Former NFL QB Jake Delhomme passionate for horse racing. Has two horses running Louisiana Champions Day

That Jake Delhomme’s stable, Set-Hut, has two horses running on Louisiana Champions Day certainly was not lost on others.

Champions Day is a celebration of Louisiana-bred horse racing, of which Delhomme is a staunch advocate. Delhomme, a former backup quarterback with the Saints for six seasons, is involved in horse racing as an owner and on at least two levels concerning breeding, and he also has his hands in training.

His filly, Forest Lake, is the No. 5 horse in the Champions Day Ladies race, one of nine with a $100,000 purse, not including the $150,000 Classic. Another Set-Hut filly, P Boo — which is owned by Delhomme’s father, Jerry — will run in the Lassie.

“The most important thing about Jake is he’s really focused on the Louisiana-bred program,” said Fair Grounds senior director of racing Jason Boulet, who grew up less than a mile from Delhomme in Breaux Bridge. “I’m very happy for him and proud that his horses are running on Champions Day because he’s bred nice horses and bought nice Louisiana breds. So, it’s only right he gets to shine on one of those days, because he really deserves it.”

Delhomme also has been involved in the buying and selling of young horses in Kentucky. However, his horses are bred in Louisiana and run exclusively here. It’s part of his hands-on approach that touches nearly every aspect, he said.

“I just love being at the barn every single day, dealing with the horses,” he said. “It’s great when you have success as an owner, but there’s just something about being there in the morning with them, and when we’re running them to travel with them and be in the backstretch with them.

“We do it all, which for me is the most rewarding thing in the world.”

That is a big part of why Delhomme is excited about Forest Lake. The filly, now 4, was born behind Delhomme’s house. He said their operation trains only about six horses at a time.

He said Forest Lake, which may turn out to be the best horse he’s had, may have a chance in the Ladies. She finished second in the Si Cima Overnight Stakes at the Fair Grounds on Nov. 20, a race won by Seaside Candy, tained by Al Stall. Forest Lake has 4-1 odds in a race that also has Seaside Candy (5-2), Big World, the 2-1 favorite trained by Tom Amoss, and Pacific Pink (3-1).

“It would be fantastic to win (the Ladies),” he said. “(Forest Lake) had given good account of herself every time she runs, for the most part. She’s going to need to bring out her best race Saturday. It’s a tough one.”

Delhomme said he really enjoys breeding because he’s a big believer in numbers, statistics and probabilities. This year, he was selected by the national Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association as its Breeder of the Year in Louisiana.

He he has worked diligently through the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association in an effort to help the state’s horse-breeding industry stay competitive, he said, mainly with New York, Florida and California, after the gold standard, Kentucky.

“We’re in challenging times right now, certainly with the economy, the way it has been and in particular with the oil field,” said Delhomme, who is on the LTBA board of directors and is past president of the organization and a current vice president. “The biggest thing for us as the breeders’ organization is that the foal numbers have dwindled down in our state. We were able to combine two sales companies and have one unified sale, and that looked to be a success.”

Stall said Delhomme has been invaluable for the state’s equine industry, starting with investing his money and time.

“The main thing is, he’s got passion for it,” Stall said. “If you love what you’re doing, you have a tendency to do right things.

“Jake definitely loves horse raising and loves Louisiana breds, and he’s a good ambassador for us.”

Delhomme is a third-generation horseman whose grandfather, Sanders Delhomme, is a legend in Acadiana bush-track and match racing. For him, much of growing up was going to school, playing sports and shoveling manure out of the barns, he said, chuckling.

So after the end of a 15-year NFL career in which he took Carolina to its first Super Bowl after the 2003 season, his first with the team, Delhomme knew what he wanted to do.

“My wife and I are both from Lafayette (area),” he said, “so, there was the lure of family. And, there’s no horse racing in Charlotte, North Carolina. I enjoy working with my brother (trainer Jeff) and dad.”

Delhomme played six years with the Saints — three under coach Mike Ditka and three under Jim Haslett.

“I enjoyed some good times,” he said. “The first time the Saints ever won the division, the first playoff win ever.

