Four time Louisiana Leading Stallion, Half Ours, was euthanized Saturday, July 17, 2021 following a paddock accident at Clear Creek Stud in Folsom, Louisiana.
“It is a sad day for us all… Half Ours enriched our breeders program in Louisiana and beyond, having touched many who bred and raced,” said Val Murrell of Clear Creek Stud. “He was obviously an integral part of Clear Creek Stud’s very existence, like a family member that you saw every day. His loss will be felt by many and his influence will remain for years to come, defined by progeny that always showed up, held together, running on both dirt or grass.”
The grey son of Unbridled’s Song led the Louisiana Sire list from 2014-2017 and is currently leading the state in 2021. Bred by Brilliant Stables, Half Ours won the Three Chimney’s Juvenile Stakes at Keeneland in his second start and added the Grade II Richter Scale Sprint Championship Handicap at Gulfstream Park as a Four Year Old. Half Ours was initially raced by Aaron and Marie Jones in partnership with B.K. Schwartz and later by the Jones’s. Half Ours is the sire of thirty-eight stakes horses of which twenty-one were stakes winners of forty-one stakes races for lifetime earnings of in excess of Twenty Million Dollars. He initially stood at stud at Taylor Made Stallions in Kentucky before moving to Clear Creek Stud for the 2011 breeding season.
With an eye toward the future of our industry, Clear Creek Stud will be making a $5000 Scholarship Donation in the name of their clients to a student with Louisiana based connections to the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Breeding and Racing Industry.
The scholarship recipient will be chosen by the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (LaHBPA) and based on their opinion and evaluation of need and merit.
Interested students should send a letter and resume to Eddie Fenasci at the La.H.B.P.A. office by January 31, 2021. Letters can be mailed to La.H.B.P.A. attention to Eddie Fenasci 1535 Gentilly Blvd. New Orleans, La. 70119 or email to email@example.com.
The recipient will be named by March 20, 2021 at the New Orleans Fair Grounds.
Clear Creek Stud announced Thursday, October 1st the loss of first year stallion Givemeaminit to EPM (Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis).
“Anyone who has been involved in the thoroughbred breeding business is aware of the heartbreaks that often come with it. That became abundantly clear to us here at Clear Creek Stud this morning when we lost first year stallion Givemeaminit to EPM (Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis).”
The first son of Leading Louisiana Stallion Star Guitar to enter stud, Givemeaminit was second in the Hopeful Stakes (GI) as a Two-Year-Old and fourth in that year’s Breeders Cup Juvenile. As a Three-Year-Old he won the Louisiana Champions Day Sprint, was third in the Pat Day Mile (GIII) and was the Louisiana Bred Champion Colt or Gelding. The Valene Farms LLC runner was trained throughout his career by Dallas Stewart and had career earnings of $428,580.
Clear Creek Stud is proud to announce their new stallion for 2021 in Imperial Hint (Imperialism-Royal Hint)
The son of Grade II winner Imperialism, Imperial Hint earned in excess of $2,200,000 while winning eleven Graded Stakes including four Grade I Stakes.
He twice won both the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (GI) at Saratoga Race Course and the Vosburgh (GI) at Belmont Park. In the 2019 edition of the Alfred G. Vanderbilt he set a New Track Record running six furlongs in 1:07.92, getting the half mile in 44.21, while beating Eclipse Award Winning Male Sprinter, Mitole.
Also in his list of accomplishments is the True North Stakes (GII) and the Smile Sprint Stakes (GIII). In the Donald LeVine Memorial Stakes at Parx Racing he ran six furlongs in 1:07.55 with the half mile clocked in 43.81.
Imperial Hint recorded triple digit Beyer figures eleven times in his career with a high of 114.
Imperial Hint will be syndicated with shares available that will grant shareholders seven breedings in his first four years at stud plus bonus seasons after that. Shareholders participate in both stallion awards and stud fees from excess seasons sold.
Imperial Hint will stand the 2021 breeding season at Clear Creek Stud for a fee of $2,500 payable September 1st. To book a mare or receive information on buying a share contact Clear Creek Stud at 985-796-5563 or go to their web page at www.clearcreekstud.com.
