Sunny Oak Wires the Field in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

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Jockey Emanuel Nieves pilots Sunny Oak to victory in the36th running of the Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint from Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

 

Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint
Louisiana Downs, 8-5-17, 6 furlongs, dirt
Louisiana Bred 3YO and Upwards Fillies and Mares, Purse $50,000

SUNNY OAK
Giant Oak–Heckuva Time, by Gilded Time
Breeder: Jeff Wahman & Darlene Wahman
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Emanuel Nieves

2nd
Can’t Touch Me
Musket Man–Notrestraintable, by Belek
Breeder: Paul Sita
Owner: Clay Loetscher
Trainer: Clay Loetscher
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

3rd
Look Into My Eyes
City Zip–Burnished Miss, by Wild Again
Breeder: Robert McDowell & Bethe Deal
Owner: Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti
Trainer: Efren Loza, Jr.
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

 

Sunny Oak, owned by Keith Plaisance turned back eight challengers in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. 

With confident handling by rider Emmanuel Nieves, the 4-year-old filly by Live Oak won by 5 ¾ lengths over longshot Can’t Touch Me under Ashley Broussard. Defending champion Look Into My Eyes was third and Mr. Al’s Gal completed the superfecta.

Sunny Oak ($10.80) is trained by Edward Johnston and picked up her sixth win from 15 starts.

Front-Running Score by Aceguitar in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile

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Aceguitar with Ted Gondron aboard turn for home and goes on to win the 7th running of the Louisiana Cup Juvenile at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Sam Switalski

Louisiana Cup Juvenile Stakes
Louisiana Downs, 8-5-17, 6 furlongs, dirt
Louisiana Bred 2YO Colts and Geldings, Purse $50,000

ACEGUITAR
Star Guitar–Cherub Heart, by Dehere
Breeder: Clear Creek Stud Llc
Owner: Scott Brown
Trainer: Danny Pish
Jockey: Ted D. Gondron

2nd
Drewcitable
Artie Schiller–Native Trinket, by Dove Hunt
Breeder: Jay Adcock
Owner: Norman Stables, LLC
Trainer: Lonnie Briley
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

3rd
Smokin’ Truth
Yes It’s True–Don’t Smoke, by Smoke Glacken
Breeder: Rebecca Farms LLC
Owner: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.  and Drop 23
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.
Jockey: Diego Saenz

 

The first stakes of the afternoon was the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile for Louisiana-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Scott Brown’s Aceguitar, a son of noted Louisiana champion Star Guitar, dug in gamely for jockey Ted Gondron. He wheeled back following his runner-up finish in the $105,000 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at Lone Star Park on July 22.

Aceguitar ($240) covered six furlongs in 1:12.47. Drewcitable, under Colby Hernandez, dueled with the winner, but settled for second, followed by Smokin’ Truth and Roaring Star Fire.

OAKLAWN RACING CLUB TO DEBUT IN ADVANCE OF 2018 LIVE SEASON

Hot Springs, Ark. (Friday, July 28, 2017) – Oaklawn will offer fans the chance to experience the thrills of Thoroughbred ownership in a low-risk, low-cost fashion with the debut of the Oaklawn Racing Club just in time for the 2018 live racing season.

The Oaklawn Racing Club will offer up to 200 shares at $500 each in a horse that will be purchased privately and trained by multiple stakes-winning Oaklawn trainer and native Arkansan Ron Moquett. The plan is for Moquett to identify and purchase an unraced 2-year-old with the goal of starting one or two times this fall in preparation for its 3-year-old season at Oaklawn. The 2018 season runs Jan. 12 – April 14.

“Oaklawn has one of the greatest fan bases in the country and we know there will be a lot of interest in our Racing Club,” General Manager Wayne Smith said. “There’s nothing more exciting than having the opportunity to be involved in Thoroughbred racehorse ownership. We’re looking forward to working with Ron and hopefully offering that thrill to Oaklawn Racing Club members.”

