The Jockey Club Releases 2016 Breeding Statistics

The Jockey Club Releases 2016 Breeding Statistics
The Jockey Club reported, September 21, that 1,863 stallions covered 36,045 mares in North America during 2016, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 13, 2017. These breedings have resulted in 21,624 live foals of 2017 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports.

The Jockey Club estimates that the number of live foals reported so far is approximately 90 percent complete. The reporting of live foals of 2017 is down 1.7 percent from last year at this time when The Jockey Club had received reports for 21,991 live foals of 2016.

In addition to the 21,624 live foals of 2017 reported through Sept. 13, The Jockey Club also received 2,467 No Foal Reports for the 2017 foaling season. Ultimately, the 2017 registered foal crop is projected to reach 22,500.

The number of stallions declined 3.1 percent from the 1,923 reported for 2015 at this time last year, while the number of mares bred declined 2.5 percent from the 36,964 reported for 2015.

The 2016 breeding statistics are available alphabetically by stallion name through the Resources – Fact Book link on The Jockey Club homepage at jockeyclub.com.

“It is important to note that the live foals reported in The Jockey Club breeding statistics are by conception area and do not represent the state in which a foal was born,” said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director, The Jockey Club. “Breeding statistics also are not a representation of a stallion’s fertility record.”

Kentucky annually leads all states and provinces in terms of Thoroughbred breeding activity. Kentucky-based stallions accounted for 49.7 percent of the mares reported bred in North America in 2016 and 57.3 percent of the live foals reported for 2017.

The 17,912 mares reported bred to 245 Kentucky stallions in 2016 have produced 12,396 live foals, a 1.7 percent increase on the 12,184 Kentucky-sired live foals of 2016 reported at this time last year. The number of mares reported bred to Kentucky stallions in 2016 increased 1.8 percent compared to the 17,598 reported for 2015 at this time last year.

Among the 10 states and provinces with the most mares covered in 2016, only three produced more live foals in 2017 than in 2016 as reported at this time last year: Kentucky, California, and Maryland. The following table shows the 10 states and provinces, ranked by number of state/province-sired live foals of 2017 reported through Sept. 13, 2017.

 

2016
Mares Bred

2016
Live Foals

2017
Live Foals

Percent Change
in Live Foals

Kentucky

17,912

12,184

12,396

1.7%

California

2,631

1,720

1,726

0.3%

Florida

2,841

1,577

1,514

-4.0%

New York

1,526

940

912

-3.0%

Louisiana

1,507

893

799

-10.5%

Maryland

929

411

500

21.7%

Ontario

865

447

397

-11.2%

New Mexico

869

452

370

-18.1%

Oklahoma

826

361

341

-5.5%

Pennsylvania

547

349

289

-17.2%

 

The statistics include 394 progeny of stallions standing in North America but foaled abroad, as reported by foreign stud book authorities at the time of publication.

 

Country

Live Foals

Country

Live Foals

Saudi Arabia

115

India

7

Republic of Korea

110

Argentina

6

Great Britain

35

Russia

4

Japan

32

Venezuela

2

Ireland

31

Australia

1

Philippines

27

Dominican Republic

1

Mexico

12

Ecuador

1

Chile

9

France

1

 

The report also includes 92 mares bred to 25 stallions in North America on Southern Hemisphere time; the majority of these mares have not foaled.

As in years past, a report of mares bred will be released in October.

Mobile Bay Named 2016 Louisiana Bred Horse of the Year at LTBA Annual Awards Banquet

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Mobile Bay was named Louisiana’s 2016 Horse of the Year at the June 10 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s annual meeting and awards banquet at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, Louisiana.

This is the second consecutive year that the Tigertail Ranch homebred received Horse of the Year honors. He was also named Louisiana’s Four Year Old & Upwards Champion Male earlier this year after ending his 2016 campaign with three stakes wins and $302,150 earnings for the year, the highest earnings of any Louisiana-bred for 2016.

The son of Lone Star Special is out of Tranquility Bay (Out of Place), the dam of five winners from six starters including the stakes placed Galveston Harbor. She also has an unraced juvenile filly by U S Ranger and foaled a Dominus colt in April. Lone Star Special, the sire of Mobile Bay belongs to Tigertail Ranch and stands at The Horse of Course in Benton, La.

