News and Notes for November 13, 2015

ONLINE AUCTION OF 2016 STALLION BREEDINGS NOW OPEN
Thanks to the generosity of stallion owners across the region, you have the opportunity to purchase a 2016 breeding season while at the same time helping the TTA’s Political Action Committee, General Fund, Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund or Paddock Foundation.

Internet bidding for the auction is now open with a closing deadline of 5pm Central on December 18, 2015. Contact Mary Ruyle in the TTA office at 512.458.6133 for details, or to donate a season.

To see the list of available stallion seasons and to place your bid, go to:

http://texasthoroughbred.com/stall…/online-stallion-auction/

SALE CONSIGNMENT CONTRACTS MAILED
Consignment contracts for the April 4, 2016 Texas Two-Year-Old in Training Sale at Lone Star Park have mailed, with an entry deadline of January 15th.

After the departure of Fasig-Tipton, the TTA Board of Directors stepped up to conduct the sale in order to provide members with a Texas venue to buy and sell horses. Tim Boyce will manage the sale for the TTA.

For more information, contact Tim Boyce at 972.523.0332 or Mary Ruyle at 512.458.6133.

THANK YOU TO THE TEXAS TRIBUNE FOR AN ACCURATE REPORT ON TEXAS RACING
The Texas Racing Commission is facing a precarious future, with state lawmakers now requiring that it get written permission to continue operating. It’s currently working under a 90-day extension.

Such uncertainty is a problem for horse breeders and trainers, who have to plan more than a year out from their next race.

Don’t miss this new video from Texas Tribune and be sure to share with all your contacts: http://bit.ly/1MpZjWg

AMERICAN PHAROAH NOMINATED FOR SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Triple Crown and Grand Slam Champion American Pharoah is among 12 sports stars to be nominated for the 2015 Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year Award. Since the award’s inception in 1954, no thoroughbred has ever won the honor. The editors of Sports Illustrated will make the choice of the award winner, but they will take into consideration the voice of the fans.

If you would like to cast a vote for American Pharoah, go to:  http://www.si.com/sportsmanofyear/2015/11/10/vote-si-sportsman-poll

TEXAS CASINO TO OPEN IN 2016?
Last month, the U.S. Department of Interior and the National Indian Gaming Commission ruled that the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas can operate games on its reservation in East Texas near Livingston, just as the Tigua Indians can on the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo reservation near El Paso. A legal challenge from Texas state officials could always delay or derail the plan, but if the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas has its way, they’ll be opening a casino early next year.

While the Alabama-Coushatta and Tigua tribes have been fighting with the state to allow gaming, the Kickapoo tribe since 1996 has operated the Lucky Eagle Casino in Eagle Pass, which features more than 3,300 machines as well as a private poker room and a high-limit gaming area.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article43627107.html#storylink=cpy

NOTES: The move this week by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman against daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel may have its vocal detractors, but the state’s racetrack owners with attached casino operations have come out in full support of the action taken by the state’s top lawyer… Oaklawn Park has received applications for more than 2,800 stalls – nearly twice the number of horses the barn area can accommodate. Overall, the track is projecting average daily purses of $475,000.