Spotted Horse Stakes
Evangeline Downs, 6-2-17, 1 Mile
Three-Year-Old & Upwards Fillies and Mares, Purse: $75,000

Private Vow-Truly Romantic, by Robyn Dancer
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Breeder: Brandon Adcock
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: C.J Hernandez

Sunny Oak
Giant Oak-Heckuva Time, by Gilded Time
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Breeder: Jeff Wahman & Darlene Wahman
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: E. Nieves

Vieja Luna
Street Hero-Amaday, by Dayjur
Owner: Juan Francisco Landaeta
Breeder: Fernandez-Robles Family Trust & Flying HStables
Trainer: Jose M. Camejo
Jockey: R. Morales

Pacific Pink led a one-two charge for owner Keith Plaisance and trainer Edward Johnston in the $75,000 Spotted Horse Stakes at Evangeline Downs on Friday night, June 2nd. Plaisance also owns and Johnston also trains the runner-up in the race, Sunny Oak. Pacific Pink was ridden to victory by Colby Hernandez, who also captured the $50,000 Acadiana Stakes on Friday with Efforting for trainer Al Stall, Jr.

The character of the Spotted Horse Stakes changed significantly right at the start when the Steve Asmussen trainee, Danzatrice, unseated rider Gerard Melancon, who was able to walk away from the incident under his own power. Vieja Luna set a solid pace through early fractions of 23.46 seconds for the quarter and 47.10 for the half, while tracked by Sunny Oak and Steel Cut. As the field entered the stretch, Sunny Oak assumed the lead under Emanuel Nieves, but Pacific Pink was moved into the clear on the outside by Colby Hernandez and she charged to a convincing victory by 2-3/4 lengths. Sunny Oak out-finished Vieja Luna for second. The final time for the one mile over the fast track was 1:38.08.

Pacific Pink is a 5-year-old mare by Private Vow and is out of the Robyn Dancer mare, Truly Romantic. She was bred in Louisiana by Brandon Adcock.


Top 6 Red Cross Preparedness Tips to Stay Safe this Hurricane Season


NOAA Predicting an Above-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season this Year


NEW ORLEANS, May 31, 2017 — Hurricane season starts June 1 and forecasters are predicting a 45 percent chance of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, threatening both coastal and inland residents between now and the end of November. To help families stay safe, the American Red Cross is issuing the top six hurricane preparedness tips should a hurricane or tropical storm head for your community.


“We know the critical difference preparedness makes for each household in an emergency,” said Joshua Joachim, chief executive for the Red Cross in Louisiana. “As you take action this year, consider each person’s needs and how that might change if you had to evacuate suddenly, including moving to a shelter, or were without power for an extended period of time.”


Here are the top six things you should do now to be ready for Hurricane Season 2017:


  1. Talk with household members and create an evacuation plan. Be prepared to evacuate quickly and evacuate if told to do so.
  2. Build an emergency kit with a gallon of water per person, per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, supplies for an infant if applicable, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area, and emergency contact information.
  3. Get access to NOAA radio broadcasts. Purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA weather radio in theRed Cross Store.
  4. Identify a place to store lawn furniture, toys, gardening tools and trash cans (away from stairs and exits) to prevent them from being moved by high winds and possibly hurting someone. Protect windows with permanent storm shutters or invest in one-half inch marine plywood that is pre-cut to fit your doors and windows.
  5. Be informed. Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as encouraged and make plans for pets. If travel is in your plans, learn about how emergency situations are communicated at your destination.
  6. Download the free Red Cross Emergency App for expert guidance on what to do before, during and after hurricanes as well as 34 other types of emergencies. All Red Cross apps can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for American Red Cross or by going to


If someone already has a disaster kit, now is the time make sure the food and water is still okay to consume and that copies of important documents are up to date. If an emergency plan already exists for the household, family members should talk about it again so everyone knows what to do and where to go if an emergency occurs.


Visit here for full information about what to do before, during and after a hurricane.



RED CROSS PREPARED Trained Red Cross disaster workers across Louisiana are ready to respond if needed, though more volunteers are needed.


