News and Notes for July 31, 2015

If you submitted a fingerprint fee to the Texas Racing Commission between February 1, 2015, through July 19, 2015, you may have overpaid and be eligible for a refund of $1.75.

A Request for Refund of Fingerprint Fee Overpayment form is available at the Commission Licensing offices, at, or upon request by calling 512-833-6699. The completed form can be mailed or faxed to the Commission or submitted to any TxRC Licensing office.

Lone Star Park will be open for training now through August 30th, Monday – Saturday, from 6:00 – 9:00 a.m. with no break.  The track will be closed on Friday, August 14th and Saturday, August 15th.

Cost is $6.50 per day, per stall and $20 to ship in and train – work or gallop.

Official Workouts will be available Wednesdays and Saturdays. You must have a copy of foal papers in the Racing Office and the exercise rider must be identified and licensed by the TXRC to get an official workout.

For more information: contact the racing office at 888-4 racing or 972-237-1130.

Accredited Texas-bred Thegirlinthatsong (My Golden Song – Belle of the Band) will take on 8 opponents, including 2-time Eclipse award winner Beholder, in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr.1) for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and up going a mile and a sixteenth at Del Mar on Saturday.  Bred by the late Clarence Scharbauer Jr., the filly has been given odds of 5/1.

Victoria Ashford’s homebred Bravura (Early Flyer – Coryphee) will run in the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes going 6 furlongs on Saturday at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort.  Trained by Bret Calhoun, the colt has morning line odds of 4/1 in the field of 9 two-year-olds.

The first condition book for the 26-day Thoroughbred meet at Retama Park is now available at  Late nomination forms are also available for the El Joven Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings and the La Senorita for 2-year-old fillies.  Both races are $75,000-guaranteed at a distance of one mile on the turf, scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd.

According to an article in The Blood-Horse, the American Association of Equine Practitioners has released a 10-point “Prescription for Racing Reform” that includes identifying treatment alternatives for exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage.

Also known as bleeding, EIPH typically is treated by administration of furosemide, which is marketed under the trade name Salix (formerly Lasix). According to the AAEP announcement, if an alternative of “equal or greater efficacy to furosemide can be found that will not require race-day administration, the AAEP will support the cessation of race-day furosemide.”

Recent efforts to prohibit race-day medication have focused on Salix, the only medication permitted for use on race day in most U.S. jurisdictions. The AAEP’s announcement marks the first time the Lexington-based organization with more than 9.000 members worldwide has indicated it would possibly endorse a race-day prohibition on Salix.

New York’s five offtrack betting corporations have canceled a simulcasting contract with Churchill Downs Inc., and have dropped the signals from the tracks controlled by the company.

According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, the OTBs, which negotiate collectively for signals, notified Churchill officials last week that they would exercise an opt-out clause in their existing contract. The OTBs pulled the Churchill signals on Friday.

Mike Kane, the president of Western OTB told the Form that the corporations objected to the price Churchill charged for the signals.

The discontinued signals include Arlington Park, Hoosier Park, and the Meadows. Should the dispute not be resolved, it could also include Churchill Downs and Fair Grounds later this year.

NOTES: If you have not yet paid your stallion’s Annual Administrative Fee for the 2015 breeding season, the deadline for late payment of $325 is August 1. Call Jennifer in the TTA office at 512.458.6133 if you have questions.  Also, remember to send us a copy of your Report of Mares Bred…A total of 4,164 yearlings have been cataloged for the 72nd annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale, to be held September 14-26.  September Sale catalogs will be available online at beginning Tuesday, August 11, and print catalogs will be mailed the week of August 24…A total of 188 head have been consigned to the Equine Sales Company’s Consignor Select Yearling Sale to be held September 2 in Opelousas, Louisiana. The catalog is available online at and printed versions can be requested by calling (337) 678-3024…We offer condolences to the family of TTA member Jack Strong of Longview, who passed away this week at age 85…The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) recently received confirmation from the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) of Texas horses testing positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The infected horses are located in: Newton, Orange, Liberty, Jasper and Jefferson counties. To date, there are a total of five positive EEE cases in Texas. We encourage everyone to vaccinate their horses…The next regular meeting of the TTA board of directors is slated for 3:00pm on Saturday, August 29 at Retama Park…Best of luck to American Pharoah in the Haskell on Sunday!