“I’m really excited to be part of the Oaklawn Racing Club,” said Moquett, who has trained major contenders in Oaklawn’s 3-year-old stakes program the last three years with Far Right, Whitmore and Petrov. “This is a great way for a racing fan to get the experience without all the risks that can come with owning a Thoroughbred. We look forward to having a lot of fun with the group and their horse.”

Benefits of membership include regular email updates on the horse, access to a member only Facebook page for regular pictures, videos and updates on the horse, exclusive club events during the 2018 Oaklawn live meet and two free reserved seats every time the Oaklawn Racing Club horse runs (excluding Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby days).

The Oaklawn Racing Club was formed with the intention of being a 501(c)(7) not-for-profit social club organized for pleasure, recreational and other non-profitable purposes. Members should not join with any profit motive or expectation of profit.

Membership shares can only be purchased through the Oaklawn website, http://www.oaklawn.com, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9. Only one membership per person will be allowed and all participants must by at least 18-years-old to participate.

For more information, visit http://oaklawn.com/racing/oaklawn-racing-club/ or email racingclub@oaklawn.com.

UHC New Educational Handouts provide information on finding a horse, horse care, and more

(Washington, DC)- The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is pleased to announce the addition of several new educational documents available to the industry and the general public. These handouts are available on the UHC’s website under Before You Buy and Options for Horse Owners, and will provide additional information for both first time horse buyer on how to “Own Responsibly” and what “Owning Responsibly” entails, as well as information for the current horse owner on re-homing horses and more.

“The UHC has transitioned into an organization that individuals and other organizations turn to for information and education,” said UHC Director Ashley Furst. “Buying a horse or pony is a big decision, and also one of the most costly purchases that you will make in your lifetime. We want prospective owners to do the necessary research before purchasing a horse, and felt these short handouts would be helpful in getting started on the journey to horse ownership. We also wanted to educate current horse owners a little more on what their options are should they find themselves no longer able to care for the horses.”

Topics in the handouts include:

  • How to Pick the Perfect Horse
  • Questions to Ask When Rehoming a Horse
  • Implications of Charitable Contributions
  • Basic Horse Care: Shelter
  • Basic Horse Care: Nutrition
  • I can no longer care for my horse, what options are available?
  • Preventative Health Care
  • And more!

 

The handouts will also be available to be customized with an organization’s logo upon request should an organization wish to share the handouts with their own members or other individuals. If you are interested in receiving a handout with your organizations logo, please contact Ashley Furst at afurst@horsecouncil.org.

 

View Article on UHC Website

NINE STAKES TO BE CONTESTED ON LOUISIANA CUP DAY AT HARRAH’S LOUISIANA DOWNS THIS SATURDAY

Winner of the $60,000 Prelude Will Earn a Berth to the $200,000 Super Derby

on Saturday, September 9

 

Bossier City, LA – The fields are set for Louisiana Cup Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on Saturday, August 5.  First post is 3:15 pm (Central) for card which will feature nine stakes, highlighted by the running of the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude.

The stakes for 3-year-olds will be contested on the Franks Turf Course at the distance of a mile and one-sixteenth this year. The winner will receive a berth to the $200,000 Super Derby on Saturday, September 9; the richest race of the 2017 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred racing season.

Trainer Allen Landry conditions Magic Vow, the son of Private Vow out of the Broad Brush mare Whitewashed. The bay gelding is owned by Evelyn Benoit of Brittlyn Stable, Inc. This will be the first turf start for the bay gelding, who enters the race with a record of four wins from eight starts and earnings of $199,900.

“He’s bred for the grass and he has shown us he can route,” said Landry.

Trainer Brad Cox has entered two runners: Royal by Nature and Mr. Misunderstood.  Current leading rider Richard Eramia will ride Royal by Nature, who won the $75,000 SundaySilence over the Franks Turf Course here last September.

Mr. Misunderstood with Chris Rosier up, will make his first start since competing in the Grade 3, Illinois Derby on April 22. He was a multiple turf winner last season at Fair Grounds.

Trainer Efren Loza, Jr. sends in St George Stables LLC’s Jilotepec, a lightly raced colt by Into Mischief, who has won two of his three career efforts and will make his first start on the grass.

