Rushie’s first foal – a filly – is born in Florida!

Scott, Louisiana USAFebruary 3, 2023 —­ Blue Star Racing is proud to announce the arrival of Rushie’s first foal – a filly out of Julia’s Pride (Proud Citizen / Lucy Valentine, by Langfuhr) – bred by Jay Goodwin, Susan Montanye, and Andy Pickerell. Born in Florida, the filly arrived January 31, 2023.

 “We couldn’t be more pleased to congratulate the breeders on a really spectacular Rushie filly. She looks to have his powerful shoulder and plenty of leg – which is exactly what we were hoping Rushie would pass along to his progeny,” said Dex Comardelle of Blue Star Racing. “This is a great start to the season.”

Florida-bred Rushie began his stallion career at Pleasant Acres Stallions in 2022 and is now standing at Blue Star Racing in Scott, Louisiana for the 2023 breeding season at $4000 live foal. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association provides a lucrative breeding incentive program, making it very attractive to breeders outside its borders, as well as within the state.

From the first crop of Liam’s Map, Rushie won the 2020 G2 Pat Day Mile S. and placed in other graded races, including the G1 Santa Anita Derby and G2 Blue Gras S. His sire, Liam’s Map(Unbridled’s Song / Miss Macy Sue, by Trippi) is a two-time G1 winner of more than $1.3 million. The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner had six wins and two 2nds from eight starts with a total of six triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures – topping his career with 114 Beyers in his G1 Woodward and G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile victories.  Rushie’s 1st dam, Conquest Angel(Colonel John / More Oats Please, by Smart Strike) was a $300,000 OBS April two-year-old in training purchase. She is by multiple G1 winner millionaire Colonel John (Tiznow / Sweet Damsel, by Turkoman).

The new filly is out of Julia’s Pride (Proud Citizen / Lucy Valentine, by Langfuhr) – a $90,000 two-year-old in training purchase at OBS. The filly’s 2nd dam – Lucy Valentine – is a multiple stakes-placed mare who was in the money 8 out of 9 starts.

For more information on about Rushie and Breaking Lucky and Blue Star Racing, call Dex Comardelle at 985-791-6546 or email: bluestarracingla@gmail.com.  Blue Star Racing is located 1627 Renaud Drive, Scott, Louisiana 70583

Rushie – by Liam’s Map – arrives at Blue Star Racing in Louisiana for the 2023 Breeding Season!

Scott, Louisiana USANovember 18, 2022 – Blue Star Racing announces the arrival of stallion, Rushie (Liam’s Map / Conquest Angel, by Colonel John), to their breeding facilities in Scott, Louisiana where he joins Breaking Lucky – another exceptional stallion owned by the racing company.
Out of the first crop by Liam’s Map, Rushie first entered the Kentucky Derby trail after breaking his maiden in his first start at three, followed by a pair of 3rd place finishes in the Gr.1 Runhappy Santa Anita Derby (to Honor A.P. and Authentic), and the Gr.2 Toyota Bluegrass stakes (to Art Collector and Swiss Skydiver). In the Gr.2 Pat Day Mile on the Derby undercard, he earned a graded stake win while finishing the mile in 1:34:41. Rushie’s career earnings were nearly $700,000.

Sires from the Unbridled’s Song line have been an integral part of Louisiana breeding success for the last 20 years and Rushie is the perfect candidate to continue that legacy,” said Dex Comardelle of Blue Star Racing.  “His size, speed, and durability are a great match for the speedy sprint-type mares that make up the majority of our southwest mare population.”

Rushie’s sire, Liam’s Map (Unbridled’s Song / Miss Macy Sue, by Trippi) is a two-time Gr.1 winner of more than $1.3 million. The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner had six wins and two 2nds from eight starts with a total of six triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures – topping his career with 114 Beyers in his Gr.1 Woodward and Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile victories.  He is a leading fourth-crop sire and has accumulated four Gr.1 winners from first four crops and more than $19 million in progeny earnings. In 2022, his yearling colts averaged nearly $200,000 at auction.

Rushie’s 1st dam, Conquest Angel (Colonel John / More Oats Please, by Smart Strike) was a $300,000 OBS April two-year-old in training purchase. She is by multiple Gr.1 winner millionaire Colonel John (Tiznow / Sweet Damsel, by Turkoman). His 2nd dam, More Oats Please, has produced three winners from five starters, including Peace and War – a Gr.1 winner that started as a $300,000 yearling, went on to become a $1.5 million Fasig-Tipton mixed sale purchase, and then was sold for $1.45 million at the Keenland Breeding Stock sale.

For more information on about Rushie and Breaking Lucky and Blue Star Racing, call Dex Comardelle at 985-791-6546 or email: bluestarracingla@gmail.com.  Blue Star Racing is located 1627 Renaud Drive, Scott, Louisiana 70583

 

Breaking Lucky, the Canadian Classic Winning Son of Lookin at Lucky, arrives at Blue Star Racing in Louisiana for the 2023 Breeding Season!

