LTBA Raises Breeders Awards

LTBA Raises Breeders Awards

The LTBA Board of Directors voted to make changes to the Louisiana Breeders Awards Schedule at their August 8, 2023, meeting.

Breeders Awards for accredited foals by Louisiana domiciled stallions and out of Louisiana domiciled mares are being increased to 25%. This change will be effective October 1, 2023, for races run in Louisiana.

All other awards will remain at the current percentage level.

Roger A. Heitzmann III
Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

Breeders Sales of Louisiana Sale Catalog Online

The Breeders Sales of Louisiana 2023 Yearling Sale followed by Mixed Session catalog is now online on the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) website.


The printed catalog is in production and will be in the mail mid to late August.

The Yearling Sale which will be followed by a Mixed Session under the banner of Breeders Sales of Louisiana, will be held on Thursday, September 28th at the Equine Sales of Louisiana facility in Opelousas, La.

Originally scheduled for Saturday, September 30th, the LTBA Board of Directors decided to move the date of the 2023 Sale to Thursday, September 28th, in order to attract buyers between the Keeneland and Fasig Tipton Mid-Atlantic Yearling Sales. LTBA hopes to  attract more nationally prominent trainers and buyers who have traditionally skipped the Breeders Sale to go to Fasig Tipton. 

The Breeders Sales of Louisiana 2023 sale has attracted its largest catalog to date since the LTBA jumped in to fill the void left by Equine Sales of Louisiana in 2021. The 2023 catalog includes 162 yearlings, 41 broodmares, 3 weanlings and 2 horses of racing age. 

In the 2022 Sale, 138 yearlings were cataloged with 18 withdrawn. 101 yearlings sold for a gross of $1,690,600 nearly doubling the 2021 gross of $898,000. The yearling average was $16,739 with a median of $10,000 another significant increase over 2021 average $13,027 and median $8,000.

Three weanlings sold for a gross of $20,000, one horse of racing age sold for $7,000, and nine broodmares sold for a gross of $67,800. The gross for the overall sale was $1,785,400.

“Louisiana Breds have been very popular at the sales around the country. Now with the introduction of Sports Betting and the coming of Historical Horse Racing Machines, we anticipate that purses for Accredited Louisiana Breds will increase dramatically. We expect the value of, and demand for Louisiana Bred yearlings to increase substantially as well,” says LTBA Secretary/Treasurer Roger Heitzmann, III

Saturday’s Louisiana Cup Day brings state’s best to LaDowns

PREP WORK:  Final Quest, a four-year-old filly, runs in the second race of Saturday’s Louisiana Cup Day at Louisiana Downs. (Submitted photo)

By TONY TAGLAVORE, Journal Sports

Trainer Brett Brinkman is looking forward to watching how his four-year-old filly, Final Quest, runs in Saturday’s second race of Louisiana Cup Day at Louisiana Downs, against the state’s best Breds.

But he won’t be leaving the track once the horses cross the finish line.

Brinkman will stay for the third race. Not because a horse he trains will be running, but because of a horse Brinkman bred — Fort Polk.

Read Shreveport Bossier Journal Article

Breeders Sales of Louisiana Holds Mixed Sale Oct. 1

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association is hosting Oct. 1 a yearling sale followed by a mixed session under the banner of the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana.

“We have a very strong catalog of quality Louisiana-accredited yearlings in this year’s catalog,” said Breeders Sales of Louisiana director Tom Early. “Louisiana has one of the best breeders incentive programs in the United States. It rewards the breeders of these young horses and encourages quality breeding for race horses.

“I expect this year’s sale to continue the momentum that started with the sale last year and anticipate an increased interest from buyers,” he added. “The increase in purses is due to be evident by the time this year’s yearling crop reach racing age.”

The sale will be held at the Equine Sales Co. auction house at 372 Harry Guilbeau Road, Opelousas, La. All horses in the sale will be on the grounds by noon Sept. 30.

“Louisiana-breds have been very popular at the sales around the country. Now with the introduction of sports betting and the coming of Historical Horse Racing machines, we anticipate that purses for accredited Louisiana-breds will increase dramatically. We expect the value of, and demand for Louisiana Bred-yearlings to increase substantially as well,” says LTBA secretary/treasurer Roger Heitzmann III.

A Link to the sortable catalog can be found here

A pdf of the catalog can be downloaded here

A digital catalog can also be found on the Equineline Sales Catalog app

The sale will be livestreamed starting at 10:00 a.m. the day of the sale


More information is available at the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association website:

Louisiana-breds Shine at Texas 2YO Sale

Accredited Louisiana breds sold exceptionally well at the Texas Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale which was held Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at Lone Star Park at Grand  Prairie. 

