May Calendar of Events from the LTBA

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.Brought to you by Whispering Oaks Farm,  and  Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. Click images to link to more information
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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Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association


LTBA to hold 2022 Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana Yearling Sale, October 1st

LTBA to hold 2022 Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana Yearling Sale, October 1st

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association announced today, February 18, 2022, that they will be hosting a Yearling Sale followed by a mixed session under the banner of Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana on October 1st.

The sale will be held at the Equine Sales of Louisiana Facility in Opelousas, La. and be limited by the number of stalls at the facility being 228.

After not conducting a sale since 2015 the LTBA stepped up last year to host a sale when Equine Sales of Louisiana opted not to have a yearling sale in 2021. Last year’s sale averaged just over $13,000 with a median of $8,000.

With the introduction of Sports Betting and the coming of Historical Horse Racing Machines it is anticipated that purses for Accredited Louisiana Breds will increase dramatically.

The entry deadline is July 6th. Entry forms will be available in late May and be available to be downloaded from the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association web site of

2021 Yearling Market Sees Restoration & Rejuvenation

Auction Digest series begins with yearling market overview


The focus of the 2020 sale season was trying to survive in the face of an unprecedented pandemic, forcing the rescheduling or  complete cancellation of many sales. The market saw across-the-board reductions in number sold, gross, average, and median, not unexpected given the global circumstances. Fortunately, as the industry looked to 2021 for a return to stability, the yearling market rebounded spectacularly.

For every loss in 2020, 2021 posted gains in nearly every metric over even 2019’s pre-pandemic bull market. With 7,724 yearlings offered, 2021 presented nearly 800 fewer yearlings than the 8,517 in 2019, but that was the only statistic that underachieved this season. The 6,358 yearlings that sold grossed $552,636,037 compared to $532,147,622 for 6,387 head in 2019, a slight increase of 3.9%. Average increased correspondingly with a 4.3% gain to $86,920 from 2019’s $83,317. But the arguably most impressive figure from this season is the median achieved this sale year. Surging from an already strong median of $23,000 in 2019, the yearling crop soared to an incredible $32,000 median in 2021—an astounding 39% gain.


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Equine Sales Company Announces a Reduction in RNA Commissions



a Reduction in RNA

Commissions over $50k


2020 Consignor Select

Yearling & 2 Year Old Sale

Important Announcement:
In an effort to better accommodate our Consignors and Breeders during these unprecedented circumstances,  the Board of Directors of
Equine Sales Company
has voted in favor of reducing the “Reserve Not Achieved” (RNA) commission on any amount over $50,000 from 5% to 2.5 %.
Also Please Make Note of the fast approaching entry deadline.
Deadline for Entries:
JUNE 5, 2020
Consign Now!!
For any questions or to submit contracts
Please Contact Sales Director,
Foster Bridewell for assistance.
2020 Consignor Select Yearling 
Sale Date has been changed to:
Thursday, August 20, 2020
You can visit our website:
or you can contact Equine Sales Company
or call:  337-678-3024 to speak to our Sales Director:
Foster Bridewell

Equine Sales Company Changes Sale Date to August 20

2020 Consignor Select Yearling Sale Date has been changed
New Date is Thursday, August 20, 2020


The Board of Directors of Equine Sales Company voted in favor of changing the date of our 2020 Consignor Select Yearling Sale including Two Year Old in Training from September 3, 2020 to August 20, 2020.

With the announcement of Fasig-Tipton consolidating their three yearling sales which will be held on September 9th and 10th in Lexington, KY and the Kentucky Oaks and Derby scheduled for September 4th & 5th, 2020, the board decided the previous sale date would need to be changed.  By getting ahead of these events, the new date of Equine Sales’ yearling and 2 year old sale will enable more buyers to attend the sale avoiding the congested sale and event calendar in early September.

Also the Consignor Select Yearling sale will now be the first yearling sale of the year and the Board of Directors feel that this will allow breeders and consignors the best opportunity for their offerings.

Please Save this New Date into you Calendars.  Updated Contracts are now Available.  See above link.

