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6
Jan

Stallion Seasons Too Much Bling, Wimbledon, Mr. Nightlinger Available to Benefit Fire Recovery Fund for TTA Employee Jennifer Gibbs

Too Much Bling * William Miller photo

Too Much Bling * William Miller photo

Thanks to the generosity of Lane’s End Texas in Hempstead, a stallion season to leading Texas sire Too Much Bling has been donated to benefit the fire recovery fund for TTA Accreditation/Racing Manager Jennifer Gibbs. Also thanks to owner Jack Cook, a season to Wimbledon, who stands at Key Ranch near Salado, Texas, has been donated, and thanks to owner Carl Moore, a season to Mr. Nightlinger, who stands at JEH Stallion Station in Purcell, Oklahoma, has also been donated.

On January 3, the home of Jennifer and her husband, Sand, burned to the ground after a lightning strike, resulting in a total loss. To make a monetary donation to the fund, click here.

Wimbledon

Too Much Bling stands for a $4,000 fee, and the minimum bid for this auction is $3,000. This is for a live foal guarantee season. The season to Wimbledon is also a live foal guarantee, and the starting bid is $2,500. The season to Mr. Nightlinger is a live foal guarantee with a minimum bid of $1,000.

To place a bid, please contact TTA Executive Director Mary Ruyle at 512-458-6133 or maryr@texasthoroughbred.com.

Mr. Nightlinger

Mr. Nightlinger

This page will be updated with the current high bid, and bids must be made in $100 increments. Bids will be accepted through January 30 ending at 3 p.m. Central. To bid by email, please include your bid amount, name, mailing address and phone number. Payment will be due within 14 days of the close of the auction.

Too Much Bling: SOLD
Current high bid for Wimbledon: SOLD
Current high bid for Mr. Nightlinger: $1,000 (no bids)

Check with Mary in the TTA office at 512.458.6133 to see if other stallions may be available.

30
Jan

News and Notes for January 30, 2015

NEWS AND NOTES FOR JANUARY 30, 2015

TOMBALL STAKES ON TAP THIS WEEKEND
Saturday’s feature at Sam Houston Race Park is the $50,000 Tomball Distaff Stakes, for accredited Texas-bred fillies and mares at a mile and one-sixteenth over the Connally Turf Course. The field of nine includes five stakes winners, led by Expect Royalty, winner of the $50,000 San Jacinto Stakes here on opening night.

The five-year-old mare is the pride and joy of her breeder, owner and trainer Leroy J. Pollok. The daughter of Valid Expectations out of the Skywalker mare Autumn Sky comes into the Tomball Stakes on a four-race win streak, including her most recent victory here in the San Jacinto Stakes on Texas Champions Weekend. Read more »

23
Jan

News and Notes for January 23, 2015

NEWS AND NOTES FOR JANUARY 23, 2015

2014 TEXAS CHAMPIONS NAMED
The Texas Thoroughbred Association has announced the 2014 Texas Champions and named Fiftyshadesofgold as the Texas Horse of the Year as well as Texas Champion 3-Year-Old Filly. The winners were determined by a points system based on performances in stakes races and will be honored by the TTA on June 20 at Lone Star Park.

Bred by the late Clarence Scharbauer Jr. and owned by his son Douglas, Fiftyshadesofgold was one of the top fillies in the country last year after taking the Texas Champion 2-Year-Old Filly title in 2013. The Bret Calhoun trainee kicked off her 2014 campaign in the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes Series, which was renamed to honor Scharbauer’s contributions to the Texas racing and breeding industry. Fiftyshadesofgold took the Two Altazano division with ease, and then moved into open company where she finished second to eventual Eclipse Award winner Untapable in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks. The Texas-bred went on to capture the Grade 3 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs and ran a good fourth in two Grade 1 races, the Test Stakes at Saratoga and the TVG Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park. She earned $322,731 for the year and retired from racing in September with a career bankroll of $420,521. She will begin her career as a broodmare with a visit to leading sire Tapit. Read more »

22
Jan

February Racing and Accreditation Deadlines

Texas Thoroughbred Association   Jan. 22, 2015
IMPORTANT TTA DEADLINES APPROACHING 

TTA Sales Futurity:
The first sustaining payment for the 2015 TTA Sales Futurity, for horses nominated in December, is now due. The payment must have a post, fax or credit card date no later than February 2, 2015. The payment due is $250. Late payments cannot be accepted without payment of the $2,500 late fee.Stallion Owners:
The deadline to pay the early annual administrative fee for accredited stallions standing in Texas in 2015 is a postmark date of February 2, 2015. That fee is $200. After that date the fee is $325 until August 1, 2015, and cannot be accepted for 2015 after August 1.

Texas Stallion Stakes:
The second leg of the 2014 Texas Stallion Stakes Series (foals of 2012) will be run at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday, February 14, 2015. Both divisions will be run at a distance of 7 furlongs, each for a purse of $75,000.  Entries will be taken Monday, February 9.

