MAKE YOUR PLANS! LTBA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, Sunday, March 31

Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds

at the
LTBA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet
Sunday, March 31st

Dear LTBA Member:

You are cordially invited to attend our 2019 Annual Membership Meeting, at Equine Sales Company of Louisiana, in Opelousas, LA on Sunday March 31, 2019. Doors will open at 2:30 pm.

Awards will be presented to the breeders and owners of the outstanding accredited Louisiana Bred Horses of 2018 as well as the overall Horse of the Year. From 3:00 pm till 7:00pm  Equine Sales Company Sale Arena will be the site as awards will be presented to the owner of the leading Stallion, the owner of the Broodmare of the Year, the Leading Breeder of 2018, as well as the High Percentage Breeder of the Year. See the attached sheet of this year’s champions.

As a special treat, this year we will have someone from The Jockey Club on hand to explain and to answer the many questions on the “Paperless” registration process. This is a big change for everyone, so expect to learn something.

Our program will also include live entertainment. As we combine the 2yo in training sale with our awards banquet we expect a large crowd as well as fun for everyone.

Roger A. Heitzmann III
Secretary / Treasurer


What:       LTBA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet
When:      Sunday, March 31st, 3:00 p.m.
Where:     Equine Sales Facility,
372 Harry Guilbeau Road   Opelousas, Louisiana  70570


Any questions or need more info call

Roger A. Heitzmann III, Secretary/Treasurer

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

504-947-4676, 800-772-1195

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WinStar Farm stallion Pioneerof the Nile dies at 13

WinStar Farm stallion Pioneerof the Nile died suddenly today, the farm announced. The 13-year-old son of Empire Maker—Star of Goshen, by Lord at War (ARG), bred a mare this morning and started acting uncomfortable once he was back in his stall. He was en route to the clinic when he died.

“We are all extremely saddened by the loss of Pioneerof the Nile,” said WinStar Farm’s Elliott Walden. “He was a superior physical specimen, a Triple Crown Sire, and a unique personality. All of us at WinStar are heartbroken.”

A multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire on the racetrack, Pioneerof the Nile is the sire of two 2-year-old male Eclipse Award winners and two Breeders’ Cup winners from his first four crops to race—Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Classic Empire.

Pioneerof the Nile was a leading sire of his generation for the past three years, including No. 1 sixth-crop cumulative sire in every category: Grade 1 winners, G1 horses, graded stakes winners, black type winners, earnings, etc.

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Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale Moved to April 10

The Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, originally scheduled for April 9, has been moved to Wednesday, April 10, at 12 noon. The undertack show will be held on the originally scheduled date of Sunday, April 7, at 10 a.m. Both the auction and undertack show will be held at Lone Star Park, which co-sponsors the sale with the Texas Thoroughbred Association.

            “After talking with some of our major buyers, and confirming that our consignors were in support of the change, we decided to move the date back a day,” said Tim Boyce, sales director. “We think this new date on April 10 will allow as many buyers as possible to attend in person, and as always we will accept phone bids from those who cannot.”

            For more information about the sale, including replays after the undertack show and live video of the auction, go to

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Gross Up, Average And Median Down At OBS March Sale

| 03.13.2019 | 9:44pm

Hip 302, a filly by The Big Beast, after selling for $850,000 at the OBS March 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

The 2019 edition of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale saw unprecedented bounty at the very top of the market, but mid-level trade took a step back in the juvenile auction season’s first event.

The two-day auction saw 309 horses sold for revenues of $44,422,500, up 5 percent from last year’s final gross, when 257 horses brought $42,275,000.

Read Paulick Report Article Here

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As expected, one of Oaklawn’s signature races for 3-year-olds was divided into two divisions after 19 horses were entered Wednesday morning for Saturday’s Rebel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, the final major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13. The split means the Rebel, originally a $1 million race, will be worth $1.5 million overall, with each division offering $750,000 and 63.75 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby to the top four finishers (37.5, 15, 7.5 and 3.75).

Oaklawn President Louis Cella said March 6 the track was prepared to split the Rebel to accommodate Southern California horsemen impacted by the move, The Rebel was originally scheduled to offer 85 points (50-20-10-5) to the top four finishers toward starting eligibility for the Kentucky Derby.

Oaklawn hadn’t split one of its Kentucky Derby prep races since the Southwest Stakes (G3) in 2012. The 1 1/16-mile Southwest originally carried a purse of $250,000 that year, but it was split after 21 horses were entered. Each division was worth $250,000.

Churchill Downs has used a points system in designated races to help determine Kentucky Derby starting eligibility since 2013. Graded stakes earnings had previously been used.


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VINTON, LA. –  It was a season of records at Delta Downs in 2018-19 as new heights were reached in each of three horsemen’s categories during the 84-day meeting that wrapped up on Tuesday. Leading rider Tim Thornton set a new record for mounts earnings in a single meeting while trainer Karl Broberg and owner End Zone Athletics, Inc. established new marks for wins as well as earnings.

