LTBA to Open EVD Office

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will open its Evangeline Downs office Tuesday, April 4, for the thoroughbred race meet. The office is located at the racetrack adjacent to the racing office.

Martha Rico will be at the office Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon to assist breeders with any LTBA related business.

The EVD office of the LTBA will be open for business through the duration of the Evangeline Downs thoroughbred meet.

2235 Creswell Lane Extension
Opelousas, LA, 70570
337-942-1884
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

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Carolyn Ladner Babb, Obituary

Carolyn Ladner Babb

Funeral services for Carolyn Ladner Babb, 76, will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Lakeshore Baptist Church in Monroe La. with Rev. William Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery under direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1:30 PM until service time, at the church.

Carolyn was born February 19, 1941, in Poplarville, MS and passed away peacefully at her home, Monday surrounded by her family. She had fought a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

She was a retired associate professor of the School of Business at Northeast Louisiana University. Prior to joining the teaching staff at NLU, she taught economics at Auburn University. She was an honor student in both her undergraduate and masters programs at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.

She is preceded in death by her parents Harry and Essie Ladner of Poplarville Mississippi. Survivors include her husband Keith W. Babb, son Bryan, wife Judy; daughter Keena Babb Luffey, husband Duke; three grandchildren: Aden Antley, Ladner Luffey, and Nova Vernon; Brother Jerry Ladner, wife Onna of Poplarville; sister Patsy Hymel, husband J.C. of Slidell, Louisiana, and 10 nieces and nephews.

Carolyn taught seventh and eighth grade Sunday school class for years at Lakeshore Baptist Church, and is where she and husband Keith were married in 1970. Her family and her church were foremost in her life.

After retirement, she became secretary treasure of KCB Properties, helped build and manage Hideaway Self Storage and was a partner and manager of Keith Babb & Associates auction and Realty Co.

Her family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Carolyn’s special caregivers; Carol Ray, Marie Ray, and LaCoya Jones for their undying love and care of “Miss” Carolyn. And also to the caring staff of Compassus Hospice Care, and to all those who expressed concern and prayed for the family.

Pallbearers are: Gene Ford, Scotty Barnes, Glenn Bennett, Randy Hammett, Barney Tucker, and Rodney Hutchins.

Honorary pallbearers are: Rob Antley, William Tickner, Darren Burgess, Jerry King, Bob Manning, Gary Ryther, Bill Younse, John Riley, Jody Higgins and Jamie Patrick.

The family requests memorials be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research , michaeljfox.org, or the American Parkinson’s Disease Assoc. apdaparkinson.orgor charity of choice.

Online Registry/Condolences: www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com

Mulhearn Funeral Home

Sterlington Road

Monroe, LA

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Owner-Breeder Bertram Klein Dies

Bertram Klein, who had much success as a breeder and owner—along with his late wife, Elaine, and son, Richard—died March 24. He was 86.

“The three of us never had a cross word (about the racing business),” he added. “It gave us such joy and pleasure. Everybody seemed to know those lime green silks with the black stripes. Everywhere you go, everybody knows the ‘Bertie’ horses—that was something my father came up with.

“It could not have been a better partnership in a business like this. I know my father’s wish is that I continue to race and carry on the Klein tradition. I will definitely continue in some phase of it.”

From their Louisville base, the Kleins campaigned a number of graded stakes winners in their familiar lime green and black diamond silks, including grade 1 winner Outofthebox and multiple graded stakes winners Allamerican BertieHurricane BertieDe BertieSwept AwayMiz Ida, and Cash Control. The family also raced stakes winner Due Date, who stands at Peach Lane Farm in Louisiana.

Richard and Elaine put together their own racing stable in 1987, which Richard has been running since his parents’ retirement. Bertram, who ran his own outfit of mostly claiming horses, combined forces with his son and wife in 1998.

Bertram scored his first stakes win in 1993, when Obeida won the Ta Da Stakes at River Downs with trainer Bernie Flint.

“Bernie said I grabbed that trophy and ran with it like it was a football in my arms,” Bertram Klein told BloodHorse in 2012.

Since then, the family has visited the winner’s circle many more times, going on to race more than 80 stakes winners. Most recently, Richard and Bertram’s homebred Believe in Bertie won two stakes this year at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Funeral arragements are scheduled for March 28 at The Temple Adath Israel Brith Sholom in Louisville. In leiu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation for the Elaine Klein Career Development Award.

