Coteau Grove Farms to Expand Breeding Operation and Reduce Racing Stable

Coteau Grove Farms to Expand Breeding

Operation and Reduce Racing Stable 

(Sunset, La.) – Keith and Ginger Myers have announced Coteau Grove Farms plans to expand its breeding operation and reduce its racing stable.

Coteau Grove Farms, located in Sunset, Louisiana, was founded in 2008 by the Myers with the objective of becoming a top quality breeder of Louisiana bred thoroughbred racehorses to compete in Louisiana and nationally. They purchased their first eight broodmares in November 2008 and began racing in February of 2009.

“From the outset, our business plan was to build our brand through racing while continuously evaluating, upgrading, and growing a high quality broodmare band,” said Keith Myers.

Since its first start in 2009, Coteau Grove Farms has had 451 starts with 108 first place finishes, 77 seconds and 56 thirds, with total purse earnings of $3.85 million dollars.

“Since 2011, under the leadership of Pat Devereux, Jr., we have had 318 starts with 82 firsts, 55 seconds, and 36 thirds, with purse earnings of more than $3 million dollars and average earnings per start of $9,575,” said Myers. “Perhaps most impressive is the fact that 101 of these 318 starts were stakes races with 17 stakes wins, 30 seconds, and 11 third-place finishes, coming from 20 different stakes starters.”

Coteau Grove Farms, through its agent Select Sales, has consigned 21 Louisiana bred yearlings and horses in training to two Louisiana sales to be held in September.

Racing Stable Reduction

Equine Sales Company of Louisiana, Opelousas, La.

September 3rd, 2014

  • Afternoon Tango, 10 dk b/ f, by Afternoon Deelites--Tango for Tips
  • Chocopologie, 12 dk b/ c, by Candy Ride (ARG)--Highest Class
  • Coteau Rouge, 11 b c, by Tale of the Cat--Character Builder
  • Good Gator, 12 ch f, by Good and Tough--May Gator
  • Let Us Be Glad, 12 dk b/ c, by Eskendereya--Matchoftheday (IRE)
  • Rue Bellamy, 12 dk b/ f, by Bellamy Road--Summer Shade
  • Strong Currency, 12 dk b/ g, by Exchange Rate--Speightstown Belle
  • Tina Lena Who, 12 dk b/ f, by Giacomo--Summer Moment
  • Titanium Girl, 12 b f, by Half Ours--Quadriga
  • Union Builder, 12 dk b/ g, by Yankee Gentleman--Character Builder
  • Warrior Dash, 12 b c, by Unbridled's Song--Jasmine Gardens

 Yearlings

Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana

West Monroe, La.

September 23rd, 2014

  • Bayou Jack, 13 gr/ro c, by Bellamy Road--Remarkable Remy
  • Coteau Queen, 13 dk b/ f, by Half Ours--Speightstown Belle
  • Day Sailor, 13 dk b/ c, by Custom for Carlos--Clear Sailing
  • Dream Match, 13 ch f, by Yankee Gentleman--Matchoftheday (IRE)
  • Get Fast, 13 dk b/ c, by Half Ours--Jasmine Gardens
  • He's All Mine, 13 dk b/ , by Mineshaft--Dattts Awesome
  • Highest Gentleman, 13 dk b/ c , by Yankee Gentleman--Highest Class
  • Mr. Su Su, 13 ch c, by Mineshaft--Dixie Dreamer
  • Purely Blessed, 13 b f, by Pure Prize--Pleasantly Blessed
  • Runner Girl, 13 b f, by Elusive Quality--Lady Alexander

Coteau Grove Farms Colt is Sale Topper and Sets Louisiana Record at $210,000

 
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Sale Topper Sets Louisiana Record at $210,000

(West Monroe, La.) – September 24, 2013 - A chestnut yearling colt by Awesome Again out Clear Sailing by Empire Maker fetched $210,000.  The colt was bred and foaled by Coteau Grove Farms, LLC in Sunset, Louisiana and purchased by Brittlyn Stables, LLC. Brittlyn Stables is the owner of multiple Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Horse of the Year winner, Star Guitar.

Consigned by Pelican State Thoroughbreds, the colt had lots of interest the days leading up to the sale as well as the morning of the sale. Coteau Grove Farms owner, Keith Myers, reported that he received phone calls from all over the United States once the catalog was published.

“We had lots of new traffic this year,” said Daren English, sales director for the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. “Buyers showed up from Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and more. We worked hard to make sure that our consignors had a good audience for the sale.”

202 yearlings were cataloged for the sale and produced a gross volume of $2,000,300. The average sale price was $14,288 with 140 sold, 17 outs and 45 buy backs.

