NUBIN RIDGE RALLIES TO CAPTURE THE $100,000 GOLD CUP AT DELTA DOWNS

7-YEAR-OLD GELDING RIDDEN TO VICTORY BY JOCKEY ASHLEY BROUSSARD

 NUBIN RIDGE - Gold Cup-The 15th Running - 10-21-17 - R08 - DED-01

Gold Cup Stakes
Delta Downs, 10-21-17, 1 Mile
Three Year Old and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Breds
Purse $100,000

NUBIN RIDGE
Gold Tribute–So Sorry
Breeders: Neal McFadden & Mary McFadden
Owner: Circle H Farms
Trainer: Alan Klanfer
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

2nd
Sir Genghis
Tale of the Cat–Staria
Breeder: Randel Stutes
Owner: Gillian and Kirk L. Harris
Trainer: Kirk Harris
Jockey: Kerwin D. Clark

3rd
Underpressure
Birdstone–Charming Colleen
Breeder: James McIngvale
Owner: Mallory Greiner
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: Diego Saenz

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $100,000 Gold Cup Stakes on Saturday night as the track closed out the first week of its new Thoroughbred season. The one-mile Gold Cup for Louisiana-breds was won by Circle H Farms’ Nubin Ridge under jockey Ashley Broussard.

After breaking from post five in a field of 10, Nubin Ridge settled into stride while stalking the early leaders through fractional times of 23.88 seconds for the quarter-mile, 48.47 for the half, and 1:13.01 for three-quarters. As the field turned for home Broussard gave her mount the cue and he responded by running down pacesetter Sir Genghis and winning by a half-length. Race favorite Underpressure finished another ¾ of a length behind in third.

Nubin Ridge, who is trained by Alan Klanfer, covered the eight furlongs in 1:39.65 over a fast track.

The win by Nubin Ridge was the 10th of his 60-race career. He earned $60,000 for the score and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $573,015.

Bred in Louisiana by Neal McFadden and Mary McFadden, Nubin Ridge is a 7-year-old gelding by Gold Tribute, out of the The Prime Minister mare So Sorry. He was purchased as a yearling in 2011 for $2,500.

Sent to the gate as the third choice of the wagering public, Nubin Ridge returned $14.20 to win, $8.60 to place and $5.40 to show. Sir Genghis paid $5.80 to place and $3.60 to show. Underpressure was worth $2.60 to show.

MR. AL’S GAL RECORDS IMPRESSIVE VICTORY IN THE $100,000 MAGNOLIA AT DELTA DOWNS

3-YEAR-OLD FILLY NOTCHES HER SEVENTH WIN FROM NINE CAREER STARTS 

 MR AL'S GAL - Magnolia Stakes- 15th Running - 10-20-17 - R08 - DED-01

Magnolia Stakes
Delta Downs, 10-20-17, 1 mile
Three Year Old and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies
Purse $100,000

MR. AL’S GAL
Salute The Sarge-Spanish Ice
Breeders: J. Adcock & Neal McFadden
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer:  Justin Jeansonne
Jockey: D. Saenz

2nd
Pacific Pink
Private Vow-Truly Romantic
Breeder: Brandon Adcock
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: C.J. Hernandez

3rd
Another Pinot
B. J.’s Mark-Pinot Pals
Breeders: Dr. Glen Warren DVM & Andy Leggio
Owner: End Zone Athletics, Inc.
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: J.A. Guerrero

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the first stakes race of its 2017-18 Thoroughbred season on Friday night and it was the 3-year-old filly Mr. Al’s Gal who came away the win in the $100,000 Magnolia Stakes. The tally marked her fifth stakes win and seventh victory overall from nine lifetime starts. The Justin Jeansonne trainee was ridden to victory by Diego Saenz.

After breaking sharply in the one-mile headliner, Mr. Al’s Gal volleyed for the lead with Another Pinot until the pair hit the top of the homestretch. The duo carved out fractional times of 24 seconds for the quarter-mile, 50.19 for the half, and 1:15.78 for three-quarters before Mr. Al’s Gal began to pull away in the final furlong. That’s when race favorite Pacific Pink came storming from well behind but could not get to the winner and had to settle for second, beaten 2-1/4 lengths. Another Pinot held on for third another half-length behind the top pair.

Mr. Al’s Gal, who is owned by Brittlyn Stable, Inc., covered the eight furlongs of the Magnolia in a time of 1:42.18 while racing on a track listed as muddy.

