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.

LOCAL FIREFIGHTER “AIMS” HIGH ON SUPER DERBY DAY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS THIS SATURDAY

Special Early Post time of 12:00 noon on September 9

 

Bossier City, LA – An overflow field of 2-year-old fillies will travel one mile in the $60,000 Happy Ticket, one of the seven turf stakes on Saturday’s Super Derby program at Louisiana Downs.

The race is wide-open with many lightly-raced fillies competing in stakes company for the first time.  Aim Spot broke her maiden at first asking at Louisiana Downs on July 25, drawing off by over five lengths in her five and one-half furlong main track debut. Her breeder and owner, Autry Lowry, Jr., resides in Bossier City and has been a firefighter, serving the Benton Fire Station, in Bossier Parish Louisiana, for 15 years.

Last week, the call went out to the men and women who protect the citizens of Louisiana that responders were needed in Houston to deal with the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. It was Lowry’s day off, but within 45 minutes, he and a fellow fireman were on their way to Houston to assist with rescue efforts.

“He had a flat bottom air boat, so we got the call that elderly couple and three children were in an emergency,” said Lowry. “The water was so deep in their home that all five were forced to the attic, waiting to be rescued. The water level had risen 18 inches in less than 30 minutes.”

Obviously, a veteran fireman has seen his share of life-threatening situations and emergencies through the years, but the extent of the flooding crisis in Houston even had him shaken.

“There’s nothing you can do to mentally prepare yourself for the devastation you see,” he admitted.

Safely back home in Louisiana, Lowry is looking forward to a good effort, and hopefully a victory on Saturday’s Super Derby card by his homebred Aim Spot.

His filly is a daughter of Overanalyze out of a mare he owns named Aut’s Maddie.

“I named my mares after my daughters, Caroline and Maddie,” explained Lowry. “Caroline is attending LSU. Our younger daughter, Maddie, is nationally-ranked in archery. As good as she is now, she had major difficulty finding her aim spot; hence the name of this filly!”

Trained by Ruperto Urbina, Aim Spot will break from post nine under Jose Guererro.  The bay filly is 12-1 on the morning line, but her owner is hopeful she will fare well in her second career effort and stakes debut.

“She’s been training really well,” said Lowry.  “Plenty of blood, sweat and tears go into breeding and racing horses. There are way are more lows than highs, but my family will be at the track Saturday cheering on our filly.”

It’s hard not to root for a firefighter, family man, and horse lover. Seems like a nice trifecta! 

 

Mr. Misunderstood Leads the Field in the $200,000 Super Derby

Seven turf stakes will be contested on Saturday afternoon at Louisiana Downs, highlighted by the running of the $200,000 Super Derby. The richest race of the 2017 Thoroughbred season is written for 3-year-olds going a mile and one-sixteenth on the Franks Turf Course. 

Flurry Racing Stable LLC’s Mr. Misunderstood was the winner of the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude, here on August 5.  That victory gave the gelded son of Archarcharch, who is undefeated in each of his four turf starts, a berth into the Super Derby.  Trained by Brad Cox, the Kentucky-bred will break from post position four under jockey Chris Rosier at odds of 9-5.

The field from the rail with jockeys: Fast Talkin Man, Luis Quinonez; Gorgeous Kitten, Colby Hernandez; Flying Honeypot, Carlos L. Marquez; Mr. Misunderstood, Chris Rosier; Sonneteer, Gerard Melancon; and Phat Man, Roberto Morales.

$75,000 All Stakes Pick 4 on Super Derby Day

Officials have announced that there will be a $75,000 Guaranteed All-Stakes Pick 4 on Saturday, September 9, beginning on race 8.  The wager will encompass four stakes, including the $200,000 Super Derby.

 

Handicapping Preview Show Gets Underway at 11:00 am

Louisiana Downs track announcer John McGary and regional racing publicist Martha Claussen will team up for a pre-race handicapping preview at 11:00 am in the Inside Rail, located on the first floor of the grandstand. They will offer analysis of each of the races on the Super Derby card as well as the All Stakes Pick 4.

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

FIELD OF SIX SET FOR THE $200,000 SUPER DERBY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Seven Turf Stakes to be Contested with a Special Early Post time of 12:00 noon

 

Bossier City, LA – The draw took place today for Super Derby Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on Saturday, September 9.  The program will get underway at 12:00 pm (Central) for the 13-race card which will feature seven turf stakes, highlighted by the running of the $200,000 Super Derby. The richest race of the 2017 Thoroughbred season is written for 3-year-olds going a mile and one-sixteenth on the Franks Turf Course.

