Louisiana Downs Begins 46-Day Quarter Horse Meet Jan. 10

The 2022 Quarter Horse racing season will get underway at Louisiana Downs on Monday, Jan. 10. The 46-day meet will conclude on Thursday, April 7.

Louisiana Downs is now under new ownership. Rubico Acquisition Corporation purchased the Bossier City racetrack for $22 million with approval from both the Louisiana Gaming Control Board and Louisiana State Racing Commission.  The new ownership became official effective November 1, 2021.

“This is a big win for everyone involved,” said Kevin Preston, president of Rubico Acquisition Corporation. “Louisiana Downs is such an iconic institution of the Bossier City and Northwest Louisiana landscape. At one time it was one of the premier horseracing tracks in the state and our plan is to restore it as a place of entertainment for the entire family.”

Three Quarter Horse stakes will be contested in 2022 highlighted by the $100,000-added Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2), which is the  first official futurity of the year, on Sunday, March 27. The 15th running of the $50,000 Mardi Gras Derby will also be run that day. Both are restricted to Louisiana-bred Quarter Horses. The $75,000-added Louisiana Downs Futurity (G3) will be run on Sunday, April 3.

Stall applications are due by Monday, December 6 and the barn area will open on Sunday, Dec. 26. Louisiana Downs will also offer schooling races for 2-year-olds paid into the Mardi Gras Futurity as well as the Louisiana Downs Futurity.

Live Quarter Horse racing will be conducted Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through March 2. Beginning Sunday, March 6, the schedule changes to Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Two Thursday race cards will be added for the final two weeks of the season. Post time will be 1:00 p.m. (Central).

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 conclude on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Louisiana Downs 2022 Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule

March 27: $100,000-added Mardi Gras Futurity(RG2)     2 YO LA-Bred            300 yards

$50,000-added Mardi Gras Derby                     3 YO   LA-Bred         400 yards

April 3 : $75,000-added Louisiana Downs Futurity(G3)             2 YO               300 yards

2022 Quarter Horse Trial Dates

March 6                                   Mardi Gras Futurity

March 7                                   Mardi Gras Derby

March 13                                 Louisiana Downs Futurity

2022 Schooling Race Dates

February 12                             Mardi Gras Futurity

February 19                             Louisiana Downs Futurity

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