A Louisiana-bred filly from the first crop of Spendthrift Farm’s stallion Free Drop Billy consigned by Carl Deville as Hip 134 topped the sale at $200,000. The filly attracted attention after she breezed a quick 10.2 over the Lone Star Park dirt Monday afternoon. Out of the Half Ours mare Solo Buena, she’s a half-sister to stakes-placed Swot Analysis, who was second in the Louisiana Futurity at two. The filly previously sold as a yearling in the 2021 Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana Yearling Sale for $10,500. 

A total of 30 accredited Louisiana breds sold for $1,137,500 with an average of $37,917, above the sale average of $34,667. The median price for Louisiana breds sold through the ring was $30,000 also above the sale median of $28,000.

Other Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana Yearling Sale graduates showed significant bumps over their yearling sale prices. Hip 133, a filly by Star Guitar out of the Hard Spun mare, Well Spun also consigned by Carl Deville, sold for $30,000 an increase of $21,500 over her yearling sale price of $8,500. And Hip 100, a colt by Guilt Trip out of the stakes winning Milwaukee Brew mare Hometown Gossip, sold for $24,000 out of the Benchmark Training Center Consignment, up $20,500 from his yearling sale price of $3,500. 

Following the sale, Roger Heitzmann, Secretary/Treasurer of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association said “Louisiana breds offer pinhookers a terrific return on their investment. With purses on the rise in Louisiana, I expect the demand for accredited Louisiana breds to rise as well.”


Six Black-Type Stakes Offered for Louisiana-Breds


Bossier City, LA – Quality Louisiana-bred horses will take center stage on Saturday, August 21 when Louisiana Downs presents Louisiana Cup Day.  Post time will be 2:45 pm (CT) for the annual event that will include main track and turf stakes.


Louisiana Cup Day continues to be an excellent afternoon of racing for breeders, owners, trainers and jockeys with an esteemed list of past winners receiving recognition from the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) when they announce their annual champions. Ivery Sisters’s Racing’s Monte Man, Tri-Star Racing’s Our Lost Love, Rodney Verret’s Laughingsaintssong, Barrone Farms LLC’s Is Too and Tin Roof Farms LLC’s Snowball are just a few of the Louisiana Cup Day stakes winners who have been honored by the LTBA.


“Louisiana Cup Day is a great day for the breeders in our state and fans at Louisiana Downs to see some of the top Thoroughbreds in Louisiana,” said David Heitzmann, Director of  Racing. “The day would not be possible without the support of Ed Fenasci, Executive Director of the HBPA and Roger Heitzmann, Executive Director of the LTBA. We look forward to presenting an excellent card on August 21.”


The six Louisiana Cup Day Stakes are as follows:


$50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile                    2 YO LA-Bred                        Six furlongs

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies          2 YO Fillies LA-Bred             Six furlongs

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare Sprint  3 YO & Up F&M, LA-Bred  Six furlongs

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint                        3 YO & Up LA-Bred              Six furlongs

$50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic              3 YO & Up LA-Bred              1 1/16 miles (T)

$50,000 Louisiana Distaff                              3 YO & Up F & M LA-Bred  1 1/16 miles (T)


Nominations for Louisiana Cup Day will close on Saturday, August 7. Contact David Heitzmann at or by calling (318) 741-2511.


Scholarship Drawings Offered on Louisiana Cup Day

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000 on Louisiana Cup Day.


The drawings will take place between the fourth and fifth races. Students must register in person between 1:45 p.m. and 2:45 the designated registration booth.

The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:


Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Fall 2021.

Must be in good standing with the college or university.

Must be present at the drawing location to win.

Must have university ID number or Social Security number.

The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student’s account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.

Handicapping Preview Show Set for Saturday, August 21

Louisiana Downs track announcer John McGary and regional racing publicist Martha Claussen will team up for a pre-race handicapping preview at 1:30 pm in the Inside Rail, located on the first floor of the grandstand. They will offer analysis and their selections for each of the races on the Louisiana Cup Day card. The seminar is free and open to all racing fans.


About Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and was purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December, 2002. With annual Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons, the track is committed to presenting the highest quality racing programs paired with its 150,000 square foot entertainment complex offering casino gambling, dining and plasma screen televisions for sports and simulcast racing.


LTBA Office Open with Limited Service

The LTBA office is open today, August 25, 2020. However, with Hurricane Laura looming in the Gulf of Mexico, our computers remain out of service in order to protect the breeders’ data.

LTBA Executive Director Roger Heitzmann is in the office today to take care of any business that can be handled strictly by phone. He is monitoring the weather situation and plans to re-install computer operations as soon as he can be confident that Hurricane Laura is no longer a threat. All computers are backed up and the servers are in secure locations. With the unpredictability of hurricanes, the LTBA believes it is in everyones best interest to keep the computers offline at this time.

While Hurricane Marco has been thankfully downgraded, we encourage all to keep your guard up and continue to prepare for Hurricane Laura which is currently predicted to make landfall on the Texas/Louisiana border as a Category 2 or 3 hurricane. This can still have serious weather hazards all across the state.

The LTBA will update our status as conditions change. Thank you for your patience, and continued prayers for the safety of our members.