News and Notes for December 9, 2016

On Sunday, December 11 there will be eight Accredited Texas-breds competing in three stakes at Remington Park.

In the field of twelve for the $300,000 Springboard Mile for two-year-olds are three Accredited Texas-breds, starting with stakes winner Imma Wild Bling (Too Much Bling – Imma Be a Wildcat), bred by Hall Family Trust, and trained by Charlie Haverkamp for Chuck Fisher.  The colt won his last out at Retama Park on November 5th in the $65,000 My Dandy division of the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes by over five lengths, and is listed at 15/1.

Danny Pish will saddle Keene Thoroughbreds LLC’s homebred My Golden Aura (My Golden Song – Cat Tale) who is listed at 20/1.

Tom Durant’s homebred stakes winner Raising Rumors (Sing Baby Sing – Loveyasister) is also listed at 20/1.  He won his last out by 3 ¾ lengths in a 6-furlong claiming race at Churchill Downs on November 18th.  He also won the $65,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile at July 29th.  R. L. Morse is the trainer.

A pair of Accredited Texas-breds are part of the field of seven for the $100,000 Trapeze Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going 1 mile. 

Bret Calhoun will saddle multiple stakes-placed Gold Shock (My Golden Song – Shocktime), a Scharbauer family homebred for owner Douglas Scharbauer.  Gold Shock was second in the Darby’s Daughter division of the $65,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Retama Park on November 5th, placed third in the $50,000 E. L. Gaylord Memorial Stakes on October 14th at Remington, and finished second in the $93,903 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at Lone Star Park on July 9th.  She has been given odds of 6/1.

J.R. Caldwell will send out Tickled by Elmo (Grasshopper – Proudtobeaprado) for Keene Thoroughbreds LLC. Bred by Danny Shifflett, the filly won her last out by 2 ¼ lengths in a maiden special weight race on November 5th at Remington and has odds of 30/1.

There are three Accredited Texas-breds in the field of 12 for the $100,000 She’s All In Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up going a mile and 70 yards, starting with the Scharbauer homebred multiple stakes winner More Than Most (Indygo Mountain – Better Than Most), trained by Bret Calhoun. The 3-year-old filly has a career record of 14-6-1-3 and over $216,000 in earnings, with wins in the $50,000 Fiesta Mile at Retama Park on October 29th, the $50,000 Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stakes and the $75,000 Got Koko division of the Texas Stallion Stakes.  She has odds of 7/2.

At 9/2 is multiple stakes-placed Chronologic’sghost (Parading – Platinum Streak), bred by Oak Haven Farm and owned by J. C. Racing Stable.  The 4-year old was 2nd in her last out in an allowance optional claiming races at Santa Anita on October 28th.  Trained by M. Badilla, she has a record to 23-4-4-6 with $121,124 in earnings.

Bred by Charles McKamie, C C’s Song (My Golden Song – Candy’s Cleopatra) now runs for owners Michael and Linda Mazock and is trained by C. Kardoush.  The 5-year-old mare won her last out by 3 ¾ lengths in a starter allowance race at Churchill Downs on November 6th.

Good luck to all!

1) December 31, 2016 is the deadline for accrediting yearlings (foals of 2015) at the TTA member rate of $200 ($250 for non-members). The fee to accredit foals of 2015 AFTER December 31, 2016 is $1,500 for TTA members ($1,550 for non-members).

2) Be sure that mares that will foal in Texas in 2017 are Texas accredited and that ATB race fillies have been converted to breeding stock before they foal to automatically be eligible for ATB breeder awards. You may email the mare’s name to me and I will verify the status.  NOTE: If a mare is not accredited before she foals, the only way to be eligible for ATB breeder awards on that foal is to pay a supplemental mare accreditation fee in the amount of $150 during the year of foaling.

3) December 31, 2016 is also the deadline to nominate eligible foals of 2016 to the 2018 Texas Stallion Stakes Series for $100. 

4) Nominate eligible foals of 2015 (not previously nominated) to the 2017 Texas Stallion Stakes Series for $500.

5) $100,000-estimated 2017 Texas Thoroughbred Sales Futurity:  Nominate foals of 2015 that passed through the ring at the 2016 Texas Summer Yearling & Mixed Sale and foals of 2015 that are consigned to and pass through the ring at the 2017 Texas Thoroughbred 2-Year-Old in Training Sale, as well as any Accredited Texas-bred foals of 2015 nominated via original consignor or buyer berths.

The two divisions of the TTA Sales Futurity will be the only 2-year-old stakes races run at Lone Star Park in 2017.

6) Nominate accredited stallions that will be standing in Texas in 2017 to the Texas Stallion Stakes for the 2017 breeding season.

Remember: Foals by stallions nominated to the Texas Stallion Stakes for the season in which those foals were conceived need not be foaled in Texas to be eligible for the Texas Stallion Stakes Series.

All deadline dates are email, fax or postmark dates, and forms are available at

NOTES: The barn area opens today at Sam Houston Race Park, with training starting December 16th.  Live racing returns January 20th… There is also a job fair at the track on December 15th from 4 – 7pm…The nominating period is now underway for the TTHBPA 2017 Board of Directors.  See for more information… The Texas Horsemen’s Partnership is seeking an individual to represent Texas horsemen as the THP Track Liaison during the Sam Houston Race Park live race meets. Part time, 12-15 hours per week from January through May. If you have knowledge of racing and want to earn some extra money assisting horsemen at the track, please contact them at (512) 467-9799…Ballots in the TTA Board of Directors election must be received by December 15th…The M2 Technology La Senorita S. at Retama Park was among ten races that were downgraded from Listed to non-Listed Black Type status for 2017 when the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association presented its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2017, the results of its annual grading session conducted Nov. 30 in Lexington…On Monday, Governor Abbott named Rolando Pablos as Texas’ next secretary of state, effective January 5th, saying Pablos is leaving his post as Texas Racing Commission chairman to take the position.