Keyword: Louisiana

  • Slot machine revenue has fueled purses at Fair Grounds Racetrack.

    Fair Grounds ADW Deal: Good or Bad?

    A recent deal that allowed expanded distribution of the Fair Grounds racing signal was hailed by some as a step forward in the months-long nationwide dispute between horsemen, racetracks, and advance deposit wagering entities. But some horsemen's groups are categorizing the development as a step backwards in an overall plan to secure higher revenue shares for purses from a growing wagering segment.

  • FG Signal Going to Youbet, But Not TVG

    The signal for the Fair Grounds race meet starting Nov. 14 will be available to a wider variety of advance deposit wagering outlets, a group that does not include TVG, Churchill Downs Inc. announced Nov. 12.

  • F-T Texas Mixed Sale Has 221 Horses

    The Texas division of Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 221 horses for its mixed sale at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie Dec. 14. There are 142 in-foal mares or broodmare prospects, 44 weanlings, and 35 yearlings or horses of racing age listed in the book.

  • Simon Named Secretary at Delta Downs

    John Simon was named the new racing secretary at Delta Downs, which begins its meet Oct. 29. He replaces Trent McIntosh at the Louisiana racetrack.

  • LHBPA Lawsuit Moved to Federal Court

    A styled class-action lawsuit leveling allegations of fraud and embezzlement against the president of the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association has been transferred to federal court, according to recently filed documents.

  • My Pal Charlie won the Super Derby, one of the highlights of the 2008 Louisiana Downs meet.

    La. Downs Closes Meet with Gains

    Bucking the national trend, Louisiana Downs posted gains at the close of the 2008 meet. According to a release from the track, the race meet posted increases in handle of 6% on-track, 2% off-track and 2.5% overall.

  • Millennium Wind

    Millennium Wind to Louisiana

    Millennium Wind is relocating to Louisiana to stand the 2009 breeding season at Robert McDowell's 519 Thoroughbreds in Arcadia.

  • Patrick Valenzuela celebrates his 4000 win.

    Valenzuela Wins 4,000th Race

    Patrick Valenzuela, whose career as a jockey has been both troubled and brilliant, won his 4,000th race Oct. 9. His milestone victory came at Louisiana Downs aboard Burst of Light in a one-mile allowance/optional claiming event.

  • La. Sale Has More Than 300 Yearlings

    The Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana's yearling sale is scheduled to offer more than 300 horses Sept. 29 at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La.

  • Conner Named FG Marketing Director

    Mark Conner, a 16-year veteran of the gaming industry, has been named the new director of marketing at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Rainmaker

    Rainmaker Sires First Winner

    Rainmaker, a son of Storm Cat, came through with his first winner when Rainshine won Sept. 4 at Presque Isle Downs

  • Evangeline Downs Reports Record Gains

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino's recently concluded 2008 spring/summer Thoroughbred season posted all-time highs in average nightly handle, single-night handle, average field size, and purse distribution for the 84-night meet.

  • Horses Weather Storm in Louisiana

    Unlike Hurricane Katrina three years ago, Hurricane Gustav appears to have done little damage to the Louisiana equine population.

  • Hurricane Shuts Down Evangeline Downs

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, about 15 miles north of Lafayette, La., has canceled the racing programs set for Sunday, Aug. 31, and the final night of the spring/summer Thoroughbred racing season Monday, Sept. 1 in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Gustav.

  • Expected Hurricane Has Horses on the Run

    On the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, horse owners and veterinarians in the New Orleans, La., area are fleeing ahead of Gustav, a storm the National Weather Service says is likely to become a "large, powerful hurricane as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast."

  • Two to Philippines

    Young stallions Catastrophe and Dow Jones U S have been moved to the Philippines

  • Randall E. Soth

    Fair Grounds President Soth Resigns

    Churchill Downs Inc. announced Aug. 14 that Randall Soth, who since September 2004 has served as president of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, is leaving CDI to pursue other career interests.

  • Wynn in Command Retired

    Wynn in Command, who is closely related to champion and dual classic winner Afleet Alex, will enter stud in 2009 at Fanlew Farms near Sarepta, La.

