Wilson, Lozada win titles at Louisiana Downs

By TONY TAGLAVORE, Journal Sports

Shane Wilson won the trainer’s title, and Carlos Lozada won the jockey title, at the Louisiana Downs thoroughbred meet which ended Tuesday.

For Wilson — a Haughton native who was featured in the Aug. 23 edition of the Shreveport-Bossier Journal — this is his second straight title. Wilson finished the meet with 50 wins in 217 starts. That’s 12 more wins (177 starts) than Joey Foster, who finished second.

“We came in with lots of horses ready to run,” Wilson told the Journal. “We had horses for nearly any condition they could write.

“My clients claimed several good horses this winter that really fit well here. We picked up a couple of new clients that brought us quality horses to run. Several talented two-year-olds we were able to run here at the end. So we started with a strong barn and the horses really ran hard all summer for us.”

The race for the jockey title was much closer. Lozada won 85 races (378 starts). That’s five wins more than Jose Andres Guerrero (402 starts).

“First and foremost, I want to thank the Lord Jesus,” Lozada told the Journal, through his agent, Ronald Ardoin. “Second, I want to thank all the owners, trainers, groomers, exercise boys, and anyone who had anything to do with my success this summer.”

The 2023 Quarter Horse meet starts Jan. 5. The 2023 Thoroughbred meet begins May 6.

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