An Opportunity for Students to Reach their Dreams of a Career in Equine Media through the AHP Student Award Contest

Application Deadline Date is February 15, 2019


NOVEMBER 5, 2018- American Horse Publications knows all about students with a passion for horses and equine media. The AHP Student Award program, which began in 1993, was initiated to promote awareness to students of the career opportunities available in equine publishing. “AHP’s involvement with students is a rewarding experience for both the students and the association,” says AHP Executive Director Chris Brune. “Not only does it offer students a chance to learn about a career they may be passionate about, but it has also given equine media a long list of talented young people who are an asset to our industry.”


“Attracting young people with a passion for horses and media is important to sustain our industry,” continues Brune. “This year, AHP has increased the Travel Award to $1,000 and extended the application deadline date.” AHP will promote the Student Award to colleges throughout the U.S. and via its social media channels and member publications.


The 2019 AHP Student Award Contest recognizes the talents of students by awarding up to three $1,000 travel awards to attend the AHP Annual Equine Media Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 30 – June 1, 2019. Travel Award winners have an opportunity to meet leading equine media professionals and discuss career possibilities during the three days of educational sessions and related networking activities. One Travel Award winner will be selected at the conference as the 2019 Student Award winner and receive a cash award of $1,000.


If you know a student who could benefit from the AHP Student Award Contest, please encourage them to apply for this award.


2019 AHP Student Award applications and guidelines are available Eligible applicants are required to send a completed application form plus additional information by February 15, 2019.




AHP offers other opportunities for students including Student membershipavailable to high school, college, and graduate students for annual dues of $25, and the AHP Internship Program, which offers college students an opportunity to intern at equine publishing media or businesses and gain valuable hands-on work experience.



For more information on American Horse Publications and its programs, visit or contact: Judy Lincoln AHP Student Program Coordinator, (386) 760-7743; E-mail:


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2019 Thoroughbred Makeover Application Dates Announced


Mark Your Calendars!

The 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, will take place Oct. 2-5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

  • Updated rules will be published by Dec. 15, 2018.
  • Trainer applications will be available at by Dec. 15, 2018.
  • We will accept trainer applications from Dec. 15, 2018, through Jan. 15, 2019.
  • Trainer approvals will be announced Feb. 1, 2019.
  • Horse eligibility rules will remain unchanged from 2018: horses must have raced or had a published work on or after July 1, 2017, and must not have started training in a second career before Dec. 1, 2018.
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Fair Grounds Announces Stakes Schedule

New Orleans track to award nearly $7 million in stakes purses.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced that 56 stakes worth a total of $6.87 million will be up for grabs for this upcoming 2018-19 racing season, which is set to begin on Thursday, November 15.

Headlining the stakes program is Louisiana Derby Day on March 23, which is the signature day of racing at the New Orleans oval and will feature eight stakes events worth nearly $2.4 million. Highlighting the lucrative stakes program is the 106th running of the Grade II $1 million Louisiana Derby – the final of three local prep races for the Grade I $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. The Louisiana Derby’s sister race, the Grade II $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks, will see its 52nd running and will be contested on the same day for three-year-old fillies wishing to qualify for the Grade I $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks.

The Grade II $400,000 New Orleans Handicap will run for older horses over the main track at a mile-and-an-eighth distance and the Grade II $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap will cover the same ground for older horses over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course. Four additional undercard stakes events are also slated for the program and include the $75,000 New Orleans Ladies Stakes for older fillies and mares going a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the grass. The $60,000 Costa Rising Stakes – a 51/2-furlong turf sprint for Louisiana-breds and the Crescent City Oaks and Crescent City Derby for 3-year-old state breds for $75,000, are also scheduled for Louisiana Derby Day.

“We are proud to again host a lucrative and diverse stakes schedule this season,” said Doug Shipley, President, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. “Whether our strong commitment to providing purse supplements for Louisiana-bred horses, hosting the highest caliber horsemen and competitive jockeys in the country or playing a major factor in the Road to the Kentucky Derby, we look forward to our 147th racing season as it continues to add to the great history of New Orleans racing at Fair Grounds.”

