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
8000 East Texas Street | Bossier City, LA 71111

First Three Starters For Tight Grip All Winners

tight-gripThe first three starters by Louisiana sophomore sire Tight Grip are all winners.

Starting with two juvenile winners in 2016 from his first crop, Tight Grip’s third starter (also from his first crop) Aztec Delite, broke his maiden by three lengths in his second start at Louisiana Downs in July.

Tight Grip is a winning son of Distorted Humor—Roman Song (Sultry Song) who was bred in Kentucky by Charles Nuckols & Sons. Gary and Mary West bought the colt for $300,000 as a yearling and earned nearly $274,000 with him at the track.

Tight Grip stands at Caswick Farm in Sunset, Louisiana for $1,000




VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs’ racing office has announced that stall applications for the track’s 2017-18 Thoroughbred season are due by Monday, August 14. The upcoming meet is scheduled to run from October 18 through March 11 with live racing each Wednesday through Saturday night.

Delta Downs stall applications are available online at under the ‘Horsemen’s Info’ section. For more information about the season, call Racing Secretary John Simon or his staff directly at 1-888-589-7223.

Delta Downs’ new season promises to be one of the best in the track’s 44-year history. The highlight of the 84-day stand will come on Saturday, November 18 when the track hosts the 15th edition of Jackpot Day which will showcase the richest race of the year, the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot (Gr. 3). The Jackpot is once again expected to offer qualifying points on the ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’, which will take place at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 5.

Louisiana Premier Night will also be a highlight of the upcoming season. The annual event offers 10 stakes races and $895,000 in total stakes purse money for Louisiana-bred horses. Louisiana Premier Night takes place in mid-February. Delta Downs will release its complete stakes schedule for the 2017-18 season in the near future.

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.


Mr Misunderstood-Chris Rosier
Jockey Chris Rosier celebrates after capturing the 34th running of the Super Derby Prelude at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.


Bossier City, LA – Fans on the track apron last Saturday for Louisiana Cup Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs might have thought that rider Chris Rosier had won the Kentucky Derby when he galloped back aboard Mr. Misunderstood, the winner of the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude.

Rosier was elated regarding the performance of the 3-year-old son of Archarcharch, who is owned by Flurry Racing Stable LLC and trained by Brad Cox. Sent off as the favorite, he drew clear by over two lengths and earned a berth to the $200,000 Super Derby on Saturday, September 9; the richest race of the 2017 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred racing season.

Rosier, 36, was born in California, but raised in Haughton, Louisiana.  A lifetime “racetracker”, he remembers the thrill of watching Calvin Borel win the 1991 Super Derby with Free Spirit’s Joy.

Turning professional in 2001, Rosier has piloted over 7,500 Thoroughbreds including Summer Ice in the 2009 Kentucky Derby.  Sent off at 43-1, finished a respectable sixth to Mine That Bird, who pulled off the monumental upset under Borel at 50-1.

As with any rider in this highly challenging sport, Rosier has had his share of highs and lows.

He was 24-years old went he went through a life-changing passage. He became seriously ill and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

“I went blind for a week, and just tried to believe the doctors who told me that my vision would return,” recalled Rosier. “It was God’s way of telling me to wake up.”

At the same time, Rosier’s wife, Shannon found out she was pregnant with their first child, which gave him even more reason to dedicate himself to his craft.

“I might be the only jockey in the country to ride with an insulin pump in my vest,” he said.

Coping with a chronic disease is far from easy, and perhaps, that’s why victories like the Prelude take on an added meaning.

The celebration was shared by Rosier’s agent, former jockey, Don Simington and Staton Flurry, owner of Mr. Misunderstood.


Mr Misunderstood-Staton Flurry_8-5-2017Flurry, 27, is a passionate Thoroughbred owner from Hot Springs, Arkansas. His family’s Flurry Racing Stables, LLC has campaigned a quality group of stakes winners at Oaklawn Park and Louisiana Downs. Simington was the winning pilot on Flurry’s first stakes winner Little Miss Flurry, who captured the 2014 Razorback Futurity.


Flurry and Rosier have developed a friendship over the last seven years, with Rosier winning several races, and plenty of seconds for Flurry Racing Stable. Good natured ribbing is the centerpiece of their relationship.  Flurry grinned in the Prelude post-race interview when he said he was glad that Mr. Misunderstood did not run second.


“Loyalty in racing is hard to come by sometimes, but Staton and I hit it off and he has supported me,” said Rosier.  “He calls me his ‘little’ older brother.”

