Mariah's Galaxy, Treasure Chest - 11-15-19
Maria’s Galaxy defeats open company in the $100,000 Treasure Chest Stakes at Delta Downs.

The Treasure Chest Stakes
Delta Downs, 11-15-19, One mile
Three-year-olds and upwards, fillies and mares, $100,000

Greeley’s Galaxy–Black Mariah
Breeder: Margie K. Averett (LA)
Owner: Riley Blanchet and Todd Matte
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Kevin J. Smith

She’s Our Fastest
Breeder: Eureka Thoroughbred Farm (TX)
Owner: Mark Norman and Norman Stables LLC
Trainer: Scott Gelner
Jockey: Thomas L. Pompell

Special Blessing
Flat Out–Langsyne
Breeder: J. Adcock (LA)
Owner: Coteau Grove Farms LLC
Trainer: W. Bret Calhoun
Jockey: Roberto Morales


VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the 14th running of the $100,000 Treasure Chest Stakes on Friday night and the winner was Mariah’s Galaxy under jockey Kevin Smith. The Victor Arceneaux trainee has now won two stakes races already this season as she also took the $100,000 Magnolia on opening weekend, October 11.

Mariah’s Galaxy’s task in the Treasure Chest appeared to be tougher one as she was facing open company this time after beating Louisiana-breds in the Magnolia. She passed the test with flying colors however as she sat back in the 10-horse field while Summer’s Indy set the early pace of 23.01 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 47.40 for the half. As the field entered the final turn of the one mile event Smith called on his mount and she responded with a determined rally that put her 1-1/2 lengths in front of Shes Our Fastest at the wire while Special Blessing rallied for third, another four lengths behind the top pair. Summer’s Indy faded to fourth.

The final time for Mariah’s Galaxy over a fast track in the Treasure Chest was 1:39.51

The win by Mariah’s Galaxy, who is owned by Riley Blanchet and Todd Matte, was the ninth of her 24-race career. She banked another $60,000 for her win on Friday and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $302,485.

Bred in Louisiana by Margie K. Averett, Mariah’s Galaxy is a 5-year-old mare by Greeley’s Galaxy, out of the Devil His Due mare Black Mariah.

Sent to the gate at odds of 5-1, Mariah’s Galaxy paid $12 to win, $5.20 to place and $4 to show. Shes Our Fastest was worth $11.20 to place and $7 to show. Special Blessing paid $4.80 to show.



For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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Desormeaux Returns to Louisiana to Ride at Fair Grounds

The 49-year-old rider leaves California, his longtime base.

Cajun-born Kent Desormeaux, who began his Hall of Fame career as a jockey at the unsanctioned “bush tracks” of Louisiana on his way to riding more than 6,000 winners, has returned home to Louisiana to ride full time at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots this winter.

Frustrated by reduced opportunities in California, where he has predominantly ridden since 2014, Desormeaux sought a change in circuits. He is experiencing one of his quietest years as a jockey, with 34 winners from 269 mounts and earnings of $2.4 million. He last rode at Del Mar Nov. 10, winning with one of his two mounts that afternoon.


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Funeral Services Set Thursday For Former LQHBA President Gerald Libersat, Sr.

Gerald David Libersat, Sr.

February 17, 1940 – November 04, 2019


ABBEVILLE, LA—NOVEMBER 5, 2019—A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:00 pm Thursday (Nov. 7) at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Abbeville for longtime Louisiana horseman Gerald David Libersat, Sr., 79, who died Monday at his residence.

He will be laid to rest at St. Paul Cemetery with Reverend Louis Richard officiating the services. Vocalist for the service will be Barrett Bertrand, and lectors, Shannon and Keri. Pallbearers will be Jacob, Brock and Colin Broussard, Brooks and Barrett Bertrand, and Mark Libersat.

