Sales as Agent
Showcased below are some of the horses that Long Grove
has represented for clients as pinhooks, and as investment
opportunities. Long Grove has helped clients find opportunities
in young horses that we feel represent a good value and
have a good upside potential.
Board Elligible was bred, owned and raced by Dr. &
Mrs. Bernard Abrmovici of Forest Hills, New York throughout
her entire career. She was a durable, stakes winning, [G3]
placed winner of over $448,000.00.
This black mare was managed by Long Grove throughout her
sales prep and sale at the 2005 Keeneland November Breeding
FANTASTICAT WINS SUPER DERBY XXV The seventh
time was the charm. Trainer Bobby Barnett has been trying
to win the Super Derby since 1989. Today, he finally got
the big prize as Fantasticat ($31.40) scored a half-length
upset victory in the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby XXV at
Harrah’s Louisiana Downs under jockey Gerard Melancon.
Borrego finished second, 1 1⁄4 lengths ahead of third-place
finisher Britt’s Jules. Imperialism, sent off as the
2-1 favorite, was never a serious threat and checked in
fourth. The running time for 1 1/8 miles over the muddy
track was 1:51.40.
As they did in the Prelude Stakes last month, South Africa
and Britt’s Jules controlled the early pace, running
together through an opening quarter in 23.06. The two pacesetters
slowed things down in the second quarter, as the half went
in 47.39. As Britt’s Jules was putting away South
Africa through six furlongs in 1:12.02, Fantasticat continued
to advance steadily along the inside, while Borrego, who
was third for most of the journey, also made his move. At
the top of the stretch, Britt’s Jules, confronted
by Fantasticat and Borrego, battled on willingly, but was
unable to match strides through the final furlong. Fantasticat
took a narrow lead at the eighth pole and maintained that
advantage to the finish.
“He broke sharp,” said Melancon. “I had
ridden on the track all day long and knew the rail was the
best place to be. I had a little traffic in the last turn
but I managed to get through. Things worked out perfectly.”
For Barnett, it was a fantastic homecoming. The Pampa,
Texas native is second in all-time stakes wins at Louisiana
Downs, sixth in all-time wins, and won the local training
title three times in the 90’s. Now based in Kentucky,
Barnett reflected on the many years he spent here when training
primarily for legendary owner/breeder John Franks, who passed
away last year. Five of Barnett’s previous six starters
in the Super Derby carried Franks’ colors. The best
finishes came from Precocity, second in 1997, and Quadrophonic
Sound, third in 2001.
“It’s a great, great thrill,” Barnett
said. “Louisiana Downs has been very good to me and
my family. I thank Mr. Pope (Director of Racing Operations
and Racing Secretary Pat Pope). He and I kind of had this
race in the back of our minds in the summer. The Prelude
was just perfect for us and this win was even more perfect.”
Fantasticat erupted in the final stages of the Prelude,
closing with a flourish to just miss by one jump when second.
The son of Storm Cat enjoyed the extra distance in the Super
Barnett took over the training of Fantasticat immediately
following his maiden victory at Fair Grounds in March. Since
then, he won an allowance race and was second in the Round
Table at Arlington Park and Prelude Stakes here on August
“Bobby made great decisions and managed the horse
the way he needed to be,” said Shelda Sherrod, who
along with her husband Russ races under the name R Bar S
Thoroughbreds LLC. “Obviously, the horse is developing
and improving like we hoped he would.”
Melancon, the leading rider of the 2002 and 2003 meets at
Louisiana Downs, was riding in just his second Super Derby.
He was aboard fifth-place finisher Zydeco Affair in last
“I appreciate the owners and Bobby for putting me
on this horse. I’m really blessed. It’s my biggest
win in this state and my wife and children were here. It’s
just a great day for us.”
Fantasticat earned $300,000, taking his career earnings
total to $423,584.
Long Groves selected this outstanding colt for R Bar S Thoroughbreds,
If you are looking for such an opportunity, please direct
any inquires to Steven A. Sansone.
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