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Arrogate Misses The Break, Then Circles The Field In Dubai World Cup

by  | 03.25.2017 | 12:59pm
Arrogate dominates the Dubai World Cup
Arrogate dominates the Dubai World Cup

It looked like a disaster at the start of Saturday’s $10 million Dubai World Cup as Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate was totally unprepared for the break, leaving the gates awkwardly and then bumped hard on both sides to find himself dead last in the 14-horse field. But veteran reinsman Mike Smith never panicked aboard the champion 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song, keeping him wide and getting a clear trip all the way around the field to finish 2 1/4 lengths in front of Gun Runner at the wire, with Neolithic completing an American trifecta at the top of the world’s second-richest race. Trainer Bob Baffert was emotional after the race, his third victory in the Dubai World Cup, and couldn’t believe Arrogate’s performance over the muddy (sealed) Meydan oval, over which he completed 2000m (about 10 furlongs) in 2:02.15.

“When he missed the break, I gave him no chance at all. I was mad at myself for bringing him,” Baffert said. “That’s the greatest horse I’ve ever seen run. I can’t believe he won. That is a great horse right there.”

“‘When they turned for home, I told myself ‘If he wins, this is the best horse we’ve seen since Secretariat.’”

In the United States, Arrogate is used to having an assistant starter in the gate with him.

“I don’t know if the (assistant starter) misunderstood me, but I said make sure you keep his head straight. And then he got out instead,” Smith said. “My horse just didn’t realize he had to break. But you know what? Things happen for a reason.”

When asked to break on his own for the first time in the Dubai World Cup, Arrogate appeared to squat down, briefly startled, then lunging awkwardly forward. Keen Ice on his outside and Furia Cruzada on his inside both broke toward the big gray colt, and effectively squeezed him back after a series of firm bumps. Suddenly, Mike Smith and Arrogate found themselves in a position they’d never been in, behind a total of 13 top-class horses with about a mile left to run.

“I immediately thought of Zenyatta,” said Mike Smith, referring to the late-running champion mare he rode throughout her star-studded career. “I’m just going to ride him like I used to Zenyatta… This horse can do anything.”

Gun Runner, meanwhile, had broken the best of the field, but Florent Geroux allowed local trainee Long River to take the lead heading into the first turn. Neolithic joined the first flight traveling three-wide, and Mubtaahij was not far behind in fourth despite breaking from the widest of all 14 post positions. Gun Runner settled down into second, about three paths off the rail with plenty of clear running room just behind the front-running winner of the Third Round of the Al Maktoum Challenge, Long River.

Smith’s decision to ride Arrogate “like Zenyatta” meant that he stayed totally relaxed aboard the Breeders’ Cup and Pegasus World Cup winner, angling him well to the outside of the rest of the field as he straightened into the backstretch. Arrogate was at least eight paths off the rail as Smith tried to keep him out of the worst of the kickback, and still nearly 10 lengths away from the leaders.

“He was slipping and sliding from the word go,” Smith added in describing the race. “Once I got to the outside and he straightened out, he leveled out and I made up five lengths so quick. I thought OK, we’re here. I just tried to be patient and not lose ground. It worked out great. He’s the greatest I’ve ever been on.”

Entering the far turn, Gun Runner easily overtook Long River for the lead, and Neolithic was game to carry on right alongside. Mubtaahij kept on in third, but Arrogate was eating up ground with every stride. Smith wove a path on the inside of a pair of runners, giving Arrogate a clear path only four-wide approaching the head of the lane, though he was still six or seven lengths from the front.

 

Arrogate had dead aim on Mubtaahij at the top of the stretch, and after changing leads a bit unsteadily, he easily overtook that rival. With just Neolithic and Gun Runner yet to pass, Smith gave Arrogate two quick taps with a left-handed stick, focusing the young colt’s mind on the task. From there, all Smith had to do was hand ride Arrogate under the wire, as the horse’s massive stride ate up the ground to pull him right on by Gun Runner. Arriving at the wire with his ears pricked, Arrogate defeated Gun Runner by 2 1/4 lengths. Neolithic, bought into by Qatar Racing earlier this week, kept on for third, and Mubtaahij was not disgraced in fourth.

Rounding out the order of finish were Awardee, Hoppertunity, Keen Ice, Lani, Apollo Kentucky, Move Up, Long River, Furia Cruzada, and Golden Dream.

“I’m just so blessed, God has blessed me so much, to give me a horse like this towards the end of my career is just, I’m lost for words, I’m am going to break down and cry,” Smith continued. “He is the best I have ever been on, he truly is. He is the world’s horse now.”

