Recovered From Foot Bruise, Un Ojo ‘On The Right Track’ For Preakness Try

by Maryland Jockey Club Press Office

 

Un Ojo at Churchill Downs with Clay Courville

Forced to bypass the Kentucky Derby because of a minor but untimely foot bruise, Un Ojo’s team believes the gelding will be ready to put his best hoof forward in the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.

Un Ojo jogged twice around Churchill Downs’ mile track Monday morning under Clay Courville, assistant to his dad, Louisiana-based trainer Ricky Courville, while also serving as exercise rider, groom and hotwalker when their stable star is on the road.

“He’s doing good. He’s been training good, been back to the track three times now,” Clay Courville said. “He’s on the right track, moving forward. He wanted to gallop. I decided to give him another day of jogging and I’ll gallop him (Tuesday) morning. The foot seems good. He’s hitting the ground well, traveling well. We’ll gallop tomorrow and see how he is.”

The one-eyed Un Ojo was withdrawn from the Derby the morning that entries were taken, five days before the Churchill Downs classic.

“It was tough,” Clay Courville said. “It was hard to do, but it was the right thing for the horse. If everything goes well, we’ll be on to the Preakness. He’s scheduled to work on Saturday morning. We’ll see how he is after that and decide what to do.”

Courville said his dad has never raced a horse at Pimlico but that he came to Old Hilltop when trainer Eric Guillot asked him to help out with Laoban, who finished sixth in the 2016 Preakness.

“I was working for my dad when Mr. Eric called me and gave me the opportunity to travel and come up with him and get on the horse for the Preakness,” he said. “I took advantage of it and went. It was just cool to be up there and experience new things as a young kid.”

Clay Courville, now 25, can appreciate Rich Strike’s Kentucky Derby victory at 80-1 odds after drawing into the field at literally the last minute to carry the banner for the “little guy.” Rich Strike is only the second graded-stakes winner for trainer Eric Reed, in a career that began in 1985 and includes 1,445 victories through Sunday. Un Ojo won Oaklawn Park’s $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) at 75-1 to give Ricky Courville his first graded-stakes score.

“I was extremely happy for their connections,” Clay Courville said of the Rich Strike team. “I feel people like that deserve it, people who work hard and don’t have a lot of horses like that, like most people don’t. They take pride in their work, and I like seeing people like that win.”

Still, Clay Courville acknowledged of the Derby: “It kind of sucked watching it, because I was like, ‘Man, it set up perfect for our type of horse: the hot pace and all the closers came running.’ You never know.”

May Calendar of Events from the LTBA

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May 1, 5, 6, 7, 8

  • New Orleans Jazz Fest at the Fair Grounds

No visitors will be allowed access to New Orleans Office during these days.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

May 5

  • Cinco De Mayo
  • National Day of Prayer

May 6

  • Kentucky Oaks
  •  EVD Distaff Stakes, Evangeline Downs

May 7

May 8

  • Mothers Day

May 18

  • Louisiana Tax Day

May 21

  • Preakness Stakes
  • Armed Forces Day

May 23

  • Louisiana Futurity Forms mail

May 30

  •  Memorial Day

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April Calendar of Events from the LTBA

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April 4

  • Texas Two-Year-Olds In Training Breeze Show, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie

April 6

  • Texas Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie
  • Evangeline Downs 2022 Thoroughbred Meet Opens

April 7

  • Louisiana  Downs barn area opens for 2022 Thoroughbred meet.


April 10

  • Palm Sunday

April 12

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, Prejeans, Lafayette, LA, 12:00 noon

April 15

  • Good Friday/LTBA Office Closed
  • Acadiana Stakes, Evangeline Downs

April 16

  • Lafayette Stakes, Evangeline Downs

April 17

  • Easter Sunday

April 18

  • Tax Day

April 19

  • LTBA to mail letter to membership for nominations to run for LTBA Board of Directors.

April 28

  • Louisiana Downs 2022 Thoroughbred meet zero date for papers.

