Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will hold its marquee event, the GIII Super Derby, a week later in 2019. The race, worth $300,000, had previously been run Labor Day weekend, but will be run Sept. 7 this year.
“We want racing fans to see our Super Derby live and enjoy the many special events planned for our signature event at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs,” said Eric Halstrom, Louisiana Downs director of operations “We found that many patrons had out-of-town plans or holiday gatherings with family members on Labor Day weekend, so we shifted our date to the next weekend.”
The Super Derby is one of seven stakes races on the card, with the $60,000 Unbridled S. renamed the Frank L. Brothers S. this year.
A Louisiana horseman, Brothers won over 2,300 races and trained notable champions including Pulpit, Hansel, First Samurai and Arch. He won nine training titles at Louisiana Downs.
“Frankie is a very skilled horseman and was highly respected by our fans and horseplayers across the country,” said David Heitzmann, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs director of racing. “We are pleased to honor him and look forward to presenting an excellent Super Derby card.”
The 2019 Louisiana Downs stakes schedule also features the Aug. 3 Louisiana Cup Day. The card features six stakes for state-breds, as well as the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude.
The 84-day Louisiana Downs meet begins May 4.