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

Freshman Sire Tight Grip Two for Two

tight-gripLouisiana Freshman sire Tight Grip has two winners from two starters in his first crop.

Tight Grip got his first winner July 28 at Evangeline Downs when Onefor Thegripper won at first asking by a length in a five-furlong maiden claimer. The final time was 1:01.65. His second starter, Good Gosh Gene also won a five-furlong maiden claimer at the Opelousas oval.

Tight Grip is a winning son of Distorted Humor—Roman Song (Sultry Song) who was bred in Kentucky by Charles Nuckols & Sons. Gary and Mary West bought the colt for $300,000 as a yearling and earned nearly $274,000 with him at the track.

Tight Grip stands at Caswick Farm in Sunset, Louisiana for $1,000

2017 Louisiana Horse Stallion Register and Hypomating Online

The 2017 Louisiana Horse Stallion Register is now published on the LTBA website.  Statistical pages for forty nine advertised stallions are available. The Louisiana Horse Stallion Register consists mostly of stallion statistical pages. Statistics include a stallion’s race record, his record at stud, detailed pedigree statistics, dosage profile, stud fee and stallion location. All statistics are compiled by the Jockey Club. Many of the stallions include a photo page in addition to the statistical page. The printed edition of the book will be mailed next week. Copies of the printed edition will also be available at the LTBA office by December 9th.

Click here to see the 2017 Louisiana Horse Stallion Register Page.

The Hypomating page is up to date with the 2017 stallions as well.

Click here to go to the 2017 Louisiana Hypomating Page.

Clear Creek Stud to Host Annual Stallion Presentation December 3rd

Clear Creek Stud, in Folsom, Louisiana will be holding their annual stallion presentation, Saturday, December 3rd, to showcase their 2017 Stallion Roster. The event which begins at 11:00 am will include distinguished guest speakers from throughout the thoroughbred industry as well as important legislators.

A catered lunch and beverages will be served throughout the event. The festivities will include entertainment, including Santa, face painting and pony rides for youngsters. As always, door prizes will be given. This year Clear Creek is giving a special door prize. One lucky guest will win their choice of either a one-way van trip or 30 days board.

Starting at 12:00 noon, Clear Creek will present their 2017 stallion roster:

Custom For Carlos, a multiple graded stakes winner by More Than Ready. Custom For Carlos, the Louisiana’s Top Freshman Sire of 2015, leads both Louisiana’s 2016 Second Crop sire list and Juvenile sire list. His first crop included Grade 3 Stakes Winner, Big World.

G.W.’s D’Oro, a son of Medaglia D’Oro is out of Champion Louisiana-bred mare Sarah Lane’s Oates. G.W. D’Oro’s first crop will be two year olds of 2017.

Half Ours, a record setting graded stakes winner by Unbridled’s Song, is currently the 2016 Leading Louisiana sire by Louisiana-bred earnings, winners, stakes winners and stakes wins. He was the 2014 and 2015 Louisiana Stallion of the Year, and is on track to be 2016 Louisiana Stallion of the Year.

Ole Rebel, a multiple stakes winning, speedy sprinter by Carson City, is a well established and consistent sire with average earnings per starter of $33,464 and 7% stakes horses.

Star Guitar, is four-time Louisiana-bred Horse of the Year, and the all-time leading Louisiana-bred money earner. His first crop, two-year-olds of 2016, are starting to show the potential this son of Quiet American has in the breeding shed.

 “We enjoy this gathering, connecting with old friends and meeting new ones, and we look forward each year for this chance to visit and discuss matters most relevant to our industry and consider how to best utilize and promote all that is offered by our strong Louisiana State Breeders’ Program that remains the envy of the nation,” says Val Murrell, Clear Creek Stud general manager.