“As part of your personal preparedness, please join us: become a Red Cross volunteer and receive training as soon as possible to serve when the time comes,” Joachim said.


Among the most needed positions are workers and managers in operating shelters, assessing damage, distributing supplies and coordinating with government operations. With opportunities available across 32 activities, there’s a position of interest for almost any volunteer.


To sign up, choose Volunteer Opportunities at or contact your local Red Cross. Training courses are ongoing.



CORPORATIONS HELP The generous donations from members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and the Disaster Responder Program enable the American Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters big and small, respond whenever and wherever disasters occur and help families during the recovery process.


ADGP $1 Million members are: American Airlines; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Anthem Foundation; Bank of America; Caterpillar Foundation; Costco Wholesale; Delta Air Lines; Disney; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation; FedEx; General Motors Foundation; Grainger; The Home Depot Foundation; LDS Charities; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; Mazda North American Operations; Microsoft; Nationwide Foundation; State Farm; Target; UPS; VSP Global; Walmart and the Walmart Foundation; and The Wawa Foundation.


ADGP $500,000 members are: 3M; Altria Group; American Express; Aon; Boise Paper; Capital One; Cisco Foundation; Citi Foundation; Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation; Discover; Edison International; Farmers Insurance; Ford Motor Company; Humble Bundle; John Deere Foundation; Johnson Controls; McDonald’s Corporation; Medtronic Foundation; Meijer; Merck Foundation; Mondelēz International Foundation; PepsiCo Foundation; Procter & Gamble Company; Reynolds American Foundation; Ryder; Southwest Airlines; Sunoco; TD Ameritrade; The TJX Companies, Inc.; United Airlines; and Wells Fargo.


Disaster Responder Program members are: Adobe; Alcoa; Astellas USA Foundation; AT&T; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; AXA; The Ball Foundation; BNY Mellon; CarMax; The Clorox Company; Cox Automotive; DTE Energy Foundation; Duke Energy; Entergy Corporation; Harbor Freight Tools; Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation; Hi-Rez Studios; HP Foundation; IBM Corporation; IHG Foundation; Ingersoll Rand Foundation; Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Mastercard; Morgan Stanley; Neiman Marcus Group; New Balance Foundation; Northrop Grumman Corporation; Northwestern Mutual and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; Prudential Foundation; PuroClean Disaster Recovery; SC Johnson; SERVPRO; Southeastern Grocers Home of BI-LO Harveys Winn Dixie; T O Y O T A; U-Haul International; United Technologies Corporation; The USAA Foundation; U.S. Bank; and Visa.


Louisiana Ready 365 members are: Entergy, Dow, RoyOMartin, Tidewater, Acadian Ambulance, BASF, BNSF Railway, CenturyLink, ExxonMobil, Grainger, John Deere, Latter & Blum, Olinde’s, Whitney, and the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.



Participate in the 2017 Economic Impact Study for the United States Horse Industry

Survey for National Study to be distributed via online link


(Washington, DC)– The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) is pleased to announce that the survey link for the National Economic Impact Study will be released on June 5th. The survey link will be available until August 1st.

“The National Survey link will initially be distributed through equine organizations such as the American Quarter Horse Association, United States Equestrian Federation, Certified Horsemanship Association, American Paint Horse Association, and more,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “We hope everyone that receives the survey link will participate. This is an opportunity to showcase how important the vast equine industry is to the United States economy, and the more horse owners, breeders, riders, trainers, racetracks, shows, rodeos and other industry suppliers that participate, the better the data will be that is included in the final results.”

The 2017 Economic Impact Study will contain expanded demographics with youth participation and additional segments of the industry, including Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies, Equine Sanctuaries and Rescues, Equine Academic Programs, and Equine Youth Organizations.  Representatives of these institutions and organizations, along with Equine Competition Organizers, will be receiving targeted and individualized surveys.  The main survey is designed to capture the impact of individual horse owners (whether commercial or recreational) and industry suppliers of equine-related goods and services.  A separate data request is being sent directly to Racetracks, OTBs, and Advanced Deposit Wagering businesses.

The surveys were designed by the Innovation Group and a supporting team of equine industry experts.  They were further vetted by key industry stakeholders as well as a Steering Committee composed of AHC staff and five outside experts.