Trained by Victor Arceneaux, Mobile Bay won the 2017 Louisiana Premier Night Championship Stakes to boost his lifetime earnings to $1,006,440, only the 9th Louisiana bred in history to reach millionaire status.

Irwin Olian’s Tigertail Ranch dominated the awards. In addition to Horse of the Year and Older Male honors, Tigertail Ranch also garnered awards for Four-Year-Old & Upwards Filly or Mare, Wheatfield, and Leading 2016 Breeder by Breeders Awards.

Horse of the Year ~ Mobile Bay: Tigertail Ranch (Irwin Olian), owner and breeder.
2yo filly ~ Mr. Al’s Gal;: J. Adcock and Neal McFadden, breeders; Keith Bonura and Rodney Virgadamo, owners.
2yo colt or gelding ~ Tip Tap Tapizar: Summer Hill Farm LLC (William Andrade), breeder; Whispering Oaks Farm (Carol Castille), owner.
3yo filly ~ Big World: Curt Leake and Elm Tree Farm, LLC (Michelle and Jody Huckabay), breeders; Maggi Moss, owner.
3yo colt or gelding ~ Extra Credit: Richard and Bertram Klein, owner and breeder.
4 & up filly or mare ~ Wheatfield: Tigertail Ranch (Irwin Olian), owner and breeder.
4 & up male ~ Mobile Bay: Tigertail Ranch (Irwin Olian), owner and breeder.
Broodmare of the Year ~ Pentatonic: Relentless Racing, LLC (Misty and Chad Dugar), owners.
Stallion of the Year ~ Half Ours: Half Ours Group, owners; standing at Clear Creek Stud. Breeder of the Year ~ Irwin Olian (Tigertail Ranch)
High Percentage Breeder (tie) ~ Relentless Racing, LLC (Misty and Chad Dugar), and Warren J. Harang III.

LTBA Announces 2016 Louisiana Bred Champions

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association has announced the results of the 2016 Accredited Louisiana Bred Champions, 2016 Stallions of the Year, 2016 Broodmare of the Year and Breeders of the Year.

2yo filly ~ Mr. Al’s Gal
2yo colt or gelding ~ Tip Tap Tapizar
3yo filly ~ Big World
3yo colt or gelding ~ Extra Credit
4 & up filly or mare ~ Wheatfield
4 & up male ~ Mobile Bay
Broodmare of the Year ~ Pentatonic
Stallion of the Year ~ Half Ours
Breeder of the Year ~ Irwin Olian (Tigertail Ranch)
High Percentage Breeder (tie) ~ Relentless Racing LLC, and Warren J. Harang III

Accredited Louisiana Bred Champions and Broodmare of the Year are selected by a vote of the membership. Leading Stallion and Leading Breeders are based on statistics.
Award presentations will be made at the 2017 Annual Meeting on Saturday June 10, 2017, at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, when the overall “Horse of the Year” will be revealed.

Congratulations to all.

Mr. Al’s Gal and Jack Snipe Take Respective Divisions of the 2016 Louisiana Futurities

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Louisiana Futurity (filly div)
Fair Grounds, December 31, 2016
6 furlongs, Purse $100,000
for Louisiana-Breds, 2YO fillies

MR. AL’S GAL
Salute The Sarge-Spanish Ice, by Spanish Steps
Breeder: J. Adcock & Neal McFadden
Owner: Rodney Virgadamo & Keith Bonura
Trainer: Justin Jeansonne; Jockey: R.E. Eramia

2nd
Princess Samurai
First Samurai-Interruption, by Conquistador
Breeder: Orange Grove Thoroughbreds, Inc.
Owner: Darlene & Mike Peterson
Trainer: W. Bret Calhoun; Jockey: M. Mena

3rd
Quarter Carat
Tiz Wonderful-Diamondinthestream, by Smart Strike
Breeder: Stacy Moak
Owner: Stacy Moak
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.; Jockey: F. Geroux

1:10.64, Track: good, Margins: 12 3/4, 3/4, 3/4

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Louisiana Futurity (colt & gelding div)
Fair Grounds, December 31, 2016
6 furlongs, Purse $100,000
for Louisiana-Breds, 2YOs

JACK SNIPE’S
Half Ours-Rhodelia, by Silver Deputy
Breeder: Clear Creek Stud LLC
Owner: Jeff Drown & Gary M Scherer
Trainer: Gary M. Scherer; Jockey: D.J. Meche

