November Calendar of Events from the LTBA

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

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Nov 1

  • All Saints Day

Nov 7

  • Daylight Savings Time Ends

Nov 11

  • Veterans Day

Nov 12

  • Treasure Chest S., Delta Downs, Vinton, Louisiana

Nov 13

  • Delta Mile S., Delta Downs, Vinton, Louisiana

Nov 17
·       Fair Grounds, final day to enter papers for zero date

Nov 19

  • My Trusty Cat S., Delta Downs, Vinton, Louisiana

Nov 20

  • Jean Lafitte S., Delta Downs, Vinton, Louisiana

Nov 25

  • Thanksgiving
  • Fair Grounds 150th Season Opens
  • Thanksgiving Handicap, Fair Grounds, New Orleans
  • Joseph R. Peluso Mem. S., Fair Grounds, New Orleans

Nov 27

  • Bob F. Wright Mem. S., Fair Grounds, New Orleans
  • Final Louisiana Champions Day Nominations Deadline

Nov 30

  • Louisiana Futurity Nomination Forms to mail from LTBA office
  • Stallion Registration Forms (covered in ‘21 for foals of ‘22) to mail from LTBA office

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The Jockey Club Releases 2021 Report of Mares Bred Statistics

The Jockey Club has released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2021 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through October 18, 2021, The Jockey Club reports that 1,016 stallions covered 27,829 mares in North America during 2021.

The Jockey Club estimates an additional 2,500 to 3,500 mares will be reported as bred during the 2021 breeding season.

RMB statistics for all reported stallions in 2021 are available through the Fact Book section of The Jockey Club’s website at

Kentucky traditionally leads North America in Thoroughbred breeding activity. During 2021, Kentucky’s 200 reported stallions covered 16,727 mares, or 60.1% of all of the mares reported bred in North America. The number of mares bred to Kentucky stallions increased 2.0% percent compared with the 16,391 reported at this time last year.

Of the top 10 states and provinces by number of mares reported bred in 2021, stallions in Kentucky, California, Ontario, and Indiana covered more mares in 2021 than in 2020, as reported at this time last year. The following table shows the top 10 states and provinces ranked by number of mares reported bred in 2021:

State/Province 2020 Stallions 2021 Stallions Pct. Change 2020 Mares Bred 2021 Mares Bred Pct. Change
Kentucky 200 200 0% 16,391 16,727 2.0%
California 103 104 1.0% 1,766 1,843 4.4%
Florida 73 62 -15.1% 1,721 1,562 -9.2%
New York 37 38 2.7% 1,002 948 -5.4%
Louisiana 74 64 -13.5% 1,017 890 -12.5%
Maryland 29 25 -13.8% 806 778 -3.5%
Ontario 24 27 12.5% 519 591 13.9%
Pennsylvania 37 29 -21.6% 734 524 -28.6%
Indiana 42 45 7.1% 427 475 11.2%
Oklahoma 40 46 15.0% 476 441 -7.4%

Note: Each incident in which a mare was bred to more than one stallion and appeared on multiple RMBs is counted separately. As such, mares bred totals listed in the table above may differ slightly from counts of distinct mares bred.

In addition, Report of Mares Bred information on stallions that bred mares in North America is available through report 36P or a subscription service at

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 (, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing, and in partnership with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, operates OwnerView (, the ownership resource. Additional information is available at

Delta Downs Could Be Back Under Lights By Nov. 12

By T. D. Thornton

A two-phase fix to the allegedly unsafe new lighting system at Delta Downs is underway that could allow the Louisiana track to switch back from afternoon programs to traditional weekend night cards by Nov. 12.

The recently installed light-emitting diode (LED) system, which was necessitated by the old lights getting wrecked by a hurricane in August 2020, was only operational for three races on the first night program of the season Oct. 15 before a horse fell at the top of the stretch.

Fueled by complaints from some jockeys and trainers that areas on the turns were dangerously dark and shadowy, the remainder of that card and the Oct. 16 program were cancelled. Delta resumed racing during afternoons without lights Oct. 20-23.


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Louisiana Commission Backs Broberg in CDI Dispute

Churchill Downs Inc. banned him after one of his starters returned sore from a race.


Questioning the due process afforded owner/trainer Karl Broberg when Churchill Downs Inc. barred him this fall from competition at all of its tracks, the Louisiana State Racing Commission unanimously passed a motion during its Oct. 26 meeting authorizing his participation at CDI-owned Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as long as he has a valid Louisiana license and is not suspended.