The 2005 Economic Impact Study established that the horse industry in all its segments, including racing, showing, and recreation, had a $39 billion effect on the US economy, involved more than 4 million Americans and 9.2 million horses, and supported 1.4 million full-time jobs.  The study provided invaluable demographic data and insights into professions and other industries that are impacted by equine ownership, as well as proved to be extremely helpful to the industry’s efforts in documenting its size, diversity and economic importance to public officials, the press, and other media. Now more than ever, it’s important for the equine industry to have access to data from all segments to ensure the most comprehensive, impactful portrait possible of our diverse and long-standing industry.

If you are a member of an equine association, please be on the lookout for an email containing the link to the take the National Survey. If you are not a member of an equine association, or did not receive the survey link after June 15th and would like to participate, please email to receive the link. Please note, all personal information collected in the survey will be confidential and will not be distributed.

We thank you in advance for participating in this incredibly important update to the Economic Impact Study! If you have any questions, please contact the AHC directly at

LTBA Scholarship Recipient, Nola Parker Named Miss LSUA

Nola Parker, who was a 2013 LTBA Scholarship winner was crowned 2017 Miss LSUA, April 22. Parker is a senior from Dry Prong and is majoring in Communication Studies.

nola parker

Nola is a racing fan and frequent racetrack visitor who follows friends’ horses at Louisiana Downs, Evangeline Downs and Delta Downs. She expressed her gratitude to the LTBA saying of the scholarship, “It is a true blessing to get a scholarship which has helped make it possible to pursue my education.” Nola won one of two $1,000 scholarships awarded by drawing at the 2013 Louisiana Cup Races. The LTBA awards ten scholarships a year; two at Louisiana Premier Night at Delta Downs in February; two at Louisiana Legends Night at Evangeline Downs in July; two at Louisiana Cup Day at Louisiana Downs in August; and four at Louisiana Champions Day at Fair Grounds in December.


An outstanding young lady, Parker who is visually impaired will be attending the 2017 University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Thailand, a Humanitarian Affairs conference. In January 2018, she will be representing the Louisiana Federation of the Blind in Washington DC to advocate for legislation to benefit the visually impaired and blind community.


“LTBA is proud to be able to contribute to the future of our state by investing in the education process. We are proud of Nola and all of her accompishments.”




May 30, 2017



Owner and Trainer Charles Hukill Still Going Strong


Bossier City, LA – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce that they will host a regional qualifying event for the $2.5 million-est. National Horseplayers Championship. The contest will be held at the Bossier City racetrack on Saturday, June 17 and registration opens today.

This will be a live format, with win, place and show wagers on ten selected races. The entry fee is $300 ($150 entry fee, $150 live bankroll) and the contest will be limited to 100 entries, maximum two entries per person.  All participants must be NHC Tour Members and may join online. The fee of $50 offers valuable discounts for handicapping products and entry into the four FREE remaining online tournaments in 2017.

The top two finishers will win a berth in the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping tournament which will take place in Las Vegas, February 8-11, 2018. In addition, both winners will receive a $400 travel voucher and hotel accommodations for four nights in Las Vegas.

Registration is now open. Players needing further information may contact Tracey Blevins ( or Michele Ravencraft (  

Owner and Trainer Charles Hukill a Force at Louisiana Downs

There are many Thoroughbred trainers who pursue the profession because their families were horsemen, and their love for racing was passed down from previous generations.  But Charles Hukill took a very different route!

Hukill was born in Dallas, Texas and built a very successful landscaping and sprinkler business in Plano, 20 miles northeast of downtown Dallas.  He got into horseracing as an owner in the ‘70’s, but did not begin training until his oldest son assumed control of the family business. In 1998, Hukill took out his trainer’s license and embarked upon building a new business centered on racing and breeding. He owned and operated a training center in Canton, Texas and had as many as 120 horses in the late 1990’s. He was a solid supporter of Texas racing with stakes wins at both Sam Houston Race Park and Lone Star Park.  In addition to training, Hukill stood several stallions, including Sand Tunnel and Record Catch.

