News and Notes for March 9, 2018

IVAN FALLUNOVALOT SEEKING MILLIONAIRE STATUS
W. T. Howard will saddle graded stakes winner Ivan Fallunovalot (Valid Expectations – Flashdance Missy) in Saturday’s $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn Park for owner Lewis E. Mathews Jr. Bred by Eileen Hartis, the 8-year-old gelding has amassed earnings of $986,403 and is seeking to join Groovy and Texas Chrome as Texas’ third millionaire.

The field of 6 includes last year’s winner, Whitmore.  Ivan Fallunovalot was second then and hopes to turn the tables this time out. He is coming off a second place finish in the $125,000 King Cotton Stakes on February 3rd and has odds of 3-1.

A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE AHCF’S 2017 ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY
While the equine industry as a whole generates approximately $122 billion in total economic value, the racing sector continues to have the largest economic impact.  It supports more than 241,000 direct jobs and adding $15.6 billion in direct value to the U.S. economy. These direct impacts add $21 billion in value to the economy, and in total create more than 231,000 jobs from both indirect and induced effects. At Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racetracks, approximately $11 billion in wagering occurred in 2016, and tracks had $1.2 billion in total purses. Harness racetracks also had significant wagering of $1.45 billion, with $423 million in total purses.

NOTES: Make plans to attend tomorrow’s Roses to Ribbons Old Fashioned Horse
Fair at Sam Houston Race Park. Sponsored by The Paddock Foundation, this event showcases horses coming off the track to potential buyers to start new careers…Congrats to trainer Karl Broberg who was featured in the March 3 issue of The Blood Horse…Wednesday, March 14 is the day to enter horses in both divisions of the $65,000 Texas Stallion Stakes to be run at Houston on Saturday, March 17th…internet bidding for the TTA stallion season auction is closed. All remaining seasons are available on a first come, first served basis. See the list of available stallions at http://texasthoroughbred.com/stallion-register/online-stallion-auction/…Several candidates supported by the TTA PAC were successful in the March 6 Texas primaries: Sarah Davis (HD 134), Charlie Geren (HD 99), Lyle Larson (HD122), Lynn Stucky (HD 64) and Ag Commissioner Sid Miller… A Trainers Exam Prep Class is scheduled for April 11 – 13 at Lone Star Park. Early bird tuition of $299 is available through March 17, and afterwards tuition advances to $349. For more information and to register, go to groomelite.com or purplepwerracing.com.