“I told several people when the catalog was published that we had ‘broodmare power,’” said English. “The sale topper and several other acquisitions seem to point in that direction.”

The sale topper’s dam, Clear Sailing, was the November 17, 2009 Keeneland sale topper at $255,000.

Coteau Grove Farms, LLC bought Clear Sailing from the Overbrook Farm dispersal. Clear Sailing is out of the Old Trieste mare Steady Course, who is a half-sister to grade II winner and former Overbrook sire Jump Start. Clear Sailing was a $190,000 buy-back at Keeneland’s September yearling sale, and finished third in her only start, a maiden event at Churchill Downs the year prior to this sale.

After routing her rivals in a sprint against maidens in late December 2009 at the Fair Grounds, Clear Sailing was up to the challenge of her first stakes race in February 2010, winning the Pelleteri at the Fair Grounds with a strong stretch run. After suffering a career ending injury later that year, she was retired to Coteau Grove Farms and bred to Awesome Again in early 2011. The sale topper colt is her first foal.

“We are pleased for our consignors and breeders,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association and executive director for the sale.

All accredited Louisiana bred foals of 2012 auctioned in this sale are eligible for a Bayou State Bonus. Any such colt/gelding sold in this sale winning the 2014 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile, the 2015 Crescent City Derby, and the 2015 A.L. “Red” Erwin Memorial Stakes will receive a $100,000 bonus at the completion of the final race. Any such filly sold in this sale winning the 2014 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie, the 2015 Crescent City Oaks, and the 2015 Elge Rasberry Memorial Stakes will receive a $100,000 bonus at the official completion of the final race.

The bonus paid will be added to the earnings of the winning horse and paid to the owner of the horse after the official completion of the final race. Sittin At The Bar, a 2011 sales graduate, was the first ever to win either division.

 “This sale is an indication of the popularity of Louisiana breds and a credit to our breeders. We had a big audience at the sale and online through our webcast. The sales staff did a great job organizing and running the sale. This has been one of our best sales.”

Valene Farms picked up a Half Ours Filly by Elegant Designer for $45,000. Murray Valene is long time supporter of the Louisiana Bred. His 2012 Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana acquisition, Designer Legs, is pointed towards the Breeders Cup.

Coteau Grove Farms, LLC purchased the second highest priced sales horse by Good and Tough out of May Gator by Green Alligator. The purchase price was $70,000.

Tom Early reported selling just about every horse he had at prices more than he expected. “The best thing is that the horses are staying local,” said Early.

To view all of the results go to louisianabred.com.

 

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Touch Magic in Eight Belles at Churchill Downs on Friday.

The $150,000 Eight Belles Presented by Xerox is for three-year-old fillies going 7 furlongs. 

Coteau Grove Farms, Touch Magic, is entered in the race on day before the Kentucky Derby, Friday, May 3. The race is set to start at 2:08 p.m ET (1:08 pm CT).

8TH Race CHURCHILL DOWNS May 03, 2013
7 FURLONGS DIRT FILLIES 3 YEAR OLDS
EIGHT BELLES S. (G3) PURSE $150,000
J.GRAHAM Jockey/Trainer P.DEVEREUX, JR. 
PP 12 Wt 118

Touch Magic earns first stakes score in Silverbulletday

Touch Magic got the best of Gal About Town in the Silverbulletday


A more than two-month layoff proved to be no detriment to Touch Magic on Saturday as the Coteau Grove Farms colorbearer bounded home a three-quarter length winner of the $125,000 Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds.

The score, her first in three stakes tries, provided the Lion Heart filly with 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series, and increased her current point total to 14 following a half-length second in the Grade 3 Delta Downs Princess in her last race on November 17.

Touch Magic got back to her winning ways in this spot after tracking behind the front-running trio of Afrodita, Finding More and Gal About Town through fractions of :24, :48 and 1:13 2/5. Those three were strung across the track exiting the final turn, but Gal About Town quickly shook loose to take over in the lane. The dual Grade 2 runner-up briefly appeared a winner but Touch Magic was just winding up to her inside.

Local rider James Graham had guided Touch Magic along the inside throughout the race and the pair maintained that spot to close ground on Gal About Town. Touch Magic pulled out the win in a final time of 1:45 for a mile and 70 yards over the fast main track, and returned $9, $4 and $2.80 as the 7-2 second choice.

"She was purchased because she hadn't done anything wrong and now she still hasn't," said Pat Devereux Jr., who took over training duties on Touch Magic from Antonio Sano following the Delta Downs Princess. "It seemed like the better she settled the better she run and I think there is better in there."

This was the first time Touch Magic had competed beyond a mile, but her trainer admitted he didn't know if she would get the distance.

