developed as Beto and Pickett hooked up shortly after the start. The pair duked it out through a swift 21.97 seconds for the quarter-mile and 45.87 for the half. Beto, the 7-5 betting favorite, was the one that gave way as they entered the stretch. Pickett then had to withstand a late challenge from Victory Trip and did so convincingly, pulling away to a nine-length victory in a final time of 1:05.37 for the 5-1/2 furlongs over the fast track.

 

Pickett was sent off at 5-2 by the wagering public and paid $7.60 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show. Victory Trip returned $4.40 to place and $3 to show. Beto held third and paid $2.60 to show.

 

Pickett was bred in Louisiana by William D. Pickett and is owned by Charles Carlton. The 2-year-old gelding is trained by Glenn Delahoussaye and was ridden to victory by Tim Thornton. Pickett is by two-time Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner, Goldencents and out of the Dixie Brass mare, Street Beat. He is now 2-for-2 in his brief career and the $45,000 first-place purse increases his lifetime earnings to $59,400.

 

ATCHATA - The DS Shine Young Futurity
Atchata wins the filly division of the D.S “Shine” Young Memorial Futurity. Coady Photography

Louisiana Futurity (filly div.)
Evangeline Downs, 7-14-18, 5 1/2 furlongs, $75,000
2YO Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies

ATCHATA
Apriority–Sweet Jackie Jo
Breeder: 4M Ranch
Owner: L. William and Corinne Heilibrodt
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Diego Saenz

2nd
D’Rockette
D’wildcat–Rock N Roll Brick
Breeder: Carrol J. Castille
Owner: Whispering Oaks Farm LLC
Trainer: Steven B. Flint
Jockey: Roberto Morales

3rd
Scat At M. Pat’s
Bind-Fast Annie
Breeder: J. Adcock
Owner: Rodney Virgadamo and Keith Bonura
Trainer: Justin Jeansonne
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

 

In the Fillies Division of the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity, it was Atchata who shone the brightest. The filly, who was sent off as the 4-5 betting favorite, was one of the early pacesetters after a strong start. She and Scat At Ms. Pat’s dueled through strong fractions of 22.12 seconds for the quarter-mile and 46.14 for the half-mile. As the field turned for home, Atchata turned on the after-burners and drew away to a convincing 6-1/2 length victory in a final time of 1:06.25 for the 5-1/2 furlongs. An 80-1 longshot, D’rockette closed to get second and Scat At Ms. Pat’s held third.

 

Atchata returned $3.60 to win, $3 to place and $2.40 to show. D’Rockette paid $27.80 to place and $7.80 to show, while Scat At Ms. Pat’s paid $3 to show.

 

Atchata was bred in Louisiana by 4M Ranch and owned by Corrine and William Heiligbrodt. The 2-year-old filly is trained by Steve Asmussen and was ridden to victory by Diego Saenz. Atchata is by Apriority and is out of the Stormy Atlantic mare, Sweet Jackie Jo. She has now won two of three races in her career and the $45,000 first-place purse increased her lifetime earnings to $100,000.

Goldencents, Apriority Get First Black-Type Winners

Pickett and Atchata won editions of the D.S. Shine Young Futurity July 14.

Spendthrift Farm’s Goldencents  was represented by his first black-type winner July 14 when his son Pickett scored a nine-length, gate-to-wire romp in the D.S. Shine Young Futurity for colts at Evangeline Downs.

Trained by Glenn Delahoussaye, the 2-year-old gelding broke sharply in the 5 1/2-furlong sprint, shook free from the rest of the pack as they hit the turn, and drew off in the stretch under a brisk drive to finish in 1:05.37.

Saturday’s win was the second for Pickett, who broke his maiden May 30 with an equally speedy 6 1/2-length win going 4 1/2 furlongs.

Goldencents, whose three grade 1 wins included consecutive Breeders’ Cup Dirt Miles, is the son of fellow Spendthrift stallion Into Mischief . The now 8-year-old horse broke his maiden on debut at Del Mar and competed in graded stakes races for the rest of his career.