Flurry Racing Stable LLC’s Mr. Misunderstood was the winner of the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude, here on August 5.  That victory gave the gelded son of Archarcharch, who is undefeated in each of his four turf starts, a berth into the Super Derby.  Trained by Brad Cox, the Kentucky-bred will break from post position four under jockey Chris Rosier at odds of 9-5.

“We were hoping to draw either the four or five hole, so it worked out well,” said owner Staton Flurry. “It’s an interesting race, for sure, but Brad and I have confidence in our horse on the turf. Hopefully, he will run as well on Saturday as he did in the Prelude.”

Flurry and Rosier and close friends, so even though Rosier departed Louisiana to ride at Remington Park, he will be back aboard the dark brown gelding on Saturday afternoon.

“We never even talked about another rider,” added Flurry. “Chris rode him so well here, there would be no reason to take him off Mr. Misunderstood.”

Trainer Mike Maker will ship Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey’s homebred Gorgeous Kitten,who drew post position two with Colby Hernandez in the irons.  The colt by Kitten’s Joy will be making his seventh turf start with three recent graded stakes appearances at Arlington Park. He ran second in both the Grade 3, Arlington Classic and American Derby before stepping up to the Grade 1, $400,000 Secretariat on August 12. Gorgeous Kitten ran fifth to Oscar Performance in that stakes and will make his Louisiana Downs debut at odds of 5-2.  Maker and the Ramseys won the 2014 edition of the Super Derby with Vicar’s in Trouble when it was a main-track mile and one-eighth graded stake.

Another strong contender making his Louisiana Downs debut is Sonneteer. Bred and owned by Calumet Farms, the son of Midnight Lute has faced tough company in California and had a solid meet at Oaklawn Park, capped by a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1, Arkansas Derby on April 15.  He followed that with a start in the Grade 1, Kentucky Derby before returning to California. Trained by J. Keith Desormeaux, Sonneteer won his turf debut on July 23 at Del Mar, closing from off the pace to score by a nose. Veteran Louisiana-based rider Gerard Melancon has the call on the Sonneteer, the highest earner in the field with $323,685 bankrolled to date.

Brad Grady’s Phat Man will ship in from Kentucky in search of his first victory on the turf. Sired by Munnings, Phat Man will return to action following a run in the Grade 3, West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer last month. Trainer Joe Sharp has given the mount to Roberto Morales and looks for his runner to make an impact in the Super Derby.

“His dam (Nicole’s Dream) is a grade 2 winner on the grass,” said Sharp. “We ran him in the Texas Heritage Stakes on the turf at Sam Houston earlier this year and he never picked up his feet, but we wanted to give him another chance. Of course, I wouldn’t be upset if it rained and it came off the turf!”

Fast Talkin Man, a Texas-bred son of Oratory, trained by Danny Pish, ran second to Mr. Misunderstood in the Prelude under rider Luis Quinonez. He broke from the rail in the Prelude and drew the far inside post again for the Super Derby.  Pish was pleased with his effort here onAugust 5, but is hoping for a different pace scenario on Saturday; one that will set up well for the big closing kick on Fast Talkin Man.

“This horse is a deep closer and the fractions did not set him up in the Prelude,” said Pish. “He always comes home like a monster.”

The field from the rail with jockeys: Fast Talkin Man, Luis Quinonez; Gorgeous Kitten, Colby Hernandez; Flying Honeypot, Carlos L. Marquez; Mr. Misunderstood, Chris Rosier; Sonneteer, Gerard Melancon; and Phat Man, Roberto Morales.

 

Sister Blues and Illusionofreality Return in the $60,000 River Cities

The stakes action gets underway in the second race of the card, with a field of six fillies and mares in the $60,000 River Cities.  Two stakes winners from Louisiana Cup Day on August 5 will return to the Franks Turf Course.

Sister Blues, a 5-year-old daughter of Pioneer of the Nile, was the winner of the $50,000 Opelousas and will break from the rail under jockey Colby Hernandez.  Brad Cox trains the 5-year-old mare for breeder and owner Lucky Seven Stable.

Leading Louisiana Downs trainer Joey Foster will saddle Illusionofreality, who will be gunning for her fifth consecutive win of the meet for owners Maury and Leslie Harrington.. The 4-year-old filly sired by Yankee Gentleman, scored her first stakes victory last month in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff.  She drew post position six and will reunite with regular rider Alexander Castillo in the mile and one-sixteenth stakes.