Tragedy struck Hukill’s training center in February, 2011 when an electrical fire broke out and 25 horses perished.


“That was pretty tough,” acknowledged Hukill.


He got out of the breeding after the fire, and owns and trains the majority of his 26 horses currently stabled at Louisiana Downs.


“I have one owner, Bobby Salome, who has six horses with me,” said Hukill. “I prefer to train my own and bring them along my way.”

Hukill and his wife, Lynn, have three sons. Growing up, each one worked

​in the family

landscaping and sprinkler business, with the two oldest remaining in that vocation. His youngest son served our country in the Air Force, and Hukill chuckles when he talks about his career choice.

“Dad, I have dug my last hole; I’m going to join the Air Force,” Hukill recalled.

Hukill has started over 6,300 Thoroughbreds in Texas and Louisiana, with a record of 478 wins and purses of $7.5 million. He was the ninth-leading trainer at Louisiana Downs in 2016.

One of his top level horses is Chases Dixie Belle, who captured the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies last August at Louisiana Downs. The daughter of My Pal Charlie has won 2 of her 11 starts and has bankrolled $89,800 to date.


“She’s a nice filly,” said Hukill. “She broke her maiden at first asking and moved right into stakes company.”

Hukill will turn 80 in November and talks about slowing down. But his version of cutting back may differ from most people in their late 70’s.  His last venture involved transforming a 40-acre property in Canton into Mare Haven Estates.

“I sold all but two lots,” he said. “It was home to my mares and babies, so that’s why it was named Mare Haven Estates.”

Current Meet Leaders

Last year’s top trainer Joey Foster continues his dominance with 13 wins, through May 30, to lead all conditioners. Foster has started 53 runners and is hitting the board at an impressive 58%. Ronnie Ward, Beverly Burress and Denise Schmidt are tied for second with four wins.


Gerardo Mora has the lead in the jockey standings with 15 wins, followed by Richard Eramia who has won 13 races and apprentice Jose Guerrero, who follows closely with 12 wins.


Beverly Burress has won four races to top the owner standings. Patti Turner and Red Rose Racing are tied for second with three wins and 13 owners, including Hukill, locked in a showdown for third-place with two victories each.


Post Times and Stakes Schedule

Live racing will be conducted Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Saturday with a 3:15 p.m. (Central) post time through September 27. For more information on the upcoming racing season and special events, visit

The 84-day meet will include 14 stakes highlighted by two major events, Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 5 and Super Derby Day on Saturday, September 9.  To see a complete list of the 2017 Thoroughbred stakes schedule, click here.

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

Darlene Wahman Obituary

November 23, 1934 – May 27, 2017

Freddie Darlene Wahman, 82, of Alma passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017. She was born on November 23, 1934 in Los Angeles, CA to the late Raymond and Velta McKinney. She graduated from Mulberry High School. She was employed as a secretary at Fort Chaffee Hospital where she met her husband of 52 years, Dr. Gerald Wahman. Her interests were real estate investments, thoroughbred horses, the Razorbacks, the Airedales, and cooking. She enjoyed following all activities of her children and grandchildren. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Alma, and was preceded in death by her brother, Michael McKinney.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Gerald Wahman of the home; five children, Cindy Henderson of Friendswood, TX, Jeff Wahman and wife Leveta of Van Buren, Lisa Jensen and husband Greg of Alma, Paul Wahman and wife Stacy of Mulberry, and Roger Wahman and wife Amy of Cedar Park, TX; twelve grandchildren, Amy Vazquez and husband Ray, Shane McWater and wife Kristy, and Darci Chambers and husband Kyle, all of Friendswood, TX, Payton Wahman of Van Buren, Gunner Jensen and wife Britney of Oklahoma City, Gage, Garrison, and Gabriel Jensen, all of Alma, Katie, Nicholas, and Alayna Wahman, all of Cedar Park, TX, and eight great-grandchildren, Elena, Ray, and Ava Vazquez, Madelyn and Andrew McWater, and Jesse, Eli, and Katie Chambers, all of Friendswood, TX.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Alma with interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery, under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Payton Wahman, Gunner Jensen, Gage Jensen, Garrison Jensen, Gabriel Jensen, Jackson Wahman, Nicholas Wahman, and Shane McWater.

