Keyword: Louisiana

  • Trainer Steve Asmussen.

    Asmussen Case Remains in Dispute in New Mexico

    The New Mexico Racing Commission denied a settlement proposal from an attorney representing trainer Steve Asmussen, who is battling a six-month suspension after one of his horses tested positive for a prohibited Class 3 drug in March.

  • Happy Ticket Honored as Top Louisiana Bred

    Fair Grounds Race Course used the spotlight on Louisiana-breds on Louisiana Champions Day to honor the recently retired Happy Ticket, who became the highest earning state-bred in history last month.

  • Norman Gets Six-Month Suspension in Louisiana

    Trainer Cole Norman was suspended for six months and fined $1,000 by the Delta Downs stewards after two horses he saddled in the Jean Lafitte Stakes Nov. 3 at Delta Downs tested in excess of the permitted levels of total carbon dioxide (TCO2).

  • Thoroughbreds Back at Post-Hurricane Delta Downs

    Thoroughbred racing returns to Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino in Vinton, La., Nov. 1 after a 19- month hiatus brought on by Hurricane Rita. The 88-night season, which runs through March 31, 2007, offers a 39-race stakes schedule worth more than $4 million.

  • Louisiana Sale Has Record Price, Upswing in Figures

    The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association's annual yearling sale had not only its first six-figure horse Oct. 2, but a colt and filly that sold for $100,000 each. They helped the auction show increases in gross, average, and median.

  • Track of Dreams

    <i>By Tammy Thomas Curlin</i> - When I read about Churchill Downs' reluctance to re-open Fair Grounds in New Orleans for live racing this year I was reminded of that famous line "If you build it, he will come" from the wonderful movie Field of Dreams.

  • Across the Board Increases at Louisiana Mixed Sale

    Increases were registered across the board Aug. 6 at the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Sales Co.'s annual summer mixed sale. The auction was held at the Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette, La.

  • National HBPA Has NTRA Membership Plan

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is moving ahead with plans to implement a lump-sum payment that would reduce its annual National Thoroughbred Racing Association membership dues by about 50% but almost triple the number of NTRA-member HBPA affiliates.

  • Trainer Steve Asmussen declines further legal action, will serve suspension between July and January.

    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.

  • Louisiana Jockey Bill Advances to Senate Floor

    An undisclosed agreement between Louisiana racetracks and the Jockeys' Guild caused the latter organization to take a neutral stand on a bill in the Louisiana Senate limiting the ability of riders to raise frivolous lawsuits.

  • Youbet.com, Louisiana Downs Have Marketing Agreement

    Youbet.com and Harrah's Louisiana Downs have joined forces on a multi-year program that will make the online wagering company the official wagering provider for the Bossier City, La., racetrack.

  • Fair Grounds Slots May Have to Wait Until 2008

    Churchill Downs Inc. officials are encouraged by a rebound of their Louisiana operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but it appears slot machines at Fair Grounds won't be operating until mid-2008 at the earliest.

  • Surgery on Injured Jockey Smith Called Success

    Jockey Guy Smith underwent six hours of surgery April 25 at Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette, La., to repair a broken neck suffered during an April 22 race at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino.

  • Jockey Smith Breaks Neck in Fall; Doctors Hopeful

    Jockey Guy Smith, second in the standings at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino, suffered a broken neck in an April 22 racing accident at the Opelousas, La., racetrack and underwent surgery April 25.

  • Fair Grounds Applies for 2006-07 New Orleans Meet

    Fair Grounds has applied to the Louisiana State Racing Commission to host an 81-day meet in 2006-2007 at its facility in New Orleans, president and general manager Randy Soth said April 14.

  • Microchip Data Offered Jockey Club Members

    The Thoroughbred industry, owners and breeders can now report and look up microchip identification numbers through their Interactive Registration accounts, The Jockey Club announced March 3.

  • Jockey Club's 2006 Online Fact Book Available

    Declines in national purses and handle coupled with continued strength in the auction sales markets and in regional breeding markets highlight statistics contained in the Jockey Club's 2006 Online Fact Book, which was released today on the organization's website.

  • 136 Pre-Entered for Louisiana Premier Stakes

    A total of 136 horses bred in Louisiana are pre-entered in the six stakes races worth more than $550,000 that will make up the 2006 edition of Louisiana Premier Night to be held at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino on Feb. 18.

  • Tromba Resigns at Louisiana Downs

    Ray Tromba resigned as vice president of racing operations at Harrah's Louisiana Downs. He had been with the track for 19 years, serving in his current capacity since 2003.

  • Surgery for Trainer Norman After Accident

    Trainer Cole Norman was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident at his Haughton, La., home Dec. 19. Norman was scheduled to undergo surgery on his neck Wednesday at the LSU Medical Center near Shreveport, La.

  • Nothing Easy About Fair Grounds' Forced Move

    Welcome to the "new normal." No red beans and rice. No oysters on the half shell. No cornbread dressing. The 134th season of Thoroughbred racing at Fair Grounds in New Orleans opened Nov. 19 in, of all places, Shreveport, Louisiana.

  • Jockeys Accept 'Challenge' to Assist Katrina Victims

    Top jockeys from across the country, including several born in Louisiana, will participate in the Katrina Invitational Jockey Challenge at Meadowlands the evening of Nov. 10. They're donating all fees earned to the Race Track Chaplaincy of America to benefit Louisiana horsemen affected by Hurricane Katrina.

  • Meeker Optimistic about Future of Fair Grounds

    Churchill Downs Inc. president and chief executive officer Tom Meeker said that in the weeks since Hurricane Katrina devastated CDI-owned Fair Grounds in New Orleans, the company has been working with federal, state, and local governments on a reinvestment plan that could include revamping the historic racetrack into a tourist destination.

  • Ford Every Stream to Clear Creek Stud

    Ford Every Stream, a stakes-placed son of Seeking the Gold, will stand in 2006 at Val Murrell's Clear Creek Stud near Folson, La. His fee will be $2,500.

  • Hurricane Damage Could Impact Cup Handle

    Breeders' Cup, already expecting to begin its Oct. 29 World Thoroughbred Championships day $13 million in the hole handle-wise compared with last year, could take an even bigger hit given a lack of established wagering outlets in hurricane-ravaged Florida and Louisiana.

  • Fair Grounds to Open Five OTB Locations

    Fair Grounds Race Course will open five of its Finish Line off-track betting locations Oct. 26, Fair Grounds President and General Manager Randall Soth announced Monday. Four of the OTBs reopening also offer video poker.

  • Delta Downs to Hold Meet at Evangeline

    In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which severely damaged the Fair Grounds and Delta Downs, the Louisiana Racing Commission approved a shift of racing dates and locations during a Sept. 30 meeting.

  • 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.