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26
Jun

TTA Member Alert

The Texas Racing Commission (TRC) recently voted to post the repeal of rules governing par-mutuel wagering on historical races in the Texas Register for public comment, and your immediate action is needed. Please send an e-mail or a letter to the TRC in support of keeping the HRT rules in place.

Letters may be sent via email to info@txrc.texas.gov, fax to 512.833.6907, or via regular postal mail to Texas Racing Commission, PO Box 12080, Austin, TX 78711 or Texas Racing Commission, 8305 Cross Park Dr. #110, Austin, TX 78754.

Sample letters are available in the second paragraph of the TTA Member Communications page at http://texasthoroughbred.com/about-us/tta-member-communication/.

The active involvement of all horsemen in such issues is imperative to protect our industry.

26
Jun

News and Notes for June 26, 2015

TTA BOARD ELECTS NEW OFFICERS
The TTA Board of Directors met on June 20 and elected the following officers to serve a one-year term:

President – Hal Wiggins of Houston
1st VP – Phil Adams of Gainesville
2nd VP – Phil Leckinger of Tioga
Secretary/Treasurer – Rick Penn of Parker

The Executive Committee comprises the officers, immediate past-president Ken Carson of Pilot Point, Danny Keene of Greenville and Bill Tracy of Fredericksburg.

TTA MEMBER ALERT
The Texas Racing Commission (TRC) recently voted to post the repeal of rules governing par-mutuel wagering on historical races in the Texas Register for public comment, and your immediate action is needed. Please send an e-mail or a letter to the TRC in support of keeping the HRT rules in place.

Letters may be sent via email to info@txrc.texas.gov, fax to 512.833.6907, or via regular postal mail to Texas Racing Commission, PO Box 12080, Austin, TX 78711 or Texas Racing Commission, 8305 Cross Park Dr. #110, Austin, TX 78754.

Sample letters are available in the second paragraph of the TTA Member Communications page at http://texasthoroughbred.com/about-us/tta-member-communication/.

The active involvement of all horsemen in such issues is imperative to protect our industry.

ACCREDITED TEXAS-BREDS IN STAKES ACTION THIS WEEKEND
Accredited Texas-bred He’s Comin in Hot (Early Flyer – Shocktime), is the 9/5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $100K Bashford Manor (G3) at Churchill Downs, where he will face fellow Texas-bred Sapphire Storm (Primal Storm – Bluehue) along with 6 others.

Bret Calhoun will send out He’s Comin in Hot for owner Douglas Scharbauer while Steve Asmussen will saddle Sapphire Storm, who is bred and owned in part by Keith Asmussen.

The $100K Debutante, which has been won by Texas-breds Fiftyshadesofgold and Promise Me Silver in the last two years, will feature another Asmussen trainee, Texas-bred Thievery (Valid Expectations – Keepthename).  The filly was bred by Glory Days Breeding Inc. and is owned by Ackerley Brothers Farm.

Good luck to all!

TTA ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
On June 20, the 2014 Texas Champion horses and their connections were honored before 130 attendees at the TTA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet at Lone Star Park. Honorees also included two recipients of the Allen Bogan Memorial Award for TTA Member of the Year – John Elliott, CEO of Global Gaming LLC and Andrea Young, President/COO of Sam Houston Race Park, and three recipients of the T. I. “Pops” Harkins Award for Lifetime Achievement – the late James D. Jackson of Rockdale, the late Bill McMorris Sr. of Austin, and Nat Kieffer PhD of College Station. Read more »

23
Jun

TTA Board Elects New Officers

The TTA Board of Directors met on June 20 and elected the following officers to serve a one-year term:

President – Hal Wiggins of Houston
1st VP – Phil Adams of Gainesville
2nd VP – Phil Leckinger of Tioga
Secretary/Treasurer – Rick Penn of Parker

The Executive Committee comprises the officers, immediate past-president Ken Carson of Pilot Point, Danny Keene of Greenville and Bill Tracy of Fredericksburg.

