(Star Guitar is owned by Evelyn Benoit’s Brittlyn Stable / Photo Courtesy of www.starguitarracehorse.com)

Evelyn Benoit is well known in the Louisiana racing circles. That’s because she has made it a habit to visit winner’s circles. And, this year’s meet at the Fair Grounds, in the heart of New Orleans, is no different.

After Sunday’s races were concluded at the Fair Grounds, Benoit’s Brittlyn Stable, of which she is the primary owner and investor, is leading the top owner in terms of purses won. To date, the Stable has had 42 starters. That has amounted to a win percentage of .17  and the horses have finished in the money on .48% of the time.

Of that group, 7 have won, eight have run second and five have showed. Collectively, they have earned over $382,000 in purses, which is tops at this year’s meet, which is scheduled to close on March 31.

Benoit is well known for her homebred, Star Guitar, who was a four-time Louisiana Horse of the Year and winner of 22 black-type stakes out of 30 starts. Now, he seems to be becoming one of the top stallions in the history of the Cajun breeding game, and is standing the 2018 breeding season at Clear Creek Stud near Folsom, La. for $7,500 live foal.

2-17-2018 Bravazo, with Miguel Mena aboard, pushes to the lead to beat Snapper Sinclair in a close finish in the Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

The second leading owner, in terms of purses earned, is Calumet Farm, who is about $100,000 back at this juncture. But the historic nursery in Lexington, KY. may have a built in advantage trying to close the gap. On March 24, in the Louisiana Derby, Calumet Farm will have one of the race-time favorites in the starting gate in Bravazo.

Bravazo is one of two winners that Calumet has started this meet, and the primary reason why the farm has amassed over $283,000 in purse money. Earlier this meet, the colt — one of the leading contenders now on the “2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby” — won the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes here over Snapper Sinclair.

Here is a closer look at the Top 25 Owners so far this meet:

 

 

1 Brittlyn Stable, Inc. 42 7 8 5 $382,438 17% 20 48%
2 Calumet Farm 10 2 2 2 $283,090 20% 6 60%
3 Klein Racing 16 8 2 2 $226,235 50% 12 75%
4 Brad Grady 22 9 5 5 $225,200 41% 19 86%
5 Tigertail Ranch 17 3 2 4 $210,785 18% 9 53%
6 Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. 27 9 2 3 $191,390 33% 14 52%
7 End Zone Athletics, Inc. 58 10 5 5 $189,060 17% 20 34%
8 Carl R. Moore Management LLC 16 5 5 1 $180,180 31% 11 69%
9 Brereton C. Jones 27 5 6 2 $156,560 19% 13 48%
10 Keith Plaisance 25 6 3 2 $152,985 24% 11 44%
11 Elite Thoroughbred Racing LLC 31 7 4 4 $148,890 23% 15 48%
12 William Stiritz 38 6 9 5 $145,860 16% 20 53%
13 OXO Equine LLC 4 1 1 0 $145,430 25% 2 50%
14 Allied Racing Stable, LLC 20 3 3 2 $142,000 15% 8 40%
15 Carl R. Moore Management LLC and Grady, Brad 4 4 0 0 $140,400 100% 4 100%
16 Stonestreet Stables LLC 10 5 0 2 $138,890 50% 7 70%
17 Valene Farms LLC 23 4 2 4 $137,346 17% 10 43%
18 Low, Lawana L. and Robert E. 9 5 1 0 $134,440 56% 6 67%
19 Maggi Moss 33 8 7 3 $131,620 24% 18 55%
20 Paul Van Doren 16 5 2 4 $127,210 31% 11 69%
21 John Mentz 13 4 5 1 $126,350 31% 10 77%
22 Loooch Racing Stables, Inc. 38 5 7 10 $125,280 13% 22 58%
23 Louie J. Roussel III 38 3 9 10 $123,890 8% 22 58%
24 Town and Country Racing, LLC 10 2 2 3 $120,280 20% 7 70%
25 Flurry Racing Stables LLC 3 2 1 0 $120,000 67% 3 100%