MR AL'S GAL - Magnolia Stakes- 15th Running - 10-20-17 - R08 - DED-01

Magnolia Stakes
Delta Downs, 10-20-17, 1 mile
Three Year Old and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies
Purse $100,000

Salute The Sarge-Spanish Ice
Breeders: J. Adcock & Neal McFadden
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer:  Justin Jeansonne
Jockey: D. Saenz

Pacific Pink
Private Vow-Truly Romantic
Breeder: Brandon Adcock
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: C.J. Hernandez

Another Pinot
B. J.’s Mark-Pinot Pals
Breeders: Dr. Glen Warren DVM & Andy Leggio
Owner: End Zone Athletics, Inc.
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: J.A. Guerrero

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the first stakes race of its 2017-18 Thoroughbred season on Friday night and it was the 3-year-old filly Mr. Al’s Gal who came away the win in the $100,000 Magnolia Stakes. The tally marked her fifth stakes win and seventh victory overall from nine lifetime starts. The Justin Jeansonne trainee was ridden to victory by Diego Saenz.

After breaking sharply in the one-mile headliner, Mr. Al’s Gal volleyed for the lead with Another Pinot until the pair hit the top of the homestretch. The duo carved out fractional times of 24 seconds for the quarter-mile, 50.19 for the half, and 1:15.78 for three-quarters before Mr. Al’s Gal began to pull away in the final furlong. That’s when race favorite Pacific Pink came storming from well behind but could not get to the winner and had to settle for second, beaten 2-1/4 lengths. Another Pinot held on for third another half-length behind the top pair.

Mr. Al’s Gal, who is owned by Brittlyn Stable, Inc., covered the eight furlongs of the Magnolia in a time of 1:42.18 while racing on a track listed as muddy.

Bred in Louisiana by J. Adcock & Neal McFadden, Mr. Al’s Gal is a daughter of Salute the Sarge out of the Spanish Steps mare Spanish Ice. She was purchased at the bargain basement price of just $1,000 as a yearling in 2015.

Sent to the gate as the second choice of the wagering public, Mr. Al’s Gal returned $4.40 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show. Pacific Pink was worth $2.40 to win and $2.10 to show. Another Pinot paid $4.20 for the show spot.

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.