Louisiana horse racing

POW! Apprentice Jockey Ramirez Makes Remarkable Recovery At Delta Downs

Apprentice jockey Paulina Ramirez was cruising on the front end in a juvenile maiden claimer Wednesday evening at Delta Downs, when disaster nearly struck. Her mount, St Teresa, seemed to duck and hit the rail, flipping Ramirez off the side of the horse. Ramirez, whose nickname is Pow!, somehow managed to hang on and lift […]

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Delta Downs Ready For New Season, Offers More Than $2.2 Million In Stakes Purses

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will kick off its 2019-20 Thoroughbred season next week with live cards scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday night, October 8 through 12. After opening week, the track will go to its regular schedule of Wednesday through Saturday racing until the 84-day stand wraps up on February 29. First post […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: For Retired Jockey Bourque, Home Is Where The Heart Is

Family has always come first with Kenny “Chopper” Bourque. During much of his race-riding career, he opted to stay close to his family rather than competing on out-of-state circuits. In his semi-retirement, he savors time with them at and near the home he and Mary, his wife of nearly 50 years, have between Louisville and […]

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Delta Downs Boosts Purse For Premier Quarter Horse Race To $1 Million

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel today announced that its richest Quarter Horse race of the year, the Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1), will be worth an estimated $1 million beginning in 2020. The Lee Berwick is striving to become the second seven-figure Quarter Horse race in the state of Louisiana, joining the Louisiana Million, which […]

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Report: Alborano Under Investigation By New Jersey Attorney General

In a two-part series published this week on NOLA.com, writer John Simerman revealed that ICareIHelp, the controversial and now-defunct rescue operation founded by Dina Alborano, is under investigation by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. Alborano, a New Jersey resident, gained considerable attention last year for crowdsourcing money to “bail” Thoroughbreds from the slaughter pipeline […]

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Longtime Horse Racing Writer, Handicapper Bob Fortus Dies At 69

Bob Fortus, an award-winning journalist who covered horse racing for many years in Louisiana, has died due to complications from a car accident in March, reported his former employer, the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper. Fortus was 69. He was struck by a car on March 29 while crossing the street near Fair Grounds racetrack and […]

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Delta Downs Taking Stall Applications For Fall/Winter Meet

Delta Downs’ racing office has announced that stall applications for the track’s 2019-20 Thoroughbred season are due by Monday, August 12. The upcoming meet is scheduled to run from October 8 through February 29. First post time during the season will be at 4:55 pm CST each Wednesday through Saturday night. Delta Downs stall applications […]

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‘Every Win Was Special’: Former Jockey Ardoin Reflects On Louisiana Downs Hall Of Fame Induction

This month’s announcement regarding the inaugural Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Racing Hall of Fame was greatly appreciated by jockey Ronald Ardoin. He and fellow retired rider Larry Snyder are the first two jockeys to be inducted. The July 13 Racing Hall of Fame ceremony will be the fourth Hall of Fame honor for Ardoin, who was […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Chasing A Louisiana ‘Wild Card’

Kevin Atwood has always liked speed. His boots were in stirrups more often than on the ground while he was growing up in Hopkinsville, Ky., and he carried on that tradition with barrel racing through adulthood. In 2008, however, Atwood had to admit he needed to slow down. Then 46, he started searching for another […]

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Evangeline Prepares To Begin 54th Season Of Racing As Broberg,Thornton Will Defend Titles

 The 54th season of Thoroughbred racing will be getting started at Evangeline Downs on Wednesday, April 3. It will be the first of 84 evenings of racing action held on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule with a nightly first post time of 5:50 pm Central Time. The 20-race stakes schedule will feature purses totaling $1,375,000 and […]

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