News and Notes for August 11, 2017

TTA is pleased to announce the return of our New Owners Seminar on Sunday, August 20th in the Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion at Lone Star Park.

Beginning at 10:30, the seminar is free to attend and provides an opportunity for attendees to learn more about buying horses at auction from a panel of experts discussing a variety of topics.

RSVP to 512.458.6133 or to  The agenda is below:

Horse Sale Seminar, Hosted by Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park

Introduction – Mary Ruyle, Texas Thoroughbred Association
Moderator – Denis Blake

10:30 am The Sale Company and Resource Materials
Speaker – Tim Boyce, TTA Director of Sales

10:40 am The Buyer and Options for Ownership
Speaker – Brad Grady, co-owner of 2017 Texas Sales Futurity winner Galactica and owner of multiple graded stakes winner Girvin

11:00 am The Veterinarian and Repository
Speaker – Jacquelyn Rich, DVM

11:20 am Conformation
Speaker – Bill Tracy, TTA Board of Directors, Eureka Thoroughbred Farm

11:40 am Pedigrees
Speaker – Walt Robertson

12:00 pm Equine Law
Speaker – Walt Robertson, Jr.

12:20 pm Appraisal and Insuring Your Horse(s)
Speaker – Lyndia Cotton, LCI Livestock Insurance

12:40 pm Sample Buyer Packet
Speaker – Jennifer Gibbs, Texas Thoroughbred Association

12:45 pm Question and Answer Roundtable

Join us at 6:30 on Sunday, August 20 in the Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion at Lone Star Park for our Pre-Sale Party.  This is a great way to beat the heat, enjoy cold drinks and hors d’oeuvres while visiting with friends, and put your name in the drawing for doorprizes.  The party is free to attend, and all are welcome.

A limited number of table sponsorships are still available at the low, low price of $100.  Contact Mary Ruyle for details.

An interactive online catalog is available now at To request a print catalog, call the TTA office at 512.458.6133 or send an email to

The Texas Racing Commission met in Austin on August 8th, but took no action regarding matters related to the agency’s funding.  The Commissioners voted to postpone those agenda items until a meeting can be held in September. The date has not yet been announced.

The TRC website now contains links to new RMTC brochures regarding Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies: Understanding the Risks and Understanding Environmental Risks.

Go to for more information.

Live racing returns to Gillespie County Fair Grounds this weekend, with a 1pm post time.  On Saturday, there are three races for Thoroughbreds.  Race 1 is a $7,500 4-furlong maiden special weight for 3-year-olds and up, with a field of 10 including 5 Accredited Texas-breds: Play for Joy (Waupaca – Abra Joy); Ravengaff (Gaff – Emporia); Gossip’s Terror (House of Terrors – Miss Gossip); Slick City Bling (Too Much Bling – City Slick); and White Walls (Seeking a Home – Isolde).

Race 9 is a $7,700 5 1/2-furlong allowance for 3-year-olds and up, with 5 Accredited Texas-breds in a field of 10: Sweet Dream Baby (Oratory – My Sweet Jolie); Expect Herman (Valid Expectations – My Lady Pearl); Sardaearly (Early Flyer – Sardis Lake); Valid Silver Charm (Valid Performance – Sail on Silvergirl); and Lazar Menchen (Gone East – Jared’s Twilight).

Race 10 is a $6,700 claimer for 3-year-olds and up going 7 furlongs.  There are 3 Accredited Texas-breds in the field of 10: Moon Hopper (Grasshopper – Summer Moon); Prince Isaac (Catienus – Cantrell Road) and Monster House (Uncle Abbie – Sexiano).

Sunday’s card consists of Quarter Horse trial races.