Only Foals Nominated Early to the Breeders’ Cup will Receive the Breeders’ Cup Nominated Engagement Noted on Catalog Pages

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 26, 2023) ― The Breeders’ Cup issued a reminder today that Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET is the deadline to nominate weanlings of 2023 to the Breeders’ Cup program at the one-time regular nomination fee of $400 USD. Any foal entered in a fall or winter breeding stock sale must be nominated by the early foal deadline in order for the Breeders’ Cup Nominated engagement to be included on the catalog page.

The $400 nomination entitles each foal with lifetime racing eligibility to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and the Breeders’ Cup racing programs. All foals sired by a fully nominated North American Breeders’ Cup stallion are eligible for nomination to the Breeders’ Cup program in their year of birth at the weanling rate.

If not nominated by the Aug. 1 early deadline, standard foal nominations may still be made in the foal’s year of birth with a one-time payment of a $400 USD nomination fee due Oct. 15, 2023.

Breeders’ Cup Limited has been Thoroughbred racing’s most significant international program for over 39 years. During this time, Breeders’ Cup has allocated purses and awards of nearly $900 million to owners, foal nominators, and stallion nominators through its programs, including the annual $31 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships showcasing the best Thoroughbreds, owners, trainers, and jockeys to a global audience.

Breeders’ Cup foal nominators will earn $10,000 USD for every victory in the worldwide Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In and every horse that starts in a Breeders’ Cup World Championship race will earn a nominator award. The individual nominating the foal receives these nominator awards even though the horse may change hands throughout its racing career.

For more information and to nominate online visit members.breederscup.com.


Breeders’ Cup Limited administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships, as well as the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races through an 80-race series hosted by 11 countries, and the U.S.-based Dirt Dozen Bonus Series. The Breeders’ Cup supports and operates under the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA), which, for the first time, establishes a national, uniform set of rules applicable to every Thoroughbred racing participant and racetrack. HISA seeks to enhance the safety of both horse and rider and to protect the integrity of the sport to the benefit of all racing participants, fans, and bettors.

The 2023 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Grade 1 Championship races, and $31 million in purses and awards, is scheduled to be held Nov. 3-4 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The Championships will return to the West Coast in 2024 with Del Mar in Del Mar, California, set to host Nov. 1-2. The Championships will be televised live by NBC Sports. Press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, BreedersCup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media.


2023 Texas Summer Yearling Sale Catalog Features Increase in Entries

(Austin, TX) – Two-Hundred-Sixty-Four yearlings are cataloged in the 2023 Texas Summer Yearling Sale catalog, marking one of the largest yearling books in TTA Sales’ history. The catalog features 52 more horses in the main body of the book than the 2022 edition of this sale.

“The increase in entries points to the success our sales have had,” TTA Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “We’ve continued to push to grow our sales as a healthy marketplace to buy and sell for not only our regional buyers and sellers, but also attracting interested folks from all over the country.”

Top sires like Bolt d’Oro, Connect, Classic Empire, Liam’s Map, Malibu Moon, and Practical Joke as well as freshman stallions Echo Town, Global Campaign, Honor A. P., Improbable, Instagrand, McKinzie, Mr Money, Spun to Run, and Vekoma are represented. Regional stallions such as American Freedom, Bobby’s Wicked One, Bradester, Competitive Edge, El Deal, King Zachary, My Golden Song, Star Guitar, and Too Much Bling sire yearlings in the book.

“We’re proud and grateful of the offerings our breeders, owners, and consignors have brought forward for our 2023 Texas Summer Yearling sale,” Bridewell said. “We have a diverse book in terms of stallions and pedigrees and we think this could be one of our best sales yet.”