 

Scott, Louisiana USA – September 26, 202 2– Blue Star Racing is excited to announce the arrival of Breaking Lucky to their breeding facilities in Scott, Louisiana. After beginning his stallion career at Blue Star Racing, he moved to Florida for the 2021 and 2022 breeding seasons.

“After many breeder’s requests, we’re excited to bring Breaking Lucky back to the bayou state,” says Dex Comardelle of Blue Star Racing. “It’s no secret Louisiana is one of the most lucrative breeding programs in the country, and with the recent passage of sports betting and Historical racing, we expect Louisiana purses to increase exponentially over the coming years. Now is the time to double down on Louisiana breeding.” 

Before retiring to Louisiana off the track, Breaking Lucky successfully raced for the partnerships of West Point Thoroughbreds, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Eric Young, and R.A. Hill Stable. 

While racing, Breaking Lucky won the Black Type Woodbine’s 2015 Prince of Wales Stakes – the second leg of Canada’s Triple Crown – while defeating MG1SW and 2015 Sovereign Award Champion 3-Year-Old Shaman Ghost (Ghostzapper). In 2016, he won the 2016 G3 Seagram Cup Stakes at Woodbine. Breaking Lucky went on to place in the G1 Clark Handicap, G1 Whitney Stakes, and G1 Stephen Foster Handicap behind Horse of the Year Gun Runner (Candy Ride).  In total, Breaking Lucky was on the board in 10 graded stakes and two black type races, while campaigning in two countries, during his racing career. His career earnings were nearly $1.2 million. 

Hailing from the red-hot sire line of Lookin at Lucky (Smart Strike), Breaking Lucky also comes from an impressive female family. His dam, GSP Shooting Party (Sky Classic), broke her maiden in her first race. She was second in the G1 Garden City Breeders’ Cup Handicap and was third in both the G3 Pebbles Handicap and the G2 Nassau County Stakes. She had already produced two winners from her first two foals to race when she foaled Breaking Lucky – who went on to win $1,196,376. Currently, she is the dam of four winners including Quake Lake (War Chant) – the dam of G1 Kentucky Derby winner and G1P Country House (Looking at Lucky) and the G3 Gallorette Stakes winner Mitchell Road (English Channel). 

Breaking Lucky’s sire, Lookin at Lucky, stands at Ashford Stud in Kentucky. A champion at two and three, he won nine races including the G1 Preakness Stakes, the G1 Izod Haskell Invitational Stakes, the G1 Del Mar Futurity, the G1 Norfolk Stakes, and the G1 CashCall Futurity. Lookin at Lucky was in the money 11 out of 13 starts with career earnings of $3,307,278.  

Lookin at Lucky is the sire of Gr.1 Winners Accelerate, Country House, Wow Cat, and Panfield. He is the sire of Gr.2 Winners Madefromlucky, Money Multiplier, Dr Dorr, Diamond Oops, Fancy Liquor, and Wells Bayou. His yearlings have sold for $490,000, $380,000, $320,000, $300,000, etc. 

For more information on about Breaking Lucky and Blue Star Racing, call Dex Comardelle at 985-791-6546 or email: bluestarracingla@gmail.com.  Blue Star Racing is located 1627 Renaud Drive, Scott, Louisiana 70583

First foal of Graded Stakes Winning Millionaire, Breaking Lucky, is a colt!

Morriston, FloridaJanuary 29, 2021 —­ The first foal of Graded Stakes Winning Millionaire Breaking Lucky, was born January 29 at Blue Star Racing in Scott, Louisiana. Bred by 4M Ranch and Blue Star Racing, the colt is out of Anea (Unbridled’s Song / Desire to Excel, by Mt. Livermore) ­– who has already produced one winner out of two starters. Her dam, Desire to Excel, was a multiple stakes winner, graded stakes placed, and was on the board five out seven starts. She has produced three winners out of five starters, including one Black Type Winner.

 

“If there is one word that I can use to describe this colt, it would be STRONG,” said Blue Star Racing Owner Dex Comardelle. “He is nicely put together, has all the right angles, has good bone, conformation, and lots of leg! If this first colt is any indication of how the rest of Breaking Lucky’s crop will look, it’s going to be an exciting year.”

After breaking his maiden in only his second start, Breaking Lucky went on to win the Black Type Woodbine’s 2015 Prince of Wales Stakes ­– the second leg of Canada’s Triple. In 2016, he won the G3 Seagram Cup Stakes at Woodbine and went on to place in the G1 Clark Handicap, G1 Whitney Stakes, and G1 Stephen Foster Handicap behind Horse of the Year Gun Runner (Candy Ride).  In total, Breaking Lucky was on the board in 10 graded stakes and two black type races, campaigned in two countries, and earned $1,196,376.

 

“Breaking Lucky had an incredible, quality book of mares in his first year at stud with mares spread across the region,” said Comardelle. “It’s very special to have his first foal born here at Blue Star Racing ­– where he began his stallion career. We are excited about our new partnership with Pleasant Acres Stallions and will continue to support him with quality mares now that he is in Florida.”

