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26
May

Need to Relocate Horses in East Texas Due to Flooding?

For those of you in East Texas who may need to move horses due to flooding, TTA member Harold Pullins in Huntsville may be able to assist with pasture and stalls. Contact him at 936.355.0450.

22
May

TTA Office Closed for Memorial Day

The TTA office will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.  We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

22
May

News and Notes for May 22, 2015

19TH RUNNING OF LONE STAR PARK HANDICAP ON MEMORIAL DAY
Accredited Texas-bred Texas Air (Texas City – Malaysian Air) will face tough competition in Monday’s $200,000 Gr. 3 Lone Star Park Handicap for three-year-olds and upward going a mile and a sixteenth on the main track.  His challengers include Tapiture, Carve, Endurance, Majestic City and Cy Seven.

The Handicap is the second leg of the Global Gaming Triple. Texas Air won the first leg, the Texas Mile, by ¾ lengths, bringing his career earnings to $341,774.  Allen Milligan trains the 7-year-old gelding who runs for owner/breeder Paul Rigali Jr.

Also on Memorial Day, the track will offer special opportunities for fans with Jockeys & Java before the races in the Courtyard of Champions. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast while you watch the horses on the track for their morning training. Track Announcer John Lies will interview a couple of the Lone Star Park jockeys. Afterwards, fans can take an in-depth tour of the stable area. Attendees should enter through the Courtyard of Champion gates located on the West side of the Grandstand. Gates for this special event open at 8:30 a.m. and the interviews will start at approximately 9 a.m. Shaded seating is available.

Fans are invited to a Meet and Greet Jockey Autograph Session from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the East Grandstand Entrance. A $5 donation is optional, but welcomed. All proceeds benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

Week seven of the 2015 Spring Thoroughbred Racing Season has CJ McMahon, the rider with the magic touch, at 39 wins. That is 20 wins ahead of any other in the standings. Trainer Karl Broberg continues his win streak with 30 wins. Good luck to everyone!

TEXAS HORSE RACING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED
On September 12th, the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame will be honoring the following individuals who have helped make Texas horse racing great: Lukin Gilliland Sr., Stanley Beard, Sammy Jackson, Ken Armbrister, Dan and Jolene Urschel and David Straus for the horse No Le Hace.  This year’s distinguished service award will go to Ben Hudson from Track Magazine.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list and receive an invitation to the event please call Ryan Grammer at 210-651-7045 or e-mail to txhorseracinghof@gmail.com.

NOTES: Lone Star Park Condition Book #3 is now available online.  The first day of the new book is Friday, June 5th and it runs through Sunday, June 28th.  The first day of entries is on Sunday, May 31st…Vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been detected in three horses at a Pecos County premises located approximately 30 miles north of Fort Stockton, Texas and the animals are currently under quarantine…Congrats to TTA member Jerry Durant, who won the Chick Lang Stakes at Pimlico on Preakness Day with Holy Boss…The Oklahoma Racing Commission on Thursday unanimously voted to adopt a cobalt threshold level, according to Tino Rieger, the executive director for the commission…The Maryland Racing Commission plans to begin testing for cobalt levels in racehorses this summer under an emergency regulation it approved during a May 19 meeting… Great article by ARCI president Ed Martin, discussing concerns about increased federal involvement in regulating racing: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/92111/commentary-unintended-consequences.

15
May

News and Notes for May 15, 2015

PREAKNESS COVERAGE 

Live racing, live music from 1 – 4 pm  by Motion, Family Fun Park & the simulcast of the 140th Preakness Stakes–it all happens this Saturday at Lone Star Park! Gates open at 11:30 am, first post at 1:35 pm.  Simulcast of the Preakness Stakes will begin at approximately 6:15 pm.

On May 15 at 8 p.m. TVG will air the “Preakness Handicappers Preview” with commentary from hosts and handicappers on-site and at its California studio. Read more »

8
May

News and Notes for May 8, 2015

12th RUNNING OF THE CLARENCE SCHARBAUER JR TEXAS STALLION STAKES

Weather permitting, Lone Star Park will conduct the 12th running of the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes, with the Got Koko division for 3-year-old fillies and the Stymie division for 3-year old colts/geldings going a mile over the main track.  Each division carries a $75,000 purse.

