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Louisiana-bred Star Guitar racemare, Wild About Star, Scores Open Stakes Win on the Pimlico Undercard

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Louisiana-bred Wild About Star wins The Very One Stakes at Pimlico on the Preakness undercard. Steve Queen photo.

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.

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Evelyn Benoit, makes her way to the winners circle following the victory of her homebred Wild About Star in The Very One Stakes. Steve Queen photo.

“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.

 

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Clear Creek Stud Hosts Farm Bureau Tour

January 16, 2019

 

Clear Creek Stud Hosts Farm Bureau Tour

 

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.

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.

 

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Clear Creek Stud to Sponsor Annual Scholarship

January 6, 2019

 

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.

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Louisiana Champions Day Sprint

Louisiana Champions Day Sprint
Fair Grounds, 12-8-18, 6 furlongs
Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, $100,000

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Givemeaminit with jockey Corey Lanerie aboard outdoes Divine Bean to win the 28th running of the LA Champions Day Sprint. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

GIVEMEAMINIT
Star Guitar–Powerful Nation
Breeder: Clear Creek Stud LLC
Owner: Valene Farms LLC
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Jockey: Corey J. Lanerie

2nd
Divine Bean
Star Guitar–Good Human Bean
Breeder: Brittlyn, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

3rd
Monte Man
Custom for Carlos–Sarah’s My Angel,
Breeder: Val C. Murrell
Owner: Ivery Sisters Racing
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: Gabriel Saez

 

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December Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

Brought to you by Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Whispering Oaks Farm, and Equine Sales CompanyClick images to link to more information 

Dec 1

  • Louisiana Champions Day Entry Day
  • Clear Creek Stud Stallion Presentation, Folsom, 10:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
  • Richard R. Scherer Memorial Overnight Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 7

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, 2:00 p.m., Landry’s Seafood Lakefront, New Orleans
  • The Magic City Classic, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 8

  • 28thAnnual Louisiana Champions Day, 7 stakes for Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds, 3 stakes for Louisiana Bred Quarter Horses New Orleans Fair Grounds, 1stPost 12:30 p.m.
  • Louisiana Champions Day, Race Central, 12:30 through last race,New Orleans Fair Grounds, Black Gold Room. Lunch is served from 1pm – 3pm. LTBA MEMBERS WELCOME!
  • LTBA Scholarship Drawings; two $1,000 scholarships for current college students. (Registration between 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Drawings for two scholarships will occur at the winners circle after the 5thrace. Must be present at winners circle to win.)

Dec 15

  • Holiday Family Day, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • Anyone with information about Louisiana Breds winning outside of North America, please contact Roger Heitzmann (Roger@louisianabred.com)

Dec 22

  • Santa Super Saturday, New Orleans Fair Grounds: Tenacious Stakes, Bonapaw Stakes, Blushing KD Stakes, Buddy Diliberto Memorial Stakes, Sugar Bowl Overnight Stake, Letellier Memorial Stakes

Dec 24

  • Christmas Eve – LTBA Offices closed

Dec 25

  • Christmas– LTBA Offices closed

Dec 26

  • Tiffany Lass Overnight Stake, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 28

  • Starlight Racing, New Orleans Fair Grounds, 1st post 5 p.m. Fair Grounds Starlight Racing. The Topcats in the Clubhouse 7-11 p.m.
  • LTBA  and Fair Grounds Scholarship Drawings; four $1,000 scholarships for current college students. Must be present to win. For Details contact Fair Grounds Race Course.

Dec 29

  • Louisiana Futurity, Divisions for Fillies and for Colts and Geldings, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • New Orleans Fair Grounds Stakes: Woodchopper Stakes, Pago Hop Stakes,

Dec 31

  • New Years Eve
  • Louisiana Stallion Registrations Due
  • Louisiana Futurity Nominations Due (pregnant mares)
  • FINAL DAY to apply for accreditation of 2018 Louisiana Bred foal at weanling rate  of $75. As of January 1, 2019, 2018 foals become yearlings and the rate increases to $250.

 
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Roger A. Heitzmann III, Secretary/Treasurer

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

504-947-4676, 800-772-1195

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Clear Creek Stud to Host Stallion Presentation, Saturday, December 1

Clear Creek Stud in Folsom, Louisiana is hosting its annual stallion presention this Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. with the stallion show beginning at noon.

The event will include a catered cajun style lunch, entertainment, and special guest speakers including state officials and representatives from the Racing Commission and the HBPA. For the kids there will be face painting, pony rides, and a special appearance from Santa Claus. Door prizes will be given throughout the event.

