Strike Power to Enter Stud at Red River Farms

Grade 3 winner by Speightstown will stand for $2,000.


partnership recently closed on a deal to buy multiple graded-placed, grade 3 winner Strike Power , who will enter stud at Red River Farms near Coushatta, La. The 7-year-old son of Speightstown   will stand for $2,000 with a stands and nurses guarantee.

“It’s a bit late but we think we’ll get a good first book of mares to him,” said Jay Adcock with Red River Farms. “Being by Speightstown and running a 102 Beyer in his first start were the first things that got our attention. Then he showed he could run two turns in the Fountain of Youth.”

A homebred for Don and Donna Adam’s Courtlandt Farm, Strike Power won his debut at 2 at Gulfstream Park by eight lengths with trainer Mark Hennig. At 3, he started off by winning the Swale Stakes (G3) and was second in the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) to Promises Fulfilled  . He would go on to place second in two more graded stakes with both Hennig and trainer Steve Asmussen, the True North Stakes (G2) and Maryland Sprint Match Series Stakes (G3), respectively. Strike Power retired with a 4-4-1 record from 20 starts and earned $497,935.


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Texas Racing Commission Suspends Hair Drug Testing

Hair testing in racehorses began last May in Texas.


The Texas Racing Commission has suspended hair testing of racehorses in the state, the regulator announced Jan. 14.

Amy Cook, executive director of the TRC, wrote in an email to BloodHorse that the move was “a response to the concerns raised by Texas Horsemen’s Partnership that needed to be addressed.” She noted that “specifically, the way the commission implemented the hair testing procedure in May 2021 did not provide adequate notice and transparent procedures to participants.”

Along with existing blood and urine testing, some tracks, organizations, and regulators have added hair testing in recent years. In Texas, shortly after hair testing began last May, the Sam Houston Futurity for Quarter Horses was run as a non-wagering event after the majority of the 10 finalists failed hair tests for either albuterol or clenbuterol.


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Coteau Grove Buys Pair of Mares in Foal to Authentic

Agent Andrew Cary went to $350K for Call to Service, $300K for Munnings’ Finest

Coteau Grove Farms took home two mares in foal to Spendthrift Farm’s Authentic  from the first session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale Jan. 11, hoping to cash in big on the 2020 Horse of the Year, whose first foals are due this year.

Authentic led first-season stallions as a covering sire in 2021 with an average of $408,542 from 24 mares sold, and continued that momentum Tuesday. Late in the session, Cary Bloodstock’s Andrew Cary signed the ticket as agent for the second time for Coteau Grove, which went to $350,000 for Call to Service (Hip 424). The 6-year-old To Honor and Serve mare was consigned by Sequel New York, agent. She is out of Game for More (More Than Ready  ), whose current 3-year-old, Giant Game , was third in the Nov. 5 TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1) at Del Mar. Game for More has also produced Isotherm  , a multiple graded stakes winner, and grade 1-placed Gio Game .


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The first foal by BOBBY’S WICKED ONE, arrived January 5, 2022. The filly is out of the Curlin broodmare CCED, winner of $141,063 and campaigned by LNJ Foxwoods.BOBBY’S WICKED ONE entered stud in 2021 for Acadiana Equine at Copper Crowne in Opelousas, LA.


A Grade 3 Keeneland stakes winner BOBBY’S WICKED ONE defeated champion MITOLE in his 2YO debut and was second to him in his championship season in the in the Grade 1 Churchill Downs S. Over four years BOBBY’S WICKED ONE earned $547,673 and also defeated champion sprinter WHITMORE, Saudi Cup winner NEW YORK CENTRAL, etc.


A son of leading sire SPEIGHTSTOWN, BOBBY’S WICKED ONE is out of the winning GHOSTZAPPER mare WICKED CHARM.  BOBBY’S WICKED ONE stands for $3,500 for Acadiana Equine at Copper Crowne. For more information contact David Tillson, 337-315-2439.


Young Tuscan First Winner for Louisiana Sire Sassicaia

Sassicaia was a $1.6 million purchase at auction that captured a grade 3 in 2016.


Young Tuscan  became the first winner for Louisiana stallion Sassicaia  Jan. 8 when the 3-year-old gelding took the first race, a maiden $12,500 claimer, at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Young Tuscan shot to the lead under Charlie Marquez and after splits of :22.36 and :46.78, pulled away by 3 1/2 lengths at the finish, stopping the clock in 1:06.17 for 5 1/2 furlongs. The Elite Thoroughbred Racing-owned runner, trained by Lee Thomas, notched his first victory in seven starts and advanced his earnings to $10,140.


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Cilla wins the Orleans Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.


VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $75,000 Orleans Stakes on Friday afternoon and the winner was a very popular choice of the fans as P. Dale Ladner’s 3-5 wagering favorite, Cilla, came home in front under jockey Thomas Pompell. The daughter of California Chrome got back to the winner’s circle for the first time since winning the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga Race Course back in September.


