Louisiana Bred Mobile Bay Takes Zia Park Derby

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s International Star appeared to be the brightest star on a loaded stakes card at Zia Park. The son of Fusaichi Pegasus came to Wednesday’s contest on a three-race graded win streak after he swept the Fairgrounds Race Course & Slots Kentucky Derby prepsLeComte Stakes (gr. III), Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), and Louisiana Derby (gr. II), but the Mike Maker trainee flamed out in the $200,000 Zia Park Derby, setting the pace and then tiring to a far-back fourth while Mobile Bayand Pain and Misery dueled to the wire, 13 lengths ahead.

Tigertail Ranch’s homebred Super Derby (gr. II) winner Mobile Bay got the bob and won by a nose at odds of 7-2, one start after finishing third in the Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) for trainer Victor Arceneaux.

Contrary to his previous off-the-pace form, International Star went to the lead in the 1 1/16-mile Derby under first-time jockey Martin Garcia and dueled with longshot Where’s the Moon through a half-mile, setting fractions of :24.66 and :49.54. In nine previous starts, International Star had never set the pace.

Pain and Misery took over the lead after six furlongs in 1:13.17, while Mobile Bay loomed 1 1/2-lenths back in fourth, before the pair battled to the wire, finishing in 1:43.62.

Ridden by Edgar Prado, Mobile Bay brought $9.20 $3.60, and $2.60 across the board. Pain and Misery delivered $4.40 and $2.80, while Bold Conquest, 11 lengths back, paid $2.60 to show.

It was the fourth stakes win for Mobile Bay, a Louisiana-bred son of Lone Star Special, who now has a 6-2-3 record from 12 starts, all this year. He now has $589,090 in earnings.

Louisiana Bred Wins At Delta Downs Last Night

Louisiana Bred Wins At Delta Downs Last Night

Carl Moore’s Jet Black Magic scored a big upset in the $400,000 Delta Princess for 2-year-old fillies, defeating 1-5 favorite La Appassionata by 4 lengths under jockey Roberto Morales.  Sent off at 9-1, Jet Black Magic, trained by Bret Calhoun, steadily advanced from sixth place up the backstretch and circled past the previously undefeated La Appassionata on the far turn and stretched out uncontested to the wire.  A dark bay or brown Louisiana-bred daughter of Hold Me Back out of Rhodelia by Silver Deputy, Jet Black Magic completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.14 over a muddy track.

In other stakes action Saturday, Giant Cruiser at 26-1 scored another major upset, sweeping the field from last to first to win the $150,000 Louisiana Jewel for 2-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies  by one length at 26-1 under Gerard Melancon. The bay filly by Giant Oak, is owned by Eldon Hill and trained by Steve Flint. She completed the 1 mile in 1:44.71 over a sloppy track.

Mayla, the 8-5 favorite, won the $75,000 Orleans Stakes for 3-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies. Trained by Bret Calhoun and ridden to victory by Colby Hernandez, Mayla, a bay daughter of Sharp Humor, covered the seven furlongs in 1:27.24 over a sloppy track.

Sea Vow took the lead early on the backstretch and prevailed throughout to win the Louisiana Legacy for 2-year-old state-breds by two lengths under jockey Alexander Castillo. Trained by Joey Foster, Sea Vow won for the second time in four starts for owner Ronald Webb. She ran the one mile in 1:43.16 on a muddy track.

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association and Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots Will Award Scholarships at Louisiana Champions Day and Starlight Racing and College Night

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association and Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots Will Award Scholarships at Louisiana Champions Day and Starlight Racing and College Night
(New Orleans, La.) Louisiana Champions Day will take place on Saturday, December 12, at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, La. Starlight Racing and College Night will take place on December 18. A total of six (6) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded at these events. Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships at each event, and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will award two (2) scholarships on Starlight Racing and College Night.

The drawings will be after the fifth race on Louisiana Champions Day. The races begin at 12:30 p.m., and the student must be there to register between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the designated registration booth.

The drawings will be held after the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th races for Starlight Racing and College Night. The first race begins at 5 p.m. Students can register until the post time of the third race at the designated booth. The student is asked to bring their college ID and driver’s license to register. They must also know the name and address of the college that they are attending.

The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:

  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Spring 2016.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  • Must be present to win.

All entrants must report to the Winner’s Circle at the time of each drawing. If the drawing winner is not present at the Winner’s Circle at the time of the drawing another entry will be pulled until a winner is identified. Winners will be notified at the Winner’s Circle by verbal announcement only. It is the drawing entrant’s responsibility to be at the Winner’s Circle at the time of the drawing.

The scholarship will be deposited directly to the student’s account at the college or university.

