2023 Texas Two-Year-Old Sale Set for April 5th at Lone Star Park

(Austin, TX) – The 2023 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held on April 5, 2023 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, TX. The breeze show is scheduled for Monday, April 3, 2023.

“We’ve already had a lot of interest in our 2023 sale season,” Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “Our two-year-old sale has certainly gotten stronger in terms of quality in the past few years and those horses have been performing well at tracks around the midwest and south.”

Last year’s $200,000 sales topper, Free Drop Maddy, broke her maiden in the $150,000 Texas Thoroughbred Association Futurity at Lone Star Park, after a strong second on debut at Churchill Downs. She most recently won the Donovan L. Ferguson Memorial Stakes at the Fair Grounds Race Track for Mansfield Racing and Bret Calhoun. And 2022 graduate Tensas Candy won the $100,000 My Trusty Cat Stakes at Delta Downs for Terrell Jarrett Jr and Jorge Lara earlier this month; she was a $29,000 purchase from the Bryan Ford consignment.

“Our graduates are proof of the quality our consignors have offered each year,” Bridewell said. “We’re excited to get to work on putting together another solid edition in April.”

The breeze show is set for Monday, April 3rd, on the Lone Star Park dirt. The sale will be held Wednesday, April 5, 2023, inside the sales pavilion.

The Entry Deadline for the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale is January 16, 2023, and consignment forms are now available at www.ttasales.com.

December Calendar of Events from the LTBA

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

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Dec 3

  • Louisiana Champions Day Entry Day
  • Pan Zareta Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 9

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, 2:00 p.m., HBPA Main Office, Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans
  • The Magic City Classic, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 10

  • 32st Annual Louisiana Champions Day, 8 stakes for Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds,  New Orleans Fair Grounds, 1st Post 1:15 p.m.
  • Louisiana Champions Day, Race Central, 12:00 noon through last race, New Orleans Fair Grounds, LTBA Tent. Lunch is served from 1 – 3pm. No Reservations Required. First come first served. Rick Mocklin and Southern Voice to perform 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • LTBA Scholarship Drawings; four $1,000 scholarships for current college students.

Dec 15

  • Anyone with information about Louisiana Breds winning outside of North America, please contact Roger Heitzmann (Roger@louisianabred.com)

Dec 24

  • Christmas Eve

Dec 25

  • Christmas

Dec 26

  • Road To The Derby Kickoff Day
    Tenacious Stakes, Richard R. Scherer Memorial Stakes, Blushing KD Stakes, Gun Runner Stakes, Untapable Stakes, Buddy Diliberto Memorial Stakes, Joseph E. “Spanky” Broussard Memorial Stakes, Sugar Bowl Stakes, Letellier Memorial Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 29

  • Rosewater Stakes, Delta Downs, Vinton

Dec 30

  • Boyd Rewards Stakes, Delta Downs, Vinton

Dec 31

  • New Years Eve
  • Louisiana Futurity, Divisions for Fillies and for Colts and Geldings, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • Woodchopper Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • Pago Hop Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • Louisiana Stallion Registrations Due
  • Louisiana Futurity Nominations Due (pregnant mares)
  • FINAL DAY to apply for accreditation of 2022 Louisiana Bred foal at weanling rate  of $75. As of January 1, 2023, 2022 foals become yearlings and the rate increases to $250.

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Do you have a date pertaining to Louisiana-breds that you would like included in an upcoming calendar? Please contact Linda 985-386-0360, linda@louisianabred.com or Roger 504-947-4676, roger@louisianabred.comfor consideration.

 

Any questions or need more info call

Roger A. Heitzmann III, Secretary/Treasurer

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

504-947-4676

Four Scholarships to be Awarded at Louisiana Champions Day Registration On Site at the Fair Grounds on December 10

(NEW ORLEANS, La.) – The Fair Grounds Racecourse & Slots will host Louisiana Champions Day Saturday, December 10, with a post time of 1:15 p.m. CT. Plenty of activities are planned for the date that is one of the biggest day of championship racing for Louisiana breds. Nine races will be contested including six stakes.

The stakes are as follows:

Champions Day Classic: $150,000 Guaranteed – Grade BT

Champions Day Juvenile: $100,000 Guaranteed – Grade BT

Champions Day Ladies Sprint: $100,000 Guaranteed – Grade BT

Champions Day Ladies Starter: $50,000 Guaranteed

Champions Day Distaff: $100,000 Guaranteed – Grade BT

Champions Day Lassie: $100,000 Guaranteed – Grade BT

Champions Day Sprint: $100,000 Guaranteed – Grade BT

Champions Day Starter: $50,000 Guaranteed

In addition on Louisiana Champions Day, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) will award four scholarships, each valued at $1,000, to college students.

“We are looking forward to a great day of championship racing at the Fair Grounds,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. “Students, families and friends are invited to attend and enjoy one of Louisiana’s most exciting days of racing. These championship races often help decide our Horse of the Year standings by our members. These are the top Louisiana bred race horses and there is sure to be some exciting finishes.”

Requirements for the scholarship are as follows:

  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time in an Accredited College, University or Community College for Fall 2022 or Spring 2023
  • Scholarships will be awarded by random draw.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  • Must be present to win at the Winner’s Circle when the announcement is made.
  • Must have college ID and government-issued ID.
  • Must have University ID number or Social Security number.

For Louisiana Champions Day:

  • Registration: 12:15 p,m. – 1:15 p.m. at the designated booth
  • Races begin: 1:15 p.m.
  • Drawing Time: The scholarships will be awarded after the fifth race. Post time for the fifth race is 3:15 p.m. The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student’s account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association manages the best incentive program for breeding thoroughbreds in the United States. Since the organization formed, this has led to increased purses, better quality horses, and increased interest in racing and breeding horses. The thoroughbred racing and breeding industry generates over $1 billion and employs over 60,000 people in the state of Louisiana.

For more information about Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association visit louisianabred.com or call (504) 947-4676.

Fair Grounds Suspends Turf Racing

The Louisiana track entered its meet with plans to begin with limited turf racing.

Officials at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots this week suspended turf racing through at least late December to allow the track’s grass to recover from damage to the inner portion of the course. The New Orleans track entered its meet that began Nov. 18 with plans of a reduced schedule of turf racing, utilizing only its outermost running lane.

According to Gary Palmisano, executive director of racing for Churchill Downs Inc., which owns Fair Grounds, the course did not experience its customary growth this fall. Amid dry conditions, a well the track used for watering the grass was intruded with salt water when the Gulf of Mexico pushed into city freshwater supplies due to drought across much of the areas surrounding the Mississippi River, he said. Saltwater can kill grass.

Initial use of another water source and recent rainfall in the area has allowed officials to irrigate the turf, he added.

 

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LTBA Year End Reminders

The LTBA would like to remind breeders of several important deadlines coming up before the end of the year.

 

Accreditation Fees for 2022 Foals
Louisiana Accreditation fees are $75 for 2022 weanlings.
On January 1, 2023 foals become yearlings and the rate increases to $250.
Due by December 31, 2022

 

Louisiana Futurity Nominations (Pregnant Mares)
Due by December 31, 2022

 

Louisiana Stallion Registrations
Stallion owners register your stallions as a stallion participating in the stallion award program ($200) or as a stallion standing in the state only ($20)
Due by December 31, 2022