(Sunset, La.) – Coteau Grove Farms and Whispering Oaks Farm announced today the purchase of Coteau Grove’s Grade 1-winning homebred No Parole (Violence). No Parole will stand at Whispering Oaks Farm in Carencro, Louisiana, for $3,500 live foal, stands and nurses. Coteau Grove’s bloodstock advisor Andrew Cary (Cary Bloodstock) brokered the deal.
“No Parole was our first Grade I winner as a breeder and that is so exciting for us.” said Ginger Myers. “We’ve been interested in where he would go next when his racing career was completed. To be able bring him back to Louisiana and stand him close to home at Whispering Oaks is a dream come true for us.” said Keith Myers. “We look forward to supporting him with quality mares from our farm.”
Whispering Oaks Farm also stands the highly promising young sire Iron Fist (Tapit), who currently sits 2nd on the freshman sire list in Louisiana, as well as the graded stakes-winning One Liner (Into Mischief). “We are very excited to be standing Louisiana-bred Grade 1 winner No Parole at Whispering Oaks,” said Whispering Oaks owner Carrol Castille. “We are big supporters of the Louisiana breeding industry and it’s great to be able to keep a homegrown Grade 1 winner like this here to stand at stud. He showed tremendous talent and fits in perfectly with the other stallions on our roster. We look forward to supporting him with our own mares and think he’ll be very popular with Louisiana breeders as well.”
No Parole was purchased for $75,000 as a yearling by Maggi Moss from the consignment of Select Sales as agent for Coteau Grove Farms at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Greg Tramontin purchased an interest in the horse early during his racing career.
“I’ve said it before – he was the horse of a lifetime,” said Moss. “We had many generous offers on this horse, but it was my preference to see him go back to his breeders. I know they will take care of him, give him every opportunity at stud, and give him a great life.”
Trained by Tom Amoss, No Parole began his career in devastating fashion, winning his first three starts by a combined 34 lengths, Including the Premier Night Prince Stakes at a mile. After an impressive allowance victory over open company at Oaklawn Park, No Parole’s finest hour arrived when he dominated a strong field in the Woody Stephens S. (G1) at Belmont Park, winning wire-to-wire by 3 3/4 lengths in 1:21.41 for the 7 furlongs, defeating Grade 1 winners Echo Town and Mischevious Alex.
“No Parole was one of the most brilliant racehorses I’ve ever trained,” said Amoss. “I am very excited for him to go to stud and I will be supporting him as a stallion.”
No Parole kicked off 2021 with a facile victory in the Premier Sprint S., running the fastest 5 furlongs of the meet at Delta Downs.
“No Parole was incredibly fast, and did it effortlessly,” said Cary. “That kind of speed is rare in a stallion prospect. His career debut at Fair Grounds, which he won by 14 1/4 lengths, was simply breathtaking. I encourage breeders to watch his first 3 races as well as his Grade 1 win in the Woody Stephens win, where he went 1:08 3/5 for 6 furlongs. This horse had immense natural ability, and has the potent combination of athleticism, pedigree and performance that should make him highly appealing to Louisiana breeders, especially with what we feel is a reasonable fee for a first-year horse with his credentials and name recognition.”
The 2020 Louisiana Horse of the Year, No Parole retires with 6 wins in 13 starts and earnings of $369,866.
He was produced by the stakes-winning mare Plus One (Bluegrass Cat), a mare acquired by Cary for Coteau Grove at the 2014 Keeneland November Sale for $67,000 (In-foal to Violence). She has also produced the multiple winner Violent Ways (Violent), who earned over $195,000. She is currently in-foal to leading sire Tapit and is booked to the current leading first crop and juvenile sire sensation Gun Runner for 2022.
CILLA BECOMES FIRST BLACK-TYPE WINNER FOR CALIFORNIA CHROME
OPELOUSAS, LA –Evangeline Downs hosted the annual celebration of the Louisiana-bred Thoroughbreds with Louisiana Legends Night on Saturday. The exciting card featured six stakes races, each with a purse of $70,000 highlighted the card.
Persistent rains throughout the week forced all the races to be run on the main track. The Soiree was contested over a muddy track, but a downpour after that race left the card sloppy for the remaining races.
The $70,000 Mademoiselle featured what may have been the most impressive performance of the evening as Cilla powered away to victory. The 3-year-old Brett Brinkman trainee scratched out of the one-mile Soiree to face older fillies and mares in the Mademoiselle. That decision proved fruitful with the sensational turn of foot produced on the far turn. Traveling in mid-pack as Strong Beauty and Southern Beauty battled through fractions of 21.64 and 45.05, jockey Joel Dominguez sent Cilla up to challenge with a four-wide move at the top of the lane. While racing six wide, Cilla stormed away from her rivals to win by 4-1/4 lengths, stopping the timer in 1:03.74. Evangeline Downs Distaff winner Snowball rallied up the rail to finish second and Strong Beauty held on well for third.