Fair Grounds will host a pair of major stakes days that also include prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. On January 19, Fair Grounds will host Road to the Kentucky Derby Kickoff Day which features the Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes – the first of Fair Grounds’ trio of qualifying races for the First Saturday in May. The day will also include the Silverbulletday Stakes, the first local event for Kentucky Oaks aspirants and the Colonel E.R. Bradley Stakes contested for older horses over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course. Both races carry a $125,000 purse. Three more stakes events make up the action packed day of racing – the Louisiana Stakes for older horses going a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the main track, the Duncan F. Kenner Stakes for older horses going six furlongs on the main track and the Marie G. Krantz Memorial Stakes for fillies and mares on the grass. All three stakes are worth $75,000.

Louisiana Derby Preview Day will take place four weeks later on February 16 and features the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes which offers points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The card includes an additional quintet of stakes races like the Grade II $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes, a qualifying race for the Kentucky Oaks. The mile-and-a-sixteenth event for 3-year-old fillies was the sophomore debut for eventual Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl in its most recent edition. Also taking place on the day are the Grade III $150,000 Mineshaft Handicap for older horses going a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the main track, the Grade III $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap for older horses going a mile-and-an-eighth on the turf, the $75,000 Colonel Power Stakes for older horses on the turf going 51/2 furlongs and the $75,000 Albert M. Stall Memorial Stakes for older fillies and mares going a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the turf.

Other important stakes days at Fair Grounds include Louisiana Champions Day on December 8. The program features ten stakes that cover different divisions and are restricted to Louisiana-breds. All stakes races are worth $100,000 with the exception of the Louisiana Champions Day Classic, which carries a $150,000 purse.

The Tenacious Stakes (3-year-olds and upward on the main track going one mile and 70 yards), the Bonapaw Stakes (3-year-olds and upward on the turf going 51/2 furlongs), the Blushing K.D. (older fillies and mares on the turf going a mile-and-a-sixteenth), the Buddy Diliberto Stakes (3-year-olds and upward on the turf going a mile-and-a-sixteenth), and the six-furlong Sugar Bowl Stakes for 2-year-old colts and Letellier Memorial Stakes for 2-year-old fillies make up Santa Super Saturday, scheduled for December 22. The sextet of stakes races are worth $75,000 each.

Notable changes to the stakes program include an increase in purse money. All open company stakes events that were worth $50,000 last season were each given a $25,000 enhancement. This boost was given to ten stakes races – the Richard R. Scherer Memorial Stakes (December 1), the December 22 Letellier Memorial Stakes and Sugar Bowl Stakes, the Tiffany Lass Stakes (December 26), the Pan Zareta Stakes (January 5), the Nelson J. Menard Memorial Stakes (February 2), the Colonel Power Stakes (February 16), the Black Gold Stakes (March 2), the Allen LaCombe Stakes (March 9) and the New Orleans Ladies Stakes (March 23).

The stakes program will be kicked off by the $50,000 Tom Benson Overnight Stakes on Opening Night, Thursday, November 15. Named in honor of the late Thoroughbred co-owner and husband of Gayle Benson, the New Orleans icon was co-owner of GMB Racing and the NFL’s New Orleans Saints(r) and NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans(r) until his passing. The one-mile turf event for state-bred fillies and mares was formerly named the Si Cima Overnight Stakes.

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VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will kick off its 2018-19 Thoroughbred season on Wednesday, October 17. The 84-day stand will feature live racing Wednesdays through Saturdays with first post time set for 5:25 pm Central Time each night.


During the new season, Delta Downs will offer a stakes schedule that features 28 races and a total of $2.175 million in total purse money.


