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By now, all LTBA members should have received their ballots for the 2018 Board of Directors Election. If you have not done so, please complete (vote for up to 5) and mail in the return envelope provided. Envelope must be signed on the back and ballot must be received by June 30. Unsigned ballots and those received after June 30 will not be counted.
Due to bad weather, the LTBA Board of Directors Meeting originally scheduled for noon today, December 8, 2017 has been cancelled. We are in the process of rescheduling. At the present time, we hope to meet tomorrow morning, December 9 at 9:00 a.m. in New Orleans. Location TBA.
Following is the tentative agenda for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Board of Directors meeting to be held Friday, December 8 at 12:00 noon.
Memorial services for Doyle Reece Wardrop will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the Freedom United Methodist Church with Rev. Carolyn Murrow officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Marshall Funeral Home of Alva.
Doyle Reece Wardrop, 67, was born November 15, 1949, to Foy Reece and Nena Mae (Olson) Wardrop at Alva General Hospital in Alva, Oklahoma, and passed away August 16, 2017, at Alva, Oklahoma.
Doyle grew up on the family farm 6.5 miles west of Camp Houston in western Woods County, Oklahoma. He started school at Centerview Rural School and graduated Freedom High School, Freedom, Oklahoma, in 1968. He attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University, majoring in Agriculture. He spent many hours working with Professor Leo Brandt showing livestock across the United States. In 1970, Doyle entered the U. S. Army at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and served with distinction until his honorable discharge in 1972.
Doyle started in the horse business near Lafayette, Louisiana, after his discharge from the Army. He was well known and respected in the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred Racing Industry across the country, having trained numerous award winning horses. He owned and operated Southern Horse Transportation while managing Iron Horse Acres near Sunset, Louisiana.
In 2002, he returned home to Woods County and took over the operation of the family farm and ranch. He also managed the Jim Darnell Ranch in far northwest Woods County for many years. Doyle married Kay Decker in 2010. They continued to live on the farm until recently moving to Alva, Oklahoma.
Doyle served on the Woods County Election Board for many years, was Commander of Hatch-Vincent American Legion Post in Freedom, was a member of the Freedom Chamber of Commerce, the Cimarron Cowboys Association, served on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and was active in the Woods County Republican Party for a number of years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nena and Foy Wardrop.
Doyle is survived by his wife, Kay, of Alva; his daughter Kendra Wardrop Barrilleaux and his son-in-law, Adam Barrilleaux of Cypress, Texas; his daughter, Shelby Wardrop of Broussard, Louisiana; three granddaughters, Graison and Addison Barrilleaux of Cypress, Texas, and Bailey Wardrop of Broussard, Louisiana; three sisters, Connie Brown, Jana Stein, and Jill Elmore; numerous other relatives and many, many friends.
Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation for the Social Sciences Department Doyle Wardrop Fund.
July 5, 2017
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) has announced the results of their 2017 Board of Directors election. Val Murrell, Michele Rodriguez and Jim Montgomery have been re-elected to the the board; Daniel Guidry has been elected to his first term on the board.
The voting results are as follows, with the top four (4) being elected to a three (3) year term
196 Val Murrell
175 Michele Rodriguez
149 Daniel Guidry
148 Jim Montgomery
134 Bobby Duhon
MK Election Services, LLC as an Impartial Balloting Agency, certified that the results of the election are true and accurate, the ballots were properly counted, and rigid safeguards were maintained to protect the secrecy of the ballot. At the conclusion of the counting, all ballots and materials were placed in appropriate containers, sealed and stored by MK Election Services, LLC.
The LTBA Board of directors currently consists of thirteen (13) members. Members of the Board must be regular members in good standing. The three year terms are staggered resulting in approximately one third (1/3) of the board being subject to election annually.
The full 2017-18 Board of Directors is as follows:
Warren Harang III, president
Jake Delhomme, 1st vice president
Brett Brinkman, 2nd vice president
Thomas B. Early
Officers are elected at the August Board of Directors Meeting.
That Jake Delhomme’s stable, Set-Hut, has two horses running on Louisiana Champions Day certainly was not lost on others.
Champions Day is a celebration of Louisiana-bred horse racing, of which Delhomme is a staunch advocate. Delhomme, a former backup quarterback with the Saints for six seasons, is involved in horse racing as an owner and on at least two levels concerning breeding, and he also has his hands in training.
His filly, Forest Lake, is the No. 5 horse in the Champions Day Ladies race, one of nine with a $100,000 purse, not including the $150,000 Classic. Another Set-Hut filly, P Boo — which is owned by Delhomme’s father, Jerry — will run in the Lassie.