2nd
Run Away Ralph
Custom For Carlos-Lucky Haley, by Forty Won
Breeder: Trey LaVoice
Owner: Energy Solutions Consultants, LLC
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston; Jockey: R. Alvarado

3rd
Street Honor
Street Boss-Noon Delight, by Broken Vow
Breeder: Darlene & Jeff Wahman
Owner: Norman Stables, LLC
Trainer: Lonnie Briley; Jockey: G. Saez

1:11.68, Track: good, Margins: nk, 2, 1

 

Louisiana-bred juveniles had their last chance at stakes money in 2016 in sex-divided divisions of the Louisiana Futurities over six furlongs on the main track.

In the $100,800 fillies division, Rodney Virgadamo and Keith Bonura’s Mr. Al’s Gal broke sharply and was never headed in a runaway win. Trained by Justin Jeansonne, the daughter of Salute the Sarge was racing beyond five furlongs for the first time, but it mattered little as she quickly assumed command of the early pace under Richard Eramia, turned away an early challenge from longshot Star Guitarist through splits of 21.83 and 45.65, and finished full of run to stop the clock in 1:10.64 with a 12¾-length victory

“She broke really sharp and we tried to relax,” Eramia said. “I didn’t know I was going that quick until after the race, because she didn’t feel like she was going that quick, and at the eighth-pole she took off again. She’s a nice filly and will have some good races later.”

Darlene and Mike Peterson’s Bret Calhoun-trained Princess Samurai settled in mid-pack under Miguel Mena before offering a modest rally to finish second, three-quarters of a length in front of Stacey Moak’s Al Stall Jr.-trained Quarter Carat, who saved ground inside under Florent Geroux but could not match strides late.

Mr. Al’s Gal won for the second time in three career starts, earned $60,480 to boost her career bankroll to $85,280 and returned $15, $7.80 and $5.20. Princess Samurai paid $5.60 and $4.40, and Quarter Carat returned $3.20.

Sharp HennySinging a Song, Foxy MissActif StormStar GuitaristSouthern Gold and Hot and Ready completed the order of finish.

Two races later in the $100,000 colts and geldings division, Jeff Drown and Gary Scherer’s Jack Snipe’s overcame the widest draw when parlaying a good break into a perfect, pressing trip to score. Ridden by Donnie Meche for trainer Gary Scherer, the 8-5 wagering favorite prompted Tigerstorm through splits of 21.61 and 45.88 before edging clear into the stretch and turning away a challenge from Energy Solutions Consultants’ Eddie Johnston-trained Run Away Ralph and Robby Albarado to score by a neck at the wire in a final time of 1:11.68. It was another two lengths astern to Norman Stables’ Street Honor in third under Gabriel Saez for trainer Lonnie Briley.

“It was an awesome trip,” Meche said. “He’s such a great horse to ride, he does anything you want. We got in the gate and he was just waiting for it to open, so he broke well and that made the trip easy. He saw (Run Away Ralph) on the outside (in the stretch) and was never going to let that horse by.”

The son of Half Ours won for the third time in six career starts and earned $60,000 to increase his lifetime bankroll to $141,800. He returned $5.40, $3 and $2.80, with Run Away Ralph paying $8.80 and $6.20 and Street Honor returning $5.80.

TigerstormJust DueCharlie BalladoSet HutFirst After BreakIl Est ViteToothRun BayouPops Legacy and Armanno completed the running order.

Favorite Believe In Bertie Proves Best in Pago Hop

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Pago Hop Stakes
Fair Grounds, December 31, 2016
Abt 1 Mile, Turf, Purse $75,000
3YO fillies

BELIEVE IN BERTIE
Langfuhr-Saint Bertie, by Street Cry (IRE)
Breeder: Richard Klein & Bertram Klein (LA)
Owner: Richard and Bertram Klein
Trainer: Brad H. Cox; Jockey: S. Bridgmohan

2nd
Gianna’s Dream
Twirling Candy-Untamed Beauty, by Rahy
Breeder: Center Hills Farm & Randy Blair (OK)
Owner: Jordan V. Wycoff
Trainer: Michael J Maker; Jockey: F. Geroux