 

Hailing from the red-hot sire line of Lookin at Lucky (Smart Strike), Breaking Lucky also comes from an impressive female family. His dam, Graded Stakes Placed Shooting Party (Sky Classic), broke her maiden in her first race. She was second in the G1 Garden City Breeders’ Cup Handicap and was third in both the G3 Pebbles Handicap and the G2 Nassau County Stakes. She had already produced two winners from her first two foals to race when she foaled Breaking Lucky – who went on to win $1,196,376. Currently, she is the dam of four winners including Quake Lake (War Chant) – the dam of G1 Kentucky Derby winner and G1P Country House (Looking at Lucky) and the G3 Gallorette Stakes winner Mitchell Road (English Channel).

 

Breaking Lucky’s sire, Lookin at Lucky, stands in Kentucky for $20,000 and is well on his way to becoming a sire of sires. A champion at two and three, he won nine races including the G1 Preakness Stakes, the G1 Izod Haskell Invitational Stakes, the G1 Del Mar Futurity, the G1 Norfolk Stakes, and the G1 CashCall Futurity. Lookin at Lucky was in the money 11 out of 13 starts with career earnings of $3,307,278.  He is the sire of G1 Accelerate (standing for $17,500 in KY), G1 Country House (standing for $7,500 in KY), G1 Wow Cat, G2 Madefromlucky, G2 Money Multiplier, G2 Dr Dorr, G2 Diamond Oops, etc.

Breaking Lucky stands for $5000 and joins stallions Amira’s Prince, Bucchero, Curlin’s Honor, Gunnevera, Handsome Mike, Long On Value, Neolithic, Ride On Curlin, Squadron A, and Sweetontheladies, at the 220-acre farm located just northwest of Ocala. Pleasant Acres Stallions has received many accolades for excellence, including 2017 Florida Freshman Sire of the Year for Poseidon’s Warrior, 2017 DRF Florida-bred Beyer Award, 2009 Florida Breeder of the Year, 2009 Florida Broodmare of the Year, Breeder of the 2009 Florida Horse of the Year, and was ranked third in the nation for leading breeders in 2009 by average earnings per starter with 10 or more starters.

For more information on Pleasant Acres Stallions, visit www.pleasantacresstallions.com. Pleasant Acres Stallions is located at 2153 S.E. HWY-41, Morriston, Florida 32668. Owners: Joe Barbazon and Helen Barbazon.

Horses and Heroes Draws Terrific Crowd; Raises $6,000 for First Responders

They came by car. They came by truck. They came by helicopter….yes helicopter.

DSC_1554On Thursday evening, September 4, Dex Comardelle hosted “Horses and Heroes” at his farm, Blue Star Racing, in Scott, Louisiana. The purpose of the event was two-fold; to raise awareness of the Louisiana Thoroughbred industry as well as to raise money for local first responders.

DSC_1655“Horses and Heroes was created in partnership with multiple equine related organizations across the state of Louisiana to generate awareness of the $2 billion dollar economic impact the Horse Industry has for the state each year; all while raising funds for local first responders to purchase lifesaving equipment, enabling them to better serve the communities in which they operate.”

The event was a big success on both counts. With approximately 275 guests inDSC_1602 attendance even in the sweltering heat, “Horses and Heroes” raised close to $6,000 for the first responders.

Food and beverage provided by local Louisiana restaurants and mixologists were featured, and the the music of Ryan Foret and The Foret Tradition drew many dancers to the floor. Additionally, there was a $5,000 Reverse Drawing, as well as a stallion season raffle.

Event sponsors included Zealous Energy, Oilfield Logistic Services, Courier Labs, B-Line Equine, Big V Feeds, Boehringer Ingelheim, Intak Rental and Supply, Evers and Sons, Encore Group, G.O.L. , Turnbow Trailers, Laris Insurance Agency, Adkins Spice Company, Frias Winery, Louisiana Thoroughbred BreederAssociation, Blue Star Racing, and Equine Sales Co.

Blue Star Racing to Stand Breaking Lucky

Stallion is a half brother to the dam of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Country House.

Blue Star Racing in Louisiana announced May 7 it will add Breaking Lucky, a graded stakes-winning half brother to the dam of Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) winner Country House, to its stallion roster for 2020. The farm near Scott, La., bought the millionaire son of Lookin At Lucky prior to the Arkansas Derby (G1) from a racing partnership that included West Point Thoroughbreds, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Eric Young, and R. A. Hill Stable. Breaking Lucky has been retired.

“We are so excited because we are adding another graded stakes-winning millionaire to our roster,” said Blue Star Racing owner Dex Comardelle, who started standing multiple grade 1 winner Real Solution  in 2018. He leases the son of Kitten’s Joy  from Calumet Farm. “This is an opportunity for the breeders in our area to tap into a sire line that is red hot in Lookin At Lucky. You also are tapping into a very deep female family as well.”

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