Louisiana Trainer, Racing Official Palmisano Dies at 74

Palmisano trained through 2005 and later became paddock judge at Fair Grounds.

Gary Palmisano Sr., a longtime trainer and racing official in Louisiana, died Dec. 1 in New Orleans after a 19-year fight with cancer. He was 74.

Palmisano trained from 1976-2005, according to Equibase, winning 353 races for owners that included Bryan and Vickie Krantz, who raced as Krantz Stable and were prior owners of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and the defunct Jefferson Downs. Led by stakes winners Destiny Calls  and Coach Rags, Palmisano’s horses earned just shy of $4 million.

Palmisano died in the early morning Wednesday with his wife Karen and son Gary by his side. The latter is an executive for Churchill Downs.


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Robert was born December 24, 1940 in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the son of Robert Carter Nicholas Stockett and Caroline Price Stockett. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson for over 60 years. He was a graduate of Murrah High School class of 1959, The University of Mississippi Class of 1963, and the Jackson School of Law Class of 1965. He was admitted to the Mississippi Bar Association in 1966. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. He served as a director of the Rankin Hinds Pearl River Flood & Drainage District for over 20 years, a founding director of Jackson Preparatory School, founder and past president of Lake Caroline Inc., General Partner of Coliseum Ramada Inn, Metro Ramada Inn, Ramada Renaissance Hotel and McComb Ramada Inn. He enjoyed raising and racing Thoroughbreds and was a member of the Jockey Club as an owner.

Robert was preceded in death by his father Robert Carter Nicholas Stockett, his mother Caroline Armstead Price Stockett and his brother Samuel Henry Stockett.

Survivors include his wife Barbara Burke Stockett; his children, Susan Stockett Carnell (Glenn) of Corinth, TX; Robert Carter Nicholas Stockett III (Carroll) of Jackson; Kathryn Rutledge Stockett of Church Hill, MS; Samuel Nicholas Stockett (Mary Claire) of Jackson; and Charles Burke Stockett (Samantha) of Oxford, MS; 9 Grandchildren; and uncle Dr. H. Richard Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers are Johnny Stewart, Joe Speed, Dr. Bob McLean, Vaughn Watkins, John Lenoir, Trent Carnell, Phillip Carnell and Carter Stockett.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to French Camp Academy, 1 Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39754.

Obituary: Richard Ray “Dickie” Barber

Richard Ray “Dickie” Barber

1946 – 2021



Dickie was born August 4, 1946, in Tylertown, MS, to the late J.C. and Audie Walker Barber, and passed away peacefully at his home in Loranger, LA September 22, 2021, at age 75. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church of Hammond.

Dickie was a thoroughbred farm manager for 40 years having managed Camelot Farm for Dr. Jerry Adkins where he managed the stallion careers of Frazier River and Finest Hour. He also managed Time Bandit and Joe’s Son Joey at  Heritage Stud for Sonny Oechsner.

He later worked as a foreman for the Tangipahoa Parish Government.

Dickie is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dianne Price Barber; children, Renee Barber, and Krystal Barber; grandchildren, Tyler Ray Barber, Ragan Renee Szalajeski, and Lucas James Szalajeski; brothers, J.M. Barber (Melvia), and Dossie Barber (Linda); uncle, Ray Walker (Joyce); and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Special thanks to friends and family for their outpouring of support.

Obituary: William Charles Langford Jr.

William (Bill) Charles Langford, Jr., 77, died on Friday, May 28, 2021, in Lafayette after a fierce battle with brain cancer.

Bill was born in Waycross, GA on December 16, 1943. He graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina and went on to serve in the Army in Vietnam. He was married to his bride Mary for nearly 50 years. She, their children, and grandchildren meant everything to him. After retiring from the oil industry, Bill moved to his sanctuary at Cherokee Ridge Horse Farm in Carencro, LA with his wife Mary. His love for nature and animals, especially his dogs and horses, flourished there. It became a healing place for him and resulted in a passion for him and his horses to hold space so that others might do the same. At his core, Bill was a man after God’s own heart. His faith in Jesus was life changing and deeply important to him. Bill’s favorite things included hanging out with the people he loved, doing equine therapy with kids and other veterans, riding around in his gator with his grandkids, cutting hay, laughing, telling stories, eating good food, and drinking red wine. He leaves a legacy of kindness, generosity, humor, and love. Bill lived a mighty and beautiful life. We are all better for having known him.