Goldencents retired in 2014 with a record of 7-7-0 from 18 starts and career earnings of $3,044,000. His advertised fee for the 2018 breeding season was $12,500.

Also taking home the first black-type win for her sire Saturday was Atchata, a 2-year-old daughter of Apriority. Competing in the filly division of the D.S. Shine Young Futurity for Louisiana-breds, she dueled for the lead and kicked away in the lane to win by 6 1/2 lengths.

The win was the second in three starts for the bay filly, who debuted May 24 on grass for trainer Steve Asmussen. She finished third in that maiden special weight debut at Belmont Park. Atchata won next time out going six furlongs on the Belmont inner turf but was switched to the dirt for the Futurity.

Bred in Florida out of the Storm Bird mare Midway Squall, Apriority was his best at 4, when he won the Mr Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park for trainer David Fawkes. The Donald Dizney homebred started 36 times and retired at 7 with a record of 6-9-3 and earnings of $525,829.

The son of Grand Slam entered stud in 2015 at Elite Thoroughbreds in Louisiana, where he stands for a fee of $2,000.

JOCKEY GERARDO MORA BACK ON TOP AT ​ HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Bossier City, LA –  Gerardo Mora, who was the leading rider last year at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, is now in the lead with 35 trips to the winner’s circle. He won five races on the June 27th card, sending the message that a repeat of his title is certainly on his mind.

“My meet started a little slow, but I did not think about it too much,” said Mora. “I am just focused on winning races.”

Born in Palestine, Texas, Mora, 26, has ridden in Texas and Louisiana since 2011. He rode as an apprentice at Retama Park near San Antonio, and won the riding title at Sam Houston Race Park in 2013 and 2014.   He has ridden 4,877 Thoroughbreds with a record of 623 wins, 689 seconds, 629 thirds and earnings of $9.2 million.

Mora is riding for a number of horsemen at Louisiana Downs, including Danny Pish, Ralph Irwin, Jamie Pasto, Patrick Moutonand last year’s leading conditioner, Joey Foster. He credits his agent, former top Louisiana jockey, Ronald Ardoin for building his business.

“I’ve got a great agent,” added Mora. “He sees the races better than anyone and is always there to help me.”

Mora added another three wins on the Monday, July 9th card, including a victory for Liaison Halo for Pish and owner Dennis Foster.

“He was making his second start and improved off his experience in his first race,” said Mora. “He relaxed as we made the trip between horses and handled the rail very well.”

Several jockeys are riding very well this meet Mora knows the race for the title could go down to the wire. Emanuel Nieves is second in the standings with 34 wins. Joel Dominguez took command of the June 23rd card, winning six of the seven races. He has won 32 races to date.  Richard Eramia, who has locked up leading rider honors already at Lone Star Park, has 25 wins to his credit at Louisiana Downs.  He will be a threat once Lone Star concludes on July 15.

 

Louisiana Cup Day News

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will present Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 4 featuring seven stakes for Louisiana-breds.

Trainer Danny Pish may nominate Liaison Halo for the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile, a six-furlong stakes he won last year with Scott Brown’s Ace Guitar.

“He’s a definite maybe,” said Pish. “He ran a very professional effort on Monday, so we will just have to see if mentally and physically, he is ready to take the next step up.”

 

Mary Rampellini of the Daily Racing Form broke the news that Autumn Warrior, who ran his record to 2-for-2 in the recent Lafayette Stakes at Evangeline Downs, is under consideration for the $60,000 Prelude Stakes. Trainer Al Stall, Jr. has the mile and one-sixteenth mile main track race in mind for the son of Orb, bred and owned by Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stables, Inc. The Prelude serves as a prep for the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby which will be run on Sunday, September 2.

 

Louisiana Cup Day nominations for the following stakes close on July 21.

 

$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 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

 

Al Stall, Jr. and Danny Pish Tied for Leading Trainer

As of July 10, Al Stall, Jr. and Danny Pish are tied for the lead in the trainer standings with 13 wins each. Joe O. Duhon is second with 12 victories and Karl Broberg and Henry E. Uriegas have each saddled ten winners to share third place. Eric Nelson, Jr. and Beverly Burress follow closely with nine wins each.

Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. tops the owner standings with nine wins with End Zone Athletics, Inc. in second place with eight winners.  Jorge Gomez is third with six wins, one more than Patti Turner. 

 

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 4and Super Derby Day on Sunday, September 2. As previously announced one major change for the upcoming season is that the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby will return to the main track at a distance of a mile and one-sixteenth on Sunday, September 2.

 

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.

 

AUTUMN WARRIOR TAKES THE $50,000 LAFAYETTE STAKES FOR LOUISIANA-BREDS

 

AUTUMN WARRIOR - The Lafayette Stakes
Autumn Warrior leads the field wire to wire to defeat his competition by 6 3/4 lengths in the Lafayette Stakes. Coady Photography.

Lafayette Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 6-23-28, 7 furlongs, $50,000
3YO Accredited Louisiana Breds

AUTUMN WARRIOR
Orb-Kinsolving
Breeder: Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stables, Inc.
Owner: Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Al Stall, Jr
Jockey: C. J. Hernandez

2nd
O’L Red
Songandaprayer-Tommeyesgold
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Cool Breeze Racing
Trainer: Dwight J. Viator
Jockey: Kevin J. Smith

3rd
Discreetly D
Discreetly Mine-Evening Muse
Breeder: Michael Villar & Cynthia Villar
Owner: Set Hut LLC
Trainer: Jerry Delhomme
Jockey: T. Thornton

The $50,000 Lafayette Stakes for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds took place on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs and the winner was the even-money wagering favorite, Autumn Warrior. The gelding was engaged in a speed duel through the early stakes with O’L Red, as that pair posted swift fractions of 22.21 seconds for the quarter-mile and 44.73 for the half-mile. Once in the stretch, however, Autumn Warrior easily dispatched O’L Red and surged to a 6-3/4 lengths victory in a final time of 1:24.19 for the seven furlongs.

Autumn Warrior paid $4.20 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.40 to show. O’L Red returned $3 to place and $2.40 to show and Discreetly D paid $3.60 to show.

Autumn Warrior was bred in Louisiana by the owners Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stables Inc., is trained by Al Stall, Jr. and was ridden to victory by Colby Hernandez. The 3-year-old gelding is by 2013 Kentucky Derby winner, Orb, and is out of the Posse mare, Kinsolving. He is now two-for-two in his career and the $30,000 first-place purse increases his lifetime earnings to $43,200.

Seaside Amour Prevails to Take Acadiana Stakes

SEASIDE AMOUR The Acadiana Stakes
C.J. Hernandez guides a determined Seaside Amour across the finish line first in the Acadiana Stakes. Coady Photography.

The Acadiana Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 6-22-18, 7 furlongs, $50,000
3 YO Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies

SEASIDE AMOUR
Custom for Carlos – Seaside Affair
Breeder: Stewart M. Madison
Owner: Stewart Mather Madison
Trainer: Al Stall, Jr.
Jockey: C.J. Hernandez

2nd
Yes Gorgeous
Mass Media – Isn’t She Gorgeous
Breeder: J. Adcock & Montgomery Equine Center
Owner: Scott Gelner
Trainer: Scott Gelner
Jockey: D. Saenz

3rd
Blue Suade Guitar
Star Guitar – Persuading
Breeder: Brittlyn Stables, Inc.
Owner: Brittany Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: T. Thornton

 

The $50,000 Acadiana Stakes for 3-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies featured a field of eight going seven furlongs. The Al Stall, Jr. trainee, Seaside Amour, who was the 5-2 betting favorite, prevailed after a stirring stretch drive with Yes Gorgeous to win by a neck in a final time of 1:24.41.

It is the first career stakes victory for Seaside Amour and her third win overall from five starts. The $30,000 first-place purse increases her lifetime earnings to $73,790. She was bred in Louisiana by the owner, Stewart Mather Madison, and ridden to victory by Colby Hernandez.

