Louisiana racing

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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Sunday Silence Among Inaugural Inductees To Louisiana Downs Racing Hall Of Fame

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will honor the first class of its Racing Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 13. It will serve as an opportunity to honor the achievements of horse owners, trainers, jockeys, horses and property contributors who have played pivotal roles in the rich history of Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. The Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Racing Hall of […]

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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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Louisiana Legislature Passes Bill Allocating $5 Per Start To Fund Aftercare

The state legislature in Louisiana approved a measure this week which would allocate $5 per start to a fund for Thoroughbred aftercare. HB384 states monies raised from the funding stream would be managed by a representative of Louisiana horsemen for withdrawals and disbursement from the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper Account. The bill, authored by Rep. Clay Schexnayder […]

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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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Louisiana-Breds In The Spotlight On ‘Legends’ Night AT Evangeline Downs

The best Louisiana-bred Thoroughbreds will be in the spotlight at Evangeline Downs this Saturday night for Louisiana Legends Night. The annual celebration will be a 10-race program with the first post time set for 5:50 p.m. (CST). There will be eight stakes races on the card and Evangeline Downs bettors will surely be focused on […]

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Lost and Found Presented by Horseware: Guidry Enjoying New Role As Louisiana Racing Official

Statistically, Mark Guidry is one of only 34 jockeys to win more than 5,000 races. In addition to those glittery stats, he is so well regarded by his peers that he received the 2006 George Woolf Award that honors jockeys whose character and career reflect positively on themselves and Thoroughbred racing. When he received the […]

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Louisiana Derby: War Of Will Looks To Remain Perfect On Dirt

No rival has yet made a dent in War of Will’s leadership of the 3-year-old division in New Orleans this winter, but 10 will make a belated attempt to do so Saturday in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (Grade I) at Fair Grounds. The 1 1/8-mile Louisiana Derby is the finale on a 13-race program […]

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Broken Collarbone Sidelines Bridgmohan For Rest Of Fair Grounds Meet

Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan confirmed via Twitter that he will miss the remainder of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots 2018-19 meet, which concludes March 24. According to his agent Anthony Martin, Bridgmohan, 39, suffered a broken right collarbone after being unseated from his mount Oxford Comma in mid-stretch of Saturday’s Mardi Gras Stakes. Oxford Comma was […]

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