In race #5, Infectious (Valid Expectations – Red Cell), saddled by Danny Pish, is the 4/5 favorite. The W. S. Farish homebred is seeking to add another stakes win to boost her career record of 7-2-1-2 with $70,219 in earnings.  She finished second in the Two Altazano division of the Texas Stallion Stakes on Valentine’s Day and won the Bara Lass Stakes in January, both at Sam Houston Race Park.

Trainer Bret Calhoun will send out Santacafe (Early Flyer – Cafe Pacific), bred by Clarence Scharbauer Jr. and owned by his son, Douglas.  Santacafe finished second to Infectious in the Bara Lass Stakes in January, and is coming off an allowance win on April 10th.

Completing the field are Tea For Two (Valid Expectations – Bridal Tea), Special Rockstar (Special Rate – Buckstar), and Youaremyconnection (Uncle Abbie – Atti Girl Fergie).

The 7/5 favorite in the colt/gelding division, Supermason (Grasshopper – Folksy), was a memorable front-running, 14-length winner of the most recent race in the Texas Stallion Stakes series in February at Sam Houston, earning a career-high 91 Beyer Speed Figure.  Trained by Bret Calhoun, the gelding was bred in partnership by W. S. Farish and is owned by Brad Grady.  He boasts a career record of 10-3-2-1 with $98,755 in earnings.

Henry Witt’s homebred, Witt’s Tax Day (Drums of Thunder – Bill Collector) has been given odds of 9/5.  The gelding is trained by Amanda Barton.

Rounding out the field for the 7th race are Dustin E (Uncle Abbie – Expectawinner), Man of Stature (My Golden Song – Final Trick), Witt Six (Drums of Thunder – Taitt Hill), Flying Frenchman (Early Flyer – Aquascalientes), and Justaphonecallaway (Jet Phone – Pleasuretohave).

ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY DIAMOND DIG AT LONE STAR PARK
Treat your mother to a day at the races for Mother’s Day at Lone Star Park, with an opportunity to win a Diamond Solitaire valued at over $2,500.  Women, 21 years of age and older, that enter the Grandstand Admission Gates before 2 p.m. will receive an entry form to be deposited in  designated entry bins by the 2 p.m. entry deadline. Ten lucky contestants will be selected and brought to the winner’s circle, following the last live race, to pick their “Designated Digger”.

This year these lucky moms can kick back, sip champagne and watch someone else do the digging! No purchase necessary; must be present to win.

PURSE ENHANCEMENT BILL HEARD BY HOUSE  WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE
HB 3667 (Alonzo), the industry’s “purse enhancement bill”, was heard by the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.  The bill would allow track owners to use their own money to increase purses over their 2014 level, becoming eligible for a tax refund, capped by the amount of specific taxes remitted by the track.

Testifying in favor of the bill were TTA President Ken Carson, Lone Star Park CEO John Elliott, horse owner/breeder Monica Williams, and TQHA Race Director Rob Werstler. Rob Kohler, consultant and lobbyist for the Christian Life Commission of Texas Baptists, testified in opposition to the bill, although he stated that his clients did not believe the bill was “an expansion of the footprint of gaming”.

The bill was left pending in committee and should receive a vote within the next few days. If the bill receives a favorable vote, it will be sent to the Calendars Committee to be scheduled to be debated and voted on by the full House.

To view the hearing, copy and paste the link below into your browser.  You may wish to fast forward to the 5:38 mark on the video:

http://tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php…

NOTES: Congrats to the Lone Star Park  2015 Thoroughbred Meet leaders (through May 3 based on wins): jockey C. J. McMahon with 25 wins, 33% of starts; trainer Karl Broberg with 21 wins, 40% of starts; and owner Danny Keene with 10 wins, 24% of starts…Retama Park has a new racing and promo calendar available at http://www.retamapark.com/live13.html … Former Texas Horse of the Year Worldventurer is entered to run Saturday in a maiden race at the Iroquois Steeplechase in Franklin, Tennessee…Attendance at this year’s GI Belmont Stakes willl be capped at 90,000… A bill that would in effect prohibit the slaughter of horses in the U.S. as well as the export of horses for slaughter, such as to Canada or Mexico, has been introduced in Congress…Though there was a slight decline in the number of races run in April, wagering and purses rose 5.86% and 4.92%, respectively, in the United States when compared with April 2014, according to the racing economic indicators from Equibase…. A handle report to be presented to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on May 6 documents that wagering on historical racing in the state surpassed $1 billion in handle in March. Since its launch in 2011, historical race wagering has generated $9.1 million for Kentucky purses and $653,107 for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund… When American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby last Saturday it was the first time in the 140-year history of the race that the winner wore the No. 18 saddle towel.

