JUST STORMIN TENACIOUS WHILE TURNING BACK IMINDYCATBIRDSEAT IN THE B CONNECTED STAKES AT DELTA DOWNS

– JOCKEY KERWIN CLARK MASTERFUL ON THE LEAD WITH BAY GELDING –

 B Connected Stakes
Delta Downs, 12-29-18, 1 mile
Three Year Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $65,000

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Just Stormin Wins the B-Connected Stakes, December 29, 2018 at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.

JUST STORMIN
Freud–Crypto Cream
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Craig Drago
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Kerwin D. Clark

2nd
Imindycatbirdseat
Redding Colliery–Stage Five Clinger
Breeder: Phyllis J. Hodges
Owner: Maggi Moss
Trainer: Thomas M. Amoss
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

3rd
Much Class
Midshipman–Asset Class
Breeder: H. Allen Poindexter, Ruth Poindexter, Veronica Hopkins & Robert Stubbs
Owner: Alejandrino Prieto
Trainer: Jose M. Camejo
Jockey: Luis Negron

 

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $65,000 B Connected Stakes on Saturday night and it was Craig Drago’s 6-year-old gelding Just Stormin who got the victory under jockey Kerwin Clark. The race was one-mile test restricted to Louisiana-bred horses who had never won a stakes race and the winner making his 46th career start.

After breaking alertly from post position eight in a field of 10, Just Stormin was sent directly to the lead by Clark and maintained that position throughout the race, setting fractional times of 23 seconds for the quarter-mile, 47.49 for the half and 1:12.81 for three-quarters. When Just Stormin turned for home his biggest challenger came calling in the form of Imindycatbirdseat under jockey Gerard Melancon.

In the final furlong Just Stormin, who is trained by Allen Landy, dug in gamely and held Imindycatbirdseat at bay while reporting home a length in front of his rival. Much Class, the 3-1 wagering favorite, finished another six lengths behind the top pair. Just Stormin covered the distance over a fast track in 1:39.78.

Overall, Just Stormin has won eight races during his career and his first-place prize of $39,000 on Saturday night raised bankroll to $246,355.

Bred in Louisiana by Tom Curtis and Wayne Simpson, Just Stormin is a 6-year-old bay gelding by Freud, out of the Cryptoclearance mare Crypto Cream.

Sent to the gate at odds of 8-1 on the tote board, Just Stormin paid $19.80 to win, $8.40 to place and $5 to show. Imindycatbirdseat returned $6 to place and $3.80 to show. Much Class paid $3.20 to show.

Delta Downs will begin its 12th week of racing next Wednesday through Saturday. There will be a special daytime program on Thursday, January 3rd. First post time that day is scheduled for 12:25 pm while the regular post time of 5:25 pm will be in effect the other three race days of the week.

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.

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.

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MARIAH’S GALAXY SCORES FIRST STAKES WIN IN THE LOOKOUT AT DELTA DOWNS

– JOCKEY KEVIN SMITH RIDES THE WINNER AFTER DIEGO SAENZ INJURY –

Lookout Stakes
Delta Downs, 12-28-18, 1 mile
Three Year Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies or Mares, $65,000

 

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Mariah’s Galaxy is victorious in the 13th running of the Lookout Stakes at Delta Downs, December 28, 2018. Coady Photography.

MARIAH’S GALAXY
Greeley’s Galaxy–Black Mariah
Breeder: Margie K. Averett
Owner: Riley Blanchet and Todd Matte
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Kevin J. Smith

2nd
Salty Martini
Quiet American–French Martini
Breeder: Becky Winemiller
Owner: Tyron Benoit
Trainer: Jose M. Camejo
Jockey: Roberto Morales

3rd
Tap Dance Star
Star Guitar–Dance by Em
Breeder: Virginia Lazenby
Owner: Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLC
Trainer: Oscar Modica
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $65,000 Lookout Stakes on Friday night and it was Riley Blanchet and Todd Matte’s filly Mariah’s Galaxy who notched the first stakes score of her career. The winner was ridden by jockey Kevin Smith, who picked up the mount after scheduled rider Diego Saenz was injured while being unseated by one of his mounts earlier in the program.

