PICKETT, ATCHATA WIN COLT AND FILLY DIVISIONS OF D.S. “SHINE” YOUNG FUTURITIES AT EVD

OPELOUSAS, LA – Evangeline Downs hosted two divisions of the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity on Saturdaynight for Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds, one for colts and geldings and one for fillies.

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Pickett wins the colt division of the D.S “Shine” Young Memorial Futurity. Coady Photography

D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity (colt and gelding div.)
Evangeline Downs, 7-14-18, 5 1/2 furlongs, $75,000
2YO Accredited Louisiana Breds

PICKETT
Goldencents–Street Beat
Breeder: William D. Pickett
Owner: Charles Carlton
Trainer: Glenn Delahoussaye
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

2nd
Victory Trip
Guilt Trip–Anne Margaret
Breeder: Terry Adcock
Owner: Norman Stables
Trainer: Lonnie Briley
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

3rd
Beto
Custom for Carlos–Bella Moneta
Breeder: Jason Hall & BCS Thoroughbreds LLC
Owner: L. William and Corinne Heilibrodt
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Roberto Morales

 

In the Colts and Geldings Division, a speed duel between the two betting choices developed as Beto and Pickett hooked up shortly after the start. The pair duked it out through a swift 21.97 seconds for the quarter-mile and 45.87 for the half. Beto, the 7-5 betting favorite, was the one that gave way as they entered the stretch. Pickett then had to withstand a late challenge from Victory Trip and did so convincingly, pulling away to a nine-length victory in a final time of 1:05.37 for the 5-1/2 furlongs over the fast track.

 

Pickett was sent off at 5-2 by the wagering public and paid $7.60 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show. Victory Trip returned $4.40 to place and $3 to show. Beto held third and paid $2.60 to show.

 

Pickett was bred in Louisiana by William D. Pickett and is owned by Charles Carlton. The 2-year-old gelding is trained by Glenn Delahoussaye and was ridden to victory by Tim Thornton. Pickett is by two-time Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner, Goldencents and out of the Dixie Brass mare, Street Beat. He is now 2-for-2 in his brief career and the $45,000 first-place purse increases his lifetime earnings to $59,400.

 

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Atchata wins the filly division of the D.S “Shine” Young Memorial Futurity. Coady Photography

D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity (filly div.)
Evangeline Downs, 7-14-18, 5 1/2 furlongs, $75,000
2YO Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies

ATCHATA
Apriority–Sweet Jackie Jo
Breeder: 4M Ranch
Owner: L. William and Corinne Heilibrodt
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Diego Saenz

2nd
D’Rockette
D’wildcat–Rock N Roll Brick
Breeder: Carrol J. Castille
Owner: Whispering Oaks Farm LLC
Trainer: Steven B. Flint
Jockey: Roberto Morales

3rd
Scat At M. Pat’s
Bind-Fast Annie
Breeder: J. Adcock
Owner: Rodney Virgadamo and Keith Bonura
Trainer: Justin Jeansonne
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

 

In the Fillies Division of the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity, it was Atchata who shone the brightest. The filly, who was sent off as the 4-5 betting favorite, was one of the early pacesetters after a strong start. She and Scat At Ms. Pat’s dueled through strong fractions of 22.12 seconds for the quarter-mile and 46.14 for the half-mile. As the field turned for home, Atchata turned on the after-burners and drew away to a convincing 6-1/2 length victory in a final time of 1:06.25 for the 5-1/2 furlongs. An 80-1 longshot, D’rockette closed to get second and Scat At Ms. Pat’s held third.

 

Atchata returned $3.60 to win, $3 to place and $2.40 to show. D’Rockette paid $27.80 to place and $7.80 to show, while Scat At Ms. Pat’s paid $3 to show.

 

Atchata was bred in Louisiana by 4M Ranch and owned by Corrine and William Heiligbrodt. The 2-year-old filly is trained by Steve Asmussen and was ridden to victory by Diego Saenz. Atchata is by Apriority and is out of the Stormy Atlantic mare, Sweet Jackie Jo. She has now won two of three races in her career and the $45,000 first-place purse increased her lifetime earnings to $100,000.

Pound For Pound is First Stakes Winner for Redding Colliery

Israel Flores Horses’ Pound for Pound, who finished a neck in front  his competition in the colt and gelding division of the Louisiana Futurity for 2-year-old Accredited Louisiana-breds, was the first black-type winner for his sire Redding Colliery. Pound For Pound made an eight-day return to the races to hold off 4-5 favorite Givemeaminit down the Fair Grounds stretch and light up the tote board at odds of 21-1. Pound For Pound’s last start was just last Saturday, Dec. 23 where he defeated seven other Louisiana-breds in a 7½-furlong allowance event at his Delta Downs home base. In October, he broke his maiden first time out at 48-1 odds.

Redding Colliery, a Grade 2 stakes winning son of Mineshaft stands at Red River Farms in Louisiana for a 2018 fee of $2,000.