 

Competitive Field of Sprinters Set in the $50,000 Need for Speed 

The $50,000 Need for Speed, at a distance of five furlongs on the turf, will run as the fourth race of the afternoon. The field of nine includes stakes winner Eden Grey’s Kitten, owned byWhispering Oaks Farm, LLC. The 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy has won eight of his 24 lifetime starts for trainer Steve Flint. He will break from post position six under Gerard Melancon.  Sir Genghis, sired by Tale of the Cat, won the Louisiana Legends Classic Stakes at Evangeline Downs in July, Trained by Kirk Harris, the Louisiana-bred will be seeking his tenth career win with jockey Kerwin Clark in the irons. 

 

Competitive Group of Two-Year-Olds Drawn for the $60,000 Sunday Silence

Rising two-year-old stars will compete at the distance of one mile in the $60,000 Sunday Silence. Recent maiden-breaking juveniles Virginia Lazenby’s Lucky Mon, ELA Racing Stable’s Too Tall Tony and Jerry Durant’s Budro Talking are among the field of nine.

 

Nine Fillies and Mares to Run in the $50,000 Tellike Stakes

Race eight is the $50,000 Tellike Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and mares. A field of nine will sprint five furlongs on the Franks Turf Course.

Look Into My Eyes, a 5-year-old daughter of City Zip, owned by Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti, is a multiple-stakes winner and will break from post position nine under Jesus Rios.

She has won eight career efforts, including the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint here in 2016.  Love Partnership Interests Lp’s Boom Bam Bing is a stakes-placed daughter of Exchange Rate from the barn of Karl Broberg. Also, Curtis C. Green’s homebred Justa Lady will make her stakes debut for trainer Steve Asmussen. The 4-year-old filly by More Than Ready is closing in on the $200,000 earnings mark and ships in from Ellis Park in Kentucky.

 

Field of 13 Fillies Entered in the $60,000 Happy Ticket 

An overflow field of 2-year-old fillies will travel one mile in the $60,000 Happy Ticket, which will be run as the ninth race on the Super Derby program.  Trainer H. B. Johnson will saddle Chloe Raven, a filly by Winslow Homer, who he co-owns with Fletcher B. Clement. She is undefeated in her two starts and will be ridden by Kerwin Clark.  Indiana Grand allowance winner, Lady O’Toole, owned by Steve Landers Racing, is also making her stakes debut for Brad Cox. Recent maiden winners Aim Spot, Coraluna and Taylor’s Princess each figure to lend appeal to this edition of the Happy Ticket.

 

Big Changes Leads the Field in the $60,000 Unbridled

Trainer Brad Cox, who won three of the nine stakes on Louisiana Cup Day, is hoping for a second stakes score by Big Changes in the $60,000 Unbridled.  The Florida-bred son of Shipman owned by Steve Landers Racing captured the $50,000 John Henry here last month. Jockey Diego Saenz, who was the winning pilot, retains the mount in the mile and one-sixteenth turf feature, to be run as the tenth race of the card.

 

$75,000 All Stakes Pick 4 on Super Derby Day

Officials have announced that there will be a $75,000 Guaranteed All-Stakes Pick 4 on Saturday, September 9, beginning on race 8.  The wager will encompass four stakes, including the $200,000 Super Derby.

“We feel that with seven stakes, including the richest race of our meet, that our fans will enjoy the All Stakes Pick 4,” said Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager. “With full fields and a very competitive field of turf specialists in the Super Derby, this wager will be compelling for both our local fans and horseplayers across the country.”

 

Handicapping Preview Show Gets Underway at 11:00 am

Louisiana Downs track announcer John McGary and regional racing publicist Martha Claussen will team up for a pre-race handicapping preview at 11:00 am in the Inside Rail, located on the first floor of the grandstand. They will offer analysis of each of the races on the Super Derby card as well as the All Stakes Pick 4.

 

Ideal Weather Conditions on Tap for Super Derby Day

Excellent weather is forecast for Bossier City on Saturday, with sunny skies, a high of 83 degrees and just a 10 percent chance of rain.  

   

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

NOMINATIONS CLOSED FOR SUPER DERBY DAY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Special Post Time of 12:00 pm Set for Saturday, September 9

 

Bossier City, LA – Nominations have closed for Super Derby Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, which will take place on Saturday, September 9. The marquee day of the 2017 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet will get underway at a special post time of 12:00 pm (Central).

