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
Shang    
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
Laughingsaintssong 
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.

 

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Laughingsaintssong Fastest In Louisiana Champions Day Sprint

Louisiana Champions Day Sprint
Fair Grounds, 12-14-19, 6 furlongs
Three Year Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $100,000

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Laughingsaintssong, with Colby Hernandez aboard, wins the 29th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Sprint. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

LAUGHINGSAINTSONG
Songandaprayer–Laughing Saint
Breeder: J. E. Jumonville Jr. & Bunny Jumonville
Owner: Rodney J. Verret
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

2nd
Takes Two to Tango
Half Ours–Doyouwanttodance
Breeder: Melissa Cantacuzene
Owner: Melissa Cantacuzene
Trainer: J. Luis Garcia
Jockey: Diego Saenz

3rd
Double Barrel Man
Musket Man–Double Points Day
Breeder: Michele Rodriguez
Owner: GK Racing LLC
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: Jack Gilligan

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Pound for Pound Wins Louisiana Champions Day Classic

Fair Grounds’ Dec. 14 feature first black-type win for trainer Andrea Ancil Ali.

 

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Israel Flores Horses’ Pound for Pound edged Trevilion to take the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic, giving trainer Andrea Ancil Ali and jockey Aubrie Green their first black-type wins Dec. 14 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

The Classic was the highlight on a 13-race card for accredited Louisiana-breds, including three Quarter Horse stakes.

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Laughingsaintssong Cruises in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint

Louisiana Cup Sprint
Louisiana Downs, 8-3-19, 6 furlongs
3YO and upwards, Accredited Louisiana breds, $50,000

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Laughingsaintssong with Colby Hernandez aboard wins the Louisiana Cup Sprint at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

Laughingsaintssong
Songandaprayer–Laughing Saint
Breeder: J. E. Jumonville Jr. & Bunny Jumonville
Owner: Rodney J. Verret
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

2nd
State Treasurer
Munnings–Dakota Dazzler
Breeder: Dennis Milligan
Owner: Royalty Thoroughbreds, LLC
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Richard E. Eramia

3rd
Double Barrel Man
Musket Man–Double Points Day
Breeder: Michele Rodriguez
Owner: Allen Cassedy
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: Edgar S. Prado

 

Next up on the card was the running of the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint with a field of seven. Defending champion Monte Man was sent off as the heavy favorite, but the victory went to Rodney L. Verret’s Laughingsaintssong.

Monte Man, owned by Ivery Sisters Racing, stumbled out of the gate, but rider Colby Hernandez had clear sailing aboard Laughingsaintssong, who was making his first start at  Louisiana Downs for conditioner Allen Landry. He drew clear from the far outside post, winning the six furlong sprint in 1:10.07, a margin of 5 ½ lengths over State Treasurer.

“He ran a great allowance race at Evangeline last month,” said Landry. “We didn’t want to change a thing and we had been pointing for this for a while.”

Double Barrel Man ran third, and Monte Man, owned by Ivery Sisters Racing and trained by Ron Faucheux, ran fourth. Honored as Louisiana Bred Horse of the Year in 2018, the bay gelding is now just $6,000 shy of the half-million earnings mark.

Laughingsaintssong ($22.60) is bred by Jumonville Farms, one of the top Quarter Horse breeders in Louisiana.  J.E. Jumonville was inducted into the LQHBA Hall of Fame in March.

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