Updated on 09/17/2011 10:40AM

Big purses at La. Downs


Louisiana Downs, which opened a 905-machine slots casino last month, has set purses at $200,000 a day for its summer meet, which will run from June 27 to Sept. 21.

During the fall season, which extends from Sept. 27 to Nov. 9, daily purses are budgeted at a record $150,000.

Overall, the track will run 80 dates. The stable area will open Wednesday.

The Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at 1 1/8 miles Sept. 20 is the richest of 45 stakes for Thoroughbreds worth close to $3 million this season.

Other major races include the $100,000 Louisiana Downs Handicap on turf Sept. 21.

In a significant change, the annual Louisiana Breeders' Festival will be held on one program instead of two, with 12 stakes for Louisiana-breds to be run Oct. 11. Of those races, four will be for Quarter Horses.

Remington requests longer season

Remington Park, which is running a reduced number of dates this year, has asked the Oklahoma Racing Commission to expand its calendar for 2004.

The track has asked for 91 dates of Thoroughbred racing from July 16 to Nov. 28, and 37 dates of Quarter Horse racing from March 26 to May 31. The dates requests could be considered at the commission's next scheduled meeting June 19.

If the schedule is approved, it would give Remington a total of 128 dates in 2004, compared to the 81 it is scheduled to race in 2003.

In other requests, Will Rogers Downs, which did not race last year, asked for a 12-day meet for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses from Nov. 5-28, while two concerns asked for dates for Blue Ribbon Downs. Just one will get approval from the commission.

Blue Ribbon, which is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, requested 40 dates for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses from Jan. 24 to June 6, less than half the amount of dates usually run at Blue Ribbon.

Meanwhile, the track's creditor, Sallisaw Municipal Authority, requested 84 dates for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses from Feb. 7 to Nov. 28.

Fair Meadows Tulsa asked to race 28 dates for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses from May 22 to July 17.

Martin to ride at Louisiana Downs

Eddie Martin Jr., who has spent the past several summers riding outside of this region, plans to move his tack to Louisiana Downs after Lone Star.

Martin, who lives in Louisiana, said he's going to ride at Louisiana Downs because of the slots-fueled purses there.

"I've been traveling to Kentucky, Chicago, Delaware, chasing the big money," he said. "Now the big money's in my backyard. It makes sense to stay home."

Martin led the standings at Lone Star going into the races Friday.

Another Beau's Town?

Beau's County, who races for Bobby Beck, co-owner of regional sprint king Beau's Town, could make his next start in one of several 2-year-old stakes around the country following his impressive debut win at Lone Star. Beau's County, who like Beau's Town is by Beau Genius, won his maiden by 4 1/2 lengths, covering five furlongs over a good track in 57.80 seconds May 26.

"I think he's the real thing," said Bret Calhoun, who trains Beau's County.

Beau's County is being considered for the Grade 3, $150,000 Bashford Manor at Churchill on July 6; the Grade 3, $100,000 Tremont at Belmont on June 28; and the $75,000 Middleground Breeders' Cup at Lone Star on July 13.

Back in the saddle again

Jockey Leo Landry, who has ridden in just three races since retiring from the saddle in 1985, will make a rare appearance Sunday in the ninth race, a conditioned claimer, at Lone Star.

He has the mount on Prophet's Reward for trainer Sharon Armstrong.

Landry, 45, was a regular at tracks in Louisiana and Oklahoma, but retired to spend more time with his family. He now works as an exercise rider, but is coming back to ride because he has taken a particular liking to Prophet's Reward.

"He's a special horse," said Landry. "Since he came in, I could see a lot of potential in him, and we get along pretty good."

* Distinctive Code, who won the $100,000 Victoria Lass on dirt in March, will move back to turf for her next start, said her trainer, Larry Robideaux Jr. She will be pointed for the $50,000 Miller Lite, a five-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares at Lone Star next Saturday.