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Norman Suspension Upheld in Louisiana

The Louisiana Racing Commission on Friday upheld trainer Cole Norman's six-month suspension and $1,000 fine for two separate incidents late last year involving total carbon dioxide violations.

Blasi Taking Over for Suspended Asmussen

Steve Asmussen, North America's leading trainer in 2004 and 2005, has decided not to seek legal recourse over a six-month suspension that was upheld by the Louisiana Racing Commission. He is to serve the ban for a medication infraction from July 10, 2006 to Jan. 10, 2007.

Asmussen's Six-Month Suspension Upheld

Steve Asmussen faces a six-month suspension and a $2,500 fine after the Louisiana Racing Commission upheld an earlier decision stemming from a positive test for Mepivicaine on one of his runners following a race at Evangeline Downs March 24.

Track Cancels $1 Million Delta Jackpot

With the postponement of live racing at Delta Downs this season due to extensive damage from Hurricane Rita, the track has canceled its first graded stakes event, the $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III), as well as three other stakes that were scheduled for Dec. 2.

Delta Downs' Race Meeting in Question

Louisiana horsemen are busy shuffling race meetings between Evangeline Downs and Louisiana Downs after Delta Downs became the second track in the state to suffer severe damage due to a hurricane. Delta Downs was scheduled to open its 88-day Thoroughbred meeting Oct. 21.

Louisiana Considers Rule to Ban Use of EPO

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The Louisiana State Racing Commission's medication committee has asked the full commission to ban the use and possession of human recombinant erythropoietin (EPO) and darbepoietin, as well as consider measures aimed at random pre-race testing for total dissolved carbon dioxide, more commonly known as "milkshaking."

Jockey Meche Returns To Saddle

Jockey Donnie Meche will return to the saddle Friday at Louisiana Downs for the first time since the Delta Downs stewards suspended him in January 2003. Meche is scheduled to ride Unbridled Tick (6-1) in the eighth race for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Meche Awaits Ruling by Judge

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Jockey Donnie Meche is awaiting a ruling by an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge on whether or not he can return to the track following a suspension he received by the Louisiana State Racing Commission. Judge Rosemary Ledet heard arguments on Aug. 26 and has 30 days to make a judgment.

Harrah's Purchase of Louisiana Downs OK'd

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The transfer of Louisiana Downs' horse-racing license to Harrah's Bossier City Investment Co. is nearly complete after the Louisiana Racing Commission approved the move Thursday.

Track, Commission Strike Deal on Head Tax

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Delta Downs has worked out a compromise with the Louisiana Racing Commission over payment of a head tax. The issue was resolved at the commission's meeting in New Orleans March 8.

Legislator: Delta Downs Tax Dispute Won't Linger

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State Rep. Ronnie Johns said a dispute between the Louisiana Racing Commission and Delta Downs over head-tax payments could be resolved by March 8, when the racing commission meets in New Orleans.

Commission Wants Head Tax from Delta Downs

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The Louisiana Racing Commission is at odds with Delta Downs over the racetrack's refusal to pay a little-known head tax. Racing commissioners want Delta Downs to pay 25 cents for each patron that enters its doors for horse racing or to play slot machines.

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