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8
Feb

2016 Stallion Breedings Still Available Through TTA

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to purchase a 2016 stallion breeding at a special price!

The internet auction has now closed but there are still seasons available for purchase.  Check out the list of available stallions and contact Mary Ruyle at 512.458.6133.

 

22
Jan

Help Save Horse Racing in Texas!

#1 – Keep up with the latest industry news regarding lawsuits filed by the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership and the Texas Greyhound Association, funding of the Texas Racing Commission and the status of rules regulating Historical Racing.

#2 – Support the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership Legal Fund.

The THP is a non-profit organization which represents all owners and trainers who race in Texas.  THP has filed a lawsuit asking for a temporary injunction to prohibit the State Comptroller from withholding funding from the TxRc. We believe that we have no other choice than legal action to protect the Texas horse racing industry and the livlihoods of thousands of Texas horsemen and business owners who depend on the continuation of our industry.

A lawsuit of this nature is extremely expensive and THP is asking for horsemen and other industry participants to donate to the THP legal fund so that we can follow this litigation through to completion. Every donation matters and and we implore you to make a contribution today to support our effort to assure that racing in Texas not only continues, but that we are allowed the opportunity to prosper. You may send a check to: Texas Horsemen’s Partnership at P.O. Box 142533 Austin, TX 78714 (checks should be made payable to the THP and ‘legal fund’ should be included in the memo line). Or you may contribute by phone – call (512) 467-9799 to ask for a donation to be made from your Horsemen’s Bookkeeper account. You may also use the GoFundMe Page at https://www.gofundme.com/k9zvu5qc.

 

Articles of Interest:

Court Order Blocks TRC Vote on Historical Racing

THP Files Lawsuit

Texas Horsemen “Frustrated and Betrayed

Sam Houston Race Park Opens Doors to Uncertainty

Greyhounds are Gone

Without Funding, TRC Will Stop Live Racing Feb. 16

TRC Does Not Repeal Historical Racing Rules

Analysis: Texas Gambling and Al Capone

 

12
Feb

News and Notes for February 12, 2016

THREE STAKES SET FOR SATURDAY AT SHRP
The stakes action on Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park includes three features, each with a $50,000 purse: the Houston Distaff, the Houston Turf and the Sam Houston Sprint Cup.

Seneca Destiny (Seneca Jones – Dixie’s Destiny) is the 2-1 favorite in the Houston Distaff (T), having won her last out in the San Jacinto Stakes on January 22nd. The 5-year-old mare was bred by Keith Asmussen and is owned by Double Dip Stables.   Read more »

9
Feb

Kudos to the TGA

The Texas Thoroughbred Association board of directors, staff and members would like to thank David Peck, President of the Texas Greyhound Association, for their efforts in securing the Temporary Restraining Order preventing the Racing Commission from voting today on rules regulating Historical Racing.

You are to be commended for your leadership and direct engagement on behalf of the entire industry.

Kudos!

9
Feb

Racing Commission Served with Temporary Restraining Order

At today’s meeting of the Texas Racing Commission, after partial coverage of the agenda items, Chairman Rolando Pablos announced that the Commission had been served with a temporary restraining order prohibiting them from taking a vote on matters concerning the repeal of Historical Racing rules, and adjourned the meeting.

The action was filed on behalf of the Texas Greyhound Association, Inc. in Cameron County.  A hearing is set for February 18th in Cameron County, to determine whether the temporary restraining order should be made a temporary injunction pending a full trial on the merits.

8
Feb

Congrats to Weekly ATB Winners!

Congrats to the following Accredited Texas-bred horses and to their connections for their wins over the past week:

Beta Capo Song (Beta Capo – Unforgetable Song); Causeway Chopo (Niagara Causeway – Chopard); He’s So Zazzy (Oratory – Super Delicious); Infectious (Valid Expectations – Red Cell); Josey Move (Joe Move – Sweet Appeal); Jukin N Jivin (Valid Expectations – Smokin N Jokin); Megans Lad (Private Vow – Astoria Song); Mula Run (Mula Gula – Choctaw Lady); Sardalucky (Truluck – Sardis Lake); Sing It Up (Sing Baby Sing – Undeclared); Slew’s Song (My Golden Song – Classic Mirage); Winged Mercury (Early Flyer – Formal Legend); and Youaremyconnection (Uncle Abbie – Atti Girl Fergie).

Go Texas-breds!

6
Feb

Ivan Fallunovalot Named 2015 Texas Horse of the Year

Ivan Fallunovalot (Photo by Dustin Orona Photography)

Ivan Fallunovalot (Photo by Dustin Orona Photography)

In one of the closest races in the history of Texas-bred racing, three horses finished within three points of each other for the title of Texas Horse of the Year, including a tie at the top between Promise Me Silver and Ivan Fallunovalot with 40 points each based on stakes performances throughout 2015. Using the tiebreaker based on earnings during the year, Ivan Fallunovalot prevailed as the Horse of the Year, in addition to Texas Champion Older Horse, while Promise Me Silver took the title of Texas Champion 3-Year-Old Filly.

The award for Texas Champion Claimer will be determined by an online vote on the TTA website in February, and all of the 2015 champions will be honored at the TTA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on June 18 at Lone Star Park. Read more »

5
Feb

News and Notes for February 5, 2016

ACCREDITED TEXAS –BREDS IN WEEKEND STAKES ACTION
More Than Most (Indygo Mountain – Better Than Most) takes on a full field in this afternoon’s $50,000 Joseph E. “Spanky” Broussard Overnight Stakes at the Fair Grounds.  Bret Calhoun will saddle the 3-year-old filly for owner Douglas Scharbauer.  Given 8/1 odds, she has a career record of 7-2-1-2 with $81,678 in earnings.

Dan and Joyce McGough’s homebred My Master Plan (Oratory – One O Seven) is unbeaten in four career starts, including the $100,000 Trapeze Stakes on December 13 at Remington Park in her previous outing. Donnie Von Hemel will send her out in Saturday’s $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes going one mile at Oaklawn Park, seeking to add to her $130,767 bankroll.

Go Texas-breds!

TEXAS HEARING DATE POSTPONED
A February 3 hearing in a suit that the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership has brought against the Texas comptroller concerning funding of the Texas Racing Commission was postponed.

The original date was bumped off the calendar after the Texas attorney general’s office filed a motion to push back the hearing until after the February 9 meeting of the Texas Racing Commission, according to David Cabrales, an attorney representing the horsemen’s group. Cabrales said a motion for reconsideration has been filed.

THP is asking for horsemen and other industry participants to donate to the THP legal fund so that we can follow this litigation through to completion. Every donation matters and we implore you to make a contribution today to support our effort to assure that racing in Texas not only continues, but that we are allowed the opportunity to prosper. You may send a check to: Texas Horsemen’s Partnership at P.O. Box 142533 Austin, TX 78714 (checks should be made payable to the THP and ‘legal fund’ should be included in the memo line). Or you may contribute by phone – call (512) 467-9799 to ask for a donation to be made from your Horsemen’s Bookkeeper account. You may also use the GoFundMe Page at https://www.gofundme.com/k9zvu5qc.

IMPORTANT TRC MEETING TO TAKE PLACE ON FEBRUARY 9TH
The Texas Racing Commission will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 9th, with a short agenda containing two items critical to the Texas horse racing industry.

Item III.B.5 is the “Report on the Executive Director’s Plan to Close the Agency in the Event that Additional Appropriations are Not Approved”.  In January, TRC Executive Director Chuck Trout sent a memo to racetrack and other industry representatives, stating that “In order to hold as few purses as possible in limbo after closure, I have determined that, absent further appropriations authority, all racing must end no later than midnight on February 16, 2016.”  Along with others, the TTA office sent a letter to Mr. Trout protesting the February 16 shutdown. The racing commission’s administrative costs are being covered through a temporary plan that runs through February 29th.

The Commission will also consider the repeal of rules regulating Historical Racing.  Well over 1,000 letters were received during the public comment period, with only 1 in support of the repeal.

It is imperative that as many horsemen as possible attend this meeting and sign cards in opposition to both the February 16 shutdown of racing and the repeal of rules regulating Historical Racing.

The meeting will be held in the John H. Reagan Building, located at 105 W. 15th Street, Austin, TX 78701, with parking available in the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage.

TTEF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APPROACHING
February 15th is the deadline for receipt of Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund Scholarship applications.

The Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund helps place young Texans on the road to success by providing grants and awards to benefit Texas Thoroughbred Association members and their children and further their educational opportunities.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Current personal or parental membership in the Texas Thoroughbred Association, with beginning membership date at least one year prior to application deadline for educational grant.
  • Applicant must have been a full-time Texas resident for at least one year prior to application deadline for education grant.
  • All current high school seniors or GED graduate equivalents,  and high school graduates or GED graduate equivalents currently enrolled (or planning to enroll) in a post-high school collegiate or other training program.
  • There is no age limit for applicants.
  • To be used for education at any accredited Junior College, 4-year University, Post-graduate Degree Program, or other accredited or state-recognized industry/training program.

For more information, go to http://texasthoroughbred.com/ttef-scholarships/ or contact Mary Ruyle at 512.458.6133.

TEXAS THOROUGHBRED 2-YEAR-OLD IN TRAINING SALE
Catalogs will soon be in production for the April 4 Texas Thoroughbred 2-Year-Old In Training Sale at Lone Star Park.  If stall space is available, consignments may still be accepted.  For information, contact Tim Boyce at 972.523.0332.

Also, for the first time, we are offering advertising in the sale catalog, if you are interested in securing an ad, please contact Denis Blake at 512.695.4541 as soon as possible.

RETAMA PARK ISSUES EHV-1 EQUINE HERPESVIRUS POLICY
Due to the serious nature of a recent outbreak of the neurologic strain of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) at racetracks in the southwest United States, Retama Park looks to protect the health of its entire equine population, and is implementing the policy outlined below to prevent the spread of the potentially fatal virus to its barn area.

  1. Until further notice, no horses will be admitted on the grounds of Retama Park if they are coming from a county with a facility or racetrack that is under quarantine for the EHV-1 Equine Herpesvirus.
  2. No trailer, van, or transport vehicle will be allowed to enter the barn area at Retama Park unless the shipper signs an affidavit that he/she has provided the following information for every horse on their trailer regardless if the horse is to remain at the racetrack. The following documentation must be provided for every horse (including pony horses) at the stable gate before they will be permitted to enter the grounds at Retama Park:
  • A current health certificate, issued within 72 hours prior to arrival at the track, containing a statement by the issuing veterinarian that he/she has physically examined each horse within 72 hours of issuing the health certificate, and
  • the horse does not exhibit any clinical signs of the virus;
  • the temperature of the horse was normal at the time of the examination;
  • the veterinarian verified with the owner/trainer that the horse has not been
    exposed to a suspected EHV-1 positive horse;
  • the veterinarian verified with the owner/trainer that the horse has not been stabled
    in an EHV-1 quarantined county or adjacent county within the past 21 days.

Any individual that is found to be responsible for a horse entering the grounds of Retama Park that does not conform to these conditions will be ejected from the grounds and will not be allowed to participate in any Retama Park race meet.

All trainers and horse haulers are urged to take extreme caution when transporting horses to properly disinfect and sanitize their trailers if there is any chance they may have transported an exposed horse.

For questions and more information, please contact James Leatherman, Retama Park’s Racing Secretary, at 210.651.7043.

ROSES TO RIBBONS EVENT PLANNED FOR FEBRUARY 20 AT SHRP
TTA’s Paddock Foundation will once again conduct its Roses to Ribbons Old Fashioned Horse Fair on Saturday, February 20 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 the opportunity for interested parties to meet with racehorse owners and trainers about the type of horse they are seeking. Vendors and racehorse rehoming organizations will be on hand, with concessions available.

If you are interested in attending, would like to have a vendor booth, have a Thoroughbred that needs a new home, or simply have questions, please visit www.paddockfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/events/224472671223924/.

TEXAS THOROUGHBRED FUTURITY PAYMENT REMINDER
The $300 sustaining payment for the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity is due by February 15th.  Since that is a holiday, a postmark date of February 16 will be accepted. Call Jennifer Gibbs at 512.458.6133 for information.

2
Feb

TTA PAC Endorses Dr. Lynn Stucky for HD 64

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Mary Ruyle at (512) 458-6133 or maryr@texasthoroughbred.com

Texas Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association PAC Endorses Dr. Lynn Stucky for HD 64

Austin, Texas – February 2, 2016 – The Texas Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Political Action Committee has endorsed Lynn Stucky, DVM, in the March 1 primary race for Texas State Representative in District 64. Stucky, a Republican, is seeking to serve the district that is located in Denton County in North Texas.

Dr. Stucky, who has 32 years of experience as a veterinarian, is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Texas Veterinary Medical Association. His veterinary practice provides services for a wide variety of animals, including horses, and he is a longtime volunteer at rodeo events.

“We encourage all horsemen to make their voices be heard through the voting process,” said TTA Executive Director Mary Ruyle. “It is especially important to support candidates who recognize the importance of the horse racing and breeding industry in Texas, such as Dr. Stucky.”

More information on this candidate can be found at www.lynnstucky.com.

The Texas Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association PAC is non-partisan. The endorsement process is intended to draw attention to horsemen’s issues in an election year, increase voter turnout and build a stronger relationship between local horsemen and their elected officials.

Early voting in Texas begins February 16, with Election Day on March 1. 

 

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2
Feb

Congrats to Weekly ATB Winners!

Congrats to the following Accredited Texas-bred horses and to their connections for their wins over the past week:

All Up In Lights (Tiz Wonderful – Fifteenth East); Beta Baby (Beta Capo – Happiest Memories); C C’s Song (My Golden Song – Candy’s Cleopatra); Como Se Llama (City Street – No Other Name); Early Ride (Early Flyer – Miss My Ride); Flyer’s Fantasy (Early Flyer – Martys Expectation); Heza Menace (Curandero – Brief); Home Time (Seeking a Home – Counting A.); Itsahappyday (Chief Three Sox – Sarahshappytoo); $100k King Cotton Stakes winner Ivanfallunovalot (Valid Expectations – Flashdance MIssy); Jolie Mon (Too Much Bling – Julie Mon); Lady of Rohan (Brego – Rice ‘n Spice); My Fancy Romance (Byars – My Fancy Affair); Our Eye Candy (Supreme Cat – Candy Freak); Queen’s Bling (Too Much Bling – Penny Lake); Sing It Up (Sing Baby Sing – Undeclared); Special Tree (Special Rate – Fake Plastic Tree); Stitcher (Supreme Cat – Expect Flowers); and Valid Decision (Valid Expectations).

Go Texas-breds!

29
Jan

News and Notes for January 29, 2016

HOUSTON RACING FESTIVAL
Four stakes are on tap for Saturday’s Houston Racing Festival at Sam Houston Race Park, highlighted by the Grade 3, $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic and the Grade 3, $200,000 Connally Turf Cup and including the $75,000 Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint and the $50,000 Space City Stakes.

The first running of the Houston Ladies Classic in 2013 was formed to serve as the marquee race for the Sam Houston Thoroughbred racing season. The mile and one-sixteenth stakes was awarded its graded status by the American Graded Stakes Committee in December, and remains the richest Thoroughbred race in Texas.

The complete field, in post-position order is: 3-1 Unbridled Forever; 15-1 Rose To Glory; 4-1 Cassatt; 8-1 Diva’s Diamond; 9-2 Theogony; 5-1 Cali Star; and 10-1 Welcome Aboard. Diva’s Diamond is a 7-year-old multiple-stakes winner owned by Jerry Namy and trained by Karl Broberg. She has bankrolled $739,608 in her career, winning 11 races and ran in the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland. Broberg tabbed veteran rider Patrick Valenzuela to pilot the Illinois-bred daughter of Crafty Shaw. Valenzuela rode A M Milky Way to victory for Broberg in the $50,000 Spirit of Texas Stakes.      Read more »