3rd
Frozen Hannah
E Dubai-Hanna’s Harmony, by Storming Fever
Breeder: David A. Ross (KY)
Owner: Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch
Trainer: Joe Sharp; Jockey: G. Saez

1:34.22, Track: firm, Margins: 7 3/4, no, 3 1/2

 

Richard Klein and Bertram Klein’s Believe in Bertie backed up her morning-line favoritism and popped the cork on her connections’ New Year’s Eve celebration with a track record-setting performance in the 33rd running of the $75,000 Pago Hop Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan for current meet-leading trainer Brad Cox, the 3-year-old daughter of Langfuhr was dominant throughout, leading through fractions of 24.01, 47.27 and 1:10.85 for six furlongs. With 8½ lengths to spare and her pilot motionless in the stretch, she maintained powerfully through a final quarter-mile in 23.37 to win the about one-mile event on the Stall-Wilson turf course by 7¾ lengths in 1:34.22, breaking the record of 1:34.51 set by 6-year-old campaigner Paroled in 2015.

A Louisiana-bred, Believe in Bertie ($5, $3.40 and $2.80) won for the fourth time in nine starts and annexed her second career stakes event and first in open company, earning a state-bred bonus-inflated $62,640 to increase her career bankroll to $271,522. She is the first foal out of unraced Street Cry (IRE) mare Saint Bertie and a granddaughter of four-time graded stakes-winning mare Allamerican Bertie, runner-up by less than a length in 2002’s Grade I Alabama Stakes.

“She’s got such a high cruising speed, so I just wanted to stay out of her way and be a good passenger,” Bridgmohan said. “She was doing it so easily. I never even had to pull the stick on her.”

“She went out fast and kept going fast. She came home 11 and change and looked great,” Cox added. “She’s the kind who likes to get into a rhythm and carry her speed and she’s super-talented; as talented as any horse in the barn.”

Chasing throughout and holding on for second was Jordan V. Wycoff’s Mike Maker-trained two-time stakes winner Gianna’s Dream ($4.20 and $4) under the meet’s current leading rider, Florent Geroux. A nose behind her was Wayne R. Sanders and Larry Hirsch’s Joe Sharp-trained longshotFrozen Hannah ($9.80 to show) under Gabriel Saez.

“I had a good trip and was trying to get to the winner, but we were second-best today,” Geroux said. “The winner ran a huge race.”

Local stakes winner Princess Erindelle rallied from last to fourth, followed by InconclusiveMost Beautiful(GB)Always RightReady for ChiantiNobody’s FaultLa PeregrinaMotown Lady and School Board Prez to complete the order of finish.

Mageez Takes B-Connected Stakes at Delta

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B-Connected Stakes
Delta Downs, December 31, 2016
1 Mile, Purse $65,000
for Louisiana-Breds, 3YO and Up

MAGEEZ
Musket Man-Spaseeba, by Spectacular Bid
Breeder: James A. McGehee, Jr
Owner: Double Dam Farm, LLC
Trainer: Delmar R. Caldwell; Jockey: Ashley Broussard

2nd
Southern Argument
Closing Argument-Southern Sandra, by Dixie Brass
Breeder: DocAtty Stables
Owner: Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable, LLC
Trainer: Oscar Modica; Jockey: R. Morales

3rd
Fort Pulaski
Any Given Saturday-Jazznwithcandy, by Jambalaya
Breeder: Tigertail Ranch
Owner: Tigertail Ranch
Trainer: Danny Pish; Jockey: D.Saenz

1:37.90, Track: muddy, Margins: 1 1/2, 1/2, 1 1/4

MAGEEZ GIVES BROUSSARD BACK TO BACK  LOOKOUT AND B-CONNECTED WINS

VINTON, LA. – For the second consecutive year jockey Ashley Broussard has won the Lookout and B-Connected Stakes at Delta Downs on the same weekend. Saturday night’s triumph in the $65,000 B-Connect came with Double Dam Farm LLC’s Mageez, who used a last-to-first rally to score in the one-mile race for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds and up who had never won a stakes race.

Much like her win with Illussion Artist in Friday night’s Lookout Stakes, Mageez showed very little early speed in the B-Connected. Lingering in last position, 11 lengths behind the early leaders, Mageez used a strong rally around the second and final turn to inhale the leaders turning for home. It didn’t hurt his cause that the early fractions set by Zendelphian were quick, as he went the opening quarter-mile in 22.92 seconds and the half in 47.09. The three quarter-mile clocking was 1:12.56 and by that time Mageez was well on his way to victory.

