Louisiana-bred The Great One Romps in Santa Anita Maiden Race



Coming off a nose defeat when second in the Dec. 19 Los Alamitos Futurity (G2), The Great One exploded against maiden special weight rivals for a 14-length score in second race Jan. 23 at Santa Anita Park.

Ridden by Abel Cedillo, the son of 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Nyquist  sped a mile in 1:37.28, a time more than three seconds faster than the day’s fourth race, a starter optional claiming race for 3-year-old fillies. He pressed debuting favorite Fenway, dispatched him, and won handily over runner-up Affable.


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Pelican State Returns to OBS With Strong Contingent

Terry Gabriel’s Pelican State Thoroughbreds has returned to the two-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Winter Mixed Sale with a strong group of short yearlings and the hope that the consignment will be able to generate the same kind of success they enjoyed in 2020.

Gabriel, who sold last year’s $165,000 sale topper, a son of Union Rags —La Milanesa, by Mr. Greeley, has barely had time to think ahead of the Jan. 26 start and hopes that foot traffic will be congruent to bidding action come Tuesday morning.


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Another Milestone For Asmussen: 700 Career Wins At Oaklawn

Steve Asmussen became the second trainer to reach 700 career victories at Oaklawn when even-money favorite Swiftsure captured Saturday’s seventh race at under Ricardo Santana Jr.

Asmussen entered the 2021 Oaklawn meeting that began Friday with 696 career victories at the Hot Springs, Ark., track. He saddled one winner Friday and added victories in Saturday’s fourth race with favored Jalen Journey ($4.40) and sixth race, the $150,000 Fifth Season Stakes, with favored Silver State ($3.80) before reaching the career milestone with Swiftsure ($4).

A two-time Eclipse Award winner (2008 and 2009) as the nation’s outstanding trainer, Asmussen, 55, was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2016. He is seeking his record-tying 11th Oaklawn training title.


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Desormeaux Sidelined After Suffering Back Injury In Santa Anita Spill

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux will be on the sidelines after suffering what he called “a couple lil bone cracks in my back”  as a result of a spill in Saturday’s fifth race at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

Desormeaux, who turns 51 on Feb. 27, was aboard Scat’s Choice for trainer Vann Belvoir in the $25,000 claiming race going six furlongs on the main track when the horse suffered a catastrophic injury approaching the far turn while just behind the early leader. Desormeaux was thrown to the ground but did not appear to be struck by any trailing horses.

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Aurelius Maximus Retired to Stud in Louisiana

Grade 2-placed Aurelius Maximus  has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2021 at Jay Adcock’s Red River Farm in Coushatta, La., it was announced today. The deal was brokered by Andrew Cary of Cary Bloodstock.

The 5-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile will stand in a partnership that includes Stonestreet Stables, George Bolton, and Peter Leidel, who raced the colt, with Nathan Granger.

“Aurelius Maximus is the most exciting horse to retire to Louisiana for many years,” said Cary. “His combination of impeccable pedigree, gorgeous conformation, and top-class ability on the racetrack make him a very tantalizing prospect for breeders in the Southwest.”


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Two Scholarships to be Awarded on Premier Day at Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino on February 10


Vinton, La. – The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association  (LTBA) will award two scholarships each valued at $1,000. Two scholarships will be awarded during Premier Day on Wednesday, February 10, at Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino, Vinton, La.

The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:

  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Spring 2021 or Summer 2021.
  • Must register using the online registration link for the scholarship drawing.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  • Must have college ID and government-issued ID

For Premier Day, February 10:

  • No registration at Delta Downs
  • Drawing Time: The scholarships will be awarded after the fifth race of the day.
  • The drawing is scheduled for Facebook LIVE, and winners will be contacted by LTBA after the race.
  • Deadline to enter is noon, February 9, 2021.

Click here to register online.

The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student’s account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association manages one of the best incentive programs for breeding thoroughbreds in the United States. Since the organization formed, this has led to increased purses, better quality horses, and increased interest in racing and breeding horses.

