Fair Grounds College Day, Scholarship Drawings; four $1,000 scholarships for current college students. (Two donated by Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc., and two donated by New Orleans Fair Grounds) Registration between 1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Drawings scholarships will occur at the winners circle after the 5th race. Must be present at winners circle to win.
Louisiana Champions Day Gala, 7-10 p.m., Copeland Tower Suites, Metairie
The Magic City Classic, New Orleans Fair Grounds
29th Annual Louisiana Champions Day, 7 stakes for Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds, 3 stakes for Louisiana Bred Quarter Horses New Orleans Fair Grounds, 1st Post 12:30 p.m.
U.S. Military and Colorguard present the colors for Louisiana Champions Day. 11:30 a.m. Members of the military to be honored throughout the day as guests of the LTBA
Louisiana Champions Day, Race Central, 12:30 through last race, New Orleans Fair Grounds, Black Gold Room. Lunch is served from 1pm – 3pm.
LTBA Scholarship Drawings; two $1,000 scholarships for current college students. (Registration between 11:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. Drawings for two scholarships will occur at the winners circle after the 5th race. Must be present at winners circle to win.)
Anyone with information about Louisiana Breds winning outside of North America, please contact Roger Heitzmann (Roger@louisianabred.com)
Santa Super Saturday, New Orleans Fair Grounds. Tenacious Stakes, Bonapaw Stakes, Blushing KD Stakes, Buddy Diliberto Memorial Stakes, Sugar Bowl Overnight Stake, Letellier Memorial Stakes
Christmas Eve – LTBA office closed
Christmas – LTBA office closed
Bob Fortus Memorial Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds
Lookout Stakes, Delta Downs
New Orleans Fair Grounds Stakes: Woodchopper Stakes, Pago Hop Stakes,
B-Connected Stakes, Delta Downs
Louisiana Futurity, Divisions for Fillies and for Colts and Geldings, New Orleans Fair Grounds
New Years Eve
Louisiana Stallion Registrations Due
Louisiana Futurity Nominations Due (pregnant mares)
FINAL DAY to apply for accreditation of 2019 Louisiana Bred foal at weanling rate of $75. As of January 1, 2019, 2018 foals become yearlings and the rate increases to $250.
New Year’s Day – LTBA office closed
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Mobile Bay with jockey Edgar Prado aboard wins the 36th running of the Grade II $400,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.
Two-time Accredited Louisiana Bred Horse of the Year, Mobile Bay, who stood his first season at stud for a complimentary fee to approved mares at Carrol Castille’s Whispering Oaks Thoroughbred Farm will remain at Castille’s Carencro breeding facilty for the 2020 breeding season for a fee of $2,500 live foal stands and nurses.
Mobile Bay, a 2012 dark bay or brown son of Lone Star Special out of Tranquility Bay, ran from ages three to six, hitting the board in 21 of 29 lifetime starts. He won eleven stakes, often showing speed in route races of 1 1/16 to 1 1/8 miles, including the G2 Super Derby, open company stakes such as the Sunland Park Handicap, the Maxxam Gold Cup and the Zia Park Derby, as well Louisiana Bred Stakes including the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at the Fair Grounds twice. He placed in another five stakes including the G3 Oklahoma Derby. His Lifetime earnings of $1,246,440 rank him 4th among all-time Leading Accredited Louisiana Bred Runners. A multiple Accredited Louisiana Bred Champion, Mobile Bay was named 2015 3YO Colt or Gelding and Horse of the Year, 2016 Older Male and Horse of the Year, and 2017 Older Male. Mobile Bay is owned by Irwin Olian’s Tigertail Ranch and was trained for his entire career by popular local favorite Victor Arceneaux.
“He is a gorgeous, imposing individual standing 17 hands, weighing 1300 pounds, with textbook conformation.” says Olian. “Mobile Bay has the capacity to hold his own physically against any stallion in the country. His sire Lone Star Special has the rare quality of moving up his mares. I expect Mobile Bay will move up his mares significantly as well. Both represent the best of the Unbridled sire line and I believe will serve to establish a new branch of that line.”
Owner Irwin Olian offered free breeding in 2019 to to attract a large book of mares to enable Mobile Bay to compete as a sire at the national level, and to show his appreciation for the thrills and excitement that Mobile Bay has given him and the horse’s many fans in Louisiana and elsewhere, as well as to give something back to breeders in the Louisiana breeding program in gratitude for all the benefits.
Mobile Bay was very well received in his first year at stud, covering some 30 quality mares. His first crop will arrive in 2020.
Bradley Thoroughbreds, Whispering Oaks Farm, Team Hanley, Madaket Stables, and Tim and Anna Cambron’s She’s A Julie had her work cut out for her in the stretch of Friday’s Grade 1 La Troienne, but was able to run down the erratically-moving Secret Spice to win by about a half-length on the wire. Ridden by Ricardo Santana for trainer Steve Asmussen and sent off at 5-1 odds, the 4-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality covered 1 1/16 miles on Churchill Downs’ fast main track in 1:43.58.
“I felt this would be the right spot for her,” Asmussen said. “I got extremely nervous with all the rain this morning, with a sloppy track. It seemed like her sloppy track run last season caused the dip. But she’s a Grade I-winning mare and deservedly so. I got concerned going into the second turn, it seemed that she had to wait for traffic a bit. But she showed her heart. She’s a monster physically, and it just shows that time helped her come together.”