19
Jun

TTA Office Closed on Friday, June 19th

The TTA office will be closed today (Friday, June 19th) so staff can travel to Grand Prairie for the TTA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet scheduled for tomorrow at Lone Star Park.

19
Jun

Auction Items Available at TTA Annual Awards Banquet June 20

At the TTA Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, we will be offering some great items by silent auction and live auction to benefit either the Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund, which makes scholarships available for TTA members and their families, or The Paddock Foundation, our charitable organization with a mission to ensure the lifelong welfare of the Thoroughbred horse.

Items include books, jewelry, home decor items, a gourmet gift basket, a horse goodie basket from Santa Cruz Animal Health, Arthur Court serveware, a Retama Park VIP Box Package for 8 including parking, admissions, programs and dinner buffet, a framed photo of American Pharoah’s Belmont Stakes win, a Suite for 20 from Sam Houston Race Park including admissions, programs and a themed buffet dinner, one full page advertisement in American Racehorse, an HP laptop computer, and more.

If you are unable to attend and would like a staff member or director to bid for you, please contact Mary in the TTA office at 512.458.6133 or 512.695.4542.

12
Jun

News and Notes for June 12, 2015

ACCREDITED TEXAS-BREDS IN STAKES ACTION THIS WEEKEND
David L. Davis’ homebred A M Milky Way (Elusive Bluff – Actress E) will take on eight foes in the $40,000 Paul Bunyan Overnight Stakes at Canterbury Park on Saturday.  The 3-year-old gelding trained by Karl Broberg is looking to add to his current record of 8-3-2-0 and $135,775 in earnings.  He has been given morning line odds of 7/2.

The $150,000 Downs at Albuquerque Handicap has drawn a field of eight, including two Accredited Texas-breds.  Trainer Allen Milligan will send out Paul Rigali Jr’s homebred Texas Air (Texas City – Malaysian Air), who is the morning line favorite at 5/2.  The 7-year-old gelding has racked up a career record of 39-8-11-4 with $341,744 in earnings.

2014 Texas Champion Older Male Ol Winedrinker Who (Sligo Bay – Silverup) will provide some tough competition.  Running for breeders Sam E. Stevens and Sammy L. Stevens, the 6-year-old gelding will be saddled by trainer Joel Marr.  He also has a stellar record of 32-10-5-5 and earnings of $511,603.

Go Texas-breds!

TRC VOTES TO PUBLISH HISTORICAL RACING RULES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
The Texas Racing Commission, which regulates horse and greyhound racing, voted this week to begin a process to repeal the decision last year to implement pari-mutuel wagering on historical races at licensed Texas racetracks, hailed by track owners and horsemen as a way to buoy Texas’ racing business, which has been struggling to keep up with neighboring states that can supplement purses with broad gambling options. Read more »

5
Jun

News and Notes for June 5, 2015

PROMISE ME SILVER READY FOR ACORN STAKES
Robert Luttrell’s unbeaten Accredited Texas-bred filly Promise Me Silver (Silver City – Uno Mas Promesa) — 1 1/4-length winner of the Eight Belles S. (G3) on May 1, Kentucky Oaks Day, remains on target for the $750,000 Acorn S. (G1) on the June 6 Belmont Stakes Day program at Belmont Park. The gray miss broke her maiden last May at Lone Star Park and has faced stakes company in every start since while competing at six different tracks.

Mike Smith will ride Promise Me Silver in the Acorn.   She has been given odds of 5-1.

BELMONT DAY AT LSP
Grandstand gates will open at 11:30am on Saturday and the first of Lone Star Park’s 11 live races is 1:35pm CDT. The first 10,000 fans with paid admission will receive a voucher to redeem in the saddling paddock for a poster of Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah from 11:30am until 4:00pm.  Post time for the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes live via simulcast is 5:50pm (CT).

