Graded stakes winner El Caballo will enter stud in 2012 at Roger and Julie Pelster's Roger's Ranch near Mead, Neb.
- Dark Bay or Brown Horse
- Born 2004
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Awesome Gem, the California-based gelding with recent success as an invader, has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line choice for the $300,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) March 27 at Fair Grounds.
James Spence's El Caballo shook off a more than seven-month layoff to earn his first stakes victory, as he rolled to an easy 3 1/4-length win in the $100,000 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) Jan. 23 at Fair Grounds.
James Spence's El Caballo, a grade II runner-up last year, returns off a seven-month layoff as the 121-pound high weight in the $100,000 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) Jan. 23 at Fair Grounds.
Proudinsky became a repeat winner of the $500,000 Mervyn Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) by a nose over El Caballo and Nownownow in a terrific finish at rainy Fair Grounds March 14.
Fox Hill Farms' Honest Man, winner of the grade III Mineshaft Handicap in his last start, is the 121-pound highweight and 3-1 morning-line favorite for the $500,000, grade II New Orleans Handicap, which is contested at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt as part of the March 14 Louisiana Derby card at Fair Grounds.
|Trainer||Ralph E. Nicks|
|Jockey||Corey J. Lanerie|
|Owner||James C. Spence|
|Breeder||Paragon Farms LLC|
|El Caballo View Five-Cross Pedigree||El Corredor||Mr. Greeley|
|Fine Jewel||Storm Cat|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||James C. Spence||Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent for Paragon Farm||$225,000|
|Racing or stallion prospect||Roger Pelster||Hartwell Farm, agent||$5,500|