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  • 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.

  • Louisiana Racinos Produce $40M for Purses So Far

    The slot-machine parlor at the Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino reigns as the most profitable racino in Louisiana, having generated more than $33 million in purse money the past two years, according to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. In all, three racinos have produced more than $40 million for horsemen.

  • Jackpot to Return; Similar Races Suggested for State

    The $1-million Delta Jackpot Dec. 5 at Delta Downs generated so much exposure and money for the racetrack that it will return next year, said general manager Jack Bernsmeier, who would like to see similar big-money races at all Louisiana tracks.

  • Handle Figures Strong at Louisiana Downs

    <br>Louisiana Downs concluded its 2003 racing season Sunday with increases in on-track, off-track, and total handle. With the opening of the slots casino earlier this year, the track no longer keeps attendance records.

  • Louisiana Racino Appears to Impact Riverboat Casinos

    Slot machines at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., appear to have impacted five riverboat casinos in the Shreveport/Bossier City market, according to July revenue reports filed with the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

  • Super Derby Next for Soto

    Trainer Michael Dickinson reports that Soto, winner of $600,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) in his last start on Aug. 9, will make his next start in the $500,000 Super Derby (gr. II) at Louisiana Downs. The 24th running of the nine-furlong Super Derby will be on Sept. 20.

  • Louisiana Downs to Expand Racing Schedule

    The Louisiana State Racing Commission approved a request by Louisiana Downs to run 122 dates in 2004, an increase of 42 days over the current year. The track will run 102 Thoroughbred dates from May 14 through Oct. 31 and 20 days of Quarter Horse racing from Nov. 10 through Dec. 12. The Quarter Horse meet will be the first in the track's history.

  • Stewards Deny Meche License Application

    Jockey Donnie Meche had his application for a riding license rejected by Louisiana Downs stewards Thursday, rendering a stay of his one-year suspension by the Louisiana State Racing Commission on July 1 useless.

  • Death of Jockey Chris Valovich Ruled Suicide

    Arkansas native Chris Valovich, who rose up from a leading apprentice rider at Oaklawn Park in 1983 to garner more than 2,000 wins in 20 years, was cremated June 24 in Arizona after he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound four days earlier in Phoenix.

  • Louisiana Downs Slots Revenue Already in Millions

    The racino at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., took in more than $2.6 million in revenue in its first 11 days of operation, according to figures released by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. The 905 slot machines went online May 21.

  • Harrah's Purchase of Louisiana Downs OK'd

    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.

  • Louisiana Downs Financial Investment May Increase

    Harrah's Entertainment may increase the initial $157 million it wants to spend on Louisiana Downs, the Bossier City racetrack it purchased this year. The casino company plans to install 1,500 slot machines at the track when the acquisition is complete.

  • Here and There

    Louisiana Downs honors meet champs...Hoosier Park prepares for Ladies' Night...Sam Houston hosts owners' seminar...Zito bobblehead to hit Churchill.

  • Super Derby Field Taking Shape

    A potential field of eight is taking shape for Louisiana Downs' Super Derby XXIII (gr. II), to be run Sept. 21. For the first time the race will be run at 1 1/8 miles instead of the traditional classic distance of 1 1/4 miles.

  • With Sale, Evangeline Downs Poised for Big Move

    Peninsula Gaming of Delaware has acquired all of Evangeline Downs near Lafayette, La., and has purchased more than 500 acres for the track's new location and slot-machine parlor.

  • Harrah's to Buy Louisiana Downs

    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.

  • Louisiana Downs Opens With Record Purses

    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.

  • Louisiana Legislators Wary of Racetrack Proposals

    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.

  • Louisiana Downs Projects $200,000 in Daily Purses

    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.

  • Louisiana Downs, Evangeline Projects Progress

    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.

  • Delta Downs Slots Bring In $1.4M for Purses in 16 Days

    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.

  • Purses Going Up at Louisiana Downs

    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.

  • Investors Group Makes Offer for Louisiana Downs

    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.

  • Hallowed Dreams Third in Monique Rene

    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 Gets OK for Slot Machines

    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.

  • Arlington Reopening Impacts Louisiana Downs

    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 Breaks Course Record in Super Derby Win

    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.

  • Commendable, with Pat Day up, on his way to victory in the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, in June.

    Commendable, Tiznow Head Small Super Derby Field

    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.

  • Commendable, Tiznow Head Super Derby Possibles

    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.