By Joe Perez
Breeder Curt Leake has had 65 winners in his career, but only two have ever won a graded stakes race. The most recent happened Preakness Stakes (G1) weekend in the Chick Lang Stakes (G3) at Pimlico Race Course. Ryvit , by Competitive Edge and out of a Medaglia d’Oro mare, She Is Bedazzling, took home the six-furlong race.
Based in Northeast Louisiana, Leake said he is about as far away from any racing circuit as anyone could be. “I’m probably three hours from Louisiana Downs, four hours from Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, and then another four hours to Evangeline Downs,” he said. From a family of farmers, Leake has made Thoroughbreds the newest crop to be passed down as his son, David, works alongside him.