Wilson, Guerrero retain crowns as Downs’ thoroughbred meet ends

(Photo courtesy Louisiana Downs)

By TONY TAGLAVORE, Journal Sports 

A couple of familiar names finished atop the trainer and jockey standings, as Louisiana Downs’ 2023 thoroughbred meet came to an end Tuesday.

For the third straight year, Haughton’s Shane Wilson won the trainer’s title. In 210 starts, Wilson’s horses won 45 races, and earned $861,315. Joey Foster picked up two wins on the final day, to edge out Steve Asmussen for second place. Foster had 23 winners in 109 starts, which earned $356,892. Asmussen had 21 winners in 113 starts, which earned $338,040.

From the jockey colony, Jose Andres Guerrero was the best rider for a second straight year, with 70 wins in 336 starts. His mounts earned $1,189,953. Joel Dominguez was second with 53 wins in 314 starts, and the horses he rode earned $918,289. Emanuel Nieves finished third with 49 wins in 287 starts. His mounts earned $887,660.

Racing at the Bossier City track is scheduled to resume January 2, with the 2024 quarter horse meet. Next year’s 76-day thoroughbred meet is scheduled to start May 3.

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