Today's Headlines February  20, 2018

Special 11:30 AM Early Post Set Saturday at Harrah's Louisiana Downs For Mardi Gras Futurity Trials

Ann Switalski / Hodges Photography

BOSSIER CITY, LA--FEBRUARY 20, 2018--Harrah's Louisiana Downs will host a huge day of racing on Saturday. Post time has been moved up to 11:30 am for the fifteen races of the day, beginning with the 13th running of the $25,000 Mr Jess Perry (see related story).

Following the Mr Jess Perry, Louisiana Downs will run 14 trials for the $310,466 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2). The first trial will get underway at 11:54 am with an estimated post time of 5:06 pm for race 15, the final trial. The top ten fastest qualifiers will advance to the final on Saturday, March 17. This is a record purse for the first official futurity of

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