Champion Louisiana Bred filly Big World sold Monday, November 6, at the Fasig Tipton November Sale in Lexington, Kentucky for $725,000. The Grade 1 stakes winner brought the highest price to date for a Louisiana bred. She was among the top 25% of horses sold in the record breaking auction which saw the highest gross in the sale’s history. She was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, LLC.
“This is a fine Grade 1 winning Louisiana Bred mare. She is by a stallion who stands here in Louisiana that is really turning heads,” says Roger Heitzmann, III, Secretary/Treasurer of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. “As I have said in the past, I see the path for Louisiana breds moving in a positive direction as we go forward.”
Bred in Louisiana by Curt Leake and Elm Tree Farm, LLC (Michelle & Jody Huckabay), Big World has earned $629,190 to date with a record of 7 wins and 5 thirds from 13 starts including the 2017 G1 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs and the G3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct. Her dam Tensas Wedding Joy is an unraced daughter of Broken Vow. She is by Custom For Carlos who is among the leading sires in Louisiana as well as the top 15 third crop sires currently standing in North America. Custom For Carlos stands at Clear Creek Stud in Folsom, Louisiana for a 2018 fee of $3,500 Live Foal.
Louisiana breds continue to improve in value on the national sales stage. A full brother to Big World Sold in March of this year for $400,000 at Fasig Tipton Gulfsteam, while a year ago, another Louisiana bred, a colt by Curlin-Moonlight Love sold for $350,000 at Keeneland September.
Maggi Moss will offer this year’s GI La Troienne S. winner Big World (Custom for Carlos–Tensas Wedding Joy, by Broken Vow) at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton November Sale through the Bluewater Sales consignment. The 4-year-old Louisiana bred filly, a five-time stakes winner, captured the 2015 GIII Tempted S. as a 2-year-old. She capped a four-race win streak with a 1 1/4-length victory in the May 5 La Troienne. On the board in all but one of 13 starts to date, Big World has won seven times for earnings of $629,190.
“Big World has taken me on a great journey and her victory in the La Troienne was a highlight of my career as an owner,” Moss said.
Big World’s juvenile full-sibling Gracida, a $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream purchase by Amr Zedan, was a front-running winner of his debut at Del Mar Saturday.
A 2015 Louisiana bred colt by Custom For Carlos out of Tensas Wedding Joy sold for $400,000 at the Fasig Tipton Gulfstream Sale, Wednesday, March 1. The chestnut colt is a full brother to Graded Stakes winner Big World who has 5 wins from 9 starts to date including the G3 Tempted S., Louisiana Champions Day Ladies S., LA Bred Premier Night Distaff S., etc.
He was bred in Louisiana by Curt Leake and Elmtree Farm, LLC. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc., he was puchased by Dennis O’Neill for brother trainer Doug O’Neill. Among the top runners the O’Neill barn has delivered are Derby winners Nyquist and I’ll Have Another.