“Then, I went to Carolina (in the same division), and I had to hate everything about the Saints, along with Atlanta and Tampa Bay. It was my job.”

#LouisianaBred Warren Harang, III

warren“If we all work together, I am optimistic that we will have a brighter future ahead.”

Warren Harang, III is currently the President of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) Board of Directors.
Harang has been a thoroughbred breeder and member of the LTBA for over 30 years. A graduate of University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science, Harang owns and manages B&W Farms, Inc., a sugar cane farm in Donaldsonville where he resides with his wife Becky. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Lafourche Sugars, LLC, Past President of Ascension Parish Farm Bureau, Past Chairman of the Board of the American Sugar Cane League, and Past President of the Ascension Parish Cattleman’s Association among others.

Harang’s goal is to do the best job he possibly can to represent the interests of all who work in and enjoy the Louisiana thoroughbred industry.

His favorite Louisiana Bred is Happy Ticket. Happy Ticket remains one of the richest Louisiana-breds of all time, with earnings of $1,688,838.

Happy Ticket won or placed in 16 stakes. Outside of Louisiana, where she won seven stakes, she captured the Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, the Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, and the Chicago Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park.

Happy Ticket placed in six graded stakes, including the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I), Beldame Stakes (gr. I), and Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I).

Unraced at 2, Happy Ticket was a divisional champion in Louisiana all three years she raced. She also was voted 2006 Louisiana Horse of the Year at 5.


LTBA Selects Harang as President

Warren Harang, III was unanimously voted President of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) during the Board of Directors Meeting held August 6, 2016 in Bossier City, Louisiana. The LTBA is a non-profit organization, which seeks to promote and further the thoroughbred breeding industry within the State of Louisiana. The Association is engaged in programs for the encouragement and improvement of the raising and breeding of Louisiana-bred thoroughbred horses.

Harang has been a thoroughbred breeder and member of the LTBA for over 30 years. A graduate of University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science, Harang owns and manages B&W Farms, Inc., a sugar cane farm in Donaldsonville where he resides with his wife Becky. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Lafourche Sugars, LLC., Past President of Ascension Parish Farm Bureau, Past Chairman of the Board of the American Sugar Cane League, Past President of the Ascension Parish Cattleman’s Association among others.

Says Harang, “I am honored to accept this position, and I will do the best job I possibly can to represent the interests of all who work in and enjoy the Louisiana Thoroughbred industry. We are facing some tremendous challenges at this time, but I will do all that I can to help our industry continue to move forward. Our program is centered around the Louisiana-bred thoroughbred, but it is the people in our program that drive our success. I commend the LTBA staff for the capable, efficient, helpful and professional service they provide. I also commend the breeders for continuing to work together toward improving our product and our program. If we all work together, I am optimistic that we will have a brighter future ahead.”

At the same meeting, First Vice President, Jake Delhomme and Second Vice President, Brett Brinkman were unanimously re-elected to their respective positions.

LouisianaBred: Tom Early #LouisianaBred

“The Louisiana Bred program is important because of the economic benefits to the state.”


Tom Early is a force in the Louisiana thoroughbred Industry. He has been with the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) for forty-two years. Beginning his LTBA Career as a Field Inspector and then moving to Secretary-Treasurer, he advanced to Chief Executive Officer and served at the helm of the organization from 1985-2012. While serving as CEO, Early lead LTBA through changes and leaps forward in the industry such as the implementation of off-track betting in Louisiana, the formation of the group’s sales company, the arrival of video poker, and the passage of enabling slots legislation. LTBA has hosted a breeders’ showcase day for Louisiana breds held at each of the state’s four race tracks since 2005.

Early now serves the Association as President of the Board of Directors, unanimously voted so by his peers in 2014 and again receiving the vote each year since.

In addition to owning and managing 50 horses with his wife Chrisie, Early currently works as General Manager of Quality Feeds, Inc. in Covington. Tom and Chrisie have three children: Ben, Meghan and Pam who were all raised at the family farm, Brehon Farm, based in Folsom.

Family first.

