Louisiana horse racing

Jennifer Sokol Promoted To Racing Operations Manager At Louisiana Downs

David Heitzmann, director of racing at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, announced that Jennifer Sokol has accepted the position of Racing Operations Manager at the Shreveport racetrack. Sokol has been employed at Louisiana Downs since 2007, joining the racing office in 2012. She most recently served as racing office manager. Her new duties will include supervision of […]

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Black Gold 5 Jackpot Up To $187K For Thursday

The Black Gold 5 jackpot, a .50 cent minimum wager where bettors are required to pick the winners of the final five races of the day at Fair Grounds Racecourse, has reached $187,801 heading into the eleven-race Thursday card. The jackpot is only paid out when there is only a single winning ticket The sequence […]

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Brian Hernandez Jr. Captures 2,000th Career Win

In 2004, Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. earned the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey. A mere 15-years later in Thursday’s fifth race at Fair Grounds, the Louisiana native captured career win number 2,000 aboard Afleet Roger for trainer James Baker. The 3-year-old gelding Afleet Roger broke alertly and was well-placed early, sitting just off the […]

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Fair Grounds: Trainer Brad Cox Sends Out Big Contingent For ‘Santa Super Saturday’

Billed as “Santa Super Saturday”, the December 21 card at Fair Grounds Racecourse is loaded with quality. With an early first post of noon CT, the 14-race program will include six stakes, and a more than handful of salty maiden special weight and allowance races.  Brad Cox enters Saturday with a total of 14 runners […]

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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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