New Deadline for Entries:
JUNE 5, 2020
2020 Consignor Select Yearling Sale Date
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Please Contact Sales Director, Foster Bridewell for assistance

email: (
or call:  337-678-3024 to speak to our Sales Director: Foster Bridewell

Texas Summer Yearling Sale Set for August 24 at Lone Star Park

(Austin, Texas – March 5, 2020) – This year’s Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale has been set for Monday, August 24, at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. This will mark the fifth renewal of the auction held jointly by the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park. The entry deadline is June 15.

“We have a record number of entries for the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale on April 3, and we anticipate added interest in this auction thanks to all the positive things going on with Texas racing,” said Mary Ruyle, executive director of the TTA.

Up to $25 million annually is being pumped into the Texas horse industry thanks to legislation passed last year, and purses at the current Sam Houston Race Park meet and upcoming Lone Star Park meet are at their highest levels in many years.

“With the enhanced purses at Texas tracks and added incentives for accredited Texas-breds, the Southwest region has never been stronger,” added Tim Boyce, sales director. “In addition to an added number of horses, we anticipate an increase in quality just like we saw with the consignments for the 2-year-old sale.”

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Keeneland September Sale Produces Near-Record Returns, Record-Priced Filly



The 2019 renewal of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale didn’t keep up with last year’s record-setting edition when it came to the measurables. Even so, the returns from this year’s auction established a steady cruising altitude for the marketplace, showing it’s fully clear of the Great Recession that brought the Thoroughbred industry to a screeching halt a decade ago, and it proved it can still hit some of the pre-bust economy’s most dizzying heights.

A lot has changed from then to now, but two pillars remain unweathered from the glory days of the mid-2000s: The first is that horse that ticks all the proverbial boxes will bring serious money. The second is, if the horse ticks them with authority, Godolphin and the Coolmore partnership will meet in the back ring to do battle for them.


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OBS October Yearling Sale catalog now online

The catalog for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 October Yearling Sale is now available via the OBS website at The online catalog’s main page contains a link to a sortable master index providing searchable pedigree and consignor information as well as access to pedigree updates occurring since the catalog was printed. Advanced search and filter capability has been added to allow shortlist creation. A link to instructions for using the new features can be found in the index header.

The iPad version of the catalog can be accessed via the equineline Sales Catalog App. The App allows users to download and view the catalog, receive updates and results, record notes and also provides innovative search, sort and rating capability. For more information and downloads go to:

There are 204 yearlings (Hip No.’s 1 – 204) cataloged for the Selected Yearling Sale. Scheduled for Tuesday, October 8th, it will begin at 12:00 noon. Once again, walking videos of the Selected yearlings will be available on the website and the iPad version beginning on or about September 23rd. There are 393 yearlings (Hip No.’s 301 – 693) cataloged in the Open Yearling Sale, set for Wednesday, October 9th, getting under way at 10:30 a.m.

Supplemental entries are now being accepted for both the Selected and Open Sales through Friday, September 20th. Supplements to the Selected Sale will be sold Tuesday and cataloged beginning with Hip No. 205. Open Sale supplements will be sold Wednesday, cataloged starting with Hip No. 694. Nomination forms for the Selected Sale and Consignor Contracts for the Open Sale can be found online via the OBS website at:

OBS Yearling Sale graduates are right at home in racing’s elite levels, in the winners’ circle at the Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness (G1), Breeders’ Cup, Ascot and in Dubai, Korea and Japan. Winning throughout the world as well as coast to coast in North America, twenty-seven Yearling Sale graduates have surpassed the million dollar mark in earnings. The latest is Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables LLC and Bethlehem Stables LLC’s 2019 catalog cover boy World of Trouble. The 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by Kantharos, who was consigned by Darsan Inc., Agent, to the 2016 August Sale, is currently on a streak of five straight stakes wins, the latest the $400,000 Jaipur Invitational Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park in June. Trained by Jason Servis, he has won grade one races on dirt and turf, compiled a 13-9-2-1 career record and earned $1,263,300 to date.