April 29, 30
May 1, 5, 6, 7, 8

  • New Orleans Jazz Fest at the Fair Grounds

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First Mares Confirmed in Foal to No Parole

The first mares have been confirmed in-foal to Grade I winner No Parole (Violence), Whispering Oaks Farm and Coteau Grove Farms announced Wednesday.

Among the early mares scanned in-foal include Coteau Grove’s Naive Enough (Street Sense), a full-sister to stakes- winner/Grade I-placed Light the City, who in turn is the dam of Grade I-placed Illumination, who sold for $875,000 as a broodmare prospect last year at Fasig-Tipton November.

“A mare of the quality of Naive Enough is indicative of the kind of mare we are breeding to No Parole to support him,” said Coteau Grove’s bloodstock advisor Andrew Cary. “She was a close fourth in the GII Golden Rod S. as a 2-year-old and is big, good-looking mare with a huge pedigree. She has already produced two winners and her 2-year-old is training very well in Florida right now. We have several stakes winners and stakes producers booked to No Parole and will continue to support him. Whispering Oaks is a tremendous partner in the horse and is also supporting him strongly. He has also been very well received by breeders throughout Louisiana.”

No Parole, winner of the 2020 GI Woody Stephens S., captured six of 13 starts and earned $369,866. He is standing his first season at an advertised fee of $3,500, stands and nurses.

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March 1

  • Mardi Gras. LTBA office will be closed.
  • Mardi Gras Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds

March 2

  • Ash Wednesday

March 5

  • Black Gold Stakes
  • Edward J. Johnston Memorial S, Fair Grounds
  • Red Camellia S, Fair Grounds
  • Delta Downs Closing Day of 2021-2022 Thoroughbred Race Meet


March 12

  • Allen Lacombe Memorial S, Fair Grounds

March 13

  • Daylight Savings Time starts – change clocks ahead one hour

March 15

  • Deadline for Louisiana Horse Spring foal photos

March 17

  • St. Patricks Day

March 15-16

  • Ocala Breeders’ Sale, March Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale

March 20

  • March Equinox, Spring Begins

March 26

  • Louisiana Derby Day, New Orleans Fair Grounds: Tom Benson Memorial S., Costa Rising S., Crescent City Derby, Crescent City Oaks, G2 Muniz Memorial H., G2 New Orleans H., G2 Fair Grounds Oaks, G2 Louisiana Derby

March 27

  • Star Guitar S., Fair Grounds
  • Shantel Lanerie Memorial S., Fair Grounds
  • Page Cortez S., Fair Grounds

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February Calendar of Events from the LTBA

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Feb 2

  • Groundhog Day

Feb 4

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, Café’ Josephine, Sunset, Louisiana, 12:00 noon

Feb 5

  • Louisiana Premier Day, Delta Downs, Vinton, 1st post 12:55
  • LTBA Scholarship two $1,000 scholarships for current college students to be drawn at the winners circle after the 5th race. Must be present to win.

Feb 8

  • Accredited Louisiana Bred Champions Ballots to mail from LTBA office.

Feb 11

  • Out of State Breeders Awards to mail from LTBA office

Feb 15

  • Evangeline Downs Stall Application Deadline

Feb 19

  • Louisiana Derby Preview Day, New Orleans Fair Grounds; G3 Mineshaft H, G2 Risen Star St., G2 Rachel Alexandra S., G3 Fair Grounds H., Colonel Power S., Albert M. Stall Memorial S.

Feb 14

  • Valentines Day

Feb 21 

  • Presidents Day. LTBA office will be closed

Feb 25

  • Take Charge Brandi Stakes, Delta Downs, Vinton, Louisiana

Feb 26

  • Big Drama Stakes, Delta Downs, Vinton, Louisiana

Feb 28

  • Accredited Louisiana Bred Champions Ballots due in LTBA office. This is a firm deadline. Ballots received after Feb. 28 will not be counted.