1
May

News and Notes for May 1, 2015

CALHOUN SEEKS SECOND EIGHT BELLES WIN
Bret Calhoun hopes to collect his second straight victory in Churchill Downs’s GIII Eight Belles S. Friday with the undefeated Promise Me Silver (Silver City – Uno Mas Promesa). The conditioner captured last year’s renewal of this 7-furlong test with fellow Texas-bred Fiftyshadesofgold (My Golden Song). A perfect 7-for-7, including a victory in this venue’s Debutante S. last summer, Promise Me Silver kicked off this season with a win in Oaklawn’s Dixie Belle S. Jan. 15. A 9 3/4-length winner back in against state-breds in Sam Houston’s Two Altazano S. Feb. 14, the Robert Luttrell homebred captured Oaklawn’s Instant Racing S. last time Apr. 11, and faces the toughest field yet in this step up in class.

TTA MEMBER ALERT
Your immediate action is needed! HB 3667 (Alonzo), also known as the “Purse Enhancement Bill” is scheduled to be heard in the House Ways and Means Committee next Tuesday, May 5.

Please contact each member of the Ways and Means Committee to ask for his/her support of HB 3667. Read more »

24
Apr

News and Notes for April 24, 2015

19TH RUNNING OF THE GRADE III TEXAS MILE ON TAP
Tonight’s $200,000 Texas Mile for 3-year-olds & up at Lone Star Park has drawn a field of 11, including two Accredited Texas-breds.  Paul Rigali Jr.’s homebred Texas Air (Texas City – Malaysian Air) has been given odds of 8/1 and will break from post position 6 for trainer Allen Milligan.  F J Uncle Vic (Uncle Abbie – Let Her Reign) will be saddled by trainer Terry Eoff, who owns the 4-year-old colt in partnership with Johnny Evans.  Given odds of 30/1, the colt was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Prifiterra and will break from post position 4.

7/5 morning line favorite is Florida-bred Sr. Quisqueyano.  Carded as race 8, post time is approximately 9:51 pm.

SENATE ANNOUNCES BUDGET NEGOTIATION TEAM
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has announced his five Senate conferees who will try to hash out a final version of the two-year state budget with their House counterparts named by Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday.

The team will be led by Finance Committee Chairwoman Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and include Senators. Joan Huffman, R-Houston; Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham; Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; and Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown.

The House lineup, announced Wednesday, includes Appropriations Chairman John Otto, R-Dayton, and Representatives. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston; Sarah Davis, R-West University Place; Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin; and Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock. Otto and Turner served on the budget conference committee in 2013.

In coming weeks, the ten members will meet to reconcile the differences in the two versions.  Of primary concern to the Texas horse industry is that the House budget preserves funding for the Texas Racing Commission, while the Senate version does not.  For full details of budget differences, go to http://www.texastribune.org/2015/04/14/house-senate-budget-comparison/.

STALLION DATABASE FOR SECOND CAREER THOROUGHBREDS
The Paddock Foundation and the Texas Thoroughbred Association are compiling a database to make it easier for people who are looking for second career Thoroughbreds. The database will indicate which Thoroughbred stallions have active progeny in a career other than racing. For more information, go to http://texasthoroughbred.com/stallion-database-for-second-careers/.

EFFORTS CONTINUE TO IDENTIFY AT-RISK HORSES
The Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) kicked off its 2015 convention April 21 with an emphasis on identifying at-risk racehorses and equine welfare issues—two things the organization believes are critical to the future of horse racing. Read more »

17
Apr

News and Notes for April 17, 2015

TEXAS THOROUGHBRED NOW ON INSTAGRAM
TTA is pleased to announce that in addition to our website, Twitter and Facebook, we are now on Instagram at https://instagram.com/p/1eEHofBJ7a/?taken-by=ttatexas.  Check it out and for those who follow us on Instagram, we invite you to share your Lone Star photos. Throughout the meet, post photos of your time at Lone Star, be sure to tag @ttatexas and use the hashtag ‪#‎ttalonestar – We may even share the best ones!

ATB AWARDS CHECKS ARE IN THE MAIL
Are you ready for some mailbox money? ATB awards for the recently concluded Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred meet mailed earlier this week.