“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association continues to make an investment in the future of our state by investing in our students and their education,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. “This type of investment is for our future, the state, as well as the organization. Our hope is that these scholarships get the younger generations interested in thoroughbred racehorses so that our organization stays the top breeding incentive program in the United States.”

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association manages one of the best incentive programs for breeding thoroughbreds in the United States. Since the organization formed, this has led to increased purses, better quality horses, and increased interest in racing and breeding horses.

Louisiana’s four racetracks provide year-round racing at Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino, Vinton; Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino, Opelousas; The Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, New Orleans; and Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Bossier City.

Louisiana’s racing and breeding industry plays an important role in the state’s economic well-being and contributes a significant source of state revenue. The combined impacts of both racing and breeding and their related industries generates over $1 billion annually and employs nearly 13,000 people.

For more information about Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association visit louisianabred.com or call (504) 947-4676.

T.I.P. Announces Shows, Award Offerings, and Youth Ambassadors for 2021

Jockey Club Press Release


The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) today announced that it has approved more than 7,000 awards and classes at more than 1,500 shows in 42 states, Puerto Rico, and six Canadian provinces in 2021.

Awards are available for multiple disciplines, including eventing, dressage, Western and English pleasure, hunter/jumper, endurance, Western performance, games, and polocrosse. Awards are again available at some events for Thoroughbreds within their first two years of showing or for Thoroughbreds within two years of their last start.

A full calendar of shows offering awards is available at tjctip.com/CalendarOfEvents.

“This year marks the 10th year in which T.I.P. is offering awards, and we are proud of the success of this initiative in promoting the versatility of the Thoroughbred,” said Kristin Werner, senior counsel for The Jockey Club and administrator of T.I.P. “Through 2020, there have been more than 6,500 shows that have offered T.I.P. awards, more than 30,000 T.I.P. numbers that have been assigned, and more than 60,000 award entries submitted for horses. We look forward to adding to these totals in 2021 and continuing to demonstrate to the equestrian community the talents of Thoroughbreds in a range of disciplines.”

In addition, T.I.P. will be offering year-end or championship awards in association with the American Endurance Ride Conference; Equine Trail Sports; United States Eventing Association; United States Pony Club; and United States Dressage Federation. Furthermore, T.I.P. will offer awards at selected polo tournaments in conjunction with the United States Polo Association.

T.I.P. also announced its youth ambassadors for the 2021 T.I.P. Youth Ambassador Program. The 16 ambassadors, including four returning ambassadors from 2020, come from 12 states and cover multiple disciplines. The following are the 2021 T.I.P. youth ambassadors:

  • Grace Baierl – Pennsylvania
  • Kaylynn Berry – Kentucky
  • Emily Cantler –  Maryland
  • Gabriellia Chevalier – Connecticut
  • Lottie Crawford – Virginia (returning)
  • Megan Farnsworth – Washington (returning)
  • Julia House –  Maine (returning)
  • Victoria Navarrete – Virginia
  • Alexis Novak – Washington
  • Jenna Presley – Indiana
  • Grace Regan – South Carolina
  • Victoria Reinholdt – Florida
  • Olive Scaff – New Jersey
  • Emma Scheier – New Jersey (returning)
  • Remington Sharp – Virginia
  • Sabrina Wood – Texas

Additional information about the Youth Ambassador Program is available at tjctip.com/About/TBYPAM.

Created and announced in October 2011, T.I.P. recognizes and rewards the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows, performance awards, and non-competition awards. In addition to the complete schedule of T.I.P.-sponsored shows, other information about the program is available on the T.I.P. website, tjctip.com. Those interested in T.I.P. can follow the program at facebook.com/tjctip.

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 founded America’s Best Racing (americasbestracing.net), the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing, and in partnership with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, operates OwnerView (ownerview.com), the ownership resource. Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com.

What We Know (And What We Don’t) About Equine Gastric Ulcers And The Impact Of Treatment On Bones



Gastric ulcers in horses have been a problem for trainers, owners, and managers for years now, and studies suggest a majority of racehorses and performance horses suffer from them. As a result, they’ve been a topic of much academic research in the past five years.

