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

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 Stock Sale.


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 Derby.
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 28.

“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 year’s renewal.

“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, LLC.

If you are looking for such an opportunity, please direct any inquires to Steven A. Sansone.

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