Bred in Louisiana by J. Adcock & Neal McFadden, Mr. Al’s Gal is a daughter of Salute the Sarge out of the Spanish Steps mare Spanish Ice. She was purchased at the bargain basement price of just $1,000 as a yearling in 2015.

Sent to the gate as the second choice of the wagering public, Mr. Al’s Gal returned $4.40 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show. Pacific Pink was worth $2.40 to win and $2.10 to show. Another Pinot paid $4.20 for the show spot.

DELTA DOWNS SET TO BEGIN 2017-18 THOROUGHBRED SEASON WEDNESDAY NIGHT

– 84-DAY MEETING RUNS THROUGH MARCH 10

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will kick off its 2017-18 Thoroughbred season on Wednesday, October 18. The 84-day stand will feature live racing Wednesdays through Saturdays with first post time set for 5:30 pm each night.

This year Delta Downs will offer a stakes schedule that features 24 races and at total of $1.975 million in total purse money. The stakes activity kicks off on opening weekend with the $100,000 Magnolia on Friday night and the $100,000 Gold Cup on Saturday. The Magnolia is a one-mile affair for fillies and mares 3-year-old and up and the Gold Cup is also an eight-furlong race for horses 3-year-olds and older. Both races are restricted to Louisiana-bred runners.

The richest program of the year will happen on Saturday, February 10 when the track hosts another edition of Louisiana Premier Night. The exciting card will feature some of the best Louisiana-breds competing in 10 stakes races worth total purse money of $895,000. The headliner on Louisiana Premier Night is the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship.

The leading horsemen from last year at Delta Downs are expected to vie for top honors once again this year. Diego Saenz will be seeking his fourth leading rider title while Karl Broberg will compete for this seventh consecutive leading trainer title during the meet. Broberg has been the leading trainer in North America for three straight years and currently leads all conditioners in 2017 with nearly 400 winners thus far.

 

For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

 

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

DELTA DOWNS ALTERS ITS THOROUGHBRED STAKES SCHEDULE FOR 2017-18 SEASON DUE TO THE IMPACT OF HURRICANE HARVEY

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel today announced that it is altering its stakes schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 Thoroughbred season, due to the regionwide impact of Hurricane Harvey. The 84-day meet is scheduled to get underway on October 18.

At the recommendation of the HBPA Board of Directors, Delta Downs has decided to cancel eight open-bred stakes during the first half of the season, including the Delta Downs Jackpot (Gr. III) on November 18. Delta Downs currently plans to continue its full calendar of stakes races in the second half of the season as scheduled.

“While we are disappointed to scale back our first-half calendar, we believe this decision is appropriate, given the tremendous amount of damage throughout the region and the current focus on recovery efforts,” said Steve Kuypers, Vice President and General Manager of Delta Downs. “By continuing our support of the stakes races for Louisiana owners and trainers, we will help ensure the well-being and livelihood of our state’s hardworking horsemen during this difficult time.”

Delta Downs still plans to host two events on the November 18 Jackpot Day card – the $150,000 Louisiana Legacy and $150,000 Louisiana Jewel Stakes.

For more information on Delta Downs, including a revised schedule for the 2017-18 season, visit the track’s website www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information on Facebook with the track’s page ‘Delta Downs Racing’ and on Twitter with the handle @deltaracing.

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting fun, casino action, live horse racing and great dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

Delta Downs: Funding Shortfall Could Mean Canceling Of Jackpot, Princess Stakes

by | 09.12.2017 | 8:54am

 

A decline in casino revenue has officials at Delta Downs considering eliminating several stakes races in October and November, including the track’s marquee event, the Delta Downs Jackpot.

The Daily Racing Form reports that much of the facility’s business comes from the Houston area, which was hit by Hurricane Harvey. That has resulted in a decline in casino revenue, which helps fund purses at the track.

According to the Form, Delta’s vice president and general manager Steve Kuypers sent a letter dated Sept. 7 to Louisiana Racing Commission chairman Bob Wright requesting that the LRC approve a request to eliminate eight open stakes races worth a total of $2.3 million.

“The impact of Hurricane Harvey to the people of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana is having a significant effect on slot revenue and subsequently the track’s purse funds,” Kuypers said in the letter.

Kuypers added, “It is important that we support the local horsemen that fill our overnight races and this action will allow us to do that.”

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

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.