Mobile Bay Retires to Breeding Shed

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Mobile Bay with jockey Edgar Prado aboard wins the 36th running of the Grade II $400,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

 

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.”  

August Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

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August 1

  • Jockey Club Report of Mares Bred Due 

August 4

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting.  Winners Circle Church/Cafeteria, Louisiana Downs,Bossier City, 11:00 a.m.
  • Louisiana Cup Day.  Louisiana Downs, Bossier City. 1st Post 3:15 p.m.
    Six stakes races for Accredited Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds worth total purses of $360,000

August 8

  • Stallion Awards to be Mailed


August 13

  • Delta Downs stall applications due for 2018-19 Thoroughbred Meet

August 17

  • Fair Grounds Quarter Horse Meet Opens

August 27

Aug 31

  • Accreditation Applications Due

Reminder: 2018-19 LTBA Regular Membership Applications and Renewals Due.
$75 before Sept. 30/$85 after Sept 30.

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July Calendar of Events

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July 1

  • LTBA Membership Applications Due 
  • Louisiana Futurity Eligibility Payments due
  • Accreditation forms mailed from LTBA office

 

July 3

  • LTBA Board of Directors Election Results Announced

 

July 4

  • Independence Day

 

July 6

  • Accreditation Forms will be mailed
  • Opelousas Stakes, Evangeline Downs

 

July 7

  • John Henry Stakes, Evangeline Downs

 

July 14

  • D.S. “Shine” Young Futurities, Evangeline Downs

 

July 16

  • Louisiana State Racing Commission meeting, 9:00 a.m., New Orleans, LA, Hotel Monteleone

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June Calendar of Events

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June 1

  • Louisiana Futurity Nomination forms will be mailed
  • LTBA Board of Directors Ballots will be mailed

June 9

  • Belmont Day

June 11

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, 1:30 p.m., Landry’s Seafood, Breaux Bridge

June 12

  • Equine Sales Company of Louisiana, Select Yearling Sale Consignment Deadline

June 13-15

  • OBS June Two-Years-Olds & Horses of Racing Age Sale, Ocala, FL

June 14

  • Flag Day

June 17

  • Fathers Day

June 22

  • Spotted Horse Stakes, Evangeline Downs
  • Acadiana Stakes, Evangeline Downs

June 23

  • Evangeline Mile, Evangeline Downs
  • Lafayette Stakes, Evangeline Downs

June 30 

  • Board of Directors Election ballots counted 
  • Louisiana Futurity payments due

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May Calendar of Events

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May 1

  • LTBA Board of Directors to meet with the Acadiana Caucus in Baton Rouge

May 3, 4, 5, 6

  • New Orleans Jazz Fest at the Fair Grounds

No visitors will be allowed access to New Orleans Office during these days.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

May 3

  • National Day of Prayer

May 4

  • Equine Sales Oaks, Evangeline Downs

May 5

  • Equine Sales Derby, Evangeline Downs
  • Louisiana Downs 2018 Thoroughbred Meet Opens
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Cinco De Mayo

May 6

  • Equine Sales Two Year Olds In Training Breeze Show
  • LTBA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, 5:00 p.m., at Equine Sales Facility, Opelousas, LA

May 7 

  • Equine Sales Two Year Olds In Training Sale
  • Nominations for LTBA Board of Directors due from LTBA membership. Resume and photo of prospective board members also due.

May 13

  •     Mothers Day

May 19

  •  Preakness Stakes
  • Armed Forces Day

May 21

  • LTBA 2017-18 Membership Forms mail

May 26

  • Louisiana Legends Night – Eight stakes races for Accredited Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds worth total purses of $750,000

May 28

  • Memorial Day

May 31

  • Louisiana Futurity Forms mail

June 1

  • LTBA Board of Directors Ballots to be mailed out

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April Calendar of Events

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March 27

  • Evangeline Downs to take entries for 2018 Thoroughbred Season opening day

April 1

  • Easter Sunday

April 2

  • Louisiana Downs racing surface opens

April 4

  • Evangeline Downs 2018 Thoroughbred Season Opens  – For any accreditation stamps and any other LTBA needs, please see Michelle Benoit at the EVD HBPA office

April 8

  • Texas Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale, Under Tack Show, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie

April 10

  • LTBA to mail checks for Open Breeders Awards earned at the Delta Downs Meet
  • Texas Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale, 12:00 noon, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie
  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, 11:30 A.M. Prejeans, Carencro

April 17

  • Tax Day – Taxes due

April 24

  • Louisiana State Racing Commission meeting, 9:00 a.m. at Evangeline Downs Event Center, Opelousas, LA
  • LTBA Board of Directors to meet with the Acadiana Caucus in Baton Rouge

April 24-28

  • Ocala Breeders’ Sale, Spring Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale

April 27, 28, 29

May 3, 4, 5, 6

  • New Orleans Jazz Fest at the Fair Grounds. No visitors will be allowed access to New Orleans Office during these days. We apologize for any inconvenience.

