Earlier this year, Louisiana-based Coteau Grove Farms received a most unexpected surprise when their mare Villa d’Este gave birth to healthy twin colts.
Before the mare foaled out, the farm had wondered why she was so large, not knowing she was carrying an additional foal. To their amazement, both foals were no worse for the wear and now, more than seven months later, the sons of Gift Box have started to grow into their skin.
Jacob Cyprian, broodmare manager at the Sunset, La., operation, witnessed the birth and has been with the colts for every step of their journey. He said they are somewhat of resident celebrities at the farm.
2-YEAR-OLD COLT SURVIVES JOCKEY OBJECTION TO SCORE FIRST STAKES WIN
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $100,000 Louisiana Legacy Stakes on Saturday night as the track closed out another race week in Vinton, Louisiana. The race was won by Kevin Stedman’s Late September under jockey Jose Rodriguez. The Jose Camejo trainee and his connections had to wait a while to celebrate in the winner’s circle after the race as a jockey’s objection was lodged against him by C. J. McMahon, the rider King’s Lute, who finished second. After several tense moments the claim of foul was disallowed and the win was made official.
Late September was making his first start in four months in the Legacy and was facing state-bred company for the first time. The layoff didn’t bother him as he broke sharply and settled back into fifth position early in the seven-furlong test around two turns. Meanwhile the pace was being set by Bisping who traveled the opening quarter mile in 22.73 seconds and stopped the timer in 47.24 for the half mile. The pacesetter, and wagering co-favorite along with Late September, was challenged by the eventual winner as the field entered the second turn but could not repel the challenge. Bisping would go on to finish fifth in the field of nine.
When Late September entered the final furlong he was put to the test by King’s Lute, who had rallied stoutly from the back on the pack. The pair came together in the upper-stretch before Late September pulled clear to finish a length to the good of his rival at the finish line. Boss Soss would up third, another 5-3/4 length behind the runner-up. Late September finished the race in a time of 1:28.13 over a fast track.
The win by Late September was the second of his four-race career. He earned $60,000 for the effort and now has a bankroll of $97,870.
Bred in Louisiana by Coteau Grove Farms, LLC, Late September is a 2-year-old bay colt by Munnings, out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Hello Maggie May. He was purchased at sale earlier this year for $60,000.
The wagering public who backed Late September at the windows was rewarded with payoffs of $6 to win, $4.20 to place and $3 to show. King’s Lute paid $9 to place and $5.80 to show. The Boss Soss was worth $3 to show.
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Staff at Coteau Grove Farms in Louisiana received the gift of a lifetime April 3 when their mare Villa d’Este foaled not one, but two healthy colts by Gift Box.
In the months leading up to the birth, broodmare manager Jacob Cyprian said the mare’s size had them questioning her due date.
“We’ve been looking at her since January, we knew she wasn’t due until the beginning of April … We were like, ‘Man, she’s so big,’ so we just started keeping an eye of her and started watching her,” Cyprian said. “We never knew it was twins. When she got in foal, we always thought she was just having one.”
“(We thought) the date could be wrong so we started backtracking, trying to see what was going on, and we were right (about the due date). When she started getting close, we just kept an eye on her and she was just getting real slow and real heavy. I said, ‘Well, she’s going to go soon.'”
The first mares have been confirmed in-foal to Grade I winner No Parole (Violence), Whispering Oaks Farm and Coteau Grove Farms announced Wednesday.
Among the early mares scanned in-foal include Coteau Grove’s Naive Enough (Street Sense), a full-sister to stakes- winner/Grade I-placed Light the City, who in turn is the dam of Grade I-placed Illumination, who sold for $875,000 as a broodmare prospect last year at Fasig-Tipton November.
“A mare of the quality of Naive Enough is indicative of the kind of mare we are breeding to No Parole to support him,” said Coteau Grove’s bloodstock advisor Andrew Cary. “She was a close fourth in the GII Golden Rod S. as a 2-year-old and is big, good-looking mare with a huge pedigree. She has already produced two winners and her 2-year-old is training very well in Florida right now. We have several stakes winners and stakes producers booked to No Parole and will continue to support him. Whispering Oaks is a tremendous partner in the horse and is also supporting him strongly. He has also been very well received by breeders throughout Louisiana.”