World of Trouble shares the 2019 catalog cover with Rockingham Ranch & Gelfenstein Farm’s X Y Jet, winner of the $2,500,000 Golden Shaheen (G1) at Meydan in March. It was the fifth graded stakes victory for the 7-year-old Florida-bred son of Kantharos, trained by Jorge Navarro, now 25-12-7-2 with earnings of $3,095,513. He was consigned to the 2013 August Selected Yearling Sale by Two Sharp Hats and sold for $56,000. Selected Sale conformation photo

The newest star in the headlines is Amalio Ruiz-Lozano’s Ceci Valentina, winner of last Saturday’s $200,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Susan’s Girl Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Angel Rodriguez, the 2-year-old Florida-bred filly by Prospective has two wins and a third in three starts and has earned $162,750. Consigned by Kelli Mitchell, Agent, she went through the ring at the 2018 October Selected Yearling Sale.  Selected Yearling Sale Walking Video

Heading into the big races in the fall, 98 Yearling graduates have won or placed in 212 stakes races since the beginning of 2018, with 49 posting 76 stakes victories. They have won or placed in 39 graded stakes, a list including the grade one Ashland, Bing Crosby, Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Carter, Golden Shaheen, Jaipur, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Santa Anita Sprint Championship, Test and Whitney.

The sale will be streamed live via the OBS website as well as the Blood-Horse, DRF and TDN websites.

Current information about OBS sales, consignors and graduates is now also available via social media sites Facebook and Twitter. A link on the homepage directs users to either site.

Sales results will be available on the OBS website, updated hourly during each session of every sale. In addition, the latest news regarding OBS graduates, sales schedules, nominations, credit requests, travel information and other news relevant to OBS consignors and customers is also available. E-mail should be addressed to

For more information regarding the October Sale or the OBS website, please call (352) 237-2154.

Louisiana Bred Maclean’s Music Filly Tops Equine Sales Yearling Sale


Hip #33, a filly by  Maclean’s Music out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Sweet Jackie Jo was purchased by William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s East Hickman for $145,000 to top the Sept. 5 Equine Sales of Louisiana’s Consignor Select Yearling Sale in Opelousas, La.

The sale topper was bred in Louisiana by and consigned by 4M Ranch.  a half sister to two Louisiana bred stakes winners Actif Storm and Atchata, as well as multiple stakes-placed Nurse Goodnight.

Equine Sales reported 133 horses were sold for gross receipts of $1,518,500.   The average price was $11,417, with a $6,000 median, and the 34 head that went unsold from 195 cataloged represented an RNA rate of 20.4%. The 2018 sale results reported 148 yearlings selling for a total $1,937,700 for an average price of $13,093 and median of $6,000, with an RNA rate of 28.2%.

East Hickman, with SBM as agent, also purchased the sale’s second-highest offering. The top selling colt, a son of Tapiture, Hip 133,  from the Select Sales consignment, was purchased for $75,000.

Bred in Louisiana by Cloyce C. Clark, the colt is out of the multiple grade 3-placed mare Humble Janet (by Humble Eleven), a half sister to stakes winner and multiple graded-placed Han Sense. The colt is a half brother to multiple stakes winner Shang.

EQUINE SALES COMPANY Announces Complete 2019 Auction Schedule

Yearlings Sales Dates Confirmed
Equine Sales Company has released its complete 2019 schedule of sales after previously announcing that the 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held April 2. All auctions will be held in Opelousas, Louisiana.
The 2019 schedule includes the 
Consignor Select Yearling Sale on 
Thursday, September 5

and the Open Yearling and Mixed Sale on Sunday, October 27.
While the 2-year-old sale is being held about a month earlier than in previous years, the other two sales are essentially on the same spot on the calendar.
“We believe the earlier 2-year-old sale will work well for buyers and consignors according to the feedback we received,” said Sales Director Foster Bridewell. “But we also received word from our customers that the other two sales were already well placed on the calendar. Our select sale last year was one of our best ever, so we want to stick with what is working.”
For more information go to:
Sale Date:  Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Breeze Date:  Sunday, March 31, 2019
We are continuing to accept consignments for the
2019 TWO YEAR OLD IN TRAINING SALE WITH HORSES OF RACING AGE, which will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
The Breeze Show will be Sunday, March 31, 2019
Consignment contracts can be downloaded by clicking this link
You can visit our website:
or you can contact Equine Sales Company
or call:  337-678-3024.


Equine Sales Company, 372 Harry Guilbeau Road, Opelousas,, LA 70570