After an outstanding racing career, Mobile Bay, two-time Accredited Louisiana Bred Horse of the Year, has been retired from the track. He will soon take up residence at Carrol Castille’s showcase breeding facility, Whispering Oaks Thoroughbred Farm in Carencro, Louisiana.There he will begin preparation for his stud career for the 2019 breeding season.Mobile Bay is owned by Irwin Olian’s Tigertail Ranch and was trained for his entire career by popular local favorite Victor Arceneaux.
Mobile Bay, a 2012 dark bay or brown son of Lone Star Special out of Tranquility Bay,ran from ages three to six, hitting the board in 21 of 29 lifetime starts. He won eleven stakes, often showing speed in route races of 1 1/16 to 1 1/8 miles, including the G2 Super Derby, open company stakes such as the Sunland Park Handicap, the Maxxam Gold Cup and the Zia Park Derby, as well Louisiana Bred Stakes including the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at the Fair Grounds twice.He placed in another five stakes including the G3 Oklahoma Derby.His Lifetime earnings of $1,246,440 rank him 4th among all-time Leading Accredited Louisiana Bred Runners. A multiple Accredited Louisiana Bred Champion, Mobile Bay was named 2015 3YO Colt or Gelding and Horse of the Year, 2016 Older Male and Horse of the Year, and 2017 Older Male.
Mobile Bay was a tremendous, durable competitor, shipping to win stakes at half a dozen different racetracks across the South and Southwest, while showing amazing heart and athleticism. Good bone, conformation and intelligent mind have enabled him to stay sound and compete at very high levels into his 6 y.o campaign. “He is a gorgeous, imposing individual standing 17 hands, weighing 1300 pounds, with textbook conformation.” says Olian.
Tigertail Ranch will be offering free breeding service to approved mares for the 2019 season, with only a modest $350 booking fee. Olian wants to attract a large book of mares to enable Mobile Bay to compete as a sire at the national level.At the same time, he appreciates the great thrills and excitement that Mobile Bay has given him and the horse’s many fans in Louisiana and elsewhere.He wants to give something back to breeders in the Louisiana breeding program in gratitude for all the benefits he received as well as to attract mares from breeders in other states such as New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.
“He is a remarkable individual, an outstanding and durable athlete and specimen with text book conformation,” says Olian. “Mobile Bay has the capacity to hold his own physically against any stallion in the country. His sire Lone Star Special has the rare quality of moving up his mares. I expect Mobile Bay will move up his mares significantly as well. Both represent the best of the Unbridled sire line and I believe will serve to establish a new branch of that line.”
Star Guitar S.
Fair Grounds, 3-31-18, 8.5f, $75,000
Lone Star Special–Tranquility Bay
Breeder: Tigertail Ranch
Owner: Tigertail Ranch
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Diego Saenz
Breeder: James A. Mcgehee Jr.
Owner: Double Dam Farm LLC
Trainer: Delmar R. Caldwell
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan
Breeder: James McIngvale
Owner: Mallory Greiner
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez
Louisiana legend Mobile Bay continued his domination against homebred stakes company with a two-length win in the $75,000 Star Guitar Stakes March 31 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the final stakes event of the 2017-18 winter meet.
Guided by regular rider Diego Saenz, Mobile Bay broke a step slow and was four wide around the first turn while sitting just off of pacesetter Morning Mischief, who set opening fractions of :24.65 and :48.23. Nubin Ridge was just a length behind in second, while Mobile Bay tracked in third.
Approaching the far turn, Mobile Bay began to inch his way closer and took command at the top of the stretch. Mageez closed late to get second but could not catch the winner, who finished in 1:43.79.
“Once he was in there he didn’t break that well, but at the half-mile pole, I was in a good position to win,” Saenz said. “He’s one of the biggest horses I’ve ever ridden.”
Mobile Bay returned $3.80, $3.00 and $2.10 while Mageez returned $6.60 and $4.00. Underpressure completed the trifecta and brought back $3.00.
The victory added $45,000 to Mobile Bay’s earnings, which now sit at $1,243,440. It also was his fifth consecutive stakes win. He scored in the Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes and the LA Bred Premier Night Championship Stakes for the second consecutive year. Other career highlights include wins against open company, which took place in the 2015 Super Derby (G2) at Louisiana Downs and in New Mexico’s Sunland Park Handicap (2016) and Zia Park Derby (2015).
Trainer Victor Arceneaux, who broke Star Guitar as a yearling, was pleased with the effort and stated that Mobile Bay would likely test his domination on the Louisiana-bred circuit in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Classic at Evangeline Downs May 26.
“Going into the race, I was extremely concerned having Grande Basin and Underpressure in the race,” Arceneaux said. “He beat both of them by a nose. I don’t go into a race overconfident when you beat a horse by a nose. The way the race set up today, he broke a little slow, and Diego was able to rate him and get him to settle in. He had a much stronger finish. He didn’t make me sweat at the wire this time.”
Mobile Bay is by Lone Star Special. He was bred in Louisiana by his owners, Tigertail Ranch, out of the Out of Place mare Tranquility Bay.
The Star Guitar Stakes is named in honor of the all-time richest Louisiana-bred, who also was a four-time Louisiana Horse of the Year. He earned $1,749,862 in career earnings while finding the winner’s circle 24 times in 30 career starts. Such wins included multiple victories in the state of Louisiana’s premier races for homebreds, including the Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes, Premier Night Championship Stakes, and Evangeline Mile Handicap. He currently stands at Clear Creek Stud in Folsom, La., for $7,500 and has produced stakes winners Testing One Two, Minit To Stardom, and grade 1-placed Givemeaminit.
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.