Major Gain to Stand at Indian Creek

Grade 3 winner Major Gain has been purchased by Mark and Ashley Dison and will stand the 2018 breeding season at their Indian Creek Farms in Spearsville, Louisiana.
The 10-year-old son of More Than Ready entered stud in 2016 at  McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in New York before moving to Nicks Farm in Indiana for the 2017 Season. His first crop will be yearlings of 2018.
Major Gain won three of 21 starts during his on-track career, including the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity; he earned $161,115 as a homebred for Gary and Mary West. He also finished third in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.
Major Gain is out of Grade 3-placed stakes-winning Old Trieste mare Dream Lady, whose three foals to race are all winners. He is a full brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Room Service and a half-brother to Grade 2-placed stakes winner Oscar Party. The extended family includes Argentine classic winner Zapata and Grade 3 winner Lilly Capote.
Major Gain will stand for an advertised fee of $1,000. The first ten approved mares will receive a free breeding.

Reports of Mares Bred Due at The Jockey Club by Aug. 1

The Jockey Club reminds stallion managers to submit their Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) for the 2017 breeding season by Aug. 1.

“We want the breeding statistics we release in the fall to be as accurate as possible, so we request that RMBs be submitted by August 1,” said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club.

In addition, stallion managers who submit their RMBs by August 1 are among the first to receive their stallion service certificates, which facilitates the timely registration of 2018 foals.

Reports of Mares Bred may be submitted via Interactive Registration at or a form is available by email, fax, or mail by contacting

Gentlemen’s Bet Retired to Journeyman Stud

Gentlemen's Bet Retired to Journeyman Stud
Photo: Coady Photography

Gentleman’s Bet retires with seven wins and $744,155 in earnings

Gentlemen’s Bet, a three-time black-type stakes winner and twice grade 1-placed son of Half Ours  , has been retired and will stand the 2018 breeding season at Brent and Crystal Fernung’s Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.

Racing for owner Harry Rosenblum, Gentlemen’s Bet won five of his first six starts. Overall he won seven of his 22 lifetime starts and collected $744,155 in earnings. Among his victories was the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes and Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn Park and the Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows.

In addition, Gentlemen’s Bet placed in the Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint and Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (both G1) and the grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap.

“Gentlemen’s Bet is the perfect horse for Florida,” said Brent Fernung. “He is a big, beautiful, fast horse with a great pedigree. The Frank J. De Francis Stakes has made quite an impact in Florida in the past. Among the winners of that race to go to stud in Ocala are Wildcat Heir, Montbrook, and Yes It’s True, arguably the best three stallions to stand in Florida in the past 20 years.”

In the Frank J. De Francis, Gentlemen’s Bet defeated Palace  , a grade 1 winner of more than $1.5 million, Stallwalkin’ Dude, a graded winner of $1.4 million, and Trouble Kid, a graded winner of more than $500,000.

Gentlemen’s Bet placed a close-up third in the 2013 Breeder’s Cup Sprint. Beaten less than two lengths in the Sprint by Secret Circle  , Gentlemen’s Bet finished ahead of champion sprinter Trinniberg   and graded winners Private Zone, Justin Phillip  , The Lumber GuyBahamian Squall  , Fast Bullet, Majestic Stride, and Sum of the Parts.

One of three foals out of the Gentleman mare Lady of Sun, Gentlemen’s Bet descends from the family of grade 1 winner Consolidator (by Storm Cat). His stud fee for 2018 will be announced at a later date.

First Winner for Louisiana Sire Bind Has Claiborne Connections

Bind, who was bred by Claiborne Farm and raced by Claiborne and Adele Dilschneider, sired his first winner from his first starter June 2nd as two-year-old filly Meter scored impressively in her debut at Evangeline Downs. Going 4 ½ furlongs against maiden juvenile fillies, she won handily by five lengths.

Meter is out of the War Front mare Gauge and also bred and raced by Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider. In this first start, she broke well and was on the lead at every call winning for trainer Albert Stall, Jr. in a final time of 52.65.

Meter’s dam, Gauge, was bred to the promising new Claiborne stallion Lea and foaled a filly earlier this year.

Bind is a son of the late Claiborne stallion Pulpit and out of the Unbridled mare Check. He is off to a strong start at stud for Jay Adcock’s Red River Farms in Coushatta, Louisiana where he stands for $1,500.

Bind was a talented runner himself, winning his debut by 9 ½ lengths at Fair Grounds while earning a 105 Beyer Speed Figure. A winner at 3, 4 and 5, Bindplaced in the Sam Houston Sprint Cup Stakes, an allowance at Churchill, and ran fourth to millionaire Handsome Mike in the Commonwealth Cup (gr.III) at Keeneland.

A half-brother to Hakama, who placed in the Illinois Derby (gr.III), Bind hails from a strong female family which includes Graded Stakes victors Watch, War Thief, and Prime Meridian. His first foals are two-year-olds this year.


By Eric Mitchell

Louisiana freshman sire Flashpoint’s rst runner eventually become his first winner when Flashy Coop took a five-furlong maiden claiming race May 19 at Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City.

The colt out of Cajun Camp, by Forest Camp, was making his fourth start for the ownership entity Cuadra X and trainer Vicente Flores Lomeli. He placed third in his first two starts and came into the May 19 race off an unplaced effort four weeks ago. In breaking his maiden, Flashy Coop stopped the timer in 1:00 2/5.

Bred by Gerard Melancon in Louisiana, Flashy Coop sold through 5 B Farm’s consignment at the 2016 Equine Sales of Louisiana yearling sale for $1,500 to Enrique Cantarell. Cajun Camp has now produced three winners out of five foals to race.