Campaigned by P. Dale Ladner, and was bred by the partnership of Brinkman and Ladner. Sired by California Chrome, she is out of the Into Mischief mare Sittin at the Bar. The Mademoiselle victory was the second impressive win over a sloppy track, along with a win at Delaware Park last August.
Cilla returned $19.60 as the winner, $6.20 to place and $4.20 to show. Snowball paid $4.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Strong Beauty paid $4.40 to show. With the $42,000 winner’s prize, Cilla pushed her career earnings to $143,500.
The $70,000 Soiree, for 3-year-old fillies, was contested by a field of just four runners over the one-mile distance. Winning Romance, trained by W. Bret Calhoun, broke alertly and traveled comfortably in tandem with Half Koo Koo for the first half-mile. Jockey Diego Saenz asked his runner for more on the far turn, and she quickly responded. Winning Romance’s lead widened throughout the lane with the winning margin an incredible 20-3/4 lengths. Inawic, who tracked the leaders down the backside, finished second and Tecate Time was along for third. The final time was a hand-timed 1:38.75.
Winning Romance, sired by First Samurai, and out of the Flatter mare Lipstick Junky, returned $2.60 to win and $2.10 to place. Inawic returned $4.00 to place. There was no show wagering in the short field. The Allied Racing Stables, LLC (Chester Thomas) runner pushed her career earnings to $135,441.
The $70,000 Cheval was contested in a torrential rainstorm that arrived shortly before post-time. Chu Chu’s Legacy was quickly away in the one-mile affair, and was never headed, scoring a front-running six-length victory. The winner owned and trained by Allen Landry is a son of Bind, out of the Johannesburg mare Bond’s Babe. Jockey Joe Stokes urged his runner along in splits of 23.59, 47.41 and 1:12.36, before stopping the timer in 1:39.18 for the eight furlongs.
Runner-up Wise Verdict made a move inside of rivals on the turn to get in position turning for home, while third-place finisher Beauregard was well placed throughout, but unable to threaten the leader.
The winner returned $10.60 to win, $6.40 to place and $4.80 to show. Wise Verdict rewarded backers with $9.60 to place and $6.00 to show. Longshot Beauregard paid $13.80 to show. Chu Chu’s Legacy ran his total earnings to $176,350 with the triumph.
The $70,000 Sprint, over a distance of 5-1/2 furlongs, was a family affair as half-siblings Bertie’s Galaxy and Wild Bert battled from the start and finished one-two. Both runners are out of the Wild Rush dam, Wild Bertie, with the winner being the younger brother and sired by Greeley’s Galaxy.
Wild Bert sped through early fractions of 21.86 and 45.04, with Bertie’s Galaxy in close attendance to the outside of the leader. Moving to challenge on the far turn, jockey Diego Saenz swept up with the Ron Faucheux runner to take the lead approaching the quarter pole. The pair steadily drew away through the lane to win by 3-1/4 lengths in a time of 1:03.53. Wild Bertie was well clear as the runner-up, with Laughingsaintssong another 3-1/2 lengths back in third.
Bertie’s Galaxy’s pushed his career earnings to $225,750. Owned by Allen Cassedy and trained by Ron Faucheux, Bertie’s Galaxy was sent off as the second choice at 2-1 and paid $6.00 to win, $3.60 to place and $2.80 to show. Wild Bert returned $7.20 to place and $4.60 to show. Laughingsaintssong returned $5.00 to show.
The $70,000 Turf Distaff was the second straight stakes victory for Offspring. The 5-year-old mare by Into Mischief, out of the Pioneering mare Pioneer Gal, had previously won a stakes at the Fair Grounds. Away in good order under jockey Roberto Morales, Offspring was allowed to settle off the moderate fractions being set by Distractor Factor, traveling just off the leader through splits of 25.06 and 49.68. Saber Cut was up to put pressure on Distractor Factor as Offspring moved alongside, while Quikfast N Ahurry ranged up four-wide past 6-furlongs in 1:14.55. As they straightened away, Offspring surged between rivals to poke her head in front at the top of the lane and fought off her rivals for a 1-3/4 length victory in 1:39.57. Quikfast N Ahurry battled on for second, 1-1/4 lengths in front of favored Net a Bear in third.
