Louisiana Downs

The Bad Beat of a Lifetime: $488,000 Jackpot Disappears

In the annals of bad beats at the racetrack, what happened Saturday at Louisiana Downs has to go down as one of the worst ever. Heading into the final race on the card, the will pays posted on simulcast screens and betting websites showed one ticket alive to the #1 horse, Tsavo, in the Super […]

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Bourbon Courage victorious in Super Derby at Louisiana Downs

Bourbon Courage took his racing career to the next level, overtaking the leaders down the stretch and zooming home by five lengths in the $500,000 Super Derby (gr. II) at Louisiana Downs. It was a photo finish for second, with Fly Lexis Fly getting the nod over Master Rick. The 3-year-old Lion Heart colt out […]

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Fantasy ‘Capping with Chris: Super Derby

We’re nearing the halfway point of the Breeders’ Cup Fantasy ‘Capping challenge, where players try to pick the winner (or top three finisher) of an important race leading up to November’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park.  It’s week 6 of the challenge, and while Chris has yet to find his stride so far, he’s […]

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Louisiana Downs trainer fined over paddock altercation

Stewards at Louisiana Downs have fined trainer Eric Heitzmann $1,000 for instigating an altercation in the paddock on July 5. In addition to the fine, Heitzmann must also undergo counseling for anger management. According to people who witnessed the incident, Heitzmann confronted fellow trainer Wes Hawley after the fifth race. Heitzmann was upset with Hawley […]

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Finley: ‘The punishment doesn’t fit the crime’

According a report in the Daily Racing Form, two Quarter Horses trained by Alvin Smith tested positive for Aramine in 1999. Aramine, a powerful stimulant, is considered a Class 1 drug, meaning its usage is among the most serious offenses a trainer can commit. The punishment that was handed out resulted in a seven-month suspension. […]

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Stewards at Louisiana Downs suspend Thoroughbred trainer for Dermorphin positive

A Thoroughbred trainer is the second horseman facing a suspension stemming from the recent outbreaks of positive tests in Louisiana for the powerful painkiller, Dermorphin. In a ruling dated Friday, June 22, Louisiana Downs stewards suspended trainer Keith Charles for six months because Cold Hearted Babe, who finished second in the second race May 27, […]

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Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch

Belmont opens on Friday and gives everyone a lot to look forward to with 21 graded stakes scheduled during its 37-day meet; the first of those, the Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap, will take place Saturday. Four out of five of the top finishers from the Aug. 5 John’s Call, including the winner, Sanagas, are […]

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Louisiana Downs: Alternation, Prayer for Relief ship in for Super Derby clash

A mix of shippers and local three-year-olds will contest Saturday’s Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs.  The field of nine entrants includes Grade 2 winners Alternation, trained by Donnie Von Hemel, and California-based Prayer for Relief, trained by Bob Baffert. Alternation finished fourth in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga after scoring in the […]

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Near miss at Louisiana Downs

Jockeys riding in the ninth race at Louisiana Downs on Sunday were in for a surprise when the field began the run down the backstretch of the 1 1/16-mile contest: a wrong-way horse. Track announcer Travis Stone alerted the riders as best he could, saying that Secretfly had thrown jockey Beverly Burress at the break, […]

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Louisiana expands ADW to all tracks

A bill signed into law Thursday will allow all of Louisiana’s racetracks to operate Advance Deposit Wagering.  The measure amended a bill that granted only Fair Grounds – owned by Churchill Downs, which operates Twinspires.com – the right to offer ADW services.

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