Today's Headlines August  21, 2017

First Prize Bourban Does Not Disappoint in the Treme Stakes

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NEW ORLEANS, LA—AUGUST 19, 2017—There were no surprises in the $40,000 Treme Stakes (RG3) as First Prize Bourban was all class, defeating a full field of 3-year-old Louisiana-breds by half a length with Donald Watson along for the ride in Saturday’s feature race at the Fair Grounds.

This was the first stakes win for First Prize Bourban ($4.60), who is no stranger to tough company: the gelding has made an appearance in three restricted stakes races in his previous eight lifetime starts, most recently finishing second in the Delta Downs Louisiana Bred Derby (RG3). First Prize Bourban is now undefeated in two starts at the Fair Grounds and is four for nine in his career.

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Top Louisiana horseman Kenneth Roberts, Sr. was honored on Saturday, July 8 with his eighth Delta Downs leading trainer trophy! Unlike last year, when he edged Michael Taylor by one win, Roberts was out in front for much of the season. He won 61 races and was also the top money earning conditioner with $1.5 million in purses. His top performer, TM Ranch’s Heza Louisiana Dash won three stakes, culminating with an impressive victory in the $100,000 Louisiana Classic (G2).

Roberts was pleased with the success of his stable at Delta Downs, but acknowledged one other event on the final night

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