Today's Headlines February  20, 2020

Early Post Set Saturday For Fourteen Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) Trials at Harrah's Louisiana Downs

© Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski

BOSSIER CITY, LA—FEBRUARY 18, 2020—Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will host an action-packed weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s post time has been moved up to 11:00 am (CT) to accommodate the fourteen trials for the $100,000-added Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2).

The Mardi Gras Futurity is the first official futurity of the year, and once again, interest was high for owners of accredited Louisiana-bred juveniles. The top ten qualifiers from the 300-yard trials will advance to the final on Saturday, March 14.

Louisiana Downs hosted 13 schooling races on Friday, January 31, giving 2-year-olds eligible for the Mardi Gras Futurity some additional experience and preparatio

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The first 2-year-old schooling races of the year took place Friday, January 31 at Harrah's Louisiana Downs. Thirteen 220-yard heats were contested to give juveniles paid into the Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) some valuable experience for their racing careers.

Louisiana horsemen and women were unified in stating the importance of schooling races. For a young racehorse, the experience of entering a steel enclosure and running in close company with other horses can be intimidating.

Trainer Wendy Garcia shared her experience in the Mardi Gras schooling races; three of her trainees, Apo

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