Mariah’s Galaxy was reserved early in the one-mile Lookout as she sat in a ground-saving position behind pacesetter Fleet Halo, who set the fractional times of 24.06 seconds for the quarter-mile, 49.37 for the half, and 1:14.48 for three-quarters. When the field turned for home Smith got after his mount and she responded by running down the leader and drawing clear to win by 3-1/2 lengths over Salty Martini, who also finished well. Tap Dance Star wound up third, another length behind the runner-up.

Mariah’s Galaxy covered the distance over a fast track in a time of 1:41.40.

The win by Mariah’s Galaxy marked the sixth of her 19-race career. The winner’s prize of $39,000 raised her career bankroll to $148,130.

Mariah’s Galaxy is a 4-year-old filly by Greeley’s Galaxy, out of the Devil His Due mare Black Mariah. She was bred in Louisiana by Margie K. Averett.

Sent to the gate at odds of 9-5, Mariah’s Galaxy paid $5.60 to win, $4.20 to place and $3.40 to show. Salty Martini was worth $19.40 to place and $8.20 to show. Tap Dance Star paid $5 to show.

Delta Downs will close out its race week on Saturday night with another 10-race program and another stakes race. The featured event will be the $65,000 B Connected Stakes for 4-year-olds and upward competing at one mile. First post time is set for 5:25 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.

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.

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Classy John, Midnight Fantasy Win Louisiana Futurity Divisions

There may have been an anxious moment or two, but in the end the heavy favorites of both divisions of the Louisiana Futurity got the job done on Saturday at the Fair Grounds.

Louisiana Futurity (Colt and Gelding Division)
Fair Grounds, 12-29-18, 6 furlongs
Two-Year-Old, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $85,700

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Classy John, with Corey Lanerie aboard, out runs Jimi’s A Star, led by Emanuel Nieves, to win the Louisiana Futurity Colt and Gelding Division at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, LA. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr

CLASSY JOHN
Songandaprayer–Kitty’s Got Class
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Valene Farms LLC
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Jockey: Corey J. Lanerie

2nd
Jimi’s a Star
Star Guitar–Unusual Strike
Breeder: James Boyd
Owner: James A. Boyd
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.
Jockey: Emanuel Nieves

3rd
Cafe Du Monde
New Year’s Day–Java Jolt
Breeder: Natalie Montgomery & Jim Montgomery
Owner: Diamond Racing Inc. and Jay and Joan Janssen
Trainer: Leo G. Gabriel, Jr.
Jockey: Florent Geroux

 

In the colts and geldings division, Valene Farms’ Classy John held off the late advances of Jimi’s a Star to win by a diminishing three-quarters of a length. Guided by jockey Corey Lanerie, the son of Songandaprayer broke sharply and pressed pacesetter Why Not Charlie through an opening quarter in 22.05. Classy John put that rival away nearing the turn, but was asked by Lanerie at the three-sixteenths pole as Jimi’s a Star loomed a challenge on the far outside. Classy John held Jimi’s a Star, posting a final six furlong time of 1:11.67 in the slop. Café Du Monde finished a non-threatening third.

“He had me a worried for a little bit,” Lanerie said. “He went kind of quick early but he’s a fast horse and I didn’t want to take anything away from him.”

Trained by Dallas Stewart, Classy John won the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes earlier in the meet and broke his maiden against open company in his career debut at Saratoga. His lone defeat took place against winners at Churchill Downs behind stakes placed Hog Creek Hustle.

“He ran great,” Stewart said. “I’m very proud of him. He’s such a nice horse. He’s been to Saratoga and ran big at Churchill. He’s just a very quality colt. A big thank you goes out to Murray and Jerry Valene for giving me the opportunity to train this horse.”

It was the third win in four career outings for Classy John, who upped his earnings to $171,650.

