Louisiana horse racing

Louisiana Downs Boosts Purses For Third Time In 2018

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce its third purse increase of the 2018 Thoroughbred racing season. Effective Saturday, September 8, an additional $2,000 will be added for all races published in the condition book.  Harrah’s Louisiana Downs had previously acknowledged an increase in overnight race purses which went into effect on June 30.  All overnight races, up to and including $12,500, were […]

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Twenty-Eight Stakes Scheduled For Upcoming Delta Downs Meet

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel today announced its 2018-19 Thoroughbred stakes schedule. The track will offer 28 stakes races during an 84-day season that runs from October 17, 2018 through March 9, 2019. The schedule includes $2.175 million in total purse money. The stakes activity will kick off with a quartet of added-money events on […]

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‘Rescuing A Horse From A Rescue’: NTWO Voices Concerns About Louisiana ‘Non-Profit’

The following article was first published at NTWO.org, and has been reprinted with the permission of Victoria Keith and the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization. This piece serves as a follow-up to ‘Chicken Houses And Horse Rescue: A Complicated Tale,’ which was published on the Paulick Report in early April 2018. Most horse rescues and individuals […]

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Delta Downs Releases Stakes Schedule For 2018-19 Meet

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel today announced its 2018-19 Thoroughbred stakes schedule. The track will offer 28 stakes races during an 84-day season that runs from October 17, 2018 through March 9, 2019. The schedule includes $2.175 million in total purse money.  The stakes activity will kick off with a quartet of added-money events […]

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Louisiana’s Evangeline Training Center Set To Permanently Close Next Month

The Evangeline Training Center in Carencro, La., located on the old Evangeline Downs site, will shut down Aug. 15. A spokeswoman for the center’s owner, Carrol Castille, told a Layfayette TV station the business has been losing money for several years, and the training center struggled to comply with new standards established by the Environmental […]

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New Protocols, More Tests: Fair Grounds EHV-1 Outbreak ‘At Least A 45-Day Process’

As the first group of barns at the Fair Grounds Race Course near the end of their state-mandated equine herpesvirus quarantines, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture has been working to define the procedures which will allow those barns to be released from quarantine. Following a meeting earlier in the week between horsemen, USDA representatives, veterinarians, […]

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EHV-1 Scare, Shipping Bans Decimate Fields At Louisiana Racetracks

As Christmas Day approached, things were looking very positive at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. The track was showing significant increases year over year in handle and field sizes averaged around nine per race, up a horse per race from a year earlier. Then, the call came in that a horse in Barn […]

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Louisiana Race Fixing Case Latest Black Mark On Sport’s Integrity

If Billy Patin, Joseph Patin Jr. and LeSean Conyers are found guilty of attempting to fix a June 19 horse race at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana, they should pay a heavy price, both in the criminal charges filed against them and in the revocation of their licenses to work in any capacity in the pari-mutuel […]

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Fair Grounds Bumps Overnight Purses 10% For Rest Of Meeting

As a result of an increase in pari-mutuel handle and increased slots and video poker revenue in 2015, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced a 10% increase in overnight purses for the remainder of the 143rd thoroughbred racing season. “I am pleased to announce this purse increase,” said Fair Grounds Track President Tim Bryant. […]

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Two And A Half Years Later, Still No Action Against Vets In Louisiana Dermorphin Cases

“I should have been a vet.” That’s what Louisiana trainer Anthony Agilar said in 2012 when he received a three-year suspension from the Louisiana State Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for the powerful painkiller dermorphin (a.k.a. frog juice). Agilar and two other trainers receiving harsh suspensions for dermorphin, Lamont Keith Charles […]

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