When the finish line was reached Mageez was 1-1/2 length to the good of Southern Argument, who finished second. Fort Pulaski, who went off as the wagering favorite at 7-5 odds, finished third another half-length behind the runner-up. The final time for Mageez over a sealed muddy track was 1:37.90.

Mageez, who is trained by Delmar R. Caldwell, has now won five of 15 starts. His first place paycheck of $39,000 on Saturday increased his overall bankroll to $118,280.

Mageez is a 3-year-old colt by Musket Man out of the Spectacular Bid mare Spaseeba. He was bred in Louisiana by James A. Mcgehee, Jr.

Sent to the gate at odds of 3-1, Mageez paid $8.20 to win, $5.20 to place and $2.80 to show. Southern Argument was worth $6.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Fort Pulaski paid $2.20 to show.

Illusion Artist Wins Lookout Stakes at Delta

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Delta Downs, December 30, 2016
1 Mile, Purse $65,000
for Louisiana-Bred Fillies and Mares, 3YO and Up

ILLUSION ARTIST
Drosselmeyer-Art of Illusion, by Forest Wildcat
Breeder: 4M Ranch
Owner: Steve Landers Racing LLC
Trainer: Brad H. Cox; Jockey: Ashley Broussard

2nd
Strike Pleasure
Tenpins-Begue, by My Friend Max
Breeder: Marc Winston and Jill Winston
Owner: Collinsworth Thoroughbred Racing LLC
Trainer:Henry B. Johnson, Jr.; Jockey: J. Guzman

3rd
Glide Baby Glide
Honor Glide-Lovely Amy, by Mining
Breeder: Rowell Farms, LLC
Owner: Robert Larry Whitaker
Trainer: Patrick Devereux, Jr.; Jockey: D.Saenz

1:40.71, Track fast, Margins: 1 1/2, 2, 3/4

 

BRAD COX-TRAINED FILLY WINS HER FOURTH RACE FROM FIVE CAREER STARTS  

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the 11th running of the $65,000 Lookout Stakes on Friday night and it was the heavy favorite Illussion Artist who came away with the win under jockey Ashley Broussard. The talented young jockey won the same race last year with Oh Baby Oh Baby, which marked her first career win in stakes company.

Illussion Artist was bet down to 1-5 in the wagering and dazzled her fans with an eye-dropping move turning for home in the one-mile test for 3-year-old and older Louisiana-bred fillies and mares. After breaking from the gate in ninth position, Broussard sat patiently aboard her mount until the field of 10 reached the far turn. The early pacesetter Grand Farewell carved out fractional times of 23.19 for the quarter mile, 47.20 for the half, and 1:12.88 for three quarters while the eventual winner raced second last for much of the trip until they reached the homestretch.

At that point Broussard shook the reins and her mount rallied stoutly with a sweeping wide move that put her the lead by the top of the stretch. At the finish line Illussion Artist was 1-1/2 length in front of Strike Pleasure who rallied for second while Glide Baby Glide was another two lengths behind in third.

Illussion Artist covered the distance over a fast track in a time of 1:40.71.

The win by Illussion Artist marked the fourth of her five-race career and it was her first stakes victory. The $39,000 winner’s prize raised her lifetime bankroll up to $135,320.

Bred in the Bayou State by 4 M Ranch, Illussion Artist is a 3-year-old filly by Drosselmeyer, out of the Forest Wildcat mare Art of Illusion. She was purchased as a yearling in 2014 for $80,000.

Illussion Artist paid $2.60 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Strike Pleasure was worth $11.60 to place and $6.40 to show. Glide Baby Glide paid $3 to show.

Second and Third Horses Test Positive for EHV-1 At Fair Grounds

A second horse has tested positive for EHV-1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, La. The strain of the disease can be accompanied by neurological symptoms and can prove fatal in horses. The horse, trained by Jeff Thornbury, was housed in Barn 14 which is currently under mandated quarantine by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture. The infected horse has been isolated from the regular barn area and will have no interaction with the rest of the horse population on the backstretch.

