Clear Creek Stud is holding their annual Stallion Presentation Saturday, December 3rd from 10:30 am until 2:00 p.m., at their farm in Folsom, Louisiana.
Several dignitaries will be on hand to speak and visit with guests, including Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Mike Strain, State Senator Beth Mizell, LAHBPA Executive Director Ed Fenasci, LAHBPA President Benard Chatters, LTBA President Warren Harang, and Louisiana Solicitor General Liz Murrill, the top litigator on the Louisiana Attorney General’s staff. This is an opportunity for horsemen and women to share ideas and concerns with each other as well as political leaders across the state.
The highlight of the day will be the presentation of Clear Creek Stud’s 2023 stallion roster. Clearly Now (Horse Greeley-Bend, by Arch) is a multiple graded stakes winning millionaire . His first foals are just beginning to run, with his first winner breaking his maiden at two by 4 ¾ lengths. Proven sire Custom For Carlos (More Than Ready-Meadow Oaks, by Meadowlake) is the 2022 leading sire of Louisiana-breds. His current leading runner, Janet is Ready, has already won three stakes as a juvenile. Imperial Hint (Imperialism-Royal Hint, by Lahint) is a multi-millionaire, four time Grade 1 Stakes Winner and record setting sprinter. His first crop are very attractive and will be yearlings in 2023. Mr. Money (Goldencents-Plenty O’Toole, by Tiznow) is an exciting new addition to the Clear Creek Stud roster. A Grade 1 placed multiple graded Stakes Winner, he is one of only two sons of Goldencents at stud anywhere. His first crop are yearlings of 2023, and they are exceptional. Star Guitar (Quiet American-Minit Towinit, by Malagra) completes the 2023 stallion roster. Unequivocally the best Louisiana-bred runner in history, Star Guitar is a perennial leading sire in Louisiana. With seven crops to run, he has an impressive 43 stakes horses to date including three graded stakes horses.
A catered buffet lunch will be provided starting at 11:30, with the stallion presentation beginning at 12:00 noon. A family friendly event, there will be pony rides, Santa Claus and many children activities to entertain younger visitors.
Clear Creek Stud Stallion Presentation
Saturday, December 3, 2022
10:030 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremony 11:00 a.m.
Buffet 11:30 a.m.
Stallion show 12:00 noon
Special Guest Speakers
Including State Officials, Representatives from the Racing Commisssion and HBPA
Door Prizes and more
11591 Hwy 1078
Folsom, LA 70437
LOUISIANA-BRED FILLY WINS THE THIRD STAKES RACE OF HER CAREER
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the 14th running of the $100,000 Louisiana Jewel Stakes on Friday night and talented filly Janet Is Ready came through with the win. Owned by Carl J. Deville, Gerald Bruno, Jr., Our Blue Streak Stable LLC and Jerry Caroom, the Chasey Deville Pomier trainee was guided to victory by apprentice jockey Vicente Del Cid.
The Jewel, which featured eight 2-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies competing at seven furlongs, had an honest early pace set by Cajun Gumbow, who went the opening quarter mile in a time of 23.28 seconds and the half mile in 47.88. When the field entered the second turn of the race, Janet Is Ready was roused to the lead by Del Cid but the stretch run would not be easy as she had to deal with a fast-closing Tensas Candy.
Through the stretch Janet Is Ready dug in gamely and held off her game rival Tensas Candy to win by ¾ of a length. Free Drop Maddy was no threat to the top pair and finished another two lengths behind in third. The final time of the race was 1:28.04 and it was contested over a fast track.
The win by Janet Is Ready marked the fourth of her six-race career. The score also gave her three wins in stakes company from four starts. Her maiden-breaking victory came at Evangeline Downs in June. Saturday night’s triumph earned Janet Is Ready a tidy sum of $60,000 and raised her fledgling bankroll to $191,900.
Bred in the Bayou State by Bentley T. Early, Janet Is Ready is a bay offspring of Custom for Carlos, out of the Pure Prize mare Just Call Me Janet. She was purchased as a yearling for just $5,500.
Sent to the gate at odds of just over 2-1, Janet Is Ready returned $6.40 to win, $4.20 to place and $3 to show. Tensas Candy was worth $16.80 to place and $7 to show. Free Drop Maddy paid $2.60 to show.