Bill is survived by his wife Mary Blum Langford; his son and daughter-in-law Josh and Jenny Langford and their children Will, Kyra, Ethan, Jack, Zoe, Caleb, and Sofia; his daughter Carrie Langford Begnaud and her children Elias, Deacon, and Forest; his daughter Dana Langford and her children Liam and Stella as well as their father John Bennett. He is also survived by his brother Hal Langford.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents William (Bill) and Sarah Langford, Sr., his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and one grandchild.

Throughout his life, people were drawn to Bill for his uniquely genuine heart. He saw and heard them, met them where they were and cared about them, only wanting the best for them.

To honor Bill’s wishes, his family is not having a memorial service. Bill had a huge heart for the people of Haiti, in particular the people of Picot Church. He and Mary loved their Haitian family and were blessed to travel there many times over the past 19 years.

Donations in Bill’s name can be made through Reciprocal Ministries International at www.rmibridge.org in care of Picot Church in Haiti.

Online obituary and guestbook may be viewed at www.CypressFunerals.Com

Obituary: Alamae Shultz

Alamae Shultz was born May 26, 1934, in Richmond, Texas, and entered into rest July 24, 2021, in Doyline, Louisiana.

She was a longtime member of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents James and Hattie Wright, daughter, Vicky Lynn Schultz, and great-granddaughter, Aubree June Augustin.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Schultz of Doyline; sons, Michael Schultz and wife Diane of Austin, Texas, James Schultz and Terry Schultz both of Doyline; daughter, Sheri Brown and husband Jim Brown. Jr. of Doyline; granddaughter Amber Schultz and husband Steve and five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Longtime Louisiana Trainer Eddie Johnston Dies

Veteran trainer Eddie Johnston conditioned state champs Pacific Pink, Zarb’s Luck.


Longtime Louisiana trainer Eddie Johnston died Aug. 28 following a battle with cancer. He was 74.

Close friend and fellow horse trainer Sturges Ducoing remembered Johnston as a “true friend, very loyal, and totally, totally a family man. He lived for his family—his wife, his kids, and his grandkids—did everything that he could possibly could for them.”

Johnston got his start on the racetrack hotwalking for his uncle, Alex Johnston. He began training in 1981, according to Equibase statistics, and remained a trainer throughout his life. Through Aug. 31, Johnston had won 558 races from 2,988 starts and his horses over the years have collected almost $13 million in earnings. His top horses included Louisiana’s 2015 champion 3-year-old filly Pacific Pink  and Louisiana’s 2003 champion older horse Zarb’s Luck.


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B. Wayne Hughes died peacefully, Wednesday, August 18, 2021 in his home at his beloved Spendthrift Farm with loving family by his side.

The longtime horse racing visionary and leader – best known within the industry for returning Spendthrift to prominence – was 87.

Hughes had been one of the sport’s most influential figures of the 21st century, with wide-ranging contributions that will forever impact Thoroughbred breeding and racing. He purchased Spendthrift in 2004 and traded in his residence of California for a life on the farm in Lexington. Hughes quickly began restoring the historic brand and its land, renovating almost all the farm’s signature structures and returning Spendthrift as a viable commercial breeding operation.

In 2008, he stood his first four home-raced stallions led by emerging kingpin sire Malibu Moon, who passed away this May at the age of 24. Hughes would revolutionize the business relationship between stallion owner and mare owner through ground-breaking programs, most notably “Share The Upside” which he designed to bonus the breeder with a vested interest in a stallion. Under Hughes, Spendthrift’s slogan became “The Breeders’ Farm” and he operated under a motto heard often by those who worked with him: ‘Breeders are the backbone of our industry’.