The stakes activity kicks off on opening weekend with the $100,000 Magnolia and the $50,000 My Trusty Cat taking place on Friday, October 19. On Saturday, the track will host the $100,000 Gold Cup and the $50,000 Jean Lafitte Stakes. The Magnolia and Gold Cup races are each restricted to Louisiana-bred horses.


The richest program of the year will happen on Saturday, February 9 when the track hosts another edition of Louisiana Premier Night. The exciting card will feature some of the best Louisiana-breds competing in 10 stakes races worth total purse money of $895,000. The headliner on Louisiana Premier Night is the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship for 4-year-olds and up competing at 1-1/16 miles.


The leading horsemen from last year at Delta Downs are expected to vie for top honors once again this season. Diego Saenz will be seeking his fifth leading rider title while Karl Broberg will compete for this eighth consecutive leading trainer title during the meet. Broberg has been the leading trainer in North America by wins for four consecutive years and currently leads all conditioners in 2018 with over 400 winners thus far.


End Zone Athletics Inc., which is made up of the team of Karl Broberg and Matt Johanson, will attempt to win their fourth straight and seventh overall leading owner title this season at Delta Downs.


There will also be a few new faces at Delta Downs. Most notable are jockey Thomas Pompell and trainer Robertino Diodoro. Pompell is a journeyman rider who has notched over 2,500 wins during his career which began in 1996. Diodoro has been training since 1995 and has saddled over 2,000 winners. His horses have earned just over $32 million.


For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at 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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Leading Sire Tapit To Stand For $225,000 In 2019

Three-time leading sire Tapit will stand for a fee of $225,000 LFSN in 2019 at Gainesway in Lexington, Ky. Tapit’s book will again be limited to 125 mares.

Tapit is the sire of 24 Grade 1 winners and seven champions, including Eclipse Award-winning female sprinter Unique Bella, who captured the Grade 1 Beholder Mile and G1 Clement L. Hirsch in 2018.

Tapit is a dominant sire on the racetrack and in the sale ring. During the past five years, he leads all North American sires by progeny earnings as well as yearling sale gross.

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Spendthrift announces 2019 stud fees

Thursday, October 4, 2018

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm announced 2019 fees for its 25-stallion roster set to stand at the Lexington-based farm this upcoming breeding season. Among the roster are three new stallions for 2019, and Spendthrift’s stallion ranks are again spearheaded at the top by leading sire Into Mischief, whose fee has moved to $150,000 S&N and is booked full.

All three new stallions are Grade 1 winners, including the recently-retired Mor Spirit, Free Drop Billy and Bolt d’Oro, who remains in training through the end of the season. Bolt d’Oro was the only two-year-old colt of 2017 to win multiple Grade 1 races, including dominant back-to-back wins in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and FrontRunner S. (G1). In the latter, the son of Medaglia d’Oro earned a 103 Beyer – the fastest Beyer earned by a two-year-old colt since 2014. Bolt d’Oro’s initial fee has been set at $25,000 S&N, subject to change pending race results.

Goldencents, North America’s No. 1 First-Crop Sire, will see his fee move to $20,000 S&N. The popular son of Into Mischief currently has a crop-high 19 two-year-old winners – seven more than any other first-crop sire – including four black type horses and two black type winners to date. Jimmy Creed, currently North America’s No. 2 Second-Crop Sire, will also see his stud fee move to $20,000 S&N for 2019 after siring 11 black type horses and five black type winners, led by Grade 2-winning three-year-old colt Kanthaka.

Perennial leading sire Malibu Moon will remain at $75,000 S&N in 2019 after another banner year that has already included siring two Grade 1 winners – the most of any from the A.P. Indy sire line so far in 2018. Malibu Moon is led by Breeders’ Cup Sprint contender Ransom the Moon, repeat winner of the Bing Crosby S. (G1) this summer at Del Mar, and Arkansas Derby (G1) winner Magnum Moon.

Spendthrift is also bringing home promising young stallion Normandy Invasion, a record-holding son of Tapit who had been standing in New York as property of Spendthrift. Normandy Invasion, who’s first crop of yearlings have sold for up to $170,000 so far this year, remains Gulfstream’s track-record holder at a mile on dirt at 1:33.13.

