Delta Downs is preparing for another rich race program on Saturday as the track hosts the 13th annual Louisiana Premier Night. The 11-race program will feature 10 stakes events for Louisiana-bred horses worth more than $1,000,000 in total purse money. First post time is scheduled for 5:40 pm Central Time.
Saturday's featured race will be the $200,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship for older horses competing at 1 1/16 miles, which will be the 10th race on the program. This year's Championship has attracted a field of eight including last year's winner, One King's Man. The Joe Sharp trainee will try to turn the tables on The Pickett Factor, who defeated him in the Gold Cup at Delta Downs in November as well as the Louisiana Classic at the Fair Grounds one month later on Champions Day.
The highest earner on the Louisiana Premier Night program is Rowell Enterprises, Inc.'s Heitai, who has banked $1,014,893 during his 34-race career. Heitai will attempt to win his third consecutive $100,000 Louisiana Premier Night Sprint for his third different trainer. Heitai will be making his first start for new conditioner Eduardo Ramirez this weekend after being saddled by Tom Amoss before last year's race. In 2014 he was sent out by Karl Broberg.
This year's $125,000 Louisiana Premier Night Starlet will feature the upset winner of this year's $400,000 Delta Downs Princess (Gr. III), Jet Black Magic. The Bret Calhoun trainee defeated the heavily favored La Appassionata on Jackpot Day before finishing third in the Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds on January 16.
Listed below are the 10 Louisiana Premier Night stakes races for 2016 in program order.
Race # Purse Stakes Race Distance Age
2 $50,000 LAPN Bon Temps Starter 5 furlongs 4yo & up FM
3 $65,000 LAPN Gentlemen Starter 1 1/16 miles 4yo & up
4 $65,000 LAPN Ladies Starter 1 mile 4yo & up FM
5 $125,000 LAPN Prince 7 furlongs 3yo
6 $150,000 LAPN Distaff 1 mile 4yo & up FM
7 $100,000 LAPN Sprint 5 furlongs 4yo & up
8 $125,000 LAPN Starlet 7 furlongs 3yo Fillies
9 $100,000 LAPN Matron 5 furlongs 4yo & up FM
10 $200,000 LAPN Championship 1 1/16 miles 4yo & up
11 $50,000 LAPN Ragin Cajun Starter 5 furlongs 4yo & up
In other activities on Louisiana Premier Night, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will conduct a free drawing for Louisiana college students. The LTBA will award two (2) $1,000 scholarships to the winners of the drawing. To enter, students need to visit the LTBA table set up just outside the OTB between 4:40 and 5:40 pm. All entrants must be currently enrolled and in good standing with a Louisiana college or university.
Delta Downs will also offer discounted handicapping information to help race fans pick the winners on Louisiana Premier Night. The track will sell PM editions of the Daily Racing Form for just $1 all day long at the program stand located inside the OTB.
For more information about Louisiana Premier Night and the remainder of Delta Downs season, which runs through March 12, visit the track's website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.
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