Stewart Madison’s homebred and multiple grade I winner Happy Ticket was named Louisiana’s champion older female for 2006, which marked the third straight year she was honored as a state-bred champion by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
The daughter of Septieme Ciel won two of seven starts in 2006, including the Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) last summer at Churchill Downs. She out closed her racing career with a runner-up effort in the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Happy Ticket won 12 of 20 lifetime starts and earned $1,688,838, the most by a Louisiana-bred in the state’s history. Trained by Andrew Leggio and bred by Madison, Happy Ticket won her first nine consecutive races and retired with ten black-type victories.
Bill and Pat Boorhem’s Foxwood Plantation was honored as the top breeder for the fifth straight year. Based in Belcher, La., Foxwood’s top earner of 2006 was stakes winner Our Love. By farm stallion Combat Ready, Our Love won four of six starts, including the Walmac Farm Matchmaker Stakes and the Majorette Handicap, both at Louisiana Downs, and earned $149,820 in 2006.
Leestown, a 13-year-old son of Seattle Slew who stands at Jay and Terry Adcock’s Red River Farm near Coushatta, La., was named the leading stallion of 2006 with state-bred earnings of $2,218,920.
Karla Balensiefen’s undefeated Tortuga Straits was named champion 2-year-old male. The son of Gold Tribute won all five of his races in 2006, including four stakes, and earned $288,000. Tortuga Straits was bred by Joseph Adcock and Neal McFadden and trained by Ralph Irwin.
Charles Castille Jr.’s Costa Rising, a six-time stakes winner in 2006, was named top 3-year-old male. Bred by Double Dan Farm and trained by Joseph Stanley Boxie, Costa Rising won eight of 13 starts and earned $400,626 last year. He won stakes at all four Louisiana tracks.
Tortuga Band, the dam of Tortuga Straits, was named broodmare of 2006. The 12-year-old Dixieland Band mare also produced Louisiana’s 2005 champion 2-year-old filly Tortuga Flats, a multiple stakes winner and earner of $245,660.
Other 2006 divisional honors went to:
Princess Deelite (by Afternoon Deelites), 2-year-old female, owned by Valene Farms, bred by Clear Creek Stud, and trained by Troy Young.
Grand Facile (by Zuppardo’s Prince), 3-year-old female, owned by Southern Legacy Thoroughbreds, bred by Val Murrell, and trained by James Hodges.
Meteor Impact (by Belek), older male, owned and bred by Charlene Touzet Thorson, trained by Connie Tassistro.