Notable yearlings cataloged:

Hip 42: A Mo Tom half-sister to MSW Bron and Brow; consigned by Red River Farm

Hip 52: A Dialed In half-brother to MSW Weast Hill; consigned by 4M Ranch

Hip 55: A Competitive Edge filly out of MSW Cowgirls Like Us; consigned by Highlander Training Center

Hip 87: A Spun To Run half-brother to undefeated SW Divining Humor; consigned by Oakridge Farm

Hip 107: A Mr. Money half-brother to MSW Happy Mesa; consigned by Clear Creek Stud

Hip 110: A Spun To Run half-brother to SW True Deal; consigned by Straight Line Equine Sales

Hip 112: An Improbable half-brother to SP Twirl Girl; consigned by Highlander Training Center

Hip 124: A Guilt Trip half-sister to SW Wholelottamo; consigned by Oakridge Farm

Hip 132: A Bradester half-brother to SW Alegbra; consigned by Benchmark Training Center

Hip 143: A Flatter half-brother to G3W Texas Chrome and G2W Patrona Margarita; consigned by 

  Stoneview Farm

Hip 156: A Midshipman half-brother to SW El Dinero; consigned by Red River Farm

Hip 187: A Texas Red half-brother to SW El Pando; consigned by Fairytail Farms LLP

Hip 220: A World of Trouble colt out of G2SP Spanish Flower; consigned by Straight Line Equine Sales

Hip 228: An Aurelius Maximus half-sister to MSW Midnight Fantasy and undefeated SW Strong Promise; consigned by Red River Farm

The interactive catalog is available now at www.ttasales.com. The catalog is also available for download on the Equineline IPad App. Supplements to the catalog are expected.

LQHBA Yearling Sale 2023

Speedhorse is showcasing this year’s Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders’ Association Yearling Sale consignors, who advertised with us in Speedhorse Magazine. This flipping book will let you get a preview of their horses before the sale. The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders’ Association Yearling Sale is August 4th and 5th in Kinder, Louisiana. Click here or on the cover below to see the featured consignments.

Louisiana Cup Day at Louisiana Downs Scholarships

(BOSSIER CITY, La.) – Louisiana Downs will host Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 5, with a post time of 1:05 p.m. CT. The Louisiana Cup Day will feature some of the top Louisiana bred thoroughbreds with stakes races totaling $450,000 in purse money.

Louisiana Downs, located on 280 acres near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana opened on October 30, 1974 with approximately 15,000 fans in attendance for the first day of its inaugural meet. Built by the late shopping-center magnate, Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr., the track was a success from the start, setting numerous national records for handle and attendance throughout the 1970’s and ’80’s. In 1980, plans were announced for the first running of the Super Derby, a 1-1/4 mile race to be run in the fall with the hope of attracting the best three-year-olds in the country and to have an impact on the end-of-the year championships. With a $500,000 purse, the race was the richest ever for three-year-old Thoroughbreds.

Louisiana Cup Day Stakes Races:

  • Louisiana Cup Juvenile $75,000 Guaranteed
  • Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies $75,000 Guaranteed
  • Louisiana Cup Sprint $75,000 Guaranteed
  • Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint $75,000 Guaranteed
  • Louisiana Cup Turf Classic $75,000 Guaranteed
  • Louisiana Cup Distaff $75,000 Guaranteed

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) will award two scholarships, each valued at $1,000, to college students on Louisiana Cup Day.

Requirements for the scholarship are as follows:

  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time in an Accredited College, University or Community College for Fall 2023.
  • Scholarships will be awarded by random draw.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  • Must be present to win at the Winner’s Circle when the announcement is made.
  • Must have college ID and government-issued ID.
  • Must have University ID number or Social Security number.

For Louisiana Cup Day:

  • Registration: 12:05 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. at the designated booth at Louisiana Downs.
  • Races begin: 1:05 p.m.
  • Drawing Time: The scholarships will be awarded after the fifth race.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 the best incentive program 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 thoroughbred racing and breeding industry generates over $1 billion and employs over 60,000 people in the state of Louisiana.

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

Registration Open for KHC’s Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training Sept. 15-17, 2023

Registration Open for KHC’s Large Animal

Emergency Rescue Training Sept. 15-17

Kentucky Horse Council’s three-day Large Animal Emergency Rescue (LAER) training is slated to return to the Kentucky Horse Park on September 15-17, 2023.