With the Two-Year-Old sales somewhat delayed due to the pandemic in full swing, it is obvious that there is still the demand for good horses. Today at the Ocala Breeders Sales Company sale, Dennis O’Neill paid $185,000 for a colt by Half Ours who had recorded the fastest quarter of a mile of any horse at the sale when he got the distance in 20:1. O’Neill typically buys horses that are trained by his brother, Doug O’Neill, who has trained two Kentucky Derby winners in I’ll Have Another and Nyquist. Consigned by Blue River Bloodstock, Inc., Agent IV, the colt was bred in Louisiana out of the winning Into Mischief dam, All About Ju Ju, by the Summer Hill Equine of William Andrade.
Clear Creek Stud and others will be offering yearlings by Half Ours at the upcoming Equine Sales Company Consignor Select Yearling Sale scheduled for August 20th in Opelousas, Louisiana, and the Texas Thoroughbred Summer Yearling Sale scheduled for August 24th at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Texas.
Clear Creek Stud is holding their annual Stallion Presentation this coming Sunday, January 19 from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m., at their farm in Folsom, Louisiana.
A catered lunch will be provided starting at 12:30. Several dignitaries will be on hand to speak and visit, such as notable jockey Rosie Napravnik, Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Mike Strain, State Senator Beth Mizell, State Representative Beryl Amedee and LTBA President Warren Harang, in addition to many others. A family friendly event, there will be pony rides and many children activities to entertain younger visitors.
The highlight of the day will be the presentation of Clear Creek Stud’s 2020 stallion roster which includes, Clearly Now, Custom For Carlos, G.W.’s D’Oro, Half Ours, Peppered Cat, Star Guitar and Trust Factor.
2020 Clear Creek Stud Stallion Presentation
Sunday, January 19, 2020
12:00 noon. till 3:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremony 12:20 noon
Buffet 12:30 p.m.
Stallion show 1:00 p.m.
Catered Lunch • Entertainment
Special Guest Speakers
Including State Officials, Representatives from the Racing Commisssion and HBPA Door Prizes and more
11591 Hwy 1078
Folsom, LA 70437
Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile
Fair Grounds, 12-14-19, 6 fulrongs
Two Year Old, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $100,000
Artie Schiller–What’s Your Point
Breeder: Stargazers, LLC & Clear Creek Stud, LLC
Owner: Three Diamonds Farm
Trainer: Michael J. Maker
Jockey: Florent Geroux
2nd Binding Agreement
Breeder: Columbine Stable, LLC
Owner: Columbine Stable LLC
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez
Breeder: Richard Ringo
Owner: Richard Ringo
Trainer: James E. Hodges
Jockey: James Graham
Chimney Rock, a maiden winner over the Saratoga turf Sept. 1, was a narrowly beaten second just a week later in the Sept. 7 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint S. and again in the Oct. 6 Indian Summer S. at Keeneland. He was beaten three-quarters of a length when second behind Four Wheel Drive (American Pharoah) in the Nov. 1 GII Breeders= Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint last time out. Making his first attempt on dirt since a third-place finish on debut in the Belmont slop in late June, the bay colt raced off the pace while three wide down the backstretch. He moved up four wide to challenge for the lead at the top of the stretch and powered clear to a much-the-best victory.
Peppered Cat, a veteran stallion whose offspring includes the multiple graded stakes winner Pepper Crown, has been purchased privately by Perry and Denise Martin of Martin Racing and relocated from California to stand at Val Murrell’s Clear Creek Stud in Folsom, Louisiana for the 2020 breeding season.
A California stalwart since he retired to the breeding shed as a multiple winner in 2005, the 19-year-old son of Tabasco Cat most recently stood at Daehling Ranch in Elk Grove. From 12 crops of racing age, he has sired 67 winners from 85 starters, and is represented by lifetime progeny earnings of $4,253,371 and average earnings per starter of $50,040.
His seven black-type runners are led by Pepper Crown, a $472,298-earner who won Golden Gate Fields’ Berkeley Handicap (G3) and San Francisco Mile Stakes (G3) in 2014.
Produced by Meadowlake’s Grade 3-winning daughter Morning Meadow, Peppered Cat is a half-brother to the dam of 2015 Hopeful Stakes (G1) winner Ralis and the multiple graded stakes-placed, multiple stakes winner B Squared.
Peppered Cat’s 2020 fee is $3,000 live foal guarantee, payable when foal stands and nurses, or $1,500 live foal guarantee, payable September 1, 2020. He stands for the partnership of Martin Racing and Clear Creek Stud, and is nominated to Breeders’ Cup.