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Trainer Chasey Deville Pomier Wins Two of the Six Features
Bossier City, LA – It was another outstanding edition of Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 6 at Louisiana Downs. The quality of the Louisiana Thoroughbred breeding industry shone brightly in each of the six stakes on the program.
Despite temperatures in the high 90’s, tremendous performances were noted throughout the afternoon with glory to several experienced runners as well as the younger horses testing stakes level competition! Here is a recap of the six Louisiana Cup stakes.
Bisping Triumphs in the $67,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile
Stakes action got underway in the second race with the running of the $67,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile for Louisiana-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings. A field of eight competed at five and one-half furlongs on the main track.
The winner was Anna Guillot’s Bisping, a son of El Deal, bred by Adcock’s Red River Farm LLC & J. Adcock. He reunited with jockey Devin Magnon this afternoon, who guided him from his inside post, taking command at the 3/8thpole and drawing clear. He prevailed by a margin of 3 ¾ lengths over Ranch Water in a final time of 1.05.90.
“Before he ever ran, I knew he was special,” said Magnon. “We have a bond, and he does everything you ask of him very professionally.”
Trained by Ricky Courville, the dark bay gelding broke his maiden on May 19 at Evangeline Downs prior to running sixth in the $150,000 Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park.
“I had a race in him and took a shot,” said Courville. “We faced big horses in New York.”
World War IV Racing’s Ranch Water ran second for trainer Allen Landry followed by Norman Racing Stables LLC’s Easy Chance. Post time favorite King’s Lute completed the superfecta for owner Claiming Cajuns LLC.
Sent off as the second choice in the wagering, Bisping paid $9.60 for the win, which was his second in three starts. With today’s winner’s share of $40,200, his earnings stand at $58,050. Courville said that Bisping will be pointed to the D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity at Evangeline Downs.
Cheapskate Diva Thrills Her Connections in the $67,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff
The first turf stakes of the card, the $67,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff, drew nine fillies and mares who traveled a mile and one-sixteenth over the firm Franks Turf Course.
Cheapskate Diva was in fine form as she made her stakes debut for breeder/owner Keith Plaisance The 4-year-old filly by Animal Kingdom last ran here on July 3, drawing off in a $25,000 turf allowance by 10 lengths under Carlos Marquez. Confidently handled today, she was forwardly placed through early fractions of :23.77 and 48.39 before taking the lead at the top of the stretch and drawing clear by 1 ½ lengths. The final time, over the firm turf course was 1.41.92.
This was the first stakes win for the filly and her trainer Joseph “Bobby” Felks.
“I give all the credit to Bobby,” said Marquez. “She used to be more hyper, but Bobby has worked with her, and she did it easy for me today.”
Plaisance also praised Felks in the post-race interview.
“It was his idea to enter her in this,” said Plaisance. “Bobby felt she deserved a shot and to win over tough mares like Net a Bear and Fort Polk was amazing. My hat’s off to Bobby!”
Fort Polk, a 6-year-old daughter of Behindatthebar, trained by Pat Mouton for owners Steve and Pat Roe completed the exacta. She won her last two turf races at Louisiana Downs, with a total of nine victories in 35 starts. Juan Vargas had the call. Alliaceous closed for third under rider Vicente Del-Cid and longshot Eve’s Delight rounded out the top four.
Defending champion Net a Bear finished seventh and trainer Allen Landry felt the heat might have taken its toll on his multiple-stakes winner.
“She was sweating when we hauled in this morning,” said Landry. “We will give her some time off and see how she does.”
Cheapskate Diva has now won four of her ten efforts with earnings of $101,740. Her connections were undecided on her next start.
Free Like a Girl Sensational in the $67,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint
The $67,000 Louisiana Filly and Mare Sprint showcased a field of 11 exceptional Louisiana-bred fillies and mares going six furlongs on the fast main track.
Free Like a Girl returned to Louisiana Downs on Cup Day as the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the six-furlong sprint.Bred by retired jockey Kim Renee Stover and her sister, Lisa Osborne, the daughter of Flashy Prize, sired by El Deal, had won seven of her 14 starts for owners Gerald Bruno, Jr; Carl J, Deville; Chasey Deville Pomier and Jerry Caroom. She was honored as 2021 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) Champion 2-year-old filly and continues to progress through her 3-year-old campaign.