Gerald will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends as a selfless, admirable caretaker and role model not only dedicated to his family and faith whole heartedly but also to his community, serving as past president and board member of the Abbeville Harbor and Terminal District for 31 years, Board of Directors of Bank of Abbeville, Chamber of Commerce for over 10 years, serving as president 1986-1987, Woodmen of the World Association member for over 15 years. Retired owner of Murphy’s Lease and Welding.

Besides his ultimate passion toward his family, his other great passion was his love of horse racing. Throughout his 32 years in the industry he has been recognized as a leading owner and breeder with an impressive career including 159 wins, 147 second wins and 167 third place finishes.

With the help of his son and trainer, Kevin Broussard, together some of their greatest accomplishments include winning 30+ year Breeder Award, along with setting numerous track records and being a leader in the industry. He has also served as president of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association. It is with great honor his family will continue to carry on his great legacy.

Gerald is survived by his caretaker and loving wife of 37 years, Julie; son, Kevin and his wife Jill; daughters, Keri, Shannon and Lisa; nine grandchildren, Brock, Jacob, Colin, Jenna, Anna, Kaitlyn, Kylie, Brooks and Barrett; and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, May and Murphy “Mutt” Libersat; son, Gerald “Boz” Libersat, Jr.; and brothers, Donald Libersat and Rodney Libersat. The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Vincent Funeral Home – Abbeville, 209 S. St. Charles St., on Thursday (Nov. 7) from 9:00 am until 2:45 pm when the procession will depart for the church. A rosary being prayed at 2:00 pm.

The Libersat family would like to thank St. Joseph Hospice and Senior Helpers, along with a special thanks to Regina, Roz and Mrs. Kitty.

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New Heights Therapeutic Riding Center gets New ED

Lisl Blitch Moyer has been appointed the new Executive Director of New Heights Therapeutic Riding Center in Folsom.

Established in 1998, New Heights is a premier, certified Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center, which helps children and adults with physical or emotional disabilities reach ‘new heights’ through the healing power of the horse. Over the past twenty years the therapeutic riding programs have expanded to serve children and adults ages 2-85 with conditions ranging from Cerebral Palsy and brain trauma to paralysis, Autism, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Two of the newer services available are Horses for Heroes (Veterans and First Responders) and Hippotherapy, a type of Equine Therapy prescribed by physicians to help patients recover physical strength and movement.

Moyer’s prior experience includes serving as Director of Marketing for Blitch Knevel Architects in New Orleans, Executive Event Planner for Events of Distinction in Annapolis, and Executive Director of the Texas Restaurant Association-Houston Chapter.  She is a New Orleans native who received her degree in Public Relations/Communications from the American University in Washington, DC.

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November Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

Brought to you by Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders AssociationWhispering Oaks Farmand Equine Sales CompanyClick images to link to more information 

Nov 11

  • Veterans Day

Nov 15

  • Final Louisiana Champions Day Nominations Deadline
  • Treasure Chest Stakes, Delta Downs, Vinton

Nov 16

  • Election Day
  • Delta Mile, Delta Downs, Vinton

Nov 20

  • Fair Grounds, final day to enter papers for zero date

Nov 22

  • My Trusty Cat Stakes, Delta Downs, Vinton

Nov 23

  • Jean Lafitte Stakes, Delta Downs, Vinton

Nov 28

  • Thanksgiving
  • Fair Grounds 148th Season Opens
  • Thanksgiving Handicap, Fair Grounds, New Orleans

Nov 25

  • Stallion Registration Forms (covered in ‘19 for foals of ‘20) to mail from LTBA office

Nov 26

  • Louisiana Futurity Nomination Forms to mail from LTBA office

Nov 30

  • Richard R. Scherer Memorial Stakes, Fair Grounds, New Orleans

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Please contact Linda 985-386-0360, or Roger 504-947-4676, for cost and availability.

Do you have a date pertaining to Louisiana-breds that you would like included in an upcoming calendar? Please contact Linda 985-386-0360, or Roger 504-947-4676, roger@louisianabred.comfor consideration.