Breaking from post eight in a field of nine, Cilla stalked the early pace set by Icy Charlie, who carved out fractional times of 22.54 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 46.01 for the half. As they turned for home Cilla engaged Icy Charlie who didn’t give way easily in the stretch. The pair battled it out for a few strides before Cilla gained the upper-hand and went on to a 2-3/4 length victory over a game Icy Charlie while Onerollofthedice settled for third, another half length behind the runner-up.


Cilla covered the five-furlong distance of the Orleans in a rapid time of 58.40 seconds. Each race on the Friday program was contest of a fast track and under sunny skies.


The win by Cilla marked the sixth of her 13-race career. She earned $45,000 for the effort and now has a career bankroll of $416,000.


Bred in Louisiana by Ladner and her trainer Brett Brinkman, Cilla is a 4-year-old bay daughter of California Chrome, out of the Into Mischief mare Sittin At the Bar.


Fans who wagered on Cilla collected payoffs of $3.20 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.20 to show. Icy Charlie was worth $4.80 to place and $3.40 to show. Onerollofthedice returned $7 to show.


Delta Downs will close out its race week on Saturday afternoon with another nine-race program that kicks off at 12:55 pm. The headliner will be the $75,000 Sam’s Town Stakes for older horses sprinting five furlongs.


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.

Keeneland Postpones January Sale Start a Day to Jan. 11

Winter weather forces start of sale to be pushed back one day.


Due to a winter storm and hazardous travel conditions in Kentucky, Keeneland has shifted all operations related to its January Horses of All Ages Sale back one day and moved the start of the sale to Jan. 11.

The sale will end Jan. 14. All sessions will begin at 10 a.m. ET.

The January sale previously was scheduled to run Jan. 10-13, Monday through Thursday. It will now take place Tuesday through Friday.


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The deadline to enter two-year-olds into the 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale is just seven days away.

Consignment contracts are due into the Texas Thoroughbred Association office on January 17, 2022.

The 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale follows the very successful 2021 Texas Summer Yearling Sale that saw sizable increases in gross sales, average price, and median price, with 176 yearlings sold for more than $3,200,000.

“We’re thrilled with the success of our yearling sale during the summer,” TTA Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “We think the 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be as strong, if not stronger. We expect a diverse catalog with Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky breds offered to buyers from across the country.”

The entry deadline for the 2022 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale is fast approaching on January 17th. Visit to download a consignment form today.

Classic Winner, Leading Sire Exaggerator Moves to Elite Thoroughbreds for 2022

Exaggerator, Curlin‘s only three-time grade 1 winner at stud,  has been moved to Elite Thoroughbreds in Folsom, Louisiana where he will stand the 2022 season for a fee of $5,000 Live Foal.

Exaggerator won the Preakness Stakes (G1), the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1), and Santa Anita Derby (G1), as well as placing 2nd in the Kentucky Derby (G1) at age 3. At 2, he won the Saratoga Special (G2) and the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) and finished second in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1). From 15 starts, he had 6 wins, 5 of those stakes victories as well as placing in another 4 stakes and earned $3,581,120.

Exaggerator is the 2021 leading second-crop sire by number of winners (80).  He ranked 9th by earnings for both his 1st and 2nd crops. 

His top 2021 runners include 2-year-old stakes-winning fillies Sea Level  and Pacific Coast , as well as stakes winner Gagetown , winner of the Prairie Mile Stakes and placed in the Iowa Derby and St. Louis Derby, and multiple stakes-placed Crew Dragon.

“I am thrilled to add Exaggerator to the Elite Thoroughbreds stallion roster,” said Michele Rodriguez. “I believe he brings terrific opportunity to Louisiana breeders.”

Exaggerator joins Elite stallions, Apriority, Catalina Red, My Pal Charlie, Sassicaia and Secret Circle at the Folsom, Louisiana facility.

Wagering On U.S. Racing Highest Since 2009

By Bill Finley

According to figures released Wednesday by Equibase, $12,218,407,637 was wagered on horse racing in the U.S. in 2021. The figure marks the first time betting has topped $12 billion since 2009 when $12.315 billion was bet.

“Against an extraordinarily difficult backdrop, the resiliency of Thoroughbred racing was on full display in 2021, as we concluded the year with significant growth in purses and total handle of more than $12 billion, the highest since 2009,” NTRA President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Rooney said in a statement. “We thank our customers for their ongoing support, as their wagering dollars continue to fuel our industry. As we turn the page to 2022, we look forward to the beginning of a new era for U.S. Thoroughbred racing with the launch of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) and an even greater focus on equine safety and welfare and the integrity of America’s oldest sport.”

Wagering peaked in 2003 when $15.18 billion was bet.

Wagering was up 11.86% over 2020, when $10,922,936,290 was bet during a year in which the pandemic kept several tracks closed for parts of the year. A better comparison may be 2019, when $11,033,824,363 was wagered. The 2021-versus-2019 numbers show a 10.74% increase.