Flashpoint is a 9-year-old son of Pomeroy—Two Punch Lil, by Two Punch, who raced for John Fort’s Peachtree Stable. He won the 2011 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park and the Jersey Shore Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park. He also won or placed in four other black-type stakes. He retired with a 5-1-2 record out of 15 starts and earned $361,722.

The stallion retired to stud at Brett Brinkman’s La Mesa Stallions near Carencro, La., where he stands for $1,500. Flashpoint has 32 foals in his first crop.

Political Whit Passes at 24

Political Whit died Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the age of 24.

A 1993 Texas bred by Lines Of Power-Political Parody, Political Whit was a graded placed multiple stakes winner. Mike Whitler, who purchased Political Whit as a two-year-old in training, owned him throughout his racing and breeding careers.

His stats show a phenomenal career record of twelve wins, 6 seconds and 2 thirds from 23 starts with $347,190 in earnings, including consecutive wins in the Sam Houston Sprint Championship in 1997 and 1998. In 1997, he ran second in the G3 Maryland Breeders Cup Handicap at Pimlico and the G3 Finger Lakes Breeders Cup Stakes at Finger Lakes.

Political Whit entered stud in 2000. He stood two years each in Texas and Iowa respectively, before moving to Peach Lane Farms in Opelousas, Louisiana where he lived out the rest of his career. He sired 32 runners with total progeny earnings of $575,687 to date. His tope runner was Political Weapon (2001) who had 5 wins and $84,171 in earnings, and recent runner Heza Fox who has 6 wins and $82,300 in earnings through 2016.

He passed at Peach Lane Farm.

Zarbyev, Long Time Among Leading Louisiana Stallions, Succumbs at 33

The stallion Zarbyev died Friday, April 21, 2017, at Chad and Pat White Farms in Benton. The chestnut was 33 years old.

The stakes placed son of Nureyev out of the Blushing Groom mare, Grand Bonheur stood his entire stud career in Louisiana. Zarbyev entered stud in 1989 at William and Pat Borhem’s Foxwood Plantation in Belcher.

To date, he has sired 303 starters, 211 winners (70%) with total progeny earnings of $16,948,152. His progeny earnings place him among the all time leading sires in Louisiana. Zarbyev sired 12 black type winners, including five Louisiana-bred Champions. His top runners include G2 Arkansas Derby SW Zarb’s Magic who won 8 stakes while earning $893,946, as well as 1996 3YO Louisiana Bred Champion Colt or Gelding honors. Zarb’s Magic’s earnings rank him eleventh among all time Leading Louisiana Bred money earners.

Additionally he is the sire of notable winners multiple stakes winners Zarb’s Luck ($647,744, 2003 4YO & Up Louisiana Bred Champion Male); Zarb’s Dahar ($586,695, 2005 4YO & Up Louisiana Bred Champion Male); Zarb’s Ballerina ($495,440); Zarbycat ($457,729, 1993 3YO Louisiana Bred Champion Colt or Gelding); Ladyzarbridge ($437,714); Silky Zarb ($404,332); Screen Idol ($283,986); St. Zarb ($264,810, 2007 3YO Colt or Gelding), etc.

Zarbyev concluded his career at Chad and Pat White Farms where he will be fondly remembered.

Louisiana Stallion Clever Cry Deceased

Donna Brown photo.

Louisiana stallion Clever Cry passed away at Brown’s Thoroughbred Farm, Wednesday, March 1 after struggling recently with health issues. A 2006 son of Street Cry out of the stakes winning Clever Trick mare Cherlindrea, Clever Cry has four crops of racing age. From only fourteen starters to date, Clever Cry is the sire of 9 winners including stakes winner Artist Cry.

Danny and Donna Brown owned Clever Cry and stood him at their farm in Bush, Louisiana. Donna said of the stallion, “Anybody that bred to him [Clever Cry] would say he was the kindest stud you have ever met in your life. He was a kind, kind, kind stallion.”

Charismatic Dies

Charismatic | Shigeki Yusa


Charismatic (Summer Squall–Bali Babe, by Drone), winner of the 1999 GI Kentucky Derby and GI Preakness S., died Sunday at Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Kentucky. The cause of death is not known. The 21-year-old stallion had been repatriated to the U.S. after standing much of his stud career at JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan. He arrived at Old Friends in early December.

“Right now, everyone is pretty much inconsolable,” said Old Friends president Michael Blowen. “Last night, at 6:30, he was fine. He was a really tough horse and he deserved a much longer retirement. But none of us, unfortunately, has a magic wand. Everyone at Old Friends takes solace from the few great months that this great champion gave us.”

Bred by Parrish Hill Farm and W. S. Farish, Charismatic was campaigned by Bob and Beverly Lewis and trained by D. Wayne Lukas. He graduated from the claiming ranks to capture the Derby as a 31-1 outsider and added the Preakness two weeks later. Favored to complete the Triple Crown sweep, the handsome chestnut suffered career-ending injuries just before the wire in the GI Belmont S. In an enduring image, jockey Chris Antley quickly dismounted and held Charismatic’s injured left front leg off the ground, preventing further damage and likely saving the colt’s life.

Charismatic was named champion 3-year-old and Horse of the Year in 1999. On the board in 11 of 17 starts, he won five times and earned $2,038,064.

Charismatic began his stud career at Lane’s End in 2000 and stood there for three seasons before relocating to Japan in 2002. He is the sire of 2005 GII Pennsylvania Derby winner Sun King and multiple graded stakes winner Gouldings Green, as well as Japanese group winner Wonder Acute (Jpn).

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. 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