Please contact TTA with any questions.

Thank you,

Jennifer C. Gibbs
Racing/Accreditation Manager
Texas Thoroughbred Association
4009 Banister Lane, Ste 230
Austin, TX 78704
(phone) 512-458-6133
(fax) 512-453-5919
e-mail: jenniferg@texasthoroughbred.com

21
Jan

Fiftyshadesofgold Named Texas-bred Horse of the Year

Texas-bred Fiftyshadesofgold (Photo by Reed Palmer Photography)

The Texas Thoroughbred Association has announced the 2014 Texas Champions and named Fiftyshadesofgold as the Texas Horse of the Year in addition to Texas Champion 3-Year-Old Filly. The winners were determined by a points system based on performances in stakes races and will be honored by the TTA on June 20 at Lone Star Park near Dallas.

Bred by the late Clarence Scharbauer Jr. and owned by his son Douglas, Fiftyshadesofgold was one of the top fillies in the country last year after taking the Texas Champion 2-Year-Old Filly title in 2013. The Bret Calhoun trainee kicked off her 2014 campaign in the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes Series, which was renamed to honor Scharbauer’s contributions to the Texas racing and breeding industry. Fiftyshadesofgold took the Two Altazano division with ease, and then moved into open company where she finished second to eventual Eclipse Award winner Untapable in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks. The Texas-bred went on to capture the Grade 3 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs and ran a good fourth in two Grade 1 races, the Test Stakes at Saratoga and the TVG Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park. She earned $322,731 for the year and retired from racing in September with a career bankroll of $420,521. She will begin her career as a broodmare with a visit to leading sire Tapit.
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16
Jan

News and Notes for January 16, 2015

NEWS AND NOTES FOR JANUARY 16, 2015

SAM HOUSTON MEET KICKS OFF WITH TEXAS CHAMPIONS WEEKEND
Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 22nd racing season tonight. Opening night will honor the men and women who serve our country with Free Admission for Military (with ID) and a salute to Accredited Texas-breds.

The 10-race card will be highlighted by three Texas Champions Weekend stakes, each with a purse of $50,000: the Yellow Rose for older fillies and mares; the Bara Lass for 3-year-old fillies and the San Jacinto Stakes with fillies and mares competing on the turf course.

Defending champion Lasting Bubbles leads the field of six fillies and mares in the 6-furlong Yellow Rose Stakes. Read more »

9
Jan

News and Notes for January 9, 2015

NEWS AND NOTES FOR JANUARY 9, 2015

TTA STAFF MEMBER LOSES HOME
On January 3rd, the home of Texas Thoroughbred Association’s Accreditation/Racing Manager Jennifer Gibbs was struck by lightning and totally destroyed by fire.  She and her husband, Sand, got out safely, but they have lost literally everything.

Jennifer has a big heart and is dedicated to helping the people involved in the Texas racing and breeding industry.  TTA is very fortunate to have her.

If you are so inclined you may make a contribution through http://www.gofundme.com/jrx1ws  to help this wonderful couple begin to rebuild their lives.

Also, stallion seasons to Too Much Bling and Wimbledon have been donated to benefit the recovery fund.  For details, visit the TTA website at http://texasthoroughbred.com/stallion-season-to-leading-texas-sire-too-much-bling-available-to-benefit-fire-recovery-fund-for-tta-employee-jennifer-gibbs/.

LIVE RACING RETURNS TO SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK
Next Friday and Saturday mark Texas Champions Weekend at Sam Houston Race Park, with seven $50,000 stakes races for Accredited Texas-breds on tap.  Fillies and mares will be in the spotlight on Friday with the Bara Lass Stakes, San Jacinto Turf Stakes and the Yellow Rose Stakes.  On Saturday, the boys will compete in the Groovy Stakes, Richard King Turf Stakes, Spirit of Texas Stakes and the Star of Texas Stakes.

Make your reservation for the Winner’s Circle restaurant today by calling 281-807-8760.

NEW STALLION TO SEGUIN HORSE CENTER
Immaculate, a son of leading stallion Distorted Humor out of Eclipse Award winner Folklore, will stand the 2015 breeding season at Don and Leah Ford’s Seguin Horse Center in Texas. The 6-year-old stallion will stand for a fee of $1,000.

A $450,000 yearling purchase and two-time winner on the track who broke his maiden against special weight company at Santa Anita, Immaculate is by Distorted Humor, who recently surpassed $100 million in progeny earnings and will stand the 2015 season for a $100,000 fee. Immaculate’s dam is the Tiznow mare Folklore, who in 2005 won the Grade 1 Matron Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies to be named that year’s champion 2-year-old filly.

