News and Notes for April 10, 2020

ATB awards in connection with the 2020 Thoroughbred meet at Sam Houston Race Park should be in the mail by April 14th.

Due to the reduction in wagering, awards generated in March were much lower than usual.

Award amounts are based on the amount of ATB award monies available for the pay period divided by the purse money earned (PME) by accredited Texas-breds finishing 1 – 3 in any race at this track.

Based on this formula, award totals were calculated as follows:

Breeder Awards: 5.07399% of 1st/2nd/3rd PME
Owner Awards: 4.91615% of 1st/2nd/3rd PME
Stallion Awards: 3.18330% of 1st/2nd/3rd PME

For example, an ATB horse is eligible for owner, breeder and stallion owner awards for earning $10,000 in an open company race:

Breeder Award = $507.39

Regular Owner Award = $491.61

Stallion Owner Award = $318.33

Owner Bonus (Open Company) = $2,184.65

Total Awards = $3,501.98

The total amount of awards paid out for Owner, Breeder and Stallion Owner Awards for this period of racing at Sam Houston Race Park is $224,846.73. By law, 40% ($89,938.69) is paid for Breeders Awards, 40% ($89,938.69) is paid for Owners Awards and 20% ($44,969.35) for Stallion Owner Awards.

Also, if your horse placed first, second or third in an open company race during this meet, you will receive an Owner’s Bonus award totaling 21.84652% of purse money earned. The first 25% of total ATB Awards is allocated to the Owner Bonus Fund, which equates to $108,282.25 for this meet.

Congratulations to all, especially to those competing in open company races!

The Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park have announced that the upcoming Texas Summer Yearling Sale on August 24 will now include a horses of racing age session in lieu of having broodmares and weanlings.

For this year only, the mixed session will only be open to 2-year-olds and older horses of racing age. The change is due to the cancellation of the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, which could not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consignment forms will be in the mail early next week and are also available at

We continue to add more photos and videos of horses from the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale that are available for private purchase. You can view the entire sale catalog with dozens of photos and videos at Just click on a consignor’s name to view their contact info and negotiate a purchase. Thank you to all the consignors and potential buyers!

Horsemen are encouraged to check out these websites for updated information on COVID-19 resources for horse owners:

TTA continues to meet via conference call with TQHA, TABA, TPHA, the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership and other industry stakeholders on a regular basis to share information, discuss efforts to assist Texas horsemen during this difficult time and make plans to be ready at the earliest opportunity to resume activities that have been put on hold.