REAL SOLUTION TO BLUE STAR RACING IN LOUISIANA

Calumet Farm’s Real Solution, a multiple (G1) winner and Millionaire by Kitten’s Joy out of Reachfortheheavens by Pulpit, will stand at Dex Comardelle’s Blue Star Racing stallion facility in Scott, Louisiana. On lease from Calumet, Comardelle and Calumet hope to offer Louisiana a premium product and provide Real Solution a competitive book of mares that will be able to take part in the lucrative Louisiana Bred Program.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to stand Real Solution here in Louisiana. We believe he can be the type of stallion to set the foundation of what we want to build here at Blue Star and offer Louisiana breeders a tremendous opportunity being one of Kittens Joy’s most accomplished sons at stud. We’re honored to work with Calumet Farm as they have been one of the most iconic organizations in horse racing over the years.” Said Comardelle.

Located just outside Lafayette Louisiana, Blue Star Racing designed a brand new 10,000 Square foot barn with 24 stalls including numerous foaling stalls. Blue Star is located in the heart of the Louisiana thoroughbred community, and is home to one of the premier upcoming facilities in the area.

“With Big Blue Kitten (Kitten’s Joy) joining the Calumet roster in 2017 we found that a lease to Blue Star would be the best option for Real Solution to attract the book of mares he deserves. The opportunity to participate in the Louisiana bred program will give Real Solution a distinct advantage in the 2018 breeding season.” Said Calumet Farm’s Director of Stallions, Jak Knelman.

Real Solution will stand for a fee of $5,000 LFSN with discounts for multiple mare packages and quality mares. For Inquiries please contact Dex Comardelle of Blue Star Racing at (985) 791-6546 or BlueStarRacingLA@gmail.com

Interactif to Peach Lane Farms

Interactif, the third leading 2017 Louisiana third crop sire has moved to Lora Pitre’s Peach Lane Farms in Opelousas.

As a two-year-old, Interactif won the Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland and the With Anticipation Stakes (defeating Paddy O’Prado) at Saratoga, both Grade 3 events before placing third in the G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Oak Tree at Santa Anita. At three, he won the G2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga. From twelve starts, he had four wins, three of them in stakes, and ran second or third in another four stakes with earnings of $563,700.

A 2007 son of Broken Vow out of Broad Pennant, an unraced multiple stakes producing daughter of Broad Brush, Interactif entered stud in 2012. He has three stakes horses to date including 2016 D.S. Shine Young winner Actif Storm and 2017 mutliple stakes placed winner So Sorry Ruston.

Interactif’s 2018 fee is $2,000 live foal.

MO TOM RETIRED TO STUD IN LOUISIANA

By Eric Mitchell

Tom and Gayle Benson’s grade 3 winner Mo Tom has been retired from racing and will enter stud this year at Jay Adcock’s Red River Farm near Coushatta, La. A stud fee has not been determined.

The 5-year-old son of Uncle Mo—Caroni, by Rubiano, was among the first yearlings the Bensons purchased for their GMB Racing operation in 2014, and one of two that found their way to the 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) starting gate. The other runner was Tom’s Ready, who is also entering stud this year at Spendthrift Farm.

“Mo Tom has had a nice racing career. Even though he suffered through some tough trips and a few injuries, he was still able to make nearly $700,000 in earnings,” said Greg Bensel, who manages GMB Racing for the Bensons. “We tried to do a few things with him late in his racing career—like bringing him back quickly in the Clark Handicap (G1) and then trying him on the grass. We just did not want to give up on him; he is such a great-looking, sound horse and was working great in the mornings. None of those late experiments should take away from the career he had as a racehorse.”

A half brother to grade 1-placed stakes winner Beautician and listed stakes winner Bella Castani, Mo Tom won or placed 10 times out of 19 starts. He won twice and placed twice out of four starts at 2, which included winning the Street Sense Stakes and a third in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2). He earned his stripes in a graded stakes in his first start at 3 when he won the Lecomte Stakes (G3). The colt went on to place in the Veterans Ford Risen Star Stakes (G2), finish eighth in the Kentucky Derby, and win the Ohio Derby.

