Strike Power to Stand in Louisiana

GSW and 'TDN Rising Star' Strike Power (Speightstown--Gold d'Oro, by Medaglia d'Oro) was purchased by breeder Nathan Granger in partnership with Jay Adcock's Red River Farm, where he will stand stud in Louisiana. The deal was brokered by Jack Brothers of Hidden Brook Farm. He will stand the 2022 season for $2,000 LFSN. Owned and bred by Don and Donna Adam's Courtlandt Farm, Strike Power retires with a record of 20-4-4-1 and earnings of $497,935. His career was highlighted by a win in the 2018 GIII Swale S.

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Carpe Diem and Exaggerator to Relocate

WinStar stallions Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway--Rebridled Dreams, by Unbridled's Song) and Exaggerator (Curlin--Dawn Raid, by Vindication) have been sold and will take up stud duty in new locations for 2022, the farm announced Thursday. Carpe Diem will be syndicated by a group led by Dawn and Jeff Picard's Picard Racing and David Tillson and he will stand the upcoming breeding season at Acadiana Equine at Copper Crowne in Louisiana. Campaigned by WinStar and Stonestreet Stables, the $1.6 million OBSMAR buy woon the GI Claiborne Breeders' Futurity in 2014 and the...

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Delta Downs Could Be Back Under Lights By Nov. 12

A two-phase fix to the allegedly unsafe new lighting system at Delta Downs is underway that could allow the Louisiana track to switch back from afternoon programs to traditional weekend night cards by Nov. 12. The recently installed light-emitting diode (LED) system, which was necessitated by the old lights getting wrecked by a hurricane in August 2020, was only operational for three races on the first night program of the season Oct. 15 before a horse fell at the top of the stretch. Fueled by complaints from some jockeys and...

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Leading Louisiana Stallion Half Ours Euthanized

Half Ours (Unbridled's Song--Zing, by Storm Cat), a four-time leading sire in Louisiana, was euthanized Saturday, July 17, following a paddock accident at Clear Creek Stud. He was 18 years old. "It is a sad day for us all," said Clear Creek's Val Murrell. "Half Ours enriched our breeders' program in Louisiana and beyond, having touched many who bred and raced. He was obviously an integral part of Clear Creek Stud's very existence, like a family member that you saw every day. His loss will be felt by many and...

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Louisiana Commission Stonewalls Broberg Even After False-Positive Exoneration

One day after learning he had been exonerated by split-sample test results that negated an original "ridiculous" finding of three serious drug violations in a single mare who won a Nov. 24 race at Delta Downs, trainer Karl Broberg told TDN that Louisiana State Racing Commission (LSRC) officials turned down his offer to have the mare's hair tested while the case was being adjudicated to prove that no Class 1 and 2 drugs were in the system of Tiz One Fee (Tiz the One). Broberg also said the LSRC has...

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The Great One, A True Heart Horse For Coteau Grove Farms

Horses often hold a special place in the hearts of their breeders. After all, the breeder is almost like the parent as they are the ones who bring that horse to life and give them their start in the world. But, some horses are a little extra special to their creators for one reason or another and GII San Felipe S. contender The Great One (Nyquist) is one those for his breeders Keith and Ginger Myers of Coteau Grove Farms in Sunset, Louisiana. In 2008, the Myerses started their broodmare...

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GSP Aurelius Maximus to Stud in Louisiana

GSP Aurelius Maximus (Pioneerof the Nile--La Reina, by A.P. Indy) has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2021 at Jay Adcock's Red River Farm in Coushatta, Louisiana. The deal was brokered by Andrew Cary of Cary Bloodstock. The 5-year-old, who will stand in a partnership between Nathan Granger and Stonestreet Stables/George Bolton/Peter Leidel, will stand for $2,000 live foal, with consideration to approved mares. "Aurelius Maximus is the most exciting horse to retire to Louisiana for many years," said Cary. "His combination of impeccable pedigree, gorgeous conformation...

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Battered By Hurricane Laura, Delta Downs Is Back in Business

Take a quick glance at the opening day card at Delta Downs and it might seem like nothing has changed. The fields for Tuesday's races are full, perennial leading trainer Karl Broberg has seven entered and the feature is a $60,000 stakes for Louisiana-breds that has attracted horses from the stables of Tom Amoss and Steve Asmussen. But this will be a meet unlike any other at the track that sits just a few miles east of the Texas-Louisiana border. Delta Downs was directly in the path of Hurricane Laura,...

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Voters Approve Racetrack Casinos in Nebraska

The Nebraska horse racing industry, which has struggled for years to offer competitive purses, got a major boost Tuesday when voters overwhelmingly approved three constitutional amendments that legalize casinos at the state's racetracks. In other gambling related matters on the ballot across the country Tuesday, Marylanders voted in favor of legalizing sports betting in the state and voters in South Dakota approved sports betting, which would be restricted to the town of Deadwood, which already has a casino. In Louisiana, 55 of 64 parishes approved sports betting, including the four...

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Delta Downs Kicks Off '20-'21 Season Nov. 24

Delta Down's 2020-21 season Thoroughbred season, which had been set to begin Oct. 6, has been rescheduled for Nov. 24 because of the damaging storms that have rolled through the area over the past two months. Hurricane Laura, which struck the Vinton, Louisiana area Aug. 27 as a Category 4 storm with winds of nearly 150 miles per hour, caused extensive damage to the facility before Hurricane Delta struck nearly the same area as a Category 2 storm Oct. 9. The 84-day meeting will continue through Apr. 16 and feature...

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Repairs Continue at Delta Downs, Racing Could Resume Late November

Officials at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel in Vinton, Louisiana, which suffered widespread damage during Hurricane Laura Aug. 27, report that they are working towards issuing a revised schedule for its 2020-2021 racing season and that live racing could resume by the end of November. Based on the progress that has been made to date, racing officials are optimistic that horses might be able to return to the grounds to begin training in late October. Racing at Delta Downs was scheduled to take place Oct. 6, 2020 through Feb. 27,...

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New Vocation to Hold Silent Auction on LA Derby Day

Owners with horses racing at the Fair Grounds on Louisiana Derby Day Saturday are being encouraged to pledge a percentage of their earnings to support New Vocations efforts. All funds raised will go directly to support the horses currently at the Louisiana facility, which has already served over 50 retired racehorses since opening last year. In addition to the pledge New Vocations will have an online auction with a variety of items ranging from unique New Orleans art to gift baskets and packages. The online auction can be viewed here...

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