Spendthrift is introducing a new breeding program for 2019 called the “Safe Bet Program”, which is designed to substantially minimize risk for breeders who support any of Spendthrift’s fourth-year stallions that have first-crop two-year-olds set to hit the track in 2019. The program was designed to assure breeders a significant level of success from a stallion’s first crop of two-year-old runners, or the breeder will pay a significantly discounted stud fee.

Spendthrift will host an open house before and during the Fasig-Tipton October Sale, from Oct. 20-25 at 1-3pm daily. For more information on Spendthrift’s new Safe Bet Program, the open house, or any of its stallions, please contact Des, Mark, or Brian at 859-294-0030, or visit

The below chart includes Spendthrift’s full stallion roster and 2019 stud fees:

Stallions Stands & Nurses Fee
Into Mischief $150,000 – BOOK FULL
Malibu Moon $75,000
Bolt d’Oro – NEW $25,000
Lord Nelson $25,000
Goldencents $20,000
Jimmy Creed $20,000
Cross Traffic $10,000
Gormley $10,000
Mor Spirit – NEW $10,000
Temple City $10,000
Brody’s Cause $7,500
Wicked Strong $7,500
Palace $6,000
Race Day $6,000
Cinco Charlie $5,000
Dominus $5,000
Flat Out $5,000
Hit It a Bomb $5,000
Shakin It Up $5,000
Can the Man $3,500
Danza $3,500
Itsmyluckyday $3,500
Medal Count $3,500
Normandy Invasion $3,500
Free Drop Billy – NEW TBA
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Country Day Moves to Stand at Peach Lane Farms

#22 COUNTRY DAY 9_27_13 JOYCBreeders Cup placed multiple stakes winner Country Day is moving to Lora Pitre’s Peach Lane Farms in Opelousas for the 2019 breeding season.

Country Day captured three stakes and placed in five others. He finished second in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. II) in which he was beaten 1 1/2 lengths. Country Day, who raced at nine tracks, won on dirt, turf, and synthetic surfaces. He recorded a 105 Beyer speed figure when scoring by six lengths at Fair Grounds at 3 and a 102 when winning the Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn Park the following year. Country Day was retired with a record of 7-4-2 from 19 starts and earnings of $503,829.

The son of Speightstown out of the graded stakes winning Mt. Livermore mare Hidden Assets entered stud in 2013 at Pope McLean’s Crestwood Farm near Lexington for Bertram, Elaine, and Richard Klein who campaigned him during his racing career. Country Day is a half brother to multiple stakes winners Due Date and Good Deed and traces back in female family to Calumet Farm’s blue hen Blue Delight, whose other descendants include major winner and sire Alydar.

With his third crop being two-year-olds of 2018, Country Day already has a graded stakes winner, Will Call to his credit. Will Call, from Country Day’s first crop, won the 2018 G3 Twin Spires Turf Sprint S. at Churchill Downs and currently has a record of 11-6-1-1 with $271,837 in earnings. Additionally, from his second crop, Sir Brogan is a stakes placed winner.

“Mr. Klein and I have had a business relationship for several years. He’s a class act and a pleasure to work with. I am very excited about this new Country Day partnership and appreciate his continued support of the Louisiana Bred Program,” says Pitre.

Country Day is standing for a 2019 fee of $2,000 live foal payable when foal stands and nurses for owners Richard Klein and Lora Pitre. Special consideration will be given to stakes mares.

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Justify To Stand For $150,000 In First Season At Coolmore

by | 09.23.2018

Justify, winner of the 2018 Triple Crown, will debut at stud for an advertised fee of $150,000 during the 2019 breeding season, leading the projected 17-horse stallion roster at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky.