The Super Derby program will feature seven turf stakes, highlighted by the $200,000 Super Derby, for 3-year-olds going a mile and one-sixteenth on the Franks Turf Course. The Super Derby closed with 34 nominations.  

Trainer Brad Cox has nominated five runners for the Super Derby, including Flurry Racing Stable LLC’s Mr. Misunderstood, winner of the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude, here on August 5.  That victory gave the gelded son of Archarcharch, who in undefeated in each of his four turf starts, a berth into the Super Derby.

Arklow, owned by Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger and Peter Coneway, is also nominated. Sired by Arch, Arklow has bankrolled $246,987 to date with his most prestigious score coming in the Grade 2, $300,000 American Turf at Churchill Downs in May.  Cowboy Culture, who has won four of his six turf starts, is also nominated. The son of Quality Road has not run since winning the Grade 3, $100,000 Arlington Classic on May 27.

Several other nationally prominent conditioners are considering shipping in for the Super Derby.

California based Tim Yakteen  has nominated George Krikorian’s homebred Big Score.  He has tested Grade 1 company twice, beginning with a fifth-place finish in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last November at Santa Anita.  Fern Circle Stables’ Senior Investment has been nominated by trainer Kenneth McPeek.  The colt by Discreetly Mine competed in both the Grade 1 Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

A trio of turf specialists from Mike Maker also is on the list of nominations. Kenneth L and Sarah K. Ramsey homebreds Gorgeous Kitten and Kitten’s Cat, both sired by Kitten’s Joy are graded stakes placed runners. Maker also trains Skychai Racing LLC’s Benefactor, who made his last start at Saratoga and could ship in for the Super Derby.

Current leading Louisiana Downs trainer Joey Foster has nominated Culp’s Hill and Mizztic Tale, who placed fifth in the Super Derby Prelude. 

The draw for Super Derby Day will take place on Saturday, September 2. The featured stakes are:

$60,000 Unbridled                                          3 YO & Up                             1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 River Cities                                       3 YO & Up F&M                    1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 Happy Ticket                                    2 YO Fillies                             One Mile (T)

$60,000 Sunday Silence                                 2 YO                                       One Mile (T)

$50,000 Tellike                                               3 YO & Up F&M                   5 Furlongs (T)

$50,000 Need for Speed                                 3 YO & Up                             5 Furlongs (T)

$200,000 SUPER DERBY                             3 YO                                       1 1/16 miles (T)

 

$75,000 All Stakes Pick 4 on Super Derby Day

Officials have announced that there will be a $75,000 Guaranteed All-Stakes Pick 4 on Saturday, September 9, beginning on race 8.  The wager will encompass four stakes, including the $200,000 Super Derby.

“We feel that with seven stakes, including the richest race of our meet, that our fans will enjoy the All Stakes Pick 4,” said Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager. “With full fields and a very competitive field of turf specialists in the Super Derby, this wager will be compelling for both our local fans and horseplayers across the country.”     

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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

NOMINATIONS CLOSE SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 FOR SUPER DERBY DAY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

NOMINATIONS CLOSE SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 FOR SUPER DERBY DAY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS 

Bossier City, LA – The marquee day of the 2017 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet is Super Derby Day on Saturday, September 9.  Officials announced that post time for the stakes-filled card will be 12:00 pm (Central).  Nominations will close on Saturday, August 26 for the following featured events:

$60,000 Unbridled                                          3 YO & Up                             1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 River Cities                                       3 YO & Up F&M                    1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 Happy Ticket                                    2 YO Fillies                             One Mile (T)

$60,000 Sunday Silence                                 2 YO                                       One Mile (T)

$50,000 Tellike                                               3 YO & Up F&M                   5 Furlongs (T)

$50,000 Need for Speed                                 3 YO & Up                             5 Furlongs (T)

$200,000 SUPER DERBY                             3 YO                                       1 1/16 miles (T)

 

Super Derby Prelude Winner Mr. Misunderstood on Target for Super Derby

Louisiana Cup Day on August 5 included the running of the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude, a  stakes for 3-year-olds on the Franks Turf Course at the distance of a mile and one-sixteenth.  The winner was given a berth to next month’s Super Derby, which will be contested on the turf this year.  Flurry Racing Stable LLC’s Mr. Misunderstood defeated seven rivals under jockey Chris Rosier to score by 2 ½ lengths.

