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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 »

3
Apr

News and Notes for April 3, 2015

NEWS AND NOTES FOR APRIL 3, 2015

CORINTHIAN COLT TOPS FASIG-TIPTON TEXAS 2YO SALE
The Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale was held Tuesday on the grounds of Lone Star Park, and a son of Corinthian topped the auction at $75,000. The Kentucky-bred, who worked an eighth-mile in :10 1/5 in the under tack show, sold to Carl R. Moore Management LLC from the consignment of Ray Bryner, agent for B & C Bloodstock.

The highest-priced filly and second-highest price overall at the sale was a Texas-bred daughter of Too Much Bling out of the stakes-placed Dove Hunt mare Funny Tune. Clark Brewster purchased her for $68,000 from Asmussen Training Center, agent. The third-highest seller was also a Texas-bred as a colt by Valid Expectations sold for $63,000 to Danny Keene from Benchmark Training Center, agent for Ed Few. Read more »

2
Apr

Thoroughbred Sales to Continue in Texas

ttalogoFasig-Tipton Company Inc., which for nearly 20 years conducted Thoroughbred auctions in Texas, recently announced that it would no longer run auctions in the state. However, the Texas Thoroughbred Association, which has sponsored all Fasig-Tipton Texas sales, is actively discussing other options and an announcement will be coming later in April about the continuation of Thoroughbred auctions in the state.

“The TTA would like to thank Fasig-Tipton for their many years of involvement in Texas, and we appreciate everything they did to bring a professional sale operation here,” said Mary Ruyle, executive director of the TTA. “We plan to have a yearling sale later this year and a 2-year-olds in training sale next spring, and we will have more details on that shortly.”

Over the years, the auctions at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion on the grounds of Lone Star Park have produced many equine stars, including Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner and $3.3 million earner Kip Deville, multiple graded stakes winner Bwana Charlie, and North East Bay, the dam of recent $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Prince Bishop.

The auctions in Texas have also been tied to the TTA Sales Futurity, a $100,000-estimated stakes at Lone Star with divisions for colts/geldings and fillies. The TTA also plans to continue with those races, which this year will be run July 11.

27
Mar

Texas Necropsy Program Now in Effect

The Texas Racing Commission has announced that the necropsy program is now in effect and will begin at SHRP’s Quarter Horse meet. The notices are being posted at the racetracks as well as on the TxRC website.

Click on the following link to view the notice:

http://www.txrc.texas.gov/agency/news/postings/Public_Notice-Necropsy_Costs_EnglishMar2015.pdf

 

27
Mar

News and Notes for March 27, 2015

NEWS AND NOTES FOR MARCH 27, 2015

SEMINARS AND SALES ON TAP AT LONE STAR PARK
TOBA’s Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar gets underway at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 29 at Lone Star Park.  Attendees will meet with racehorse industry professionals to learn about owner/trainer dynamics, equine conformation, how to acquire a Thoroughbred, business topics, the public auction process and Thoroughbred retirement options.

Also on Sunday, the Under-Tack Show for the Fasig-Tipton Texas Two-Year-Olds In Training & Horses of Racing Age Sale begins at 11 a.m.

The TTA board of directors will meet at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30.

On Tuesday, March 31 the sale will begin at 12 p.m. CT with the 2-year-olds, followed by the horses of racing age section.  Catalog updates are available at: http://www.fasigtipton.com/ci/sales/updates/2015/Texas-Two-Year-Olds-In-Training

  1. Reid McLellan, PhD., national equine educator, will be conducting the 15th Lone Star Park Trainers’ Exam Prep Class on April 1 – 3 in the chaplain’s classroom at the Racing Office at Lone Star Park. This intensive 20-hour program focuses on material covered on the National Trainers’ Exam Barn and Written exams. The emphasis is on Texas Rules of Racing and comparison of rules from other states represented.

The Trainers’ Exam Prep Class is designed to provide information about the Rules of Racing to individuals considering taking a state licensing exam, as well as for owners or horseplayers that simply want to know more about the Rules of Racing as they pertain to the training and racing of racehorses.

For more information and to register, go to www.purplepowerracing.com or call Dr. McLellan at (859) 321-4377.

On April 10th, Remember Me Rescue will hold their third annual Celebrity Fundraiser and Gala benefiting retired racehorses for their rehabilitation and retraining.  The Gala will feature a buffet and open bar along with live and silent auction items.  Hall of Fame Trainer Jack Van Berg will act as auctioneer and jockey Rosie Napravnik will give the keynote address.  For more information, go to http://teamkeen.com/2015lonestarparkgala.html.

MISS ZANJERO WINS BATTLE OF THE X’S
The 2015 Battle of the X’s Trainer’s Challenge and All Breed Horse Show was held March 21 and 22 in Fort Worth. Hosted by Remember Me Rescue of Burleson Texas, the Trainer’s Challenge affords the opportunity for off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) to be paired with trainers from across the country to compete for $10,000 in prize money.