Tom spent every Tuesday with “Big Daddy”, his father, until he passed away last year. People that know Tom, know that he has a big heart and that his favorite thing to do is spend time with family and friends. He and Chrisie enjoy their time with their grandchildren.

Tom is a warehouse of information about the thoroughbred industry in Louisiana. Just ask him a question and he can retrieve an amazing amount of data and information.

He is a unifier.

“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association and its members are the number one priority here. Moving forward as a unified group will only solidify the future of the industry in Louisiana,” said Early.

When asked what is favorite Louisiana Bred horse was he answered with Early Goer. Early Goer was his very first Stakes Winner on Louisiana Champions Day.

LouisianaBred: Jake Delhomme ‪#‎LouisianaBred‬

“It’s a very integral part of our culture and a great program that has been the leading model in the country.”

Jake Delhomme has served on the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Board of Directors for four years. He is a past president of the Board and currently serves as the first vice president.

Jake has grandfather bred horses, and Jake’s father was a jockey who began racing at eight years old. Jake has called horses his “first love,” and today he, his father, and his brother own and train thoroughbreds.

Jake’s been involved with thoroughbreds for 24 years. His racing and breeding operation is Set-Hut, LLC, based in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. He is an outside director of a Community Bank.

Delhomme became a star NFL quarterback after setting Ragin’ Cajun football records that still stand.

A Breaux Bridge native, Delhomme rewrote the Ragin’ Cajuns football record book and then led the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl to highlight an 15-year NFL career. In college, he threw for 9,216 yards and 64 touchdowns from 1993-1996. Delhomme made the New Orleans Saints roster as an undrafted free agent, but made his big NFL splash when he turned the Panthers into a Super Bowl team in his first year in Carolina in 2003. For New Orleans, Carolina and Houston, Delhomme totaled 126 touchdown passes and 20,975 yards with a 59 percent completion rate.

He was inducted in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this year.

Delhomme married the former Keri Melancon in 2000; the two were childhood sweethearts and were “Junior Sweethearts” at Teurlings Catholic High School. They have two daughters: Lauren Elizabeth, who was born on December 17, 2002, and Lindsey Marie, who was born on February 25, 2007. Delhomme wears #17 because it is the date of his first daughter’s birthday; she was born after 17 hours of labor.

Jake’s favorite Louisiana Bred is Forest Lake because “she is mine!” Forest Lake was foaled and raised at his home. She was Jake’s first multiple stakes winner. He also lists Hallowed Dreams as a favorite.

LTBA Board of Directors Election Results

July 05, 2016


Dear Breeder,


We would like to thank everyone who participated in the election for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Board of Directors. Special thanks also go out to those of you who put their own business aside for some time in order to place their name on the ballot of 2016. The results are as follows, with the top four (4) being elected to a three (3) year term;



177 Brett Brinkman

177 Warren Harang III

162 Tom Early

137 Charlotte Stemmans Clavier


119 Eddie Guidry

99 Lora Pitre


True Ballot, as an Impartial Balloting Agency, certified that the results of the election are true and accurate, the ballots were properly counted, and rigid safeguards were maintained to protect the secrecy of the ballot. At the conclusion of the counting, all ballots and materials were placed in appropriate containers, sealed and stored by True Ballot.





Roger A. Heitzmann III


LouisianaBred: Michelle LaVoice #LouisianaBred

“It is great for families to spend time together and have kids get involved.”


Folsom, Louisiana is homebase for Michelle LaVoice and her family. She has been a Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association member for 15 years and has served on the Board of Directors for the last four years. She brings an understanding of the business and people to the Board along with innovative programs to attract a younger demographic to the business.

The thoroughbred business is truly a family affair for Michelle. She works for Clear Creek Stud and manages about 100 horses. She is the Clear Creek Stud farm manager and her father, Val Murrell, is general manager. Her husband, Trey, is the operations manager.

She was raised with thoroughbreds and the racing and breeding business is her sole occupation. She is often seen handling energetic yearlings at horse sales and horses that are easily ten times her weight or more.

Clear Creek Stud was founded in 1969 by renowned horseman Jack Lohman. Over the years Clear Creek has become known as one of Louisiana’s premiere thoroughbred operation and has been home to many of Louisiana’s leading sires.