For ATB horses that finished 1st, 2nd or 3rd, eligible breeders will receive 6.85% of purse money earned; owners will receive 8.59% of purse money earned and stallion owners will receive 4.08% of purse money earned.

Also, for ATB horses finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in an OPEN COMPANY race, the owner will receive an additional bonus award of 18.71% of purse money earned!

TEXAS THOROUGHBRED YEARLING SALE SLATED FOR AUGUST 24
The Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park have entered into an agreement with Western Bloodstock, Ltd. for the production of public auction Thoroughbred sales to be conducted at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion located on the grounds of Lone Star Park. The first auction produced by the new alliance will be the Texas Thoroughbred Yearling Sale, scheduled for Monday August 24, 2015.

“We are extremely pleased to announce this new partnership with Western Bloodstock,” said TTA President Ken Carson. “They have a 15-year track record of conducting sales at the highest level, and we are confident they will bring a new enthusiasm to the market, to the benefit of our members and horsemen throughout the Southwest.

“The TTA and Lone Star Park have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Fasig-Tipton in the production of our auctions since 1997,” Carson continued. “But with Fasig-Tipton making the decision to focus their efforts on other markets, it provided us with the opportunity to develop this new alliance with Western Bloodstock.”

“Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie is proud to be a part of this new alliance to produce Thoroughbred auctions,” added track president Scott Wells. “We are committed not only to offering the best racing possible, but also to having Lone Star Park serve as a marketplace for quality bloodstock through these sales. We believe that this new partnership provides for a bright future toward that goal.”

Regarded as the premier auction company in the performance horse industry, since its establishment in 2000, Western Bloodstock, Ltd. has offered more than 27,500 horses at public auction for total gross sales of $319 million. During the past 18 months, Western Bloodstock, Ltd. has cataloged a total of 2,382 horses for gross sales of $35,670,575. The company’s data base of over 11,400 customers offers an attractive opportunity to bring new owners into the Thoroughbred industry, as well.

“We are excited about our new alliance with the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park and look forward to bringing our knowledge and expertise in public horse auctions to the table,” said Jeremy Barwick, owner with his wife Candace, of Western Bloodstock, Ltd.

To conduct the sales in conjunction with the TTA and Lone Star Park, Western Bloodstock, Ltd. has teamed with longtime Texas Thoroughbred industry leader Jeff Hooper. Hooper’s experience includes nine years as the Executive Director of the TTA and 3½ years as Vice President of Administration at Lone Star Park.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to work with the TTA and Lone Star Park,” Hooper said. “The Texas Thoroughbred racing industry has strong roots and, combined with Lone Star Park’s commitment to Texas racing and its outstanding facilities, offers an exceptional regional market for quality yearlings and two-year-olds in training. We are proud of our track record of innovation and pledge to offer a first-class market for consignors and buyers, in tune with their needs.”

Consignment contracts for the August 24 Texas Thoroughbred Yearling Sale are available at WesternBloodstock.com or by calling Jeremy Barwick at 254/485-2542, Jeff Hooper at 817/992-0609 or the Western Bloodstock, Ltd. offices at 817/594-9210.

TRC APPROVES REVISED CALENDAR FOR RETAMA PARK TB MEET
The Texas Racing Commission has approved a revised calendar for the 2015 Thoroughbred meet at Retama Park. Rather than the traditional Friday/Saturday schedule, Retama Park will be running a three day per week schedule in 2015.  The 26-day meet will begin a bit earlier this year, on August 21, and conclude on October 17.  Live racing will be conducted each Friday and Saturday, along with Sundays to include August 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4 and 11.  There will also be live racing on Monday, September 7th.

“We are confident that our new schedule will give us better opportunities to market our live racing product and are looking forward to a great summer of racing!” said track general manager Kevin Whelan.

NOTES: Kudos to Accredited Texas-bred Wagson, winner of the Premier Stakes and Lasting Bubbles, who won her second straight Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes, all at Lone Star Park, and a big shout out to Accredited Texas-bred Promise Me Silver who remains undefeated with a runaway victory in the Instant Racing Stakes at Oaklawn Park last weekend…Congratulations to TTA member Jim Ward DVM, who was recently honored with an Outstanding Alumni Award from Texas A&M. The recipients of the 2015 Rising Star Award and the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards are all leaders in the veterinary profession, and the awards recognize them for their contributions and service…Retama Park is now hiring, with full-time, part-time and seasonal positions available in Admissions, Food & Beverage, Housekeeping, Landscaping, Mutuels and Security. For more information please visit http://pnkinc.com/career-opportunities… We offer our sympathies to the families of TTA members Grady Sanders of Aubrey and Drew Alexander, principal of Saddle Brook Park in Amarillo, who passed away recently…Save the date of June 20 to join us at the TTA Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at Lone Star Park, where we will honor the Texas Champion horses of 2014 and their connections, along with recipients of the Allen Bogan Memorial Award for TTA Member of the Year, the T. I. “Pops” Harkins Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Thoroughbred Charities of America Award of Merit…For sponsorship information, contact Mary Ruyle in the TTA office at 512.458.6133.

