Larry Lepinski, a veteran general manager who's been with Horseshoe Casino for almost 10 years and was named general manager of Harrah's Louisiana Downs six months ago, announced his resignation on Wednesday.Lepinski
wants to "try some new challenges," such as running the horse farm he
bought last July.
"I'm very anxious to try and establish that as a profitable and viable operation," he
"It's an extremely important position, and as we look to replace Larry
in that position, we want to make sure that somebody has both a keen knowledge of the business but also will fit in well in the community," he
...Lepinski has been senior vice president and general manager of Horseshoe since September 1995.
In August, he
took over the same positions at Louisiana Downs
"It certainly was a challenging job because there's a lot of pressure on this market," he
said."I was blessed with having two superbly trained professional teams at the two properties.That made my job so much easier and so much more enjoyable."Lepinski
has been in the gaming industry for 33 years, and his
career has taken him to Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City, the Bahamas, Malaysia and Tunica, he
has been renovating Eight Palms Stables in Caddo Parish
bought it last summer.He
said he'd been "giving some thought to trying something different."
"It's a labor of love," he
said."We may be doing this for the rest of our lives."
Sanfilippo praised Lepinski
for doing a "tremendous" job with Horseshoe
over 10 years, and said he
for taking over leadership at Louisiana Downs
"Everyone makes personal choices on how they want to continue to spend time in their life, and Larry
and I have had, even prior to the merger with Harrah's, a long-term relationship," Sanfilippo said.