Young Tuscan First Winner for Louisiana Sire Sassicaia

Sassicaia was a $1.6 million purchase at auction that captured a grade 3 in 2016.


Young Tuscan  became the first winner for Louisiana stallion Sassicaia  Jan. 8 when the 3-year-old gelding took the first race, a maiden $12,500 claimer, at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Young Tuscan shot to the lead under Charlie Marquez and after splits of :22.36 and :46.78, pulled away by 3 1/2 lengths at the finish, stopping the clock in 1:06.17 for 5 1/2 furlongs. The Elite Thoroughbred Racing-owned runner, trained by Lee Thomas, notched his first victory in seven starts and advanced his earnings to $10,140.


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Classic Winner, Leading Sire Exaggerator Moves to Elite Thoroughbreds for 2022

Exaggerator, Curlin‘s only three-time grade 1 winner at stud,  has been moved to Elite Thoroughbreds in Folsom, Louisiana where he will stand the 2022 season for a fee of $5,000 Live Foal.

Exaggerator won the Preakness Stakes (G1), the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1), and Santa Anita Derby (G1), as well as placing 2nd in the Kentucky Derby (G1) at age 3. At 2, he won the Saratoga Special (G2) and the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) and finished second in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1). From 15 starts, he had 6 wins, 5 of those stakes victories as well as placing in another 4 stakes and earned $3,581,120.

Exaggerator is the 2021 leading second-crop sire by number of winners (80).  He ranked 9th by earnings for both his 1st and 2nd crops. 

His top 2021 runners include 2-year-old stakes-winning fillies Sea Level  and Pacific Coast , as well as stakes winner Gagetown , winner of the Prairie Mile Stakes and placed in the Iowa Derby and St. Louis Derby, and multiple stakes-placed Crew Dragon.

“I am thrilled to add Exaggerator to the Elite Thoroughbreds stallion roster,” said Michele Rodriguez. “I believe he brings terrific opportunity to Louisiana breeders.”

Exaggerator joins Elite stallions, Apriority, Catalina Red, My Pal Charlie, Sassicaia and Secret Circle at the Folsom, Louisiana facility.

Lauri’s Wish is Catalina Red’s First Winner

The Louisiana-bred won Dec. 23 at Delta Downs by 8 1/4 lengths.


Elite Thoroughbreds’ graded stakes winner and freshman sire Catalina Red  sired his first winner when his son Lauri’s Wish  won a 7 1/2-furlong maiden special weight Dec. 23 at Delta Downs by 8 1/4 lengths.

A Louisiana homebred for Tony Lenci and Chad Stewart, Lauri’s Wish won his second career start gate to wire in 1:36.54. He was ridden by Thomas Pompell and is trained by Lee Thomas.

The colt is the first and only foal out of the Archarcharch daughter Laurigolightly, who is out of graded-placed stakes winner Tiger Belle (Tiger Ridge ). Stewart trained Laurigolightly for owner/breeder Robert Roffey Jr. The mare was bred to Catalina Red this year.

Lenci raced Catalina Red, whom he bought at the 2014 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale for $71,000 from de Meric Sales. The son of Munnings   became a stakes winner at 2 in the Inaugural Stakes and Pasco Stakes, both at Tampa Bay Downs, won the Jackson Bend Stakes at Gulfstream Park at 3, and at 4 won the Churchill Downs Stakes (G2) and Hilton Garden Inn/Hampton Inn and Suites Sprint Stakes in addition to placing third in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1). He retired with a 5-1-3 record from 13 starts and earned $549,885. Stewart trained Catalina Red for his first nine starts.

Catalina Red stands at Elite Thoroughbreds near Folsom, La., for $2,000 in 2022.

Our Secret Agent First Graded Stakes Winner for Secret Circle

On Saturday, October 23, Our Secret Agent (Secret Circle-Avalos, by Holy Bull) won the $150,000 Grade 3 Hendrie Stakes at Woodbine.  The four-year-old filly trained by Mark Casse for owner Gary Barber, took the 6.5 furlongs in 1:15.68, defeating  her closest competitor, multiple graded stakes winner Amalfi Coast by 3 ½ lengths, earning a 93 Beyer Speed Rating in the process.  To date Our Secret Agent has a record of 14-3-6-4 with $277,364 in earnings. In addition the the G3 Hendrie win, she has placed in an addition six stakes, four or those graded.