The Prelude field also includes Fast Talkin Man, a Texas-bred son of Oratory, trained by Danny Pish. He is stakes-placed on turf and will break from the rail under rider Luis Quinonez. Queeten has won two allowance races this meet for trainer Sarah Delany and will make his turf debut under rider Emanuel Nieves. Trainer Charles Hukill will give a leg up to Aubrie Green on Score’s Choice and Louisiana Downs leading trainer Joey Foster will saddle Mizztic Tale, a son of Mizzen Mast. Gerardo Mora will guide the Kentucky-bred from the far outside post.

The Super Derby Prelude is set as the eighth race of the card, with an approximate post time of 6:24 pm.

“I am proud of the race card that racing secretary David Heitzmann and the racing office team put together for Louisiana Cup Day,” said Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager.  “It’s very difficult to get this many competitive races with full fields especially on all stakes days, but they did just that.”

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile

The first stakes of the afternoon is the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile for Louisiana-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings.  A field of seven will compete at six furlongs on the main track.

Scott Brown’s Aceguitar, a son of noted Louisiana champion Star Guitar, will wheel back following his runner-up finish in the $105,000 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at Lone Star Park on July 22.

“He’s a promising young horse and came out of the stakes at Lone Star in good shape,” said trainer Danny Pish. “We think he deserves a shot.”

$50,000 John Henry

The first turf feature of the card is the $50,000 John Henry with a field of nine going a mile and one-sixteenth over the Franks Turf Course. This is one of the two features transferred from Evangeline Downs for the Louisiana Cup Day card. 

Doug Wall’s homebred Ibaka is closing in on the half-million dollar earning mark, with stakes wins at Sam Houston Race Park, Will Rogers Downs and Remington Park. Bret Calhoun trains the 5-year-old son of Uncle Abbie, named for Serge Ibaka, who played for the Oklahoma Thunder from 2009 -2016.  Ibaka drew the rail for his Louisiana Downs debut and will be ridden by Eddie Martin, Jr.

“He is a solid horse and has remained sound and healthy,” said Calhoun. “This race fell at a good time and will set him up nicely for his return to Remington Park and the Oklahoma-bred stakes.”

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

Eleven fillies and mares will compete six furlongs in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

Defending champion Look Into My Eyes, a 5-year-old daughter of City Zip, owned by Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti returns. Trained by Loza, she will be ridden by Colby Hernandez, her winning pilot in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes at Evangeline Downs on July 8.

Loza is based in south Florida, but has shipped several stakes runners to Texas and Louisiana in the past three years.  He is looking forward to returning to Louisiana Downs on August 5.

“Louisiana Downs has a nice turf course and we had success there last summer,” said Loza.

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff

A full field of 12 accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares will take to the Franks Turf Course for the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff.

Trainer Ron Faucheux won the $100,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic last year with Sunbean, the intrepid turf specialist bred and owned by Brittlyn Stable, Inc. The same noted connections will return to Louisiana Downs with Safari Calamari, a 5-year-old mare by Half Ours.

“She ran second to Believe in Bertie (in the $60,000 Red Camelia Stakes) at Fair Grounds,” he said. “This mare is much better on the turf, but we needed to get a race in her. She ran at Louisiana Downs on July 12 over a sloppy track. She lost by a nose; but she ran well.”

Richard Eramia, who won the Lone Star Park riding title yesterday, will guide Safari Calamari from post position three. She has earned $178,780 with six wins from 15 starts.

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies

Another full field of 2-year-old accredited Louisiana-bred fillies in the six-furlong $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Janae, won the $100,000 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity two weeks ago at Lone Star Park, drew post 12 in the field of 13.  Purchased for $16,000 by Susan Moulton, the daughter of Closing Argument has already won $77,000. She is trained by Brandon Jenkins, the son of longtime Texas horseman Bobby Jenkins. She will reunite with jockey Kerwin Clark on Saturday.

“She’s doing really well and my only concern is that this will be her first time going three-quarters (of a mile),” he said. “Susan knew Kerwin (Clark) when she used to gallop at Lone Star Park, so all the credit for her last race goes to him. She drew the ten-hole that day, so we are hoping he can angle her in again.”

