Some 110 horses are entered for the 10 races on the Louisiana Cup race program at Louisiana Downs May 22 when four $100,000 events for state breds are contested.
Offlee Wild was the leading first-crop sire and 2-year-old sire of 2009. A multiple stakes winner, his biggest win came in the 2005 Suburban Handicap (gr. I).
Ide was named 2009 stallion of the year by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. The award is based on the earnings of his accredited Louisiana-bred offspring ($2,231,521) during 2009.
In the tightest race in years, Darley's freshman stallion Offlee Wild honors as the nation's top first-crop sire over Hill 'n' Dale Farm's Roman Ruler.
The race for leading freshman sire in 2009 between Roman Ruler and Offlee Wild will be decided in the colt and gelding division of the Louisiana Futurity Dec. 31 at Fair Grounds.
Brittlyn Stable's Star Guitar is seeking to become the third Thoroughbred in history to win three times on a Louisiana Champions Day program in New Orleans when he goes forward in the Louisiana Champions Day Classic.
Six debut winners at Keeneland, a record-setting filly from Maryland and a West Coast invader highlight a field of nine 2-year-olds entered for the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs April 30.
Grade I winner Offlee Wild sired his first winner from his initial starter when his son Heavenville won April 9 at Keeneland.
Fair Grounds will expand its racing season by two weeks next season and begin a locally-based meet prior to Thanksgiving for the first time in nearly 30 years, track president Randy Soth announced April 15.
Casino operator Harrah's Entertainment has announced it has signed a letter of intent to purchase a 95% stake in Louisiana Downs for $157 million.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bossier City||Tony J. Richey||
|Can't Complain||Joseph M. Foster||
|Cat Shoes||Keith G. Bourgeois||
|Devilish Due||Merrill R. Scherer||
|Even Steven||Troy Young||
|False Start||Jeff Delhomme||
|Jays Wildcat||Sturges J. Ducoing||
|King of the Bayou||James E. Hodges||
|Mr. Wildlee||Robert Husak, Jr.||
|Red Rally||Merrill R. Scherer||
|Target Flash||Karl Broberg||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Joe Hirsch Turf Classic S. (gr. IT)||BEL|
|Gallant Bloom H. (gr. II)||BEL|
|Pilgrim S. (gr. III)||BEL|
|Vosburgh S. (gr. I)||BEL|
|Beldame S. (gr. I)||BEL|