Seaside Amour paid $7.20 to win, $4.40 to place and $3 to show. Yes Gorgeous returned $4 to place and $3 to show, while Blue Suade Guitar paid $3.20 to show.

 

JOCKEY JOSE GUERRERO BRINGING HOME THE LONGSHOTS AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Bossier City, LA – There is no shortage of talented jockeys competing in the 2018 Thoroughbred racing season at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. Several young riders are making a name for themselves including Jose Andres Guerrero

Born in Dolores Hidalgo in Central Mexico, Guerrero, 23, began galloping five years ago in Texas.

He got his license at 19 and was named on 11 horses in 2015. His first victory came in 2016 and he completed the year with a record of 31 wins, 40 seconds and 42 third-place finishes. He had a good season last year at Louisiana Downs, beginning the meet as an apprentice, and transitioning to the journeyman ranks last July. Guerrero finished the meet fifth in the standings with 57 wins.

He’s already won 16 races this meet and has scored with several longshots. On Monday, June 18, he tallied a very impressive score aboard first-time starter Acadian Driftwood for trainer Jerry Cart. The filly by Forefathers was entered in a $22,000 maiden special weight.

“We knew she was pretty good,” said Cart. “Jose had never worked her, so all I told him was to get her out to the lead.”

That did not happen, as she got pinched back out of the gate and was ninth in the early stages of the six furlong main track event.

“She took a bad step out of the gate,” explained Guerrero. “I just decided to be patient and see how she would recover. I got her to the outside and she did the rest.”

She advanced from last, passing three runners as she neared the turn, and took off at the top of the stretch, drawing clear by over seven lengths. Sent off at 17-1, Acadian Driftwood paid $37.20 for the $2 win ticket.

“The filly really showed me she could run,” said Guerrero.

Cart, who is also the co-breeder and owner of the chestnut filly, had praise for Guerrero.

“He’s a talented rider and has really improved in the last year,” he said.

Guerrero appreciates each of the trainers who name him and for the hard work of his agent, Steve Melancon. He is satisfied with his progress in the fourth year of his career.

“I’m doing what I love to do, every time I ride,” he explained. “My faith in God keeps me humble.  I wake up every morning, work hard and try to be strong and finish well.”

Guerrero joined millions of racing fans in watching the masterful run of Justify as he became just the 13th Triple Crown winner.

“Wow; that is an incredible horse,” said Guerrero. “And what a great ride by Mike Smith. I was at Lone Star last year when he came in to ride a stakes race. He is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. I introduced myself and told him I had only been riding a few years. He was very encouraging and told me just to keep working hard.”

 

 

Trainer, Jockey and Owner Standings

As of June 20, Karl Broberg tops the trainer standings with 10 wins.  Joe O. Duhon and Henry E. Uriegas have each saddled nine winners to share second place. Danny Pish and Jorge Lara follow closely with eight wins each.

 

Big week for Emanuel Nieves who rode eight winners to take the lead from Richard Eramia. Nieves now tops the jockey standings with 25 wins. Eramia is second with 23 victories and Gerardo Mora follows with 20 wins. Joel Dominguez rounds out the top four with 17 trips to the winner’s circle.

 

End Zone Athletics, Inc. took sole possession of the lead in the owner standings with eight wins. Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. is second with seven victories and Jorge Gomez is next with five wins. Brittlyn Stable Inc, Patti Turner, P and D Racing Stables, Penny Scarberry, D & D Racing, Estate of William Gilmore, Eleuterio Martinez, Jr, Quail Ridge Farms of Hondo, LLC and Maxie Wayne Kitchings, Sr. follow with three wins each.

 

Wednesday and Saturday Race Day Promotions

Louisiana Downs offers value for racing fans each Wednesday with Dollar Day. They will be able to enjoy $1 hot dogs, $1 beer at the Paddock as well as $1 programs. Saturday’s weekly promotion is the Family Four Pack featuring four hot dogs, four sodas, a program, and a box seat for four at the affordable price of just $16.

 

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

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

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

 

 

Post Times and Stakes Schedule

Live racing will be conducted Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Saturday with a 3:15 p.m. (Central) post time through September 27.

