The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders' Association has announced its 2013 champions. An award presentation and Horse of the Year announcement will take place at the Equine Sales Company of Louisiana May 24.
Brittlyn Stable's Sunbean proved worthy of the fans who backed him down to 3-10 favoritism by drawing off late to an easy 2 3/4-length victory March 1 in the $60,000 Star Guitar Stakes at Fair Grounds.
Daddy Nose Best, a smashing stakes winner in his first start over the turf at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, returns to the New Orleans track as the top weight in the $125,000 Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Brittlyn Stable's Sunbean returned to Louisiana-bred company in winning style, nosing out String King in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Charles Smith homebred String King, who has registered all seven of his stakes victories on turf, will switch to the main track for a start in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Dec. 14 at Fair Grounds.
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Holiday Mischief, tracking odds-on favorite Sunbean all the way, collared the leader in the final strides for a head victory in a 16-1 upset in the $100,000 Super Derby Prelude Stakes Aug. 3 at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.
Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino will once again offer purses totaling more than $925,000 for the ninth edition of Louisiana Legends Night, which features a field of 12 for the key attraction--the $100,000 Classic.
Donoharm, winner of the Fifth Season Stakes and Essex Handicap this winter at Oaklawn Park, headlines Lone Star Park's Texas Mile (gr. III) April 27.
Favored Amira's Prince recorded his fourth consecutive win since arriving in the United States, holding off a determined charge from Willcox Inn in the $400,000 Mervin H. Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) March 30.
Optimizer has been a different horse since he moved to the grass, and streaks into the March 30 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds with two graded stakes scores under his girth.
Optimizer went wire-to-wire in the $125,000 Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Jan. 26 for red-hot Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, who has won three stakes races in eight days.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas looks to continue his hot streak in the $125,000 Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, sending out Optimizer in the Jan. 26 turf test for older males.
Heavy On Themister, under an all-out drive from Rosie Napravnik, scored a one-length victory in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Dec. 8 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Populist Politics could emerge as the new state-bred ruler at Fair Grounds Dec. 8 when he takes on 10 other runners in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic, main event of eight restricted stakes in New Orleans.
Pin Oak Stable's Alternation became a millionaire with a victory in the $200,000 Governor's Cup at Remington Park Aug. 11, but he had to work for it.
Alternation seeks redemption against a short field of four others in the $200,000 Governor's Cup Stakes at Remington Park Aug. 11, but Zayat Stables' speedy Prayer for Relief presents a challenge.
Star Guitar, the all-time leading Louisiana-bred earner, added to his legacy June 30 when he rallied to win the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Night Classic at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino in track record time.
For the third consecutive year, Brittlyn Stable homebred Star Guitar has been honored as Louisiana Horse of the Year.
Windy Hill Farm's Nate Mineshaft got back on the winning track with an easy front-end victory in the $300,000 Lone Star Handicap (gr. III) at Lone Star Park May 28.
Chamberlain Bridge, winner of the 2010 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs, returns to familiar territory when he takes on 11 rivals in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint at the track.
Continuing his comeback from an injury that knocked him off the 2010 Triple Crown trail, Endorsement swept past 11-10 choice Canonize in deep stretch to win the $200,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park April 28.
Star Guitar won the Louisiana Premier Night Championship for the fourth consecutive time, rallying from last early to capture the $200,000 event by 3 1/4 lengths on the night of Feb. 4 at Delta Downs.
Odds-on Star Guitar cleared off in the stretch for his third consecutive Louisiana Champions Day Classic title at Fair Grounds Racecourse and Slots Dec. 10.
Perfect so far in 2011, Star Guitar will be seeking his third consecutive win in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Dec. 10.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Amanecer de Oro||Steven Duke||
|Destinare||Robby R. Robinson||
|Eddie's Band||Morris G. Nicks||
|G. W.'s d'Oro||Andrew Leggio, Jr.||
|Get in Da House||Wesley E. Hawley||
|Populist Politics||Thomas M. Amoss||
|Soaring Native||Robert A. Young||
|Strategic Game||Eric L. Heitzmann||
|String King||Charles Craig Smith||
|Trubs||Albert M. Stall, Jr.||
|Wils Reward||Philip T. Aristone||
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