Clear Creek Stud is standing Clearly Now, Custom For Carlos, G.W.’s D’Oro, Half Ours, Ole Rebel and Star Guitar for the 2019 breeding season.

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November Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

Brought to you by Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Whispering Oaks Farm, and Equine Sales CompanyClick images to link to more information 

Nov 6

  • Election Day

 

Nov 11

  • Veterans Day

 

Nov 12

  • Veterans Day Observed

 

Nov 14

  • Final Louisiana Champions Day Nominations Deadline

 

Nov 15

  • Fair Grounds 147th Season Opens
  • Tom Benson Memorial Overnight Stakes, Fair Grounds, New Orleans

 

Nov 16

  • Louisiana Jewel, Delta Downs, Vinton
  • Treasure Chest Stakes, Delta Downs, Vinton
  • Mr. Sulu Overnight Stakes, Fair Grounds, New Orleans

 

Nov 17

  • Louisiana Legacy, Delta Downs, Vinton
  • Delta Mile, Delta Downs, Vinton

 

Nov 18

  • Happy Ticket Overnight Stakes, Fair Grounds, New Orleans

 

Nov 22

  • Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving Handicap, Fair Grounds, New Orleans

 

Nov 26

  • Stallion Registration Forms (covered in ‘18 for foals of ‘19) to mail from LTBA office

 

Nov 29

  • Louisiana Futurity Nomination Forms to mail from LTBA office

 

Nov 30

  • Fair Grounds Starlight Racing.

 

Dec 1

  • Clear Creek Stud, LLC Stallion Presentation

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Star Guitar’s Fee Raised to $7,500

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Multiple Louisiana champion has 11 juvenile winners and three stakes winners in 2017.

A strong crop of 2-year-olds in 2017 prompted Evelyn Benoit’s Brittlyn Stable to raise the stud fee for homebred Star Guitar  to $7,500 for the 2018 breeding season.

The four-time Louisiana Horse of the Year and winner of 22 black-type stakes out of 30 starts has been represented this year by 11 juvenile winners from 21 starters. His top 2-year-olds include stakes winners Testing One Two, a daughter out of Yes Sir (Scat Daddy) who won the Louisiana Jewel Stakes, and Aceguitar, a colt out of Cherub Heart (Dehere) who won the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Stakes and finished second in the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity. Star Guitar also sired Givemeaminit, out of Powerful Nation (Turkoman), who finished third in the grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

“Star Guitar is certainly passing on his will to win that he demonstrated with his race record of 24 wins from 30 starts,” said Benoit, who has stood Star Guitar at Clear Creek Stud near Folsom, La., since he entered stud in 2013 at $4,000.

From two crops of racing age, Star Guitar sired 28 winners that have earned more than $1.3 million. He has a third black-type winner in Bermuda Star, who won or placed six times in eight starts as a 3-year-old. One of her wins includes the Equine Sales Oaks at Evangeline Downs. The filly out of Bermuda Bride (Runaway Groom) also placed in the Elge Rasberry Stakes and the Louisiana Legends Soiree Stakes.

Star Guitar is a 12-year-old son of Quiet American—Minit Towinit, by Malagra, and a half brother to black-type winners Favorite Minit and Grand Minit, who were all bred and initially raced by Brittlyn Stable.

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November Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.Brought to you by Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Whispering Oaks Farm, Clear Creek Studand Equine Sales CompanyClick images to link to more information
Nov 11

  • Veterans Day

Nov 15

  • Final Louisiana Champions Day Nominations Deadline

Nov 17

  • Louisiana Jewel, Delta Downs, Vinton

Nov 18 

  • Louisiana Legacy, Delta Downs, Vinton
  • Fair Grounds 146th Season Opens
  • Fair Grounds Starlight Racing. The Chee Weez in the Clubhouse & the Jukebox Heroes in the Miller Time Beer Garden Starlight Tent
  • Mr. Sulu Overnight Stakes, Fair Grounds, New Orleans
  • Happy Ticket Overnight Stakes, Fair Grounds, New Orleans
  • Heitai Overnight Stakes, Fair Grounds, New Orleans
  • Si Cima Overnight Stakes, Fair Grounds, New Orleans

Nov 20

  • Louisiana Racing Commission Meeting, 11:00 am, Conference Room, Louisiana Racing Commission Main Office, New Orleans, LA

Nov 23

  • Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving Handicap, Fair Grounds, New Orleans

Nov 25

  • Supplemental nominations for Louisiana Champions Day Starter Handicap Stakes

Nov 27

  • Stallion Registration Forms (covered in ‘17 for foals of ‘18) to mail from LTBA office

Nov 30

  • Louisiana Futurity Nomination Forms to mail from LTBA office

Dec 2

 

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Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

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