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1
Mar

Vote Now for the 2014 Texas Champion Claimer

Voting for the 2014 Texas Champion Claimer Award is now open. Claiming horses fill the vast majority of race cards every day, but these hard-workers rarely receive recognition so the Texas Thoroughbred Association created the Texas Champion Claimer Award. The winning horse and his or her connections will be recognized alongside the other 2014 Texas Champions at the TTA Annual Conference and Awards Banquet at Lone Star Park this summer.

ttalogoThe Texas Champion Claimer Award is for Accredited Texas-breds who won at least three claiming or allowance/optional claiming races at Texas racetracks last year.

The winner of the Texas Champion Claimer Award will be determined by online voting. Only one vote will be counted per person and automated attempts to vote or duplicate votes will be disallowed. Voting closes on Monday, March 16 at 5 p.m. Central. Results will be posted online the following week.

Below are the candidates for this year’s award and a listing of their connections as of their last start in 2014. To learn more about each horse and review complete past performance information from Equibase, click on the name of any horse. The voting form is below the list of horses. Read more

6
Mar

News and Notes for March 6, 2015

NEWS AND NOTES FOR MARCH 6, 2015

FINAL DAYS OF THE SHRP 2015 THOROUGHBRED MEET
Competitive battles are taking place for the leading jockey, trainer and owner honors at Sam Houston Race Park with just four days remaining in the 2015 Thoroughbred racing season.

Veteran jockey Deshawn Parker is on top with 49 wins with David Cabrera in second with 36. Lindey Wade, who was leading rider here in 2011, is third with 29 wins.

Steve Asmussen, who has won five leading training titles at Sam Houston Race Park, has been highly competitive throughout the meet and currently has 23 wins. Danny Pish has four titles here and is in second-place in the standings with 21 wins.  Bret Calhoun is third with 11 victories.

Asmussen will battle to the wire with Texas businessman Danny Keene for the owner of the meet title. Asmussen has won 11 races while Keene’s horses have made 10 trips to the winner’s circle. Shea Stuart is training for Keene in Houston this year.

TEXAS-BREDS IN STAKES ACTION THIS WEEKEND
Trainer Bret Calhoun brings in Myrna and Robert Luttrell’s snappy Texas-bred Promise Me Silver (Silver City – Uno Mas Promesa) to take on eight foes in the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (gr. III), going a mile and 1/16th at Oaklawn on Saturday.

The undefeated 3-year-old filly broke her maiden with a 6 ¾ length win at Lone Star Park last May, going on to win 4 more stakes at a distance of 6-furlongs: the $100,000 Debutante Stakes at Churchill in June, the Darby’s Daughter division of the $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Retama Park in November, the $50,000 Letellier Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds in December and the $100,000 Dixie Belle Stakes at Oaklawn on January 15th.  Most recently, she took the  7-furlong Two Altazano division of the $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Houston on Valentine’s Day by 9 ¾ lengths. Clifton Berry will pilot the 3-1 favorite.

Coming off a win in the $100,000 King Cotton Stakes on February 7th, Accredited Texas-bred Ivan Fallunovalot (Valid Expectations – Flashdance Missy) is the 6-5 favorite in Saturday’s $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes. The 5-year-old gelding bred by Eileen Hartis has a career record of 15-9-1-1 and earnings of $261,910.

TRC SUSPENDS, FINES JOCKEY ROMAN CHAPA
Texas Racing Commission stewards suspended jockey Roman Chapa five years and fined him $25,000 – the maximum penalties allowed under Texas law – for carrying an illegal electrical device while riding Quiet Acceleration to victory in the Richard King Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on January 17th.

The stewards, who conducted a hearing on the matter last Friday, found Chapa in violation of four rules: unlawful influence on racing (Rule 3.16); influence of race prohibited (311.206); inhumane treatment of horse or greyhound (311.207); and possession of contraband (311.215). They referred the case to Texas Racing Commission executive director Chuck Trout, who has the authority to increase the fine to $100,000 if he believes it is warranted.

Stewards also ordered Quiet Acceleration be unplaced in the Richard King Stakes, disqualifying him from purse money and making Fly the Red Eye the official winner.  According to TRC officials, Chapa has now filed an appeal.

TEXAS CHAMPION CLAIMER VOTING NOW OPEN
Claiming horses fill the vast majority of race cards every day, but these hard-workers rarely receive recognition so the Texas Thoroughbred Association created the Texas Champion Claimer Award. The winning horse and his or her connections will be recognized alongside the other 2014 Texas Champions at the TTA Annual Conference and Awards Banquet at Lone Star Park this summer.

The Texas Champion Claimer Award is for Accredited Texas-breds who won at least three claiming or allowance/optional claiming races at Texas racetracks last year.

The winner of the Texas Champion Claimer Award will be determined by online voting. Only one vote will be counted per person and automated attempts to vote or duplicate votes will be disallowed. Voting closes on Monday, March 16 at 5 p.m. Central. Results will be posted online the following week.

For more information and to cast your vote, go to http://texasthoroughbred.com/vote-now-for-the-2014-texas-champion-claimer/

HANDLE ON U.S. RACES DOWN 3.66% IN FEBRUARY
In February, pari-mutuel handle fell 3.66% to $763,403,451 when compared with the same month last year, according to industry economic indicators released March 4 by Equibase. Those declines followed an encouraging month in January, when handle was up 1.52% compared with January 2014. But the February declines mean year-to-date handle is down 1.06% to $1,575,985,375 when compared with last year.

Some of the February handle decline on U.S. races can be attributed to a 1.42% decline in race dates to 277 and 2.98% decline in races to 2,341. In February, tracks cancelled either their entire cards or the majority of their cards 42 times because of bad weather.

Also likely impacting handle is a continued dispute over simulcast rates that is keeping signals from Stronach Group tracks, and others, from being offered at simulcast venues represented by the MidAtlantic Cooperative.

Along with the 2.98% decline in total races in February, there was a similar decline in U.S. purses for the month, down 2.57% to $60,854,668. For the year, purses are down 2.19% to $126,881,597.

NOTES: Legislation that would put a constitutional amendment legalizing pari-mutuel wagering to a vote in 2016 passed an important Georgia Senate committee March 4…Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced a 10% increase in overnight purses, effective March 7, for the remainder of its 143rd Thoroughbred racing season that concludes March 29… The Roses to Ribbons Old-Fashioned Horse Fair will take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 8th at Sam Houston Race Park.  For information, see http://southernracehorse.com/new-event-for-racehorse-rehoming-set-for-sam-houston-race-park/

 

27
Feb

TTA Member Alert – Contact Your Legislators!


TTA Member Alert

Last year, at the request of Texas horsemen, the Texas Racing Commission proposed draft rules to regulate and implement pari-mutuel wagering on historical races.  The proposed rules were published in the Texas Register and over 13,000 comments, mostly favorable, were received by the agency.  Those rules were adopted in August.

Now, the TRC is under fire. Although the agency is funded through industry fees, those fees must be appropriated through the state budget, and Article VIII of Senate Bill 2, (the Senate version of the state budget bill) essentially defunds the Texas Racing Commission.

We need your help!  

Please contact your state senator and representative as soon as possible, via email, fax or telephone.

Let him/her know that the Texas Racing Commission provides a vital service to the state and the industry by enforcing the Texas Racing Act and its Rules. Commission oversight ensures the health, safety and welfare of all racing participants, which include jockeys as well as race animals.  Additionally, Commission oversight is vital to ensure the integrity of pari-mutuel wagering for the benefit of all patrons and participants.

The proposed elimination of funding for the Racing Commission would have dire consequences for each and every participant in racing and negatively impact the businesses that rely on it.

Texans who make their living in the racing industry need the Texas Racing Commission and support it as it currently exists, and in its current form.

Be sure to thank your legislators for their time and seek their assistance in securing budget funding for the Texas Racing Commission.

To find out who your legislators are, simply enter your address at:

http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx.

Thank you for your assistance.

 

27
Feb

News and Notes for February 27, 2015

NEWS AND NOTES FOR FEBRUARY 27, 2015

LEGISLATOR CONTACT INFORMATION
Do you know who represents you and how to contact them?

Simply go to http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx and enter your address to receive complete contact information for your state senator and state representative.

Since the senate version of the state budget defunds the Texas Racing Commission, now would be a perfect time for you to contact your legislators.  We urge you to be polite and respectful in addressing the vital role the TRC plays in regulating the horse racing industry, and ask for the legislator’s help in assuring budget funding for the Commission.

JERSEY LILLY AND TEXAS HERITAGE STAKES TO BE CONTESTED IN THE MAXXAM GOLD CUP RACING FESTIVAL
The Maxxam Gold Racing Festival is set for Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park and will feature three stakes. The $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup will be run as the 9th race of the Saturday evening card, which gets underway at 6:10 pm (CT). The $50,000 Texas Heritage Stakes for 3-year-olds at a distance of one mile is set as race 8 and the $50,000 Jersey Lilly Stakes for fillies and mares going a mile and a sixteenth on the turf will run as the 7th race.

F J Uncle Vic (Uncle Abbie – Let Her Reign) is the lone Accredited Texas-bred entered in the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup. The 4-year-old was the winner of the 2014 Allen’s Landing and 2015 Star of Texas Stakes at Sam Houston.  Trainer Terry Eoff owns the colt in partnership with Johnny Evans. Read more »

20
Feb

News and Notes for February 20, 2015

NEWS AND NOTES FOR FEBRUARY 20, 2015

THIS WEEKEND AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK
Weekend festivities kick off on Friday evening with an appearance by the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Presented by Anheuser-Busch and Silver Eagle Distributors, the legendary Clydesdales with lead driver Manny Raber, plus their trusty companion, a 2-year-old Dalmatian named Clyde, will perform live on the track following Friday night’s first horse race with a 7:00 pm post time, weather permitting.

The popular Wiener Dog races at Sam Houston Race Park will take on a new twist on Saturday.  This year, Houston’s fastest Wiener Dogs will have competition from small dogs of other breeds in the first ever Derby Dog Dash. The dogs will compete between live Thoroughbred races, going approximately 30 yards.

In addition to racing events, Sam Houston Race Park will offer $1 Hot Dogs, and offer families a chance to bring their four legged best friend to watch the dog races from our pet friendly Pavilion.

This weekend’s feature race is the $50,000 Sam Houston Sprint Cup.  A contentious field of nine will compete in the six furlong contest on Saturday. Read more »

13
Feb

News and Notes for February 13, 2015

 

NEWS AND NOTES FOR FEBRUARY 13, 2015

SATURDAY STAKES AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK
Sam Houston Race Park will present three stakes on Saturday, February 14. The Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes Series includes the $75,000 Two Altazano Stakes (race 8) and the $75,000 Jim’s Orbit Stakes (race 6), both at 7 furlongs for 3-year-olds sired by nominated Accredited Texas-bred stallions. The third feature, the $50,000 Jersey Village Turf Stakes, is for 4-year-olds and up on the Connally Turf Course.   Read more »

10
Feb

Roses to Ribbons Event at SHRP

NEW EVENT FOR RACEHORSE REHOMING SET FOR SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

rosestoribbons300The Paddock Foundation, a non-profit organization launched by the Texas Thoroughbred Association to support and advance Thoroughbred aftercare, is pleased to announce the inaugural Roses to Ribbons Old Fashioned Horse Fair will be held March 8 at 11 a.m. at Sam Houston Race Park.

The event is designed to promote Thoroughbred horses moving to new careers after racing. There will be horses available and a chance for prospective buyers to meet with racehorse trainers and tell them what kind of horse they are looking for. Racehorse rehoming organizations will be there as well. There will also be tack available for sale and swap along with concessions. This event is also an opportunity for owners and trainers to find a new home for their racehorses who are ready to exit the racetrack.

“Part of our responsibility as racehorse owners, breeders and trainers is to help further the education and careers of these horses once they leave the racetrack,” said Mary Ruyle, executive director of the Texas Thoroughbred Association. “We hope this event is another step forward in achieving that goal, and we invite everyone from the racing industry and those outside the industry to attend.”

For more information, contact the Texas Thoroughbred Association at (512) 458-6133 or visit texasthoroughbred.com or facebook.com/thepaddockfoundation.

9
Feb

TTA Night at the Races, February 14th at SHRP

TTA NIGHT AT THE RACES

Join us for TTA Night at the Races at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday, February 14th!  In addition to being Valentine’s Day, it is also the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes Series weekend, with filly and colt/gelding divisions each worth $75,000.  The evening’s race card will include the $50,000 Jersey Village Turf Stakes for 4-year-olds and up going a mile and 1/16th.

You will be able to enter for a prize drawing, courtesy of EquineSavings.com,  enjoy the company of fellow TTA members and an evening of great racing.

This event is expected to sell out quickly, so make your online reservations as soon as possible; just copy and paste this link into your browser:

http://www.ticketingcentral.com/V2/Home.aspx?I=zkoxNAAAAAC%2f3zZ2AAAAAADM%2fv%2f%2f%2fwD%2f%2f%2f%2f%2fCnNhbWhvdXN0b24A%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f8%3d

7
Feb

Texas lawmakers fire back at Racing Commission

Texas lawmakers fire back at Racing Commission

02/07/2015 3:21 PM

02/07/2015 4:23 PM

Texas racing commissioners approved a plan last year to allow historical racing — replaying past races on devices that sound and look much like slot machines.

The horse-racing industry was looking forward to getting a financial boost from the machines at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie and other major tracks. But a number of lawmakers objected, saying that only the Legislature can move to expand gambling in the state.

Now legislators are firing back, making some proponents of historical racing worry that their plans could be sidetracked.

One lawmaker filed a state budget that strips funding from the Racing Commission. Another wants to dissolve it entirely and transfer its duties to another agency. Read more »

7
Feb

Paddock Foundation to Host Roses to Ribbons Event for Ex-Racehorses at Sam Houston

rosestoribbonslogoThe Paddock Foundation is pleased to announce the Roses to Ribbons Old Fashioned Horse Fair to be held March 8 at 11 a.m. at Sam Houston Race Park. This event is designed to promote Thoroughbred horses moving to new careers after racing. There will be horses available for sale and a chance to meet with racehorse trainers and tell them what kind of horse you are looking for. Racehorse rehoming organizations will be there as well. There will be a tack swap and sell, and concessions.

This event is also an opportunity for owners and trainers to find a new home for their racehorses who are ready to exit the racetrack.

CLICK HERE to get more information on this event.