Louisiana horse racing

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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Memorial Service Set in Louisiana for Trainer David Banks

The following is the obituary and details of a memorial service for trainer David Banks, who died Saturday at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana: A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 1:00pm at Walnut Farm in Arnaudville for David P. Banks III, who passed away Saturday, December 6, 2014. The Very […]

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Something Rotten in Louisiana? HBPA President Loses Authority in ‘Power Move’

“Usually, if it stinks it’s rotten.” Those were the words of Benard Chatters, who was elected president of the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association in April but had virtually all of his powers stripped during a special board meeting less than two months later. This is the same HBPA that was the subject of a […]

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Holding Churchill Downs Accountable for Fair Grounds Decline

This is the nightmare scenario for horse racing people when slot machines come to town. Bean counters in corporate offices begin to look at racing operations as an expense, a necessary evil that must be maintained in order to keep the money-churning slots and gambling tables going. They allow facilities used by horsemen and horseplayers […]

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Jockey Guidry Set to Retire Following Louisiana Derby Day

Veteran Louisiana-born reins master Mark Guidry has announced that he will be retiring from the saddle at the end of Saturday’s Louisiana Derby Day program. “I’m going to become a jockey’s agent and take the book of Carlos Marquez Jr, at Evangeline,” Guidry said Thursday after riding Ron Faucheux and Thomas Arnaud’s Off Cycle to […]

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