She was back in state bred company today following starts in the Grade 3, $300,000 Honeybee at Oaklawn Park February 26 against the much heralded Secret Oath and her most recent race, a credible third in the $225,000 Iowa Oaks (G3) on July 9 at Prairie Meadows.
Quite simply, today she was exceptional! Jockey Pedro Cotto, Jr. was content to let her break from her far inside post, track the front-running Drop Dead Sexy, and confidently circle the field. She drew clear at the eighth pole and crossed the wire by a margin of 6 ½ lengths in 1.10.69.
“She likes being on the outside and having something to run at,” explained Pomier. “We were facing older horses and were not sure how it would pan out, but she’s shown time and time again how much she loves her job!”
The connections remain loyal to Cotto, who has piloted Free Like a Girl in each of her Louisiana races.
“He rode for my dad when I was a kid and worked this filly as a baby,” Pomier added. “Pedro fits her and tells us that all he ever wants is to ride our filly!”
Drop Dead Sexy held on for second for current leading trainer Shane Wilson and
2021 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint champion, Snowball completed the trifecta, followed by Spirited Beauty and Canada’s Customs.
Free Like a Girl ($4.20) has now won eight of her fifteen career starts, boosting her earnings to $464,073.
City Park Springs the Upset in the $67,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic
The $67,000 Louisiana Turf Cup Classic attracted eleven runners going a mile and one-sixteenth over the Franks Turf Course.
City Park, a 5-year-old son of Temple City, bred by Warren Harang, returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in 2022, under very confident handling by rider Joel Dominguez. Breaking from the rail, he was eighth after the half-mile, before advancing four-wide and drawing clear in 1:40.79 over the firm turf course.
Owned by MAT Investments, LLC, City Park exited a seventh-place finish in the John Henry at Evangeline Downs last month.
“You can always make it happen when you are on the right horse and I had the right horse today,” said Dominguez. “The race set up well. I knew if they went fast up front, he would come running and that’s what happened.”
Charlie G rallied for second under rider Joe Stokes, followed by Big Chopper and Jaci’s Royalty. Defending champion Carlea’s Dream, sent off as the favorite, ran fifth under Iram Diego.
City Park was bet down from his 12-1 morning line and rewarded his backers with a $12.80 win payout. Trained by Eduardo Ramirez, this was the first stakes victory for the bay gelding who has won six of his career efforts, increasing his earning to $210,484 this afternoon.
Janet is Ready Lived up to her Name in the $67,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies
Nine accredited 2-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies competed in one of the best fields ever for the $67,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies. Several first-time winners faced off in the five and one-half main track sprint.
Saddling her second winner on the Cup Day card was Chasey Deville Pomier as Janet is Ready notched the win in gate-to-wire fashion under rider Vicente Del-Cid. This was the third victory for the daughter of Custom for Carlos, who made her debut on May 13 in a $98,000 maiden special weight at Churchill Downs. After running second in Kentucky, she broke her maiden at Evangeline Downs and won the $100,000 Prairie Gold Lassie on July 8 in Iowa, at odds of 21-1.
She drifted out as she approached the wire today, but still prevailed by one-length in 1:05.65, over Guitar Woman, Lady Flurry, the heavy post time favorite and Nodah.
Owner Gerry Bruno was on hand for the race and talked about the team behind the filly, who was bred by Bentley T. Early.
“We bought her at the LTBA Yearling Sale ($5,500),” said Bruno. “She was impressive today, despite drifting at the end! No one knows that I was Carl Deville’s assistant at Monmouth Park when Chasey was seven, so we’ve been around for a long time ”
Flurry Racing Stable LLC’s homebred Lady Flurry turned heads at Louisiana Downs with a riveting nine-length maiden score on June 20. Owner Staton Flurry, who won the 201- Super Derby (on turf) with Mr Misunderstood, bred the daughter of Lord Nelson out of the Storm and a Half mare Patchofbadweather.
Janet Is Ready ($13.20) has now won $121,100 and may be pointed to the D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity Filly Division at Evangeline Downs.
Front-Running Score by Takes Two to Tango in the $67,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint
The $67,000 Louisiana Turf Cup Sprint closed out the Louisiana Cup Day card with eleven talented Louisiana-breds traveling six furlongs on the main track.