Thornton rode 142 winners during the season to earn his first local riding title and his mounts earned $2,894,080. His win total did not match Gerard Melancon’s 2007-08 mark of 146, however his earnings total did establish a new record. It was also the second season in a row that Thornton won the leading rider title at a Boyd Gaming owned racetrack. During the 2018 meeting at Evangeline Downs he tallied 141 wins to lead all jockeys.

Following Thornton in the jockey standings were Diego Saenz (86 wins), Gerard Melancon (56), Thomas Pompell (46), Eguard Tejera (41), *Paulina Ramirez (31), Emanuel Nieves (28), Kevin Smith (28), Chris Rosier (28), and Kerwin Clark (27).

Broberg continued his dominance at Delta Downs in 2018-19 by sending out 107 winners and totaling $2,017,120 in earnings. Both numbers established single-season records. It was also the first time a trainer had won more than 100 races and gone over the $2 million mark in earnings. The accomplishment capped off a season that saw Broberg win his eighth straight training title at the Vinton, Louisiana racetrack.

Rounding out the top 10 trainers for the 2018-19 season were Tom Amoss (32), Scott Gelner (30), Beverly Burress (27), Joel Berndt (24), Brett Brinkman (22), Robertino Diodoro (21), Sam Breaux (21), Dale White, Sr. (19), and Eduardo Ramirez (19).

And finally, records were also set in the category of leading owner this year as End Zone Athletics, Inc. saw 50 of their runners make it to the winner’s circle earning a total of $873,545. Both numbers established new single season records and it was the seventh time overall that End Zone Athletics, Inc. has won the leading owner title at Delta Downs. End Zone Athletics, Inc. is made up of trainer Karl Broberg and Matt Johansen.

Following End Zone Athletics in the owner standings this year were M and M Racing (Mike Sisk) (14), Brittlyn Stable Inc. (Evelyn Benoit) (14), Maggi Moss (11), Keene Thoroughbreds LLC (Danny Keene) (9), Giddy Up Racing, LLC (9), Beverly Burress (7), Dale White, Sr. (7), Wayne T. Davis (7), and Circle H Farms (Don Hargroder) (7).

Delta Downs now looks forward to its upcoming American Quarter Horse season which gets underway on April 19 and runs through July 6. The 46-day meeting will feature live racing each Wednesday through Saturday night beginning at 6:15 pm CST.

For more information about the Delta Downs go to the track’s website at Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.


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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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation Calls for Affordable Data

Group said free, or reduced-price data would spur interest in ownership, wagering.


An industry group focused on improving horse racing, especially for gamblers and owners, is calling on the industry’s data collector, Equibase, to share more information for free or at greatly reduced prices. In a White Paper issued March 11, the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation said Equibase should consider the collection and distribution of racing data as a marketing expense and distribute it for free, or as open as possible. The White Paper argues that this approach would attract and retain gamblers while empowering owners to make more educated decisions.

TIF board member Tom Reynolds, an active handicapping tournament player who has become a horse owner through Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners after spending more than three decades as a sales and marketing executive for Pepsi-Cola North America, believes such an approach to racing’s data would help increase interest in ownership and wagering.

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Obituary: Peggy Joyce Peart Balentine

Peggy Joyce Peart Balentine Obituary

Peggy Joyce Peart Balentine

Benton, La – Funeral services celebrating the life of Peggy Joyce Peart Balentine will be held Thursday March 14, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Bossier. Visitation will be Wednesday March 13, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Officiating will be Chaplain Jimmy Sistrunk of Winners Circle Church and Pastor Destiny Deas of Northpoint Community Church. Interment will follow at Rose-Neath Cemetery.

Ms. Balentine passed away Friday March 8, 2019, in Bossier City, LA. She was born July 19, 1938, in Alexandria, LA, and was raised in Pineville, LA. Ms. Peggy was a resident of Bossier Parish for over 40 years. A childhood love of horses aspired her to achieve a successful career as one of the first licensed female racehorse trainers in the state of Louisiana as well as holding trainer licenses in Arkansas and Texas. Her talents for breeding and raising good horses didn’t stop at the racetrack, Ms. Peggy bred and raised numerous World Champion caliber barrel racing horses. An avid lover of agriculture and the outdoors Ms. Peggy always could be found outside raising livestock and tending to an always large and bountiful garden. One to never see anyone go without, she could always be found cooking and caring for those who needed a hand. Her famous gumbo, pecan pie and fruitcake will be greatly missed by all of those who had the privilege of eating at her table. As a 4-H livestock leader, Ms. Peggy helped youth from all over north Louisiana as well as her own grandchildren with livestock projects ranging from chickens, steers, lambs, goats and horses. She was a fixture each year at the State Fair of Louisiana helping teach kids life lessons through their livestock projects.

