News and Notes for June 29, 2018

Many thanks to the following people who participated in the live and silent auction benefiting the Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund (TTEF) and The Paddock Foundation at the TTA Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon last Saturday at Lone Star Park: Keith & Marilyn Asmussen, Denis Blake, Terri Cage, Craig & Tamarra Chambers, Jodi Dodwell, Sue Dowling, Vickie Eoff, Johnny Evans, Lois Isbell, Corey Johnsen, Lone Star Park, Sabina Pish, Sam Houston Race Park, Brant Schafer, Jim Shearer, Mary Shine, Doug & Ann Smith, Jennifer Stewart, Joan Tracy, Craig Upham, Russell Welch, Scott Wells, and Henry Witt.  A total of $2,900 was raised for the TTEF and $2,260 for The Paddock Foundation.

Your support is an investment in the future of Texans and the lifelong welfare of the Thoroughbred horse.

The TTA Board of Directors met on June 23rd and voted to change the format of the Texas Stallion Stakes Series, beginning with races for foals of 2017.  Instead of a single race for 2-year-olds and two races for 3-year-olds, the Series will comprise two races for 2-year-olds and a single race for 3-year-olds.  The Series will begin with a sprint race in the summer of 2019 at Lone Star Park, continue with a race at Retama Park in early fall (both for 2-year-olds) and conclude with a race for 3-year-olds at Sam Houston Race Park in spring 2020.  Races will be divided by sex, with purses to remain at $65,000 for each division.  The change was made to address difficulty in filling the 3-year-old races, and will result in an additional stakes for 2-year-olds at Lone Star Park.

In conjunction with the August Texas Yearling and Mixed Sale, a seminar is scheduled to take place in the Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion where representatives of The Jockey Club will make a presentation detailing the current requirements for foal registration and microchipping, a review of the interactive database, and explaining the process for the issuance and transfer of digital foal certificates, which came into effect with the foal crop of 2018.

A representative from will also be on hand to discuss various products available to horsemen.

There is no charge to attend, and everyone is encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the process and have your questions answered.  Stay tuned for details.

Please be aware that any mail sent to TTA on or after today should be sent to the new office address at 192 Cimarron Park Loop, Suite A, Buda, TX 78610-3085.
  Phone and fax numbers will remain the same.

Also, it is likely that TTA phone lines and computers will be down Monday, July 2 – Wednesday July 4th. Thank you for your patience.