LAER is taught by Justin and Tori McLeod of 4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC, a North Carolina-based company that specialized in large animal technical rescue emergency response and training for emergency responders and veterinary professionals. The course is geared specifically toward veterinarians, emergency responders and animal control officers, but horse owners and industry professionals will also find the course beneficial in learning how to care for and extract equines in potentially hazardous situations while remaining safe.

The course will cover topics like animal behavior; handling and restraint; containment; motor vehicle accidents and overturned trailers; entrapments; unstable ground incidents (mud, ditch, ice, etc.); water rescues; and natural disaster preparation and response. Specialized instruction will be given to participants based on their background and auditors are welcome.

“After taking the Kentucky Horse Council’s Large Animal Emergency Rescue class, we learned what type of equipment we needed to be able to respond to an emergency involving a large animal, and how to use it,” says Kenny Pratt, chief of the Marshall County Rescue Squad. “After I took the class, I applied for – and received — grants to help us purchase the necessary equipment.”

Soon after the equipment arrived, the rescue squad had the opportunity to use it, assisting with animals that had been involved in the devastating tornadoes that swept through Western Kentucky. Pratt and his team responded to horses that were down and entangled in barbed wire. “Because of the training we received, we were able to go up to the horses, calm them and protect their faces the way we had been taught. We then used our new equipment to secure the horse’s safety. We would not have been able to work as well or efficiently had we not taken the KHC class. I highly recommend this training to any emergency service or rescue squad — when you least expect it is when you’re going to have to figure out how to get a horse or a cow out of a tricky situation.”

“The Large Animal Emergency Rescue training has proven to be a great learning experience for all attendees, but specifically for veterinarians, who learn how to work alongside both first responders and volunteers. All participants receive in-depth, technical training on how to safely handle emergency situations in which they may be asked to work together,” says Dr. Rocky Mason, owner of Lexington Equine Medical Group and head of the Kentucky Horse Council Health and Welfare committee. “This training also focuses on situational awareness and preparedness, both of which are necessary for a favorable outcome for the animal involved while keeping everyone safe.”

Continuing education credits for veterinarians are available through the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. Sponsorship opportunities are available here. For more information, click here or contact the Kentucky Horse Council at 859-367-0509 or info@kentuckyhorse.org.

Learn more about 4Hooves Large Animal Services at 4hoovessmart.com.

Obituary: Darlene Efthemes Kibodeaux

Darlene Efthemes Kibodeaux, age 80, who passed away Sunday, July 23, 2023 peacefully at her home with her husband and family lovingly by her side.

Darlene was a resident of Carencro, LA, although she was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia. She had a successful career as a jockey agent for many of the top riders in South Louisiana, and traveled to many horse racetracks in the country. Additionally, she worked as a placing judge for Evangeline Downs Racetrack, and in the telephone industry at Pacific Bell in Canoga Park, CA and Bell South in Crowley, LA.

Darlene was strong willed and courageous in all she did, but had a heart of gold and was equally generous, loyal, and easy to create a bond with. She was full to the brim with stories and knowledge of the most interesting life experiences, and could spend hours storytelling to any eager listener. She was also an avid sports fan, and was a longtime supporter of Carencro High Football. She coached both men’s recreational baseball and women’s softball for several years. She also loved to be outdoors, riding 4-wheelers in Forest Hills, LA and going on horse trail-rides wherever the trails would lead her.