Bred in Kentucky by Clearsky Farm, Arrogate is out of Bubbler (Distorted Humor). Baffert had just begun his association with Juddmonte and was given permission to select several yearlings. He came across the Arrogate at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, and had to go to $560,000 to procure the colt. Arrogate was difficult to train at first, refusing to settle down, and was even sent back to the farm to mature. Returned to Baffert, the colt’s behavior led to a sub-par third-place effort on debut in April 2016. Finally, Baffert and top-notch assistant Dana Barnes were able to convince Arrogate to relax, and he showed glimpses of his talent with a maiden and allowance win in Southern California.

Suddenly, Baffert shipped the colt east to compete in the Travers Stakes against some of the best of his generation. Arrogate led gate-to-wire and set a track record at Saratoga, geared down at the wire by a giddy Mike Smith. In his next start he bested Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and followed that performance with a dominating victory in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup.

Adding the money earned from his Dubai World Cup victory, Arrogate now boasts career earnings higher than California Chrome’s, a total of over $17 million. The only horse with higher career earnings in the history of horse racing is Orfevre, a Japanese runner who earned more than $19 million. As Arrogate heads home for a respite from racing, his connections appear to be targeting another run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2017, and perhaps even the 2018 Pegasus World Cup, either of which would surely push Arrogate’s earnings over Orfevre’s mark.

“I can’t believe we won,” said the still-shocked Baffert in the post-race press conference. “That is a great horse right there. It was terrible, terrible, he walked out of the gate. I tell you what, Mike Smith did a great job. He didn’t panic, he just thought, well I just get him around there. Mike Smith, what a job he did. Unbelievable. This is the greatest horse we have seen since Secretariat. Unbelievable.”

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Fields Set for Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds Oaks

 

Brad Grady’s lightly raced Girvin headlines the $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) set for April 1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, which drew their Louisiana Derby Day card March 25.

The Louisiana Derby is the final Fair Grounds prep for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) and offers 170 qualifying points toward that May 6 event on a 100-40-20-10 basis. Girvin, who exits a facile two length win in last month’s Risen Star Stakes (G2), drew post 8 and will be ridden by regular rider Brian Hernandez Jr.

WINCZE HUGHES: Girvin Upsets Risen Star Stakes

Coffee Pot Stables’ hombred Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G2) winner Farrell highlights the $400,000 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), coming in on a three-race win streak for Wayne Catalano. Channing Hill has the return call from post 6 in a field of eight.

The undercard includes the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (G2) and the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (G2T).

Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2)

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, April 01, 2017, Race 11
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $1,000,000
  • 3 yo
  • 5:21 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Patch (KY) Tyler Gaffalione 122 Todd A. Pletcher
2 Hollywood Handsome (KY) Francisco C. Torres 122 Dallas Stewart
3 Local Hero (KY) Florent Geroux 122 Steven M. Asmussen
4 Senior Investment (KY) Channing Hill 122 Kenneth G. McPeek
5 Monaco (KY) Rajiv Maragh 122 Todd A. Pletcher
6 Guest Suite (KY) Robby Albarado 122 Neil J. Howard
7 Sorry Erik (KY) Kent J. Desormeaux 122 J. Keith Desormeaux
8 Girvin (KY) Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 122 Joe Sharp
9 Hotfoot (KY) James Graham 122 Joe Sharp

Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2)

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, April 01, 2017, Race 10
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $400,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 4:41 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Majestic Quality (KY) Richard E. Eramia 122 J. Keith Desormeaux
2 Daria’s Angel (KY) Robby Albarado 122 W. Bret Calhoun
3 Wicked Lick (KY) Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 122 Brendan P. Walsh
4 Corporate Queen (KY) Florent Geroux 122 Mark E. Casse
5 Vexatious (KY) Kent J. Desormeaux 122 Neil D. Drysdale
6 Farrell (KY) Channing Hill 122 Wayne M. Catalano
7 Summer Luck (KY) Patrick Husbands 122 Mark E. Casse
8 Queen Bernardina (KY) Miguel Mena 122 W. Bret Calhoun

Muniz Memorial H. (G2T)

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, April 01, 2017, Race 9
  • About 1 1/8m
  • Turf
  • $300,000
  • 4 yo’s & up
  • 4:06 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Enterprising (FL) Tyler Gaffalione 119 Michael J. Maker
2 Blarp (KY) Miguel Mena 114 Thomas M. Amoss
3 Sky Flight (KY) Richard E. Eramia 114 Michelle Lovell
4 Roman Approval (KY) Rajiv Maragh 115 Michael J. Maker
5 One Mean Man (KY) James Graham 115 Bernard S. Flint
6 Granny’s Kitten (PA) Shaun Bridgmohan 119 Michael J. Maker
7 Pumpkin Rumble (PA) Mitchell Murrill 114 Gary M. Scherer
8 Kasaqui (ARG) Robby Albarado 118 Ignacio Correas, IV
9 Bullards Alley (KY) Marcelino Pedroza 116 Tim Glyshaw
10 Oscar Nominated (KY) Florent Geroux 119 Michael J. Maker
11 Special Ops (KY) Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 113 Brad H. Cox