“We have to take care of the breeder and level the playing field between stallion owner and breeder,” said Hughes, upon launching Share The Upside in 2010. “You have people here, they have a farm, they need to sell their foal, they need to have a chance of making money. I need to provide the best investment programs I can. Breeders participate in making these stallions, so they should be participating in the success, too.”

The inaugural stallion he offered through the Share The Upside program was his home-raced Grade One winner Into Mischief, who is now one of the most valuable horses in the world after a meteoric ascent to the top of the stallion ranks. Into Mischief is the reigning champion general sire in North America in 2019 & 2020 and is on a record-setting pace again in 2021.

Hughes also experienced his greatest successes as a racehorse owner with close relatives to Into Mischief. Beholder, a younger half-sister to the great sire, campaigned in Hughes’ famed quartered purple and orange colors to become one of only three female horses in history to be a four-time champion after taking Eclipse Award honors in 2012, 2013, 2015 & 2016. She was a three-time Breeders’ Cup champ and won 11 Grade Ones before retiring to Spendthrift where she currently resides as a broodmare.

After Beholder dominated males by 8 ¼ lengths in the 2015 Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar, Hughes said: “I’ve had a few good horses in the past, but she is the first horse that makes me feel lucky to be the owner. I’ve never had that feeling before. I think it’s called pride.”

Last year, Hughes, in his 50th year as a racehorse owner, achieved the single greatest feat in horse racing by winning the elusive Kentucky Derby (G1) with the three-year-old colt Authentic – a son of Into Mischief. Authentic had become the embodiment of the pioneer spirit of Hughes, whose innovative marketing 10 years prior had given Into Mischief the best opportunity to become a successful sire. Authentic also represented that spirit through MyRacehorse.com, an upstart online horse racing ownership company that Hughes boldly championed by offering anyone with $206 an equity-based microshare of his Kentucky Derby contender.

Nearly one year ago, Authentic won the Derby for Hughes, his partners and 5,314 every-day people who had bought in and came along for the journey. Authentic would go on to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) over older horses last November with Hughes in attendance at Keeneland to accept the trophy in the winner’s circle. It would be the colt’s final start before retiring to stud duty at Spendthrift and being named as North America’s ‘Horse of the Year’ for 2020.

Born Bradley Wayne in Gotebo, Oklahoma, Hughes was raised the son of a sharecropper. He moved to California as a child and was introduced to horse racing by his father who took him to Santa Anita Park for the first time as an 11-year-old. Hughes was renowned for having an unparalleled work ethic from a young age, starting a newspaper delivery route as a teenager to help pay for college. He served as an officer in the Navy and went on to graduate from the University of Southern California before achieving tremendous success in business, starting such companies as Public Storage and American Homes 4 Rent.

Shortly after retiring as CEO of Public Storage in 2002, he turned much of his focus to horse racing and campaigned his first champion racehorse in 2003 when 2-year-old colt Action This Day captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Hughes’ home track of Santa Anita. It would be his first of six Breeders’ Cup wins and six Eclipse Award wins.

Said Hughes after being honored as the 2020 Galbreath Award winner by the University of Louisville: “Thoroughbred horse racing has been a tremendous passion of mine ever since my father took me to the races as a young boy. It’s something he and I got to share together, and I’ve been fortunate to be able to make it a large part of my life and share it with so many that are dear to me. There are few thrills greater than what horse racing can provide, and it is our responsibility to do a better job of improving this great sport so that future generations can enjoy it as much as I have.”

To have known Wayne Hughes is to know he loved life, his country, USC and its football team, the horses, and his family. Following the death of his youngest son Parker in 1998, Hughes passionately committed himself to the curing of childhood Leukemia, ultimately accomplishing astonishing results in that area.

Hughes was preceded in death by his father William Lawrence, his mother Blanche, and his son Parker. He is survived by his wife Patricia, his son Wayne Jr. (Molly), his daughter Tamara Gustavson (Eric), his grandchildren Kylie Barraza (Pat), Skylar Hughes, Grant and Greer Gustavson, his sister Sue Caldwell and family, Frank, Bill, Allen, and a host of beloved cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the B. Wayne Hughes Fund at UK HealthCare, P.O. Box 34184, Lexington, KY, 40588.