Jenkins began the Lone Star meet with three horses and now is up to 12 in his barn.

“It’s been pretty amazing,” he said. “I’m hoping she can run a good race at Louisiana Downs. It means a lot to a ‘small time trainer’ to have a nice filly like Janae.”

Matalona Thoroughbreds LLC’s  Feisty Embrace is one of several fillies looking to step up to stakes company. Trainer Al Stall, Jr, will be in Saratoga this weekend, but will watch the race.

“I scratched her out of the Evangeline Stakes because I think this distance suits her,” he said. “She tries hard and drew well for her stakes debut.”

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic

The $50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic attracted 12 turf runners and two also-eligibles going a mile and one-sixteenth over the Franks Turf Course. Several competitors from the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Turf run here on July 17, will return to action, including the winner, Trust Factor. 

The 4-year-old colt owned by Scrivener Stables, defeated five rivals under jockey Colby Hernandez.

“He liked the firm turf and Colby gave him a very good ride,” said trainer Mike Maker.

Runner-up Eden Grey’s Kitten, trained by Steve Flint, will return. The 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy had previously won two in a row, including the $60,000 Costa Rising at Fair Grounds.

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint

The $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint will run as race seven. The six-furlong main track dash drew a field of 14.  Trainer H.B. Johnson, who is based at Louisiana Downs, has two entrants in final preparation for this feature. Icy Gentleman, bred and owned by Ironwater Farms Joint Venture, ran fourth in the 2016 edition of this race and has banked over $312,000 in fifteen starts. He won the Louisiana Premier Night Sprint on February 11 and was second to Jockamo’s Songone month ago in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint at Evangeline Downs. Diego Saenz will ride the 4-year-old Icy Gentleman and Eguard Tejera will pilot All About Interest for ownersTimothy Riley and Gregory Hoffman.  The 8-year-old, sired by Interest Rate ran second in the 2015 Louisiana Cup Sprint.

Recent Louisiana Downs allowance winner Dickman Legacy Ranch LLC’s Spring Value, will make his stakes debut for conditioner Steve Asmussen. The 4-year-old colt by Interactif will be ridden by Richard Eramia.

 

$50,000 Opelousas

Originally scheduled at Evangeline Downs, the $50,000 Opelousas at one mile over the Franks Turf Course drew an overflow field of fillies and mares. 

Artistic License, a 6-year-old daughter of Heart of the Storm will make her 37th career start for Carl Moore Management, LLC and trainer Bret Calhoun.

“She was a little unlucky at Lone Star Park,” said Calhoun. “She won the River Cities last year on Super Derby day, so we know she likes the Louisiana Downs turf course.”

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association to Award Scholarships on Saturday

In honor of Louisiana Cup Day, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, on Saturday afternoon.   The drawings will be between the fifth and sixth races. Students must be there to register between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. at the designated registration booth.

“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association is pleased to continue making an investment in the future of our state by investing in the education process,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

For more information on requirements for the scholarships, please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit louisianabred.com.

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

READY PROSPECTOR, SHE’SCREATIVE win D.S. “Shine” Young Futurities

READY PROSPECTOR STRIKES GOLD IN THE COLT DIVISION

 SHE’SCREATIVE TRIUMPHANT IN THE FILLIES DIVISION

READY PROSPECTOR
Ready Prospector wins the Colt and Gelding Division of the 2017 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity. Coady Photography

 

D.S. Shine Young Futurity 
Colt and Gelding Division
Evangeline Downs, 7-29-17, 5 1/2 furlongs, dirt
2YO colts and geldings, Purse $75,000

READY PROSPECTOR
Custom for Carlos–Vera Belle, by Not For Love
Breeder: Virginia Lazenby
Owner: Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLC
Trainer: Oscar Modica
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

2nd
I Want A Picture
Redding Colliery–Bond’s Babe, by Johannesburg
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Flurry Racing Stables LLC
Trainer: J. R. Caldwell
Jockey: Danny Sorenson

3rd
Cajun Creed
Jimmy Creed–Surprise Squall, by Stephen Got Even
Breeder: Danny M. Brown & Donna B. Brown
Owner: Horseplayers Racing Club LLC
Trainer: Danny Pish
Jockey: Roberto Morales

 

OPELOUSAS, LA – Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable’s Ready Prospector was able to survive an early speed duel and then withstand a furious charge from the favored I Want a Picture to prevail in the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity for Colts & Geldings on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs.

