Martha Claussen

‘Pretty Special’ Mr Money Bags Tops Groovy Stakes On Texas Champions Card

Mr Money Bags who dominated in last month’s $65,000 Jim’s Orbit will face seven colts and geldings in Saturday’s six-furlong $50,000 Groovy Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park. A part of Texas Champions Day, the Groovy goes as race six on the eight-race program. The son of Sliver City is bred and owned by Roy […]

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Cowgirls Like Us, Mr Money Bags Deliver In Sam Houston Stakes

Sam Houston Race Park hosted two stakes on the Saturday, February 23rd card and the favorites did not disappoint as Cowgirls Like Us prevailed in the $65,000 Two Altazano and Triple Crown nominated Mr Money Bags dominated his rivals in the $65,000 Jim’s Orbit Stakes. Douglas Scharbauer’s homebred Cowgirls Like Us showed her class in […]

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With Suspension Behind Him, Heath Taylor Resumes Career With Gratitude, Patience

It’s been a long and arduous seven years, but on Monday, Jan. 28, trainer Heath Taylor, was restored to good standing by the Louisiana State Racing Commission. His ordeal began in May 2012, when Taylor was cited for a drug violation at Delta Downs.  The drug, Dermorphin, also known as frog juice because it originally […]

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From Maidens To Eclipse Award Winners, Photographer Hodges Loves Every Image

Fair Grounds in New Orleans has withstood the test of time as one of the most revered racetracks in North America.  For the past forty years, track photographer Lou Hodges, Jr. has captured the racing history of the venerable establishment in his own inimitable style. Hodges is a second-generation photographer. His dad, Lou Hodges, Sr. […]

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Sam Houston Race Park Hoping To Build Overnight Purses, Larger Fields For 2019 Meet

Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 2019 live racing season on Friday, January 25. The 32-day Thoroughbred meet will continue through Saturday, March 30. Officials have announced that Friday and Saturday racing will begin at 7:00 pm (Central) and the Tuesday and Wednesday matinee programs will get underway at 12 noon. Post time […]

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Priorities Keeping Trainer Gelner From Saddling Filly For Churchill Downs Stakes

Trainer Scott Gelner is a busy man. He is currently running horses at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs and on Saturday sends Norman Stables’ Taylor’s Spirit to Churchill Downs to run in the Grade 2, $200,000 Pocahontas. Shaun Bridgmohan will pilot the Kentucky-bred daughter of Algorithms, who is undefeated in three starts for Gelner. She stretched out […]

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Geroux Will Head To Louisiana Downs Sunday, Pilot Cox’s High North In Super Derby

In addition to the quality field of 3-year-olds set to compete Super Derby 39 on Sunday at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, fans will also have the opportunity to see one of the eminent riders in North America. Florent Geroux will make his Louisiana Downs debut on Sunday with six mounts on the Super Derby card. Born […]

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Amoss Hopes Lone Sailor Can ‘Take A Step Forward’ In Sunday’s Super Derby

A quality field of 3-year-olds will run in Super Derby 39 at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, on Sunday, September 2. The marquee day of the 2018 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet will get underway at a special post time of 12:00 pm (Central). Leading the field is Lone Sailor who finished eighth in this year’s Run for […]

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Puerto Rican Nieves Closing In On First Leading Rider Title At Louisiana Downs

Emanuel Nieves is a young rider with a tremendous work ethic coupled with plenty of skill in the saddle. He is 25-years-old, though many mistake him for a teenager, and he is quietly earning the respect of many horsemen and horseplayers in Louisiana with his versatile riding style and well-timed finishes. Born in Caguas, Puerto […]

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Undefeated Autumn Warrior Sets Sights On Super Derby; Lone Sailor Joins Nominees

A full field in last Saturday’s $60,000 Super Derby Prelude put on quite a show at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. Three of the top four finishers from the Prelude now have their sights set on the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby on Sunday, September 2. The richest race of the 2018 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred racing season will also be contested on the main […]

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