Denise Martin, Co-Owner Of California Chrome, Dies At Age 61

Owner of Louisiana stallion Peppered Cat and active participant in the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders program

Perry and Denise Martin in 2020.

It is with great sadness that Martin Racing announces the passing of Denise Martin, the co-founder, and heart, of Martin Racing, a Thoroughbred and Standardbred breeding and racing organization based in Alpine, Wyo., with global equine holdings. The accomplished chemist, business leader, horse owner and mother to two died on June 14 at age 61.

With her husband and co-founder Perry serving as the public voice and operations manager for Martin Racing, Denise took on the critical role of managing all communications and behind-the-scenes business needs for the small, family-owned organization, which was founded in 2016.

The Martins were thrust into worldwide fame in 2014, when their wildly popular and charismatic colt California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby and the first of his two Eclipse Award titles as North America’s Horse of the Year. The California-bred superstar, whom the Martins co-bred and initially raced in partnership with Steve and Carolyn Coburn under the stable name Dumb Ass Partners, also won the 2016 Dubai World Cup and eight additional graded stakes races before he retired in 2017 with earnings of $14,752,650 — a North American record at the time.

California Chrome’s storybook success enabled Martin Racing to expand internationally. In addition to supporting their first homebred via stallion syndicate participation, originally in Kentucky and now in Japan, the Martins currently stand Thoroughbred stallions in California, Louisiana and Wyoming, and the Hambletonian-winning Standardbred sire Trixton in Canada.

Their homebred colt Mo Mosa won Lone Star Park’s Grade 3 Steve Sexton Mile Stakes on May 31.

“Denise greatly enjoyed interacting with racing fans, whether she communicated with them in person or through California Chrome’s official social media channels,” said Perry Martin. “She also was solely responsible for all of Martin Racing’s charitable giving endeavors.”

A trained chemist and California State University graduate, Denise was CEO of Martin Testing Labs in Sacramento, Calif., from its creation in 2000 to its sale in June 2020. She previously worked for the United States Air Force as a civilian employee at McClellan Air Force Base.

In semi-retirement, the Chicago native served her adopted Wyoming community on the North Alpine Water District Board of Directors. She also recently began taking online university courses on Astronomy, and was building a telescope to view the clear Wyoming night sky.

Denise is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Perry, her daughter Kelly Martin, her son Perry Martin Jr., her brothers Andrew Brudniak and Richard Brudniak, her Golden Retriever Tizzy, 76 Thoroughbred horses and seven Standardbred horses.

Obituary: Bobby Lee Duhon

Bobby Lee Duhon

July 1, 1941 – May 10, 2021


Obituary for Bobby Lee Duhon

Catholic Funeral Services will be held for Mr. Bobby Lee Duhon at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 13, 2021 in Martin and Castille’s La Fleur de Lis Chapel, 600 E. Farrel Rd., Lafayette, La 70508. Bobby went home to be with the Lord Jesus on Monday, May 10, 2021. He peacefully passed away at his residence with his family by his side.

The family request that visitation be observed at Martin and Castille’s SOUTHSIDE location, 600 E. Farrel Rd., Lafayette, La. 70508 on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a recitation of the rosary at 6:00 PM. Visitation will resume on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 8:00 AM until the time of service at 10:00 AM.

Entombment will be in St. Alphonsus Mausoleum.

The Very Reverend Chester C. Arceneaux,VF, Rector of Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, will conduct the funeral services.

Bobby was a graduate of Judice High School and also obtained a Business Degree from Spencer Business College. He proudly spent his whole life in the Oil and Gas Industry in which he was part owner of Specialty Machine and Supply. One of his greatest passions was entertaining and caring for his customers. He was always a very hard worker and a man of strong faith. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and the pinnacle of his faith was attending Cursillo number 420. He was an active owner of race horses and served on the Board of Directors with the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. He was a lifetime member of Woodmen of the World and was the current president of Lodge 714, of Maurice, La. He served as State Jurisdictional President and National Woodmen of the World Representative. He also served on the board for Lafayette Water Works District South.