“With our farm in Paris, Ky., and our sports teams in New Orleans we keep a very busy schedule, but when time allows we love going to the track to see our horses run. Our racing operation has had great success on the track and we could not be more proud of our team and our trainers Tom Amoss, Dallas Stewart, and Al Stall,” said Gayle Benson, whose husband owns New Orleans’ NFL Saints and NBA Pelican sports teams. “We are building our farm operation (Benson Farm at Greenwood Lodge) in Kentucky where we have a very nice broodmare band. We are loving the horse business.”

The Bensons sent Mo Tom to Red River Farm because they valued Adcock’s reputation as a successful breeder, and because they want to support the Louisiana- bred program.

“We are very excited to get this horse,” Adcock said. “He was a serious horse at 3 and a legitimate Kentucky Derby contender. He is a good-looking, accomplished horse with plenty of family. He’ll get every chance to be successful.”

“Having a nice son of Uncle Mo here should bring some attention to the attractive breeding programs we have here in Louisiana,” Bensel added.

The Bensons are retaining 20% ownership of Mo Tom.

Jay Adcock’s Red River Farm to Stand El Deal, Jay Gatsby, Takeover Target

Jay Adcock will be standing three new stallions retiring from the racetrack to the breeding shed for the 2018 season, El Deal, Jay Gatsby and Takeover Target.

El Deal is a 2012 son of Munnings out of a multiple stakes producing daughter of Out of Place. He broke his maiden is his first start as a juvenile and went undefeated through his three year old season. At three El Deal won the Gold Fever Stakes at Belmont Park. Twice stakes placed at four, he won the 2017 G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga at five by eight lengths, and placed second in the G1 Vosburgh Stakes.

El Deal had nine wins, three seconds and one third from 17 life time starts with $575,025 in earnings. He will stand for a 2018 fee of $2,500.

Jay Gatsby is a 2012 son of two-time champion sire Giant’s Causeway, out of a multiple graded placed stakes winning and multiple stakes producing daughter of Rubiano. He is a half-brother to graded stakes winners Teammate, War Front and Ecclesiatic.

With wins in Europe at two and three, Jay Gatsby moved his tack to North America at four winning among allowance company at Belmont and placing in the G2 Bernard Baruch Handicap and the Fasig Tipton Lure Stakes at Saratoga, as well as the G3 Knickerbocker Stakes at Belmont.

In all Jay Gatsby accumulated five wins with victories each year while racing from ages two through five. His total earnings on the track were $313,972. Jay Gatsby is standing for a 2018 fee of $1,500 live foal.

Takeover Target is a 2012 son of multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Harlan’s Holiday, who is perennially among the leading sires in North America. His dam is a multiple stakes producing daughter of Empire Maker. He is a full brother to stakes winner Ladie’s Privilege.

Takeover Target broke his maiden in his first start at two at Belmont. At three, he won the G2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga, the G3 Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont and placed. At four, he won the G2 Longines Dixie Stakes at Pimlico. At five he ran third in the Fasig-Tipton Lure Stakes at Saratoga.

Over his racing career, Takeover Target has a record of five wins, two seconds, and one third with $826,685 in earnings. He is standing for a 2018 fee of $2,000 live foal.

Catalina Red, Sassicaia to Elite Thoroughbreds

Catalina Red, a 2012 son of Munnings will be standing at Elite Throughbreds in Folsom, Louisiana for 2018.

Catalina Red broke his maiden in the Inagural Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs as a juvenile, following that with a track record setting win in the Pasco Stakes, going 7 furlongs in 1:21.40. At three, he won the Jackson Bend Stakes at Gulfstream Park. As a four-year-old he won the G2 Churchill Downs Stakes and placed third in the G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap. In thirteen starts, he had five wins (all in stakes), one second and three thirds while earning $549,885.

Catalina Red is by multiple graded stakes winner Munnings, the #2 ranked third crop stallion for 2016. His dam, Lovely Dream is a stakes placed winning daughter of Freud.

Catalina Red will stand for a 2018 fee of $3,000 live foal.

Sassicaia, a 2011 son of Bernardini and Grade 3 stakes winner of $307,127 has retired from racing and will enter stud at Elite for 2018.

