Continued Strong Business Prompts Another Daily Bump
New Orleans (March 3, 2021) – For the third time in the 2020-21 meet, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced a 10% purse increase across the board. Much like the first two, the boost was inspired by strong simulcast handle. The purse increase, which includes both open races and Louisiana-bred races, goes into effect for the final 13 days of the meet, beginning with the Thursday, March 11 card. The draw for that card is Thursday, March 4.
“Our handle has continued to be strong, and we are pleased to be able to raise purses for the third time this meet,” Fair Grounds’ racing secretary Scott Jones said. “We’d once again like to thank the owners, trainers and fans who have been supporting our day-to-day racing product. $60,000 for a maiden special weight pot is a very competitive number to get to.”
Jones also indicated that the purses for all of the non-stakes races carded for the Saturday, March 20th Louisiana Derby Day card will be bumped up to $75,000 apiece. In addition, in order to accommodate the NBC broadcast, post time on that day has been pushed back to 11:20 a.m. CT.To make up for the weather related February 11th cancellation, Fair Grounds has also added Wednesday, March 24th, to the live racing calendar.
Horses often hold a special place in the hearts of their breeders. After all, the breeder is almost like the parent as they are the ones who bring that horse to life and give them their start in the world. But, some horses are a little extra special to their creators for one reason or another and GII San Felipe S. contender The Great One (Nyquist) is one those for his breeders Keith and Ginger Myers of Coteau Grove Farms in Sunset, Louisiana.
In 2008, the Myerses started their broodmare band with eight mares purchased at the Keeneland November Sale. The first of those eight to foal was a mare named Character Builder (Coronado’s Quest), who they bought for $65,000 in foal to El Corredor. The resulting foal, who was the first born on Coteau Grove Farms, was Little Ms Protocol, the dam of The Great One.
The catalogue is now available for the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale with more than 120 head consigned to the auction set for Wednesday, April 7, at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. The under tack show will be held Monday, April 5, at Lone Star, which co-sponsors the sale with the Texas Thoroughbred Association.
“After being forced to cancel last year’s 2-year-old due to COVID-19, we are very pleased to get back on track this year, especially with the excitement from the increased overnight purses in Texas and the strong stakes schedule coming up at Lone Star Park,” said Tim Boyce, sales director.
First-year sires Klimt, Practical Joke, Lord Nelson, Gormley and Midnight Storm lead a strong stallion list, along with Texas freshman stallions Texas Chrome and Eagle. National and international sire power should be enticing to all buyers with Bernardini, California Chrome, Honor Code, Kitten’s Joy, Maclean’s Music, Malibu Moon and Street Sense among those represented. As usual, offspring of many of the Southwest’s top sires are in the sale, including Bradester, Custom for Carlos, Den’s Legacy, Half Ours, My Golden Song and Star Guitar.
The mailing of catalogues was delayed due to February’s winter weather in Texas, but copies are expected to mail next week. The complete catalogue is now online, and as the sale approaches photos will be posted along with videos following the under tack show. Online bidding will again be available, and interested bidders can register now.
Accredited Louisiana Bred Champions Ballots due in LTBA office. This is a firm deadline. Ballots received after March 3rd will not be counted.
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Multiple graded stakes winner Horologist has been named 2020 New Jersey-bred horse of the year and champion older female by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of New Jersey.
Owned by partners There’s A Chance Stable, Medallion Racing, Abbondanza Racing, Parkland Thoroughbreds, Paradise Farms, and David Staudacher, Horologist started her championship campaign in California with trainer Richard Baltas and was later transferred to the care of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott in June. Under Mott’s supervision, Horologist won the Molly Pitcher Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park and the Beldame Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park. She also finished second in the Nellie Morse Stakes at Laurel Park and was third in the La Troienne Stakes presented by Oak Grove Racing and Gaming (G1) at Churchill Downs.
The daughter of Gemologist out of Cinderella Time (by Stephen Got Even), finished 2020 with $345,334 in earnings. She has won seven of 20 career starts and earned $715,439. Holly Crest Farm bred Horologist in New Jersey.
