Louisiana Downs Honors Its Winter QH Meet Champions

The track ended its season on Wednesday.

Q-Racing Journal

Louisiana Downs ended its winter American Quarter Horse season on Wednesday.

Louisiana Downs honored its leading jockey, trainer, and owners on Wednesday, closing day of its winter Quarter Horse meet.

Damian Martinez was Louisiana Downs' leading jockey with 37 wins from 202 mounts, 10 more than runner-up David Alvarez, who rode the winners of 27 races from 143 mounts. Martinez also led all Louisiana Downs jockeys in mount earnings at $322,310.

Leading trainer Orlando Orozco won 29 races from 154 starters, 11 more than runners-up Kenneth Roberts Sr. and Carlos Saldivar. Jose Sanchez was Louisiana Downs' top trainer in starter earnings at $296,416.

Manuel Alvarez and Julien R. Stevens III tied for the leading owner title with eight wins each. Alvarez had 36 starters during the meet and Stevens had 25. Alejandro Moya was Louisiana Downs' leading owner in purse earnings at $232,792.

Moya won Louisiana Downs' richest race, the 300-yard, $271,463 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) on March 18, with Blue Eyed Fance. A homebred daughter of champion Jess Louisiana Blue, the filly was trained by Jose Sanchez and ridden by Francisco Calderon.

Quarter Horse racing returns to Louisiana on April 21, when Delta Downs opens its 46-night season.

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