Sire: Lone Star Special
Dam: Tranquility Bay
Breeder: Tigertail Ranch
Owner: Tigertail Ranch
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Mobile Bay was named Louisiana’s Horse of the Year at the June 11 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s annual meeting and awards banquet. The Tigertail Ranch homebred was named Louisiana’s 3-year-old champion male earlier this year after ending his 2015 campaign with a record of 6-3-3 from 13 starts and $614,290 in earnings. Four of his six wins were stakes.
The highlight of Mobile Bay’s 3-year-old season was a win in the $400,000 Super Derby (gr. II) at Louisiana Downs Sept. 12 over a field of six other 3-year-olds. Mobile Bay had previously won the Louisiana Legends Cheval Stakes at Evangeline Downs on Independence Day and the Lafayette Stakes at the same track. He would seal the deal with a win in the Zea Park Derby in the fall of the year, a race in which he defeated Louisiana Derby winner, International Star. Additionally, he scored stakes placings in the Prelude, GIII Oklahoma Derby and Louisiana Champions Day Classic.
The son of Lone Star Special is out of Tranquility Bay (Out of Place), the dam of five winners from six starters including the stakes placed Galveston Harbor. She also has an unraced juvenile filly by U S Ranger and foaled a Dominus colt in April. Lone Star Special, the sire of Mobile Bay belongs to Tigertail Ranch and stands at The Horse of Course in Benton, La.
Trained by Victor Arceneaux, Mobile Bay has won two stakes from four starts so far this season, including the May 1 Sunland Park Handicap in his last effort, taking his career earnings to $768,290.