There was one more bit of “karma” setting the stage for last weekend.


“My ringtone on my cell is (the Eric Church song) Mr. Misunderstood,” explained Rosier.


The song is a tribute to those who are not readily accepted, but have enough belief to overcome adversity and flourish as individuals.


“I see myself that way,” admitted Rosier. “There were other agents pushing riders to Brad, but he and Staton believed in me. Winning the Prelude on a quality horse meant a lot.”

Rosier looks forward to the return call aboard Mr. Misunderstood on September 9.

“We won’t know the rest of the field for a while, but as long as I can give him running room, I believe we have a legitimate shot.”

This year may have started on the slow side for Rosier, but there is no “misunderstanding” the impact of last Saturday’s Prelude victory.

“It’s been a rough meet for me, but that win put the love back into racing,” said Rosier.


Update on Prelude Winner Mr. Misunderstood

Trainer Brad Cox reports that Mr. Misunderstood came out of the Prelude in “great” condition and returned safely to his base at Churchill Downs on Sunday evening.

It was a big weekend for Cox, who scored three stakes wins Saturday at Louisiana Downs as well as a victory by La Piba in the $75,000 West Virginia Senate’s President’s Cup at Mountainer. Cox also captured the $250,000 Troy Handicap at Saratoga with Green Mask. The 6-year-old son of Mizzen Mast eclipsed the million-dollar earnings mark with his score on Sunday.

Louisiana Downs Trainer and Jockey Standings

Through August 7, last year’s leading trainer Joey Foster continues to hold a commanding lead over his fellow conditioners with 42 wins. H. B. Johnson is second with 19 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 56 wins and also clinched the title at the recently concluded Lone Star Park meet.  Gerardo Mora and Jose Guerrero are tied in second-place in the standings with 40 wins each and Aubrie Green follows with 38 trips to the winner’s circle.


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 and Terrell Jarrett 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
8000 East Texas Street | Bossier City, LA 71111

Equine Sales Company 2017 Consignor Select Catalog Now Available For Viewing





August 31, 2017
10:00 o’clock AM (CT)
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Holiday Inn & Suites
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Opelousas, LA 70570

 The Comfort Inn
5454 I-49 North Service Road
Opelousas, La 70570

 Please call the hotel/motel directly for your reservations.


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Lafayette, LA 70508
21 miles
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ALexandria, LA 70103
78 miles




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Consignment contracts are available on our website or by clicking this link:     
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Trainers’ Exam Prep Class at Remington Park still has Openings for Aug. 16-18 Course

Subject: Trainers’ Exam Prep class at Remington Park

When: August 16-18

Tuition: Early Registration by Aug 11, $299; After August 11th, $349.

Class size: Limited to 12



Trainers’ Exam Prep Class at Remington Park in Oklahoma City August 16-18 has 4 remaining spots as of August 6th. Class size is limited so each participant has a chance to participate and get his or her questions answered. This class focuses on the Rules of Racing with emphasis on rules from states represented. Discussion of rule variances from state to state is included.


Lenford Clarke, 2016 graduate of a Florida Trainers’ Exam Prep class recently visited Gulfstream Park’s winner’s circle with his first winner in July. Elizabeth Dobles, another recent Florida TExP graduate has multiple winners at Gulfstream Park in 2017.


A class may be scheduled in Kentucky later this fall, but no definite date has been announced. Those interested in taking a Trainers’ Licensing exam are encouraged to go to or for more information and to register. Anyone without internet access may call 859-252-8648 (Race for Education) or Dr. “Mac” at 859-321-4377 and sign up over the phone.



The Elite Program, Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit that provides equine education classes through it’s Groom Elite™ curriculum. With its initial primary mission (in 2001) to provide education to grooms and hotwalkers or Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Racehorses, Groom Elite continually adapts and updates it’s programming that now includes courses for grooms and owners of OTTB show horses and welcomes owners and grooms of any breed. One of it’s more noteable programs is its Second Chances Groom Elite curriculum taught in five adult correctional facilities in partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and it’s local affiliates in which participants learn life lessons while developing an employable skill working with retired racehorses.

REAP Night at the Races

REAP (Racing Employees Assistance Program) held its annual “Night at the Races” benefit program, Thursday, August 3, 2017 in the John Henry Room in the Evangeline Downs Clubhouse.

A healthy crowd of 80 participated in the event which included a reverse drawing and a silent auction.

REAP supports Chaplain Dwight Brown in all his good works as well as horsemen and their families in need.

