11/29/2010 3:49PM

Greeley's Conquest retired, will stand in Kentucky

Remington Park
Greeley's Conquest, winner of the Remington Park Sprint Championship in 2009, has been retired and will stand stud in Kentucky.

Greeley’s Conquest, who won the $200,000 Remington Park Sprint Championship in 2009, has been retired and will stand stud next year in Kentucky, trainer Gary Thomas said.

“It was time,” he said.

Greeley’s Conquest, a 6-year-old by Mr. Greeley, will stand at Breeders Station in Lexington. The fee is private, Thomas said. The horse will stand for his owner, Millard R. Seldin.

Greeley’s Conquest won seven races and $475,346 during his career, which was launched in fall 2006. His richest win came in the Remington Park Sprint Championship, a race he finished third in this year when it was won by Atta Boy Roy. Greeley’s Conquest also won stakes at Prairie Meadows and Louisiana Downs.

“He’s been a good horse,” Thomas said. “He had speed. He has good conformation and he won four stakes. And while most of his races were going three-quarters, he did win a stakes going a mile, too. He’s got a little bit of everything going for him.”

Thomas said he believes one of Greeley’s Conquest’s finest efforts came in 2008, when he shipped to Saratoga and ran second in the Grade 1 Forego.

Some down time for Briecat

Briecat, who shipped in from Southern California and dominated the $125,000 Treasure Chest last month at Delta Downs, is getting a breather, trainer Vladimir Cerin said.

“We’re going to give her a little break because this race was really, really tough,” he said. “It was her best race ever. She gave everybody six, seven pounds, and she just fought so hard. I almost got a tear in my eye watching her. I’m really proud of her.”

Briecat disputed the pace in the Treasure Chest and then drew out by 5 1/2 lengths to earn a Beyer Speed Figure of 93. It was her third stakes win since September. She came into the race off a score in the Grade 2 Las Palmas on turf at Hollywood Park.

“Dirt, turf, Polytrack, Cushion Track, she doesn’t care,” Cerin said.

Briecat, who is 5, went over the $500,000 mark in career earnings in the Treasure Chest.

Louisiana sets stakes for Quarter Horses

Louisiana Downs has scheduled 12 stakes for its 46-date Quarter Horse meet that will begin Jan. 8. The season will run through March 23. Louisiana Downs will race every Saturday through Tuesday, except for the final two weeks, when the track will add Wednesdays.

The Harrah’s Futurity at 300 yards on March 19 will be one of the richest races of the meet. Last season, the open-company stakes was worth $267,700. Other top races include the Mardi Gras Futurity for Louisiana-breds on March 8. Last meet, the 300-yard race was worth $249,272. It will share a card with the Mardi Gras Derby that last season was worth $81,114.

There will be a stakes double on the meet’s opening day, with the Harrah’s Dash for 4-year-olds and up at 250 yards and the Harrah’s Distaff for fillies and mares at 350 yards. Each is worth $20,000.

The $50,000 Mr. Jess Perry for 4-year-olds and up bred in Louisiana is Feb. 26.

Vacation for Going Ballistic

Going Ballistic, who last month was fourth in the stakes prep for the $200,000 Distance Championship this weekend at Zia Park, is getting some time off and is targeting a return to racing this coming summer, according to trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

“He’s on R&R,” Von Hemel said.

Going Ballistic is one of the region’s top handicap horses, with earnings of $1.1 million.

Fasig-Tipton Texas catalog features 117

Fasig-Tipton Texas has cataloged 117 lots to its annual mixed sale that will be held at Lone Star Park on Dec. 13. The auction will begin at noon Central.

The catalog includes breeding stock, yearlings, and horses of racing age. Among the offerings are weanlings from the first crops of graded stakes winners Student Council, Private Vow, Salute the Sarge, and Zanjero.

◗ Trainer Heath Taylor has been suspended 60 days by the Louisiana Racing Commission after one of the Quarter Horses in his care tested positive for ractopamine, which is listed as a Category 3 drug by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Taylor also was fined $1,500, and the purse the horse earned was ordered redistributed. The suspension is to run through the middle of January.

◗ Don Simington, the leading jockey at Delta Downs, will begin serving a seven calendar-day suspension Wednesday. It stems from a riding infraction this past meet at Louisiana Downs.