Four stakes kick off Fair Grounds 2017-18 meet

Breeders' Cup Classic winner Gun Runner first emerged as a possible star at the 2015-16 Fair Grounds meet. The important Fair Grounds winter meeting kicks off Nov. 18, the beginning of five months of racing that includes major preps for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. It’s a meeting to watch current stars, and future stars; the most notable in the last two years being this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Gun Runner, who took out two [...]

Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity Wednesday at Louisiana Downs

The Louisiana Downs meet wraps up on Wednesday, March 22 and the closing Capitan JimBob will be one of the favorites in the Harrah's Entertainment Futurity day feature is the $233,578 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3). Trials were run on March 4 and the ten fastest qualifiers will return for the 300-yard championship, which is set as race seven (3:24 pm -Central). Capitan Jimbob set the fastest qualifying time of :15.676 and drew post position six with Rene Gutierrez [...]

Mardi Gras Futurity Saturday at Louisiana Downs

 The $271,738 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2), the first official test for 2-year-old Quarter Horses, will be held on Sir Edward L Perry is the favorite in Saturday's Mardi Gras Futurity Saturday, March 18 at Harrah's Louisiana Downs. The ten finalists emerged from 15 trials run on February 25 was Sir Edward L Perry. The son of Sir Runaway Dash was purchased as a weanling in the  LQHBA Fall Mixed Sale for $2,000.  The winner’s share of the purse [...]

Quarter Horse Jockey Damian Martinez Leads at Louisiana Downs

If you are following Quarter Horse racing at Louisiana Downs, you will see jockey Damian Martinez in the winner’s circle on a very regular basis. One of the youngest riders on the circuit, Martinez, 23, began riding in Texas in in 2012, but has found great success in Louisiana for the past year. He finished second to David Alvarez at Delta Downs and was one of the top riders at Evangeline Downs as well. Martinez is the current leading rider [...]

Trials for the Mardi Gras Futurity Saturday at Louisiana Downs

Trials for the first official futurity of the year, the Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) at Louisiana Downs will take place on Saturday, February 25. A total of 128 Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds will make their debut in 14 trials, with the ten fastest qualifiers advancing to the final. Suffice it to say, handicapping these trials is difficult as the majority of these juveniles have never competed on the RDD Lajollanfastdash won the 2016 Mardi Gras Futurity and had success in [...]

February Racing at Louisiana Downs

 There will be plenty of action in February at Louisiana Downs, both for older horses and Tee Ray is the morning line choice in Saturday's Louisiana Downs Maiden Stake. the first tests for 2-year-olds. On Saturday, the Bossier City racetrack will present the final of the 350-yard, $47,242 Louisiana Downs Maiden Stakes. Jockey Damian Martinez qualified two for this final in trials run on January 21, but will ride fastest qualifier, Tee Ray for trainer Gary Shane Mason. [...]

Two Stakes on Tap Saturday at Louisiana Downs

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is one month into its 46-day meet and will present two Quarter Horse stakes on the Saturday, January 28th card. Top Louisiana trainer Kenny Roberts will saddle two fillies in Saturday's Party Girl Stakes The first stakes, the $25,000 Party Girl Stakes drew a field of eight Louisiana-bred fillies and mares. Morning-line favoritism goes to Poonies Perfect Jet, a 4-year-old Jet Black Patriot filly trained by Kenneth Roberts, Sr. Jockey Donell Blake has the call in [...]

Louisiana Downs Quarter Horse Meet Begins on January 7

  Louisiana Downs will open its 2017 American Quarter Horse meet on Saturday, January 7. The 46-day racing season will continue through March 22. Louisiana Downs kicks off its Quarter Horse meet on Saturday, January 7 Located near Shreveport, Louisiana Downs will kick off its season with two stakes on opening day, the $15,000 Marathon Stakes at 870 yards and the $15,000 Harrah's Dash, at 250 yards.  The track will offer a total of 12 stakes this season, [...]

Big Daddy Stakes at Remington Park

Two-time AQHA world champion, SLM Big Daddy will be remembered Saturday night at Remington Park in a stakes bearing his name.  The $50,000 SLM Big Daddy Stakes headlines the 11-race card, which gets underway at 6:00 pm. Mixed Fantasy, winner of the 2014 SLM Big Daddy Stakes at Remington Park The 550-yard stakes drew a solid field of ten, with Rocketair installed as the 3-1 choice. Jockey Ivan Carnero will ride for trainer Clinton Crawford. Mixed Fantasy, owned [...]