As the heavy 1-9 favorite, Classy John returned $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10 while Jimi’s a Star brought back $.00 and $2.10. Café Du Monde paid $2.10 to show.

Shae’s Day and Why Not Charlie completed the order of finish.

 

 

Louisiana Futurity (Filly and Gelding Division)
Fair Grounds, 12-29-18, 6 furlongs
Two-Year-Old, Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies, $89,100

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Midnight Fantasy, with Adam Beschizza aboard, wins the 52nd running of the Louisiana Futurity – Filly Division at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr

MIDNIGHT FANTASY
Midnight Lute–St. Jean
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Carl R. Moore Management LLC
Trainer: Joe Sharp
Jockey: Adam Beschizza

2nd
Miss Bitters
Old Fashioned–Sheila Tequila
Breeder: Stephen Brown
Owner: Mintmere Thoroughbreds, LLC
Trainer: Glenn Delahoussaye
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

3rd
Goodprofit
Guilt Trip–Charming Colleen
Breeder: James McIngvale
Owner: James McIngvale
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: Corey J. Lanerie

In the fillies division three races later, Carl R. Moore Management’s Midnight Fantasy was stuck between horses early, made the lead, then gave it up before taking full command nearing the turn and drawing off to a convincing ten-length score.

Trained by Joe Sharp and guided to victory by Adam Beschizza, the daughter of Midnight Lute completed thee six furlong voyage over a sloppy track in 1:11.62. Miss Bitters finished a distant second and Goodprofit rounded out the trifecta.

Completing the order of finish were Raising the Ante, Its Misty in Paris, Cohenscollegefund and Scat At Ms. Pat’s.

“She’s always had sort of an easy lead in her last couple of wins,” Beschizza said. “Today was a bit of a challenge but we’re still looking forward with her. She’s always been a filly that Joe has held in high regard and hopefully she can live up to her expectations and keep on improving.”

Midnight Fantasy won her first two starts by a combined 12¾ lengths, which took place in a state-bred maiden special weight on Opening Day and the Louisiana Champions Day Lassie Stakes.

“It was good for her to have to take back a bit and sit off another horse,” Sharp said. “Mentally she’s just been rock solid since day one. At some point she was going to have to do that so it was nice. One of these days she’ll get a fast track again, but she seems to handle whatever we throw at her so far.”

Sharp did not rule out the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes as a possible next start for Midnight Fantasy and also mentioned the $100,000 Louisiana Bred Premier Night Starlet Stakes at Delta Downs on February 9.

“We’ll talk about it. It’s either (the Silverbulletday Stakes) or Delta,” Sharp said. “We’ll get her back and cool her out. Every option is open at this point.”

With a win in the fillies division of the Louisiana Futurity, Midnight Fantasy has now earned a total of $138,060. As the heavy 1-9 favorite, she returned $2.10 across the board while Miss Bitters paid $5.60 and $2.60. Goodprofit brought back $2.10.

Bred in Louisiana by J. Addock and Hume Wornall, Midnight Fantasy was purchased for $77,000 from this year’s Equine Sales of Louisiana 2-Year-Old and Horses of Racing Age Sale where she was consigned by Pike Racing.

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Pregnancy Problems: How to Increase Your Chances of Delivering a Healthy Foal

By Jen Roytz

What could be that difficult about breeding? You select a stallion that suits the mare and your goals, breed your mare, then keep her fed and watered for 11 months until you’re rewarded with a healthy foal.

If only it were that simple.

There are many reasons a mare can prove difficult to get into foal, or to stay in foal. It could be as simple function of age. It could be results from a complicated delivery. Or, it could be a multitude of other reasons.

Regardless, now is the time breeders should be paying special attention to preparing their breeding stock for the upcoming season, and for those with known issues there are added safeguards and steps breeders can take she gave themselves and their horses the best chance at a successful pregnancy.

