NEWS AND NOTES FOR AUGUST 22, 2014
FINAL WEEKEND OF RACING AT GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR GROUNDS
This is the final weekend of live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing at Gillespie County Fair Grounds in Fredericksburg for 2014, with 1pm post times each day.
Carded as race 10, the $17,100 GCFA Texas-Bred Stakes is the feature race on Sunday, with a field of seven competing in the 7-furlong race for Accredited Texas-bred 3-year-olds and up.
Berry Loud (Gold Alert – Be Berry Quiet) is the morning line favorite at 5/2. The 3-year-old gelding runs for breeders Gentry Farms and is trained by Danny Pish. Stakes-placed Berry Loud has a career record of 10-4-2-1 with earnings of $46,245. He finished second in the July 19th Texas Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes to Halifax Flyer. Read more
ATB Awards checks for the 2014 Lone Star Park Thoroughbred Meet will mail out by Thursday, August 21st.
The regular awards percentages are as follows:
Owner: 8.42481% of purse money earned for finishing 1, 2 or 3
Breeder: 8.13942% of purse money earned for finishing 1, 2 or 3
Stallion Owner: 4.89762% of purse money earned for finishing 1, 2 or 3
The Owner Bonus awards are 14.50359% of purse money earned for finishing 1, 2 or 3 in OPEN COMPANY races.
Be checking your mailbox, and congrats to all.
NEWS AND NOTES FOR AUGUST 8 2014
TRC DELAYS ACTION ON HISTORICAL HORSE RACING RULES, THEN CANCELS AUGUST 12 MEETING
The Texas Racing Commission (TxRC), which received over 13,000 comments regarding approving rules for historical racing terminals in Texas, did not put the issue on the agenda for its August 12 meeting. Commission Chairman Robert Schmidt told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “Don’t over read it either way that it’s not coming up this month. We are trying to do our due diligence and be as open and transparent as possible. If you are going to take the time to write the Racing Commission, we need to take the time to read it.”
TxRC Public Information Officer Robert Elrod stated, “The Commission could take action on the rules at a later date, and it has the option to delay action until as late as December 27.” he said. “If the Commission takes no action by December 27, the proposed rules will automatically expire by operation of law.”
Then yesterday, Texas Racing Commission Chairman Schmidt canceled the meeting set for August 12, stating “The Commission has had several meetings in the recent past that were so short that they did not justify the travel burdens placed on the Commissioners and stakeholders and this agenda appears to be similarly brief.” The Chairman directed staff to review whether matters that are typically considered later in the year may be placed on the next agenda.
The Commission can still choose to move forward approving rules for historical racing at Texas racetracks at any of its meetings through December 27. So if you have not voiced your opinion on this important matter, please do so immediately.
TEXAS HORSE RACING HALL OF FAME GALA
The 2014 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Gala has been scheduled for Saturday, October 18th in the Showplace Pavilion at Retama Park. Inductees include Art Preston, Joe McDermott Jr., Cecil Perkins, Jerry Rheudasil and Leo Wood.
Individual tickets will be $125 and there are sponsorship options available. Contact Ryan Grammer at 210-651-7045 for details concerning the event.
RACING AT GILESPIE COUNTY FAIR THIS WEEKEND
Saturday has 10 Quarter Horse races and 2 Thoroughbred races for 3-year-olds and up: an allowance race at 1 1/16 miles and a 4 furlong maiden. Sunday also has 10 Quarter Horse races and 2 Thoroughbred races for 3-year-olds and up: a claiming race at 5 ½ furlongs and a 6 furlong allowance race. Post time is 1pm each day.
ACCREDITED TEXAS-BREDS IN STAKES ACTION THIS WEEKEND
Accredited Texas-bred Pure Tactics (Pure Prize – Dixie Tactics) is the 5/2 morning line favorite in the $50,000 Jess Jackson Owner’s Handicap at Santa Rosa on Saturday. The 5-year-old horse bred by the late Don Eberts now races for Nita Winner, LLC and is trained by Doug O’Neill. He will face 7 foes in the 5 furlong turf race. With a career record of 16-7-2-2, Pure Tactics has amassed $261,011 in earnings.
Man of Stature (My Golden Song – Final Trick) will race in the $100,000 Prairie Meadows Juvenile Stakes on Saturday after coming off a 1 ¾ length maiden stakes win at Lone Star Park on July 11. The 2-year-old gelding races for breeders Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch and is trained by Bret Calhoun. With odds of 4/1, he will take on 6 opponents.
Best of luck to our Texas-breds and their connections!
TEXAS A&M VET LAB NOW OFFERING EQUINE PRE-PURCHASE DRUG SCREENING
To better serve the laboratory’s large equine clientele, the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) in College Station now offers an equine-specific drug screen for pre-purchase exams. Previously, veterinarians screening horses for tranquilizing or pain-relieving drugs when conducting a pre-purchase exam would note the tests needed on the accession form. Now, with one click, the veterinarian can indicate the necessary tests to satisfy a client looking to buy a new horse. Read more
NEWS AND NOTES FOR AUGUST 1, 2014
STALLION ACCREDITATION AND ADMIN FEE DEADLINE IS TODAY
In order to receive Stallion Awards on foals conceived during the 2014 breeding season, a stallion must be accredited and his annual administrative fee for the 2014 season must be paid.
If you stood a stallion in Texas for the 2014 breeding season, but have not yet accredited him, TODAY IS THE DEADLINE to do so for $100. Any stallion accreditation applications postmarked after TODAY will not apply to the 2014 breeding season, but will apply to 2015.
If you have not yet paid your stallion’s Annual Administrative Fee for the 2014 breeding season, the deadline for late payment of $325 is TODAY. If this is the stallion’s first year in Texas and he came into the state after February 1, you may pay the normal admin fee of $200. The Annual Administrative Fee cannot be accepted for the current breeding season after TODAY.