Signature Sponsors of the event were St. Landry Homestead, DPB Racing LLC, Acadiana Equine Clinic, Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Assn, Louisiana HBPA, and Evangeline Downs.


Berniestrike Pulls the Upset in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic

Berniestrike with Eguard Tejera aboard wins the 33rd running of the Louisiana Cup Turf Classic from Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski


Louisiana Cup Turf Classic
Louisiana Downs, 8-5-17, One mile and one sixteenth, turf
Louisiana Bred 3YO and Upwards, Purse $50,000

Wilburn–Unusual Strike, by Unusual Heat
Breeder: James A. Boyd
Owner: James A. Boyd
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.
Jockey: Eguard A. Tejera

Trust Factor
Paddy O’Prado–Mainsail, by Mizzen Mast
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Scrivener Stables
Trainer: Michael J. Maker
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

Fort Pulaski
Any Given Saturday–Jazznwithcandy, by Jambalaya Jazz
Breeder: Tigertail Ranch
Owner: Tigertail Ranch
Trainer: Danny Pish
Jockey: Steve J. Bourque


The $50,000 Louisiana Turf Cup Classic attracted a solid field including the winner of the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Turf run here on July 17. Berniestrike, bred and owned by James Boyd, scored the upset, under rider Eguard Tejera. 

Trained by H. B. Johnson, the 5-year-old Louisiana-bred had not run since December 16, but gamely wore down his rivals. He won by a neck, crossing the wire of the mile and one-sixteenth turf stakes in 1.41.16. Louisiana Legends Turf winner Trust Factor was second with Colby Hernandez up, followed by Fort Pulaski and Sir Genghis. 

Sent off at 22-1, Berniestrike, who ran third in the 2016 edition of this stakes, paid $46.20 for the victory.

Speedy Jockamo’s Song Takes the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint

Jockamo's Song-Turn
Jockomo’s Song with Gerard Melancon aboard turns for home and goes on to win the Louisiana Cup Sprint at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Sam Switalski


Louisiana Cup Sprint
Louisiana Downs, 8-5-17, 6 furlongs, dirt
Louisiana Bred 3YO and Upward, Purse $50,000

Half Ours–Miss Clairnette, by Trophy Hunter
Breeder: Debbie Allen & David Allen
Owner: Dare to Dream Stable LLC (Michael Faber)
Trainer: Michael Stidham
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

Nubin Ridge
Gold Tribute–So Sorry, by The Prime Minister
Breeder: Neal McFadden & Mary McFadden
Owner: Circle H Farms
Trainer: Alan Klanfer
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

Icy Gentleman
Yankee Gentleman–Icy Day, by Five Star Day
Breeder: Ironwater Farms Joint Venture
Owner: Ironwater Farms Joint Venture
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.
Jockey: Diego Saenz


The $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint, a six-furlong main track dash, attracted a full field, but none could match the prowess of Jockamo’s Song (5.20). Owned by Dare to Dream Racing Stable LLC, the son of Half Ours entered this race off a win in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint at Evangeline Downs. Gerard Melancon was the winning jockey, covering six furlongs in 1:10.83 for trainer Michael Stidham.

Nubin Ridge ran second under Ashley Broussard, followed by Icy Gentleman and Sea Vow.

Emily’s Lollipop Scores in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies

Emily's Lollipop-F_8-5-2017
Emily’s Lollipop with Diego Saenz aboard wins the 7th running of the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski


Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies
Louisiana Downs, 8-5-17, 6 furlongs, dirt
Louisiana Bred 2YO Fillies, Purse $50,000

Tiz the One–Changing Vista, by Changeintheweather
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Anton Kubacak
Trainer: Scott Gelner
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Sarah’s Holy Belle
El Corredor–My Holy Belle, by Holy Bull
Breeder: Perform Stables Inc.
Owner: Perform Stables Inc.
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

Feisty Embrace
Brethren–Appalachianna, by Langfuhr
Breeder: Matalona Thoroughbreds, LLC
Owner: Matalona Thoroughbreds, LLC
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez


Another full field of 2-year-old accredited Louisiana-bred fillies set the stage for an exciting edition of the six-furlong $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Making just the second start of her career, Anton Kobacak’s Emily’s Lollipop became a stakes winner for trainer Scott Gelner. Returning off her maiden race at Prairie Meadows, she took the lead under Diego Saenz, drawing off by a margin of five lengths over longshot Sarah’s Holy Belle. Feisty Embrace ran third and recent stakes winner Janae held for fourth.

Emily’s Lollipop rewarded her supporters with a win payout of $18.40.