Issues that Can Impact Conception

There are many reasons a horse may have issues getting impregnated, the most basic of which are her age, not breeding her at the appropriate time during her cycle, or poor reproductive health of the mare or stallion.

A typical mare’s ovum, or egg, begins to lose viability within just five to six hours post-ovulation, and typically loses all viability within 24 hours. While a stallion’s semen typically remains viable for 48 hours, a reduced number and quality of a stallion’s semen can limit its viability to just a few hours. Age can negatively impact these timeframes for both sexes.

The mare’s body condition can also play into her chances of becoming pregnant. Most veterinarians recommend mares to rank around a 5 or a 6 on the Henneke Body Condition Score (BCS). When a mare’s weight and overall health decline, so too does their reproductive efficiency.

Outside of age and general health-related issues, endometritis is the most common reason for infertility in mares. This condition, which is an infection or inflammation of the lining of the uterus caused by foreign contaminants such as bacteria or spermatozoa, can either be acute as a result of breeding (both artificial and natural), reproductive examination or as a result of poor conformation.

“There are simple, but important steps one can take to improve the chances of conception, including a physical examination of both the mare and the stallion, a careful and thorough reproductive exam of the mare prior to the breeding season and during the estrous cycle during which breeding is to occur and to optimize the overall health of the horse,” said Kristina Lu, VMD, an equine reproductive specialist with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

Early vs. Late Term Pregnancy Loss

Just as there are a number of reasons a mare can be difficult to impregnate, the same can hold true for keeping her in foal. Most pregnancy losses occur in the initial weeks and months of pregnancy.

Again, age can play a role. As mares age, they may experience uterine fibrosis, which can lead to a placenta that is less-efficient in getting nutrition to the growing fetus.

Other causes for early-term pregnancy loss can be unavoidable complications, such as genetic defects or embryonic abnormalities. They can also be due to uterine infections that may have been low-grade and undetectable at the time of breeding/conception but proliferate in the subsequent weeks and months.

Late-term losses can have their own set of culprits.

“Placentitis, umbilical cord torsion, systemic illness can all cause late, and in some cases mid-term abortion in mares,” said Lu. “Diseases such as leptospirosis, equine herpesvirus 1 or 4 and equine viral arteritis are threats to a healthy gestation as well, some of which can spread quickly through a herd and may not generate obvious clinical signs other than abortion.”

Then there are also those mares that have little trouble carrying a foal to term, only to be prone to dystocias (difficulty giving birth), which can be caused by congenital abnormalities, such as contracted limbs that prevent the foal from properly fitting through the birth canal. This, in turn, can lead to oxygen deprivation in foals.

Safeguards to Protect Both Mare and Foal

While some complications are simply unavoidable, there are safeguards and protocols that can be implemented to support the gestation and delivery of a healthy foal.

“Some simple things horsemen and women can do to protect their mares and future foals are to maintain good general health of a mare, conduct thorough reproductive examinations, monitor the mare’s reproductive tract before and after breeding, ensure regular core vaccinations, consider screening for placentitis if the mare has a previous history and consider vaccinating for herpes or leptospirosis if appropriate,” said Lu. “Breeding as close to ovulation as possible can also be of benefit. On the other hand, repeated breeding during an estrous cycle (average 21 days) may increase opportunity for endometritis in some mares.”

Above all else, staying in regular communication with your veterinarian is one of the best forms of protection one can afford their mares.

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Bad Bedding? Straw Hard On Equine Lungs

by | 12.27.2018 | 11:21am

Straw bedding and dry hay can be risk factors for inflammatory airway disease (IAD) in performance horses, a new study shows.

Julie Dauvillier, Fe ter Woort and Emmanuelle van Erck‐Westergren, who represent the Equine Sports Medicine Practice in Waterloo, Belgium, studied the role of fungi in IAD. Horses affected with IAD generally have poor performance, a cough and excess mucus in the airways.

The researchers used 731 horses that were used for racing, sport and leisure riding in their study. The trio collected data, observed environmental conditional and collected samples from bronchoalveolar lavages and tracheal washes. Fungal cultures were positive in 55 percent of the horses; horses that had fungal elements in their tracheal wash samples were twice as likely to have IAD.