“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association is pleased to continue making an investment in the future of our state by investing in the education process,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

For more information please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit louisianabred.com.

The Pickett Factor Turns Back All Challengers To Win The $100,000 Gold Cup At Delta Downs

The Pickett Factor Turns Back All Challengers To Win The $100,000 Gold Cup At Delta Downs

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VINTON, La. � The $100,000 Gold Cup served as the featured race at Delta Downs on Saturday night and it was won by Melissa Cantacuzene�s The Pickett Factor with jockey Luis Quinonez in the saddle. The Gold Cup, restricted to Louisiana-breds, was originally scheduled to take place on October 31 but had to be rescheduled due to a cancellation of racing caused by severe weather.

The Pickett Factor, who is trained by Ralph Irwin, broke from the inside post position in a field of eight competing at one mile. Soon after the start the eventual winner took a lead he would never relinquish. Although he was pressured by Know You Now and Galveston Harbor during the first half of the race, The Pickett Factor began to draw clear around the far turn and reported home 5-3/4 lengths in front of Galveston Harbor with One King�s Man rallying from far back to be third, another two lengths behind the runner-up.

The Pickett Factor covered the eight furlongs of the Gold Cup in 1:38.58 over a fast track.

The win by the Pickett Factor was the fifth of his seven-race career and it placed another $60,000 into his bankroll. Overall the dark bay or brown runner has earned $208,640.

The Pickett Factor is a 3-year-old gelding by Gold Tribute, out of the Dynaformer mare Dynaspice. He was bred in Louisiana by E. O. Pickett.

Sent to the gate as the 9-5 favorite, The Pickett Factor paid $5.60 to win, $4 to place and $3 to show. Galveston Harbor was worth $10.80 to win and $4.40 to show. One King�s Man returned $2.80 to show.

Delta Downs will embark on its most important week of racing Wednesday night with a 10-race program that starts at 5:40 pm CT. The track will host the 13th edition of Jackpot Day next Saturday with a special afternoon card that starts at 1:15 pm CT. The highlight race on Jackpot Day is the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot (Gr. III) for 2-year-olds competing at 1 1/16 miles.

For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track�s website at http://www.deltadownsracing.com<http://www.deltadownsracing.com> . Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page �Delta Downs Racing�.

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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First Winner for Attempted Humor

First Winner for Attempted Humor
Devilish Humor won the eighth race at Delta Downs, Thursday, November 12 to become the first winner for Attempted Humor, a stakes placed winning son of Distorted Humor.

In a 7 furlong maiden special weight, Devilish Humor stalked the early pace from the outside, inched closer entering the second turn, responded to duel through the drive and inched clear late to win by 1 1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:30.68. Devilish Humor was bred in Louisiana by Charles Guillory and is owned and trained by Benard Chatters.

With only 4 runners to date in his first crop, Attempted Humor is now represented by one winner and one placed starter. The stallion stands at Metoyer and Chatters Farm in Lake Charles, Louisiana for a 2016 breeding fee of $2,000 Live Foal.

November Calendar of Events from the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

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

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Nov 6
  • Acadiana Equine Hospital at Copper Crowne Open House and Stallion Showcase, Opelousas, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Nov 11
  • Veterans Day

Nov 19
  • Fair Grounds 144th Season Opens
Nov 20
  • Fair Grounds Starlight Racing, featuring Louisiana Spice in the Clubhouse and DJ San-D in the Miller Time Beer Garden
Nov 21
  • Delta Downs Jackpot Day, Delta Downs, Vinton
Nov 26
  • Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving Handicap, Fair Grounds, New Orleans
Nov 28
  • Battle of New Orleans Overnight Stakes, New Orleans
Nov 30
  • Louisiana Futurity Nomination Forms to be mailed
  • Louisiana Stallion Registration Forms to be mailed
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Big World Takes Tempted for ‘Carlos’

Big World Takes Tempted for ‘Carlos’
Big World easily made the lead and kept it Nov. 4 in the $200,000 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) on opening day at Aqueduct Race Track, securing her first graded win for owner Maggi Moss and becoming the first stakes winner for her sire, Louisiana-based Custom for Carlos.

Showing the way through an easy :24.05 first quarter and a half in :47.85 under jockey Jose Ortiz, the 2-year-old filly hit the top of the stretch full of run through three-quarters in 1:12.48, and held off the late charge of Flora Dora to finish a mile in 1:37.19 on a fast track. Banree, who chased the leader all the way around until the final sixteenth, finished third.

“It was a little weird,” said Ortiz. “On paper, it looked like there was a little more speed in there, but my filly broke very well and I noticed it was going easy in front, so I took advantage of it… When I asked her to go, she responded very well. She’s pretty good.”