 

The 84-day meet will include 14 stakes highlighted by two major events, Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 4 and Super Derby Day on Sunday, September 2. As previously announced one major change for the upcoming season is that the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby will return to the main track at a distance of a mile and one-sixteenth on Sunday, September 2.

 

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.

 

Victory Trip First Winner, Starter for Guilt Trip

The 2-year-old colt won by 7 3/4 lengths June 13.

 

Victory Trip went gate-to-wire June 13 to represent Guilt Trip‘s first winner from the stallion’s first starter.

Victory Trip, a 2-year-old colt bred by Terry Adcock in Louisiana, broke on top to set fractions of :23.06 and :46.71 through a half-mile and finished out the 4 1/2-furlong maiden test in a final time of :53.17 over a fast track.

With no challengers in the remaining field of four, Victory Trip sped to a 7 3/4-length score.

The colt was purchased at the 2017 Equine Sales of Louisiana yearling sale by his connections for $20,000. He is out of the Songandaprayer mare Anne Margaret.

Guilt Trip, a 9-year-old son of Pulpit, was campaigned by Gary and Mary West and trainers Chad Brown, Bob Baffert, and Wayne Catalano. After breaking his maiden in his second start with Brown and following it with an allowance-level score, he was unable to make the grade as a 3-year-old. But he returned the following year to take the Strub Stakes (G2) with Baffert.

Bred by Winsong Farm in Kentucky, Guilt Trip is out of the Quiet American mare Mysterieuse Etoile. From two crops the stallion has 67 registered foals to date.

Guilt Trip stands at Jay Adcock’s Red River Farms in Louisiana for $2,500.

A RECORD TWO DEAD HEATS FOR TRAINER DANNY PISH TUESDAY, JUNE 12 AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Bossier City, LA – It was quite an unusual day for trainer Danny Pish Tuesday afternoon at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. With four starters on the card, Pish’s runners won two races in not one, but two dead heats!

In the third race Okbyeceya, a 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief and Perfect Poet could not be separated at the wire. Three races later, it was the same outcome when And She Scores and Theboyzgalaxy finished in unison.

“I’ve never had two dead-heats on the same day,” stated Pish. “In my previous 25 years of training, I’ve only had three, so it was a pretty crazy thing. But a win is a win!”

Okbyeceya, owned by GFB Racing LLC, was ridden by Emanuel Nieves. It was the fifth win in 19 starts for the Kentucky-bred.

“I claimed her for $8,000 at Oaklawn Park,” explained Pish. “She’s a little trouper kind of filly.”

He was equally impressed with Champion Racing Stable, Inc.’s And She Scores, who dug in gamely under leading rider Richard Eramia. It was just the second victory for the 3-year-old filly by Even the Score.

“Usually when a horse is on the outside and gaining, they will win,” Pish said of #7 Theboyzgalaxy. “But And She Scores (#5) was so gritty; she would not give up.”

It was the second career victory for Theboyzgalaxy, a 4-year-old daughter of Greeley’s Galaxy, owned and trained by Ronnie P. Ward.

Albert Salmon’s Perfect Poet scored for trainer Joseph P. Smith. The 3-year-old Oxbow filly was ridden by Gerardo Mora.

Pish has now won seven races at Louisiana Downs. He is currently the fifth leading conditioner at Lone Star Park. Earlier this year, he ran horses at Oaklawn Park, Sam Houston Race Park, Fair Grounds and Remington Park. Pish, who has won titles at each of the Texas racetracks, has a staff of 40; assistant Kevin Scholl oversees the Louisiana Downs string.

Born in Yoakum, Texas, Pish, 52, became a trainer after competing in the junior and professional rodeo circuits where his top event was bull riding.

“I grew up rodeoing,” said Pish. “I was addicted to it before I could truly fathom the danger!”

He began training Thoroughbreds in 2005. He has started over 13,000 horses with a record of 2,246 wins; 2,029 seconds; 1,895 third-place finishes and $33 million in earnings.