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January Calendar of Events

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REMINDER
Dec 31

  • Louisiana Futurity, Divisions for Fillies and for Colts and Geldings, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • Louisiana Stallion Registrations Due
  • Louisiana Futurity Nominations Due (pregnant mares)

Jan 1

  • New Years Day
  • LTBA Offices Closed in observance of New Years
  • B-Connected S., Delta Downs, Vinton, LA
  • Nelson J. Menard Memorial S., New Orleans Fair Grounds

Jan 7

  • Orleans S., Delta Downs, Vinton, LA

Jan 8

  • Sam’s Town S., Delta Downs, Vinton, LA

Jan 17

  • Martin Luther King Day

Jan 22

  • Road to the Derby Kickoff Day, New Orleans Fair Grounds: G3 Lecompte S, Silverbulletday S., Duncan F. Kenner S., G3 Louisiana S., Col. E. R. Bradley H., Marie G. Krantz Mem. S.

Jan 29

  • Frederick P. Aimie Mem. S. New Orleans Fair Grounds, LA

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Grade 1 Winner No Parole to Stand in Louisiana

(Sunset, La.) – Coteau Grove Farms and Whispering Oaks Farm announced today the purchase of Coteau Grove’s Grade 1-winning homebred No Parole (Violence). No Parole will stand at Whispering Oaks Farm in Carencro, Louisiana, for $3,500 live foal, stands and nurses. Coteau Grove’s bloodstock advisor Andrew Cary (Cary Bloodstock) brokered the deal. 

No Parole winning the G1 Woody Stephens S. Susie Raisher photo.

“No Parole was our first Grade I winner as a breeder and that is so exciting for us.” said Ginger Myers. “We’ve been interested in where he would go next when his racing career was completed. To be able bring him back to Louisiana and stand him close to home at Whispering Oaks is a dream come true for us.” said Keith Myers. “We look forward to supporting him with quality mares from our farm.”

Whispering Oaks Farm also stands the highly promising young sire Iron Fist (Tapit), who currently sits 2nd on the freshman sire list in Louisiana, as well as the graded stakes-winning One Liner (Into Mischief). “We are very excited to be standing Louisiana-bred Grade 1 winner No Parole at Whispering Oaks,” said Whispering Oaks owner Carrol Castille. “We are big supporters of the Louisiana breeding industry and it’s great to be able to keep a homegrown Grade 1 winner like this here to stand at stud. He showed tremendous talent and fits in perfectly with the other stallions on our roster. We look forward to supporting him with our own mares and think he’ll be very popular with Louisiana breeders as well.” 

No Parole was purchased for $75,000 as a yearling by Maggi Moss from the consignment of Select Sales as agent for Coteau Grove Farms at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Greg Tramontin purchased an interest in the horse early during his racing career.

“I’ve said it before – he was the horse of a lifetime,” said Moss. “We had many generous offers on this horse, but it was my preference to see him go back to his breeders. I know they will take care of him, give him every opportunity at stud, and give him a great life.”

Trained by Tom Amoss, No Parole began his career in devastating fashion, winning his first three starts by a combined 34 lengths, Including the Premier Night Prince Stakes at a mile. After an impressive allowance victory over open company at Oaklawn Park, No Parole’s finest hour arrived when he dominated a strong field in the Woody Stephens S. (G1) at Belmont Park, winning wire-to-wire by 3 3/4 lengths in 1:21.41 for the 7 furlongs, defeating Grade 1 winners Echo Town and Mischevious Alex. 

“No Parole was one of the most brilliant racehorses I’ve ever trained,” said Amoss. “I am very excited for him to go to stud and I will be supporting him as a stallion.”

No Parole kicked off 2021 with a facile victory in the Premier Sprint S., running the fastest 5 furlongs of the meet at Delta Downs.