Takes Two to Tango, a 6-year-old son of Half Ours, added his sixth career victory for breeder/owner Melissa Cantacuzene. Jockey Luis Quinonez guided the bay gelding to the wire in 1:10.89 in front-running fashion over the fast track. He spoke about his improvement following his third-place finish in the Louisiana Legends Sprint at Evangeline Downs.
“He broke very well today,” said Quinonez. “Was very alert and when I called on him, he finished well. I thank the owner for this opportunity.”
Trained by J. Luis Garcia, Takes Two to Tango, has won five of his seven outs at Louisiana Downs.
“He never holds back,” said Cantacuzene. “He always gives 100%.”
Black Sword ran second under Vicente Del-Cid, followed by Brian’s Iron Mike and Creole Charlie.
Takes Two to Tango broke his maiden at first asking here on May 6, 2019 and has increased his career bankroll to $164,190 in 16 starts.
Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred Meet Continues Through September 27
Live racing at Louisiana Downs continues Sunday, August 7 with Thoroughbred action each Saturday, Sunday, Mondayand Tuesday through September 27. For further information on upcoming events, visit ladowns.com.
About Louisiana Downs
Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and is now owned by Rubico Acquisition Corporation. With annual Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons, the track is committed to presenting the highest quality racing programs paired with its 150,000 square foot entertainment complex offering casino gambling, dining and plasma screen televisions for sports and simulcast racing.
New Orleans (January 4, 2022) – Over the last four years, one horse has been at the center of Louisiana racing and fans of the local sport – Ivery Sisters Racing’s Monte Man. His trainer and Fair Grounds’ 2021 title-winner, Ron Faucheux has announced that it is time for this 9-year old gelding to step away from the race track and to spend his retirement at Clear Creek Stud, where his sire Custom for Carlos stands.
“Val Murrel who owns Clear Creek, he bred Monte Man and is happy to take him in,” Faucheux said. “Clear Creek is the nicest farm in Louisiana–at this point, being a 9-year old, he’s been so great to us, we’d rather see him have a happy life from this point forward.”
Know that Monte Man is doing fine, but he did not come back from his Friday workout as hoped, giving connections pause about pursuing the plan of running in the Costa Rising Stakes, a race Monte Man won twice and finished 2nd in by a nose.
“He’s sound as can be,” Faucheux said. “Looks great, walks great, legs look good. He just has something a little feint. Something that some trainers would push through, but I’m not going to take any chances.”
Claimed for $25,000 by Ivery Sisters Racing in October of 2017, in his first start for trainer Ron Faucheux Monte Man won a local optional-claimer that December, which was the start of a seven-race winning streak. Monte Man went out in stakes-winning fashion, scoring the ninth and final stakes win of his career in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint on December 11, 2021.
“I was looking at the win pictures last night,” Faucheux said. “He’s beaten some great horses. He hasn’t run worse than fourth since the end of his 4-year old career. Goes to show you how much heart that horse has. He might not run the best numbers as some of the Kentucky sprinters floating around the country, but he has been so consistent throughout the process. That’s all you can ask–they run to their ability.”
All told, Monte Man finishes his career 50-18-8-9 with earnings of $794,223.
“I feel honored to have trained him throughout that process,” Faucheux said. “He’s been a barn favorite, a fan favorite, a special horse–you could hear it in John Dooley’s emotional call of his last race.”
“Here comes the gladiator, Monte Man with that battler’s heart for Adam Beschizza. Monte Man now an 18-time winner–well done Monte Man!” — John G. Dooley, Fair Grounds Track Announcer
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana held its 2021 Yearling Sale followed by Mixed Session, Saturday, October 2nd at the Equine Sales Facility in Opelousas. With 13 outs and 22 RNAs, a total of 87 head sold for $898,000. The yearling average was $13,027. The weanling average was $3,117, and the mare average was $2,167.
Hip number 7, a Custom For Carlos colt out of Labadeel, a Forest Wildcat mare, was purchased by Ricky Lagrange for $47,000 to top the sale. The bay colt was consigned by Clear Creek Stud, agent.
Hip number 54, also out of the Clear Creek Stud consignment, was purchased by Norman Stables for $45,000, the second highest price of the day. A half sister to stakes placed Raising the Ante, the bay filly is by Midnight Storm out of the Majestic Warrior mare, Ante Up Annie.