Among her many special talents and gifts, her greatest was being a devoted mother and grandmother. She was immensely proud of three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren that she cherished, and that she spent much of her time doting on. As the matriarch, she raised her family with strong values and built a legacy of love, commitment, and bravery. She was mighty, honest, and resilient in every way. As she would put it, she was a “hard-headed Greek.” You would be a fool to mess with her, but to know her was to love her; and that love was reciprocated unconditionally. She had a genuine soul, and will be remembered for all the heart she shared with her friends and family. Darlene, a wife, mother, friend and “mawmaw” will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Andrus Kibodeaux; one son, Michael Trahan and wife Tanya; two grandsons, Chase Courville and wife Rachel, and Clay Courville and fiance Brylie Guidry; one granddaughter, Madison Trahan; and two great-grandchildren, Cohen and Adley Courville; one brother-in-law, Lee Smith; two neices, Mindy Smith Miller and Laurie Duchesne; one nephew, Anthony Efthemes; and many more dear friends and family members.

She is also survived by two step-children, Andrus (Pee-Wee) Kibodeaux Jr. and Lisa Smith; 3 step grandchildren, Michael Kibodeaux, Ashley Braus, and Heather Smith; 5 step-great-grandchildren Landon Wilbanks, Tristen Breaux and Phillip, Preston, and Cullen Kibodeaux.

She was proceeded in death by her beloved daughter Billie-Jo Trahan Courville; her parents, William and Adalene Efthemes; Brothers, William “Bill” Efthemes and Robert “Bob” Efthemes; Sisters, Thorneta “Toni” Smith, and Debora “Debbie” Taylor; close friends, Milton and Juanita “Ms. Nita” Rice and Patricia “Pat” Smith.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Heart of Hospice – Acadiana, especially Treashur Naquin and Dyjunera “Dee” Charles for their continuous efforts and care.

Obituary: Phyllis Tidwell Wood

Funeral services for Ms. Phyllis Tidwell Wood will be held at 4:00PM, Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Griffin Funeral Home located at 911 Warren Drive in West Monroe, LA, with Pastor Lewis Bartett officiating. Family will accept friends for visitation from 2:00PM until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Phyllis was born on September 22, 1943, in Wilhite, LA, and passed away peacefully from this life on July 20, 2022, at her home in Vixen, LA. She was a custodian at Pinecrest Elementary School and loved her job because of the kids. She loved to be around children.

Her favorite pass time was anything that had to do with horses. She had a love for horses like no other. She was a long time member of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Dallas Tidwell and Flossie Foster Tidwell; brother, Marty Tidwell.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Slade Gilbert; brother, Gary Tidwell and wife Ann; special friend, JR Mayo. She is also survived by an extended host of family and friends.

Horsemen Advisory: Testing Following A Breeze Is Not Limited To Vets’ List Works

The Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit reminds horsemen and veterinarians that covered horses are subject to testing at any time, including following routine timed workouts (post-work testing). Testing following workouts is not limited to vets’ list workouts.

Please note that post-work samples are not collected after all routine timed workouts. Trainers will be notified of selection, and sampling will be performed, within one hour of the completion of the workout.

The following substances are prohibited in post-work samples:

  • Banned Substances
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroids
  • Local anesthetics
  • Analgesics
  • Intra-articular injections containing any substance are prohibited within 7 days of a routine workout, i.e., if the injection(s) is/are administered on Saturday, the horse cannot breeze until the following Saturday. A withdrawal interval of longer than 7 days may be necessary in consideration of factors such as the number of joints treated and dose of the administered corticosteroid, as well as the administration of corticosteroids by other routes (including, but not limited to oral, intramuscular, and topical).
  • The stacking of NSAIDS or corticosteroids is also prohibited.
  • The regulation of banned substances, NSAIDS, local anesthetics, and analgesics in post-work testing mirrors post-race testing.
  • For routine timed workouts, the following corticosteroids are regulated based on established screening limits in blood: Betamethasone, Dexamethasone, Isoflupredone, Triamcinolone, and Methylprednisolone.

All other controlled medications, including furosemide (Lasix), are permitted to be present in a post-work sample, regardless of the horse’s age or class.

Horsemen and their veterinarians are encouraged to consult the published detection timeswhen considering treatments in advance of a routine timed workout.

