Star Guitar’s Fee Raised to $7,500

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Multiple Louisiana champion has 11 juvenile winners and three stakes winners in 2017.

A strong crop of 2-year-olds in 2017 prompted Evelyn Benoit’s Brittlyn Stable to raise the stud fee for homebred Star Guitar  to $7,500 for the 2018 breeding season.

The four-time Louisiana Horse of the Year and winner of 22 black-type stakes out of 30 starts has been represented this year by 11 juvenile winners from 21 starters. His top 2-year-olds include stakes winners Testing One Two, a daughter out of Yes Sir (Scat Daddy) who won the Louisiana Jewel Stakes, and Aceguitar, a colt out of Cherub Heart (Dehere) who won the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Stakes and finished second in the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity. Star Guitar also sired Givemeaminit, out of Powerful Nation (Turkoman), who finished third in the grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

“Star Guitar is certainly passing on his will to win that he demonstrated with his race record of 24 wins from 30 starts,” said Benoit, who has stood Star Guitar at Clear Creek Stud near Folsom, La., since he entered stud in 2013 at $4,000.

From two crops of racing age, Star Guitar sired 28 winners that have earned more than $1.3 million. He has a third black-type winner in Bermuda Star, who won or placed six times in eight starts as a 3-year-old. One of her wins includes the Equine Sales Oaks at Evangeline Downs. The filly out of Bermuda Bride (Runaway Groom) also placed in the Elge Rasberry Stakes and the Louisiana Legends Soiree Stakes.

Star Guitar is a 12-year-old son of Quiet American—Minit Towinit, by Malagra, and a half brother to black-type winners Favorite Minit and Grand Minit, who were all bred and initially raced by Brittlyn Stable.

Astrology Relocated to Acadiana Equine @ Copper Crowne in Louisiana

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Astrology, one of the nation’s leading first- and second-crop stallions, has been relocated to Acadiana Equine @ Copper Crowne in Opelousas, Louisiana, for the 2018 breeding season. The son of Horse of the Year A.P. Indy will stand for a fee of $4,500.
            From his first two crops to race, Astrology has sired the earners of $2.1 million, including Arella Rockstar, the winner of last year’s Grade 3 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park who recently sold for $290,000 at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Astrology has ranked among the top 15 sires nationally by progeny earnings for first- and second-crop sires in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
            On the track, Astrology won or placed in six stakes—including five graded races—with a victory in the Iroquois Stakes (G3) during a five-race 2-year-old campaign in which he never finished off the board. As a 3-year-old, he placed in three consecutive graded stakes with a second in both the Sunland Derby (G3) and Jerome Stakes (G2) and then a game third-place finish in the Preakness Stakes (G1) behind Shackleford and Animal Kingdom.
            Astrology becomes the second stallion standing at Acadiana Equine @ Copper Crowne, joining five-time Grade 1 winner Court Vision, who currently leads all Louisiana stallions by progeny earnings this year at more than $2.5 million.
            “We think Astrology is an up-and-coming sire who checks all the boxes as a son of A.P. Indy with an accomplished race record as a top 2-year-old and a Classic-placed 3-year-old and offspring that have found success on the track and in the sales ring,” said Stallion Manager David Tillson. “We still have a few breeding rights available, and I expect that those will go quickly.”

Texas Thoroughbred Association Sets 2018 Sale Dates

The Texas Thoroughbred Association, in partnership with Lone Star Park, has announced its sales dates for 2018.

The Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held April 10 with the under tack show set for April 8. Horses will breeze over the Lone Star Park track, and the sale will be held at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion on the backside.

The entry deadline for the 2-year-old sale is January 15, and all sale graduates will be eligible for nomination to the 2018 Texas Thoroughbred Sales Futurity to be run at Lone Star with two divisions and an estimated purse of $100,000 apiece.

The Texas Summer Yearling Sale has been scheduled for August 27, also at Lone Star.

This will mark the third year for the Texas sales under the operation of TTA and Lone Star Park after taking over for Fasig-Tipton. This year’s 2-year-olds in training sale posted an average of $26,770 and gross sales of $1.874 million, compared to an $18,515 average and $981,300 in gross sales a year earlier.

“We have seen tremendous growth in the 2-year-old sale this year, as I think buyers and consignors from around the Southwest region responded to the stability we have brought to the auction market here,” said Tim Boyce, sales director. “I know quite a few buyers who found some nice pinhooking prospects at our yearling sale, so we expect to see some of those horses again.”

Free Online Course Offered on Colic Prevention

Three-week online course will run this winter from Jan. 22-Feb. 11.

Health & Colic Prevention’ online course to the first 50 grooms and trainers to register from each racing sector in Ontario: Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. The three-week online course will run this winter from January 22 – February 11, 2018 on Equine Guelph’s new online training platform, The Horse Portal.

According to the 2016 Equine Guelph Horse Racing Industry Survey, gut issues were ranked as the number three health issue behind respiratory issues and injuries. Not only is colic the number one killer of horses, but it is a major issue facing the horse racing industry. Excessive amounts of grain in the diet and forage variation are thought to contribute to an increased risk of colic and other gut issues. Changes in stabling, exercise level and stress may also cause an increased risk of colic.

“Educating the horse racing community on how to reduce the risk of colic and gut issues will be extremely valuable to grooms and trainers,” says Hugh Mitchell, Chair of Ontario Racing. He adds, “This training will also benefit the health and well-being of the elite equine athletes as well.”