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.
4-5 Favorite Shang Cannot Get Past Stubborn Foe in Long Stretch Drive
New Orleans (December 12, 2020) – Winless from six starts this year and seemingly hopeless at 52.50-1 on the toteboard, Gerrard Perron’s Grand Luwegee made the lead early and held off the 4-5 favorite Shang by a head to score a stunning upset in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic, one of ten restricted stakes run at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Saturday afternoon.
Never further than 3 ½ lengths back while well positioned in third, Shang drew even in the stretch but could not punch past the stubborn front runner. It was 3 ¼ lengths back to Jus Lively in third. The final time for nine furlongs over a muddy track was 1:52.03.
“The plan was to break, and if we could make the lead great and that’s the way it worked out,” winning rider Colby Hernandez said. “When that horse came up to us (runner-up Shang) he just kept fighting more and more. He was not going to let that horse pass him.”
With the victory, the 5-year-old son of El Corredor boosted his career record to 21-6-5-2 with earnings of $349,250.
“I have been with this horse from the time he was a baby and my grandson named him,” said Perron, who bred and also trains Grand Luwegee. “We won the race at Delta Downs (Premier Night Championship on Feb. 9, 2019) the same way. He got ahead and didn’t look back. Our horse has a lot of fight. We’ve been training him hard and he came through. We had been running him short. We knew he could do better over a distance of ground.”
Buoyed by the 52-1 Classic winner, the traditional Late Pick Five, which entered the day with a $13,191 carryover, returned $18,233.25 on a 50-cent wager.
Big Time Stays Remains Perfect with Lassie Score
Lightly Raced Filly Dominates State-Bred Foes
Valene Farm’s Big Time took advantage of a rail-skimming ride by Brian Hernandez Jr. and pulled clear late for a convincing 3 ½-length win over Taylor Avenue in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie, which was the first of seven Thoroughbred stakes on the card.
Big Time, a 2-year-old daughter of Astrology trained by Dallas Stewart, settled in fourth early while longshot Twin Sisters set the early fractions in the 6-furlong Lassie before moving towards the lead entering the far turn. She was able to sneak through along the rail off the far turn while 7-5 favorite Rue Lala took aim from the outside, with Taylor Avenue following that move. Big Time surged to the front outside the eighth-pole and looked good extending her margin to the wire, while getting the 6 furlongs in 1:11.97 over a muddy and sealed main track. Tecate Time was up late for third, while Rue Lala faded and finished fourth.
Hernandez Jr., aboard Big Time for the first time, was confident throughout.
“She was just there for me the whole way,” Hernandez Jr. said. “She broke just a tad bit slow then she got squeezed from both sides but she recovered quickly, put us in a good spot, and traveled like a winner the whole way and when the hole opened on the rail, she went about her business.”
Big Time entered off an almost six-month layoff, as she had not run since winning on debut June 18 over open MSW runners at Churchill Downs, when she dueled throughout and won by a head in a shocker at 38-1. The public was well aware in the Lassie, as Big Time paid $7.20 to win, while raising her lifetime earnings to $92,704. Always precocious, she built off her early success in Louisville, and kept a good thing going in the Lassie.
“This is a beautiful filly,” Stewart said. “She showed up at Churchill and kicked all their butts. She’s won every workout and after today, she’s still undefeated. It’s a great day for Big Time.”
Taylor Avenue, making her first start against state breds, ran well to be second for trainer Bret Calhoun, and jockey Adam Beschizza thinks the best is yet to come for the daughter of Mshawish, who excelled going longer in his career.
“She’s very honest and she’s shown obviously she’s got a lot of ability, so I think once they stretch her out, they’ll see more improvement out of her,” Beschizza said. “I was surprised she laid that close but she’s now running against her own kind, so I think things will naturally fall into place for her going forward.”
Our Last Love Wires Ladies Sprint
Speedster Holds Off Late Charge of Favored Mr. Al’s Gal
Tri-Star Racing LLC’s homebred Our Lost Love broke running and never looked back, holding off a frantic late rally from favored Mr. Al’s Gal by a nose in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Ladies Sprint.
