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2019 Louisiana Downs Meet

Louisiana Downs closes its 46-day meet on March 20.
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Louisiana Downs concluded its 46-day winter American Quarter Horse meet on Wednesday, registering increases in on- and off-track handle.

Total on-track handle reached $733,038, an increase of 7.2 percent over 2018, and total off-track handle rose 4.4 percent to $10,301,490. Combined, Louisiana Downs handled $11,034,528, up 4.6 percent over 2018.

Louisiana Downs also paid total purses of $2,857,435, or $62,118 per day, approximately even with last year. Average field size declined to 6.76 horses per race compared to 7.02 in 2018.

“We are very pleased with the positive results from our 2019 Quarter Horse meet,” said Louisiana Downs vice president of operations Eric Hallstrom. “Despite an abnormally rainy winter in Bossier City, which helped contribute to a reduction in our starters per race, we were able to achieve handle increases and run a very safe meet.

“We thank our horsemen for their participation and appreciate everyone’s cooperation in integrating wintertime Thoroughbred training into our operations,” he added.

HH Gailforce, a bay daughter of Freighttrain B trained by Joel Cantu for the Egoizzta Partnership, won the meet’s richest race, the 300-yard, $305,296 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) for Louisiana-breds on March 16.

Louisiana Downs honored its human meet champions on closing day; Everardo Rodriguez was the meet’s leading jockey, while Lanny Keith successfully defended his trainer title and Jose O. Barron was Louisiana Downs’ leading owner.

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