Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Louisiana Bred Colt and Female Jockey Aim For the History Books In Kentucky Derby on Saturday

For Immediate Release
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Louisiana Bred Colt and Female Jockey Aim For the History Books In Saturday’s Kentucky Derby
(New Orleans, La.) – Louisiana bred three year old Vicar’s In Trouble is headed for the starting gate at this Saturday’s 140th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisiana horsemen are hoping that the colt makes history by being the first Louisiana bred to win the Derby.
Vicar's in Trouble is the first Louisiana-bred to run in the Derby since Zarb's Magic competed in 1996 and just the third in the almost 50 years since states where the horses were bred were included in past performance charts.
“Having a horse like Vicar’s In Trouble as a Derby contender gives our breeding program a real boost,” said Jake Delhomme, president of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. “It would validate our incentive program and ensure that it continues into the future. The program was created for just this reason – to produce top contenders at the best races in the world. It also increases the value of our horses and that makes the horse breeding business more viable.”
Vicar In Trouble’s jockey, Rosie Napravnik, would make history of her own in becoming the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. She is the regular rider of Vicar’s in Trouble, a front-runner who was never threatened in taking the $1 million Louisiana Derby.
Bred by Spendthrift Farm LLC, trained by Mike Maker and owned by Eclipse Award winners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Vicar’s in Trouble sold for $8,000 at Equine Sales Company’s inaugural yearling auction and since then has banked $788,900 in just five starts. In addition to winning the prestigious Louisiana Derby, the colt also won the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes by nearly seven lengths and finished third in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes. Assuming Vicar’s in Trouble starts in the Kentucky Derby, he will become just the third Louisiana-bred to ever make the race.
Vicar’s in Trouble was consigned as a yearling by Mark Toothaker, agent, and purchased by Clyde Taylor. The colt by Into Mischief sold again for $80,000 as a 2-year-old.
Vicar’s In Trouble is by the same sire as Goldencents and Vyjack, who both made plenty of noise on the 2013 to the Kentucky Derby.
All three are sons of the up-and-coming young sire Into Mischief, a noted juvenile of 2007 who scored his signature win in the CashCall Futurity. During a three-year-old campaign limited by injury, he raced only at seven furlongs, winning a minor stakes at Santa Anita and placing in both the San Vicente and Malibu.
Vicar's in Trouble is out of Vibrant, a five-time winner at sprint distances. She has produced two minor winners prior to Vicar's in Trouble. Vibrant is by Vicar, who turned the Fountain of Youth/Florida Derby double in 1999. After winding up near the rear in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, he eventually reverted to one-turn events. Vibrant is a half-sister to Grade 3-winning sprinter True Direction, hero of the 2002 Fall Highweight Handicap.
Trainer Mike Maker, the son of a trainer, grew up in the suburbs of Detroit attending races at Hazel Park and Detroit Race Course. At the young age of 13, Maker was already involved in the Thoroughbred industry as a horse owner. He was an assistant for Hall of Fame trainer D Wayne Lukas and worked with Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic. Maker opened his own stable in 2003 and has trained top horses including: Eclipse Award winner, Hansen, Derby Kitten and Stately Victor.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey are natives of Artemus, Kentucky and are longtime horse lovers. Ken’s first glimpse of the Twin Spires came at age 5 when his family took a trip to Louisville and since that day he has always wanted to win the Kentucky Derby. The Ramsey’s have won numerous owners titles at racetracks across the country and have owned such stakes winners as Kitten’s Joy, Roses in May, Precious Kitten, and Pleasant Prince.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Client Spotlight: FACET

We love seeing our clients making a difference in their field. We are particularly proud of FACET, one of our new clients.  President and CEO, Carolyn Greco, was selected to be a speaker at the semi-annual Global Outplacement Alliance (GOA) conference in Tucson, Arizona. Carolyn's human resource expertise is highly valued throughout the industry.

Carolyn's role in the conference was to conduct a creative session. She challenged the room with fun, thought provoking mental and physical activities to get the participant's creativity flowing for the conference. As an entrepreneur, Carolyn understands that creativity generates innovation that gives a business its competitive edge.

FACET is a proud Founding Partner of GOA. With over 200 service offices worldwide, GOA is a network of national and international career service providers offering seamless, best in industry, career management, outplacement and talent management services. Members of GOA proactively participate in industry trend updates, monthly GOA meetings, discussions, programs and activities.

We look forward to seeing what the future holds for this great company! To learn more about FACET, visit their website and Facebook.

SALON TODAY Honors Spa Mizan for Best Business Practices

Ginger Louviere, Spa Mizan Owner

Spa Mizan has been named among the winners of Salon Today 200, a national industry competition that honors growth and best business practices for spas and salons across North America. Spa Mizan, owned by Ginger Louviere and located in Lafayette, was cited for their excellence in the categories of Growth, Technology, and Customer Service.

The competition is sponsored by Salon Today, the spa and salon industry's leading publication for owners and managers.

Winners in the Growth category were recognized for identifying and nurturing contributions to their business' growth\ and for maintaining growth during a tough economy.

Honorees in the Customer Service category were awarded for strong customer-service initiatives and for their ability to measure return on investment through those initiatives.

Winners in the Technology category were recognized for creative efforts in using technology to streamline business operations, motivate employees, and communicate with clients.

Published by Modern Salon Media, Salon Today is designed to support, educate, and inspire salon and spa owners. The 2014 competition marked the 17th year of the Salon Today 200 contest.

Spa Mizan has been consistently ranked among Lafayette's best area salons since its founding in 1998. Owner Ginger Louviere has been an expert in the beauty business since 1989.