Brittlyn Stable Leads Fair Grounds’ Meet in Purses Earned

(Star Guitar is owned by Evelyn Benoit’s Brittlyn Stable / Photo Courtesy of

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:



1Brittlyn Stable, Inc.42785$382,43817%2048%
2Calumet Farm10222$283,09020%660%
3Klein Racing16822$226,23550%1275%
4Brad Grady22955$225,20041%1986%
5Tigertail Ranch17324$210,78518%953%
6Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc.27923$191,39033%1452%
7End Zone Athletics, Inc.581055$189,06017%2034%
8Carl R. Moore Management LLC16551$180,18031%1169%
9Brereton C. Jones27562$156,56019%1348%
10Keith Plaisance25632$152,98524%1144%
11Elite Thoroughbred Racing LLC31744$148,89023%1548%
12William Stiritz38695$145,86016%2053%
13OXO Equine LLC4110$145,43025%250%
14Allied Racing Stable, LLC20332$142,00015%840%
15Carl R. Moore Management LLC and Grady, Brad4400$140,400100%4100%
16Stonestreet Stables LLC10502$138,89050%770%
17Valene Farms LLC23424$137,34617%1043%
18Low, Lawana L. and Robert E.9510$134,44056%667%
19Maggi Moss33873$131,62024%1855%
20Paul Van Doren16524$127,21031%1169%
21John Mentz13451$126,35031%1077%
22Loooch Racing Stables, Inc.385710$125,28013%2258%
23Louie J. Roussel III383910$123,8908%2258%
24Town and Country Racing, LLC10223$120,28020%770%
25Flurry Racing Stables LLC3210$120,00067%3100%

I was going straight as an arrow to stay in my path,” Smith said. “But when (Momomoy Girl) chose to come over and take it from me, I choose the outer route. There probably would not have been a DQ if (Geroux) would have stayed straight at that point, but he came out again and we wound up in the eight or nine path. I never got a straight run and we got beat only a neck. You got to do what you got to do.”

Mike Smith, Rider of Midnight Bisou

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