13
Apr

TTA, LSP and Western Bloodstock Partner Up on Texas Sales

The Texas Thoroughbred Association (TTA) and Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie announced today that they have entered into an agreement with Western Bloodstock Ltd. for the production of public auction Thoroughbred sales to be conducted at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion located on the grounds of Lone Star Park. The first auction produced by the new alliance will be the Texas Thoroughbred Yearling Sale, scheduled for Monday, August 24, 2015.

“We are extremely pleased to announce this new partnership with Western Bloodstock,” said TTA President Ken Carson. “They have a 15-year track record of conducting sales at the highest level, and we are confident they will bring a new enthusiasm to the market, to the benefit of our members and horsemen throughout the Southwest.

“The TTA and Lone Star Park have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Fasig-Tipton in the production of our auctions since 1997,” Carson continued. “But with Fasig-Tipton making the decision to focus their efforts on other markets, it provided us with the opportunity to develop this new alliance with Western Bloodstock.”

“Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie is proud to be a part of this new alliance to produce Thoroughbred auctions,” added track president Scott Wells. “We are committed not only to offering the best racing possible, but also to having Lone Star Park serve as a marketplace for quality bloodstock through these sales. We believe that this new partnership provides for a bright future toward that goal.”

Regarded as the premier auction company in the performance horse industry, since its establishment in 2000 Western Bloodstock has offered more than 27,500 horses at public auction for total gross sales of $319 million. During the past 18 months, Western Bloodstock Ltd. has cataloged a total of 2,382 horses for gross sales of $35,670,575. The company’s data base of over 11,400 customers offers an attractive opportunity to bring new owners into the Thoroughbred industry, as well.

“We are excited about our new alliance with the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park and look forward to bringing our knowledge and expertise in public horse auctions to the table,” said Jeremy Barwick, owner with his wife, Candace, of Western Bloodstock Ltd.

To conduct the sales in conjunction with the TTA and Lone Star Park, Western Bloodstock has teamed with longtime Texas Thoroughbred industry leader Jeff Hooper. Hooper’s experience includes nine years as the Executive Director of the TTA and 3½ years as Vice President of Administration at Lone Star Park.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to work with the TTA and Lone Star Park,” Hooper said. “The Texas Thoroughbred racing industry has strong roots and, combined with Lone Star Park’s commitment to Texas racing and its outstanding facilities, offers an exceptional regional market for quality yearlings and 2-year-olds in training. We are proud of our track record of innovation and pledge to offer a first-class market for consignors and buyers, in tune with their needs.”

Consignment contracts for the August 24 Texas Thoroughbred Yearling Sale are available at www.westernbloodstock.com/thoroughbred-sales/ or by calling Jeremy Barwick at 254/485-2542, Jeff Hooper at 817/992-0609 or the Western Bloodstock offices at 817/594-9210.

10
Apr

News and Notes for April 10, 2015

NEWS AND NOTES FOR APRIL 10, 2015

LONE STAR MEET KICKS OFF WITH PREMIERE STAKES
The 19th Thoroughbred meet for Lone Star Park got underway last night with the 6 ½ furlong $50,000 Premiere Stakes for Accredited Texas-bred 3-year-olds and up.

A little more than a month after being claimed for $40,000 at Fair Grounds on March 5, Wagson (Wagon Limit – Great Lady B) recouped a large portion of his purchase price by winning the $50,000 Premiere Stakes at Lone Star Park on the track’s opening night Thursday.

Stalking the pace under Lindey Wade, Wagson rallied from seventh to take command in midstretch, getting the jump on fellow closer Solar Charge (Authenticate – Another Sunlit), and lasted over that rival for a head victory. He raced 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.80, paying $7 as the favorite for owner Randy Galloway of Wimp Free Racing Stable. Read more »