Exaggerator was the class of the field headed into the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) on the merit of a fourth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), and the Curlin colt delivered.
Richard Bahde's Cougar Ridge, claimed for $62,500 in April, won his fourth race in a row when he rallied from just of the pace to capture the $250,000 Delta Mile Nov. 21 at Delta Downs in Louisiana.
Carl R. Moore's Jet Black Magic turned the tables on 1-5 favorite La Appassionata and soared clear to victory in the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 21 at Delta Downs.
The $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, inaugurated in 2002, has come a long way, and a decision made several years ago to move the race to the afternoon has led to strong gains in pari-mutuel wagering.
Undefeated La Appasionata will be chasing her first graded win Nov. 21 in the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III), as the runners she easily conquered last out face her for another try at Delta Downs.
Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider's homebred Departing looms a standout in the $250,000 Delta Mile Stakes that tops the undercard for the Nov. 21 Delta Jackpot card at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel.
Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator, a steady fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), was installed the 2-1 morning-line choice for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 21.
Jockey Pat Valenzuela is scheduled to ride in races for the first time since January 2014 with two mounts Nov. 19 at Delta Downs for trainer Karl Broberg.
Big World easily made the lead and kept it Nov. 4 in the $200,000 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) on opening day at Aqueduct Race Track, securing her first graded win and becoming the first stakes winner for her sire.
A mare in foal to leading freshman sire Uncle Mo brought the highest price of $55,000 at the Equine Sales Company open yearling and mixed sale Oct. 25 in Opelousas, La.
Call Me George, winner of the 2015 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), will commence stud duties in 2016 at Gulf Coast Equine in Sunset, La.
Fillies brought the top three prices Sept. 29 at the Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of Louisiana-bred yearlings. In all, 120 head averaged $9,250.
Equine Sales Company today announced a catalog of 214 horses for its Oct. 25 open yearling and mixed sale in Opelousas, La. The third renewal of this auction will be the biggest yet.
A colt from the first crop of Dialed In sold for the highest price of $55,000 at the Equine Sales Co.'s consignor select yearling sale Sept. 2 in Opelousas, La.
Evangeline Downs concluded its 84-day Thoroughbred racing season Aug. 29 with Karl Broberg and Colby Hernandez dominating from the start of the meet and taking the respective trainer and jockey titles.
The Louisiana State Racing Commission Aug. 24 adopted the Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule of 26 commonly used substances.
Dr. Dexter Gary, former president of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, died Aug. 5 in Baton Rouge, La. He was 74.
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will offer 32 stakes races, worth combined purses of $4.6 million, during its 86-day season that runs from Oct. 16 through March 12.
Speighter Man, a 7-year-old son of top sire Speightstown and a half brother to Colonel John, will stand in 2016 at Jack Hebert's All Star Thoroughbreds near Sulpher, La. His fee will be $2,000.
String King, the Louisiana-bred gelding who has earned $890,552 for owner-breeder-trainer Charles Craig Smith, will be seeking his third straight win in the Louisiana Cup Turf Classic at Louisiana Downs Aug. 8.
David Tillson has joined the stallion sales team at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm and will primarily represent the farm in the southern region of the country.
Louisiana-based freshman sires Custom for Carlos and Flashy Wise Cat saw their first winners Thursday, July 30 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack, Casino & Hotel.
Jason Boulet, a former racing secretary at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, has been named senior director of racing at the New Orleans track.
Following an extensive investigation by the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division, three Louisiana jockeys have been arrested and charged for their roles in an alleged race-fixing scheme.
Equine Sales Co. announced it has cataloged 188 horses for the consignor select yearling sale Sept. 2 in Opelousas, La.
Equine Sales Co. and Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel announced that two new 3-year-old stakes for sales graduates will be run at the Opelousas, La., racetrack.
There were few surprises on Independence Day at Evangeline Downs as favorites won seven of the eight stakes on the Louisiana Legends Night card highlighted by Stormdriver's victory in the featured Classic.
Evangeline Downs officials have rescheduled the three stakes that were slated for the main track May 30 to now be run June 6.
A severe rainstorm May 30 forced Evangeline Downs officials to cancel 11 races on the 12-race card
Hall of Fame jockey Randy Romero suffered another health setback when a small tumor was discovered in his stomach while he was being screened as a candidate for liver and kidney transplants.
Boyd Gaming Corporation announced May 7 that this year's $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds will be held at its Delta Downs Racetrack Nov. 21.
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Owner/breeder Stefan Tolin prevailed in a decision on passive loss rules in U.S. Tax Court even though he resided far from the horse operation.
A Ready's Image filly posted the fastest eighth-of-a-mile breeze of :10 April 26 during the breeze show for the Equine Sales Co. 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale.
The April 25 breeze show for the Equine Sales Co. 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale has been postponed one day due to inclement weather in Opelousas, Louisiana.
Keith Gee, the executive director of the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, died April 4 as a result of cancer. He was 56.
"Once the races start everything comes at you all at once," says valet Doug Gilbert. "The job is non-stop and fast-paced. Everybody is trying to get to where they have to be for the next race. You can't be half-stepping."
Eh Cumpari, bred by Thomas Turner, proved the best in the March 7 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT).
I'm a Chatterbox, a homebred racing for Fletcher and Carolyn Gray, won the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) by 2 1/2 lengths as the 3-5 favorite March 28, sweeping the three stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Fair Grounds.
Ken & Sarah Ramsey's International Star capped a trio of 3-year-old prep wins at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots March 28 with a game victory in the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II).
The 5-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride, a former claimer, is now 3-for-3 at the 1 1/8-mile distance on the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots lawn, having aced the $300,000 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Handicap (gr. IIT) March 28.
Ranked second on the leaderboard for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and winner of two local preps, International Star will attempt to ace the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds on March 28.
John McGary is returning as the track announcer for the California Authority of Racing Fairs in 2015. He was the announcer for the fair meets from 2000-05.
Jonathan Horowitz is the new track announcer at Turf Paradise racetrack, succeeding Michael Chamberlain, who has been named the announcer at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana.
Evangeline Downs Racetrack, Casino & Hotel announced March 17 that Corey Veazey has been promoted to racing secretary and Michael Chamberlain has been hired as track announcer.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced a 10% increase in overnight purses, effective March 7, for the remainder of its 143rd Thoroughbred racing season that concludes March 29.
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Zayat Stables will continue its chess game of 3-year-old prep racing by shipping Mr. Z to the March 28 Louisiana Derby (gr. II), while American Pharoah runs in the Rebel (gr. II) and El Kabeir starts in the Gotham (gr. II).
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star came back for more Feb. 21, punching through on the rail to win the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) after taking the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.
John Wentworth's Chocolate Ride went right to the front and never looked back to upset the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Feb. 21.
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