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April 02, 2008

For Immediate Release

LTBA Contact:
Tom Early
(504) 947-4676

Press Contact:
Julie Calzone
(337) 235-2924 ext. 3


Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Announces 2007 Champions

(New Orleans, La.) - The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) has announced the 2007 Accredited Louisiana Bred Champions.

Champion Two-Year-Filly is Superior Storm, who concluded the year with three wins including an impressive victory in the Louisiana Champions Day Lassie. She is bred by Jack Dickerson and owned by Jac Mac Stable, LLC.

Superior Storm

Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, Star Guitar, broke his maiden first out and followed it up with a Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile win for Evelyn and Maurice Benoit's Brittlyn Stable, who both bred and own the colt.

Star Guitar

Ahead of Her Time ran first or second in each of her six starts for the year, including stakes wins in the Fantasia S., Frank Abadie Memorial S., Camelia S., and Louisiana Champions Day Ladies, to earn Champion Three-Year-Old Filly honors for Owner Heiligbrodt Racing Stable. Unfortunately, she had to be euthanized after a training accident. Ahead of Her Time was bred by the late Jackie D. Huckabay M.D.

Ahead of Her Time

Champion Three-Year-Old Colt, St. Zarb, was in the winners circle in six of his eight starts for the year, three of those stakes wins. Bred by Foxwood Plantation, he is owned by Cyril Hicks.

St. Zarb

Raspberry Wine takes home the Champion Four-Year-Old and Up Filly or Mare title. She earned the honors for owners Sport of Kings Racing LLC, by winning five stakes races and nearly $300,000 for the year. She was bred by Phyllis Wood.

Raspberry Wine

Last year's Three-Year-Old Champion Male, Costa Rising, came back to win 2007 Champion Four-Old and Up Male. He won four stakes races, set a track record in the Evangeline Mile Handicap, and finished the Louisiana Champions Day Classic 15 1/2 lengths ahead of the competition. Bred by Double Dam Farms, Costa Rising is owned by Charles A. Castille, Jr.

Costa Rising

Stallion of the Year was once again Leestown who stands at Adcock's Red River Farm in Coushatta. Broodmare of the Year was also a repeat winner, with Joseph Adcock and Neal McFadden's Tortuga Band taking the honors. Bill and Pat Boorhem's Foxwood Plantation was once again named Breeder of The Year. This is the sixth consecutive year they have received this honor.

Interest in accredited Louisiana bred horses is at an all time high. Louisiana racetracks annually generate over $40 million in additional purses with over $12 million reserved for Louisiana-breds and $7.2 million in Breeders Awards. Four Louisiana-bred "Championship" days for nearly $3.5 million are held annually at four different Louisiana racetracks and three restricted state-bred races are offered every day at all four Louisiana tracks. Owner bonuses (purse supplements) in Louisiana offer the most comprehensive incentive awards program in the entire country. The total owner and breeder award payout in 2006 was $20 million with more than $22.6 million being paid out in 2007.

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