“The most important thing about Jake is he’s really focused on the Louisiana-bred program,” said Fair Grounds senior director of racing Jason Boulet, who grew up less than a mile from Delhomme in Breaux Bridge. “I’m very happy for him and proud that his horses are running on Champions Day because he’s bred nice horses and bought nice Louisiana breds. So, it’s only right he gets to shine on one of those days, because he really deserves it.”
Delhomme also has been involved in the buying and selling of young horses in Kentucky. However, his horses are bred in Louisiana and run exclusively here. It’s part of his hands-on approach that touches nearly every aspect, he said.
“I just love being at the barn every single day, dealing with the horses,” he said. “It’s great when you have success as an owner, but there’s just something about being there in the morning with them, and when we’re running them to travel with them and be in the backstretch with them.
“We do it all, which for me is the most rewarding thing in the world.”
That is a big part of why Delhomme is excited about Forest Lake. The filly, now 4, was born behind Delhomme’s house. He said their operation trains only about six horses at a time.
He said Forest Lake, which may turn out to be the best horse he’s had, may have a chance in the Ladies. She finished second in the Si Cima Overnight Stakes at the Fair Grounds on Nov. 20, a race won by Seaside Candy, tained by Al Stall. Forest Lake has 4-1 odds in a race that also has Seaside Candy (5-2), Big World, the 2-1 favorite trained by Tom Amoss, and Pacific Pink (3-1).
“It would be fantastic to win (the Ladies),” he said. “(Forest Lake) had given good account of herself every time she runs, for the most part. She’s going to need to bring out her best race Saturday. It’s a tough one.”
Delhomme said he really enjoys breeding because he’s a big believer in numbers, statistics and probabilities. This year, he was selected by the national Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association as its Breeder of the Year in Louisiana.
He he has worked diligently through the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association in an effort to help the state’s horse-breeding industry stay competitive, he said, mainly with New York, Florida and California, after the gold standard, Kentucky.
“We’re in challenging times right now, certainly with the economy, the way it has been and in particular with the oil field,” said Delhomme, who is on the LTBA board of directors and is past president of the organization and a current vice president. “The biggest thing for us as the breeders’ organization is that the foal numbers have dwindled down in our state. We were able to combine two sales companies and have one unified sale, and that looked to be a success.”
Stall said Delhomme has been invaluable for the state’s equine industry, starting with investing his money and time.
“The main thing is, he’s got passion for it,” Stall said. “If you love what you’re doing, you have a tendency to do right things.
“Jake definitely loves horse raising and loves Louisiana breds, and he’s a good ambassador for us.”
Delhomme is a third-generation horseman whose grandfather, Sanders Delhomme, is a legend in Acadiana bush-track and match racing. For him, much of growing up was going to school, playing sports and shoveling manure out of the barns, he said, chuckling.
So after the end of a 15-year NFL career in which he took Carolina to its first Super Bowl after the 2003 season, his first with the team, Delhomme knew what he wanted to do.
“My wife and I are both from Lafayette (area),” he said, “so, there was the lure of family. And, there’s no horse racing in Charlotte, North Carolina. I enjoy working with my brother (trainer Jeff) and dad.”
Delhomme played six years with the Saints — three under coach Mike Ditka and three under Jim Haslett.
“I enjoyed some good times,” he said. “The first time the Saints ever won the division, the first playoff win ever.
“Then, I went to Carolina (in the same division), and I had to hate everything about the Saints, along with Atlanta and Tampa Bay. It was my job.”
“If we all work together, I am optimistic that we will have a brighter future ahead.”
Warren Harang, III is currently the President of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) Board of Directors.
Harang has been a thoroughbred breeder and member of the LTBA for over 30 years. A graduate of University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science, Harang owns and manages B&W Farms, Inc., a sugar cane farm in Donaldsonville where he resides with his wife Becky. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Lafourche Sugars, LLC, Past President of Ascension Parish Farm Bureau, Past Chairman of the Board of the American Sugar Cane League, and Past President of the Ascension Parish Cattleman’s Association among others.
Harang’s goal is to do the best job he possibly can to represent the interests of all who work in and enjoy the Louisiana thoroughbred industry.
His favorite Louisiana Bred is Happy Ticket. Happy Ticket remains one of the richest Louisiana-breds of all time, with earnings of $1,688,838.
Happy Ticket won or placed in 16 stakes. Outside of Louisiana, where she won seven stakes, she captured the Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, the Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, and the Chicago Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park.
Happy Ticket placed in six graded stakes, including the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I), Beldame Stakes (gr. I), and Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I).
Unraced at 2, Happy Ticket was a divisional champion in Louisiana all three years she raced. She also was voted 2006 Louisiana Horse of the Year at 5.