News and Notes for July 17, 2020

This weekend at Gillespie County Fair, there are 10 races carded for Saturday including an 870-yard mixed allowance, a 4-furlong-Thoroughbred maiden, a 5 ½ furlong allowance and the 5-furlong $18,500 Texas Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes for 3-year-olds and up with a field of 7.

The 5/2 favorite is Don’t Blame Dexter (My Golden Song – Don’t Blame Wayne) who is seeking to repeat his victory last year.  Bred by Three Feathers Farm and owned by Jose Alvarez, the 7-year-old is trained by Arnold Herrera.

Danny Pish will send out 3/1 Cowboy Bling (Too Much Bling – Frieda Frau) who he bred and owns in partnership.  Cowboy Bling last ran in June at Lone Star Park.

Completing the field are 6/1 Dr. Boehrer, 8/1 Dontbefoolish; 4/1 Frost Bling, 6/1 Texas Long Bow and 8/1 Wakefield.

Sunday’s card includes an 870-year mixed maiden and a 4-furlong Thoroughbred claimer.  Post time both days is 1pm.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again?  Third time’s a charm?  We are glad to see 4 previously postponed stakes back on the card for Wednesday, July 22 at Lone Star Park: the Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes, the Staunch Avenger and Pan Zareta divisions of the first leg of the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes, and the Lane’s End Danny Shifflett Scholarship Stakes, each with a purse of $75,000.

In other good news, Lone Star has announced an 18% purse increase, effective Sunday, July 19th.  The track will also add two additional race days: August 5th and August 12th. The races for those days will be previously cancelled races and brought-back book races.

Both divisions of the $100,000-estimated Texas Thoroughbred (Sales) Futurity have been rescheduled for August 11th.  With the necessary changes to the race schedule, the time between running the first and second legs of the Texas Stallion Stakes Series is not feasible, so both divisions of the second leg have been cancelled.  We hope to run them in January at Sam Houston Race Park.

The deadline for filing 2020 Reports of Mares Bred is August 1. For all Accredited Texas Stallions, TTA requires a copy of the Report of Mares Bred.

We will double check the accreditation status of the mares on a report and notify the stallion owner so that breeders are more likely to be eligible for ATB breeder awards on their coming foals.

If you file your Report of Mares Bred electronically, you have the opportunity to print the report before filing so that you may make a copy to send to TTA.  Please call The Jockey Club’s customer service department at 800.444.8521 with questions or visit their website at