 

Trainer Brad Cox reports that the gelded son of Archarcharch, who in undefeated in each of his turf starts, is on target to return to Louisiana Downs for next month’s Super Derby.

 

“He’s doing really well and had a fantastic breeze on Saturday (August 19),” said Cox.

 

Cox won three of the nine stakes on Louisiana Cup Day and is finalizing his nomination list for the Super Derby card.  In addition to Mr. Misunderstood, Big Changes winner of the $50,000 John Henry and Sister Blues, who was the heavy favorite in the $50,000 Opelousas, are both likely to return to compete in the undercard turf stakes on Super Derby Day.

 

Cox, 37, is currently ranked tenth in top North American Thoroughbred trainers. He has won 182 races with purses of $5.5 million to date. Currently, the resident of Louisville, Kentucky has runners at Saratoga, Woodbine, Indiana Grand, Ellis Park and Arlington Park.

 

“Everything is going well for our barn this year,” admitted Cox. “I have a good team and we stay busy. We are always looking forward to the next race day.”

 

Aubrie Green Moves Forward as a Journeyman

Louisiana Downs jockey Aubrie Green rode her last race as an apprentice on Saturday, August 19. She closed out that chapter of her career with a victory aboard Electric Kiss for Louisiana Downs leading trainer Joey Foster.

“That filly has come a long way,” said Green. “I’ve ridden her three times and was really happy with that win.”

Green, 30, prepared to ride her first race as a journeyman on Monday, August 21. She admitted that her fellow riders did not make it easy for her.

“Everyone was trying to make her worry,” recalled Green. “Some were teasing me; we all get along pretty well.”

But challenges are nothing new for Green, who grew up in a very small town of Riley, Idaho, with virtually no exposure to racing. She is the mother of three children and has made many sacrifices to get to this point.  In 2015, she rode two winners from 52 mounts, and only 11 wins followed in 2016.  But Green is having an amazing year and already has won 64 races.

“I am not focused on tacking on five extra pounds,” she said. “To me, putting my mounts in the best position to win a race is all I strive to do.”

Her first win in the journeymen ranks came on Monday, again for Foster on Yes Babe, who drew off by over six lengths in a $22,000 maiden special weight sprint.

“I’m ready to take it on,” said Green. “I might lose a little business as some of the trainers I ride for prefer to use an apprentice. But others have said they will stick with me and even have a stakes mount in mind for me.”

When the Louisiana Downs meet wraps next month, Green will weigh her options and is considering the upcoming racing seasons at Delta Downs and Fair Grounds.

 

Louisiana Downs Trainer and Jockey Standings

Through August 22, last year’s leading trainer Joey Foster continues to hold a commanding lead over his fellow conditioners with 49 wins. H. B. Johnson is second with 22 wins to date and Ronnie Ward is in sole possession of third place with 13 wins. Donald Melancon and Sarah Delany are tied in fourth place; both have saddled 12 winners.

 

Richard Eramia took a well-deserved vacation last week after riding in both Louisiana Downs and Lone Star Park from May through July. However, he continues to lead his fellow riders with 59 wins. Gerardo Mora won five races last week and is in second place in the standings with 54 trips to the winner’s circle. Aubrie Green has piloted 49 winners and Jose Guerrero follows closely with 42 wins.

 

Patti Turner and  Jamie C. Pastor top the leaderboard in the owner standings with nine wins.   Jorge Gomez and Red Rose Racing are tied for second-place with eight victories. Beverly Burress, Dream Walkin Farms, Inc, Maury and Leslie Harrington, Phyllis Hodges, Anthony Faulk and Terrell Jarrett, Jr. each have won seven races 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

TRAINER JOEY FOSTER SITTING ON A RECORD YEAR AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS

Bossier City, LA – Trainer Joseph M. Foster is a force to be reckoned with at Louisiana Downs.    “Joey” as he is known to fellow racetrackers, is a man of few words, but a work ethic not surpassed by many.

Well-known at the Bossier City racetrack, Foster stands alone at the top of the trainer standings for the 2017 Thoroughbred racing season, which began on May 6. He has enjoyed an enduring history at Louisiana Downs with a myriad of wins, including his first career victory by Striker J. scoring an upset at 32-1 on May 14, 1992.