The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy arrived at Ashford Stud on Sept. 17 after initially being retired in July and residing at WinStar Farm until the stud deal with Coolmore was formally announced. He is the second Triple Crown winner to be retired to Ashford Stud in the last three years, following 2015 Horse of the Year American Pharoah, who debuted for the 2016 breeding season for an advertised fee of $200,000.

Other new additions to the Coolmore roster include Grade 1 Hollywood Derby winner Mo Town (Uncle Mo), who will stand for $12,500, and Breeders’ Cup and UAE Derby winner Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy), the half brother to red-hot Into Mischief and Beholder, whose fee has yet to be determined. The latter, trained by Aidan O’Brien, is set on a track for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.

The official fees are as follows:

  • Air Force Blue: $20,000
  • American Pharoah: $110,000
  • Classic Empire: $35,000
  • Competitive Edge: $7,500
  • Cupid: $12,500
  • Declaration Of War: $25,000
  • Fusaichi Pegasus: $7,500
  • Justify: $150,000
  • Lookin At Lucky: $17,500
  • Mendelssohn: TBA
  • Mo Town: $12,500
  • Munnings: $20,000
  • Practical Joke: $30,000
  • Tale of the Cat: $25,000
  • Uncle Mo: $125,000
  • Vancouver: $15,000
  • Verrazano: $15,000
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Bossier City, LA – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to offer horsemen an opportunity to train and stable their Thoroughbreds during the upcoming Fall and Winter months.


With the recent closing of the Evangeline Training Center, officials acknowledge that many Louisiana Thoroughbred trainers are in need of a facility to stable and train their racehorses.  Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is now accepting stall applications to accommodate horsemen from November 15 – March 19.


The track will be open for training six days a week with full amenities including a clocker, outrider and ambulance service.  Security in the stable area will be provided 24 hours a day, seven days each week. Located in the Bossier City-Shreveport metroplex, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is located in convenient proximity for shipping to Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana; Fair Grounds in New Orleans and the upcoming live season at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.


“Harrah’s Louisiana Downs recognizes the hardship placed on horsemen in Louisiana with the lack of available stall space and training centers,” said Eric Halstrom, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Vice President of Operations. “We are pleased to offer a secure stable area and one of the best surfaces in the country for training. Our location, in close proximity to Louisiana interstate travel, is convenient for horses shipping to multiple racetracks.”


Space and availability for Thoroughbreds is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Horsemen are encouraged to contact David Heitzmann, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Director of Racing at (318) 741-2511 or

(318) 741-2512 for rates and information.



About Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and was purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December, 2002. With annual Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons, the track is committed to presenting the highest quality racing programs paired with its 150,000 square foot entertainment complex offering casino gambling, dining and plasma screen televisions for sports and simulcast racing.

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Keeneland 2019 April Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale Set For April 9

Keeneland officials announced September 14, 2018, that the 2019 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held Tuesday, April 9. The Preview Day, which will offer breezes over both the main dirt track and turf course, will be held Monday, April 8.

“Keeneland looks forward to the return of the April Sale, and we anticipate we will see several 2018 September Yearling Sale graduates participating,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said.

“The April Sale affords horsemen several unique advantages,” Elliston said. “One is the opportunity to present a consignment before a number of prominent owners and trainers at Keeneland for opening weekend of the Spring Meet, which begins April 5, and includes the Toyota Blue Grass. Another is the chance to breeze your juvenile over Keeneland’s dirt track and turf course, two of the best racing surfaces in the country.”

Keeneland conducted its April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale from 1993-2014. The sale has been on hiatus since 2015.

The April Sale has a proven record of success, having produced 2017 champions Lady Eli and Roy H in its final edition in 2014. The auction counts six classic winners among its graduates: Belmont (G1) winner Palace Malice; Preakness (G1) winner and champion Lookin At Lucky; Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness winner and champion Big Brown; Kentucky Derby and Belmont winner and champion Thunder Gulch; and Kentucky Oaks (G1) winners Keeper Hill and Gal in a Ruckus. Champion Beautiful Pleasure also is an April sale graduate.

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