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When Official Results Aren’t Official: Delta Downs Judges Misread Photo Finish

There was a “Boo Boo” in the first race at Delta Downs last Saturday night and we’re not talking about Kerwin Clark, the 58-year-old jockey who’s been saddled with that nickname since childhood. Clark posed for pictures aboard New Orleans Spice, the No. 9 horse, with trainer James Ludwig and owner David Morales after the […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Do Test Barn Thefts Expose Louisiana Lab Deficiency?

My phone lit up Wednesday morning after the Paulick Report published an article about the theft of post-race urine and blood samples from a locked freezer inside the test barn at Louisiana Downs. The break-in was discovered Jan. 12, the day the Bossier City, La., track began the second week of its 2019 Quarter Horse […]

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Horse Racing Whodunit: Samples Stolen In Louisiana Downs Test Barn Break-In

Law enforcement and Louisiana State Racing Commission officials are investigating a Jan. 12 break-in of the test barn at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs and the theft of a number of split samples from a locked freezer. The break-in occurred during the second week of a Quarter Horse meeting that began on Jan. 5 at the Bossier […]

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With Suspension Behind Him, Heath Taylor Resumes Career With Gratitude, Patience

It’s been a long and arduous seven years, but on Monday, Jan. 28, trainer Heath Taylor, was restored to good standing by the Louisiana State Racing Commission. His ordeal began in May 2012, when Taylor was cited for a drug violation at Delta Downs.  The drug, Dermorphin, also known as frog juice because it originally […]

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Delta Downs Stewards Find No ‘Intent’ To Deceive In Wrong Horse Case

The Delta Downs stewards, in conjunction with the Louisiana State Police, recently concluded an investigation into the case of two horses from the barn of Eduardo Ramirez who were found to have raced in each other’s name at Delta in December and January. The investigation was predicated by the finding that a horse running under […]

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Delta Downs Stewards DQ 11 1/4-Length Winner In ‘Wrong Horse’ Case

Stewards at Delta Downs have disqualified two horses from the Eduardo Ramirez barn that were switched and mistakenly ran in each other’s name in three races in December 2016 and January 2017. A horse running under the name of Tough to the Bone, who was an 11 ¼-length winner of the ninth race at the […]

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Mistaken Identity? Louisiana Officials Investigating 11 1/4-Length Winner At Delta Downs

Louisiana State Racing Commission officials are investigating whether two horses from the barn of Eduardo Ramirez ran in each other’s name at Delta Downs in December and January. “There is an active investigation going on at Delta Downs regarding the question of two horses and a couple of different races,” said Charles A. Gardiner III, […]

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Jockey Cleared For ‘Gingerly’ Handling Of Filly In Louisiana Downs Race

Stewards at Harrah’s Lousiana Downs said jockey Kevin Smith was suffering from symptoms similar to heat exhaustion during a July 29 ride aboard owner-trainer Caroline Dodwell’s Crossbow Huntress, an effort that drew scrutiny both from racing officials and horseplayers. Crossbow Huntress, a 2-year-old Texas-bred filly by Crossbow making her second career start and going off […]

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Louisiana Supreme Court Denies Taylor, 3 Other Trainers Suspended for Dermorphin

Four Quarter Horse trainers suspended between five and 10 years for dermorphin positives in horses racing in Louisiana reached the end of the road in their appeals process last week when the Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday denied their applications for writ to argue their case. They previously lost an appeal before Louisiana’s Third Circuit […]

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Two And A Half Years Later, Still No Action Against Vets In Louisiana Dermorphin Cases

“I should have been a vet.” That’s what Louisiana trainer Anthony Agilar said in 2012 when he received a three-year suspension from the Louisiana State Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for the powerful painkiller dermorphin (a.k.a. frog juice). Agilar and two other trainers receiving harsh suspensions for dermorphin, Lamont Keith Charles […]

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