News September  27, 2023

Record Handle Set for Mardi Gras Futurity Trials at Louisiana Downs

Louisiana Downs set a record handle on the Mardi Gras Futurity trials contested March 5th and 6th.

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BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 7, 2022—Due to the record number of Louisiana-bred juveniles nominated to the 2022 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) at Louisiana Downs, trials were run over two days for the first time in the history of the championship.

Both on-track and simulcast handle were up considerably with officials reporting a total two-day handle of $1,026,942. Total handle for the 17 trials run last year on March 6 was $552,000.

“This exceeded our expectations, and it was rewarding to see the interest in the trials, with good crowd support on-track and solid wagering from horseplayers across the country,” said David Heitzmann, Louisiana Downs Director of Racing. “We look forward to running the final of the Mardi Gras Futurity and Derby on Sunday, March 27.”

For a complete list of qualifiers for the $324,288. Mardi Gras Futurity(RG2) CLICK HERE.


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About Louisiana Downs
Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and is now owned by Rubico Acquisition Corporation. With annual Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons, the track is committed to presenting the highest quality racing programs paired with its 150,000 square foot entertainment complex offering casino gambling, dining and plasma screen televisions for sports and simulcast racing.



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