News and Notes for July 7, 2017

Reigning Texas Champion Horse of the Year Texas Chrome (Grasshopper – Margarita Mistress) is in a field of 9 for the $300,000 Gr. III Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap on Saturday, and has morning line odds of 5/1.

The multiple graded stakes winner is coming off a 6th place finish in the Gr. I Stephen Foster Handicap on June 17th.  He finished 2nd in both the Gr. III Lone Star Park Handicap on May 28th and the Gr. III Steve Sexton Mile Stakes on May 7th.

Allen Milligan now trains the 4-year-old colt for Dany Keene’s Keene Thoroughbreds LLC.

Tinners Way, a multiple Grade 1-winning son of Secretariat, was euthanized Wednesday at Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky., following the acute onset of severe neurologic disease. The pensioned stallion was 27.

Tinners Way retired with $1,846,546 in earnings from 27 starts. Sent to stud in 1997, Tinners Way stood at Vinery in Kentucky, Harris Farms in California, and finally in Texas, where he retired in 2010 as the richest racehorse in Texas. He was donated to Old Friends by owners Phil Leckinger and Jerry Hardin.

“Twenty seven is not a bad number,” said Leckinger by phone from Texas. “I can’t thank Old Friends enough for the care and support he was given. Tinners Way certainly did wonders for us, he did wonders for Juddmonte on the track, and I hope he did wonders for his friends and fans in retirement.”

As a sire, Tinners Way produced 93 winners from 14 crops of racing age, with progeny earnings of $3,263,785.
If you are looking for an off-track Thoroughbred, or would just like to see how a Roses to Ribbons Old-Fashioned Horse Fair works, come out to Lone Star Park on Saturday, July 15th.

The horse fair was created to make it easy for buyers and sellers to find each other.

At the horse fair, racehorse trainers bring horses ready for a new career up to the saddling paddock. There, prospective buyers can look at a large number of available horses in one place. If a buyer sees a horse that interests them, they make their own deal with the trainer. Some horses are sold right at the event. Other times, prospective buyers will make arrangements to schedule a pre-purchase exam for the horse at a later time. Everything is worked out individually between the buyer and seller. This is not an auction.

The Roses to Ribbons Old Fashioned Horse Fair is a great opportunity to find a prospect at a reasonable price for any discipline.

The fair also features a variety of vendors. Tack and clothing, artists, racehorse re-homing groups and more are set up in the saddling paddock. Deb Aronson, author of Alexandra the Great, about the record-breaking race filly Rachel Alexandra, will be on hand to sign books.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with horses available for viewing in the saddling paddock from 11:00 – 12:30.

For more information, contact Tracy Sheffield at 512.395.5314.

The TTA Board of Directors voted at their June meeting to adjust the fees to accredit a 2-year-old, effective with the foal crop of 2016. Beginning January 1, 2018, the fee structure is as follows:

Weanlings, Yearlings and Horses of Racing Age:

If application and fees are postmarked by May 31 of the foal’s yearling year: $75 (members) or $125 (non-members);

If application and fees are postmarked between June 1 and December 31 of the foal’s yearling year: $200 (members) or $250 (non-members);

If application and fees are postmarked between January 1 and December 31 of the horse’s 2-year-old year: $750 (members) or $800 (non-members);

If application and fees are postmarked on or after January 1 of the horse’s 3-year-old year: $1,500 (members) or $1,550 (non-members).

NOTES: We extend our sympathy to the family of Marshall T. Robinson of Ft. Worth, who passed away on July 1 at the age of 82.  Marshall was a lifetime member of the TTA and a Director from 1988 – 1996, serving as President in 1993.  He and his wife Mickey bred multiple graded stakes winner Groovy, who won an Eclipse Award as the 1987 American Champion Sprint Horse.  Groovy had a career record of 26-12-4-1 with $1,346,956 in earnings…Catalogs for the Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale will be mailing soon, and will be available at  If you would like to receive a printed copy, please let us know.