Trainer Chris Richard Reflects on Winning His 1,000th Career Race

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Major milestones in Thoroughbred racing represent so much more than a number. Whether it be 1,000, 2,500, 3,000, 5,000 or the remarkable 10,000th win by Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen, each recipient has worked tirelessly for the achievement.

Trainer Chris Richard has paid his dues competing in Kentucky, Arkansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma and his home state of Louisiana over the past three decades.

Richard grew up in Lake Charles and had friends who raced Quarter Horses at Delta Downs. He loved the action and was inspired by the powerful athletes. Education came first with Richard attending Texas A&M in College Station and earning a BA in Animal/Equine Science followed by his Masters in Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology.  He was also a standout bowler and competed on the A&M Bowling team!

When he graduated, he moved to Kentucky and took on the role of private trainer for James McIngvale. The Houston-based furniture salesman, known as “Mattress Mack” is a nationally recognized supporter of breeding and racing and has played an important role in Richard’s career. The long awaited 1,000th win took place at Delta Downs on Friday, February 24 with  Freebritney, a 3-year-old filly by Klimt, purchased by McIngvale at the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $27,000. 

Richard began 2023 just four wins short of the milestone.  He had 32 starts this year at Fair Grounds, Oaklawn and Delta before finally winning his 1,000th race.

“It took a while,” acknowledged Richard. “Trying to get a milestone is like pulling teeth; you run second and third and wonder if it will ever happen!”

Richard shared his full circle path training for McIngvale. 

“My first official win came in 1998 with Albadar for Mack who also owns the filly who gave me my 1,000th win!  How cool is that?”

Each trainer has the daunting task of figuring out what it takes for each horse to be successful on the racetrack. Freebritney presented her share of challenges.

“She was a little bit ornery,” he explained. “I had to go slow with her. In her first work out of the gate, she broke well, but stopped abruptly and started spinning like a helicopter. She made one start at Canterbury and I felt she needed some time off. She figured it out at Delta; I’ve learned over the years that you have to be patient; have a plan B and sometimes a plan C!”

McIngvale was also the breeder of Richard’s top earner, Underpressure, a Louisiana-bred son of Birdstone, out of the Charismatic mare Charming Colleen. Richard had an immediate connection with the gelding and purchased him. He became a multiple-stakes winner for the Richard barn, earning $870,992 in 45 starts.

Richard, who turned 50 last year, was an assistant to top trainer Tom Amoss for five years. He is grateful to Amoss and a number of owners for their support.

“Stan Cole gave me a great opportunity in Minnesota and I trained for Maggi Moss at Prairie Meadows for eight years,” said Richard. 

Native Ruler, a $25,000 claimer for Moss, won nine stakes and retired with earnings of $712, 296 and  she also owned Outta Tune, who captured the Grade 3, Count Fleet at Oaklawn Park.

Richard’s seven-year tenure at Prairie Meadows was a solid building block for his stable as well as his personal life. That is where he met his future wife, Mallory Greiner, who was attending Iowa State University and had a job working in the Prairie Meadows racing office.  They married in 2019 and make their home in Vinton. She devotes countless hours to re-homing the Richard-trainees as their racing careers wind down.

“I vet each prospective owner very carefully,” explained Mallory. “It’s never an easy process, but we believe in making sure our horses have a good home away from the racetrack.”

There’s never much time for celebration for horsemen and Richard was on the road from Delta Downs to Oaklawn Park the morning after winning his 1,000th career race.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” he stated. “I’ve been very fortunate to have some real nice horses, loyal owners, a great crew and the support of Mallory. I am very appreciative of this!”

Mattress Mack Set to Wager About $4M at Kentucky Derby

It’s possible—not probable—that he could split the bet among horses.


Horse owner and Houston furniture magnate Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale plans to be at Churchill Downs to bet up to about $4 million again on the Kentucky Derby favorite. The big betting is a hedge on his furniture giveaway for customers if the public’s choice wins.

Ideally, favoritism will be locked in by an hour before the race, but “if both horses are three-and-a-half to one a minute before the race starts, then I’ve got to take a stand,” McIngvale said in a telephone interview. “So if my bet happens to establish the favorite for the Kentucky Derby, then so be it.”

Unlike last year when Essential Quality   was a 2-1 morning line favorite and ended up as an almost 3-1 post time favorite with McIngvale’s money, which horse will be favorite this year may not be known until closer to post time.