Owned by Oak Tree Stable (Bennett E. Powel) and trained by Edward J. Johnston, Offspring rewarded backers with a win price of $7.80, $4.80 to place and $2.60 to show. Quikfast N Ahurry paid $5.60 to place and $3.20 to show, with Net a Bear at $2.40 to show. The career bankroll increased to $219,478 with the winning share of the purse.
The $70,000 Turf was the final stakes race of the night and was won in wire-to-wire fashion by Maga Man. A quick start from the inside post allowed Maga Man, with jockey Kevin Smith, to set reasonable fractions of 48.17 for a half-mile and 1:12.74 for the six-furlong split. With Grand Luwegee in close attendance throughout, Maga Man repelled that challenge at the top of the lane and held sway in the final yards to hold off a late rally up the rail from Jax Man in a time of 1:38.36. The rider of Jax Man, Casey Fusilier, lodged an objection and the stewards also posted the inquiry sign regarding the final yards of the one-mile race. After reviewing the videotapes, the stewards found there was insufficient evidence to change the order of finish.
The 6-year-old son of Musket Man, and out of the Pulling Punches mare Lew’s Gray, runs for the Whispering Oaks Farm, LLC of Carrol Castille. Trained by Steven B. Flint, the winner returned $11.80 to win, $5.20 to place and $3.20 to show. Runner-up Jax Man paid $6.20 to place and $2.80 to show. Grand Luwegee paid $3.20 to show. With the victory, Maga Man increased his career bankroll to $233,960.
For more information on racing at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website atwww.evdracing.com and on Twitter @evdracing. Racing continues on a Wednesday thru Saturday schedule until the end of the meet on September 18.
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The first starter for Louisiana stallion Iron Fist, two-year-old Feisty Fist (Iron Fist-Sheza Roman Ruler, by Roman Ruler) won a maiden special weight at Evangeline Downs, May 20th in his first start!
The Steven B. Flint trainee piloted by K.J. Smith took the 4 ½ furlong sprint in :54.46 to win by a length.
The two-year old gelding is a homebred for Carrol Castille and is from the first crop by Iron Fist, who stands at Castille’s Whispering Oaks Farm LLC in Carencro, Louisiana.
The morning after the victory, a very happy Flint talked about how much this win means. “It’s a long process. Carrol purchased Iron Fist with a stallion career in mind. We are very fortunate that he first continued his successful racing career becoming a millionaire. Then he began his stud career. Carrol has been building his broodmare band with top quality mares. This is at least a three year process. Last night was very satisfying. This horse [Feisty Fist] was not bred for 4 ½ furlongs. All of his [Iron Fist] babies are correct, strong, smart and athletic. We are very proud…very proud. He got a lot of peppermints last night.”
Additionally, a two-year-old filly by Iron Fist, Silver Fist, sold at the recent Fasig Tipton Mid-Atlantic sale for $80,000 after clocking 10.2 in the pre-sale under-tack show, and will be another Iron Fist runner to watch at the tracks this summer.
Bradley Thoroughbreds, Whispering Oaks Farm, Team Hanley, Madaket Stables, and Tim and Anna Cambron’s She’s A Julie had her work cut out for her in the stretch of Friday’s Grade 1 La Troienne, but was able to run down the erratically-moving Secret Spice to win by about a half-length on the wire. Ridden by Ricardo Santana for trainer Steve Asmussen and sent off at 5-1 odds, the 4-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality covered 1 1/16 miles on Churchill Downs’ fast main track in 1:43.58.
“I felt this would be the right spot for her,” Asmussen said. “I got extremely nervous with all the rain this morning, with a sloppy track. It seemed like her sloppy track run last season caused the dip. But she’s a Grade I-winning mare and deservedly so. I got concerned going into the second turn, it seemed that she had to wait for traffic a bit. But she showed her heart. She’s a monster physically, and it just shows that time helped her come together.”
Grade 3 Southwest Stakes winner One Liner has retired from racing and will stand stud at Whispering Oaks Farm, the farm of his owner Carrol Castille, in Carencro, Louisiana starting immediately.
Undefeated through his three-year-old year, One Liner was among Steve Haskins “Derby Dozen” before an injury took him off the Kentucky Derby trail. At four he ran second in the G3 Pimloco Stakes. Trained by Todd Pletcher, One Liner accumulated $475,250 in earnings from nine starts with four wins.
He is the only son of top sire and sire of sires Into Mischief (currently ranked #4 for 2019) standing in Louisiana. Into Mischief son Goldencents is the current leading second crop sire in North America and concluded 2018 ranked #2 among first crop sires in the country.
Bred in Kentucky, One Liner is out of the winning Cherokee Run mare Cayala and is from the family of Donn Handicap winner Albertus Maximus.
One Liner will stand for a 2019 fee of $3,500 live foal.
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