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.

MOBILE BAY NAMED 2015 LOUISIANA BRED HORSE OF THE YEAR

Mobile Bay
Sire: Lone Star Special
Dam: Tranquility Bay
Breeder: Tigertail Ranch
Owner: Tigertail Ranch
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux

Mobile Bay winning the $400,000 GII Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges Jr.

 

Mobile Bay was named Louisiana’s Horse of the Year at the June 11 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s annual meeting and awards banquet. The Tigertail Ranch homebred was named Louisiana’s 3-year-old champion male earlier this year after ending his 2015 campaign with a record of 6-3-3 from 13 starts and $614,290 in earnings. Four of his six wins were stakes.

The highlight of Mobile Bay’s 3-year-old season was a win in the $400,000 Super Derby (gr. II) at Louisiana Downs Sept. 12 over a field of six other 3-year-olds. Mobile Bay had previously won the Louisiana Legends Cheval Stakes at Evangeline Downs on Independence Day and the Lafayette Stakes at the same track. He would seal the deal with a win in the Zea Park Derby in the fall of the year, a race in which he defeated Louisiana Derby winner, International Star. Additionally, he scored stakes placings in the Prelude, GIII Oklahoma Derby and Louisiana Champions Day Classic.

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 has won two stakes from four starts so far this season, including the May 1 Sunland Park Handicap in his last effort, taking his career earnings to $768,290.

LTBA Announces 2015 Louisiana Bred Champions

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association has announced the results of the 2015 Accredited Louisiana Bred Champions, 2015 Stallions of the Year, 2015 Broodmare of the Year and Breeders of the Year.

2yo filly ~ Jet Black Magic
2yo colt or gelding ~ Sea Vow
3yo filly ~ Pacific Pink
3yo colt or gelding ~ Mobile Bay
4 & up filly or mare ~ Tensas Harbor
4 & up male ~ String King
Broodmare of the Year ~ Truly Romantic
Stallion of the Year ~ Half Ours
Breeder of the Year ~ Irwin Olian (Tigertail Ranch)
High Percentage Breeder ~ Stacey Moak

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 2016 Annual Meeting on Saturday June 11, 2016, at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, when the overall “Horse of the Year” will be revealed.

Congratulations to all.

LTBA Annual Meeting and Horse of the Year Awards

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Annual Meeting and Horse of the Year Awards was held on June 6, 2015 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino. An added bonus was watching the Belmont Stakes and seeing American Pharoah win the
Triple Crown.

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Chrissie Early and Shirley Dievert
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Jake Delhomme, Tom Early, Billie Courville and Roger Heitzmann
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EVD Chaplain Dwight Brown
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Dr. Frank Andrews
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Jake Delhomme and Mark Toothaker
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Savannah Blanco, Rep. Stephen Ortego, Charlotte Clavier and Haley Granger

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Patrick and Victoria Richmond
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Bobby and Linda Duhon
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Cindy Meeker, Val Murrell and Cynthia Eyre
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Terry and Jay Adcock with Faye Hargrave
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Natalie and Jim Montgomery

LTBA Horse Of The Year and Special Awards

The 2014 Horse of Year and Special Awards were presented at the LTBA Annual Meeting on June 6, 2015 at Evangeline Downs.

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2014 Louisiana Broodmare of the Year, Character Builder. Jake Delhomme presenting. Leroy Cyprian accepting on behalf of Coteau Grove Farm.

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2014 A.L. “Red” Erwin Stallion of the Year (Co-Winner) Brahms. Roger Heitzmann presenting. Michele Rodriguez accepting on behalf of Vinery.

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2014 A.L. “Red” Erwin Stallion of the Year (Co-Winner) Half Ours. Roger Heitzmann presenting. Val Murrell accepting for Half Ours Group.

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2014 Leading Breeder by Breeders Awards, Spendthrift Farm. Mark Toothaker accepting on behalf of Spendthrift Farms. Tom Early presenting.

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2014 Leading Breeder by Percentage of Stakes Winners (Co-Winner) Terry Adcock. Charlotte Clavier presenting.

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2014 Leading Breeder by Percentage of Stakes Winners (Co-Winner) Alan Chaisson and Brett Brinkman. Charlotte Clavier presenting.

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Shirley Dievert of Blood Horse presents a silver julep cup to 2014 Leading Louisiana Breeder, Spendthrift Farm. Mark Toothaker accepting.

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Roger Heitzmann presents Louisiana Horse Rescue Association with a special gift sent by Thoroughbred Charities of America in recognition of the organization’s contribution to the welfare of horses in the state of Louisiana. LAHRA President Patrick Richmond accepting.

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2014 Two-Year-Old Louisiana Bred Filly Wind Chill Factor. Michelle LaVoice accepting the breeder’s award on behalf of Camelia Casby. Roger Heitzmann presenting.

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2014 Two-Year-Old Louisiana Bred Colt or Gelding, Mr. L.S. Shoe. Owner/breeder Phyllis Hodges with husband & trainer, James “Sweet” Hodges.

