Louisiana racing

Drill to be first G1 winner in Delta Downs Jackpot

Trainer Bob Baffert has decided to ship his Grade 1-winning juvenile Drill to this Saturday’s Delta Downs Jackpot in Louisiana.  This will be the 10th running of the Grade 3 Jackpot, which has never had a G1 winner in its field.  Baffert plans to add blinkers to Drill, who finished 10th in the Breeders’ Cup […]

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Former Louisiana HBPA employee sentenced to probation, home detention

Cricket Romero, a former employee with the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, was sentenced to three years probation Thursday for her role in a fraud case involving the LHBPA’s 2008 elections. Romero must also serve six months home detention and pay a $3,000 fine, but prosecutors pushed for probation because of her cooperation in […]

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Louisiana Downs: Alternation, Prayer for Relief ship in for Super Derby clash

A mix of shippers and local three-year-olds will contest Saturday’s Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs.  The field of nine entrants includes Grade 2 winners Alternation, trained by Donnie Von Hemel, and California-based Prayer for Relief, trained by Bob Baffert. Alternation finished fourth in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga after scoring in the […]

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Former president of Louisiana horsemen’s group pleads guilty to election fraud

The former president of the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association pled guilty in federal court Wednesday to several counts of fraud.  The Times-Picayune says Sean Alfortish admitted he rigged the LHBPA’s elections so he and several hand-picked associates would be re-elected in 2008 and could continue to help themselves to money controlled by the […]

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Nominations open for Delta Downs Jackpot; purses nearly $2.2 million

Press ReleaseNominations are now open for eight stakes races for this year’s Delta Downs Jackpot Day program at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel.  Nearly $2.2 million in purses will be awarded during this year’s program, scheduled for November 19. The centerpiece of the program is the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at […]

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Delta Downs unveils stakes schedule, Jackpot program

Press Release Delta Downs has released its 2011-2012 Thoroughbred stakes schedule, which includes 30 races and over $4 million in total purse money. The highlight of the 88-day season, which runs from October 19 through March 17, will come on Saturday, November 19. On that day the track will host eight stakes races and offer […]

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Former Louisiana horsemen exec pleads guilty in election fraud

The former executive director of the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association pleaded guilty to Tuesday to fraud charges in connection with an LHBPA election scheme.  53-year-old Mona Herbert Romero, who led the association until last November, could face five years in prison and $250,000 in fines for her role in a plot designed to […]

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Finney: The “Rooster” and other racing scandals

The death of infamous veterinarian Mark Gerard prompts Peter Finney of the Times Picayune to recall other scandalous racing tales he’s been told over the years in Louisiana: “It had to do with quarterhorses, not thoroughbreds,” said Frenchy, going back to a match race a friend told him had taken place in Carencro. “The horses […]

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Louisiana expands ADW to all tracks

A bill signed into law Thursday will allow all of Louisiana’s racetracks to operate Advance Deposit Wagering.  The measure amended a bill that granted only Fair Grounds – owned by Churchill Downs, which operates Twinspires.com – the right to offer ADW services.

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