Trainer Broberg Earns 3,000th Career Win

Trainer Karl Broberg, who has led North America in wins each of the past five completed seasons and through Feb. 24 was leading in that category again, secured the 3,000th victory of his career Friday, Feb. 22, when Sarge’s Daughter, A 7-year-old Louisiana Bred daughter of Salute The Sarge posted a 2 1/2-length victory in the seventh race at Sam Houston Race Park.

With several more wins from his large stable added over the weekend, through Feb. 24 Broberg had a record of 3,004 wins, 2,124 seconds and 1,658 thirds from 12,048 starts for purse earnings of $46,730,270.

Some of Broberg’s top runners are multiple stakes winners Heitai (Louisiana Bred), Snappy Girl, and A M Milky Way.


March Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.Brought to you by Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Whispering Oaks Farm, and Equine Sales CompanyClick images to link to more information

March 1

  • Azalea S., Delta Downs

March 2

  • Black Gold Overnight S, Fair Grounds
  • Dixie Poker Ace S, Fair Grounds
  • Pelican S., Delta Downs

March 5

  • Mardi Gras
  • Mardi Gras Stakes, Fair Grounds

March 8

  • LTBA to mail Accredited Louisiana Bred Champions Results
  • Owners Appreciation Day Distaff S., Delta Downs

March 9

  • Allen Lacombe Overnight S, Fair Grounds
  • Owners Appreciation Cup S., Delta Downs

March 10

  • Daylight Savings Time starts – change clocks ahead one hour

March 11

  • Louisiana Downs Stall Applications Due
  • Daylight Savings Time starts – change clocks ahead one hour

March 12-13

  • Ocala Breeders’ Sale, March Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale

March 13

  • Evangeline Downs Barn Area Opens – Horses allowed on the grounds

March 15

  • Deadline for Louisiana Horse Spring foal photos

March 16

  • Red Camellia S, Fair Grounds

March 17

  • St. Patricks Day

March 18

  • Evangeline Downs track will open for training

March 20

  • March Equinox, Spring Begins

March 21

  • Louisiana Downs Barn Area Opens

March 23

  • Louisiana Derby Day, New Orleans Fair Grounds: New Orleans Ladies S., Costa Rising S., Crescent City Derby, Crescent City Oaks, G2 Muniz Memorial H., G2 New Orleans H., G2 Fair Grounds Oaks, G2 Louisiana Derby

March 24

  • Star Guitar S., Fair Grounds

March 31

  • NEW DATE! LTBA Annual Meeting and Awards BanquetNEW DATE! Equine Sales Pavillion, Opelousas. 3:00 p.m. Featuring music by Rick Mocklin and Southern VoiceNEW DATE!
  • Equine Sales Company Two Year Old In Training Sale and Horses of Racing Age. Breeze Date (Sale Tuesday, April 2)

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Oaklawn is increasing the purses of five stakes and adding a stakes to the April 14 card just two weeks after announcing a significant bump to overnight purses.

Four stakes – the March 16 Essex Handicap, April 14 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1), May 3 Oaklawn Mile and May 4 Oaklawn Invitational – have each been bumped $50,000, while the April 13 Count Fleet Handicap (G3), which was won last year by Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner-up Whitmore, has been increased by $100,000 to $500,000.

Additionally, the $150,000 Fifth Season Stakes, which was not originally on the 2019 stakes schedule, has been brought back as a prep for the $250,000 Oaklawn Mile and will share the card with the $750,000 Apple Blossom April 14, the final day of the Racing Festival of the South. The $500,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) kicks off the Racing Festival April 12 and the Count Fleet is part of the supporting card April 13 featuring the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) and $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2).

“We couldn’t be any more excited about how the 2019 racing season has started and for the future of our racing program,” Oaklawn’s President Louis Cella said. “We have seen tremendous support for our races from around the country and locally, we’ve had great crowds that are staying after the races and enjoying our gaming area afterwards. And, there’s still over two months of racing remaining for people to enjoy one of the best entertainment destinations in the region.”

The $350,000 Essex Handicap for 4-year-olds and older is part of a rich card Saturday, March 16 that also includes the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares and the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds on the Triple Crown trail. The $250,000 Oaklawn Mile and $300,000 Oaklawn Invitational, which offers an automatic berth to the Preakness Stakes (G1) May 18, highlight the final two days of the 2019 season, May 3 and May 4, respectively.

What Medications Are Safe for Mares?

Giving medications to pregnant mares is never without risk and should always be discussed with your veterinarian.

Which drugs are safe for use in pregnant mares? 

My pregnant mare is colicking … can I give her Banamine? She needs a laceration sutured … is it safe for her to get a sedative? What about her fall vaccines?

Which common drugs and medications are safe for use in pregnant mares is a huge topic with more questions than answers, says Margo Macpherson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, professor of large animal reproduction at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in Gainesville. This is primarily because very few drugs have been thoroughly evaluated and validated for use in this population.

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Jockey Tim Thornton Registers Career Win 2,000

Last year Thornton ranked second in wins among all North American riders.


Jockey Tim Thornton, who in 2018 posted more wins than any rider except Eclipse Award winner Irad Ortiz Jr., secured the 2,000th victory of his career in the sixth race Feb. 16 at Delta Downs.

In the milestone race Saturday, Thornton sent M and M Racing’s She’sgotthebeatto the lead along the rail, opened that advantage to two lengths in the stretch, then held off a late charge from longshot Theboyzblues to win by a half-length. She’sgotthbeat is trained by Robertino Diodoro.

Link to BloodHorse article

Jockey Club Discontinues Experimental Free Handicap for 2019

Because of waning relevance and interest, for 2019 The Jockey Club ceased publishing its Top 2-Year-Old Rankings.

First published in 1933 as the Experimental Free Handicap, the hypothetical ranking of 2-year-olds at a distance of 1 1/16 miles was a variation of England’s Free Handicap ranking. Seven of the 13 Triple Crown winners were the highest ranked in the Experimental Free Handicap. The most recent winner of the Triple Crown, Justify in 2018, was unraced as a juvenile.

Fair Grounds to Host Charity Event

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will host a Cochon de Lait Fundraiser Mar. 12 to benefit both pediatric brain cancer charities and Angels Grove Ranch (

The event will be held between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the first floor on the west side of the grandstand. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 ($35 at the door if still available) at the program booth or by contacting Emilee Margiotta at or at (504) 948-1150. The event will be limited to 350 tickets and will feature silent and live auctions.

The annual Louisiana Derby Golf Tournament, benefitting the backstretch community, will be held Mar. 19 at Lakewood New Orleans. The event will begin at 1 p.m. with registration starting at 11:30 a.m.

Horse Health: You Can Lead a Horse to Water…

By Jen Roytz

We’ve all heard the saying “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.” Horses have to be thirsty in order to consume water, and the lynchpin in that scenario is salt. Dehydration in horses–or any animal–can quickly escalate from mild to catastrophic. Their internal environment is water-based, and salt is the driving force behind the regulation and distribution of water in and out of cells.

“Salt is 39% sodium and 61% chloride. When consumed, salt will split in the body into the separate minerals to be used independently (as electrolytes),” said Dr. Kathleen Crandell, PhD, a nutritionist with Kentucky Equine Research (KER). “Both these minerals have independent roles in the body, but mainly they work together balancing fluid movement in and out of the cells and acid-base balance, as well as electrical impulse conduction in nerves and muscles. Further, sodium is needed for transport of substances across cell membranes, like glucose.”

LInk to TDN Article

Proven Strategies: Do You Worry About the IRS Examining Your Horse Business?

Proven Strategies” is a new regular series in the TDN, presented by Keeneland. It is written by Len Green of The Green Group and DJ Stables, who won the 2018 GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies with Jaywalk (Cross Traffic).

by Leonard C. Green, CPA, MBA, and Frank R. Palino, EA, CDFA, ATA

An IRS examination notice not only creates extreme anxiety, but also may trigger possible tax assessments, interest and even penalties. Let’s face it, the horse industry, whether you are a horse/farm owner, trainer, veterinarian or buy and sell horses, can be a very difficult business in which to make money. When you deduct horse-related losses against your other income, you become the potential target for the IRS to examine your tax returns.

Link to TDN article


2019 Jockey Club Fact Book Available

As of Thursday, February 14, 2019, The Jockey Club’s 2019 edition of the Fact Book is available in the Resources section of its website at

The online Fact Book is a statistical and informational guide to Thoroughbred breeding, racing and auction sales in North America. 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. Starting this year, the Fact Book will be updated quarterly, and additional statistics will be made available in the coming months to provide additional insight into overall trends in Thoroughbred breeding, sales, and racing.

The 2019 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 Additional information is available at

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