Iona Star, Pound For Pound Win Louisiana Futurities

 

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Brittlyn Stable’s Iona Star breezes to the finish with Diego Saenz aboard in the Louisiana Futurity – Filly Division at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr

Louisiana Futurity (Filly Div.)
Fair Grounds, 12-31-17, 6 furlongs, $96,430
Two-Year-Old, Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies

IONA STAR
Star Guitar–Miss Peenyata, by Mr. Greeley
Breeder: Brittlyn Stables, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Justin Jeansonne
Jockey: Diego Saenz

2nd
Feisty Embrace
Brethren–Appalachianna, by Langfuhr
Breeder: Matalona Thoroughbreds, LLC
Owner: Matalona Thoroughbreds, LLC
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

3rd
Cool Spring
Concord Point–Thistle Bear, by Gators N Bears
Breeder: Tigertail Ranch
Owner: Tigertail Ranch
Trainer: Danny Pish
Jockey: Jose Valdivia, Jr.

 

Several Delta Downs-based horses shipped 231 miles east to New Orleans and two of them took home both divisions of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ Louisiana Futurity on Sunday, Dec. 31.

In the fillies division, which carried a purse of $96,430, Brittlyn Stable Inc.’s Iona Star broke straight to the lead coming out of the gate, never looked back and won in wire-to-wire fashion.

Guided by jockey Diego Saenz, the two-year-old daughter of Star Guitar set opening fractions of 22.78, 46.63, and 58.95 before opening up on the field at the top of the stretch to win the Louisiana Futurity by four lengths. Feisty Embrace and Cool Spring were second and throughout the six-furlong journey and took the place and show spot, respectively. Overwhelming 1-5 favorite Champagne Diva was bumped at the start and did not fire finishing a disappointing fourth.

“She had a good trip,” Saenz said. “She was in front the whole time and that’s what we wanted. She likes the long stretch. She finished well.”

Iona Star entered her victory in the Louisiana Futurity off of a maiden win at Delta Downs on Nov. 21, which she also took in wire-to-wire fashion. She is trained by Justin Jeansonne.

“She broke real sharp,” Jeansonne said. “Her biggest thing is to get out of the gates, make the lead and keep her mind focused. Diego knows her and he’s been getting on her since her first work so he knows her pretty well.”

Iona Star gave back $14.20, $4.60 and $10.40 while Feisty Embrace returned $4.20 and $8. Cool Spring, who went off at 27-1, returned $25.40 to show.

She earned $57,138 from her triumph in the Louisiana Futurity fillies’ division and increased lifetime earnings to $79,578. She won her last two in four lifetime starts.

Rounding out the field are Champagne Diva, Girls Life and Bionic Butterfly.

Minit To Stardom, the 6-5 morning-line favorite, was scratched.

 

 

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Pound for Pound, with Miguel Mena aboard, beat Givemeaminit in a close race for the Louisiana Futurity – Colt and Gelding Division at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr

Louisiana Futurity (Colt & Gelding Div.)
Fair Grounds, 12-31-17, 6 furlongs, $104,930
Two-Year-Old, Accredited Louisiana Breds

POUND FOR POUND
Redding Colliery–Buttercup’s Song, by Unbridled’s Song
Breeder: J. Adcock & B&B Bloodstock
Owner: Israel Flores Horses LLC
Trainer: Jose Grimaldo
Jockey: Miguel Mena

2nd
Givemeaminit
Star Guitar–Powerful Nation, by Turkoman
Breeder: Clear Creek Stud LLC
Owner: Valene Farms LLC
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

3rd
Greeley Went West
El Corredor–So Well Read, by Read the Footnotes
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Phyllis J. Hodges and Randy Schiender
Trainer: James E. Hodges
Jockey: James Graham

 

Four races later, Israel Flores Horses LLC’s Pound For Pound made an eight-day return to the races to hold off 4-5 favorite Givemeaminit down the Fair Grounds stretch and light up the tote board at odds of 21-1 in the colts and gelding division of the $104,930 Louisiana Futurity.

Trained by Jose Grimaldo and ridden to victory by Miguel Mena, the two-year-old son of Redding Colliery came from well off a swift pace led by Divine Bean, who threw down opening fractions of 21.84 and 45.15 before giving way in mid-stretch to Ready Prospector who led at the five-eighths mark in 58.06. Finally, Ready Prospector was passed up by Pound For Pound and Givemeaminit who battled their way to the wire but it was the former of the two who got the job done by a neck. Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile winner Greeley Went West finished third.

“Jose told me to ride him with a lot of confidence and I did,” Mena said. “We had a good trip and he was kind of green down the stretch but (Givemeaminit) came along the outside and was very game, too.”

Pound For Pound’s last start was just last Saturday, Dec. 23 where he defeated seven other Louisiana-breds in a 7½-furlong allowance event at his Delta Downs home base. In October, he broke his maiden first time out at 48-1 odds, which he followed with a third-place effort in the Louisiana Legacy Stakes behind Gladyousawme (seventh in the Louisiana Futurity), both of which were also at Delta Downs. He then shipped to the Fair Grounds for another crack at a state-bred stakes in the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile, but could do no better than fifth behind Greeley Went West.

