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Reigning champion aged stallion Open Me A Corona will race again.

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Change of Plans: The victory in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes (RG2) at Fair Grounds on December 12 was thought to be the final race for Open Me A Corona.

It marked the sixth consecutive stakes win of the year for the Louisiana-bred son of Coronas Leaving You owned by Charles Forbes Jr. and Tommy Hays and trained by Bobby Martinez.  Off Open Me A Corona went that evening to Robicheaux Ranch in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, to begin his second career as a stallion.

However, when Tommy Hays accepted the bronze when Open Me A Corona was honored as champion aged stallion in Wednesday's AQHA Racing Champion Ceremony, he made a very interesting announcement.

"Our horse is sound and we are going to run him in 2016," said the noted equine surgeon.

Standing beside Hays was his beautiful, horse-loving girlfriend, Megan Maloney. Hays explained that she loved the stakes-winning stallion and stud duty would be put on hold.

Martinez had picked Open Me A Corona up two weeks ago and brought him back to his farm in Elgin, Texas.

"I was really happy," said Martinez. "He's as sound as can be and was still running through his bridle. We're going to run him in the Mr Jess Perry (February 27) at Louisiana Downs." 

Martinez knows how much Megan loves the 6-year-old champion.

"She comes to the farm to gallop him," said Martinez. "I'm really glad Megan is around; Tommy's not as grouchy as he used to be!"

Quintessential Bobby Martinez!

A Horse, Goat and Windmill: Last week the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBA) announced the five inductees for their Hall of Fame. The inaugural class includes prominent Louisiana Quarter Horse breeders and owners, Leverne Perry and Claude and Bessie Lea Jeane, Oh Black Magic, Rocket's Magic and Royal Bushwhacker The ceremony, in conjunction with the annual LQHBA Membership Meeting & Awards Banquet, will take place on Saturday, April 9 at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas.

Oh Black Magic is a member of the inaugural
LQHBA Hall of Fame class.

One of the priceless stories involved the acquisition of the great mare Oh Black Magic. Racing fans everywhere loved the story about the legendary Kool Kue Baby, when her owner, Ramiro Lopez acquired the diminutive filly in 1993, not for cash, but in a trade for two calves, two pigs and a cattle dog.  

Jo Ann Thompson, the daughter of Mr. Donice Thompson, a dairy farmer from Folsom, Louisiana, shared how her father purchased Oh Black Magic.

"My dad was quite a character," explained Jo Ann. "In 1973, he made the trip to Abilene, and paid $5,000 for four horses, a goat and a windmill!"

One of the four was a weanling, Oh Black Magic, and the goat, which they named Horace, became the stalwart companion to the talented mare. 'Magic' made 33 starts, winning six races and purses of $67.000, before retiring to the breeding shed. 

It was her record as a broodmare that made Oh Black Magic a true legend. She produced a remarkable 15 foals, including three stakes winners and three stakes-placed earners of $634,520. 

So we know what happened to the horse and the goat, but whatever became of the windmill?

"Oh, dad sold it!" said Jo Ann. "There was never a dull moment with him. Dad got into racing when there were no purses, but he loved it, and he loved Oh Black Magic."

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