No Parole, winner of the 2020 GI Woody Stephens S., captured six of 13 starts and earned $369,866. He is standing his first season at an advertised fee of $3,500, stands and nurses.
The filly was bred by Coteau Grove Farms out of stakes winner Joanie’s Catch.
Lane’s End’s grade 1 winner Honor A. P. sired his first reported foal Jan. 27 at Coteau Grove Farms near Sunset, La. Bred by Coteau Grove, the filly is out of multiple graded-placed stakes winner Joanie’s Catch.
“The resemblance of this filly to her sire is uncanny, right down to her four white socks,” said Andrew Cary, Coteau Grove Farms’ bloodstock adviser. “There is no doubt about who her sire is. Honor A. P. was right up there with the best of his generation, and we likely only saw a fraction of what he was capable of. We have two more mares due to foal to Honor A. P., including a mare who produced a $400,000 Saratoga yearling for us.”
“This filly is really nice, she has good size and a great shape to her with a beautiful head,” said Coteau Grove’s broodmare manager Jacob Cyprian
Coteau Grove Farms took home two mares in foal to Spendthrift Farm’s Authenticfrom 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.
(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.
LTBA Announces 2020 Champions; Names No Parole 2020 Louisiana Horse of the Year
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association is pleased to announce the selection of Grade 1 Woody Stephens S. winner, No Parole as 2020 Louisiana Horse of the Year.
After breaking his maiden in his only start as a juvenile in 2019, No Parole (Violence-Plus One) won a Fair Grounds Allowance race by 13 1/4 lengths in his first start at 3, followed by a 6 1/2 length victory in the Louisiana Premier Night Prince at Delta Downs. In June, he won the G1 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont defeating Echo Town in the process. He had four wins from seven 2020 starts. His year end earnings of $270,866 were the highest of any Louisiana Bred runner last year.
Along with overall Louisiana Horse of the Year, the following have been named 2020 Louisiana Champions:
2020 Two-Year-Old Accredited Louisiana Bred Filly
Astrology-Kitty’s Got Class
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Valene Farms
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
2020 Two-Year-Old Accredited Louisiana Bred Colt or Gelding
2020 Three-Year-Old Accredited Louisiana Bred Colt or Gelding
Breeder: Coteau Grove Farms.
Owner: Maggi Moss and Greg Tramontin
Trainer: Thomas M. Amoss
2020 Four-Year-Old and up Accredited Louisiana Bred Filly or Mare
Greeley’s Galaxy-Black Mariah
Breeder: Margie K. Averett
Owner: Riley Blanchet and Todd Matte
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
2020 Four-Year-Old and up Accredited Louisiana Bred Male
Custom For Carlos- Sarah’s My Angel
Breeder: Val C. Murrell
Owner: Ivery Sisters Racing
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
2020 Louisiana Broodmare of the Year
SITTIN AT THE BAR
Into Mischief-Fast Liner
Owner: Brett Brinkman and P. Dale Ladner
2020 Andrew L. “Red” Erwin Stallion of the Year
Quiet American-Minit Towinit by Malagra
Owner: Brittlyn Stable Inc
2020 Louisiana Leading Breeder by Breeders Awards
BRITTLYN STABLE INC.
2020 Louisiana Leading Breeder by Percentage of Stakes Winners
ADCOCK’S RED RIVER FARM & MONTGOMERY EQUINE PARTNERSHIP
Champion Accredited Louisiana Bred runners as well as Broodmare of the Year were selected by LTBA memberships votes. Louisiana Horse of the Year is selected by the LTBA Board of Directors. Statistics were used to determine all remaining category winners.
Horses often hold a special place in the hearts of their breeders. After all, the breeder is almost like the parent as they are the ones who bring that horse to life and give them their start in the world. But, some horses are a little extra special to their creators for one reason or another and GII San Felipe S. contender The Great One (Nyquist) is one those for his breeders Keith and Ginger Myers of Coteau Grove Farms in Sunset, Louisiana.
In 2008, the Myerses started their broodmare band with eight mares purchased at the Keeneland November Sale. The first of those eight to foal was a mare named Character Builder (Coronado’s Quest), who they bought for $65,000 in foal to El Corredor. The resulting foal, who was the first born on Coteau Grove Farms, was Little Ms Protocol, the dam of The Great One.