Louisiana Cup Day Held Aug. 6 at Louisiana Downs


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Strong Beauty wins the 2021 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Stakes at Louisiana Downs

Kevin Preston, the president and owner of Louisiana Downs Racetrack looks forward to welcoming Louisiana horsemen, fans, and key lawmakers Aug. 6 for Louisiana Cup Day, the marquee racing event of the annual Thoroughbred racing season. 

Since the 2022 Louisiana live racing season kicked off in January, Preston has worked tirelessly to bring the Bossier City racetrack and casino back to prominence. Facility updates and the addition of a Sports Wagering Hub have been well-received by fans and horsemen.

One of his other goals is to ensure that Louisiana lawmakers understand the economic impact of Louisiana Downs. Preston has extended an invitation to local and state legislators to come out Aug. 6 for the stakes-filled program saluting Louisiana Thoroughbreds.

The card includes:

$67,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile – 2-Year-Old LA-Bred, 5 1/2 furlongs

$67,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies – 2-Year-Old Fillies, LA-Bred, 5 1/2 furlongs

$67,000 Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint  – 3-Year-Old & Up F&M, LA-Bred, Six furlongs

$67,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint – 3-Year-Olds & Up LA-Bred, Six furlongs

$67,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic – 3-Year-Olds & Up LA-Bred, 1 1/16 miles (Turf)

$67,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff – 3-Year-Olds & Up F & M LA-Bred, 1 1/16 miles (Turf)

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"Working with our legislators is vital to the growth of Louisiana racing and breeding," Preston said. "Louisiana Downs is one of four racetracks in Louisiana that support the livelihoods of many individuals in our state. We look forward to a very entertaining Cup Day on Saturday."

Scholarship Drawings Set for Louisiana Cup Day

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.

The drawings will take place after the fifth race. The races begin at 1:45 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 12:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. at the designated registration booth. The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:

– Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Fall 2022

– Must be in good standing with the college or university

– Must be present at the drawing location to win

– Must have university ID number or Social Security number

– The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student's account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.