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Louisiana Bred Libertyrun Becomes Runhappy’s First Winner

Louisiana-bred Libertyrun became the first winner for Runhappy, the champion sprinter of 2015,  July 8 at Indiana Grand. Owned and bred by Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale Libertyrun drew away for a 6 1/4-length victory in his debut in a $31,000 maiden special weight.

Breaking from the far outside in a field of 12, the juvenile colt pressed the early pace under Miguel Mena, took the lead leaving the turn, and extended his advantage to the wire. He completed 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05.63 on a fast track.

“He’s not a very big horse, but he is very professional,” Mena said. “He came out of the gate great. When we got to the stretch, he had his ears pricked, and I hit him once and he took off running. I hit him one more time and he continued on again. I think he is a very nice horse.”

Multiple G1 winner Runhappy stood at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., this year for a fee of $25,000. Like Libertyrun, he was a first-out winner. A son of Super Saver, Runhappy went on to capture the King’s Bishop Stakes (G1), the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (G3), the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), and the Malibu Stakes (G1) in his 3-year-old campaign.

McIngvale’s sister-in-law Laura Wohlers who trains Libertyrun, said of the colt, “He ran big, and (that) was a bad post to draw into. I didn’t expect him to win, so a great day.”

She and other family members oversee McIngvale’s racing operation.

Libertyrun will likely be pointed to a stakes race for Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds though the $100,000 RUNHAPPY Juvenile Stakes Aug. 9 at Ellis Park is a possibility.

Out of the unraced Came Home mare Slews Return, Libertyrun is the seventh winner for his dam.

LTBA Announces 2019 Champions; Names Chimney Rock 2019 Louisiana Horse of the Year

Chimney Rock pictured winning the 2019 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile. Hodges Photo.
LTBA Announces 2019 Champions; Names Chimney Rock 2019 Louisiana Horse of the Year

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association is pleased to announce the selection of Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint [G2] contender, Chimney Rock as 2019 Louisiana Horse of the Year.
A two-year-old of 2019, Chimney Rock (Artie Schiller – What’s Your Point) won a Maiden Special Weight race at Saratoga on September 1st  and ran second by a head just six days later in the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf. In his next start, Chimney Rock was a half-length from victory in the Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland. November 1st, he came close to winning the $1,000,000 G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, crossing the finish line just three-quarters of a length behind Four Wheel Drive. Making the switch to a dirt track for the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile at Fair Grounds, Chimney Rock gained his first stakes win. From seven 2019 starts, he had two firsts, three seconds and a third. His year end earnings of $369,025 were the highest of any Louisiana Bred runner last year.

Along with overall Louisiana Horse of the Year, the following have been named 2019 Louisiana champions :

2019 Two-Year-Old Accredited Louisiana Bred Filly
Our Lost Love
Half Ours-Lost Love Baby
Breeder/Owner: Tri Star Racing (Richard Robertson, Alan Dean and Mike Nash)
Trainer: Joey Foster
2019 Two-Year-Old Accredited Louisiana Bred Colt or Gelding
Chimney Rock
Artie Schiller-What’s Your Point
Breeder: Stargazers LLC & Clear Creek Stud LLC
Owner: Three Diamonds Farm
Trainer: Michael Maker
2019 Three-Year-Old Accredited Louisiana Bred Filly
Net A Bear
Awesome Bet-Edacious Reality
Breeder: Lora Pitre & Elaine Carroll
Owner: Maximo Lamarche & Federico Deltoro
Trainer: Allen Landry


2019 Three-Year-Old Accredited Louisiana Bred Colt or Gelding
Shanghai Bobby-Humble Janet
Breeder: Cloyce C. Clark Jr.
Owner: William & Corrine Heiligbrodt
Trainer: Steve Asmussen


2019 Four-Year-Old and up Accredited Louisiana Bred Filly or Mare
Minit To Stardom 
Star Guitar-Wild About Marie
Breeder/Owner: Brittlyn Stable Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable Inc.
Trainer: Jose Camejo


2019 Four-Year-Old and up Accredited Louisiana Bred Male
Songandaprayer-Laughing Saint
Breeder: J.E. & Bunny Jumonville
Owner: Rodney J. Verret
Trainer: Allen Landry


2019 Louisiana Broodmare of the Year
Wild About Marie
Wildcat Heir-Joyful Wager by Valid Wager
Owner: Brittlyn Stable Inc.