Ready Prospector was sent right up into the fray by jockey Gerard Melancon at the start and engaged with another longshot in Piranha Tough through solid early fractions of 22.02 for the quarter-mile and 46.04 for the half-mile. When the field entered the stretch, Ready Prospector had put away Piranha Tough, holding a 3-1/2 length lead, but the 9-5 favorite, I Want a Picture came running in the final furlong and just came up a head short. Ready Prospector finished the 5-1/2 furlongs in a final time of 1:05.46 over the wet-fast racetrack.

A 10-1 longshot, Ready Prospector, returned $22.60 to win, $8.40 to place and $5.40 to show. I Want a Picture paid $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show, while Cajun Creed rallied for third and returned $2.80 to show.

Ready Prospector scored the first win of his brief career in the “Shine” Young Futurity. He was bred in Louisiana by Virginia Lazenby and is trained by Oscar Modica. The maiden-breaking win earned Ready Prospector the $45,000 first-place purse and increased his lifetime earnings to $50,200. He is a two-year-old gelding by Custom for Carlos and out of the Not For Love mare, Vera Belle.

 

SHE'SCREATIVE
She’screative wins the Filly Division of the 2017 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity. Coady Photography

 

D.S. Shine Young Futurity 
Filly Division
Evangeline Downs, 7-29-17, 5 1/2 furlongs, dirt
2YO fillies, Purse $75,000

SHE’SCREATIVE
Creative Cause–She’s a Rebel Too
Breeder: T L Holyfield Racing Stable LLC
Owner: Thomas L. Holyfield
Trainer: J. R. Caldwell
Jockey: Dusty Ryder Shepherd

2nd
Eye Craft
Songandaprayer–Ihavemyeyeonyou, by Crafty Prospector
Breeder: Coulee Croche Thoroughbred, LLC
Owner: Brad Raney
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

3rd
Born to D’ Wild
D’wildcat–Jasmine Gardens, by Mineshaft
Breeder: Coteau Grove Farms, LLC
Owner: Brava Stables LLC
Trainer: Patrick Devereux, Jr.
Jockey: Diego Saenz

The fillies division of the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity was also run on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs. The original field of twelve was scratched down to six and the best of that half-dozen was She’screative. The filly assumed the lead shortly after the start and led through a quarter-mile of 22.31 seconds and a half-mile of 46.19 seconds. She received a challenge from Eye Craft, who briefly took the lead in the stretch. However, She’screative re-rallied on the rail to win by 2-1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:06.53 for the 5-1/2 furlongs.

She’screative was the even-money favorite in the “Shine” Young Futurity and returned $4 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show. Eye Craft paid $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. Born to D’wild paid $2.60 to show.

She’screative is a 2-year-old filly bred in Louisiana by T.L. Holyfield Racing Stable, LLC. She is owned by Thomas L. Holyfield, trained by J.R. Caldwell and was ridden to victory by Dusty Shepherd. Her record is now a perfect two-for-two and the $45,000 first-place purse increases her lifetime earnings to $60,600. She’screative is by Creative Cause and out of the Two Punch mare, She’s a Rebel Too.

 

 

For more information on the Thoroughbred season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.

August Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.Brought to you by Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Whispering Oaks Farm, Texas Thoroughbred Assoc.and Equine Sales CompanyClick images to link to more information

August 1

  • Jockey Club Report of Mares Bred Due 

 

August 5

  • Stallion Awards to be Mailed

 

August 5

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting.  Holiday Inn Express, Bossier City,12:00 noon.
  • Louisiana Cup Day. Louisiana Downs, Bossier City. 1st Post 3:15 p.m.Six stakes races for Accredited Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds worth total purses of $300,000

 

August 14

  • Delta Downs stall applications due for 2017-18 Thoroughbred Meet

August 21

 

August 18

  • Fair Grounds Quarter Horse Meet Opens

 

Aug 31

 

 

Reminder: 2017-18 LTBA Regular Membership Applications and Renewals Due.