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2014 Three-Year-Old Louisiana Bred Filly Our Quista. (L-R) Mike Whitler, Ron Ball, Michele Rodriguez presenting. Camille Ball and Roger Heitzmann.

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2014 Three-Year-Old Louisiana Bred Colt or Gelding, Vicar’s In Trouble. Louisiana State Representative Stephen Ortego presenting to Mark Toothaker accepting on behalf of breeder Spendthrift Farm, and Roger Heitzmann (right).

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2014 Four-Year-Old & Up Louisiana Bred Filly or Mare, Sittin at the Bar. (L-R) Owner, P. Dale Ladner; trainer, Brett Brinkman; and Mark Toothaker accepting for Spendthrift Farm, breeder.

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2014 Four-Year-Old & Up Louisiana Bred Male, Sunbean. Owner and breeder Brittlyn Stable’s Evelyn Benoit accepting from LTBA President, Tom Early.

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2014 Accredited Louisiana Bred Horse of the Year, Vicar’s In Trouble. (R-R) Chrissie and Tom Early; Mark Toothaker accepting for breeder Spendthrift Farm; LTBA Sec./Treas. Roger Heitzmann.

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Annual Meeting and Horse of the Year Awards

MEDIA ADVISORY

LTBA Contact: 
Roger Heitzmann
(504) 947-4676
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WHAT:    Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation
WHERE:  Mojo�s, Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, 2235 Cresswell Lane Extension, Opelousas, LA 70570
WHEN:    Saturday, June 6, 2015, 4:00 p.m. � 6:00 p.m. Stay for live racing and more awards in the Winner�s Circle
WHY:       It will be an eventful night at the racetrack as the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont takes place. You will be able bet on the races live. In addition, the Horse of the Year winners will be awarded in the Winner�s Circle after each race.

The 2014 Winners are:

� Wind Chill Factor � Two-Year Old Filly
� Mr. L.S. Shoe � Two-Year Old Colt or Gelding
� Our Quista � Three-Year Old Filly or Mare
� Vicar�s in Trouble � Three-Year Old Colt or Gelding
� Sittin at the Bar � Four-Year Old & Upward Filly or Mare
� Sunbean � Four-year Old & Upward Male
� Character Builder � Broodmare of the Year
� Brahms (co-winner) and Half Ours (co-winner) � Andrew L. �Red� Erwin Stallion of the Year
� Spendthrift � Leading Breeder by Breeders Awards
� Terry Adcock (co-winner) and Brett Brinkman & Alan Chiasson (co-winner) � Leading Breeder by  Percentage of Stakes Winners

WHO:  Horse of the Year Owners and Breeders, Leading Breeders and Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association members
INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:  Horse of the Year Owners and Breeders, Leading Breeders and Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association members

About Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association evolved from a small group of horsemen who united in 1963 when only 142 Thoroughbred foals were registered in the state. Under the leadershipof Andrew L. “Red” Erwin and State Senator B. B. Rayburn, this group was successful in having legislation passed that created an incentive to breed Thoroughbreds in the state. Since that time, the Thoroughbred industry in Louisiana has grown to become one of the state’s top industries. Go to: www.louisianabred.com.

LTBA Announces 2014 Horse of the Year Results

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association has releases the results of the 2014 Horse of the Year voting.

2014 Two-Year-Old Accredited Louisiana Bred Filly
Wind Chill Factor
Successful Appeal – Shakopee by Evansville Slew
Bred by Camelia J. Casby
2014 Two-Year-Old Accredited Louisiana Bred Colt or Gelding
Mr. L. S. Shoe
Forefathers – Maria’s Kitty by Maria’s Mon
Bred by Phyllis Hodges
2014 Three-Year-Old Accredited Louisiana Bred Filly
Our Quista
Half Ours – Quista by Conquistador Cielo
Bred by Oak Tree Stables
2014 Three-Year-Old Accredited Louisiana Bred Colt or Gelding
Vicar�s In Trouble
Into Mischief – Vibrant by Vicar
Bred by Spendthrift Farm LLC
2014 Four-Year-Old & Upwards Accredited Louisiana Bred Filly or Mare
Sittin At The Bar
Into Mischief – Fast Laner by Mutakddim
Bred by Spendthrift Farm LLC
2014 Four-Year-Old & Upwards Accredited Louisiana Bred Male
Sunbean
Brahms – X Strawdnair by Malagra
Bred by Brittlyn, Inc.
2014 Louisiana Broodmare of the Year
Character Builder
2014 Andrew L. �Red� Erwin Stallion of the Year
Brahms (co-winner)
Half Ours (co-winner)
2014 Leading Breeder by Breeders Awards
B. Wayne Hughes� Spendthrift Farm
2014 Leading Breeder by Percentage of Winners
Terry Adcock (co-winner)
Brett Brinkman & Alan Chiasson (co-winner)

Awards will be presented at the 2015 LTBA Annual Meeting, Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino. Congratulations to the winners and their connections.