2019 Andrew L. “Red” Erwin Stallion of the Year
Star Guitar
Quiet American-Minit Towinit by Malagra
Owner: Brittlyn Stable Inc


2019 Louisiana Leading Breeder by Breeders Awards
Brittlyn Stable Inc.


2019 Louisiana Leading Breeder by Percentage of Stakes Winners
James McIngvale


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.


Originally, winners were to be announced at the LTBA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet planned for Louisiana Derby weekend at Fair Grounds Racetrack and Slots in New Orleans. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the LTBA Board of Directors made the decision to forgo the event this year.



Owner Appreciation Cup
Delta Downs, 2-29-20, 1 mile
Four-Year-Olds and Upwards, $70,000

Underpressure - OA Cup - 02-29-20
Underpressure wins the Owner Appreciation Cup at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.

Birdstone-Charming Colleen
Breeder: James McIngvale
Owner: Mallory Greiner
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

Treasure Trove
Breeder: John Fradkin & Diane Fradkin (KY)
Owner: Bayou Bengal Racing Stable
Trainer: Thomas M. Amoss
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Paddock Pick
Graydar-Fiery Pulpit
Breeder: Taylor Brothers Properties LLC, Pollock Farms, Patrick H. Payne, et al (KY)
Owner: Claiming Game Racing
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: C.J. McMahon


Underpressure’s victory in the Owner Appreciation Cup came in come-from-behind style as his used his deadly late kick to run down pacesetter Treasure Trove in the stretch. The Chris Richard trainee, who was ridden by Gerard Melancon, hit the finish line 1-1/4 lengths to the good of Treasure Trove with Paddock Pick finishing another 2-1/4 lengths back in third. The final time for Underpressure was 1:38.79.


The win by Underpressure came with some drama after the race. Treasure Trove’s jockey Diego Saenz claimed foul against the winner for drifting in front of his mount in mid-stretch. The stewards took several minutes to review video of the race before disallowing the claim and keeping the order of finish intact.


Underpressure has now won 13-of-36 races and the $48,000 prize on Saturday night raised his career bankroll to $741,382. The 6-year-old Louisiana-bred son of Birdstone, out of the Charismatic mare Charming Colleen, won all three of his starts at Delta Downs this meet, each with Melancon in the saddle. The biggest score came in the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship on February 8, which was the richest race of the season.



MONTE MAN - Louisiana Legends Sprint - 05-26-18 - R07 - EVD - Finish
Monte Man wins the 2018 Louisiana Legends Sprint. Coady Photography.

On Sunday afternoon, Louisiana horsemen and women gathered at the Equine Sales facility in Opelousas to honor the 2018 Accredited Louisiana Bred Champions and their connections at the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet.

While the majority of the award winners had been announced previously, the overall horse of the year was named at the banquet. Voted on by the LTBA Board of Directors, this year’s Louisiana Bred Horse of the Year is Monte Man. 

LTBA President Warren Harang (center) presents the trophy for 2018 Louisiana Horse of the Year, Monte Man, to Breeder, Val Murrell (left), and trainer, Ron Faucheux.

Monte Man won six of seven starts in 2018, including five stakes wins. He won the Louisiana Premier Night Sprint at Delta Downs in February, the Costa Rising Stakes at Fair Grounds  in March, the Louisiana Legends Night Sprint at Evangeline Downs in May, the Louisiana Cup Sprint at Louisiana Downs in August and the Heitai Stakes at Fair Grounds in November. In his final start of the year Monte Man ran third in the Louisiana Champions Day Sprint. Total 2018 earnings for the son of Custom For Carlos out of Sarah’s My Angel  added up to $257,690. Monte Man , who also received the award for Older Louisiana Bred Male was bred by Val C. Murrell, is owned by Ivery Sisters Racing and trained by Ron Faucheux.

Before the presentations, Lori Johnson of The Jockey Club delivered a very informative presentation on the new paperless registration process. There were many questions about the new process, and LTBA members were quite grateful for Lori’s knowledge of the topic at hand.