Asmussen Trainee Jus Lively Transfers Dirt Form to Stall-Wilson Turf
New Orleans (February 27, 2021) – Pine Knoll Farm’s homebred Jus Lively may have been perceived as a dirt specialist, but he showed he’s got some chops on turf too when he closed strongly and held off Treys Midnight Moon by a half-length in Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots $60,000 Dixie Poker Ace.
Jus Lively, the 4-1 second-choice, settled in seventh under Adam Beschizza as Maga Man cut out slow fractions of 24.08 and 49.41 and set a measured pace over a firm Stall-Wilson Turf Course. The winner began a wide advance towards the leaders off the far turn and was followed by Treys Midnight Moon as Maga Man gamely dug in and was still clear in midstretch. The top pair looked to be on even terms in deep stretch but Jus Lively repelled the bid to pull clear over Treys Midnight Moon, who was three quarters of a lengths ahead of Maga Man. Jus Lively completed the about 1-mile distance in 1:38.87. The heavy 1.10-1 favorite Ninety One Assault never got a clear run and finished fourth.
Beschizza, who pledged 10% of his earnings on the day to New Vocations Louisiana Division in Covington, La. facility, was impressed with the tenacity of Jus Lively in the stretch.
“He dug real deep today and he’s just a solid animal that loves racing,” Beschizza said. “I had an absolute faultless trip and once we got inside the sixteenth (pole) the horse headed him and he really showed some guts today.”
Jus Lively, a 5-year-old son of Paddy O’Prado, had been stakes-placed three times over the past two years for trainer Steve Asmussen, though every one was on dirt, which made the win in the Dixie Poker Ace result a bit more surprising. Though he did break his maiden over the local turf in January 2019, Jus Lively was a well-beaten eighth to Ninety One Assault in last year’s Dixie Poker Ace, his only other go on turf. He didn’t run for the rest of the year and then resurfaced at Delta Downs in November, running second in the B-Connected. He followed up with a third in the local Louisiana Champions Day Classic, and entered Saturday’s assignment off a nose second in an off-the-turf optional-claimer here February 6.
Jus Lively is now 6-for-12 lifetime and won his first stakes in the Dixie Poker Ace. Asmussen’s longtime assistance Scott Blasi gave credit owners Dr. Jay and Ellen Addison for helping Jus Lively deliver, with a very patient approach.
“We thought his grass race last year was a just a throwout and wanted to run him back in this race,” Blasi said. “He’s got a ton of breeding for the grass. Dr. Jay and Ms. Ellen take such good care of this horse. They gave him time off in the summer, and brought him back for this meet. I’m just so happy to see it pay off for them.”
Paul Braverman and owner-trainer Tom Morley were the first to pledge 10% of Saturday’s purse earnings to New Vocations’ Louisiana division. Their defending champion Ninety One Assault, a state-bred star who had won 7-for-10 over the Stall-Wilson, never found a seam inside and couldn’t deliver his usual stretch run under Shaun Bridgmohan. The 8-year-old son of Artie Schiller entered off a title defense in the local Louisiana Champions Day Turf December 12, but never got a chance to stretch his legs in an unlucky trip.
“They slowed it down up front and he jumped in the bridle down inside and I had no other choice but to go forward with him,” Bridgmohan said. “I could never go right to get out. I was just bottled up from the poles and they were stacked up right in front of me. There was just nowhere to get out.”
The Texas Division of Emergency Management is conducting a survey to identify damages across Texas and to help emergency management officials gain an understanding of damages that have occurred during the recent winter weather. The TTA encourages horsemen to participate so that our industry is properly represented. Reporting damage to Emergency Management is a voluntary activity, is not a substitute for reporting damage to your insurance agency, and does not guarantee disaster relief assistance.
