TEXAS RACING THIS WEEKEND
This weekend marks the final weekend of the Thoroughbred meet at Lone Star Park. Post time for racing tonight and Saturday is 6:35pm and 1:35pm on Sunday.
Gillespie County Fair’s Mixed Meet continues with two Thoroughbred races each day, including Saturday’s $10,000-added Texas Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes for Accredited Texas-bred 3-year-olds and up going six furlongs. Five-year-old Marty’s Wimbledon (Wimbledon – Martys Expectation) is the 7/5 morning line favorite in the field of six. Bred by Jim & Marty Evans, the horse runs for George A. Bryant and is trained by George R. Bryant.
Completing the field are Hacienda (Limehouse – Classic Touch), Prince Isaac (Catienus – Cantrell Road), Angliano (Angliana – Purse Snatcher), Expect Foolishness (Valid Expectations – Chatte Noir) and Our Romeo (Captain Countdown – Crimson Flagship). Post time for both days is 1pm.
TRAINERS EXAM PREP CLASSES SCHEDULED IN AUGUST
C. Reid McLellan, PhD., national equine educator, will be conducting a Trainers’ Exam Prep Class at Retama Park on August 14-16. McLellan, Executive Director of the Groom Elite Program, was a participant on the National Trainers’ Exam committee and has been teaching rules of racing to prospective trainers since 1985. The Trainers’ Exam Prep Class provides information about the Rules of Racing to individuals considering taking a state licensing exam as well as owners or horseplayers that simply want to know more about the Rules of Racing as they pertain to the training and racing of racehorses.
This class includes discussion of information covered in both the barn and written tests. Rules differ from state to state and this class discusses those important differences. Drug rules and regulations are rapidly changing and updated changes are discussed in the Veterinary Rules section.
Registration fee for the Retama Park class is $299 if paid before class starts, $349 at the door if space is available. The extended dates for the early registration fee deadline for the Texas class are supported by contributions to the Groom Elite program by the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
For more information, to see a class outline or to register for one of these Trainers’ Exam Prep Classes, go to www.groomelite.com or www.purplepowerracing.com and select the link for your preferred class. Dr. McLellan is available by cell phone at 859-321-4377, twitter @creidmac or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUCCESSFUL ROSES TO RIBBONS EVENT AT LONE STAR PARK
Last Saturday marked another successful “Roses to Ribbons” event at Lone Star Park, sponsored by The Paddock Foundation, TTA’s non-profit organization with a mission to support and advance the care of Thoroughbred racehorses after their racing careers by supporting rescue, retirement, rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming.
The venue provided an opportunity for trainers and owners to showcase Thoroughbreds to prospective buyers seeking horses to train for secondary careers. About half of the 20 horses presented found new homes that day, with negotiations in the works for the remainder.
Attendees also had the opportunity to visit with vendors including representatives of CANTER Texas, TTA and The Paddock Foundation, artists and equine feed and supplement suppliers. Lone Star Park provided attendees with coupons for complimentary admission to the races and racing programs.
The Dallas Morning News included a great story on the event, which may be viewed at:
Many thanks to event organizer Tracy Sheffield, host Lone Star Park, vendors, trainers and attendees.
The next “Roses to Ribbons” showcase will be held at Retama Park prior to the end of the Thoroughbred meet in October.
CONGRESSMEN BARR, TONKO INTRODUCE THOROUGHBRED HORSERACING INTEGRITY ACT OF 2015
Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), the co-chairmen of the Congressional Horse Caucus, have introduced the bipartisan Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 to address the lack of uniformity in the rules of horseracing across the US.
By establishing an independent, nongovernmental anti-doping authority (USADA and THADA) charged with the responsibility of implementing a national uniform medication program with input from the thoroughbred industry, the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act will encourage fair competition and a level playing field across state lines, assure full and fair disclosure of information to purchasers of breeding stock and to the wagering public and provide for the safety and welfare of horses and jockeys. This, in turn, will enhance the popularity and international competitiveness of American thoroughbred horseracing. Read more