Our Lost Love broke alertly under Mitchell Murrill and secured the early lead, with longshot Southern Beauty chasing in second early but unable to put any serious pressure on. As a result, the winner was able to scoot clear off the far turn, open up a 2 ½-length lead in midstretch, and got her nose on the line over an unlucky Mr. Al’s Gal, who lost ground on the far turn and came up just short. Our Lost Love completed the 6 furlongs in 1:11.93 over a muddy and sealed main track. Vacherie Girl led a brigade of closers across the line to be third.
Our Lost Love has broken first or second in her last seven starts, so Murrill expected to be in front early, though he wasn’t quite sure about late.
“She broke well as always,” Murrill said. “The plan was to let her have her own way and give her a little breather in the turn and it worked. When she kicked on, she moved away from those horses pretty well but the last 16th (of a mile) she was really tired. At first, I didn’t think I won it, but I came back and looked at the toteboard and saw us up on top.”
Our Lost Love, a 3-year-old daughter of Half Ours, won her third stakes for trainer Joseph M. Foster, as she won the local Louisiana Futurity last December and beat open foes in the Take Charge Brandi at Delta Downs in February. She’s now won 6-of-12 lifetime, with earnings of $272,003, and Foster was happy to be on the right side of the photo.
“We’ve had a lot of them (photo finishes) go the other way,” Foster said. “He (Murrill) never moved on her until the last eighth of a mile. We got lucky and got there first.”
Mr. Al’s Gal ran second for the third straight time for trainer Jose Camejo but lost nothing in defeat over a track that has been catering to early speed. The 6-year-old daughter of Salute the Sarge closed stoutly under Adam Beschizza, who thought he finished one better.
“It was slow-motion stuff through the stretch and I thought I got it by a whisker but obviously her head was down and mine was up,” Beschizza said. “She came running at the end though.”
Room to Finish Mows Them Down in Ladies Turf
Stretch Runner One Betters Last Year’s Second
West Point Thoroughbreds, Forge Ahead Stables, and Jerry Caroom’s Room to Finish settled off a contested pace, kicked into high gear in mid-stretch, and pulled clear late for a 1 ½-length win over defending champion Net a Bear in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Turf.
Room to Finish took her usual position towards the back of the field under Adam Beschizza while Marywood carved out solid fractions while being chased by Is Too and 2-1 favorite Offspring over a turf course listed as “good.” The race changed complexion off the far turn, as Florent Geroux made the first move with Net a Bear, while Beschizza sat back, tipped out Room to Finish late and she leveled nicely for the win, while completing the about 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.11.
Beschizza, who had ridden Room to Finish just once before, when she was second in a Keeneland allowance in April 2018, knew she’d be there for him in the stretch.
“She’s a very consistent mare,” Beschizza said. “There haven’t been many times when she’s out of the top three placings. We know she’s got a good turn of speed, so even if there is a sedate pace going on up front, you can still rely on a good eighth of a mile kick.”
Room to Finish has been long overdue to net a state-bred turf stakes win the past two years for trainer Wayne Catalano, as she was second in the Ladies Turf last year as a 6-5 favorite and was third in the Louisiana Cup Distaff in her last start September 19 at Louisiana Downs. The 5-year-old daughter of Giant Oak made it 5-for-9 lifetime over the local Stall-Wilson Turf Course, is now 7-for-20 lifetime, and has earned $289,605. Catalano expected the pace to be honest and was confident going in.
“She did just what we thought she might do,” Catalano said. “There was enough speed in the race; just get her in the clear and let her go.”
Net a Bear ran well in defeat and nosed out Offspring for second. The 4-year-old daughter of Awesome Bet has been at the top of the state-bred turf ranks the past few years for trainer Allen Landry, as she also won the Elge Raspberry at Louisiana Downs in 2019 and the Red Camelia here in March. Net a Bear closed from last-of-10 to win the Ladies Turf last year, but with Room to Finish behind her this year, Geroux was forced into slightly different tactics.”
“It was either waiting or making my move first and I was kind of obligated to move first,” Geroux said. “She ran big for me but I just got run down in the end.”
Monte Man Adds to His Legend in Sprint
Veteran Wins his Eighth State-Bred Stakes
Ivery Sisters Racing LLC’s Monte Man bided his time off a torrid early pace and exploded late to beat Win Ya Win going away by 2 ½ lengths in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint.
