Bossier City, LA – The final two stakes of the Thoroughbred racing season at Louisiana Downs, the $75,000 Elge Rasberry and the $75,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin, were run on Saturday, September 23. Both stakes were written for 3-year-old graduates of the Louisiana-bred Sale and were run at the distance of one mile on the Franks Turf Course.

Big Game Baby Edges Out Bermuda Star in the $75,000 Elge Rasberry

Big Game Baby
Big Game Baby with Gerardo Mora aboard wins the 23rd running of Elge Rasberry at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Samuel Switalski


Elge Rasberry Stakes
Louisiana Downs, 9-23-17, 1 mile (turf)
3YO Louisiana Bred Sales Graduate Fillies, Purse $75,000

Gold Tribute – Hot Talent
Breeder: Ronald P. Webb
Owner: Eat My Dust LLC
Trainer: Joseph M. Foster
Jockey: Gerardo Mora

Bermuda Star
Star Guitar–Bermuda Bride
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Our Sweet Sydni
Into Mischief–Our Dalila
Breeder: Brett A. Brinkman
Owner: Ironheart Farms
Trainer: Brett A. Brinkman
Jockey: Gerard Melancon


The 23rd running of the $75,000 Elge Rasberry drew a field of 12 fillies.  Big Game Baby, a daughter of Gold Tribute, owned by Eat My Dust LLC, made her third trip to the winner’s circle and her first stakes win, closing gamely under leading rider Gerardo Mora.

 The early pace was set by Swifty Cat and jockey Emanuel Nieves, who covered the first quarter-mile in :25.25 and the half-mile in :49.79. Both Big Game Baby and heavy favorite Bermuda Star began to quicken strides as they rounded the final turn.  Jockey Diego Saenz aboard Bermuda Star, lodged a claim of foul against Mora as they bumped nearing the wire, but the stewards took no action. Big Game Baby covered one-mile in 1.38.02 over a firm turf course.

This was just the second turf start for runner-up Bermuda Star, owned by Brittlyn Stable, Inc and trained by Victor Arceneaux., The filly by Star Guitar had won three starts this year, including the Equine Sales Oaks on May 5 at Evangeline Downs.  Our Sweet Syndi ridden by Gerard Melancon ran third and Swifty Cat completed the superfecta.

Bred by Ronald P. Webb, Big Game Baby is trained by Joey Foster, who is the top conditioner this season at the Bossier City racetrack.  She has made five starts this meet, running fifth in the Opelousas Stakes on August 5. Sent off at odds of 6-1, the gray filly returned $14.00 for the win and earned $45,000 for the Elge Rasberry victory.


Jack Snipe’s Pulls the Upset in the $75,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin

Jack Snipe's
Jack Snipe’s with Jansen Melancon aboard wins the 23rd running of the A.L. (Red) Erwin Stakes at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski


A.L. (Red) Erwin
Louisiana Downs, 9-23-17, 1 mile (turf)
3YO Louisiana Bred Sales Graduates, Purse $75,000

Half Ours–Rhodelia
Breeder: Clear Creek Stud Llc
Owner: Jeff Drown and Gary Scherer
Trainer: Gary M. Scherer
Jockey:  Jansen Melancon

Fee Do
Forefathers–Snake Proof
Breeder: Leonard Warf
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Emanuel Nieves

Culp’s Hill
Eddington–Pussy Footin
Breeder: Southern Legacy Thoroughbreds, LLC
Owner: Southern Legacy Thoroughbreds, LLC
Trainer: Joseph M. Foster
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

Jack Snipe’s made the most of his turf stakes debut, defeating a field of 10 colts and geldings in the second feature of the afternoon, the $75,000 A. L. (Red) Erwin.

Owned by Jeff Drown and Gary Scherer, the son of Half Ours won the six-furlong Louisiana Futurity last December at Fair Grounds. He entered today’s stakes off a tenth-place finish in the Mystic Lake Derby over a yielding turf course at Canterbury Park on August 17.  Whether the firm turf or pace scenario made the difference, he rallied in the final stages of the race at odds of 13-1. Jockey Jansen Melancon picked up the mount from Denny Velazquez and delivered a well-timed ride in a final time of 1.35.75.


