News December  6, 2022

Kevin Preston Making A Solid Impact As New Owner And President Of Louisiana Downs

Kevin Preston is new president and owner of Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, Louisiana.

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BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 8, 2022—Kevin Preston, the new president and owner of Louisiana Downs was onsite last week, interacting with countless members of the racing community during live racing on March 5.

Preston, who is founder and president of Premier Gaming Group, Magnolia Bluffs Casino & Hotel in Natchez, MS, purchased Louisiana Downs earlier this year for $22 million with approval from both the Louisiana Gaming Control Board and Louisiana State Racing Commission.

The 2022 Quarter Horse racing season at Louisiana Downs just complete an exciting weekend with two days of trials for the Mardi Gras Futurity. The first “official” futurity of the year received a record number of nominations from Quarter Horse owners and breeders this year.

In addition to seeing some remarkably talented Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds in action, horseplayers on-track and at racetracks and simulcast facilities across the country wagered $1,026,942 on the 22 qualifying races. That marked an 115% increase on the 2021 handle of $552,000.

This is Preston’s first foray into racetrack ownership, and he is committed to elevating both the racetrack and onsite casino to a new level. Improvements are ongoing and promotions including New Year’s Eve fireworks, cap and t-shirt giveaway and family activities have been well-received.

Preston was interviewed on Saturday afternoon and told the crowd that announcements would be forthcoming on plans for the Thoroughbred season, which begins on May 7.

“Race fans, get excited because we are bringing this iconic racetrack back to life again,” he said.

Preston’s energy has inspired fans and horsemen alike.

“It has been really good to see how much Mr. Preston cares about this racetrack,” said trainer Kenneth Roberts, Sr., one of the top Quarter Horse trainers in Louisiana. “To see him out here talking to the owners, trainers, jockeys and fans means a lot!”

The final of the Mardi Gras Futurity and Derby will take place on Sunday, March 27. The live Quarter Horse racing season will conclude on Wednesday, April 6. Dates have also been approved for the 2022 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred live racing season. The 84-day meet will begin on Saturday, May 7 and continue through Tuesday, September 27.

CLICK HERE to watch Martha Claussen's Interview with Kevin Preston on Saturday (March 5) at Louisiana Downs.

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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