She was a loving mother of three children and is survived by daughter Pam Balentine McBeath and husband Carl, son Darrell Balentine and wife Tina, and daughter Rhonda Balentine. One of her most prized roles was “Granny” of 6 grandchildren Casey McBeath, Jessica Balentine, Hannah Balentine, Kendyl Balentine Tipton and husband Zach Tipton, Samuel “Sam” Balentine, and Darrell Balentine Jr., and one great-grandchild Ainsley Balentine, as well as numerous “adopted grandchildren”; sisters and brothers Clarice Pennington of Kolin, LA; Clarence L. “Sonny” Peart of LeCompte, LA; Wanda Faye Berry of Houston, TX; Beverly Peart Fox and husband Jerry Fox of Olathe, KS; and Greg Peart of Pineville, LA; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family whom she loved.

She is preceded in death by her parents Clarence Alexander and Ruth Belgard Peart of Pineville, LA; sister Patsy Peart of Pineville, LA; sister Hattie Peart Savoie and brother-in-law Percy Savoie of Pineville, LA; and brother-in-law Rudy Berry of Houston, TX.

Honoring Ms. Peggy as pallbearers will be Bart Coleman, Casey McBeath, Clint DeLaune, Darrell Balentine Jr., Samuel “Sam” Balentine, Timmothy “Timmy” Peart Jr., Zach Tipton and Mike Leflett.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Ralph Balentine, C.L. “Puddin” Daniels, Clarence L. “Sonny” Peart, Greg Peart, Kerney Peart Jr, Carl McBeath, Darrell Balentine, Jerry Fox, Dr. Robert Hewlett, Mohamed Shamsie and members of the 4-H livestock community.

The family suggest in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to, Bossier Parish Riding Club, P.O. Box 203 Benton, LA 71006.

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TESTING ONE TWO - Owner Appreciation Distaff Stakes - 7th Running - 03-08-19 - R10 - DED-01
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Owner Appreciation Distaff Stakes
Delta Downs, 3-8-19, 8 furlongs
3YO and upwards, fillies and mares, $60,000

Star Guitar–Yes Sir
Breeder: Brittlyn, Inc. (LA)
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Brittlyn Stable, Inc
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Fusaichi Pegasus–Tourmaline
Breeder: Al Ulwelling & Bill Ulwelling (LA)
Owner: Margaret Lanetta Haa
Trainer: Beverly Burress
Jockey: Eguard Andres Tejera

Saffron Spirit
Ghostzapper–Amber Grace
Breeder: Blackstone Farm LLC (PA)
Owner: Late Night Stables LLC
Trainer: Thomas M. Amoss
Jockey: Joel Dominguez


VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $68,000 Owner Appreciation Distaff on Friday night and it was Brittlyn Stable, Inc.’s Testing One Two who came away with her second stakes win of the season under jockey Diego Saenz. Testing One Two is conditioned by Victor Arceneaux.


Testing One Two used a perfect trip in the Owner Appreciation Distaff as she stalked an early speed dual between Americium, Arch Arch Baby and Cause You Can. That trio volleyed for the lead through opening fractions of 22.89 seconds for the quarter-mile, 47.52 for the half and 1:13.52 for three-quarters. When the field reached the second turn of their one-mile journey, Testing One Two put the leaders away and set sail for home while opening up a clear lead in the stretch.


At the finish line, Testing One Two was 2-1/4 lengths clear of Maline who rallied for second while Saffron Spirit finished another two lengths behind in third. Testing One Two covered the eight furlongs in a time of 1:41.86 while running on fast track.


The win by Testing One Two was the eighth of her 13-race career. It was also her second stakes victory of the season. She also won the Treasure Chest Stakes on November 16. Friday night’s score was worth $42,000 and it raised her career bankroll to $399,660.


Testing One Two was bred in Louisiana by her owner. She is a 4-year-old bay filly by Star Guitar, out of the Scat Daddy mare Yes Sir.


Sent to the gate as the favorite at odds of 8-5, Testing One Two paid $5.20 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.20 to show. Maline was worth $8.20 to place and $4 to show. Saffron Spirit returned $6.60 to show.


For more information about the Delta Downs, including the upcoming Quarter Horse season that starts on April 19, go to the track’s website at Fans can also follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.


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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Pinhook Market Trends Point to ‘Up’ Market in 2018

MarketWatch: Yearling-to-juvenile pinhooks


If the recent cycle of North America’s 2-year-olds in training market stays true to form, this year should be an “up” year for yearling-to-juvenile pinhookers. The market has been on a moderate roller coaster since 2014, with the percentage of profitable horses sold ranging between 41% and 50%. The rate of return has fluctuated more, ranging from 25% to 55% during the past five years but on a generally upward curve.

Profitability and ROR are derived from similar assumptions. A horse is considered profitable if its 2-year-old price minus a 5% sale commission exceeds the yearling sale price plus $20,000 for the cost of breaking, training, and upkeep. ROR is the percent difference between the average yearling price plus maintenance cost and the average net 2-year-old price.

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