Following is a complete list of the Award Recipients and their connections:

Louisiana 2018 Horse of the Year
Monte Man
Sire: Custom For Carlos
Dam: Sarah’s My Angel
Breeder: Val C. Murrell
Owner: Ivery Sisters Racing
Trainer: Ron Faucheux

2018 Accredited Louisiana Bred Two-Year-Old Filly
Midnight Fantasy
Sire: Midnight Lute
Dam: St. Jean
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Carl R. Moore Management LLC
Trainer: Joe Sharp

2018 Accredited Louisiana Bred Two-Year-Old Colt
Classy John
Sire: Songandaprayer
Dam: Kitty’s Got Class
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Valene Farms LLC
Trainer: Dallas Stewart

2018 Accredited Louisiana Bred Three-Year-Old Filly
Testing One Two
Sire: Star Guitar
Dam: Yes Sir
Breeder: Brittlyn, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux

2018 Accredited Louisiana Bred Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding
Sire: Star Guitar
Dam: Powerful Nation
Breeder: Clear Creek Stud
Owner: Valene Farms
Trainer: Dallas Stewart

2018 Accredited Louisiana Bred Four-Year-Old and up Fillies & Mares
Ours To Run
Sire: Half Ours
Dam: Brown Eyed Baby
Breeder: Clifford Grum
Owner: Colonel Thoroughbred LLC
Trainer: Larry Jones

2018 Accredited Louisiana Bred Four-Year-Old and up Male
Monte Man
Sire: Custom For Carlos
Dam: Sarah’s My Angel
Breeder: Val C. Murrell
Owner: Ivery Sisters Racing
Trainer: Ron Faucheux

2018 Louisiana Broodmare of the Year
Street Beat
Dixie Brass – Mary Eby
Owner: William D. (Joe) Pickett

2018 Andrew L. “Red” Erwin Stallion of the Year
Star Guitar
Quiet American – Minit Towinit
Owner: Brittlyn Stable (Evelyn & Maurice Benoit)

2018 Louisiana Leading Breeder by Breeders Awards
J. Adcock (Red River Farm LLC)

2018 Louisiana Leading Breeder by Percentage of Stakes Winners
James McIngvale

NEW DATE! Celebrate Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds at the LTBA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, Sunday, March

Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds

at the
LTBA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet
Sunday, March 31st

Dear LTBA Member:

You are cordially invited to attend our 2019 Annual Membership Meeting, at Equine Sales Company of Louisiana, in Opelousas, LA on Sunday March 31, 2019. Doors will open at 2:30 pm.

Awards will be presented to the breeders and owners of the outstanding accredited Louisiana Bred Horses of 2018 as well as the overall Horse of the Year. From 3:00 pm till 7:00pm  Equine Sales Company Sale Arena will be the site as awards will be presented to the owner of the leading Stallion, the owner of the Broodmare of the Year, the Leading Breeder of 2018, as well as the High Percentage Breeder of the Year. See the attached sheet of this year’s champions.

As a special treat, this year we will have someone from The Jockey Club on hand to explain and to answer the many questions on micro chipping. This is a big change for everyone, so expect to learn something.

Our program will also include live entertainment. As we combine the 2yo in training sale with our awards banquet we expect a large crowd as well as fun for everyone.

Roger A. Heitzmann III
Secretary / Treasurer


What:       LTBA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet
When:      Sunday, March 31st, 3:00 p.m.
Where:     Equine Sales Facility,
372 Harry Guilbeau Road   Opelousas, Louisiana  70570


Any questions or need more info call

Roger A. Heitzmann III, Secretary/Treasurer

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

504-947-4676, 800-772-1195

LTBA Announces 2018 Louisiana Bred Champions

LTBA Contact:
Roger Heitzmann
(504) 947-4676
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association has announced the results of the 2018 Accredited Louisiana Bred Champions, 2018 Stallion of the Year, 2018 Broodmare of the Year and Breeders of the Year.

2yo filly ~ Midnight Fantasy
2yo colt or gelding ~ Classy John
3yo filly ~ Testing One Two
3yo colt or gelding ~ Givemeaminit
4 & up filly or mare ~ Ours To Run
4 & up male ~ Monte Man
Broodmare of the Year ~ Street Beat
Stallion of the Year ~ Star Guitar
Breeder of the Year ~ Red River Farm, LLC
High Percentage of Stakes Winners Breeder ~ James McIngvale

Accredited Louisiana Bred Champions and Broodmare of the Year are selected by a vote of the membership. Leading Stallion and Leading Breeders are based on statistics.
Award presentations will be made at the 2019 Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at Equine Sales of Louisiana, in Opelousas, when the overall “Horse of the Year” will be revealed. This year’s Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet are being held following the Breeze Show for the Equine Sales 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

Congratulations to all.

See below for complete results.


For more information, please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit