11/14/2006 12:00AM

Carl Deville


Meadow Breeze has since remained in Vinton to prepare for the track's biggest race for 2-year-old fillies, the $300,000 Delta Princess on Dec. 1. She is one of 26 horses Deville has in Vinton, where he has returned after a two-year absence from the meet. Deville, 40, also has five horses at Belmont who are now racing at Aqueduct, but soon plans to disperse some of those runners to other trainers, and bring some to Louisiana, with the intention of racing at the winter meets in this region: Fair Grounds, Oaklawn, Delta, and Sam Houston.

Louisiana is Deville's main base of operation, while his main focus in racing is young horses. He formerly developed yearlings for the late Eclipse Award-winning owner John Franks, and for the past six years has owned and operated Pre-K Training Center in Opelousas, La., with his family. They are currently developing about 30 yearlings.

"We have a half-mile racetrack, and a 30-stall barn," said Deville. "We have 63 acres here. We break a lot of babies, and get them ready and send them off to the races."

Deville said some horses are broken for other trainers, while some remain with him and head to the track. Up until a few years ago, he had spent 13 years racing at Monmouth and Gulfstream. This year, Deville felt it was time to return back East.

"We really came up with some good 2-year-olds, so we thought we better go on the road," he said.

Deville is a frequent buyer and seller at horse sales across the country, on behalf of both himself and the simple partnerships that he forms, often for newcomers to the sport.

"I buy a lot of inexpensive horses, and try to turn them into good horses," he said, with his focus being on purchasing horses who cost $25,000 or less. "We've had a lot of success doing it."

Meadow Breeze is one who did not break the bank at auction, which surprised Deville.

"She was a big, good-looking filly," he said. "She was a beautiful filly, and I was very surprised to get her."

Meadow Breeze brought just $45,000 as a yearling in the July sale at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky, and to date has won 4 of 8 starts and $275,969 for Wayne Barr, a client of Deville's. Among the success stories Deville has purchased and resold are recent stakes winner Leestown Light and Love the Beach.

Business at the races has also been good for Deville, whose stable earnings of $556,315 so far this year are his best since 1998, when the barn earned $832,971.

"It's gone good," he said. "We started off the year with all 2-year-olds. I don't think we had an older horse in the barn this year. We pretty much started off with all babies. This year has been good, and I'm looking for next year to be a better year for us. We have a lot of 2-year-olds turning 3."

Deville said he also has some nice young talent in the works at Pre-K Training Center, which set a new standard for itself this year with the development of Meadow Breeze.