Cilla thrust Louisana-breds into the spotlight with her gritty upset victory in the Sept. 4 Prioress Stakes (G2) at Saratoga Race Course. The daughter of California Chromehails from Brett Brinkman’s farm in Cajun country, Louisiana, where Brinkman bred, raised, and broke the filly that would provide him with one of the biggest thrills of his career.
Brinkman, the co-owner, co-breeder, and trainer of Cilla who operates Le Mesa Stallions in Carencro, La., spoke with BloodHorse MarketWatch about his early beginnings in the industry, acquiring Cilla’s dam, the successful race mare Sittin At the Bar, and why he believes the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association program offers breeders significant value on the racetrack.
OPELOUSAS, LA – Evangeline Downs wrapped up its 2021 Thoroughbred season on Saturday night with an 11-race program that featured the $60,000 D. S. ‘Shine’ Young Futurity for colts and geldings and recognition of the top horsemen for the meet.
The D. S. ‘Shine’ Young was won by Whispering Oaks Farm’s Fiesty Fist. The 24-1 longshot was ridden to victory by jockey Kevin Smith, who got a leg up from trainer Steven Flint before the 5-1/2-furlong test for 2-year-olds.
Breaking from post nine in a 10-horse field, Fiesty Fist sat off the early pace of 22.08 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 45.92 for the half set by True Deal. As the field turned for home, True Deal held a narrow lead while riding the rail as Fiesty Fist and Tambourine Star were closing in during the final furlong. At the wire, Fiesty Fist passed the pacesetter by just a half-length to claim victory while Tambourine Star settled for third, another head behind the runner-up.
The final time for Fiesty Fist was 1:05.39 while racing over a track listed as muddy.
The win by Fiesty Fist was the second of his three-race career. He broke his maiden at first asking on May 20 before finishing sixth in the Louisiana Cup Juvenile at Louisiana Downs on August 21. He earned $36,000 for his win on Saturday while raising his overall bankroll to $50,400.
Bred in Louisiana by Carrol J. Castille, Fiesty Fist is a 2-year-old bay gelding by Iron Fist, out of the Roman Ruler mare Sheza Roman Ruler.
Fans who backed Fiesty Fist at the wagering window were rewarded to payoffs of $51 to win, $27.80 to place and $15.60 to show. True Deal paid $5.40 to place and $3.60 to show. Tambourine Star was worth $3.20 to show.
FIRST STAKES VICTORY FOR THE CHASEY DEVILLE POMIER RUNNER
OPELOUSAS, LA –The penultimate day of racing saw a potential star-in-the-making as Gerald Bruno, Jr.’s Free Like a Girl scored a big victory in the $60,000 D.S. ‘Shine’ Young Futurity on Friday night. The filly division of the futurity for Louisiana-bred runners was contested over the distance of 5-1/2 furlongs.
Madame Jane broke sharply to gain early control, with Free Like a Girl rushing up after a slow start from her outside post. Through an opening quarter-mile in a quick 22.06 seconds, Madame Jane opened up a 1-1/2 length lead with Free Like a Girl and Morewickedthanless on the chase. Jockey Pedro Cotto Jr. urged Free Like a Girl to go after the leader and cut that margin to only a head as they covered the half-mile in 46.25 seconds.
Despite drifting wide coming off the turn, Free Like a Girl was able to wrestle the lead away from a tiring Madame Jane inside the final furlong. Buckley Bunny and Serape both made late challenges in the lane, but were held off by the Chasey Deville Pomier runner. The winning margin for Free Like a girl, who stopped the clock in 1:05.87 over a track rated fast, was 1-1/4 lengths. Buckley Bunny was up for second, with Serape a ½-length back in third. Early leader Madame Jane faded to fourth.
The winner’s share of $36,000 increased the lifetime bankroll of Free Like a Girl to $75,713. The victory is the second win from only six career starts.
The 2-year-old was bred in Louisiana by Kim Renee Stover and Lisa Osborne. The bay filly is by El Deal, out of the Flashy Bull mare Flashy Prize.
Sent off as the favorite at even money, Free Like a Girl paid $4 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.40 to show. Buckley Bunny returned $5.80 to place and $4 to show. Serape paid backers $5.80 to show.
The 2021 Louisiana Champions Day nominations will be handled by New Orleans Fair Grounds. As soon as Fair Grounds provides the LTBA with nomination forms, the LTBA will post them to our website. Please monitor http://www.louisianabred.com for updates.
Bred by Joan Adcock, the gelding is the first foal out of the Three Hour Nap winner Swanky Princess, who is a full sister to grade 3-placed stakes winner Wynn Time and multiple stakes winner Cinco Star. The mare also has a yearling by Bind named Bye Bye Big Baby and produced a colt this year by Jay Gatsby.
My Heavy Son is raced by Iron Oaks Stable and trained by Patrick Mouton. He was unplaced in his first two starts and found a late kick in his third start that propelled him to the win. His final time was 1:07.35.
Mo Tom and El Deal, both freshman stallions standing at the Adcock family’s Red River Farms in Coushatta, La., were represented by their first black-type winners Aug. 21 at Louisiana Downs.
In the second race of the day, Wholelottamo took the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes for Mo Tom, and two races later True Deal eked out a victory in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Stakes to represent El Deal. Both 2-year-olds were bred in Louisiana by Cloyce Clark Jr.