When the filly
Summer Applause made her first start here in New Orleans this winter
on New Year’s Eve she was owned by her breeder Greenwood Lodge Farm,
but when she won the
Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes here Feb. 25 and finished second in the
$125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 21 she had an ownership group consisting of Gillian Campbell, Greenwood Lodge Farm and R Group Management.
Cornett, racing manager for USA Thoroughbred Racing Management and
the man who put the new ownership group together, explained how Summer
Applause’s new ownership came about.
I try to put new owners wanting
to get into the racing business and our current clients and partners
together with horses we think show the promise of profitable returns,”
Campbell is an English lady who now divides her time between
London, England, and
Florida,” he said. “She’s been in racing about a year and she’s already had the Grade I winner
Killer Graces (2011 Grade I
Hollywood Starlet) with partners and now a Grade III winner with
partners (Summer Applause in the 2012 Rachel Alexandra). There are not
too many owners that can boast of a record like that.
“Greenwood Lodge Farm (the breeders) kept a
percentage of Summer Applause after the sale,” Cornett concluded, and R Group Management is a small of group of guys from
Ohio that want to maintain a low profile as horse owners. That’s why they came up with the title of R Group Management.”
GROUNDS’ MONDAY, TUESDAY WORK TABS FEATURED STAKES STARS
Reigning Horse of the Year
Havre de Grace, owned by Fox Hill Farms, worked six furlongs Monday at Fair Grounds in 1:11.40 in anticipation of her upcoming start in the
$150,000 New Orleans Ladies here on
However, also on Monday’s tab in possible or
probable upcoming stakes starts at Fair Grounds were Zayat Stables’
Nehro, who went a half-mile in 51.40 in advance of the
Grade II New Orleans Handicap April 1; Zayat Stables’
Z Dager, who went the same distance in 52.20 to prepare for the
$1 million Louisiana Derby on that same closing day of the current Fair Grounds season; and Jerry Namy’s
Shared Property, who went the four furlongs in 48.60 in probable preparation for the Grade II Louisiana Derby.
Also on Monday, David Randal’s
Capetown Devil went a half-mile in 49 flat in advance of
Black Gold Stakes.
On Tuesday, James Miller’s
Daisy Devine, heroine of last season’s
Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks and a nominee to the upcoming $150,000 New Orleans Ladies, went three-eighths in
38 flat. Also on Tuesday, Tall Oaks Farm’s
Avie’s Sense, runner-up in this year’s
Grade III Rachel Alexandra Feb. 25, breezed a half-mile in 48 flat in possible preparation for this year’s
$500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks March 31.
CARMEL'S SUCCESS STORY IN ROCK 'N' ROLL MARATHON
Carmel Heitzmann, once a flight attendant for Emirates Airlines but in more recent times the stable foreman for her trainer-husband
Eric Heitzmann at Fair
Grounds Race Course & Slots, successfully completed a journey on
foot around the Crescent City last Sunday by finishing the
New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in four hours and 32 minutes.
Later in the afternoon, Mrs. Heitzmann showed
up for her day job in time to lead Southern Equine Stables’
Elle Atlantic – trained
by her husband – over to the paddock for the sixth race of the day.
Adorned with awards attained from her morning run, she accepted
congratulations and cheers from her host of admirers
who were aware of her self-imposed but selfless morning assignment.
was a selfless journey because some weeks
ago the British-born but Irish-raised horsewoman had announced that any
pledges received on behalf of her marathon run would be donated to
Remember Me Rescue, a non-profit horse rescue organization run by her friends
and Dallas Keen that assists retired and injured racehorses after their careers at the track are over.
The Keens were central to the rescue of a number
of starving horses from a farm in northern Louisiana in January, and Remember Me Rescue maintains a specific area on its website at TeamKeen.com
that allows horse lovers to donate toward Heitzmann’s marathon.
makes her successful marathon most unusual
is that Heitzmann was severely injured when kicked by a horse in front
of the Fair Grounds stands just over a year ago, and for the first
critical hours and days after her accident Heitzmann’s life was
considered to be in jeopardy. However, following exploratory
surgery that led to the removal of 24 inches of her colon, she was
released from the hospital 10 days later.
During training hours Wednesday morning at
Fair Grounds, Heitzmann reflected on her intense Sunday morning tour of New Orleeans.
feel good today,” she said. “I’m still a
little tired, and I was sore yesterday, but today I’m fine. The worst
part of the run for me was at mile 21. At that point I was starting to
get a little discouraged, but then Eric was there to greet me at mile 22
and handed me some Gatorade. That really picked
my spirits up and after that I felt just fine the rest of the way.”
Although the final totals of Heitzmann’s charitable
marathon run are still incomplete, she was able to update.
far, I have personally been able to account
for pledges of more than $7,500,” she said Wednesday, “and I believe
Donna told me that she has about $1,000 that has come through Remember
Me Rescue’s website at this time. However, my parents are going to be
visiting me here in
New Orleans in the next few days, and I believe they are going to bring me some more contributions from
just so grateful to everybody that has
been supporting me throughout this,” she concluded. “I want to thank
everyone and let them know that I might come back in next year’s
marathon, be able to train a little harder for it than I could this year
and hopefully come home in an even better time.”