10/15/2008 12:00AM

It's time for Bredar to say good-bye


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Saturday not only marks the conclusion of the 2008 season at Louisiana Downs, but also the end of Doug Bredar's tenure as racing secretary. Bredar assumes the same position at Gulfstream Park, which begins its next season in early January.

Bredar's two years at Louisiana Downs have been successful. In a national environment that has not been kind to the fortunes of most tracks, Louisiana Downs has seen an increase in handle in each of the last two years, including this season's 3 percent rise.

Bredar inherited a racing program that averaged slightly more than eight starters per race in 2006, and that number has swelled to 9.3 this year.

"I would like to think that I leave Louisiana Downs in better shape than when I got here," Bredar said last weekend just before hopping a flight to Miami to review Gulfstream stall applications.

While Bredar was a relative newcomer to the region when he arrived, he said he continues to notice a change in the racing landscape.

"Louisiana is in great position right now with the slots money enhancing purses and the subsequent large number of Louisiana-breds out there," Bredar said. "We have been able to lure some new outfits in here as a result with several coming over from Texas."

Bredar said that if there has been a difficult aspect of his job, it has been figuring out how to card the right number of races for the many Louisiana-breds.

"You have to strike a balance between the number of statebred races offered without hurting your open program," he said.

Bredar's successor is Trent McIntosh, who has held the same position at Delta Downs since 1998.

Delta begins its 2008-2009 season on Oct. 29 and is accepting applications for the vacated position, according to director of racing Chris Warren.

Warren said Delta hopes to name a new racing secretary within the next two weeks.

Backstretch will remain open for training

Plans are being made to keep the Louisiana Downs backside open for training following the end of the season this weekend.

"It was an idea we floated out there to our horsemen," said vice president of racing operations Mark Midland. "The response has been positive, so we will start finalizing some details."

- additional reporting by Mary Rampellini