Over the past 25 years, the native of Arkansas, has saddled 4,705 horses, winning 643 races with purses topping $10 million. It took Foster ten years to reach the $1 million mark in earnings, but he has done that for the past six years with runners mostly at the claiming and allowance levels. Louisiana Downs, Delta Downs, Evangeline Downs and Oaklawn Park have been Foster’s mainstay tracks, but he also has fond memories of running at Aksarben in Omaha, Nebraska.

“Aksarben was special,” said Foster. “It was run by a non-profit group and the people in Nebraska loved racing. The support to horsemen was unbelievable. They kept the place very clean; would come paint the barn area, mow the lawn and do whatever they could do to help. Legends of racing ran there and the fans were amazing.”

The highlight of the Louisiana Downs meet his year came on Louisiana Cup Day, Saturday, August 5. Illusionofreality, a 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Gentleman, notched her fourth win a row and first stakes of her career for Foster and owners Maury and Leslie Harrington.

 

Drawing the 13 hole in a mile and one-sixteenth turf event is not what most horsemen would ask for, but with nice rating from regular rider Alexander Castillo, Foster’s talented filly was able to hold off a late charge from Safari Calamari and become a stakes winner.

 

“It worked for us that day,” said Foster, said of the post. “I was really happy to win a stakes for the Harringtons. They are two of the nicest people I have ever known and have been with me for a while.”

 

Maury Harrington purchased Hometown Gossip, a filly by Milwaukee Brew for $7,500 at the 2011 Breeders’ Sales Company of Louisiana Yearling Sale. She earned over $200,000 for the Harringtons and Foster before she was claimed.  Foster enjoys that part of racing and points to Drinking Fund as one of his most astute claims. He cites his good fortune on January 20, 2012 at Delta Downs when he claimed the Louisiana-bred filly for $5,000.

 

“We claimed her for $5,000 and she won over $285,000,” stated Foster.

 

Nationally accomplished conditioner Brad Cox won three of the nine stakes on Louisiana Cup Day, but it was also a very good showing for the local horsemen.  H. B. Johnson, currently second in the standings, saddled Berniestrike, winner of the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic and Sunny Oak wired the field in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint for Louisiana horseman Edward Johnston.

 

“It’s always nice to win the bigger races at your home track,” added Foster. “H. B. had a good win and Eddie won with his filly too.”

 

Illusionofreality will train up to the $60,000 River Cities on Super Derby Day.

 

Foster has already surpassed his 41 winners from last year’s leading trainer title at Louisiana Downs, and looks very likely to pick up his second trophy when the meet concludes on September 27. He was third in 2015 with 39 wins, so slowly, but surely, Foster has risen up the ranks.

 

“We’ve been knocking on the door,” acknowledged Foster. “I’ve been down here for a lot of years, so it’s nice to see things going well.”

 

Special Noon Post Time for Super Derby Day

The marquee day of the 2017 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet is Super Derby Day onSaturday, September 9.  Officials announced that post time for the stakes-filled card will be 12:00 pm (Central).  Nominations will close on August 26 for the following featured events:

$60,000 Unbridled                                          3 YO & Up                             1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 River Cities                                       3 YO & Up F&M                    1 1/16 miles (T)

$60,000 Happy Ticket                                    2 YO Fillies                             One Mile (T)

$60,000 Sunday Silence                                 2 YO                                       One Mile (T)

$50,000 Tellike                                               3 YO & Up F&M                   5 Furlongs (T)

$50,000 Need for Speed                                 3 YO & Up                             5 Furlongs (T)

$200,000 SUPER DERBY                             3 YO                                       1 1/16 miles (T)

Louisiana Downs Trainer and Jockey Standings

Through August 14, last year’s leading trainer Joey Foster continues to hold a commanding lead over his fellow conditioners with 44 wins. H. B. Johnson is second with 21 wins to date and Ronnie Ward is in sole possession of third place with 13 wins. Donald Melancon follows in fourth; he has each saddled 12 winners.

 

Richard Eramia continues to lead his fellow riders with 59 wins. Gerardo Mora won nine races last week and is in second place in the standings with 49 trips to the winner’s circle. Apprentice Aubrie Green has piloted 43 winners and Jose Guerrero follows closely with 42 wins.

Patti Turner tops the leaderboard in the owner standings with nine wins.  Jamie C. Pastor moved into second-place with eight victories and Beverly Burress, Jorge Gomez, Red Rose Racing, Maury and Leslie Harrington, Phyllis Hodges, Anthony Faulk and Terrell Jarrett, Jr. each have won seven races 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