03/20/2014 1:47PM

Ile St. Molly, unbeaten Ide Be Cool among Southwest’s champions


Ide Be Cool, who is undefeated in six career starts, has been named the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s champion 2-year-old male of 2013. He was one of six divisional award winners announced by the organization, which will reveal the Louisiana-bred Horse of the Year during its annual meeting on May 24. The event will be held at the Equine Sales Company of Louisiana complex in Opelousas, La.

Ide Be Cool went 4-for-4 last year, among his wins a pair of stakes. He was bred by Gulf Haven Farms and is owned by his trainer, Henry Ray Dunn.

Louisiana’s other divisional winners were Designer Legs as champion 2-year-old filly; Sunbean as champion 3-year-old male; Sittin At the Bar as champion 3-year-old filly; Little Ms Protocol as champion older female; and String King as champion older male. All of the divisional champions are eligible for the Louisiana-bred Horse of the Year title, which will be determined by a vote of the board of directors of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. 

Ile St. Molly will be honored as the 2013 Arkansas-bred Horse of the Year during the Arkansas Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Horsemen’s Association’s annual banquet in Hot Springs, Ark., on March 28, said the organization’s executive secretary, Deana Echols. Pat Day, the retired Hall of Fame rider, is the keynote speaker for the event being held at the Clarion on the Lake.

Ile St. Molly led all Arkansas-bred runners in earnings last year with $154,130. She won the $60,000 Rainbow Miss Stakes at Oaklawn in March 2013 and the $50,000 Our Mims Stakes at Delaware Park last May. Ile St. Molly also ran second in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks. The daughter of Ile St. Louis and is owned by her breeder, James H. Glover.

McDowell Farm will be honored as the breeder of the year, with registered Arkansas-bred earnings of $722,496 last year in North America.

The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association honored its 2013 divisional champions at a recent banquet in Albuquerque. Mr. Wizard was named the state’s champion older male; Rose’s Desert the champion older female; Hush’s Storm the champion 3-year-old male; Way to Go Gerda the champion 3-year-old filly; Reaper the champion 2-year-old male; and Lady Genius the champion 2-year-old filly.

The organization also presented the now-retired Harold Payne, longtime general manager of Sunland Park, a distinguished service award for his efforts on behalf of racing.