Five Bar Cartel joined the Robicheaux Ranch stallion lineup upon his retirement from racing in 2015. The son of Corona Cartel out of the Grade 1 winning Dash Ta Fame mare, Five Bar Molly is one of very few horses to qualify for three million dollar races in 2013, winning five of seven starts including the $1,071,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity-G1. He was a finalist in the $1,044,700 Golden State Million-G1 and $1,989,525 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity-G1, all the while securing his title as AQHA Champion Two-Year-Old Colt. In Champion style, Five Bar Cartel was second in this year’s $1,920,887 All American Derby-G1 and a finalist in the $972,000 Los Alamitos Super Derby-G1. This stallion’s earnings sit at $1,068,825.
Five Bar Cartel’s dam, Five Bar Molly (Dash Ta Fame - Five Bar Ebony, by Streakin Dash) was a hard-knocking stakes horse, with wins at two, three, four and a stretch in Mexico match racing under the name “La Vispa” until returning to retire at Los Alamitos in 2007 with wins in the Miss Princess Handicap-G3 and the Vessels Maturity-G1 at the age of nine. She is also the dam of Grade 1 runners Freedom Choice, $281,423, Mollys Cartel, $150,163 and Fly Bar Special, $110,787.
“Five Bar Cartel is quite possibly one of the most successful young stallions to ever come to Louisiana to stand fresh from the racetrack,” said ranch manager Ryan Robicheaux, “Our phones have already been busy with breeding inquiries for this Champion colt. His outcross pedigree is highly sought after and we look forward to launching his successful stallion career and making his home at Robicheaux Ranch.” Five Bar Cartel’s introductory fee has been set at $4,500 with considerations.
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FABULOUS FRESHMAN SIRE FIVE BAR CARTEL-2018
This has been quite the year for Five Bar Cartel, who stands at Robicheaux Ranch in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. He is the leading AQHA Freshman sire with 12 winners, including two graded stakes champions in his first crop.
Five Bar Cartel Surpassed $1 Million in Earnings in His Racing Career
As a racehorse, Five Bar Cartel was highly accomplished in both his 2-year-old and 3-year-old campaigns. Owned by San Gregorio Racing Stable, Inc, the son of Corona Cartel won the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) and was a finalist in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and Golden State Million Futurity. He was honored as the 2013 AQHA Champion 2-year-old colt. The next year, he ran second in the 2014 All American Derby (G1) and retired with a record of six wins from 11 starts and earnings of $1,068,825.
Trainer Danny Montes remembers his talent as a juvenile, when he won his first four career starts including the prestigious Grade 1, Ed Burke Million.
“He was like a pro from the beginning,” said Montes. “He didn’t break perfectly; it usually took him a jump and then he got rolling.”
Montes selected jockey Saul Ramirez, Jr., who he described as the “money rider” to pilot the Chestnut colt. Ramirez, who retired from the saddle two years ago, would go on to play a significant role in the next step for Five Bar Cartel.
It’s no surprise to the California-based conditioner that Five Bar Cartel is already producing such exceptional progeny. Montes has followed his 2018 starters with interest and was blown away by Shakeshakeshakeit’s victory in the $359,715 Laddie Futurity (RG2) on May 19 at Delta Downs.
“It was so similar to Five Bar Cartel’s win in the Ed Burke,” explained Montes. “He broke from the nine hole and didn’t have a great break but came running. There was such a strong physical resemblance; it was unbelievable!”
Major Acquisition for Robicheaux Ranch
Ryan Robicheaux, who along with his parents, Jude and Regina, have built an impressive stallion roster for their farm. Game Patriot, Heza Fast Dash, Jet Black Patriot, Fast Prize Jordan and Furyofthewind have produced earners of over $64 million. Two years ago, Ryan beat out a slew of competing breeding farms for Apollitical Blood.
"His trainer Juan Aleman is a great guy and introduced me to the owners (Rancho El Cabresto Inc.)," explained Robicheaux. "I made several trips to Dallas and could feel the others breathing down my neck, but I was persistent. He is a great addition to our stallion roster."
The history on Five Bar Cartel is quite interesting! Ryan made a trip to Ruidoso Downs in 2014 when Five Bar Cartel was a finalist for the All American Derby. He was under the care of trainer JJ Gonzalez and Robicheaux stopped by the barn for a visit. JJ was not there, and his groom was reluctant to take the 3-year-old out of his stall.
“I’ll be honest,” said Robicheaux. “He looked like an ordinary horse, so I left!”
Gonzalez called and asked him to come back to take another look at Five Bar Cartel.
“JJ told me he was special, and when he took him out of his stall, I knew what he meant,” admitted Robicheaux. “His color is amazing, but so many other things stood out. He had great balance, neck and shoulders, plus a presence that can’t really be explained!”
Robicheaux had been looking for a Corona Cartel to add to the Robicheaux Ranch stallion lineup, but the Dash Ta Fame influence on the dam side, was an added plus.
"With Dash Ta Fame in his breeding, I can cross with anything," he added. “I was very lucky that I had an “inside source” in Saul. He knew the San Gregorio family very well, and they agreed to send him to us in Louisiana.”
Five Bar Cartel’s book filled quickly for 2018. His son, On Point, was the $182,000 sale topper at the 2017 LQHBA Yearling Sale. Purchased by Steve Holland of TM Ranch and trained by 2017 LQHBA and AQHA champion trainer Kenny Roberts, he will make his debut at Delta Downs on June 1. If all goes well, he will advance to trials for the Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity on June 16.
“It’s all pretty exciting,” admitted Robicheaux. “When Shakeshakeshakeit won the Laddie, I was thrilled for the Taylor family and the ownership group, Show Me Da Money. But I don’t think anyone was happier than me! He is the first millionaire we have ever stood. This horse is so special!”
The Growth of Louisiana Breeding
Five Bar Cartel joins a distinguished group of Louisiana-based stallions who were very successful with their first crops. Heza Fast Dash, Jet Black Patriot, Struttin to Beduino, Oak Tree Special, Achievement, Coronas Leaving You, Zoomin for Bux, Triple Vodka, Tee Cos and Sizzlin Cartel had standout crops in their first year.
“We congratulate Robicheaux Ranch on the success of Five Bar Cartel with his first crop," said Tony Patterson, LQHBA executive director. "He joins an exceptional core of Louisiana-based stallions that continue to produce some of the best Quarter Horse champions in the country. It is very exciting to see the continued growth of our state’s breeding, racing and sales programs."
Just this week, Montes and “Miss Aurora” as Robicheaux calls the co-owner of San Gregorio Racing Stable Inc., made the 27-hour drive from California to Louisiana to visit Five Bar Cartel. Montes acknowledged that his futurity champion had not forgotten him, sticking out his tongue for a scratch, just as he had done in his Los Alamitos barn in 2013.
“We are all excited to see the success he is having as a stallion,” said Montes. And it’s pretty darn inspiring to see the way that Five Bar Cartel has impacted so many people in the past five years. There are many folks who say that racing is a business, and they remain on an even keel with the highs and lows of the sport and breeding Quarter Horses.
But Five Bar Cartel has stirred a passion in those who experienced his greatness as a graded stakes champion, as well as the growing number of owners witnessing his rising star as a stallion. And he’s just getting started!