Monte Man was always traveling comfortably under Adam Beschizza, as he settled in fourth early while covered up as 3-2 favorite Bertie’s Galaxy set blazing fractions of 21.93 and 45.51 while chased in earnest by X Clown and Yankee Seven. Beschizza needed only to steer Monte Man in the clear off the far turn and when he did it was over in an instant, as the veteran easily drew off for a comfortable win. Silver Galaxy rallied from last in the field of eight, while Bertie’s Galaxy tired from his early efforts and finished fifth.
Beschizza, aboard for a local state-bred optional-claiming win in January 2019, knew Monte Man would be ready to roll once produced after getting out of a potentially sticky situation when behind horses.
“He’s a horse that thrives off a bit of trouble,” Beschizza said. “I’ve ridden him in similar situations before; the more he gets locked in, the more he comes on the bridle. He’s just waiting to give that little punch he’s got, so you don’t want to get there (to the front) too soon. At the quarter-pole, getting locked isn’t that much of an issue. And the eighth-pole, maybe it’s another story. He likes a target.”
Monte Man, a 7-year-old son of Custom for Carlos, has been a revelation since being claimed by trainer Gary Sciacca for $25,000 at Belmont Park in October 2017. Ivery Sisters Racing turned him over to trainer Ron Faucheux for his next start and he won a local optional-claimer in December 2017, which was the start of a seven-race winning streak. All told, Monte Man is 16-for-44, which includes eight stakes wins, though Saturday was his first win in the Sprint, after running third in the race in 2018 and fourth in last year’s renewal. To Faucheux, Monte Man has been more than just an eight-time stakes winner.
“He means more to us than any horse I’ve ever trained,” Faucheux said. “He’s just such a cool horse. It’s just been such a pleasure to train this horse. When you think he might have lost a step, he just shows you in his training that he hasn’t.”
Faucheux also trained Bertie’s Galaxy, who entered off a close second in the September 19 Louisiana Cup Sprint at Louisiana Downs. The 4-year-old son of Greeley’s Galaxy never got a breather early under Erica Murray, which ultimately cost him late.
“I was having a lot of pressure from the outside horse the whole way and I think he got a little tired since he hasn’t run in quite a while,” Murray said. “He’s a really classy horse and can handle times like that, so he should build off this run.”
Class Prevails for Sir Wellington
Well-Traveled Runner Rules Over State Breds
Xtreme Racing Stables LCC’s Sir Wellington, making his first start against Louisiana breds, relished the class relief as he dominated nine 2-year-old rivals, posting a 2-length win over Standing Perfect.
Marcelino Pedroza had Sir Wellington involved throughout, as they set up 3-wide in third outside 3-1 second-choice and two-time state-bred stakes winner Chu Chu’s Legacy, with fellow invader No Pedigree chasing in between in second. Never looking a loser, Sir Wellington took charge off the far turn, opened up, and had plenty in reserve to hold the strong late charge of Standing Perfect. No Pedigree was another half-length back in third, while Chu Chu’s Legacy tired to be fifth.
Pedroza, aboard Sir Wellington for the first time, had the race handicapped on paper exactly as it played out on the track.
“I knew the four (Chu Chu’s Legacy) and the six (No Pedigree) had some speed, so the plan was to put my horse in a good stalking position behind them,” Pedroza said. “When I asked him to run, he just took off.”
Trainer Hugh Robertson took over for his son Mac, who saddled Sir Wellington to a debut win at Delaware Park in August, a second-place finish in an optional-claimer at Laurel Park in October, and a fifth in the Nyquist November 6 at Keeneland. The son of Palace was a $55,000 2-year-old in training purchase out of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale 2020 earlier this year and has proven a quick return on investment, as he’s now earned $96,570.
Standing Perfect ran huge in his main track debut for trainer Lee Thomas, as he entered off just a two-turn turf win in an open MSW September 16 at Louisiana Downs. The son of Half Ours was sixth early and was one of the few horses on the card to make up significant ground late, which figures to bode well when he stretches back out.
“He had just run one time on the turf so he got run off his feet a bit early with the quicker fractions at the shorter distance,” Geroux said. “He was flying late and he galloped out nicely, so the longer races for him later will be good.”