While racing from three to six, Sassicaia earned a record of four wins, six seconds and two thirds from twenty starts, including a victory at five in the G3 Toboggan Stakes at Aqueduct.

Sassicaia is by Bernardini, G1 Preakness winner, ranked among the leading sires in North America. He is out of Hishi Aspen, a winning daughter of Forestry.

Sassicaia enters stud for a 2018 fee of $2,000 live foal.

Pick of the Litter to Stand at Peach Lane Farms

Grade 2 winner Pick of the Litter will be standing the 2018 breeding season at Peach Lane Farms in Opelousas, Louisiana.

Unraced at two, Pick of the Litter broke his maiden at three by 7 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park, going on to place third in the G3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.

At four he won the G2 Hagyard Fayette Stakes at Keeneland setting a new track record of 1:49 2/5 for the mile and one eighth while carrying equal top weight in the contest.

He earned $419,110 from 19 starts, with 5 wins, 4 seconds and two thirds.

A son of Kitten’s Joy (currently ranked 4th among leading sires in North America) out of Eagle Sound, a winning daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus, Pick of the Litter is standing for a 2018 fee of $2,000 live foal.

Iron Fist retired to Whispering Oaks Farm

Grade 3 winner Iron Fist has been retired from racing, and will debut during the 2018 breeding season at Whispering Oaks Farm in Carencro, La., for an advertised fee of $6,500.

The 5-year-old Tapit horse retired with eight wins in 23 starts for earnings of $1,014,199. He won the Grade 3 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap, along with the non-graded Governor’s Cup Stakes, Maxxam Gold Cup Stakes, and Evangeline Mile Stakes. His six graded placings include a third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity.

Whispering Oaks Farm acquired Iron Fist privately in the middle of his 2017 campaign, having previously run for the partnership of Stonestreet Stables and Regis Racing. He was trained first by Jerry Hollendorfer, then by Steve Asmussen. Iron Fist is out of the Grade 3-winning Orientate mare Successful Outlook, who is the dam of five winners from six runners. He is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Sweet Lulu, and a full to Grade 2 winner Anchor Down.

Iron Fist was a $1.55-million purchase by Stonestreet and Regis Farms at the 2013 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Clear Creek Stud to Host Stallion Presentation this Saturday, December 2

Clear Creek Stud in Folsom, Louisiana is hosting its annual stallion presention this Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. with the stallion show beginning at noon.

The event will include a catered cajun style lunch, entertainment, and special guest speakers including state officials and representatives from the Racing Commission and the HBPA. For the kids there will be face painting, pony rides, and a special appearance from Santa Claus. Door prizes will be given throughout the event.

Clear Creek Stud is standing Custom For Carlos, G.W.’s D’Oro, Half Ours, Ole Rebel and Star Guitar for the 2018 breeding season.

Devilish Sound is Big Band Sound’s First Winner

 

 

Grade 2 winner Big Band Sound notched his first winner as a sire Nov. 21, when his daughter Devilish Sound broke her maiden at Delta Downs Racetrack in her second start.

Owner/trainer Samuel Breaux bred Devilish Sound in Louisiana, out of the winning Ide mare Devilish Pride, who Breaux also trained for owner/breeder Henry McNamara Jr. and later Barry Scott Racing. Devilish Sound is the mare’s first foal to race.

Big Band Sound is a 10-year-old son of Bernstein—Ensnare, by Seeking the Gold, who was bred in Kentucky by Richard Shultz. Raced by Shultz in partnership with Kendel Standlee, Big Band Sound hit his stride at 5, when he won the Play the King Stakes (G2T) on the turf at Woodbine and finished second in three other graded stakes—the King Edward Stakes presented by TVG (G2T), Connaught Cup Stakes (G2T), and the Virgil Stakes (G3) on Woodbine’s all-weather main track.

Ensnare, bred in Kentucky by Ogden Mills Phipps, has also produced black-type winner Silver Prospector and stakes-placed winner Roman’s Run. The first four dams in Big Band Sound’s female family were all bred by Phipps.

Big Band Sound stood at Gulf Coast Equine near Sunset LA., from 2014 through 2017. Ray Paul and Anna Paul currently stand Call Me George, and Koh I Noor.