$75 before Sept. 30/$85 after Sept 30.

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Please contact Linda 985-386-0360, linda@louisianabred.com or Roger 504-947-4676, roger@louisianabred.com for cost and availability.

Do you have a date pertaining to Louisiana-breds that you would like included in an upcoming calendar? Please contact Linda 985-386-0360, linda@louisianabred.com or Roger 504-947-4676, roger@louisianabred.comfor consideration.

 

Any questions or need more info call

Roger A. Heitzmann III, Secretary/Treasurer

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

504-947-4676, 800-772-1195

Daily Racing Form Purchased By Z Capital Partners

by | 07.26.2017 | 8:17am

Private equity management company Z Capital Partners has purchased Sports Information Group, the parent company of Daily Racing Form.

The purchase was announced in a July 25 press release from Z Capital Partners, the private equity management arm of Z Capital Group, which describes itself as “a leading global alternative investment manager focused on opportunistic, value-oriented private equity and credit funds” with $2.3 billion of regulatory assets under management.

“The big opportunity for us is to digitize the print side of the business, which the former owners started to do—it’s expensive and there is still a way to go to make it fully function, and then the online gaming offering,” said Z Capital Group CEO James Zenni in an interview with Bloomberg’s Jason Kelly on Bloomberg Markets. Zenni said his company started watching Daily Racing Form about four years ago.

The release said terms of the deal would not be disclosed.

“We are thrilled to join the Z Capital family,” said SIG chairman and CEO John Hartig. “Z Capital’s financial strength, experience, insight, and operational expertise will help Daily Racing Form and the company’s other platforms continue to enhance and expand our digital offerings and better serve our loyal readers and customers, while staying true to the publication’s rich history and its market-leading brand.”

Daily Racing Form was advised in the transaction by JEGI I Clarity.

Daily Racing Form has covered horse racing since 1894, publishes up to 2,000 unique pages of statistical and editorial copy every day, in as many as 20 daily editions, 364 days a year, and includes a companion website that provides news coverage, race results, exclusive handicapping tools, as well as sales and auction coverage through DRF Breeding, and access to the account deposit wagering site DRF Bets.

In February Z Capital Partners completed a purchase of Las Vegas-based Affinity Gaming in a deal that valued the casino owner at $580 million. At the time Affinity Gaming owned 11 casinos, including five in Nevada.

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Will Award Scholarships at Louisiana Cup Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

(New Orleans, La.) – Louisiana Cup Day will take place Saturday, August 5, at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.

The drawings will be between the fifth and sixth races. The races begin at 3:15 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. at the designated registration booth.

The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:

  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Fall 2017.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  • Must be present at the drawing location to win.
  • Must have university ID number or Social Security number.

The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student’s account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.

“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association is pleased to continue making an investment in the future of our state by investing in the education process,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

The Louisiana Cup Day annual event features seven stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses and total purse money of $360,000. The highlight of the evening will be the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude for 3-year-olds competing at 1-1/16 miles.

Louisiana Cup Juvenile 2 Y.O. LA-Bred Six Furlongs $50,000
Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies 2 Y.O. Fillies LA-Bred Six Furlongs $50,000
Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint 3 Y.O. & Up F&M LA-Bred Six Furlongs $50,000
Louisiana Cup Sprint 3 Y.O. & Up LA-Bred Six Furlongs $50,000
Louisiana Cup Turf Classic 3 Y.O. & Up LA-Bred 1m 1/16 (Turf) $50,000
Louisiana Cup Distaff 3 Y.O. & up F&M, LA-Bred 1m 1/16 (Turf) $50,000
Super Derby Prelude 3 Y.O. LA-Bred 1m 1/16 (Turf) $60,000

For more information please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit louisianabred.com.