“No Parole was incredibly fast, and did it effortlessly,” said Cary. “That kind of speed is rare in a stallion prospect. His career debut at Fair Grounds, which he won by 14 1/4 lengths, was simply breathtaking. I encourage breeders to watch his first 3 races as well as his Grade 1 win in the Woody Stephens win, where he went 1:08 3/5 for 6 furlongs. This horse had immense natural ability, and has the potent combination of athleticism, pedigree and performance that should make him highly appealing to Louisiana breeders, especially with what we feel is a reasonable fee for a first-year horse with his credentials and name recognition.”  

The 2020 Louisiana Horse of the Year, No Parole retires with 6 wins in 13 starts and earnings of $369,866.

He was produced by the stakes-winning mare Plus One (Bluegrass Cat), a mare acquired by Cary for Coteau Grove at the 2014 Keeneland November Sale for $67,000 (In-foal to Violence). She has also produced the multiple winner Violent Ways (Violent), who earned over $195,000. She is currently in-foal to leading sire Tapit and is booked to the current leading first crop and juvenile sire sensation Gun Runner for 2022.  

 

December Calendar of Events from the LTBA

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Dec 4

  • Louisiana Champions Day Entry Day
  • Pan Zareta Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 10

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, 1:00 p.m., HBPA Main Office, Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans
  • The Magic City Classic, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 11

  • 31st Annual Louisiana Champions Day, 7 stakes for Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds, 3 stakes for Louisiana Bred Quarter Horses New Orleans Fair Grounds, 1st Post 12:00 noon
  • Louisiana Champions Day, Race Central, 11:00 through last race, New Orleans Fair Grounds, Black Gold Room. Lunch is served from 1pm – 3pm. No Reservations Required. First come first served.
  • LTBA Scholarship Drawings; six $1,000 scholarships for current college students.

Dec 15

  • Anyone with information about Louisiana Breds winning outside of North America, please contact Roger Heitzmann (Roger@louisianabred.com)

Dec 24

  • Christmas Eve – LTBA office closed

Dec 25

  • Christmas – LTBA office closed

Dec 26

  • Road To The Derby Kickoff Day

Tenacious Stakes, Richard R. Scherer Memorial Stakes, Blushing KD Stakes, Gun Runner Stakes, Untapable Stakes, Buddy Diliberto Memorial Stakes.

Dec 27

  • Joseph E. “Spanky” Broussard Memorial Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • Woodchopper Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • Pago Hop Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • Sugar Bowl Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • Letellier Memorial Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 31

  • New Years Eve
  • Lookout  Stakes, Delta Downs
  • Louisiana Futurity, Divisions for Fillies and for Colts and Geldings, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • Louisiana Stallion Registrations Due
  • Louisiana Futurity Nominations Due (pregnant mares)
  • FINAL DAY to apply for accreditation of 2021 Louisiana Bred foal at weanling rate  of $75. As of January 1, 2022, 2021 foals become yearlings and the rate increases to $250.

Jan 1

  • New Year’s Day – LTBA office closed

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November Calendar of Events from the LTBA

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Nov 1

  • All Saints Day

Nov 7

  • Daylight Savings Time Ends

Nov 11

  • Veterans Day

Nov 12

  • Treasure Chest S., Delta Downs, Vinton, Louisiana

Nov 13

  • Delta Mile S., Delta Downs, Vinton, Louisiana

Nov 17
·       Fair Grounds, final day to enter papers for zero date

Nov 19

  • My Trusty Cat S., Delta Downs, Vinton, Louisiana

Nov 20

  • Jean Lafitte S., Delta Downs, Vinton, Louisiana

Nov 25

  • Thanksgiving
  • Fair Grounds 150th Season Opens
  • Thanksgiving Handicap, Fair Grounds, New Orleans
  • Joseph R. Peluso Mem. S., Fair Grounds, New Orleans

Nov 27

  • Bob F. Wright Mem. S., Fair Grounds, New Orleans
  • Final Louisiana Champions Day Nominations Deadline

Nov 30

  • Louisiana Futurity Nomination Forms to mail from LTBA office
  • Stallion Registration Forms (covered in ‘21 for foals of ‘22) to mail from LTBA office

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