News and Notes for December 15, 2017

Accredited Texas-breds will compete in three stakes at Fair Grounds on Saturday.

Silis (Early Flyer – Royal Soup) is in a field of five for the $50,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes for 2-year-olds going 6 furlongs.  Bred by Gerald Veal, the gelding runs in the name of Gerald and Brody Veal.  He has odds of 10-1.

Will Kari’s homebred She’s Pretty Lucky (Lookin at Lucky – Pretty Amusing) is entered in the $50,000 Letellier Memorial Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going 6 furlongs. She was a $42,000 RNA from the 2016 Texas Yearling and Mixed Sale and has a race record of 2-1-0.  The morning line has her at 9-2 in the field of eight and she is trained by E. Kenneally.

The 12-horse field for the $75,000 Bonapaw Stakes for 3-year-olds and up going 5 ½ furlongs on the turf includes stakes-placed Imma Bling (Too Much Bling – Imma Be a Wildcat).  Bred by Hall’s Family Trust, the 4-year-old gelding is owned by Flurry Racing Stables LLC (Staton C. Flurry) and is trained by Karl Broberg.  He has a career record of 30-6-7-4 with earnings of $132,797 and odds of 15-1.

On Sunday at Remington, there is a full field for the $400,000 Springboard Mile for 2-year-olds, including James Wessel’s homebred stakes winner Redatory (Oratory – My Silver Song).  Trained by Allen Dupuy, the gelding won the $100,000 Clever Trevor Stakes there on November 3rd by an impressive 2 ¼ lengths.  The morning line has him at 12-1.

Bret Calhoun will saddle Douglas Scharbauer’s stakes-winning homebred Howboutthiscowgirl (My Golden Song – Nothinbettertodo) in the $100,000 Trapeze Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going a mile. She won the Darby’s Daughter division of the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes at Retama Park on November 4th by 2 ½ lengths.  Her odds have been set at 12-1.

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen equaled a Remington Park record for most training wins on one program that was set by Wade White in 1993. The Asmussen operation saddled five consecutive winners from races three thru seven during a special Tuesday afternoon card at Remington Park. In the process of equaling the record, Asmussen surpassed the $2-million mark in season earnings, becoming the first trainer in Remington Park history to exceed that monetary level. Asmussen now has season earnings of $2,058,659 with three race dates remaining.

Broughton Farm in Odessa, Texas, has announced the addition of Live in Joy to its stallion roster for the 2018 breeding season. The son of champion turf male and leading national sire Kitten’s Joy will stand his first season for an introductory fee of $1,500, with a $500 discount to Texas-bred mares and a limited book.

Live in Joy enjoyed a long and productive career on the track with a record of 12 wins, eight seconds and eight thirds while earning $329,916 and racing through age 9. He kicked off his career with a victory at first asking as a 2-year-old going five furlongs on the turf at Arlington Park, and then as a 3-year-old he captured the Listed $100,000 Capital City Stakes at one-mile on the turf at Penn National Race Course. After a short three-race campaign as a 4-year-old, he went on to win nine more races at ages 5 through 8.

Live in Joy joins Shemanesque, a graded stakes-placed son of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, at Broughton Farm.

The farm also announced that 10 percent of stud fees paid will be set aside in a trust fund to cover aftercare and retirement for any foals bred on the farm.

There are new stallions available for the TTA’s online auction of 2018 breedings. Check out the list at The final round of bidding concludes at 5pm Central on December 21st.

The Texas Racing Commission will meet at 10am on Wednesday, December 20th in Austin.  Go to to see the agenda and accompanying materials.

NOTES: The Texas Thoroughbred Education Fund is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides scholarships to TTA members and their children. Make a contribution by December 31st for tax deduction purposes. This is also a great way to honor someone by making a contribution in their name. Scholarship applications are now available with a submission deadline of February 15 for the 2018-2019 school year. Contact Mary in the TTA office at 512.458.6133 for details…The AAEP Foundation and other equine organizations are accepting donations and mobilizing aid to assist the horses affected by the devastating fires in Southern California. You will find a list of several organizations to whom you can make a donation at this link:…