The family will visit with friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR.




VINTON, LA. – Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) today announced that this year’s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot (Gr. III) for 2-year-olds will be held at its Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel on Saturdayafternoon, November 18.

 This year will mark the 15th anniversary of the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot, which is contested at 1-1/16 miles on a dirt surface. The race is the second richest in the country for 2-year-olds and has become a springboard to the Kentucky Derby. Since its inception the race has produced a total of 16 starters, including 10 over the last five years, for America’s most historic race at Churchill Downs.

Last year’s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot, won by multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera, was part of a 35-race series that made up the fifth edition of the ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ point system. Following his victory at Delta Downs, Gunnevera gained additional qualifying points toward this year’s Kentucky Derby with top three finishes in the Holy Bull Stakes (Gr. II) and Florida Derby (Gr. II) as well as a rousing win in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (Gr. II), each contested at Gulfstream Park.

The 2016 Delta Downs Jackpot Day program featured eight stakes races and over $2.2 million in total purse money. The undercard was highlighted by the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess (Gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies, which produces qualifying points to horses on their way to the Kentucky Oaks (Gr. I). In 2014, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas won the Princess with eventual Eclipse Award winning filly Take Charge Brandi after Tepin won the race in 2013. Tepin would eventually amass over $4.4 million career earnings before being retired just a few weeks ago.

“The Jackpot Day program continues its rich tradition of attracting top quality race horses each year,” said Steve Kuypers, Vice President and General Manager of Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel. “Not only do the best horses come to Vinton for the event, but many of racing’s top jockeys, trainers and owners take part in a program as well. Our team will be ready to put on another spectacular show on November 18.”

For the fifth consecutive year, Delta Downs will offer a guaranteed $200,000 Jackpot Day Pick 4 during its biggest day of racing. The wager will include four stakes races anchored by the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot and the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess. Overall there will be eight stakes races during the special 11-race afternoon program.

Horsemen, fans and media can follow developments for this year’s $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot on the website Information about Delta Downs’ 2017-18 Thoroughbred season can be found at the track’s website


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.


June Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

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June 1

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

June 2

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

June 3

  • Evangeline Mile, Evangeline Downs
  • Need For Speed, Evangeline Downs
  • Lafayette Stakes, Evangeline Downs

June 10 

  • LTBA Annual Meeting 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Evangeline Downs. Mojo’s, Evangeline Downs  Racetrack and Casino, 2235 Creswell Lane Extension, Opelousas, LA 70570
  • Belmont Day

June 14

June 13-15

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

June 14

  • Flag Day

June 17

  • National Horseplayers Championship regional qualifying event, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

June 18

  • Fathers Day

June 30 

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

July 8

  • Louisiana Legends Night at Evangeline Downs. Seven stakes races for Accredited Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds worth total purses of $725,000

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By Eric Mitchell

Louisiana freshman sire Flashpoint’s rst runner eventually become his first winner when Flashy Coop took a five-furlong maiden claiming race May 19 at Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City.

The colt out of Cajun Camp, by Forest Camp, was making his fourth start for the ownership entity Cuadra X and trainer Vicente Flores Lomeli. He placed third in his first two starts and came into the May 19 race off an unplaced effort four weeks ago. In breaking his maiden, Flashy Coop stopped the timer in 1:00 2/5.

Bred by Gerard Melancon in Louisiana, Flashy Coop sold through 5 B Farm’s consignment at the 2016 Equine Sales of Louisiana yearling sale for $1,500 to Enrique Cantarell. Cajun Camp has now produced three winners out of five foals to race.

Flashpoint is a 9-year-old son of Pomeroy—Two Punch Lil, by Two Punch, who raced for John Fort’s Peachtree Stable. He won the 2011 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park and the Jersey Shore Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park. He also won or placed in four other black-type stakes. He retired with a 5-1-2 record out of 15 starts and earned $361,722.

The stallion retired to stud at Brett Brinkman’s La Mesa Stallions near Carencro, La., where he stands for $1,500. Flashpoint has 32 foals in his first crop.