06/22/2011 1:13PM

Louisiana Downs: Fiesty Day one to beat in allowance feature


BOSSIER CITY, La. – Fiesty Day, a winner of two of his last three starts for trainer Bob Young, is the one to beat in Friday’s allowance feature at Louisiana Downs. A field of 10 Louisiana-breds looking for their first win outside the maiden or claiming ranks, or those entered for a $12,500 claiming price, will go a mile and a sixteenth on the grass.

Trey Agilar will once again be aboard Fiesty Day, and appears to be a major reason why the 5-year-old Storm Day gelding has returned to his winning ways. Fiesty Day has won five of his 14 career starts but was winless all of 2010.

Autobeacat finished second to Feisty Day in a similar spot last month. The 8-year-old veteran was claimed out of that race by Karl Broberg as the favorite and will be seeking to make amends Friday. Quincy Hamilton has the call.

Lawtoncircle, third for Friday’s conditions at Evangeline Downs on May 27, also merits consideration. Trained by Frank Trosclair, Lawtoncircle is a winner over the local turf and will have the crafty Carlos Gonzalez in the saddle.


New riverboat casino proposed

Preliminary plans are underway to bring a sixth riverboat to the Shreveport-Bossier City area. Paradise Casino LLC intends on purchasing the Crown Casino in Lake Charles and relocating it as part of a 400-room resort on the Bossier side of the Red River.

In a press conference last week, Louisiana Downs’s general manager Mike Rich urged Bossier City officials to study the new casino’s possible impact on the local gaming landscape before moving forward on the project. louisiana Downs is owned by Caesars Entertainment.

“We feel that the addition of this license could start the erosion of slot revenue,” Rich said. “That in turn would cause erosion of purse money available and negatively affect horse racing in the region.”

If the state’s Gaming Control board approves the license, the relocation of the riverboat casino would be put before Bossier Parish voters Nov. 19.


Heat wave takes its toll

Extreme heat in this region the last few weeks has afected more than just man and beast. The stakes program has also suffered.

Bernie Flint, who nominated eight 2-year-olds to this Saturday’s Minstrel and Princess stakes, says the triple-digit temperatures is the reason he decided not to ship anything in.

“It’s just too hot,” Flint said. “I shipped to Texas a couple of weeks ago and it just killed us. Something dramatic would really have to happen with the weather in order for us to come.”

The mercury climbed to 104 degrees last Saturday and Sunday it reached 103. Both were records and with the usual Louisiana humidity factored in, the heat indices were even higher. This week’s forecast calls for possible showers midweek with high temperatures “cooling off” into the mid 90’s.


Showcase Night nears

There were a total of 290 nominations for next Saturday’s Louisiana Showcase Night at Evangeline Downs. The season’s biggest night will feature 10 stakes for Louisiana-breds with over a million dollars of purse money on the line.

Top billing for this year’s Showcase extravaganza belongs to Star Guitar. The millionaire, who two weeks ago was named the Louisiana Breeders Association 2010 Horse of the Year, will defend his title in the $100,000 Showcase Classic at a mile and a sixteenth on the main track.

“He’s doing fine,” said trainer Al Stall, Jr. on a recent trip to Louisiana Downs where he has a string under long time assistant Pam Fitzgerald, who oversees most of Star Guitar’s training.

“He is in his regular training pattern,” continued Stall. “We should be ready to go.”