Prentiss Neal McFadden, 77, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 after a short illness. Proceeded in death by his parents, Elgin McFadden, Sr. and Ruby Wilks McFadden, his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.I. Wilks, and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.P. McFadden, a brother, Richard “Buddy” McFadden and a nephew, Ben McFadden. He leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Mary McFadden, a brother, Elgin McFadden, Jr., a sister-in-law, Sue McFadden, and stepson, John Silva, nephews Michael McFadden, wife Sheri, Joe McFadden, wife Christy, nieces, Surmartha Wallace, husband Jim, Abby Cates, husband Steve, Cynthia Simmons, husband Ron. Nieces, Vanessa Menhennett, husband Chris, Chastity Adams, husband Chad, nephew Matt Brunson, wife Polly. He also leaves behind several great nieces and nephews and a great-great niece and four grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Neal was born on July 23, 1943 in Ruston, Louisiana. He attended A.E. Phillips Elementary School and graduated from Ruston High School in 1961. He then attended Louisiana Tech University and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration in 1965. He began his career as a Pharmaceutical salesman and worked for Pfizer, Abbott Labs, and Beecham Pharmaceuticals.
In 1978, he established General Veterinary Supply in Lafayette, La., where he owned and operated along with his wife Mary for 30 years.
His association with horses in the veterinary supply business led to the establishment of McFadden Farm, where he and his wife raised Thoroughbred racehorses and running Quarter horses along with his best friend and business partner, Jay Adcock, until he died. Neal had a passion for broodmares and foals. When he was active at the farm, he didn’t miss many foals coming into the world, being there for almost every delivery, which numbered into the hundreds.
Neal served on the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders board for 30 plus years, serving as President, 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President. He served on the Breeders Cup Board for five years, and also served on the Animal Health Board of Louisiana. Retiring in Baker, Florida, he still stayed connected with his Louisiana bred horses and also enjoyed raising Tennessee Walking horses, as well as Rocky Mountain horses on his farm in Florida. He enjoyed trail riding with his wife, Mary, and their many friends. Neal never met a stranger; he made new friends everywhere he went.
Neal was raised in a Baptist church in Ruston, Louisiana where he made friends who still visited and enjoyed attending church with him through the years, both in Lafayette, Louisiana and at Good Hope Baptist, a sweet little country church in Escambia Farms, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Hope Baptist Church Building Fund, 1895 Olin Cotton Road, Baker, Florida 32531.
The Jockey Club announced today that the 2021 edition of the Fact Book is available in the Resources section of its website at jockeyclub.com.
The online Fact Book is a statistical and informational guide to Thoroughbred breeding, racing and auction sales in North America and is updated quarterly. It also features a directory of Canadian, international, national, and state organizations. Links to the Breeding Statistics report that is released by The Jockey Club each September and the Report of Mares Bred information that is published by The Jockey Club each October can be found in the Breeding section of the Fact Book.
Among the data included in the Fact Book are import/export and sales trends, all of which appear to have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Namely, when compared to 2019, imports decreased 23.3%, exports decreased 35.6%, and mean yearling price decreased 19.9%. The Fact Book’s racing data, some of which was released as part of Equibase Company’s year-end Thoroughbred economic indicators advisory last month, also indicates the impact of the pandemic on the industry.
The 2021 editions of State Fact Books, which feature detailed breeding, racing, and auction sales information specific to numerous states, Canadian provinces, and Puerto Rico, are also available on The Jockey Club website. The State Fact Books are updated monthly.
The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is the sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing. You can follow America’s Best Racing at americasbestracing.net. Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com.
Churchill Downs Incorporated announced Tuesday that it has launched a process to sell the 326 acres in Arlington Heights, Ill. that are currently the home of Arlington International Racecourse. CBRE will bring the redevelopment opportunity to market on behalf of CDI.
CDI is committed to running Arlington’s 2021 race dates from April 30 – Sept. 25, and does not expect any sale of the Arlington site to close prior to the conclusion of Arlington’s 2021 race meet or that the conduct of the sale process will impact Arlington’s racing operations this year.