News and Notes for April 28, 2016

ttageneric  ACCREDITED TEXAS-BREDS IN UPCOMING STAKES
On Friday, two Accredited Texas-breds are running in the $30,000 Gus Fonner Stakes going a mile and a sixteenth at Fonner Park.  They are Henry Witt’s homebred Witt Six (Drums of Thunder – Taitt Hill) and From Day One (Touch Tone – No Other Name), bred by Tom Durant and owned by Lance and Lynda Conn.

Multiple-stakes-winner My Master Plan (Oratory – One O Seven) is part of a field of 7 in Saturday’s $65,000 Goldfinch Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going 6 furlongs at Prairie Meadows.

My Master Plan is coming off a win in the $50,000 Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes at Lone Star Park on April 10th and has been given odds of 3-1.

Trained by D. K. Von Hemel, the filly was bred by Dan McGough and runs in the name of Joyce McGough.

Ol Winedrinker Who (Sligo Bay – Silverup) is running in the $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap for 3-year-olds and up going a mile and an eighth at Sunland Park on Sunday.

The 7-year-old gelding, bred and owned by Sam E. Stevens and Sammy L. Stevens, has a career record of 38-13-6-5 with over $700,000 in earnings.  The multiple-stakes-winner finished 4th in the Winsham Lad Stakes on April 6, after winning the Curribot Stakes on February 28th.  He has been given odds of 4-1 in the field of six for Sunday’s race.

TEXAS THOROUGHBRED FUTURITY LATE NOMINATION DEADLINE
Monday, May 2, is the deadline to late nominate to the 2016 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at a fee of $5,000.  Only 2-year-olds that went through the sale ring at the Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training sale on April 4 and were not previously nominated are eligible.

Payments must have a postmark date no later than May 2, 2016.  Make checks payable to Texas Thoroughbred Futurity and mail to the address below.  If you wish to pay by credit card, please call the TTA office prior to 5pm on Monday, May 2.

Nomination forms can be found here: http://texasthoroughbred.com/wp-content/uploads/2016TxThoroughbredFut.pdf and you may contact TTA with any questions:

FIRST TEXAS 2YO RACE OF THE SEASON
The first race on Friday at Lone Star Park is a $21,000 maiden special weight for 2-year-olds with a field of seven to go 4 1/2 furlongs.

There are four Accredited Texas-breds in the field, starting with 7-5 favorite Sir Papa John (Oratory – Detonate) bred and owned by Champion Equine Performance Horses and trained by Karl Broberg.

Brent Davidson will send out Colleen Davidson’s Im Joe Not Flo (Expect Will – Dreamn on Broadway).  Given odds of 7-2, the colt was bred by Joe Zamora.

Bobby Jenkins will saddle 9-2 Right Lane Lukasz (Temple City – Wrenice), bred by Stewart Hamblen, who now owns the horse in partnership with Denise Small.

Tom Bradfield’s homebred My Texas Chrome (Eaton’s Gift – Brazzle Dazzle), trained by Edelmiro Carrizales, has been given odds of 12-1.

Good luck and a safe trip to all.

SUDDENBREAKINGNEWS IN KENTUCKY DERBY
Lifetime member and former TTA Director Sonny Henderson of Odessa is headed to the Derby with Suddenbreakingnews. With a career record of 8-3-4-0 and $670,032 in earnings, America’s Best Racing 2016 Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet has this to say about the tenacious gelding:

“Notable achievements and interesting facts: Of the horses who will be closing from way back in the Kentucky Derby, Suddenbreakingnews boasts arguably the best combination of consistency and racing foundation. He’s finished in the top two in seven of eight races and also has performed well on muddy tracks. The 108 Equibase Speed Figure he earned for winning the Southwest puts him right there with the top contenders and he enters the race off a strong second in the $1-million Arkansas Derby. Suddenbreakingnews’ unraced dam is by 2005 Preakness and Belmont winner Afleet Alex and his grandam (maternal grandmother), Party Cited, is a Grade 2 winner who produced multiple Grade 1 winner Composure. There is a lot to like here and you’d better believe he’ll be flying late.”

TTA ANNUAL MEETING AND AWARDS BANQUET
Invitations for the June 18 TTA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet at Lone Star Park were mailed this week. Tickets are $65 per person, with a registration deadline of June 6. Bring a group of five or more, and you will be entered in a special prize drawing.

The Hyatt Place Dallas/Arlington is offering a special rate of $119 per night, with a hotel reservation deadline of May 20th.

Sponsorship packages are available – contact Mary Ruyle in the TTA office for information.

NOTES:  Consignment forms for the Texas Summer Yearling Sale on August 29 at Lone Star Park are in the mail…  Congrats to Texan Steve Asmussen on the news of his election to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame ..Check out the new Paddock Foundation website at www.paddockfoundation.com .