Horses bedded on straw were 90 percent more likely to have fungi in their tracheal wash than those bedded on other materials; horses bedded in wood shavings had only a 40 percent risk of fungi in their wash.

Hay and straw are naturally contaminated with fungal spores during harvest; storage can increase fungus proliferation. Steaming did help reduce the fungal particles hay, but soaking did not decrease the amount of fungal spores dramatically.

Read more at HorseTalk.

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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.Brought to you by Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Whispering Oaks Farm, and Equine Sales CompanyClick images to link to more information

REMINDER
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 4

  • Take Charge Brandi S., Delta Downs, Vinton, LA
  • Orleans S., Delta Downs, Vinton, LA

Jan 5

  • Big Drama S., Delta Downs, Vinton, LA
  • Sam’s Town S., Delta Downs, Vinton, LA
  • Pan Zareta Overnight S., Fair Grounds, New Orleans, LA

Jan 19

  • 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 21

  • Martin Luther King Day

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Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

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Ramona Pierce Obituary

Ramona Marie Pierce, 60, died Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 7:55 PM. Born, April 22, 1958 she was a native of Cut Off and resident of the St. Charles Community.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 from 9:00 AM until service time at St. Charles Borromeo Church.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 AM at the church. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Cut Off.

She is survived by her siblings, Joy P. (Russell) Menard, Royce Pierce, Jr. and James M. Pierce; godchild, Kaycee Pierce; niece and nephews, Trinity Pierce Melancon, James E. Pierce, Royce Pierce, III; great niece, Hadleigh Louise Melancon and other numerous family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Royce Pierce, Sr. and Annabelle Plaisance Pierce; and brothers, Enest Pierce and Dr. Clay Ellis Pierce.

She was a graduate of E D White Catholic School, upon graduation she moved to Farnsworth Thoroughbred Farms in Ocala, Florida to study and work. She then began working at Delta Downs Racetrack in Vinton, LA and then went onto to work at Nicholls State Experimental Farm under farm manager, her father, Royce Pierce, Sr. Upon retirement she became the owner of Belle Fourche Farms. With practical work experience throughout her years she became very knowledgeable in her skill and care of horses; if you owned a horse, you knew Ramona. She was best known for horses, raising Australian Shepherds and her latest, her miniature horse Charm.

Ordoyne Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc.

Dear Breeders,

 

In this busy holiday season, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to remind you of a few tasks to be completed before the end of the year.

 

Louisiana Stallion Registrations and Louisiana Futurity Nominations (for pregnant mares) are due by December 31, 2018.

 

The LTBA offices will be closed Monday and
Tuesday, December 24 and 25, 2018 for Christmas, and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for New Years Day.

 

With warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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EQUINE SALES COMPANY Two Year Old In Training Sale with Horses of Racing Age Contracts Now Available

 
NOW ACCEPTING CONSIGNMENTS FOR THE

2019 TWO YEAR OLD 
IN TRAINING SALE
 
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Sale Date:  Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Breeze Date:  Sunday, March 31, 2019
 
 
We are now accepting consignments for the
2018 TWO YEAR OLD IN TRAINING SALE WITH HORSES OF RACING AGE, which will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
The Breeze Show will be Sunday, March 31, 2019
Consignment contracts can be downloaded by clicking this link
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or you can contact Equine Sales Company
or call:  337-678-3024.