New Orleans H. (G2)

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, April 01, 2017, Race 8
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $400,000
  • 4 yo’s & up
  • 3:39 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Breaking Lucky (ON) Luis Contreras 118 Reade Baker
2 Iron Fist (KY) David Romero Flores 116 Steven M. Asmussen
3 International Star (NY) Tyler Gaffalione 118 Michael J. Maker
4 Honorable Duty (KY) James Graham 119 Brendan P. Walsh
5 Aglimpseofgabby (KY) C.J. McMahon 112 Dallas E. Keen
6 Hawaakom (KY) Miguel Mena 118 Wesley E. Hawley
7 Roman Approval (KY) Rajiv Maragh 114 Michael J. Maker
8 Mo Tom (KY) Robby Albarado 115 Thomas M. Amoss
9 Noble Bird (KY) Florent Geroux 121 Mark E. Casse
10 Eagle (KY) Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 118 Neil J. Howard

 

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4 Proactive Steps to a Healthy Horse

A veterinary-directed wellness plan is an easy way to care for your horse

 

PLYMOUTH, MA – March 21, 2017 – At SmartPak, our mission is to support healthy horses and happy riders. One of the best ways you can help keep your horse healthy is by partnering with your veterinarian to develop an annual wellness program. With spring just around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking about a wellness plan for your horse.

Your veterinarian is the best source of advice on what is right for your individual horse, and will take into account factors such as age, workload, and any existing health conditions. “Working with your veterinarian is important to help spot problems early and keep your horse healthy,” said Dr. Scott Spaulding of Badger Veterinary Hospital, Janesville, Wisconsin. “A well-rounded wellness program includes four key areas to help your veterinarian evaluate your horse’s health: annual physical exam, dental exam, vaccinations, and deworming.”

 

Annual Physical Exam

During an annual physical exam, the veterinarian starts with a thorough visual inspection of the horse, and evaluates basic measures of health such as temperature, pulse, and respiration. Next, the veterinarian will listen to the lungs, evaluate skin and coat health, and discuss any specific concerns. The physical exam is also a great time for your vet to evaluate your horse’s Body Condition Score and discuss the horse’s nutrition program, including grain and hay. “For older horses,” said Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak’s Staff Veterinarian/Medical Director, “more frequent exams that include specific tests may be recommended, such as bloodwork to rule out conditions like Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction, also known as Cushing’s Disease.”

 

Annual Dental Exam

Having your veterinarian perform an annual dental exam is equally important. Regular dental care is vital for maintaining your horse’s health, especially in senior horses or those prone to dental issues. Dental problems can lead to weight loss, decreased performance, and sometimes unwanted behavior. Having your horse’s mouth and teeth checked at least once per year is a smart way to spot issues early and take care of them before they cause problems.

 

Annual Vaccinations

Annual vaccinations are essential for the health of the horse and to help prevent disease outbreaks. While the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) core vaccine recommendations are Eastern/Western equine encephalitis, tetanus, West Nile virus, and rabies, it is important to remember to work with your veterinarian to determine a vaccination plan that is optimal for your horse based on your geography and other individual risk factors.

 

Deworming

Having your horse on a deworming plan is also an important part of responsible horse ownership. Your veterinarian is the best resource to develop a deworming program designed specifically for your horse and property. “In order to have an effective parasite control strategy,” said Dr. Gray, “it’s important to work with your veterinarian to create a deworming plan that includes fecal testing and targeted deworming based on those results.”

 

Horses that receive all of these essential services each year are not only staying healthier, they are also meeting all of the Annual Wellness Requirements for ColiCare, SmartPak’s free colic surgery reimbursement program. In addition to the wellness services performed by your veterinarian, simply feed any ColiCare eligible supplement in SmartPaks™ and you could be eligible for up to $7,500 of colic surgery reimbursement. SmartPak recently made it easier than ever to enroll in SmartPak by allowing horse owners to designate an agent, such as a trainer or lessee, to apply for ColiCare on their behalf. Learn more at www.SmartPak.com/ColiCare.