"She worked like she would and, you know, that's what you hope. We've had her a month, which isn't a very long time," he said, before adding, "We knew who was going to ride her before we got off the van that's a good feeling. I'm really happy about that."

"She did everything right," Graham remarked. "When I worked her over this track a couple of weeks back she went really well and finished really strong. She did again today. Perfect trip. Finished off and galloped out good."

Touch Magic could continue on the Fair Grounds path to the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, a move that worked last year with Believe You Can, who took the Silverbulletday, ran fourth in the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra and then captured the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks en route to Kentucky Oaks glory.

"We were looking for a good two-year-old filly, turning three, that we thought could get us to the Fair Grounds Oaks (on March 30). We looked at 10 fillies and had different conversations. This filly was Pat's first choice," owner Keith Myers explained. "She travels well. She got here today, walked off the van and took a nap."

"This win was great. No one ever showed so much confidence in me that the Myers bought her and we've still got to prove ourselves so we'll try to make the good moves. We'll try to do what's smart," Devereux said in regards to the February 23 Rachel Alexandra. "Still remains to be seen how often we are going to run her because she is still growing and filling in."

Gal About Town, the 9-5 favorite, took second by a length over Smitten, who was in turn a neck up on Irish Lute.

"She finished up a little tired. The winner came after me and snuck up on the inside and I think if she would've been a little closer to me and my filly she might've lost the fight," said Gal About Town's rider, Jesus Castanon. "This filly's going forward and there's nothing but good ahead for this filly. She was a lot more relaxed today in the beginning of the race. The first sixteenth she was a little rank but once I took her back she was fine. She gave a good effort."

"It's a long time before the end of March and the beginning of May," asserted Larry Jones, who trains Smitten and guided Believe You Can last season. "She's getting it figured out more all the time. Those others were far more precocious than her and this filly had a lot of ground to make up on numbers to get to their level, but we felt like she was showing us improvement and deserved this try. I'm real proud of her the way it turned out. She's got black-type on her now and she's gaining on them."

It was another neck back to Finding More in fifth, while Flashy Campaign, Estonia, Brotherhood Singer, Ciao Bella Luna and Afrodita completed the order under the wire. Seaneen Girl was scratched by her trainer and is expected to show up in the Rachel Alexandra next.

Touch Magic captured her initial two starts at Calder by a combined 6 3/4 lengths, then suffered her first loss when making her stakes debut in the Cassidy at Calder. She had a head advantage in the stretch of the Delta Downs Princess, but was just passed by Rose to Gold and wound up second on the wire in that one-mile contest.

With the winner's share of the Silverbulletday, Touch Magic has now banked $208,200 lifetime and improved her career line to 5-3-2-0.

Bred in Kentucky by Hermitage Farm, Touch Magic brought $25,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. She is out of the Deputy Minister mare Unifier and counts as her third dam La Affirmed, who is noted for producing multiple Group 3-scoring sire Bernstein, Grade 2 winner Della Francesca and Grade 3 heroines Caress and Country Cat. Caress would go on in the breeding shed to foal Grade 1-winning sire Sky Mesa.

La Affirmed is a half-sister to 1984 champion two-year-old filly Outstandingly.

Harlie's Dreams Wins $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint.

Coteau Grove Farms’ Harlie’s Dreams won Saturday’s seventh running of the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint at six furlongs one year after capturing the 2011 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Stakes at 1 1/16-miles. Trained by Pat Devereux Jr. and ridden by Diego Saenz, the 5-year-old mare tallied by a half-length with a late rally along the inside in the final furlong. Harlie’s Dreams returned $9.20 for the win, got the distance in 1:11.26 and increased her career earnings to $348,488 with her sixth win from 24 lifetimes starts.

First Foal of 2012

Speightstown Belle, the mare that won our very first race for Coteau Grove Farms, had our first foal for the 2012 year. Her colt was born on Saturday, February 4 and has the most unusual marking on his forehead. We've submitted the name, Strong Currency, to the Jockey Club. We'll let you know if it's been accepted.

This is Speightstown Belle's first foal and she is a great mother. She acts like she's done this before! The colt is by Exchange Rate.

Two Great New Acquisitions for Coteau Grove Farms.

We are very excited to report that we purchased two excellent prospects for our racing and breeding program at the recent Keeneland Sale in Kentucky.

Our first acquisition is Demi's Kitten, a 2011 bay filly by Kitten's Joy out of Dixie Bridge. Her sire was a champion grass horse and black-type winner of over $2 million. He has sired three crops of foals of racing age including 16 black-type winners and 134 winners of 272 races earning $9.9 million.

Our second horse, Highest Class, will be a part of our broodmare program. She is by Mineshaft, a Horse of The Year, black-type winner of $2.283 million that has sired five crops of foals. 21 are black-type winners, 157 are winners of 416 races earning over $20 million. She is bred and in foal to Candy Ride (Ride the Rails - Candy Girl).