Dr. Ben Sykes, assistant professor of equine internal medicine at Massey University, sat down with the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation recently to give the public an idea of what we’ve learned in the past five years and what he and other researchers plan to focus on in the next five.


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Lone Star Special to Holly Hill

Lone Star Special (Malabar Gold-Sunshine Special) has moved to Dr. Robert Hewlett’s Holly Hill Farm in Benton, Louisiana for the 2021 breeding season. Benton Salmon has acquired 50% interest in the stallion who stood at Cherokee Ridge Farm in Carencro, Louisiana for the previous two seasons for Irwin Olian’s Tigertail Ranch. Tigertail Ranch has retained 50% ownership.

Mr. Salmon, a successful businessman with growing interest in the horse racing and breeding industry, is excited about his venture into stallion ownership and is planning on breeding a number of high quality mares to the stud.  “Lone Star Special has demonstrated remarkable success producing a number of high class runners from a very small number of foals. Notable among his offspring are Mobile Bay, Wheatfield and Trevilion. Lone Star Special has never had a fair chance and I intend to give him that. We are looking to gain the support he deserves from the Louisiana breeding community.”

Lone Star Special is an Unbridled line stallion who is among an elite number of stallions that moves his mare up. Only 32 % of all sires have a lifetime AEI higher than their mares CI. Lone Star Special has an AEI of 1.49 vs his mare’s CI of 1.11. His statistics of 57% winners, $56,228 average earnings per starter, 11% blacktype horses and 19% two-year-old winners, compete with leading national sires.

Lone Star Special is the sire of two Graded Stakes horses, both accredited Louisiana-breds.

G2 Super Derby winner Mobile Bay ran from ages three to six, hitting the board in 21 of 29 lifetime starts. He won eleven stakes, often showing speed in route races of 1 1/16 to 1 1/8 miles, including the G2 Super Derby, open company stakes such as the Sunland Park Handicap, the Maxxam Gold Cup and the Zia Park Derby, as well Louisiana Bred Stakes including the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at the Fair Grounds twice.  He placed in another five stakes including the G3 Oklahoma Derby. His Lifetime earnings of $1,246,440 rank him 4th among all-time Leading Accredited Louisiana Bred Runners. A multiple Accredited Louisiana Bred Champion, Mobile Bay was named 2015 3YO Colt or Gelding and Horse of the Year, 2016 Older Male and Horse of the Year, and 2017 Older Male.

Multiple stakes winner, Wheatfield ran 2nd in the ’17 G2 Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream. She was named 2016 4YO & Up Louisiana Bred Champion Filly or Mare. She earned black type in 11 stakes events, many against open company, and currently has $394,603 in lifetime earnings.

“I am delighted that Benton Salmon is enthusiastic about the prospects for Lone Star Special and is now my partner in this outstanding stallion. He will be breeding a number of top quality mares to him this season. Together we are building a strong book of mares for 2021,” says Tigertail Ranch’s Irwin Olian. “At a fee of $2,000, he compares favorably to many stallions in Kentucky and Louisiana which stand for substantially higher fees. His ability to move up his mares puts him in very rare company among Louisiana sires and suggests there will be a lot more good things to come from him in the future”

Lone Star Special will stand the 2021 season for a fee of $2,000 live foal payable when foal stands and nurses. Inquiries should go directly to Benton Salmon 903-930-0970, email: bentonsalmon@yahoo.com

Saints N Muskets Wins Magnolia Stakes

Magnolia Stakes
Delta Downs, 1-12-21, 8 furlongs
4YO & Up, Accredited Louisiana bred, fillies and mares, $75,000

Saints N Muskets wins the 2021 Magnolia Stakes at Delta Downs

Musket Man–Laughing Saint
Breeder: J. E. Jumonville Jr. & Bunny Jumonville
Owner: Rodney J. Verret
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Joe Stokes

Sarah’s Passion
Songandaprayer–My Holy Belle
Breeder: Perform Stables Inc.
Owner: Perform Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Joel Dominguez

Smok’n Rita
Misremembered–Wicked Rita
Breeder: Linda Guidry
Owner: Linda Guidry
Trainer: Connie Mack Guidry
Jockey: Kevin J. Smith