News and Notes for January 17, 2020

There are 10 races each on Friday (with 97 horses) and Saturday evenings (with 88 horses) with a 6:45pm first post.

Total handle for opening weekend was up 42% over last year’s opening weekend.  This year, 197 horses competed in 20 races versus 144 total runners in 17 races in 2019.

Things are definitely looking up!

Equine Equipment, a Georgetown, KY, company offering dedicated discounts to participants in the horse industry, has formed a sales alliance with New Holland, a leading agricultural and construction equipment manufacturer.

With roots firmly established in the farm-equipment industry, New Holland has a brand heritage reaching back to 1895, manufacturing low, mid- and high horsepower tractors, a full range of hay equipment including balers, light construction equipment and more.

“Equine participants are shopping for demonstrable value, making New Holland the perfect fit,” says Brett Davis, Vice President, New Holland, North America. “By working with Equine Equipment, we’re providing those in the horse industry exclusive savings opportunities from partners who truly understand and care about their operation.”

Equine Equipment works to understand the needs of each customer–including racetracks, large stables, ranches and veterinarians–and connect the customer with their local participating New Holland dealer. The partnership ensures the customer gets the right equipment for their operation at a discounted price, as well as great service after the sale. 

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has announced today that Big Ass Fans, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fans, has signed on with NTRA Advantage as the group purchasing plan’s newest partner.

Big Ass Fans joins other nationally known participating brands including John Deere, UPS, Sherwin-Williams, Red Brand Fencing, Office Depot and Suncast Commercial.

NTRA Advantage delivers substantial cost savings – through local dealers – on essential products and services relevant to their business. Since the inception of NTRA Advantage in 2002, industry participants have made $1 billion in purchases, resulting in $180 million in savings.

In addition to NTRA members, NTRA Advantage discounts are extended to members of other equine organizations including the Texas Thoroughbred Association.

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NOTES: The Texas Racing Commission will meet in Austin at 10:30 on Tuesday.  Included in the day’s agenda is discussion and possible action to allocate funds in the horse industry. Each breed registry has requested funds that will be used to grow the Texas horse industry.  Packet materials can be found at