Louisiana Call to Action

Louisiana horsemen encouraged to attend meeting.

Louisiana horsemen encouraged to attend meeting.

Louisiana horsemen are strongly encouraged to attend the Louisiana State Racing Commission meeting on Monday, August 27, at 9 a.m. in the Queen Anne Ballroom of the Monteleone Hotel located at 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130.

Fair Grounds Race Course is attempting to move the 2019 Quarter Horse meet from the usual August/September dates to late March/early April, and the Louisiana HBPA has voted to support this move.

The move would negatively impact the Quarter Horse racing and breeding industry for many reasons, including:

  • Eighty eight consecutive days of no Quarter Horse racing from the end of the Delta Downs Quarter Horse meet and the beginning of the Evangeline Downs Quarter Horse meet. There would be no Quarter Horse Racing in Louisiana for three consecutive months.
  • The 2019 Louisiana Downs Quarter Horse meet ends on March 20 – only seven days before the Fair Grounds meet would begin. It is 350 miles between Louisiana Downs and Fair Grounds, making it extremely difficult for Quarter Horses to make the move successfully and safely.
  • The LQHBA Sale Futurity is run at Fair Grounds and has its largest purse ever this year of $435,000. If the Fair Grounds meet moves, LQHBA would be forced to run the Sale Futurity at Evangeline Downs and it would be in direct conflict with the Louisiana Million Futurity, which would have a negative effect on the purse money and subsequently the yearling sale. Those two major futurities would be jammed up with very little time in between, causing both races to suffer and taking away the opportunity for most horses to run in both races.
  • Attempting to run a Quarter Horse meet at Fair Grounds while Jazz Fest is being built and just two weeks before Jazz Fest begins is most definitely not in the best interest of the safety of horses and horsemen.

For more information call LQHBA at 318-487-9506.

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