A third horse has also tested positive for equine herpes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, La. The horse, trained by Mike Stidham, resides in Barn 36 and contracted EHV-1 nonneurogenic type, also called “wild type” strain. This strain is different than the strain of EHV- 1 that has affected two horses in Barn 14 in the previous week. The infected horse has been isolated from the rest of the backstretch population in a different area than the previously isolated horse due to the differing strains.

The positive test from Barn 36 does not affect the currently mandated quarantine of Barn 14, and that barn’s 14-day quarantine period continues as is. The mandated 14-day quarantine of Barn 14 that originally started on Dec. 26 has

been reset following the second confirmed case and started anew effective Dec. 31. All horses in the affected barn will be monitored, and if no horses test positive for the virus and do not show symptoms, the quarantine may be lifted at the discretion of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture.

Fair Grounds officials continue to monitor the situation closely under the guidance of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and the USDA, and continue to follow all protocols as directed by those two governing bodies.

At this time, under the direction of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture, the quarantine continues to have no impact on horses shipping out or shipping in for races as long as they arrive with proper vaccination documents. All horses shipping in will be required to use the Belfort Street entrance.

Tips on Feeding Horses Hay-Based Diets

According to the National Research Council’s Nutrient Requirements of Horses, many mature horses can maintain a healthy body weight by consuming a diet composed solely of forage, in addition to clean water and salt. Here are some tips for managing horses on hay-based diets.

  1. Weigh your horse’s hay, and feed based on your horse’s target body weight. Ensure your horse is receiving 1.5–2.5% of its body weight in forage each day.
  2. Have a veterinarian or equine dentist routinely examine and treat your horse’s teeth. Don’t assume the horse has a functional mouth if you simply pull back his lips and find a full set of incisors. These front teeth are usually the last ones lost by aged horses. The molars you don’t see grind forage. If your horse is not able to chew its hay sufficiently, consider alternative forage sources.
  3. If the horse is overweight, restrict grazing and offer mature hay with lower digestible sugars and higher indigestible fiber. However, be sure that the horse will actually eat the hay and not just use it for bedding.
  4. Feed off the ground to minimize the chance of sand colic in areas where this is a concern. Use nets, feed bunks, feed racks, or place the hay on rubber mats.
  5. Hay shortage in your area? Consider other forage sources: hay cubes, alfalfa or grass hay pellets, chopped forages, shredded beet pulp, or soy hull pellets.
  6. Invest in a few hay nets. Use of hay nets will keep forage off the ground and away from sand and bedding dust; make it easy to weigh and preload hay to quickly feed hungry horses on busy days; and potentially slow consumption.
  7. Soak or steam hay to reduce dust if your horse has a respiratory ailment or to reduce the water-soluble sugar content for horses with endocrine abnormalities or chronic laminitis.

In the case of harder keepers, a forage-only diet can be challenging. Making sure the horse has the best-quality forage will go a long way to increasing the caloric intake. Abundant grass and legumes, like clover, in the pasture and high-quality alfalfa, grass, or mixed hay with a high leaf-to-stem ratio are excellent sources of forage calories. Supplementing with forage alternatives, such as hay cubes and pellets or beet pulp, will further increase calorie consumption.

An all-forage diet does not, however, work for every horse in every circumstance. Depending on the origin of the forage and the individual horse, additional minerals and vitamins may be necessary to balance out the deficiencies of the forage. Deficiencies can be corrected through the use of a ration balancer or a vitamin and mineral supplement, such as Micro-Max™, which is a low-intake concentrated source of vitamins and minerals for mature horses. Micro-Max is ideal for horses that maintain body weight on diets composed entirely of forage or forage and small amounts of concentrate. Learn more.

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Fair Grounds Barn Under Quarantine

Barn 14 at the Fair Grounds has been placed under quarantine by the State of Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture after a horse residing in the barn tested positive for a strain of Equine Herpes Virus known as EHV-1. The infected horse, an unraced 2-year-old filly trained by Alice Cohn, was euthanized Monday.

Horses currently stabled in Barn 14 will not be permitted to leave the property until the quarantine has been lifted and will only be permitted to train during a specific period after regular training hours. All residents of Barn 14 will continue to be monitored and is none show signs of or test positive for the virus, the quarantine will be lifted at the end of the standard 14-day period.

The quarantine will not affect horses shipping in for races as long as they have the proper vaccination documents.