The Bar & Book opens early at 9:00am. There are nine stakes races on the Belmont Stakes under card, including the Winstar Farm Easy Goer Stakes; the Grade II Woody Stephens Stakes; the Grade III Jaipur Invitational; the Grade I Ogden Phipps Stakes; the Grade II NYRA.COM Brooklyn Invitational; the Grade I TVG Acorn Stakes; the Grade I Longines Just A Game Stakes; the Grade I Metropolitan Handicap and the Grade I Knob Creek Manhattan Stakes.

NBC Sports Group programming for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes begins at 2:30pm ET on Saturday with the Belmont Stakes Prep, followed by race coverage at 4:30pm on the NBC Network and the post-race show at 7pm back on NBC Sports.

For the first time, NBC Sports Radio will present two hours of live Belmont Stakes coverage beginning Saturday at 5:00pm ET.

LSP LEADER BOARD
The Lone Star Park leader standings going into week nine have jockey CJ McMahon holding on to a 28 win lead with 53 over Lindey Wade, who is in second place with 25 wins. David Cabrera and Cliff Berry share third place with 20 wins each. Cliff Berry is just five wins away from win number 1,000 at Lone Star Park!  In the trainer category, Karl Broberg is on top with 43 wins. The owner standings still have Danny Keene in the lead with 24 trips to the winners circle.

LONE STAR PARK SUMMER AND FALL TRAINING CENTER INFORMATION
Lone Star Park will open its stable area for two training sessions during the remainder of 2015. The summer session will be from July 26 – August 30, and the fall session will be from August 31 – November 21. Below are the details: Read more »

4
Jun

CORRECTION TO TTA MEMBER ALERT

IMPORTANT INFO FOR LETTERS TO TRC!

We have just been notified that the email address for the Texas Racing Commission has changed.

If you sent an email to info@txrc.state.tx.us, it will probably be forwarded to the new address, but to be on the safe side, you should send your letters to:

info@txrc.texas.gov

We apologize for any inconvenience!

3
Jun

TTA MEMBER ALERT – PLEASE CONTACT THE TRC!

Your immediate action is needed.  The Texas Racing Commission (TRC) is taking steps to repeal the rules that would regulate pari-mutuel wagering on historical races, and it is with the utmost urgency that all TTA Members are being asked to encourage the TRC to keep the historical racing rules in place.

Last year, the TRC was responsive to the Texas Thoroughbred industry’s request to go forward with approving rules authorizing and regulating pari-mutuel wagering on historical racing.  In response, the Senate Finance Committee threatened to cut the TRC’s funding for enacting its rule-making authority.  And now, the TRC is taking steps to repeal those rules.

The TTA believes the decision to repeal the historical racing rules is both unnecessary and counter-productive to the longevity of both the Texas Thoroughbred industry and the TRC – the agency that exists to support our industry.

Please send an e-mail, call, and/or write to the TRC and explain that:

“We wholeheartedly appreciate your support for historical racing, and we sincerely regretted the Senate Finance Committee’s subsequent threat to cut the TRC’s funding.  In response, we contacted our legislators in Austin and asked them to maintain the TRC’s funding (for which $16.7-million was approved).  We empathize with the position you are in, and we are asking you to leave the historical racing rules in place while the Thoroughbred industry considers its options.  We appreciate your continued support, and we ask you to keep our best interests in mind.”

The contact information for the TRC is:

Email to: info@txrc.state.tx.us

Fax to: 512.833.6907

Phone to: 512.833.6699

The active involvement of all horsemen in such issues is imperative to protect our industry.  Thank you!

 

1
Jun

June 1 Accreditation Deadline!!!

IMPORTANT DEADLINE

The deadline to accredit foals of 2014 at the $75 member rate is TODAY!!

You must have a postmark date, fax or email timestamp no later than midnight tonight. You may also give us a call at 512.458.6133 to pay your accreditation fees with a credit card.