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Roger A. Heitzmann III, Secretary/Treasurer

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association


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Louisiana Bred Chimney Rock in Todays Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

Two-year-old Chimney Rock (Artie Schiller-What’s Your Point, by Wheaton) in todays (1-1-19) $1 million G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. Bred in Louisiana by Stargazers and Clear Creek Stud, LLC, the Michael J. Maker trainee will start from Post Position 1 for owners Three Diamonds Farm.


Chimney Rock broke his maiden by 1 ¾ lengths going away in a $75,000 MSW at Saratoga, in his third start September 1st . Less than a week later he ran back in the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint where he just  missed the victory to undefeated Cambria (3-3) by a head. Next out he was once again a close second in the $200,000 Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland; this time to G2 placed multiple stakes winner Kimari, by a half length. Both races were 5 ½ furlongs on the turf.


An $18,000 purchase from the 2018 Equine Sales Company Select Yearling Sale, Chimney Rock is out of the stakes placed winning Wheaton mare, What’s Your Point ($435,095).  He is by 2005 Breeders Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller.  Artie Schiller won 6 Graded Stakes  and over $2 million in his racing career. He has consistently ranked among the leading sires in the country since his first crop started in 2010.


Chimney Rock will be competing at Morning Line odds of 10-1.

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Louisiana bred Khozan Colt Tops Equine Sales Co. Open Yearling and Mixed Sale

A yearling colt sired by Florida-based Khozan  was purchased by Norman Stables for $22,000 to top the Oct. 27 Equine Sales of Louisiana’s Open Yearling and Mixed Sale in Opelousas, La.

Consigned by Oakridge Farm, the colt was bred in Louisiana by Paul Pruett and is out of the Dixie Union mare Unwooed. The colt’s second dam, the Alysheba mare Designatoree, produced Voice of Destiny, a $556,723-earner whose 24 victories from ages 2 to 10 included the Berkeley Handicap and California Juvenile Stakes, both grade 3. Designatoree, a half sister to grade 1 winner Very Subtle, is also granddam of grade 3 winner Actin Good.

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Supplements Bring Sunday’s Equine Sales Company Open Yearling and Mixed Sale Offering to Nearly 150 Head

A robust list of supplements to Equine Sales Company’s Open Yearling and Mixed Sale has boosted the catalog to nearly 150 horses for the auction set for Sunday, October 27. The sale will begin at 11 a.m. in the sale pavilion in Opelousas, Louisiana.

The sale will kick-off with more than 50 yearlings on offer, followed by weanlings, broodmares and horses of racing age. In addition, four stallions are cataloged including Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Closing Argument with nearly $25 million in progeny earnings and graded stakes winner D’Wildcat with more than $27 million in progeny earnings. Both stallions have been perennially near the top of the sire list in Louisiana. Mean Season and Run Production are also being offered.

As usual, the sale includes offspring of many of Louisiana’s top stallions, including Astrology, Gemologist, Court Vision, Star Guitar, Custom for Carlos and many others. Top national stallions represented include Fusaichi Pegasus, Goldencents and Bodemeister.

“This might be the strongest offering we’ve ever had for our open yearling and mixed sale,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director. “We had six horses go for $50,000 or more at our Select Yearling Sale last month, including a $145,000 sale-topper, so the market has been strong here, and we expect to draw buyers from around the region for this sale.”

For more information and to view the online catalog and live video on sale day, go

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Equine Sales Company Open Yearling & Mixed Sale, Sunday, October 27





Sale To Be Held on
Sunday October 27, 2019
Sale Starts at 11:00 AM

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Equine Sales Company
372 Harry Guilbeau Road
Opelousas, Louisiana  70570
Office:  337-678-3024 * Fax:  337-678-3028
Sale Director:  Foster Bridewell
Cell:  214-718-7618
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