January 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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Dec 31

  • Louisiana Stallion Registrations Due
  • Louisiana Futurity Nominations Due (pregnant mares)

Jan 1

  • New Years Day
  • LTBA Offices Closed in observance of New Years

Jan 10

  • Orleans S., Delta Downs, Vinton, LA

Jan 11

  • Sam’s Town S., Delta Downs, Vinton, LA

Jan 18

  • Road to the Derby Kickoff Day, New Orleans Fair Grounds; G3 Lecompte S, Silverbulletday S., Duncan F. Kenner S., Louisiana S., G3 Col. E. R. Bradley H., Marie G. Krantz Mem. S.

Jan 19 Clear Creek Stud Stallion Presentation

Jan 20

  • Martin Luther King Day

Jan 25

  • Nelson J. Menard Memorial S., New Orleans Fair Grounds

Jan 27

  • Louisiana Racing Commission Meeting, 9:00 a.m., Monteleone Hotel, Riverview Room, New Orleans




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Roger A. Heitzmann III, Secretary/Treasurer

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association



The LTBA would like to remind breeders of several important deadlines coming up before the end of the year.

Pay Accreditation Fees
for 2019 Foals

By December 31, 2019
Louisiana Accreditation fees are $75 for 2019 weanlings. On January 1, 2020 foals become yearlings and the rate increases to $250.

Louisiana Futurity Nominations (Pregnant Mares)
Due by December 31, 2019

Louisiana Stallion Registrations
Due by December 31, 2019

Can Horses Be Sleep Deprived?



Sleep is vitally important to horses, but equines don’t require the eight consecutive hours many humans need to be healthy and rested. Instead, the average horse will spend just under three hours per day asleep; this sleep will be spaced out throughout the entire 24-hour time period. It’s rare for an adult horse to spend over 10 minutes asleep at any one time. This means that a horse sleeps between 15 and 21 times a day.

Horses can sleep standing up using a “stay apparatus” that effectively locks their legs in place using a group of ligaments, tendons and muscles. As horses are prey animals, using this mechanism allows the horse to move quickly if any predators are around. Generally, a horse that is resting on three legs is dozing and not actively asleep. When standing, horses tend to keep one or both eyes open, even while dozing. This also allows him to react quickly should a predator threaten.


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Bill Oppenheim: Into Mischief Tops the Charts


For the year-end tables of leading sires in various categories of APEX ratings, which measure the frequency that stallions sire runners who meet certain earnings percentage thresholds, sires have to have had 200 or more year-starters going back as far as seven seasons (a horse is counted as one ‘year-starter’ each year it races, as with the average earnings index). The top category is ‘A Runners’, which measures the top 2% of earners in each jurisdiction each year.

On Jan. 14, 2016, we published the leading sires by A Runner Index for the years 2009-15 (Thoroughbred Daily News, Jan. 14, 2016). The top three sires were Galileo (4.09 A Runner Index), Into Mischief (4.07), and War Front  (3.89).

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Our Lost Love Wins Louisiana Futurity Filly Division

Louisiana Futurity (F)
Fair Grounds, 12-29-19, 6 furlongs
Two-Year-Olds, Accredited Louisiana Bred, Fillies, $100,000

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Our Lost Love, with Mitchell Murrill aboard, wins the 53rd running of the Louisiana Futurity- Filly Division at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, LA. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr

Half Ours–Lost Love Baby
Breeder: Tri-Star Racing LLC
Owner: Tri-Star Racing, LLC
Trainer: Joseph M. Foster
Jockey: Mitchell Murrill

Lizzy’s Star
Star Guitar–Winters Blast
Breeder: Michelle Lavoice
Owner: Allied Racing Stable, LLC
Trainer: W. Bret Calhoun
Jockey: Gabriel Saez

Vacherie Girl
Tapiture–Saucey Officer
Breeder: Georgia Farms Inc
Owner: L. William and Corinne Heiligbrodt
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Florent Geroux

X Clown Takes Colt and Gelding Division of Louisiana Futurity

Louisiana Futurity (C&G)
Fair Grounds, 12-29-19, 6 furlongs
Two-Year-Olds, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $100,000

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X Clown, with Tyler Woodley aboard, wins the 57th running of Louisiana Futurity – Colt & Gelding Division at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

Jimmy Creed–Evening Muse
Breeder: Michael Villar & Cynthia Villar
Owner: Set-Hut LLC
Trainer: Jerry Delhomme
Jockey: Tyler Woodley

Reach the Circle
Secret Circle–Sky Reach
Breeder: Ronald P. Webb
Owner: Maxie Wayne Kitchings, Jr.,
Trainer: Donald Melancon
Jockey: Jose Andres Guerrero

Fast Verdict
Hampton Court (AUS)–Freedom Afleet
Breeder: Morning Line Thoroughbreds LLC
Owner: Brady Broussard
Trainer: Carl J. Deville
Jockey: Devin H. Magnon



B Connected Stakes
Delta Downs, 12-29-19, 7 furlongs
Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $70,000

Saint Afleet–Bending Grass
Breeder: Daniel Chicola
Owner: Craig Drago
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

Double Barrel Man
Musket Man–Double Points Day
Breeder: Michele Rodriguez
Owner: GK Racing LLC
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: C.J. McMahon

Star Fitzstall
Star Guitar–Wild About Marie
Breeder: Brittlyn, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Jose M. Camejo
Jockey: Quincy Hamilton


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Bending Saint wins the $70,000 B Connected Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.


VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the 12th running of the $70,000 B Connected Stakes on Saturday night and it was Craig Drago’s Bending Saint who prevailed under jockey Tim Thornton. The win marked Bending Saint’s first in stakes company and it was the second year in a row that Drago won the same race. In 2018 he visited the B Connected winner’s circle with Just Stormin. Both horses were trained by Allen Landry.


Bending Saint broke sharply in the seven-furlong B Connected but did not gain the early advantage as Queeten sprinted out to a narrow lead and carved out fractional times of 23.54 seconds for the opening quarter mile, 48.13 for the half, and 1:13.58 for three quarters. When the field reached the second turn Thornton shook the reins after stalking the leader and his mount responded by overhauling Queeten and setting sail for home, widening his margin to four lengths over the 8-5 favorite Double Barrel Man at the finish line. Star Fitzstall finished third, another three lengths behind the top pair.


The final time of this year’s B Connected was 1:26.45. The race was run over a fast track.


The win by Bending Saint marked the eighth of his career from 31 overall starts. He earned $42,000 for the effort and now has a lifetime bankroll of $258,174.


Bred in Louisiana by Daniel Chicola, Bending Saint is a 5-year-old chestnut gelding by Saint Afleet, out of the Langfuhr mare Bending Grass.


Sent to the gate at odds of 5-2, Bending Saint paid $7 to win, $3.60 to place and $2.60 to show. Double Barrel Man paid $3.20 to place and $2.20 to show. Star Fitzstall was worth $2.80 to show.


Delta Downs will conduct its 13th week of live racing next Wednesday through Saturday. First post time Wednesday and Thursday nights will be at 4:55 pm CST. The first race on Friday and Saturday will be at 5:55 pm.


For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.





















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Lookout Stakes
Delta Downs, 12-28-19, 7 furlongs
Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred, Fillies and Mares, $70,000

Breeder: Indian Creek Thoroughbred Farm, LLC
Owner: End Zone Athletics, Inc.
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: C.J. McMahon

Blue Suade Guitar
Star Guitar–Persuading
Breeder: Brittlyn Stables, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Jose M. Camejo
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

Mauk Four–Cigar Starter
Breeder: Robert E Hewlett
Owner: Mike Shamsie
Trainer: Mike Shamsie
Jockey: Larry Taylor


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Dale’s Lil Sis wins $70,000 Lookout Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.


VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the first of two stakes races this weekend on Friday night and it was Dale’s Lil Sis who proved best in the $70,000 Lookout Stakes for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares who had not won a stakes race. The win was her fourth consecutive score at Delta Downs this meet and her 11thoverall from 41 career starts.


Starting from the outside post position in a field of nine under jockey C. J. McMahon, Dale’s Lil Sis flashed her customary early speed while leading in the seven-furlong test around two turns. Her fractional times were 24.48 seconds for the quarter mile, 48.83 for the half and 1:13.79 for three-quarters.


When the field reached the top of the stretch, the Karl Broberg trainee took off and extended her lead to 4-3/4 lengths over race favorite Blue Suade Guitar by the time she reached the finish line. Blue Suade Guitar suffered a rough start and settled for the place spot, 3-1/4 lengths to the good of Thegrayspider who rallied from far back to finish third.


Dale’s Lil Sis, who is owned by End Zone Athletics, Inc., covered the distance of the Lookout in a time of 1:27.12 while racing on a fast track.


Dale’s Lil Sis earned $42,000 for the win, which raised the career bankroll to $226,250.


Bred in Louisiana by Indian Creek Thoroughbred Farms LLC, Dale’s Lil Sis is a 5-year-old chestnut runner by Zong, out of the Aldebaran mare Judy.


Sent to the gate as a slight second choice of the wagering public, Dale’s Lil Sis paid $5.80 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Blue Suade Guitar was worth $3 to place and $2.20 to show. Thegrayspider returned $6 to show.


Delta Downs will close out its 12th week of racing on Saturday night with a 10-race program that begins at 5:55 pm CST. The featured race will be the $70,000 B Connected Stakes, carded as the eighth event on the program.


For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

H-2B Visa Program Relief Expected to be Signed Into Law

Bill would allow more access to H-2B visas.


Horse trainers who utilize the H-2B guest worker visa program to fill various backstretch positions will likely have increased access to those visas as a result of language included in the 2020 spending bill passed by Congress this week and expected to be signed by President Donald Trump Dec. 20.

The bill gives the secretary of homeland security the discretion to release additional visas above the statutory cap and also includes related labor provisions that have been in place for several years.


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