Weekday racing is far from ordinary at Louisiana Downs. The biggest win payout of the 2018 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet came on Monday, June 4 when Glory Be True won the sixth race at odds of 72-1 and returned $146.60 for the $2.00 win bet. Longshot players were rewarded handsomely with Mr Lexis ($64.60) winning the sixth race; Glory Be True ($146.60) captured the seventh and Bear Down Baby ($48.40) closing out the late Pick 3 for a 50-cent payout of $7,634.55.

Stay tuned for more of the out of the ordinary at Louisiana Downs, and of course, the running of the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby on Sunday, September 2!

 

Jackpot Carryover of $96,901 for Wednesday, June 13

Live racing resumes on Wednesday, June 13 at 3:15 pm. Carryovers for the Jackpot, the meet’s Pick 6 wager have continued to build and $96,901 will be up for grabs on Wednesday. The wager begins on the second race of the card.

 

Trainer, Jockey and Owner Standings

As of June 12, Karl Broberg and Jorge Lara share the lead in the trainer standings with eight wins each.  Joe O. Duhon,Danny Pish and Henry E. Uriegas have each saddled seven winners.  Last year’s leading horseman Joey Foster and Beverly Burress follow closely with six wins.

 

Richard Eramia has been on a roll of late and is the current leader in the jockey standings with 20 wins. Joel Dominguez, Gerardo Mora and Emanuel Nieves are tied for second with 17 wins each. Hector Del-Cid has made 14 trips to the winner’s circle.

 

Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. is tied with End Zone Athletics, Inc. for the lead in the owner standings with six wins each. Jorge Gomez is next with five wins and Brittlyn Stable Inc, Patti Turner, P and D Racing Stables, Penny Scarberry, D & D Racing and Maxie Wayne Kitchings, Sr. follow with three wins each.

 

Wednesday and Saturday Race Day Promotions

Louisiana Downs offers value for racing fans each Wednesday with Dollar Day. They will be able to enjoy $1 hot dogs, $1 beer at the Paddock as well as $1 programs. Saturday’s weekly promotion is the Family Four Pack featuring four hot dogs, four sodas, a program, and a box seat for four at the affordable price of just $16.

 

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

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

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

 

 

Post Times and Stakes Schedule

Live racing will be conducted Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Saturday with a 3:15 p.m. (Central) post time through September 27.

 

The 84-day meet will include 14 stakes highlighted by two major events, Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 4 and Super Derby Day on Sunday, September 2. As previously announced one major change for the upcoming season is that the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby will return to the main track at a distance of a mile and one-sixteenth on Sunday, September 2.

 

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.

BUSY SUMMER UNDERWAY FOR HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS JOCKEY RICHARD ERAMIA

Bossier City, LA – Jockey Richard Eramia has spent as much time on the road as he has in the saddle, but you will never hear him complain about his schedule.  He began the year at Oaklawn Park, where he finished a respectable 12th in one of most competitive jockey colonies in the country.

 

Currently he is dividing his time between Louisiana Downs and Lone Star Park, which runs through July 15. He is solidly on top of their standings with 52 trips to the winner’s circle since their season began on April 19.  He was honored as the Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for April 23 – 20, 2018 by virtue of his huge week in which he won five races on the Lone Star card and topped all other North American jockeys in wins for the week.

 

This was the second time he was recipient of that award. Last June, he was recognized when he won five of the seven races on the June 21st card Louisiana Downs. Between Louisiana Downs and Lone Star Park, he posted the most victories of any jockey in the country.

 

For the next five weeks, Eramia will be dividing his time between Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas and Louisiana Downs.

 

“I like both track surfaces here,” said Eramia. “It’s a very good turf course, but the main track is excellent as well.”

 

He finished third behind Gerardo Mora and Aubrie Green in the standings here last year, departing six weeks early to return to Remington Park.

 

He won his 2,000th career last November at Remington Park, guiding Conquest Hiosilver to victory for trainer Kenneth Nolen. He won 73 races to finish second to Ramon Vazquez.

 

“Last year was my fourth full meet at Remington,” said Eramia. “It has been great.”

