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Louisiana Downs Meet Winners

Louisiana Downs closes out 2019 season honoring its winners.
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The final day of the 2019 Quarter Horse racing season at Louisiana Downs included presentations for the meet’s leading jockey, trainer and owner. The Quarter Horse meet opened January 5 and closed on March 20, offering 46 days of live racing.

Everardo Rodriguez won his second Louisiana Downs leading rider title. The 29-year-old was born in San Luis Potosí, a city in central Mexico and began riding professionally in 2013. He finished the meet with 47 wins and had several days in which he piloted four or five winners on the card.  John Hamilton was second with 28 trips to the winner’s circle and Luciano Duenez, who won the Mardi Gras Futurity, finished third in the standings with 16 wins.

On April 13, Rodriguez will be honored as 2018 LQHBA Champion Jockey (in a tie with Luis Vivanco) before heading to Delta Downs on April 19. 

A very competitive battle for the training title went down to the final day of the season once again, with last year’s leader Lanny Keith winning 27 races to top Willie Simien, Jr.. This was the second career leading training award for Keith, who  lives in Leesburg, Texas. He brought 80 percent f his 2-year-olds to Louisiana Downs and was able to get experience for them, before shipping to Delta Downs. Simien finished with 24 victories and Josue Huitron and Kenneth Roberts, Sr. tied with 15 wins for the season.

Jose O. Barron was honored as leading owner title at Louisiana Downs, finishing the meet with 12 wins.  The resident of Longview, Texas, has been a major supporter of Louisiana and Texas racing with previous titles at Delta Downs, Evangeline Downs and the Fair Grounds Quarter Horse meet. Barron was fourth in the standings last year, but solid wins from his horses, including Di Maria, Atimely Touch and Coronaoro  propelled him to the top in 2019.  He credits trainers Manuel Macias and Willie Simien, Jr. for their hard work and jockey Everardo Rodriguez, who rode the majority of his horses this meet.

Geral Dewitt and Bulldog Racing tied for second with seven victories each.

Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and was purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December, 2002. With annual Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons, the track is committed to presenting the highest quality racing programs paired with its 150,000 square foot entertainment complex offering casino gambling, dining and plasma screen televisions for sports and simulcast racing. The racetrack will open its Thoroughbred meet on May 4. 

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