Louisiana racing

Departing the Early Favorite in Super Derby

Seven sophomore colts and geldings will contest the $500,000 Grade 2 Super Derby at 1-1/8 miles Saturday at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. Topping the field for the 34th running of the late summer staple will be Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s two-time Derby winner, Departing. A winner of five of his seven lifetime starts, Departing drew […]

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Report: Alleged Drug Smugglers Possibly Linked to QH Racing

Authorities in Louisiana arrested 18 people on charges of drug smuggling last week, and it now appears that several have ties to Quarter Horse racing in the state. The Louisiana Racing Commission has confirmed that several of the individuals arrested were licensed in the state, but the office declined to provide the names until they […]

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After 35 Years in the Saddle, Jockey Ricky Faul Calls it a Day

Saying he didn’t want to retire, but also that he didn’t “want to go out in a wheelchair”, jockey Ricky Faul has decided to hang up his tack and call it a career. The 51-year-old Louisiana native retires with 3,364 victories from a career that began in 1978. In an interview with the Daily Racing […]

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English Appointed Sales Director For Louisiana Yearling Sale

Darren English has been appointed as sales director for the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana’s 2013 yearling auction. English has three decades of experience with equine auctions, including 15 years with Fasig-Tipton. The yearling auction will be held on September 24 at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, Louisiana. Entries for the sale […]

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Louisiana Legislator Wants ‘Oversight’ For Horsemen’s Groups

Louisiana legislator Rep. Joe Harrison has introduced a bill into the state legislature that would place a hold on the gaming proceeds that go to the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association. Harrison’s bill would require the associations to present a budget to the […]

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Louisiana champ Star Guitar retired

Three-time Louisiana Horse of the Year Star Guitar has been retired due to a recurring quarter crack. The 7-year-old son of Quiet American retires with an impressive resume, notching 24 wins in 30 starts with earnings of $1,749,862 for owner/breeder Brittlyn Stable. Trainer Al Stall Jr. said of his hard-knocking charge, “I feel happy for […]

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Change in test and a warning led to spate of Dermorphin positives

Industrial Labs, a drug-testing company in Denver, Colo., was told by state racing regulators six months ago to be on the lookout for a potent opiate painkiller, dermorphin, according to the lab’s director, an alert that has led to a spate of post-race positives for the drug in at least two states. The warning was […]

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Ten Louisiana-based horses test positive for powerful opiate painkiller

Ten horses representing eight different trainers have tested positive in Louisiana for the Class 1 drug dermorphin, a powerful pain-killer said to be nearly 40 times more potent than morphine, Bob Fortus reported today in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. According to the report, positive tests traced to both Quarter horses and Thoroughbreds, with three racing […]

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Delta Downs Jackpot field coming together

Only four days remain until Delta Downs’ richest and most important race day of the year. It’s the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot program, and it takes place this Saturday, November 19. Many of the connections that will take part in the main event, which features 2-year-olds vying for a massive first-place paycheck of $600,000 in […]

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