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.

LTBA Scholarship Recipient, Nola Parker Named Miss LSUA

Nola Parker, who was a 2013 LTBA Scholarship winner was crowned 2017 Miss LSUA, April 22. Parker is a senior from Dry Prong and is majoring in Communication Studies.

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Nola is a racing fan and frequent racetrack visitor who follows friends’ horses at Louisiana Downs, Evangeline Downs and Delta Downs. She expressed her gratitude to the LTBA saying of the scholarship, “It is a true blessing to get a scholarship which has helped make it possible to pursue my education.” Nola won one of two $1,000 scholarships awarded by drawing at the 2013 Louisiana Cup Races. The LTBA awards ten scholarships a year; two at Louisiana Premier Night at Delta Downs in February; two at Louisiana Legends Night at Evangeline Downs in July; two at Louisiana Cup Day at Louisiana Downs in August; and four at Louisiana Champions Day at Fair Grounds in December.


An outstanding young lady, Parker who is visually impaired will be attending the 2017 University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Thailand, a Humanitarian Affairs conference. In January 2018, she will be representing the Louisiana Federation of the Blind in Washington DC to advocate for legislation to benefit the visually impaired and blind community.


“LTBA is proud to be able to contribute to the future of our state by investing in the education process. We are proud of Nola and all of her accompishments.”



LTBA Announces 2016 Louisiana Bred Champions

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association has announced the results of the 2016 Accredited Louisiana Bred Champions, 2016 Stallions of the Year, 2016 Broodmare of the Year and Breeders of the Year.

2yo filly ~ Mr. Al’s Gal
2yo colt or gelding ~ Tip Tap Tapizar
3yo filly ~ Big World
3yo colt or gelding ~ Extra Credit
4 & up filly or mare ~ Wheatfield
4 & up male ~ Mobile Bay
Broodmare of the Year ~ Pentatonic
Stallion of the Year ~ Half Ours
Breeder of the Year ~ Irwin Olian (Tigertail Ranch)
High Percentage Breeder (tie) ~ Relentless Racing LLC, and Warren J. Harang III

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 2017 Annual Meeting on Saturday June 10, 2017, at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, when the overall “Horse of the Year” will be revealed.

Congratulations to all.