It's a Girls' World at Coteau Grove Farms!

Bella Medaglia and Little Ms Protocol win two stakes races for Coteau Grove Farms on Jackpot Day at Delta Downs

(Vinton, La.) - November 19, 2011 - In the companion race for distaffers, the $125,000 Treasure Chest, Coteau Grove Farms' Bella Medaglia scored an arguably overdue first stakes victory with an exclamation point, by establishing a new stakes record.

Always prominent in a crowded pace scenario, the Bret Calhoun filly surged clear approaching the far turn for John Jacinto. But the sudden move didn't put the race away, for Remit went off in pursuit and collared the leader. Fighting back when headed in midstretch, Bella Medaglia found something in reserve and pulled 1 3/4 lengths clear. She completed the mile in 1:38.29, bettering the old stakes mark of 1:38.78 set by Briecat here last year. The 5-2 second choice paid $7.20, $3.40 and $2.40.

Remit crossed the wire 5 3/4 lengths ahead of 4-5 favorite Spirit Seeker, a Southern California invader from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn, who rallied belatedly from last for third. 

Bella Medaglia had previously finished runner-up in four stakes -- the 2010 Tiffany Lass, the February 26 Sam Houston Distaff, the June 24 Iowa Distaff and the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Distaff on September 24 at Turfway Park. Sixth in a Keeneland allowance last time out on October 28, she now sports a mark of 16-4-6-1, $250,916. 

Coteau Grove Farms celebrated another winner on the day when Little Ms Protocol justified 4-5 favoritism in the $150,000 Louisiana Jewel for state-bred juvenile fillies. Trained by Patrick Devereux Jr. and ridden by Diego Saenz, the fans' choice rolled from well back and wore down Effie by 1 1/4 lengths. Little Ms Protocol finished the mile in 1:41 2/5 to register her second stakes victory, having won the grassy Princess Stakes at Louisiana Downs on June 25.

Coteau Grove Farms at Evangeline Downs This Week.

Join us at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino. We're racing all week!

Hughes Your Momma f, 08 is entered in the 8th race, a CLM race going 5 furlongs on 07/14/11 at EVANGELINE DOWNS. Post Position 3; Post Time is 8:49pm ct

Early to Rise f, 08 is entered in the 7th race, a CLM race going 6 furlongs on 07/15/11 at EVANGELINE DOWNS. Post Position 8; Post Time is 8:22pm ct

Masculino g, 09 is entered in the 1st race, a MSW race, on 07/16/11 at EVANGELINE DOWNS, Post Time is 5:40pm ct

Girls Night Out!

Coteau Kitten remains unbeaten. In the filly division of the D.S. Shine Young Futurity, Coteau Kitten ($2.80) rallied to take the lead from embattled pacesetters Izzie’s Gold and Secret Pal in the upper stretch then outfinished her entrymate Money for Makeup to earn the lion’s share of the $127,000 purse for owner/breeders Coteau Grove Farms and trainer Patrick Devereux, Jr. Ridden by Diego Saenz, the Tale of the Cat homebred covered the 5 furlongs in 59.15.

Money for Makeup is owned/bred by Coteau Grove Farms and trained by Patrick Devereux, Jr. and is sired by Forestry.

 
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Coteau Kitten winning the $127,00 Filly Division of the D.S. Shine Young Futurity on July 2, 2011 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino. Second is her entrymate, Money For Makeup.

Big Weekend of Racing for Coteau Grove Farms at Louisiana Showcase Night.

Join us at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino to cheer on five of our horses during Louisiana Showcase Night. Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino will offer purses totaling more than $1 Million dollars on Louisiana Showcase Night on Saturday, July 2nd.  Now in its seventh year, this year's event features ten stakes races including seven with a six-figure purse on the twelve-race program and has once again drawn most of the top Louisiana bred thoroughbreds in training.

Toro Bravo g, 2008 is entered in the 4th race, a STK race, on 07/02/11 at EVANGELINE DOWNS. Post Time 7:06

Coteau Kitten f, 2009 is entered in the 7th race, a STK race, on 07/02/11 at EVANGELINE DOWNS. Post Time 8:37

Money for Makeup f, 2009 is entered in the 7th race, a STK race, on 07/02/11 at EVANGELINE DOWNS. Post Time 8:37

Masculino g, 2009 is entered in the 9th race, a STK race, on 07/02/11 at EVANGELINE DOWNS. Post Time 9:21

Lighter Fluid c, 2009 is entered in the 9th race, a STK race, on 07/02/11 at EVANGELINE DOWNS. Post Time 9:21