She and her husband work together daily and keep family life a priority. Their three-year-old daughter, Elizabeth (Lizzy), already has horses in her life.

There are many reasons why Michelle believes the Louisiana Bred program is important. One of them is that “it is very good for the state because it employs so many people.”

Her favorite Louisiana Bred (and her daughter’s) is Ante Up Annie. She was bred and raised at Clear Creek.

LouisianaBred: Michele Rodriguez

LouisianaBred: Michele Rodriguez

“The incentive program is important because it rewards a horse breeding o

peration for producing quality horses for racing.”

Michele Rodriguez makes a lot of things happen for the horse industry. She has served on the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association for nine years.

She resides in Folsom, Louisiana, one of the focal points for horses in the state. Her involvement with thoroughbred horses dates back to 1987.

Rodriguez entered the horse business in the 1980s when she was given one pregnant mare, then rescued an additional mare and foal. When the pregnant mare foaled, the resulting horse became her first starter.

Elite Thoroughbreds is co-owned by Rodriguez and husband Lee D. Thomas. Elite Thoroughbreds is located in a 700-acre setting of oaks and pines only an hour’s drive from the New Orleans Fairgrounds. It offers a refuge for horses from the everyday stress of the racetrack.  The facilities include a 1/2 mile racetrack, a four stall starting gate, a sixty-foot Euroexerciser, a sixty-foot round breaking pen, a swimming pond and numerous paddocks as well as six large barns complete with extra large stalls for foaling.  The staff attends to the horse’s every need during its stay on the grounds.

Michele is an attorney who owns and operates a successful title company. She is also one of the founders of the Louisiana Horse Rescue Association. She is a combination of business, passion and compassion. Michele has the biggest heart and is 100 percent for the good of all horses.

When asked what her favorite Louisiana Bred horse was she is quick to answer, Raspberry Wine.

“She made a half million on the track and produced some beautiful babies.”



LTBA Board of Directors Ballots in the Mail

June 1, 2016

Ballots for the LTBA 2016 Board of Directors election have mailed today, June 1, 2016 from TrueBallot in New Haven, CT.

There are six people on the ballot:
Brett Brinkman
Charlotte Stemmans Clavier
Tom Early
Eddie Guidry
Warren Harang, III
Lora Pitre
Members may vote for up to four (4). Only 2016 members in good standing are eligible to vote. Associate members do not have voting privileges.

If you do not receive a ballot, or if you lose or destroy your ballot, you may request a replacement by calling 866-620-4940 anytime and leaving your name, address and phone number. A new ballot will be mailed within 48 hours.

Ballots must be RECEIVED before June 30, 2016. Be sure to allow time for mailing to New Haven, CT. Ballots not received by June 30th WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

LouisianaBred: Nathan Granger

Nathan Granger #LouisianaBred


“It is vital to the horse industry. It encourages the individual horse owner to raise these animals.”


Nathan Granger has been a board member for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association for five years. He has been involved with thoroughbred horses for 30 years and currently owns and manages 15. His G & G Farms is a breeding and racing operation.


He is a partner in Quality Companies, U.S.A and transfers his business expertise to the business of the association. His perspective and experience helps maintain the balance with budget and passion for the industry.


Nathan Granger is an entrepreneur, an Athletic Hall of Famer and a man of a deep faith that inspires him to make his little world a better place. He is known to give back to the community and businesses that he is involved with and gives back to the horse industry by serving on the LTBA board. His entrepreneurial spirit is the same one that fuels most thoroughbred horse breeding and racing businesses.


Born and raised in Erath, the father of five and husband to a woman he met in kindergarten, Dana.


While at Erath High School, Granger lettered in four sports, eventually walking on with the then University of Southwestern Louisiana football team. He played football for a year and a half, but after his playing days were over, he remained at the school to finish his bachelor’s degree in finance. He also received a master’s degree in business from USL — now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette — several years later.


Nathan’s favorite Louisiana bred is Hallowed Dreams.


“She was one of the first Louisiana breds that could have competed on the national scene.”