In the months leading up to the challenge, all competitors are spotlighted and adoption applications are accepted for the right to bid on the contestants at the conclusion of the challenge. Proceeds benefit Remember Me Rescue, as well as Thoroughbred Athletes, for their own entry. This year’s challenge had eight horses and trainers competing for top honors.

At the conclusion of the competition, the 2015 champion was Oklahoma-bred Miss Zanjero (Zanjero – Astonishment by Golden Missile), a 2010 filly entered by Thoroughbred Athletes Inc. of Guthrie, Oklahoma and trained by Wendy Thompson of Piedmont, OK. This team was also Overall Highpoint Winner at the Battle of the X’s All Breed Horse Show. Read more »

26
Mar

Contact Your Representative Re HB 1

TTA Member Alert

Your immediate action is needed!  HB 1, the General Appropriations Bill is scheduled to be heard on the House floor next Tuesday, March 31st.  Unlike the Senate version, this bill provides for continued funding of the Texas Racing Commission.

Please contact your personal State Representative as soon as possible, to ask for his/her support of HB 1. Be sure to thank the member for his/her time and emphasize that this measure will keep funding intact for the Texas Racing Commission, which is vital to the health and integrity of the Texas horse racing industry.

The email address for all Representatives is:

 firstname.lastname@house.state.tx.us

To find out who represents you, go to  http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx  and enter your address.

If you receive any informative response, please forward to us at maryr@texasthoroughbred.com.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

20
Mar

News and Notes for March 20, 2015

NEWS AND NOTES FOR MARCH 20, 2015

TRAINERS’ EXAM PREP CLASS SET FOR APRIL 1-3 AT LONE STAR PARK
Dr. C. Reid McLellan, an experienced teacher and former trainer who served on the committee that wrote the current National Trainers’ Exam, has scheduled a Trainers’ Exam Prep Class for April 1-3 at Lone Star Park. The class includes an intensive 20 hours of focus on material covered on National Trainers’ Exam Barn and Written exams. It will include an emphasis on Texas Rules of Racing and comparison of rules from other states represented. This class is also beneficial for individuals interested in learning about the Rules of Racing, whether you want to take Trainers’ Exam or not. For more information, call (859) 321-4377, go to purplepowerracing.com.

BATTLE OF THE X’S, THE OTTB TRAINER CHALLENGE & ALL BREED HORSE SHOW
Join us in the John Justin arena at the Will Rogers Memorial Center for a fun-filled weekend of horse shows and competitions with free admission for all spectators.

The all-breed horse show begins at 8am on Saturday, with classes in Leadline, Halter, English Hunter, Western Halter, English Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Dressage and Sport Horse – In Hand, as well as junior, amateur, and professional divisions for Hunter, Jumper and Eventing, with cash prizes.  There will also be a $300 cash prize for overall Hi-Point Thoroughbred.

On Sunday at 2pm, the Battle of the X’s OTTB Trainer Challenge will showcase 8 retired Thoroughbred racehorses with 4 months of professional training in a new discipline, competing for a $10,000 prize.

After the Challenge the participating horses will be auctioned and the proceeds will benefit the Remember Me Rescue.   Only pre-approved adopters will be allowed to bid on the horses from the Challenge.  This will be a great opportunity for students, weekend trail riders or anyone else wanting to purchase a thoroughbred that has been professionally retrained to another discipline.  It is not too late to get approved to bid on one of these fantastic horses. Horses can be ridden on Friday and there will be a vet on site for pre-purchase exams all weekend.

Email remembermerescue@live.com for more information.

SULTAN OF SLAM VOTED TEXAS CLAIMER OF THE YEAR
After more than 300 online votes were cast, Sultan of Slam was named the 2014 Texas Claimer of the Year. The award is designed to honor the hard-working claiming horses who fill race cards across the country every day.

Sultan of Slam and his connections will be honored alongside the divisional champions and Texas Horse of the Year during the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s awards banquet and annual meeting on June 20 at Lone Star Park. The TTA held the online poll among all accredited Texas-breds with three or more claiming victories at tracks in the Lone Star State.

Bred by La Bahia Stud Inc., the now 4-year-old Sultan of Slam made 10 starts last year and visited the winner’s circle four times. The Texas-bred broke his maiden at Oaklawn Park in April and then returned to his home state, where he recorded a win against $12,500 claiming company at Lone Star and then consecutive wins at the $7,500 claiming level at Retama Park. The gelded son of Grand Slam banked $24,032 on the year for owner Champion Racing Stable Inc. and trainer Allen Milligan.

EMERALD UNVEILS ‘SHIP AND RUN’ BONUS
Emerald Downs has announced a “Ship and Run Incentive Program,” in which a $400 bonus for horses whose most recent start was outside the state and have not previously raced at Emerald Downs. In addition, horses must have started for a claiming price of $3,000 or more in each of its three previous starts. First-time starters are not eligible. Read more »