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.
Two-year-old Chimney Rock (Artie Schiller-What’s Your Point, by Wheaton) in todays (1-1-19) $1 million G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. Bred in Louisiana by Stargazers and Clear Creek Stud, LLC, the Michael J. Maker trainee will start from Post Position 1 for owners Three Diamonds Farm.
Chimney Rock broke his maiden by 1 ¾ lengths going away in a $75,000 MSW at Saratoga, in his third start September 1st . Less than a week later he ran back in the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint where he just missed the victory to undefeated Cambria (3-3) by a head. Next out he was once again a close second in the $200,000 Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland; this time to G2 placed multiple stakes winner Kimari, by a half length. Both races were 5 ½ furlongs on the turf.
An $18,000 purchase from the 2018 Equine Sales Company Select Yearling Sale, Chimney Rock is out of the stakes placed winning Wheaton mare, What’s Your Point ($435,095). He is by 2005 Breeders Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller. Artie Schiller won 6 Graded Stakes and over $2 million in his racing career. He has consistently ranked among the leading sires in the country since his first crop started in 2010.
Chimney Rock will be competing at Morning Line odds of 10-1.
Brittlyn Stable’s Wild About Star, racing for the first time outside of her native Louisiana, came with a sweeping move on the outside and stormed down the center of the track to pass favored Jo Jo Air to win Saturday’s $100,000 The Very One at Pimlico Race Course.
“I am wild about Star!” said winning owner Evelyn Benoit. “It took me about 40 years to get a stallion. Star Guitar is the Louisiana stallion of the year, and I own the mare and we have a lot of babies. This is what I’ve been trying to do, not only promote Louisiana racing but horse racing for everyone, to show that Louisiana and women and women in my position can do this. It was very difficult. I never had a horse super enough to be a stallion. Gosh, it’s just a dream. To win an open stakes here in this beautiful state of Maryland, it means everything to me. I’m so thrilled, couldn’t be any happier if I won the Preakness. You have no idea, this is like the biggest dream in my life come true.”
The 20th running of the five-furlong The Very One for fillies and mares on the grass was among nine stakes, five graded, worth $2.8 million on a 14-race program highlighted by the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
Ridden by Daniel Centeno, Wild About Star ($13) won in 56.93 seconds over a firm turf course.
It was the first career stakes win for Louisiana-bred Wild About Star, a 5-year-old Star Guitar mare making her first start for trainer Jose Camejo. Wild About Star chased even-money favorite Jo Jo Air through a quarter-mile in 22.88 seconds before forging a short lead on the turn and pulling away to a 1 ¾-length triumph. Jo Jo Air stayed up for second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Misericordia. Eye On Berlin finished fourth.
Wild About Star has six wins from 15 career starts and is 5-for-11 lifetime going five furlongs on grass.
“(Benoit) wanted to promote the stallion all over the place, so she decided to run (Wild About Star) here after she worked,” said Camejo. “She was feeling really good. She was ready for this race.”
Benoit said the mare’s success is a big boost for Star Guitar, who stands at Clear Creek Stud in Louisiana, where his 2019 fee was $7,500.
“She’s out of his first crop, and I’ve wanted to have this opportunity in front of a large crowd to show that in Louisiana we can breed nice horses,” the owner/breeder said.
On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Clear Creek Stud LLC, in cooperation with Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture, Mike Strain and Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association President and Farm Bureau Member, Warren Harang III, hosted a farm tour for attendees of the American Farm Bureau Federation 100th Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show which was being held in New Orleans. Approximately seventy-five attendees took a bus from New Orleans to Clear Creek Stud in Folsom. First, they watched a short video demonstrating thoroughbred breeding procedures. Next they were shown the stallions and given a brief description of each stallion’s accomplishments. The next stop on the tour was the training track to view some recenlty turned two-year-olds as they worked through their routine. The tour concluded at the foaling barn where, unfortunately, there was yet to be a foal born this year.
Farm Bureau members from the American Farm Bureau Federation 100th Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show arrive at Clear Creek Stud in Folsom for a farm tour.
Farm Bureau members from the American Farm Bureau Federation 100th Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show
LTBA President Warren Harang, addresses Farm Bureau members
Clear Creek Stud owner Val C. Murrell said of the tour, “I was asked by Mike Strain, associate Fred Bass and Warren [Harang] to host this group and glad to do so. The visitors are real farmers and I’m sure appreciate the business based on their own perspectives, knowing plenty about farming and seeing how labor intensive it is to run a horse farm.”
Each attendee received a small gift bag as they boarded the bus to return to New Orleans.
Farm Bureau visitors tour Clear Creek Stud
Michelle Lavoice (orange jacket) introduces farm bureau visitors to the Clear Creek Stud Stallions
Val Murrell, Owner and General Manager of Clear Creek Stud LLC in Folsom, La, announced that Clear Creek Stud LLC has decided to sponsor a scholarship in the amount of $5,000. The scholarship was awarded to a student whose family is currently in the thoroughbred industry in Louisiana. A committee consisting of horse industry leaders chose a worthy recipient for the scholarship whose name will be released once she/he is notified. Clear Creek Stud LLC intends to make this an annual scholarship.