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2019 DATE FOR 2YR OLD IN TRAINING SALE MOVED TO
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Equine Sales Company has announced that its 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, traditionally held in early May, will instead be held earlier in 2019. The dates have been set for Tuesday, April 2, with the breeze show set for Sunday, March 31, in Opelousas, Louisiana.
“Our Board of Directors and Sales Committee responded to feedback received from our dedicated buyers and consignors and think this will be good fit for everyone,” said Foster Bridewell, Sales Director of Equine Sales Company. “Many 2-year-olds in this region have traditionally been prepared to race opening weekends of Evangeline Downs, Louisiana Downs and Lone Star Park. This shift in date will allow buyers and their trainers to purchase horses that will hopefully be ready to run in the early Summer races.”
Consignment information and deadlines for the 2-year-old sale will be posted in the future at www.equinesalescompany.com
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Applications Now Open for 2019 $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover

Retired Racehorse Project announced December 15, 2019 that applications are open for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2019, and accepted trainers will be announced on February 1, 2019.

Now in its fifth year in its current format and at its current location, the Thoroughbred Makeover features competition in 10 disciplines for recently-retired Thoroughbreds with less than 10 months of retraining for a second career. Disciplines include barrel racing, competitive trail, dressage, eventing, field hunters, freestyle, polo, show hunter, show jumper, and ranch work.

Horses and trainers will compete for $100,000 in total prize money, plus the coveted title of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred (as determined by audience vote) at the Kentucky Horse Park on October 2-5, 2019. The Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium includes not just the competition, but educational seminars, a sponsor fair, the Makeover Marketplace horse sale and the Makeover Master Class featuring demonstrations and insight from leading trainers. The Finale features the top five horses in each discipline and will be livestreamed for viewers at home.

There is no need to have acquired a 2019 Makeover-eligible horse at the time of application, and professionals, amateurs and juniors are all encouraged to apply. Applicants must demonstrate expertise in at least one Makeover discipline through competition highlights, references and optional video links.

“Over the next 10 months, nearly 1,000 Thoroughbreds who are either recently retired from racing or who are winding down their on-track careers will receive a solid foundation of retraining, thanks to the hundreds of equestrians preparing to compete in the Thoroughbred Makeover,” said Jen Roytz, executive director of RRP. “The Thoroughbred Makeover is unlike any other equestrian competition in the world. There are a number of key updates in this year’s rules aimed at elevating the caliber and quality of the competition, including an expanded ‘team’ division. We encourage even those who have competed at the Makeover in the past to read through our expanded rulebook carefully and to contact us with any questions they might have.”

Approved trainers may acquire eligible Thoroughbreds through whatever source they choose, or can ride under contract for an owner. Eligible horses must have raced or had a published work on or after July 1, 2017 and must not have started retraining for a second career prior to December 1, 2018 other than a maximum of 15 allowable rides.

Thoroughbred Makeover Links:

2019 Thoroughbred Makeover Rules and Information
FAQs About the Thoroughbred Makeover
Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities
2018 Thoroughbred Makeover Results
2018 Thoroughbred Makeover Finale Videos
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2018 Thoroughbred Makeover Recap

A record 794 trainers were accepted to compete during the initial application process, a 37 percent increase from 2017. The accepted trainers represented 40 states and the District of Columbia, plus three Canadian provinces
560 horses were entered by the Aug. 1 registration deadline. Taking into account last-minute scratches, 420 horses completed.
Thirteen teams are entered in the Starting Gate College Consulting Team Competition.
The most-raced horse entered in the competition had 111 starts. The highest money-earner had career winnings of $676,480.
Total number of horses entered in each discipline, as of Aug. 1: Barrels, 36; Competitive Trail, 77; Dressage, 182; Eventing, 128; Field Hunters, 50; Freestyle, 70; Polo, 16; Ranch Work, 63; Show Hunters, 173 (plus 13 team entries); Show Jumpers, 144 (plus 9 team entries).
Approximately 200 horses were entered in the ASPCA Makeover Marketplace.
More than 115 volunteers helped staff the competition.
50+ companies were Makeover sponsors.
60+ vendors took part in the Sponsor Fair.
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Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization working to increase demand for off-track Thoroughbreds and build the bridges to second careers. It publishes Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine, hosts the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, maintains the Retired Racehorse Resource Directory, manages the online Bloodline Brag, and presents programs at major horse expos across the country. Visit RRP online at RetiredRacehorseProject.org.

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