 

 

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award seven years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

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Louisiana Bred Wheatfield Finishes Second in G2 Inside Information Stakes

Louisiana Bred Wheatfield (Lone Star Special-Thistle Bear) finished a close second in the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2) March 18 at Gulfstream Park.

Crossing the wire just a half length behind winner Distinta in the 7 furlong contest, the Danny Pish trainee added $38,800 to her earnings for owner/breeder Irwin Olian’s Tigertail Ranch.

The five-year-old racemare who was recently voted 2016 Accredited Louisiana Bred Champion Four Year Old & Up Filly or Mare now has a record of 18-6-5-3 with earnings of $324,804.

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OBS April Two-Year-Olds In Training Catalog Now Online

The catalog for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 Spring Sale of Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training is now available via the OBS website at obssales.com. A sortable master index provides searchable pedigree and consignor information as well as access to pedigree updates occurring since the catalog was printed.

The iPad version of the catalog can be accessed via the equineline Sales Catalog App. The App allows users to download and view the catalog, receive updates and results, record notes, watch Under Tack videos and also provides innovative search, sort and rating capability. For more information and downloads go to: http://www.equineline.com/SalesCatalogApp/

A total of 1,208 juveniles have been cataloged for the four-day sale, set for Tuesday through Friday, April 25th – 28th with all sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. Hips 1-302 will sell on Tuesday, Hips 303-604 on Wednesday, Hips 605-906 will be offered Thursday and Hips 907-1208 on Friday

The Under Tack Show will span six days, beginning Monday, April 17th and continuing through Saturday, April 22nd. Hips 1-200 will breeze Monday, Hips 201-400 go on Tuesday, Hips 401-600 on Wednesday, Hips 601-800 go Thursday, Hips 801-1000 on Friday and Hips 1001-1208 go on Saturday. All six sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. The Under Tack Show and Sale will be streamed live via the OBS website as well as the DRF and Blood-Horse websites.

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AHC to Begin Data Collection for 2017 Economic Impact Survey

Survey will be accessible via online link

(Washington,DC)- The American Horse Council (AHC) is pleased to announce that data collection for the 2017 Economic Impact Study is set to begin on April 1, 2017.

“We are incredibly grateful for the pledges we received from generous equine organizations to fund both the National study as well as several state and segment breakouts,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “Due to the generosity of these organizations, we are able to begin the data collection for the study. However, we are still short of our goal amount, and are hoping to receive pledges to officially put us over our goal amount.”

For Individuals or Organizations wishing to contribute towards the goal amount for the National Study, please visit the AHC website here, or contact the AHC at afurst@horsecouncil.org. “No pledge amount is too small,” said Ms. Broadway, “we know that the industry is eagerly awaiting the results of this study, so we are hoping to find those last few pledges to put us over the edge and get the study completed as soon as possible.”

The survey will be tailored to individual segments and distributed via an online link, and the AHC encourages those in the industry to share the link as much as possible. “We want to be able to ensure we are getting as much of the industry as possible taking this survey,” said Ms. Broadway.  “Especially since we have expanded the study to include participants under 18, and the equine welfare and sanctuary segments.”

In addition to the National Economic Impact Study, twelve states have elected to secure a breakout for their respective states: Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina, California, Maryland, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. If any state is still interested in securing a breakout, they MUST contact the AHC by no later than March 22.

“The Innovation Group is looking forward to collecting data from all segments to ensure the most comprehensive, impactful portrait possible of this diverse and long-standing industry,” said Tom Zitt, Executive Director of The Innovation Group. “Just as all pledges are welcome, all segments of the industry are encouraged to submit data.”

If you have any questions about the Study, please contact the AHC directly.

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Melancon ‘Taking One Day At A Time’ In Recovery From Stroke

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Retired jockey Larry Melancon, 61, is still recovering from the stroke that befell him earlier this month while vacationing in North Carolina. According to the Daily Racing Form, Melancon has returned to his hometown of Louisville and is undergoing twice daily physical therapy to deal with the partial paralysis the stroke left behind.

“He is a worker and tries very hard,” wrote Melancon’s wife, Denise, on Facebook over the weekend. “We are taking one day at a time.”

Melancon retired from riding in 2010, after a successful career that spanned close to 40 years. During his career, Melancon won over 2,800 races and his mounts accrued over $60 million in earnings. Since his retirement, Melancon remained active in racing, working for trainer Al Stall Jr. for a few years. He then briefly represented Calvin Borel as his jockey agent.

Read more in the Daily Racing Form, and donate to his medical expenses via this GoFundMe account.

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