Some of his hobbies included deer hunting, duck hunting, dove hunting, golf, cooking and playing card games with his Cajun buddies. Although Bobby was well accomplished in his career and very active in his community, his passion in life was family and especially his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed and memories of him will be cherished by all who knew him.

Left behind to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 59 years, Mrs. Linda Rose Deshotels Duhon; his daughter, Suzanne Duhon Payne and her husband Sandy; his daughter, Melanie Duhon Roberts and her husband Bryan; his son, Dirk Duhon and his wife Christina; his grandchildren, Ainslie Vannoy (Garet), Macie Thibodeaux, Taylor Leon, Julian Leon, Hunter Duhon, Carson Duhon and Kinley Duhon and soon to be great-grandchild; his sister, Earline Duhon Leleux and his brother, Ronous Duhon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Adless Duhon and Ella Mae Gilbert Duhon; his infant daughter and his infant sister, Evelyn Duhon.

Upholding the honor of pallbearers will be Dirk Duhon, Hunter Duhon, Carson Duhon, Julian Leon, Sandy Payne and Bryan Roberts.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Howard Patin, Freddy Deshotels, Ainslie Vannoy, Macie Thibodeaux, Taylor Leon and Kinley Duhon.

A heartfelt appreciation is extended by the Duhon family to Dr. Ryan Chauffe and NSI for the compassonate care given to Mr. Bobby in his time of need.

View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com

Martin & Castille-SOUTHSIDE- 600 E. Farrel Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508, 337-984-2811



Obituary: Curtis Ollie Clark

Bossier City – Curtis Ollie Clark, 82, of Bossier City, passed away unexpectedly on April 29, 2021. Curtis was born in Monroe, LA, to Willie Mae “Billie” and Curtis Wharton Clark on July 20, 1938.

Curtis was raised in Bossier Parish and after graduating from Bossier High School in 1956, he then joined the Army National Guard where he attended MP School. After discharge, he married Nancy Foreman in 1958 and had 2 sons. He married Dorothy “Dot” Coffey in 1966 and had 1 daughter.

Curtis was born to be a cattleman and a horseman. It had been in his bloodline for many generations. He was happiest when he was with his cattle and horses. He loved team roping and the fellowship of rodeo. One of his favorite stories was of the time he and some of his buddies came across a deer while gathering cattle on horseback. They saw that as a challenge not to be missed. So he and Benny Grant took off after it and Curtis head roped that big 11 point buck while Benny roped the heals. What an accomplishment! They all were so proud of themselves and that story has been told countless times. After working at the family sale barn, Clark’s Livestock Auction in Bossier City, he went on to be the longtime manager of North Ridge Farms in North Shreveport. While employed there, he became the President of the Louisiana Cattleman’s Association, one of his most proud accomplishments. From there he went back to his roots to manage Clark’s Auction for several years. He was also an order buyer for Conley Cattle Company and travelled the sale barn circuit. He made many lifelong friends at those sales. Lots of stories were shared among the “Under the Tree” club. He and his wife, Dot, then began the Wineglass Cattle Company and raised cattle for many years. He was particularly proud of his brand, a wine glass, because it symbolized his love of spirits and a good time. After the cattle came the thoroughbred horses, which he also loved. He owned a few racehorses and had some success with them, but his biggest glory was “Cute ‘N Noble.” She went on to win the Louisiana Breeders Oaks and the Champions Day Ladies Stakes in 2003.

Curtis is survived by the love of his life, Dorothy “Dot” Clark, his brother, Tom Clark and wife, Jeanene, 3 children, James Curtis “Bud” Clark and wife, Belinda, Steve Clark, Michelle Clark Corley and husband, Todd, 3 grandchildren, Spencer Clark, Carson Clark, and Randi Corley, a great grandchild, Harrison Clark, nephew, Matthew Clark and niece, Melissa Morton.