News and Notes for August 17, 2019

ATB awards checks for the 2018 Thoroughbred meet at Lone Star Park were mailed yesterday.

Awards are based on a percentage of purse money earned by ATB horses placing 1, 2 or 3 in any race. The percentages are as follows:

Breeders: 10.14334% of purse money earned
Owner: 10.32591% of purse money earned
Stallion Owner: 6.43175% of purse money earned

Also, if your horse placed 1, 2 or 3 in an OPEN Company race, you will receive an Owner Bonus award equating to 19.77957% of purse money earned.

Congratulations, and be checking your mailbox!!

At their August 14 meeting, Texas Racing Commissioners approved the following live Thoroughbred race dates for 2019:

Lone Star Park TB Meet:  44 days, April 18 – July 21 with a projected purse per day of $160,000.

Retama Park Mixed Meet: 28 days (14TB – 14 QH), July 4 – September 11, with a projected purse per day of $100,000 for Thoroughbreds racing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning July 30th.

Dates for Sam Houston Race Park had already been approved; that 32-day schedule was revised to encompass January 25 – March 30, with a projected purse per day of $136,000.

Commissioners also approved 32 dates in 2020 for Houston, encompassing January 24 – March 28, with a projected purse per day of $136.000.

Gillespie County Fair was approved for their usual 8-day mixed meet for 2019 and 2020.

Commissioners also approved the transfer of pecuniary interest in Pinnacle Retama Partners, LLC to Penn National Gaming, Inc.

The change in majority ownership in Retama Park is to be accomplished by the following measures:

  1. Pinnacle Retama Partners, LLC (PRP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pinnacle, will undergo a divisional merger, creating a second entity, Retama Nominal Holder, LLC to hold the racing license;
  2. Simultaneously with (1), Pinnacle Retama Partners will transfer a majority interest in Nominal Holder to the Retama Development Corporation (RDC); and
  3. Simultaneously with (1) and (2), Penn National will acquire, through its acquisition of Pinnacle and, therefore, Pinnacle subsidiary PNK(SA), LLC (“PNK(SA)”), a 1% interest in the entity holding the Retama Park racing license.

As a result of these transactions, Nominal Holder, which will hold nominal, record title to the Retama Park racing license, will be owned 74.5% by the RDC, 24.5% by RPL Holdings, Ltd., and 1% by PNK(SA) LLC.  Accordingly, Penn National’s interest in the license, held through PNK(SA) LLC, is less than 5%, and therefore Penn National’s acquisition of Pinnacle does not violate the prohibition in Commission Rule 309.9(b)(10) on any person owning more than a five percent interest in more than three Texas racetrack licenses.

Check out the interactive catalog for the Texas Yearling and Mixed Sale at  The sale commences at 12:00 Noon on Monday August 27.  Buyer applications and authorized agent forms are available under the “Forms” tab.

Remember to register for the free seminar on navigating The Jockey Club interactive website with special focus on application for and transfer of digital foal certificates.  It is scheduled for 10:30 – noon on Sunday, August 26th. Email or call 512.458.6133 today to reserve your seat.

Join us in the Alysheba Room in the Lone Star Park grandstand on Sunday at 6pm for the annual Pre-Sale Party for consignors and buyers.  Get out of the heat, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, visit with friends and put your name in the drawing for door prizes.  We are still accepting door prize donations and table sponsorships – contact Mary at 512.458.6133 or via email to for details.

NOTES: Congrats to the connections of My Bling, the winner of the $65,000 My Dandy Division of the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes and to the connections of Cowgirls Like Us, winner of the $65,000 Darby’s Daughter Division at Retama Park on Wednesday…Kudos to jockey Eddie Martin Jr. who has now racked up 4,000 career wins…Check out this article on a universal  equine microchip look-up tool: