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Gabe Newman Obituary

Gabe B. Newman was called home to be with our Lord on April 13, 2014, at the age of 81. He was preceded in death by his son, Gary Newman; parents, Clint Newman and Ora Newman. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Eloise Newman; children, Gabriel Greg (Mary), Gale (Randy) and Gae Len (John); 6 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren. Gabe retired from Gary Pools after 46 years. He has raised and raced over 200 greyhounds. He also has raised and raced many horses, winning many races. Visitation will begin at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Vinyard Funeral Home, Floresville, followed by interment at Marcelina Cemetery, Wilson County, Texas.
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Mr. Newman was a long-time TTA member.


News and Notes for April 11, 2014


Solar Charge, after three unsuccessful attempts this year, was able to wear down rival Triumph and Song in Thursday’s 18th running of the $50,000 Premiere Stakes on opening night of the 2014 Spring Thoroughbred Racing Season at Lone Star Park.

Bred by Carolyn Barnett and raced by her in partnership with David and Lana Alford, the 7-year-old gelding raced off the pace early gaining on the tired leader, taking the lead inside the sixteenth pole and moving clear under strong urging.

Solar Charge earned $30,000 for the win in the Premiere increasing his lifetime earnings to $427,109. It was his 15th win from 49 lifetime starts. For those who invested, he returned $9.40, $3.20 and $2.20. Runner-up Triumph and Song returned $2.20, $2.10, and Gold Element paid $2.40 for show. Call Me Mr Special, Circustown Flyer and Lesis More completed the order of finish.

Tonight’s 9-race card gets underway at 6:35pm, with gates opening at 5:00. The 2014 Lone Star Park Music Series kicks off with the Josh Abbott Band taking the stage after the final race of the night, approximately 11:00 pm.

Saturday’s race card is highlighted by the $50,000 Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes in which morning line favorite Lasting Bubbles will take on 7 opponents, including Joyful Hannah, My Golden Belle, Expect Royalty, Flashy Pearl, Nurse Goodnight, Wimbledon Star and Molly’s Honour. Named 2013 Texas Champion Older Mare with a career record of 20-7-6-0 and earnings of $230,081, Lasting Bubbles runs for breeder/owner Judy Peek and is trained by her son Kevin. Multi-platinum selling MCA Nashville recording artist Gary Allen will take the stage after the last live race. Read more »


Vet Mobility Act

Vet Mobility Act Reported Out of House Energy & Commerce Committee

Submitted by admin on Mon, 04/07/2014 – 13:15, via American Horse Council

The House Energy & Commerce Committee reported the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528) out of Committee on April 3, 2014. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Ted Yoho of Florida, both of whom are veterinarians.

The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act amends the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to clarify that veterinarians are allowed to transport, administer and dispense controlled substances and medications outside of their registered offices and hospitals. It would ensure equine veterinarians have the ability to provide mobile or ambulatory services in the field to the horse community as they traditionally have.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) changed its interpretation of provisions of the CSA regarding what veterinarians may carry with them and has stated it now believes it is illegal for veterinarians to transport controlled substances and medications for use outside of their registered locations, such as an animal hospital.

But equine veterinarians often provide mobile services and treat horses at farms, training facilities, horse shows, or racetracks. In many cases it is not possible for owners to bring their horses to a clinic or hospital. For this reason, veterinarians have for years carried any medications they may need with them secured in their vehicle. Their ability to do this and provide care to horses in the field is in jeopardy without this legislation.

This bill now goes to the full House for consideration. The Senate passed its version of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act in January of this year.




The Fasig-Tipton Texas Yearling Sale has been moved to Monday, October 13, from its originally scheduled date of August 25. As always, the Texas Thoroughbred Association-sponsored sale will be held at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion on the grounds of Lone Star Park. This year’s auction will also include a mixed sale session immediately following the yearling sale. Read more »


FT-TX Yearling Sale Moved to October


The Fasig-Tipton Texas Yearling Sale has been moved to Monday, October 13, form its originally scheduled date of August 25. As always, the Texas Thoroughbred Association-sponsored sale will be held at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion on the grounds of Lone Star Park near Dallas. This year’s auction will also include a mixed sale session immediately following the yearling sale.

After multiple consignors and TTA members requested to move the sale to the later time of year, the TTA, Fasig-Tipton and Lone Star Park worked together to find an optimum place on the calendar and agreed that a mid-October date would help further strengthen the sale.

Fasig-Tipton and the TTA recently received permission for the date change from the Texas Racing Commission, which was necessary because the new date falls during the live American Quarter Horse meet at Lone Star.

“There are several benefits to moving the sale to this new date,” said Mary Ruyle, executive director of the TTA. “The temperatures should be cooler in early fall, and the later date allows for the addition of a mixed sale session that should attract more buyers and consignors. This has long been the leading yearling auction in the region, and we think these changes will help it grow in the future.”

The format change will also fill the void left by the shelving of the separate mixed sale, which was held annually until 2011.

The Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale was held earlier this week.

For more information about Fasig-Tipton Texas sales, visit


Fasig-Tipton Texas Sale Results

Gross Up at FT Texas Sale; Average Down

The sale of three six-figure horses boosted total revenue at the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age April 1, but the 4.3% uptick in sales was offset by declines in average and median prices and a rise in the RNA rate.
Fasig-Tipton reported 80 horses were sold at the single-day auction at Lone Star Park for total receipts of $1,818,700, a 4.3% increase from the 2013 sale when 74 horses brought $1,743,750. The median price dropped 25% to $15,000, compared with $20,000 last year, and average price was also in negative territory, down 3.5% to $22,734.
The number of horses that failed to meet their reserve prices and thus going unsold rose from 30.2% in 2013 to 35.5%.
Topping the day’s trading at $135,000 each were a Kentucky-bred colt by Harlan’s Holiday, offered by Wolf Creek Farm, agent, and a Louisiana-bred filly by Munnings  , who sold out of Bethe Deal’s Inside Move, agent, consignment.
The son of Harlan’s Holiday, bought by Dennis Foster, was one of two horses to post the fastest time of :10 1/5 for one furlong at the March 30 under-tack show.
Bred by Claiborne Farm, the bay colt is the first foal out of the placedSmart Strike   mare Smart Music, a half sister to grade I winner and sire Include   and four other stakes winners. He was a $25,000 purchase by David Rodawalt from the Claiborne consignment at the 2013 Keeneland September yearling sale.
The daughter of Munnings clocked an eighth of a mile in :10 4/5 at the under-tack show and sold to Louisiana horseman Carrol Castille.
Bred by Summer Grove Farm and Terry Gabriel, the bay filly is out of the winning Cobra King mare Viva Vega, a full sister to multiple stakes winner Follow Me Home. Viva Vega has produced four winners, including stakes winner Southern Dude, by Lion Tamer  , and is from the family of Louisiana-bred star Hallowed Dreams, who won 16 consecutive races in 1999 and 2000.
Consignor Inside Move enjoyed a nice pinhooking profit after buying the filly for $15,000 as a short yearling at the 2013 Ocala Breeders’ Sale Co. winter mixed sale.
Inside Move also sold the day’s other six-figure horse, a Louisiana-bred filly by Pomeroy   who was bought for $100,000 by Charles A. Castille Jr.
A $47,000 purchase by Inside Move at the 2013 OBS August yearling sale, the gray/roan filly clocked a furlong in :10 2/5 at the March 30 under-tack show. Jay Adcock and Lon Baronne bred her out of grade III winner Theresa’s Tizzy, a Cee’s Tizzy mare who also produced grade III winner Got the Last Laugh  , by Distorted Humor  , and stakes winner Puddifoot, by Red Giant.
Inside Move also consigned a Distorted Humor half brother to grade I winner Great Hunter   who RNA’d on a final bid of $85,000.
For complete sale results, click here.

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Texas Stallion Stakes Renamed for Scharbauer

Texas Stallion Stakes Renamed in Honor of Clarence Scharbauer Jr.

The Texas Thoroughbred Association has announced that the Texas Stallion Stakes Series will be renamed to honor Clarence Scharbauer Jr., the longtime leading Texas owner and breeder who passed away in February.

Clarence Scharbauer Jr. * Photo by Sam Hollis

The series of races for progeny of Texas stallions will now be known as the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes Series. The $450,000 series of races has three sets of stakes with a $75,000 purse in divisions for fillies and colts/geldings. The series annually begins in the fall at Retama Park with a six-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds and then moves to Sam Houston Race Park with a seven-furlong test for 3-year-olds before concluding at Lone Star Park with 3-year-olds going a mile in the spring. The Texas Stallion Stakes divisions will retain their individual names honoring great Texas-breds of the past: Darby’s Daughter, My Dandy, Two Altazano, Jim’s Orbit, Got Koko and Stymie.

“Over the years, Mr. Scharbauer has done much to support the Texas breeding and racing industry through Valor Farm, and renaming the Texas Stallion Stakes Series for him is a fitting way to show our appreciation,” said TTA Executive Director Mary Ruyle.

Scharbauer, who owned and operated Valor Farm near Pilot Point, Texas, had become synonymous with the Texas Stallion Stakes as horses he bred and owned or those sired by his stallions were consistently in the winner’s circle throughout the history of the series. His most recent victory came in the February 15 Two Altazano division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Sam Houston, where his homebred Fiftyshadesofgold, a daughter of Valor stallion My Golden Song, won by an easy 2 ½ lengths. Mr. Scharbauer passed away six days after that race.

“Clarence would be so proud and honored to have his name on the Texas Stallion Stakes,” said Ken Carson, longtime general manager of Valor Farm. “He loved racing in Texas and did well with Texas-breds over the years, especially in the Stallion Stakes.”

Scharbauer was a perennial leading owner and breeder of Texas-breds, but is perhaps best known for Alysheba, the 1987 Kentucky Derby winner and 1988 Horse of the Year who ran in the name of his late wife, Dorothy, and daughter, Pam. A statue of Alysheba sits outside the entrance to Lone Star Park.

For more information on the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes Series, go to


Valid Expectations Filly Shines at Texas Show

Valid Expectations Filly Shines at Texas Show

A Texas-bred filly by Valid Expectations turned in the fastest quarter-mile time March 30 at the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-year-olds in training as sale.

The auction, which also will offer several horses in training, is set for April 1 beginning at noon CDT at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The filly, named Tea for Two, was timed in a quick :23 flat for the quarter-mile drill. The dark bay or brown filly by Texas’ all-time leading sire is a full sister to stakes winner Bridesmaid and a half sister to grade II winner Postponed and stakes-placed Pardonmecomingthru. Second dam is multiple graded stakes winner Chapel of Dreams, a half sister to breed-shaping sire Storm Cat. The filly is consigned by Brody Veal, agent.
A colt by Harlan’s Holiday and a filly by Irish Road tied for the fastest furlong breeze of :10 1/5.
The Harlan’s Holiday colt, a Kentucky-bred to be offered by Wolf Creek Farm, agent, is the first foal out of the placed Smart Strike   mareSmart Music, a half sister to grade I winner and sire Include   and four other stakes winners. Second dam Illeria was a grade III winner atChurchill Downs and track record-setter at Woodbine.
Benchmark Training Center, agent consigns the Irish Road filly, an Indiana-bred who is the second foal out of the winning Deep Goldmare Nuggets, full sister to stakes-placed One Good Reisen and a half sister to stakes winner Da Candy Man.
For complete under-tack show results, click here.



Southern Racehorse is holding a special online auction to raise money for the Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund andThoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma scholarship fund. All proceeds will be split evenly between the two.

Up for auction is an autographed copy of the January/February issue of Southern Racehorse with the cast and filmmakers of the new movie “50 to 1” about Mine That Bird’s improbable victory in the 2009 Kentucky Derby. The autographs include producer, director and writer Jim Wilson and co-producer and writer Faith Conroy and actors Hugo Perez (Miguel), Christian Kane (Mark Allen), Todd Lowe (Kelly) and Skeet Ulrich (Chip Woolley). Also included is the new March/April issue of Southern Racehorse with an article about the movie with photos (this issue is not autographed).

To bid, simply send your name and bid amount to anytime between now and Friday, April 4, at 5 p.m. Central. We will update the highest bid during the week on this page, and the winner will be the highest bidder when the auction closes (in the case of an identical high bid, the earliest bid will prevail). The winner can pay by check or credit card and the magazines will be shipped at no additional charge. Thanks for looking and good luck!

CURRENT HIGH BID: $50 by Joan M. (next bid must be at least $55)

Please note: this auction is in no way affiliated or endorsed by the producers of “50 to 1.” To find out more about the movie and where it is playing in your area, go to




Tim Boyce, sales director for Fasig-Tipton’s Texas division at Lone Star Park, was keen to point out the company’s upcoming under tack show and sale, set respectively for Sunday, March 30 at 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday, April 1st at noon.

“The forecast calls for a very pretty day for the under tack show,” Boyce noted from his Grand Prairie office, “and it will stay pleasant and mild for the sale. “And we have added six more entries to the catalogue – 3 two-year-olds in training and 3 horses of racing age, the addendum for which will be available on the sales grounds.”

Fasig-Tipton Texas has catalogued 138 entries for the single session auction, a slight increase from numbers catalogued last year. The majority of the 130-plus two-year-olds qualify for competitive local purses and stakes programs in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

For further information, contact Tim Boyce at (972) 262-0000.

A recent Blood-Horse article pointed out that buyers at 2-year-olds in training sales have at least one distinct advantage over yearling buyers: they get to see the horses perform. As a result, 2-year-olds are typically sold at prices that more realistically reflect their potential racetrack performance (measured by earnings). Meanwhile, yearling prices can be inflated due to the premium placed on pedigree (bloodstock value). Read more »