Handle Increases at Louisiana Downs Meet

The track ended its 2018 American Quarter Horse meet on Wednesday.

Edited press release

Everardo Rodriguez (third from left) was honored as Louisiana Downs leading jockey during its 46-day meet, which ended Wednesday. PHOTO: Hodges Photography

Louisiana Downs ended its 46-day winter American Quarter Horse meet on Wednesday, as the track recorded an 8-percent increase in wagering handle over its 2017 season.

Louisiana Downs handled $10,551,929 on its live races, an average of $229,390 per day.

“We are grateful for the continued support of our horsemen and for the mild weather we had this season,” said Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager, on Wednesday. “Two outstanding horses won our Mardi Gras Futurity and today’s Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity and will be 2-year-olds to watch as the racing year progresses.”

Louisiana Downs also honored its leading jockey, trainer and owner of the meet on its closing-day program on Wednesday. Everardo Rodriguez won his first Louisiana Downs leading rider title, as the 28-year-old native of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, won 45 races, 17 more than runner-up Juan Marquez.

Lanny Keith and Carlos Saldivar led all Louisiana Downs trainers with 23 wins each, two more than Vann Haywood, who finished third in the standings with 21 wins.

Joe M. Davis led all Louisiana Downs owners with 12 wins, three more than runners-up Geral Dewitt and Joseph Landreneau. A native of Indiana, Davis plans to start a string of horses at the Delta Downs meet, which opens in April.

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