Secret Circle, who stands at Elite Thoroughbreds in Folsom, Louisiana, is himself a multiple G1 Stakes Winner of $3,670,790, including the 2013 G1 Breeder’s Cup Sprint and the 2015 G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen Stakes. On the board in 15 of 16 starts, he was undefeated as a two-year-old with two stakes wins including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint. At three he won the G2 Rebel Stakes and G3 Southwest Stakes.

At stud, Secret Circle is the leading third crop sire in Louisiana for 2021 with 10 times the earnings of his nearest competitor.  With 71% winners from starters, and 11.5% black type runners, he has progeny earnings of $2,314,564 to date.

Secret Circle stands at Elite Thoroughbreds in Folsom, Louisiana for a 2022 fee of $3,000 live foal. He is eligible to be bred to both thoroughbred and quarter horse mares.

Secret Circle Relocating to Elite Thoroughbreds

The son of Eddington won two Breeders’ Cup World Championships races.

Secret Circle , the winner of two Breeders’ Cup World Championships races, is being relocated from Kentucky to Michele Rodriguez’s Elite Thoroughbreds in Louisiana in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock.

A brilliantly fast horse for Bob Baffert, Secret Circle pulled off a rare achievement when he won the 2011 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint and two years later captured the Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). Out of 16 lifetime starts, the son of Eddington  was winner or runner-up in 10 graded stakes. He retired with more than $3.67 million in earnings.

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Atchata First Winner for Louisiana Sire Apriority

The 2-year-old filly broke her maiden June 15 in her second start.

Heiligbrodt’s Atchata overcame a stumble at the start to score by 1 1/2 lengths in a June 15 maiden special weight on the turf to become the first winner for freshman sire Apriority.

Despite the stumble, the 2-year-old filly settled just off the pace behind Too Foofoo for You, who took the field through a quarter-mile in :22.08. Coming off the turn in the six-furlong race, Atchata rolled to the front unchallenged and caught the timer at :44.77 for the half-mile. Pulling away in the stretch, she finished the distance in 1:08.75 over the firm turf course.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Atchata was purchased under Heiligbrodt’s East Hickman Racing for $85,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales March 2-year-olds in training sale, where Robert Brewer consigned her. She was bred in Louisiana by 4M Ranch out of the Stormy Atlantic  mare Sweet Jackie Jo.

Apriority raced from age 3 to 7 and won the 2011 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) as a 4-year-old. The son of Grand Slam retired with a record of 6-9-3 from 36 starts. Four of his second-place finishes were in stakes, including a nose difference in the 2011 Churchill Downs Stakes (G2). He also finished second to Morning Line  in that year’s Carter Handicap (G1).

Standing at Elite Thoroughbreds in Louisiana, Apriority has a 2018 stud fee of $2,000.

Catalina Red, Sassicaia to Elite Thoroughbreds

Catalina Red, a 2012 son of Munnings will be standing at Elite Throughbreds in Folsom, Louisiana for 2018.

Catalina Red broke his maiden in the Inagural Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs as a juvenile, following that with a track record setting win in the Pasco Stakes, going 7 furlongs in 1:21.40. At three, he won the Jackson Bend Stakes at Gulfstream Park. As a four-year-old he won the G2 Churchill Downs Stakes and placed third in the G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap. In thirteen starts, he had five wins (all in stakes), one second and three thirds while earning $549,885.

Catalina Red is by multiple graded stakes winner Munnings, the #2 ranked third crop stallion for 2016. His dam, Lovely Dream is a stakes placed winning daughter of Freud.

Catalina Red will stand for a 2018 fee of $3,000 live foal.

Sassicaia, a 2011 son of Bernardini and Grade 3 stakes winner of $307,127 has retired from racing and will enter stud at Elite for 2018.

While racing from three to six, Sassicaia earned a record of four wins, six seconds and two thirds from twenty starts, including a victory at five in the G3 Toboggan Stakes at Aqueduct.

Sassicaia is by Bernardini, G1 Preakness winner, ranked among the leading sires in North America. He is out of Hishi Aspen, a winning daughter of Forestry.

Sassicaia enters stud for a 2018 fee of $2,000 live foal.

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