More information about the differences in testing and procedures between routine timed workouts and vets’ list workouts can be found here. You may also contact Dr. Mary Scollay, HIWU Chief of Science, at (859) 489-7677 or mscollay@hiwu.org; and Dr. Patti Marquis, HIWU Director of Equine Medical Resources, at (816) 516-5641 or pmarquis@hiwu.org.

HISA Issues Updated Guidance on Intra-Articular Injections

July 14, 2023 (Lexington, KY) – The Anti-Doping and Medication Control Standing Committee (ADMC) of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (“HISA”) has re-considered the Intra-Articular injection rule and has issued new guidance regarding its enforcement.

HISA ADMC Rule 4222 prohibits Intra-Articular injections on Race Day, within 14 days prior to Post-Time and within 7 days prior to any Timed and Reported Workout. Effective July 16, 2023, the Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit (HIWU) will sanction the Responsible Person of any Covered Horse that violates the prohibition on Intra-Articular injections within 7 days prior to a Timed and Reported Workout as follows (within a 365-day period):

  • 1st violation: $3,000 fine.
  • 2nd violation: $6,000 fine, 10-day suspension.
  • 3rd violation: $10,000 fine, 30-day suspension.
  • 4th violation: $20,000 fine, 60-day suspension.
  • 5th violation: $25,000 fine, 120-day suspension.

Beginning July 16, 2023, Covered Horses will not be subject to a period of ineligibility for violations of the Intra-Articular injections Workout rule or Race Day rule, unless multiple violations involving the same horse are incurred within the 365-day period.

Until this new guidance takes effect on July 16, and in accordance with guidance previously announced on June 26, the prohibition on Intra-Articular injections within 7 days prior to any Timed and Reported Workout will continue to be enforced only against the Covered Horse through the imposition of a period of ineligibility of 30 days. The sanctions associated with the prohibition on Intra-Articular Injections within 14-days prior to Post-Time have not been modified, other than the fact that the Covered Horse may not be suspended.

The full language of today’s issued guidance, which was approved by the HISA ADMC Standing Committee and the HISA Board, can be found on HISA’s website.

Under Rule 4222, the day of administration is considered day 1. A horse may breeze on day 8 following administration and may enter to race at any time, provided the race is on day 15 or later.


David Tillson and partners acquired the multiple Graded stakes winner from Lane’s End Farm. “UNIFIED has settled in well, he is in wonderful shape and is acclimating to his new home,” Tillson reported. UNIFIED will be the only son of Candy Ride standing in Louisiana.

UNIFIED is one of three sons of Candy Ride ranked among the top eight Third Crop Sires, #1 Gun Runner #6 UNIFIED and #8 Mastery. In this year’s Kentucky Derby there were two sons of Candy Ride and one son of Gun Runner.  This is a very successful line that is a much-needed influence in Louisiana and the Southwest.

UNIFIED is the sire of 3-year-old filly UNIFIED ALLIANCE, an easy winner of Saratoga’s 5 ½ furlong Coronation Cup Stakes run yesterday over the main track. Tillson added, “this really is a great start for UNFIED, an exceptional racehorse and sire.” 

UNIFIED is a handsome horse with a powerful sprinter’s physique.  He broke his maiden at first asking in 1:08.4, earning a 102 Equibase figure. Stakes Winner of the Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes (G3) with a 118 Equibase. Additionally, UNIFIED won the G2 Peter Pan Stakes and G3 Bay Shore S., both in New York. Second by a neck in the G1 Carter Handicap, UNIFIED retired with nearly half-million dollars in earnings.

UNIFIED will join leading general sire in Louisiana, Carpe Diem and first crop yearling sire Bobby’s Wicked One for the 2024 breeding season.  

“The predominant goal of this stallion station is to offer speed-oriented sons of prominent sires who are of the conformational type that compliment mares of the Southwestern region,” concluded Tillson. 

UNIFIED will be owned by Unified Stud, LLC and units (shares) will be available for purchase.  He will stand for $3,500 live foal.  

For more information contact David Tillson, cell: (337) 315-2439, e-mail: david@thestockexchange.biz.