Ninety One Assault Repeats in Turf
Fair Grounds Lover Continues Affinity for Local Lawn
Paul Braverman and trainer Tom Morley’s Ninety One Assault got a confident ride from Shaun Bridgmohan and overpowered Afleet Ascent late to post a one-length win and repeat in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf
Ninety One Assault was unhurried in sixth early while Guitar Tribute and Afleet Ascent sparred on the lead through a half-mile of 50.81 over a turf course listed as “good.” Things remain unchanged off the far turn and to deep stretch, and while onlookers may have been worried, Bridgmohan knew what he had under him, as he split horses inside the furlong grounds and was up late with plenty in reserve to reel in a game Afleet Ascent, who won the pace battle by a half-length over third-place finisher Guitar Tribute.
Bridgmohan improved to 6-for-7 aboard Ninety One Assault, which is why there were no anxious moments in deep stretch once he was out in the clear.
“I just have to be a good passenger,” Bridgmohan said. “When it’s time to go, just find the best spot that I can, and he usually gets the job done. This horse has been so good for me. He broke smartly, settled nicely. The pace wasn’t overly fast but he put me in the spot I needed to be in. All I had to do was be patient.”
Ninety One Assault, a 7-year-old son of Artie Schiller, improved to 7-for-10 over the Stall-Wilson Turf course for trainer Tom Morley and 8-for-35 lifetime. He’s now earned $427,683, with well over half that coming in his 10 turf starts at Fair Grounds.
Ron Faucheux saddled Afleet Ascent for the first time and was able to find the form that saw the 5-year-old son of Northern Afleet run second here in an open optional-claimer in January for trainer Patrick Devereux. Afleet Ascent’s best effort in his last four starts for trainer Rey Hernandez was a third, which prompted Faucheux to make a potentially key equipment change.
“We noticed in his training that he was finishing better in his breezes without the blinkers compared to when we had them on originally, so I think taking the blinkers off helped,” Faucheux said. “We could tell right when we got him, he was going to be a nice horse. He’s a beautiful animal.”
Costa Rising Stakes
Fair Grounds, 3-21-20, 5 1/2 furlongs, turf
Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $75,000
Custom for Carlos–Sarah’s My Angel
Breeder: Val C. Murrell
Owner: Ivery Sisters Racing,
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: Adam Beschizza
2nd Grand Luwegee
El Corredor–Magical Mia
Breeder: Gerard Perron
Owner: Gerard Perron
Trainer: Gerard Perron
Jockey: Corey J. Lanerie
3rd Yankee Seven
Yankee Gentleman–Real Peace
Breeder: Steve Margolis, Wahl & Assoc., George Messina & Kerima Haddad
Owner: Margolis Racing, LLC and Columbus Circle Partners
Trainer: Steve Margolis
Jockey: Chantal Sutherland
(New Orleans – March 21, 2020) — Ivery Sisters Racing’s Monte Man, the beaten favorite by a neck in the $75,000 Costa Rising Stakes one year ago, reclaimed his title in the race he first captured in 2018 when he edged past stubborn pacesetter Letithappencarlos in midstretch to once again prove best in the 5 ½-furlong turf test for Louisiana breds.
The 7-year-old Monte Man has been a thoroughly honest performer, finishing worse than third just twice in 14 subsequent starts since his initial triumph in the Costa Rising Stakes two years ago. The gelded son of Custom of Carlos was recognized for his consistency by the betting public, who made him the 5-2 favorite in the field of 12, and he rewarded that faith with a stalk-and-pounce run over a firm Fair Grounds course Saturday to win by a length and earn his 14th victory from 39 career starts.
When Letithappencarlos was sent to the front in the Costa Rising, Monte Man was kept close to pace by jockey Adam Beschizza who rated his mount to the outside in second through an opening quarter-mile in :21.76. Monte Man began advancing around the far and took dead aim in the stretch at Letithappencarlos, who was still game on the front end after posting a half-mile in :45.59.
Under right-handed urging, Monte Man took over just past the sixteenth and held off Grand Luwegee running on late to hit the wire in 1:03.49.
Yankee Seven got up for third with Letithappencarlos settling for fourth.
Trained by Ron Faucheux, Monte Man was bred by Val C. Murrell out of the Sutter’s Prospect mare Sarah’s My Angel and improved his career bankroll to $582,441.
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