Contact Jennifer Gibbs in the TTA office at 512.458.6133 for details.
WILL TAKE CHARGE VS. PALACE MALICE IN WHITNEY
Will Take Charge and Palace Malice meet again Saturday in the $1.5 million Whitney Handicap (gr. I), squaring off as the top two choices in a field of nine drawn for the 1 1/8-mile test.
Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice, the Belmont Stakes winner of 2013 who has strung together four straight victories this year, is the even-money favorite for the Whitney from post 5. Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez is in the irons for trainer Todd Pletcher. Read more
NEWS AND NOTES FOR JULY 25, 2014
TAHC UPDATE ON VESICULAR STOMATITIS
On July 10, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of two new cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in horses in Bastrop and Travis counties in Central Texas. One is located two miles east of Webberville, Texas in Travis County and the other premise is located four miles east of Webberville in Bastrop County. Read more
NEWS AND NOTES FOR JULY 18, 2014
LONE STAR PARK THOROUGHBRED MEET CONCLUDES
Last weekend marked the close of the Thoroughbred meet at Lone Star Park with four stakes races. The stakes action kicked off with the $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes for Texas-bred fillies and mares, and Judy Peek’s homebred Lasting Bubbles captured the event for the second year in a row. Ridden by Chris Rosier for trainer Kevin Peek, Lasting Bubbles scored a convincing three-length victory as the 9-10 favorite. The 6-year-old daughter of Pulling Punches covered six furlongs in 1:09.89. This was the fifth career stakes win for Lasting Bubbles and improved her lifetime record to 23-9-6-1 with earnings of $295,581.
In the fillies division of the $98,100 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity, Louisiana-bred Vivian Da Bling romped to an easy 6 ¼-length victory under jockey Cliff Berry. Trained by Bret Calhoun and owned by JRita Young Thoroughbreds LLC, the daughter of Lane’s End Texas stallion Too Much Bling was sent off as the 1-5 favorite after breaking her maiden at Lone Star by 9 ½ lengths in her debut. Bred by Channon Farm LLC, the filly sold for $40,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Texas Yearling Sale from the consignment of Inside Move Inc., agent. The filly, who dashed five furlongs in :58.13, has already banked $70,740. Read more
To ensure sufficient accommodations and parking, the Texas Racing Commission’s Public Comment Hearing on proposed rules (including pari-mutuel wagering on historical races) scheduled for Thursday, July 17, 2014, has been moved. The new location is:
If you have any questions, please contact Robert Elrod at 512-833-6699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lone Star Park wrapped up its Thoroughbred meet on Saturday and has announced the leading horsemen.
Jockey David Cabrera started the meet as an apprentice rider and finished as a journeyman with a total of 65 wins. He was crowned Champion Apprentice Jockey and Champion Jockey of the 50-date spring Thoroughbred season. These were his first riding titles of his young career.
Champion Trainer honors went to Karl Broberg, who finished the season with a total of 58 wins.
For the Champion Owner of the Meet, it ended in a tie between 2013 leading owner, Danny Keene, and 2012 leading owner, End Zone Athletics Inc., as they each finished the meet with 20 wins.
Other Champion categories were:
Horse of the Meet: Grand Contender, winner of both the Grade 3 Texas Mile and the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap.
Texas-bred Champion: Lasting Bubbles, winner of the Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes and he Valor Farm Stakes.
Claiming Horse of the Meet: Perfect Tap – with six starts, three wins and one second.
Lone Star Park on Saturday wrapped up its Thoroughbred meet with Stars of Texas Day featuring a quartet of stakes worth more than $300,000.
Lasting Bubbles * Photo by Dustin Orona Photography
The stakes action kicked off with the $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes for Texas-bred fillies and mares, and Judy Peek’s homebred Lasting Bubbles captured the event for the second year in a row. Ridden by Chris Rosier for trainer Kevin Peek, Lasting Bubbles scored a convincing three-length victory as the 9-10 favorite. The 6-year-old daughter of Pulling Punches covered six furlongs in 1:09.98. This was the fifth career stakes win for Lasting Bubbles and improved her lifetime record to 23-9-6-1 with earnings of $295,581.
Joey Keith Davis’ Molly’s Honour, who defeated Lasting Bubbles earlier in the meet in the grassy Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stakes, finished a clear second with Nurse Goodnight in third for owner Danny Keene. Read more
Lone Star shows signs of life
The Texas racetrack has not been in racing’s spotlight since 2004
By Gary West | Special to ESPN.com
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Just 10 years ago, the highlight of the Lone Star Park season was the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. This year, it’s Saturday’s Texas Thoroughbred Association Futurities. Much has changed. Just 10 years ago, Ouija Board, Afleet Alex, Ashado, Kitten’s Joy, Azeri, Funny Cide, Pleasantly Perfect and Ghostzapper all raced at Lone Star. This year, Vivian Da Bling, Unbridled Kid and Supermason are the headliners.
Not too long ago, the sport regarded Texas as the Promised Land. But the embarrassing actuality is that Texas horse racing is moribund, nearly dead, or at best irrelevant. Since the Breeders’ Cup camped here in 2004, bringing together such disparate forces as Willie Nelson and Lord Derby, Texas racing’s only goal has been archmediocrity. But there has been a single sliver of distinction: Promising young horses continue to emerge from Lone Star Park, horses such as Fiftyshadesofgold, who won the Eight Belles Stakes, and Promise Me Silver, who won the Debutante Stakes, and Silverhill, who ran second in the Bashford Manor. Before their stakes success in Kentucky, they all won their debut at Lone Star. Read more