News and Notes for February 9, 2018

SPECIAL OFFER FOR TEXAS STALLIONS FROM EQUIBASE SIRE LINKS
The Texas Thoroughbred Association has arranged for Texas stallion owners to receive a discounted subscription to the Equibase Sire Links offer. We are doing this because we believe we stand quality stallions in Texas, and this is an additional way for you to inform breeders about your horses’ progeny success.

To learn more about the Equibase Sire Links offer, go to http://texasthoroughbred.com/wp-content/uploads/equibase1.pdf. If you have any questions or would like to participate in this offer, contact Dee Dee Douglas at ddouglas@equibase.com.

TEXAS-BRED BLING ON THE MUSIC TOPS FIRST SESSION OF KENTUCKY WINTER MIXED SALE
Stakes winning broodmare prospects and in-foal mares were the most popular commodities during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale on Monday. The session saw multiple six-figure sales for yearlings, broodmares, and racing/broodmare prospects.

The session topper was multiple stakes-winning Texas-bred Bling On the Music (Hip 68), purchased for $260,000 by International Equities Holdings from the consignment of Baccari Bloodstock, agent. Winner of the Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park and Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at Lone Star Park at two, Bling On the Music also finished third in the Pocahontas Stakes (G2) on the way to career earnings of $153,167. The 4-year-old was sold as a broodmare prospect.

Bred by W.S. Farish and sired by Too Much Bling, who previously stood at Farish’s Lane’s End Texas and now stands at Valor Farm in Texas, Bling on the Music originally sold for $95,000 at the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Lone Star Park. She was purchased by Danny Keene from the consignment of Asmussen Horse Center.

Hip number 492, another daughter of Too Much Bling, Too Much Prada sold for $80,000 to Black Rock Thoroughbreds.  The 5-year-old broodmare prospect was a multiple stakes winner with earnings of $114,129.  Her wins include a division of the $75,000 Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes at two and the $50,000 Bara Lass Stakes as a 3-year-old.

VOTE NOW FOR THE TEXAS CHAMPION CLAIMER AWARD!
Claiming horses fill the vast majority of race cards every day, but these hard-workers rarely receive recognition so the Texas Thoroughbred Association created the Texas Champion Claimer Award. The winning horse and his or her connections will be recognized alongside the other 2017 Texas Champions at the TTA Awards Luncheon at Lone Star Park this summer.

The Texas Champion Claimer Award is for Texas-breds who won at least three claiming races at Texas racetracks and earned at least $30,000 in total for 2017. (Starter allowance, starter handicap and optional claiming races in which the horse was not entered for a claiming price are not considered for the win totals.) Horses are not selected or nominated to be included in the voting; any horse who meets the criteria above is included.

The winner of the Texas Champion Claimer Award will be determined by online voting. Only one vote will be counted per person and automated attempts to vote or duplicate votes will be disallowed. Voting closes on Friday, February 23, at 5 p.m. Central.

The four candidates this year are: Colonial Kendra, Fred’s Lucky Boy, Kissthatbabygoodby and Prince Isaac. To place your vote, go to: http://texasthoroughbred.com.

NOTES: Saturday is Military Appreciation Night at Sam Houston Race Park, with a post time of 6pm! If you are an activity duty service man or woman please wear your uniform for FREE admission for yourself and up to 3 guests as well as a complimentary…The latest issue of American Racehorse is now online with a feature on Texas’ Valor Farm…The next meeting of the Texas Racing Commission will be on Tuesday, February 13th in Austin.  Go to www.txrc.texas.gov for complete agenda information…Check out a young Texan’s plea to save horse racing in her home state at horseracingnation.com…Take 10 minutes to listen to The Friday Show discussing the issue of “equine hostages” at paulickreport.com.