  • Report: Grand Jury Probes Louisiana HBPA

    An investigation into alleged fraud by the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will continue Aug. 8 when a federal grand jury hears testimony from horseracing industry representatives, the New Orleans Times Picayune reported.

  • Doctor Mike Gets First Winner

    Stakes winner Doctor Mike got his first winner July 26 at Evangeline Downs when Valene Farms' homebred Doc of the Bay won by 4 3/4 lengths.

  • Mr. John Sires First Winner

    Graded winner Mr. John's first winner, Zoomin Bayou, won July 5 at Evangeline Downs in her initial start.

  • Sam Abbey has been the director of racing and racing secretary at Fair Grounds Race Course for the past two seasons.

    Abbey Resigns From Fair Grounds Post

    Sam Abbey has resigned as director of racing and racing secretary at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, track president Randy Soth said June 11.

  • Patrick Valenzuela

    Valenzuela Eyes Louisiana Downs Return

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, on three years' probation for a California DUI and unable to apply for a riding license in that state until Dec. 31 of this year, plans to begin riding races at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., according to a report in the Daily Racing Form.

  • Deal Gives ADWs Louisiana Downs Signal

    Louisiana horsemen have approved a deal allowing Youbet.com and Premier Turf Club the signal to Louisiana Downs, the first agreements reached with any advance deposit wagering companies under the auspices of negotiating with the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group.

  • Fair Grounds Expands Racing in 2008-09

    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.

  • Cole Norman

    Norman Awaits Formal Sentencing

    Trainer Cole Norman is awaiting formal sentencing in Garland County Circuit Court after a jury recommended he serve six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and be fined $5,000 for his involvement in a fatal automobile accident in February 2007.

  • Ahead of Her Time, shown winning the 2008 Camelia Stakes, was euthanized after a sesamoid fracture.

    Ahead of Her Time Euthanized

    Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's 4-year-old filly Ahead of Her Time, who was named Louisiana's 2007 champion 3-year-old filly, recently fractured a sesamoid during a morning training session and was euthanized.

  • Louisiana Sale Sees Increases

    The gross and average both increased March 30 at the annual John Franks Memorial 2-year-olds in training sale at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana.

  • Jockey Patin Arrested

    Louisiana-based jockey Joe Patin Jr. was arrested Feb. 29 in Beaux Bridge, La., on charges including possession of crack cocaine and reckless driving.

  • Evangeline Downs to Feature 25 Stakes

    Evangeline Downs has announced a schedule of 25 stakes worth a record $2.015 million, an increase of more than 12% over last year, for the upcoming 2008 Spring/Summer meeting that begins April 9.

  • Richter Scale

    Richter Scale to Louisiana

    Richter Scale is moving from Richland Hills Farm in Kentucky to Chad White Farm in Louisiana.

  • Pyro had an eventful five-furlong workout Feb 18 at his Fair Grounds base.

    Pyro Works; Avoids Loose Horse

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Pyro, impressive winner of the Feb. 9 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, worked Feb. 18 at the New Orleans track and had to avoid a loose horse in the process.

  • Commission May Appeal Drug Ruling

    After the Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee struck down the Louisiana State Racing Commission's adoption of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium model rules for medication Feb. 11, the commission is yet to decide its next move.

  • Jockey Club Fact Book Online

    Statistics in The Jockey Club's 2008 online fact book, which was released Feb. 14 and is available through the publications and resources section of the organization's website at http://www.jockeyclub.com, reaffirm the beneficial impact of "racinos" on state Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries.

  • Vet Rules Struck Down in Louisiana

    The Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee has struck down the state racing commission's adoption of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Model Rules, according to the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

  • Dates Set for La. Yearling Sale

    The annual Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana yearling sale sponsored by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will be held Sept. 29-30 at the Ike Hamilton Equine Exposition Center located in West Monroe, La.

  • Better Talk Now and jockey Ramon Dominguez

    Better Talk Now in FG Handicap

    The ageless Better Talk Now, winner of the 2004 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and a graded-stakes winner each of the last five years, heads the field for the $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT), part of Louisiana Derby (gr. II) Preview Day Feb. 9 at Fair Grounds.