May 6

  • LTBA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, Equine Sales Facility 5:00 P.M.
  • Equine Sales Two Year Olds In Training Breeze Show

May 7 

  • Equine Sales Two Year Olds In Training Sale

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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.

November Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.Brought to you by Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Whispering Oaks Farm, Clear Creek Studand Equine Sales CompanyClick images to link to more information
Nov 11

  • Veterans Day

Nov 15

  • Final Louisiana Champions Day Nominations Deadline

Nov 17

  • Louisiana Jewel, Delta Downs, Vinton

Nov 18 

  • Louisiana Legacy, Delta Downs, Vinton
  • Fair Grounds 146th Season Opens
  • Fair Grounds Starlight Racing. The Chee Weez in the Clubhouse & the Jukebox Heroes in the Miller Time Beer Garden Starlight Tent
  • Mr. Sulu Overnight Stakes, Fair Grounds, New Orleans
  • Happy Ticket Overnight Stakes, Fair Grounds, New Orleans
  • Heitai Overnight Stakes, Fair Grounds, New Orleans
  • Si Cima Overnight Stakes, Fair Grounds, New Orleans

Nov 20

  • Louisiana Racing Commission Meeting, 11:00 am, Conference Room, Louisiana Racing Commission Main Office, New Orleans, LA

Nov 23

  • Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving Handicap, Fair Grounds, New Orleans

Nov 25

  • Supplemental nominations for Louisiana Champions Day Starter Handicap Stakes

Nov 27

  • Stallion Registration Forms (covered in ‘17 for foals of ‘18) to mail from LTBA office

Nov 30

  • Louisiana Futurity Nomination Forms to mail from LTBA office

Dec 2

 

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October Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

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Oct 1

  • 2017-18 Membership Dues are now past due. Fees are now $85.

Oct 2

  • Louisiana Champions Day Early Bird Nominations are due

Oct.  4

  • Fair Grounds, Deadline for Stall Application

Oct 10

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, 12:00 P.M. Prejeans, Carencro

Oct 15

Oct 16

  • Louisiana Horse Stallion Register Stallion Submissions are due
  • Louisiana Horse Stallion Register Farm and Service Directory submissions are due along with payment

Oct 18

  • Delta Downs 2017-18 Thoroughbred Meet opens. Wednesdays-Saturdays.
    Post Time 5:30
  • Fair Grounds, Barn Area Opens
  • Fair Grounds, Training Begins

Oct.  20

  • Magnolia S., Delta Downs

Oct.  21

  • Gold Cup, Delta Downs

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September Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

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September 2

  • Evangeline Downs, final day of 2017 Thoroughbred Meet

 

September 4

  • Labor Day

 

September  8

  • Backside Benevolent Fund at Louisiana Downs, Chaplains Awards Banquet. Horseshoe Casino. Cocktails 6-7. Dinner 7:30.  Tickets $40 each.  Reserved tables for 8 $320. Gold Tables $600. Contact Loretta Romero for tickets or more information. 318-746-6170

 

September 9

  • Super Derby Day, Louisiana Downs, Bossier City
  • National Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Assoc. (TOBA) Awards Banquet;
    Irwin Olian’s Tigertail Ranch to be honored as the recipient of the 2016 TOBA Award for the State of Louisiana.

 

September 23

  • A.L. Red Erwin Stakes, Louisiana Downs, Bossier City
  • Elge Rasberry Stakes, Louisiana Downs, Bossier City

 

September 27

  • Louisiana Downs, final day of 2017 Thoroughbred Meet

 

September 30

  • 2017-18 LTBA Regular Membership Applications and Renewals Due.  $75 before Sept. 30/$85 after Sept 30.

 

October 2

  • Louisiana Champions Day Early Bird Nominations are due

 

October 4

  • Fair Grounds 2017-18 Thoroughbred Stall Applications Due

 

October 5

  • Fairgrounds stalls open on backside.

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