It was Big World’s second win in a row for trainer Tony Dutrow, who stretched her out to seven furlongs Sept. 6 at Saratoga Race Course to break her maiden.

“I didn’t give Jose any instructions at all,” Dutrow said. “I told him she’s an easy ride and he would know what to do when the gates opened. I noticed the speed was looking at her and they were going soft, so he took advantage of it.

“I was very, very happy with the way she stretched out at Saratoga at seven-eighths of a mile against good company. Then, to come back today and stretch out to a mile, I have to be very happy with that.”

Big World paid $10.40, $7.70, and $3.90 as the 4-1 third choice in a field of six. Flora Dora paid $13.20 and $6.10 while Banree brought $4. Completing the order of finish were Disco Rose, 4-5 favorite Welcoming, and Hi Holiday.

Bred in Louisiana by Curt Leake & Elm Tree Farm out of the Broken Vow mare Tensas Wedding Joy, Big World was a $98,000 purchase from the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2014 August yearling sale when consigned by Summerfield and selected by Patrice Miller of EQB. Her record now stands at two wins and two thirds for earnings of $185,600.

Custom for Carlos, a three-time grade III-winning son of More Than Ready  , stood in 2015 for $3,500 at Clear Creek Stud in Louisiana

Breeders’ Cup Classic has Louisiana Connections

Two Louisiana based sires have connections to this year�s historic Breeders� Cup Classic. Yankee Gentleman and E Dubai are respectively the broodmare sires of American Pharoah and Effinex, the one and two finishers of the 2015 $5 million Classic.

Earlier this year, American Pharoah became the first horse in 37 years to sweep the Triple Crown races, decisively winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, and is now the first ever to add the Breeders� Cup Classic, which was first run in 1984, to his crown. American Pharoah concludes his racing career with a record of nine wins and one second from eleven starts and earnings of $8,650,300. His dam, Littleprincessemma, is a daughter of Louisiana based sire Yankee Gentleman (Storm Cat-Key Phrase). Yankee Gentleman is a perreniel leading Louisiana sire and is currently ranked 6th among 2015 Leading Sires in Louisiana. Yankee Gentleman stands at LeMesa Thorougbreds in Carencro, Louisiana.

Breeders� Cup Classic second place runner was long-shot 33-1 Effinex, who earlier this year won the G2 Suburban H. and the G3 Excelsior S., and placed in the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup. His dam, What A Pear is a multiple stakes winning daughter of Louisiana based sire E Dubai (Mr. Prospector-Words of War). E Dubai is currently ranked 2ndamong 2015 Leading Louisiana Sires and 3rd among 2015 Louisiana Juvenile Sires. E Dubai stands at Elite Thoroughbreds in Folsom, Louisiana.

Forest Lake Earns Hard Fought Victory in The Magnolia Stakes at Delta Downs

Forest Lake Earns Hard Fought Victory In The Magnolia Stakes At Delta Downs
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VINTON, LA. � Delta Downs hosted the 13th running of the $100,000 Magnolia Stakes on Friday night and it turned into quite a thriller as 12-1 longshot Forest Lake battled gamely through the stretch with race favorite Heatseeker Sharon and Lady Grantham before pulling away to win late.

Under jockey Hector Santiago, Forest Lake stalked the early leader Heatseeker Sharon through the first half of the one-mile test for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares. She then launched a three-wide bid into the homestretch where she was put to the test but responded by wearing down her two rivals, defeating Heatseeker Sharon by 1-1/4 lengths with Lady Grantham finishing another neck behind in third.

Forest Lake, who is trained by Jerry Delhomme and is owned by ex-NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme�s Set-Hut LLC, covered the eight furlongs over a fast track in 1:40.78.

The victory by Forest Lake was the third of her 13-race career. She earned $60,000 for the effort which brought her overall bankroll up to $208,670. She also sports five seconds and two thirds on her lifetime record.

Forest Lake is a 3-year-old filly by Forestry, out of the Kris S. mare Oval. She was bred in Louisiana by Jake Delhomme and Set-Hut, LLC.

Forest Lake rewarded her backers at the wagering windows to the tune of $26.80 to win, $9.40 to place and $6.80 to show. Heatseeker Sharon was worth $4 to place and $3.40 to show. Lady Grantham paid $5.80 to show.

Delta Downs will wrap up its third week of live racing on Saturday with another 11-race program that gets underway at 5:40 pm CT. Saturday�s featured race is the $100,000 Gold Cup for older Louisiana-breds also competing at one mile.

For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track�s website at http://www.deltadownsracing.com<http://www.deltadownsracing.com> . Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page �Delta Downs Racing�.

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.