The early fractions of :23.84 and :47.05 were set by Southern Legacy Thoroughbreds LLC’s


homebred Culp’s Hill under jockey Tim Thornton. Trained by Foster, the son of Eddington was

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looking for his fourth victory of the meet. He held for third-place as Fee Do edged him for the

place. Owned by Keith Plaisance, Fee Do, a gelded son of Forefathers made his stakes debut with

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jockey Emanuel Nievesaboard.  Magic Vow, the high-earner in the field saved ground on the

final turn to finish fourth.

This was the first win in four starts this year for Jack Snipe’s, who is trained by Scherer. He rewarded his supporters with a win payout of $29.80.

Speedy Jockamo’s Song Takes the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint

Jockamo's Song-Turn
Jockomo’s Song with Gerard Melancon aboard turns for home and goes on to win the Louisiana Cup Sprint at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Sam Switalski


Louisiana Cup Sprint
Louisiana Downs, 8-5-17, 6 furlongs, dirt
Louisiana Bred 3YO and Upward, Purse $50,000

Half Ours–Miss Clairnette, by Trophy Hunter
Breeder: Debbie Allen & David Allen
Owner: Dare to Dream Stable LLC (Michael Faber)
Trainer: Michael Stidham
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

Nubin Ridge
Gold Tribute–So Sorry, by The Prime Minister
Breeder: Neal McFadden & Mary McFadden
Owner: Circle H Farms
Trainer: Alan Klanfer
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

Icy Gentleman
Yankee Gentleman–Icy Day, by Five Star Day
Breeder: Ironwater Farms Joint Venture
Owner: Ironwater Farms Joint Venture
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.
Jockey: Diego Saenz


The $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint, a six-furlong main track dash, attracted a full field, but none could match the prowess of Jockamo’s Song (5.20). Owned by Dare to Dream Racing Stable LLC, the son of Half Ours entered this race off a win in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint at Evangeline Downs. Gerard Melancon was the winning jockey, covering six furlongs in 1:10.83 for trainer Michael Stidham.

Nubin Ridge ran second under Ashley Broussard, followed by Icy Gentleman and Sea Vow.

Gentlemen’s Bet Retired to Journeyman Stud

Gentlemen's Bet Retired to Journeyman Stud
Photo: Coady Photography

Gentleman’s Bet retires with seven wins and $744,155 in earnings

Gentlemen’s Bet, a three-time black-type stakes winner and twice grade 1-placed son of Half Ours  , has been retired and will stand the 2018 breeding season at Brent and Crystal Fernung’s Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.

Racing for owner Harry Rosenblum, Gentlemen’s Bet won five of his first six starts. Overall he won seven of his 22 lifetime starts and collected $744,155 in earnings. Among his victories was the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes and Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn Park and the Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows.

In addition, Gentlemen’s Bet placed in the Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint and Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (both G1) and the grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap.

“Gentlemen’s Bet is the perfect horse for Florida,” said Brent Fernung. “He is a big, beautiful, fast horse with a great pedigree. The Frank J. De Francis Stakes has made quite an impact in Florida in the past. Among the winners of that race to go to stud in Ocala are Wildcat Heir, Montbrook, and Yes It’s True, arguably the best three stallions to stand in Florida in the past 20 years.”

In the Frank J. De Francis, Gentlemen’s Bet defeated Palace  , a grade 1 winner of more than $1.5 million, Stallwalkin’ Dude, a graded winner of $1.4 million, and Trouble Kid, a graded winner of more than $500,000.

Gentlemen’s Bet placed a close-up third in the 2013 Breeder’s Cup Sprint. Beaten less than two lengths in the Sprint by Secret Circle  , Gentlemen’s Bet finished ahead of champion sprinter Trinniberg   and graded winners Private Zone, Justin Phillip  , The Lumber GuyBahamian Squall  , Fast Bullet, Majestic Stride, and Sum of the Parts.

One of three foals out of the Gentleman mare Lady of Sun, Gentlemen’s Bet descends from the family of grade 1 winner Consolidator (by Storm Cat). His stud fee for 2018 will be announced at a later date.

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


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.