The three-week online short course will be flexible and practical with content appropriate for the racing industry. The course will be delivered from respected experts from the horse racing community. For the first time, trainers and grooms from the three sectors will come together in discussion groups to share expertise and experience with each other.

“Offering the ‘Gut Health & Colic Prevention’ course at no charge will be an appealing way to engage the racing community to try out flexible, online learning on The Horse Portal,” says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph.

To register, go to www.TheHorsePortal.ca/OntarioRacing and apply the appropriate coupon code for the free course valued at $95. Registration for the 150 free courses will be administered on a first-come-first-served basis to the first 50 trainers and grooms from each sector.

This program is an online training partnership between Ontario Racing and Equine Guelph, with funding provided by Grand River Agricultural Society. Project partners include: Central Ontario Standardbred Association, The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. and Standardbred Canada. The online course is sponsored by Intercity Insurance Services Inc. and Capri Insurance Services Ltd.

DELTA DOWNS SET TO BEGIN 2017-18 THOROUGHBRED SEASON WEDNESDAY NIGHT

– 84-DAY MEETING RUNS THROUGH MARCH 10

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will kick off its 2017-18 Thoroughbred season on Wednesday, October 18. The 84-day stand will feature live racing Wednesdays through Saturdays with first post time set for 5:30 pm each night.

This year Delta Downs will offer a stakes schedule that features 24 races and at total of $1.975 million in total purse money. The stakes activity kicks off on opening weekend with the $100,000 Magnolia on Friday night and the $100,000 Gold Cup on Saturday. The Magnolia is a one-mile affair for fillies and mares 3-year-old and up and the Gold Cup is also an eight-furlong race for horses 3-year-olds and older. Both races are restricted to Louisiana-bred runners.

The richest program of the year will happen on Saturday, February 10 when the track hosts another edition of Louisiana Premier Night. The exciting card will feature some of the best Louisiana-breds competing in 10 stakes races worth total purse money of $895,000. The headliner on Louisiana Premier Night is the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship.

The leading horsemen from last year at Delta Downs are expected to vie for top honors once again this year. Diego Saenz will be seeking his fourth leading rider title while Karl Broberg will compete for this seventh consecutive leading trainer title during the meet. Broberg has been the leading trainer in North America for three straight years and currently leads all conditioners in 2017 with nearly 400 winners thus far.

 

For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

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.

 

Fair Grounds to Host 57 Stakes Worth $6.69 Million in 146th Thoroughbred Season

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced a comprehensive stakes schedule with 57 stakes worth more than $6.69 million for the 146th Thoroughbred racing season at the New Orleans oval. Opening Day is slated for Saturday, Nov. 18 and will include four overnight stakes.

The stakes schedule will mirror several past seasons with a major focus on big event days, including the meet’s centerpiece, Louisiana Derby Day, which will again include eight stakes worth $2.36 million, highlighted by the 105thrunning of the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby on March 24. The Grade II $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks, the Grade II $400,000 New Orleans Handicap and the Grade II $300,000 Muniz Memorial will also be run the same day along with four additional undercard stakes.

Leading into the Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds will also host a pair of major stakes days designed as part of The Road to the Kentucky Derby, beginning with Road to the Derby Kickoff Day presented by Hotel Monteleone on Jan. 13. The Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes will be the first race on the Fair Grounds stakes schedule to offer qualifying points for the Grade I Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. The Grade III $125,000 Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap and the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes will complement the afternoon’s action alongside three other undercard stakes.

Five weeks later on Feb. 17, the track will host Louisiana Derby Preview Day presented by Lamarque Ford Lincoln. The day’s highlight will be the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes that will offer qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby and will also include the Grade II $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes, the Grade III $150,000 Mineshaft Handicap and the Grade III $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap.

Another mainstay on the Fair Grounds Stakes Schedule, Louisiana Champions Day presented by Acadian Ambulance Service, will be held for the 27th time on Dec. 9. The day will feature 11 stakes races across varying divisions restricted to Louisiana-breds worth a total of $1.1 million.

Two new overnight stakes races will be held in honor of local mainstays who passed away in 2017. The $50,000 Richard R. Scherer Memorial Overnight Stakes will be held Dec. 2 for fillies and mares at 5½ furlongs on the turf, and the Nelson J. Menard Memorial Overnight Stakes will be run at the same distance for older fillies and mares on March 10.

The complete 2017-2018 stakes schedule can be found at: https://www.fairgroundsracecourse.com/racing-wagering/stakes.

Major Gain to Stand at Indian Creek

Grade 3 winner Major Gain has been purchased by Mark and Ashley Dison and will stand the 2018 breeding season at their Indian Creek Farms in Spearsville, Louisiana.
The 10-year-old son of More Than Ready entered stud in 2016 at  McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in New York before moving to Nicks Farm in Indiana for the 2017 Season. His first crop will be yearlings of 2018.
Major Gain won three of 21 starts during his on-track career, including the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity; he earned $161,115 as a homebred for Gary and Mary West. He also finished third in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.
Major Gain is out of Grade 3-placed stakes-winning Old Trieste mare Dream Lady, whose three foals to race are all winners. He is a full brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Room Service and a half-brother to Grade 2-placed stakes winner Oscar Party. The extended family includes Argentine classic winner Zapata and Grade 3 winner Lilly Capote.
Major Gain will stand for an advertised fee of $1,000. The first ten approved mares will receive a free breeding.