Immaculate joins Gaff and Dynameaux at Seguin Horse Center

CHANGES TO PERMISSIBLE MEDICATION LEVELS IN TEXAS
Texas Racing Commission Executive Director Chuck Trout has issued a memo detailing revisions to the list of approved therapeutic medications.  The revisions took effect January 1, although enforcement will not begin immediately.  During the first Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meets of 2015, the TRC will provide feedback to trainers and veterinarians regarding any overages related to newly implemented medication levels, with enforcement beginning in April for Thoroughbreds and in June for Quarter Horses.  However, the Commission reserves the right to enforce the limits prior to that time against a trainer and/or veterinarian who repeatedly or excessively exceeds the newly implemented permissible levels.

For details, see: http://www.txrc.texas.gov/agency/news/news.php

TOBA OWNERSHIP SEMINAR AT LONE STAR PARK
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) has announced the 2015 schedule for its seminars and clinics, with a Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar set for March 29 at Lone Star Park. These educational events are sponsored by Blood-Horse Publications and feature various topics for prospective, new and established Thoroughbred owners and breeders.

“We are very excited to offer educational opportunities to owners and breeders across the country,” said TOBA president Dan Metzger. “Our seminars and clinics are open to both TOBA members and non-members and the primary focus is to increase knowledge of our sport.”

To register online, go to http://www.toba.org/programs/seminars-and-clinics.aspx

ACCREDITED TEXAS-BREDS IN UPCOMING STAKES
Multiple stakes-placed Nublado Bling (Too Much Bling – General Reunion) will take on five opponents in Saturday’s $75,000 Big Drama Stakes at Delta Downs.  The 3-year-old colt was bred by Thomas Castoldi and runs for owners Bronce-Plamat Stables and MTZ Racing.  He is trained by Jr. Martinez.

Robert Luttrell’s homebred multiple stakes winner Promise Me Silver (Silver City – Uno Mas Promesa) is entered in the $100,000 Dixie Belle Stakes at Oaklawn Park.  Originally scheduled for today, the race has been moved to Thursday, January 15th.  The Bret Calhoun trainee is undefeated in four starts, including wins in the $50,000 Letellier Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds in December, the $75,000 Darby’s Daughter division of the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes at Retama Park in November and the $100,000 Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs in June.  She boasts career earnings of $154,355.

NOTES:  A bill has been filed in the Kentucky State Senate to pave the way for EquiLottery in the state. EquiLottery would allow users to purchase a ticket which would be split between the state lottery and a horse racing win wager. The new game, created by former Paulick Report CEO Brad Cummings, is designed to provide states with extra revenue while drawing new fans into horse racing…The Keeneland January sale will take place from Jan. 12-15 in Lexington, with 1,610 head cataloged… The Keeneland Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale originally slated for April 6 will be put on hiatus for 2015, due to a “lack of critical mass”… The TTA Board of Directors will meet on Saturday, January 16 at Sam Houston Race Park…Breeding season is nearly here, so now is the time to find that perfect match for your mare. If you need some help, go to the online version of the American Racehorse Stallion Register at americanracehorse.com/stallion-register where you can browse through dozens of stallions in the region and use the free hypomating feature to aid in your research.

 

8
Jan

Immaculate to Stand at Seguin Horse Center

DISTORTED HUMOR SON IMMACULATE TO STAND AT SEGUIN HORSE CENTER IN TEXAS

immaculateImmaculate, a son of leading stallion Distorted Humor out of Eclipse Award winner Folklore, will stand the 2015 breeding season at Don and Leah Ford’s Seguin Horse Center in Texas. The 6-year-old stallion will stand for a fee of $1,000.

A $450,000 yearling purchase and two-time winner on the track who broke his maiden against special weight company at Santa Anita, Immaculate is by Distorted Humor, who recently surpassed $100 million in progeny earnings and will stand the 2015 season for a $100,000 fee. Immaculate’s dam is the Tiznow mare Folklore, who in 2005 won the Grade 1 Matron Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies to be named that year’s champion 2-year-old filly.

Immaculate joins Gaff and Dynameaux at Seguin Horse Center. For more information, call (830) 491-1412.

31
Dec

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The TTA office will be closed on January 1 and 2nd, and we will be back in the office at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5th.

We wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

19
Dec

News and Notes for December 19, 2014

NEWS AND NOTES FOR DECEMBER 19, 2014

TOP TRAINERS TARGETING SAM HOUSTON THOROUGHBRED MEET
Some of the industry’s top trainers will ship horses to Sam Houston Race Park for its 2015 live Thoroughbred meet, which gets underway on Friday, January 16. The impressive roster of includes a number of new faces and includes Kenny McPeek, Ron Moquett, Ben Colebrook and Jeff Thornbury.

They join a noteworthy core returning group of horsemen lead by two-time Eclipse winning trainer Steve Asmussen, Bret Calhoun, and Danny Pish. Asmussen has six leading training titles at Sam Houston Race Park.  Pish has been on top of the standings in Houston four times and recently clinched his 15th training title at Retama Park. Read more »