 

Born in Uruguay, Eramia began his United States riding career in 2005. He has surpassed the $4 million earnings mark six times with 2,106 wins to date.  In excellent health, he has no time table for how long he will continue to ride and handles the wins and his losses with a quiet calm.

“It’s not my way to get overly excited about the wins or really down when I lose a race,” he said. “I prefer to stay steady and to take each day as it comes.”

 

Currently second to leading rider Joel Dominguez at Louisiana Downs, the hard-working veteran is highly respected in the jocks room. His fellow riders often compliment Eramia on his professionalism and willingness to serve as a mentor.

 

“That means a great deal to me,” he stated. “I was taught from an early age to show respect to others. I’ve always believed in treating people like you want to be treated.”

 

Eramia turns 39 on June 24. Chances are that he will be riding that afternoon at Lone Star Park and the birthday celebration will have to wait. That should be no problem for the easy-going family man, who makes his home four miles from Lone Star Park in Dallas.

 

However, he is looking forward to Saturday’s Belmont Stakes and will be rooting for Justify to win the Triple Crown.

 

“It is exciting to see a horse go for it,” he stated. “To get more attention for racing is great. It’s the way we make our living, and everyone wants to see another Triple Crown winner!”

 

 

Glory Be True Lights Up the Toteboard Monday Afternoon

The biggest win payout of the 2018 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet came on Monday, June 4 when Glory Be True won the sixth race at odds of 72-1 and returned $146.60 for the $2.00 win bet. Owned by James Evans of Doyline, Louisiana, and trained by Beverly Burress, the 7-year-old mare by EZ Glory was making her 29th career start in a six furlong sprint for accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares. Breaking from post position seven under jockey Hector Del-Cid, the dark bay mare took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off a late bid from Gina’s Pie for her maiden-breaking victory.

 

“She had been off since last February,” explained Burress. “After her loss at Delta as a 6-year-old maiden, there were no other options, so we just turned her out. This year, Louisiana Downs changed their rule on maidens, so the owner wanted to give her another chance.”

 

Burress worked her in the mornings and explained that she struggled with the mare in her training efforts. Another exercise rider suggested taking off her blinkers, which made a huge difference.

 

“We clashed on the racetrack, but I always loved on her in the barn,” added Burress. “Hector knows her well; he had run second and third on her before. Now, she is no longer a maiden!”

 

It was the fourth win from 29 starters for Burress, the former jockey, who has just been training since 2016.

 

“She’ll run again,” said Burress said of Glory Be True. “James knew she would win and just told me to figure it out!”

 

Longshot players were rewarded handsomely on Monday with Mr Lexis ($64.60) winning the sixth race; Glory Be True ($146.60) captured the seventh and Bear Down Baby ($48.40) closing out the late Pick 3 for a 50-cent payout of $7,634.55.

 

Belmont Stakes Simulcast on June 9

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs invites fans of all ages to enjoy live racing and the simulcast of the 150thBelmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9. The undefeated Justify will be the favorite as he competes in the third leg of the Triple Crown facing rivals including Hofburg, Bravazo, Vino Rosso, Tenfold, Blended Citizen, Noble Indy, Free Drop Billy and Gronkowski. Should he win, he would become just the 13thThoroughbred in the history of the sport to win the Triple Crown.  Live Thoroughbred horse racing gets underway at 3:15 pm with the Belmont Stakes to run at 5:37 pm (Central).

 

In addition to the racing, Louisiana Downs will host a family fun kid zone featuring bounce houses, water slide, and face painting. The popular Food Trucks will return, or for fans that prefer the air conditioned comfort of the grandstand, the Harrah’s Club Buffet is open from 12pm – 6pm at $39.99 per person. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 800-551-7223 or 318-752-6367.

 

 

Wednesday and Saturday Race Day Promotions

Louisiana Downs offers value for racing fans each Wednesday with Dollar Day. They will be able to enjoy $1 hot dogs, $1 beer at the Paddock as well as $1 programs. Saturday’s weekly promotion is the Family Four Pack featuring four hot dogs, four sodas, a program, and a box seat for four at the affordable price of just $16.

 

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

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

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

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