“The last couple of times he was kind of green but he’s getting better,” Grimaldo said. “I was happy with the way he ran and I think we have a future with this horse. I never expected this because these were such nice horses but I told the owner, ‘I think we have a chance to be in the money,’.”

Pound For Pound popped the cork on his backers’ New Year’s Eve rewarding them in payouts of $45.80, $10.60 and $6 while Givemeaminit returned $3 and $2.20. Greeley Went West returned $3.20 to show.

He earned a $60,798 share from his victory in the Louisiana Futurity which boosted his lifetime earnings to $123,798. He has won three of his five career starts.

Completing the field were Ready Prospector, Divine Bean, Da’ Big Newt, Gladyousawme, Vapor Viper and Monsieur Brown.

January Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

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REMINDER

Dec 31

  • Louisiana Stallion Registrations Due
  • Louisiana Futurity Nominations Due (pregnant mares)

Jan 1

  • New Years Day
  • LTBA Offices Closed in observance of New Years

Jan 5

  • Lookout S., Delta Downs, Vinton, LA

Jan 6

  • B-Connected S., Delta Downs, Vinton, LA
  • Pan Zareta Overnight S., Fair Grounds, New Orleans, LA

Jan 12

  • Take Charge Brandi S., Delta Downs, Vinton, LA
  • Eldorado S., Delta Downs, Vinton, LA

Jan 13

  • Road to the Derby Kickoff Day, New Orleans Fair Grounds; G3 Lecompte S, Silverbulletday S., Duncan F. Kenner S., Louisiana S., G3 Col. E. R. Bradley H., Marie G. Krantz Mem. S.
  • Fremont S., Delta Downs, Vinton, LA
  • Big Drama S., Delta Downs, Vinton, LA

Jan 15

  • Martin Luther King Day

Jan 28

  • The Big Easy Overnight S., New Orleans Fair Grounds

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December Calendar of E vents

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

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Dec 1

  • Louisiana Champions Day Entry Day

 

Dec 2

  • Clear Creek Stud Stallion Presentation, Folsom, 11:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Richard R. Scherer Memorial Overnight Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 6

  • Louisiana Horse Stallion Register publishes on LTBA website

 

Dec 8

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, 12:00 Noon, Landry’s Seafood Lakefront, New Orleans

Dec 9

  • 27th Annual Louisiana Champions Day, 8 stakes for Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds, 3 stakes for Louisiana Bred Quarter Horses $1.1 million in purses. New Orleans Fair Grounds, 1st Post 1:00 p.m.
  • Louisiana Champions Day, Race Central, 12:30 through last race, New Orleans Fair Grounds, Black Gold Room. Lunch is served from 1pm – 3pm.
  • LTBA Scholarship Drawings; two $1,000 scholarships for current college students. (Registration between 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.Drawings for two scholarships will occur at the winners circle after the 5th race. Must be present at winners circle to win.)

 

Dec 15

  • Anyone with information about Louisiana Breds winning outside of North America, please contact Roger Heitzmann (Roger@louisianabred.com)

 

Dec 16

  • Santa Super Saturday, New Orleans Fair Grounds; Tenacious Stakes, Bonapaw Stakes, Blushing KD Stakes, Buddy Diliberto Stakes, Sugar Bowl Overnight Stake, Letellier Overnight Stakes

 

Dec 25

  • Christmas

 

Dec 26

  • Tiffany Lass Overnight Stake, New Orleans Fair Grounds

 

Dec 29

  • Starlight Racing, New Orleans Fair Grounds, 1st post 5 p.m. Fair Grounds Starlight Racing. Groovy 7 in the Clubhouse & Adam Pearce (The Voice® contestant) in the Miller Time Beer Garden Starlight Tent
  • LTBA  and Fair Grounds Scholarship Drawings; four $1,000 scholarships for current college students. Must be present to win. For Details contact Fair Grounds Race Course.

 

Dec 30

  • New Orleans Fair Grounds Stakes: Woodchopper Stakes, Pago Hop Stakes,

 

Dec 31

  • New Years Eve
  • Louisiana Stallion Registrations Due
  • Louisiana Futurity Nominations Due (pregnant mares)
  • Louisiana Futurity, Divisions for Fillies and for Colts and Geldings, New Orleans Fair Grounds

 

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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

jack-snipes

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.

Year End Reminders

Dear Breeders,

 

In this busy holiday season, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to remind you of a few tasks to be completed before the end of the year.

 

Louisiana Stallion Registrations and Louisiana Futurity Nominations (for pregnant mares) are due by December 31, 2016.

 

Also, anyone with information about Louisiana Breds winning outside of North America, please contact Roger Heitzmann. Roger@Louisianabred.com or 504-947-4676.

 

With warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

 

Any questions or need more info call
Roger A. Heitzmann III, Secretary/Treasurer
Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association
504-947-4676800-772-1195