The Louisiana Racing Commission will take action Aug. 16 on a feasibility study to determine if the state needs more racetracks. There are four now, but plans have been floated for three more.
Record purses and a new distance for the Super Derby (gr. II) highlight the 28th season of racing at Louisiana Downs, which opens Friday, June 28. The 2002 season will offer 80 days of racing on a Thursday-Sunday schedule with the exception of a special Monday racing program on Labor Day.
Plans have been floated for two racetracks in Louisiana, but some legislators have asked the state racing commission not to issue any more licenses. They believe the plans are more about gaming than horse racing.
The Louisiana Downs barn area has offically opened and is expected to be full when the 29th meeting begins Friday, June 28. The 80-day season is scheduled to offer average daily purses of $200,000, a 56% increase over last year's meet.
A development group that wants to purchase Louisiana Downs in Bossier City hopes to close on the deal by July and spend $150 million renovating and expanding the facility. Meanwhile, progress has been reported on plans for the new Evangeline Downs.
Louisiana's first "racino" at Delta Downs generated nearly $8 million in revenue in just 16 days of operation in February, and attracted more than 134,000 patrons, according to state police figures released March 20 at the Louisiana Gaming Control Board meeting.
Louisiana Downs announced Jan. 30 an increase of nearly 40% in its average daily purses for the track's June 28 to Sept. 22 meeting. Horses at the Bossier City, La., racetrack will run for $200,000 per day this summer.
A group of six to seven investors from Texas and Louisiana has issued a letter of intent to buy the 27-year-old Louisiana Downs. A state license issued in March that allows the racetrack to run 15,000 square-feet of slot machines significantly increased its value. If the deal closes, the investors intend to spend more than $90 million on renovations.
A more mature Outofthebox shows up to win the Super Derby.
Outofthebox, a runner-up in each of his four previous stakes starts, earned his first career stakes win in Sunday's $500,000 Super Derby (gr. I) on a muddy track at Louisiana Downs.
Just over a year after suffering her first career defeat, Hallowed Dreams failed to keep her date at the winner's circle following a third-place finish in Sunday's $49,000 Monique Rene Handicap at Louisiana Downs.
Louisiana Downs has received permission to install more than 1,700 slot machines as part of an $86-million project scheduled for completion early next year. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board gave the go-ahead during a meeting Monday in Baton Rouge.
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Delta Downs and Louisiana Downs hoped to have slot machines clanging away by now, but the arduous approval process has put the estimated time of arrival closer to 2002.
Citing competition for the Midwest wagering dollar from the reopening of Arlington Park, Louisiana Downs reported declines in total and on-track handle and a nominal decrease in attendance during the meet that ended Sunday.
Tiznow led at every call en route to winning the $500,000 Super Derby (gr. I) by six lengths, breaking the existing course- and stakes-record time in the process. The full brother of Budroyale, who beat last year's Super Derby winner Ecton Park when finishing second in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) last time out, completed the 1 1/4 miles in 1:59.84 over a fast track Saturday at Louisiana Downs.
The last time trainer D. Wayne Lukas saddled a Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner in the Super Derby (gr. I) was 1996, when Editor's Note completed a sweep of both events by winning the Louisiana Downs feature by 1 1/2 lengths over the Barking Shark. In Saturday's Super Derby, Belmont winner Commendable, a Lukas trainee, has been installed as the morning-line third wagering choice in the six-horse for the 1 1/4-mile race.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Commendable and Tiznow, second against older horses in the 1 1/4-mile Pacific Classic (gr. I), head the list of possible starters for the $500,000 Super Derby (gr. I) at Louisiana Downs. D. Wayne Lukas, trainer of Commendable, won both the Belmont Stakes and Super Derby with Editor's Note in 1996.
Jockey Ronald Ardoin rode three winners in a row at Louisiana Downs on Sunday to become the 16th rider in North American racing history to reach that plateau.
Unbeaten Hallowed Dreams extended her win streak to 16--equaling the modern American record for consecutive wins by a Thoroughbred co-held by Citation and Cigar--when she beat three other 3-year-old fillies in the $38,800 Dixie Miss Stakes at Louisiana Downs.
Hallowed Dreams, undefeated in 15 career starts, will attempt to tie the modern day national record for consecutive wins--held by Citation and Cigar--when she is opposed by four other 3-year-old fillies in the $40,000 Dixie Miss Stakes Saturday at Louisiana Downs.
Unbeaten Hallowed Dreams extended her win streak to 15 races Sunday at Louisiana Downs.
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