CDI’s ban as a property owner came last month when it revoked his stabling and entry privileges at all its tracks after his $10,000 claiming horse Rockandahardplace returned sore after a sixth-place finish Sept. 18 at Churchill Downs.

A submitted claim by another owner for the 5-year-old gelding was voided after the race when the horse was declared lame by a Kentucky Horse Racing Commission veterinarian at the track’s test barn. The following week, CDI reported in a statement that “the horse was returned to his stall by a paid hot-walker, but a subsequent investigation revealed that there was no responsible representative of the trainer on-site to make veterinary decisions or to take appropriate steps to protect the welfare of the injured horse.”

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Our Secret Agent First Graded Stakes Winner for Secret Circle

On Saturday, October 23, Our Secret Agent (Secret Circle-Avalos, by Holy Bull) won the $150,000 Grade 3 Hendrie Stakes at Woodbine.  The four-year-old filly trained by Mark Casse for owner Gary Barber, took the 6.5 furlongs in 1:15.68, defeating  her closest competitor, multiple graded stakes winner Amalfi Coast by 3 ½ lengths, earning a 93 Beyer Speed Rating in the process.  To date Our Secret Agent has a record of 14-3-6-4 with $277,364 in earnings. In addition the the G3 Hendrie win, she has placed in an addition six stakes, four or those graded.

Secret Circle, who stands at Elite Thoroughbreds in Folsom, Louisiana, is himself a multiple G1 Stakes Winner of $3,670,790, including the 2013 G1 Breeder’s Cup Sprint and the 2015 G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen Stakes. On the board in 15 of 16 starts, he was undefeated as a two-year-old with two stakes wins including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint. At three he won the G2 Rebel Stakes and G3 Southwest Stakes.

At stud, Secret Circle is the leading third crop sire in Louisiana for 2021 with 10 times the earnings of his nearest competitor.  With 71% winners from starters, and 11.5% black type runners, he has progeny earnings of $2,314,564 to date.

Secret Circle stands at Elite Thoroughbreds in Folsom, Louisiana for a 2022 fee of $3,000 live foal. He is eligible to be bred to both thoroughbred and quarter horse mares.




Unified Report wins the Louisiana Legacy Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.


VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $100,000 Louisiana Legacy Stakes (Louisiana-breds) on Saturday and the heavy favorite, Unified Report, did not disappoint his backers as he stormed home under jockey Tim Thornton to win his stakes debut for owner Valene Farms LLC (Murray Valene) and trainer Dallas Stewart. The win by Thornton was also his sixth of seven on the day, making it the best single race day of his career and marking a new Delta Downs Boyd Gaming era record.


Unified Report left the gate at odds of 1-5 in the Legacy after a maiden-breaking win at first asking while running at Churchill Downs on September 24th. His win in the Legacy set up much like his first race as he stalked the early pace set by Family Creed, who went the opening quarter mile in 23.53 seconds, and the half mile in 49.15. Unified Report engaged Family Creed with a furlong to go and the pair matched strides until they reached the sixteenth pole, where the former edged clear and went on to a 2-1/4 length victory. Fiesty Fist rounded out the trifecta finishing third, another 1-1/2 lengths behind the top pair.


Unified Report finished the seven-furlong distance of the Legacy in a time of 1:28.81 while racing over a track listed as fast.


Unified Report earned $60,000 for the win in the Legacy which raised his career bankroll up to $94,720.


Bred in Louisiana by Stephen Brown, Unified Report is a 2-year-old bay colt by Unified, out of the Closing Argument mare Closing Report. He was purchased as a yearling in 2020 for $33,000.


Unified Report was a popular winner for the fans as he paid $2.40 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Family Creed was worth $3.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Fiesty Fist returned $2.40 to show.


In addition to his big win the Legacy with Unified Report, Thornton also won with Relax Town ($2.80) in the first race; Blue Darter ($6) in the second; Dreaming of Neany ($8.60) in the third; Laughing Latinos ($14) in the fifth; Shackleford Strong ($4.20) in the sixth; and Interactif Moment ($9.60) in the ninth.


Delta Downs will conduct its third week of racing next week, Wednesday through Saturday. Post time each day is at 12:55 pm.

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


Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.





Free Like A Girl wins the 13th running of the Louisiana Jewel S. at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.


VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $100,000 Louisiana Jewel Stakes on Friday afternoon and the event turned into a runaway by Gerald Bruno, Jr.’s Free Like a Girl, who had Pedro Cotto, Jr. in the saddle for trainer Chasey Deville Pomier.


Free Like a Girl came into the Jewel off a winning performance at Evangeline Downs in the D. S. Shine Young Futurity on September 18 and was attempting a two-turn race for the first time in her career as the Jewel was contested at seven furlongs. Delta Downs is a six-furlong racetrack.


The challenge to win back-to-back in stakes company by Free Like a Girl was accepted as she rallied from off the pace of 24.79 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 47.94 for the half set by Averi Ever After before taking the lead turning for home. In the upper-stretch Free Like a Girl kept widening her margin and finished the race an astounding 18 ½ lengths to the good of Streak of Silver who finished second. Serape was another

2 ¼-lengths behind in third.


Free Like a Girl covered the distance over a fast track in 1:28.38.


Free Like a Girl has now won three of seven lifetime races and has never finished off the board. Her career bankroll now stands at $135,713 after earning $60,000 for her effort in the Jewel.


Bred in Louisiana by Kim Renee Stover & Lisa Osborne, Free Like a Girl is a 2-year-old bay filly by El Deal, out of the Munnings mare Flashy Prize.


Installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite, Free Like a Girl was not respected on the toteboard as she left the gate at 6-1 and returned $15.20 to win, $5 to place and $4.40 to show. Streak of Silver was worth $4.60 to place and $3.60 to show. Serape paid $5.40 to show.


Delta Downs will close out the race week on Saturday with another 10-race program set to kick off at 12:55 pm CT. Headlining the card will be the $100,000 Louisiana Legacy for 2-year-olds scheduled as the eighth race.


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


Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.


Equibase Adds Results Charts Featuring GPS Data

Equibase, the Thoroughbred industry’s official database for racing information, announced Oct. 22 the addition of result charts that include data collected from global positioning satellite systems.

“After many years of evaluating GPS to deliver expanded data, Equibase is pleased to be successfully leveraging this technology for racing,” said Sal Sinatra, president and chief operating officer for Equibase. “GPS technology provides comprehensive data for each horse during the entire running of a race, and we are excited to now be able to provide this rich data on the website.”

During the running of the race, the GPS system collects a comprehensive data set every half second for every horse in the race. The charts will enable users to see this data at the traditional points of call, as well as at one-sixteenth-mile intervals. In addition to traditional information such as lengths ahead and lengths behind, data such as each horse’s sectional and cumulative time, average speed, number of strides, average stride length, and average strides per second are included in each GPS chart.


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Unitas 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover Louisiana Bred Champion

2020 Thoroughbred Makeover Louisiana Bred Champion
Breeder: Jay Adcock
Sire: Sunday Break
Dam: Caught in the Dark
Sale Price: $7,200
Sale: Breeders’ Sales Company of Louisiana, Inc. 2009 Fall Yearling Sale
Consignor: Red River Farm, agent
Buyer: P. Dale Ladner
Graded Stakes winner Cilla’s team, P. Dale Ladner and Brett Brinkman, is behind Unitas and trainer Sarah Rouse.
Brett Brinkman and Dale Lander paid his way to the Makeover this year. They have been longtime supporters of Unitas’ Thoroughbred Makeover team of Nicole Navarro and her daughter, Sarah Rouse.
“Boss, as we call him, has the biggest heart (and ego lol) of any horse I know. He has an amazing work ethic. He’s a quirky one and I’ve had to work through a lot with him, but I wouldn’t take any of the journey back. He’s truly a once in a lifetime horse for me. I want to thank Brett and Dale for trusting me with Unitas and making it possible for us to go to the Makeover. It wouldn’t have happened without them and my mom!”
-Sarah Rouse
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Delta Downs Cancels Racing Under New LED Lighting System



Delta Downs was forced to cancel the remainder of its Friday night program after a third-race spill and will not conduct its scheduled Saturday night program.

The Vinton, La., racetrack, which opened its 2021-22 meet with two afternoon programs on Oct. 13-14, was racing under its new LED lighting system for the first time on Friday when Its a Deal fell at the top of the stretch in the third race. Jockey Jorge Guzman fell heavily to the track.

According to the Equibase chart, Its a Deal walked off after the incident. Guzman’s condition is not known.


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