News and Notes for June 3, 2016

Saturday’s $60,000 Need for Speed Stakes going 5 furlongs on the turf at Evangeline Downs has drawn a field of 7, including 3 Accredited Texas-breds.

Multiple stakes winner Solar Charge (Authenticate – Another Sunlit) is the second favorite in the race with 7/2 odds.  The 9-year-old gelding runs for breeder Carolyn Barnett, who now owns him in partnership with Becky Harding.  Solar Charge is coming off a May 19 win in a 6-furlong turf allowance.  He boasts a career record of 71-18-17-17 and $544,339 in earnings.

Bred by John T. L. Jones Jr., 5-year-old Reflector (Readys Image – Passionate Dancer) runs for owner Preston Stables LLC and has been given odds of 9/2.

The morning line has Janet Marden’s homebred Tiz Cherry Wine (Tiz the One – Miss Cherry).at 12/1.

Good luck to all!

Please note that June 6 is the entry deadline to enter yearlings in the Texas Summer Yearling Sale to be held at Lone Star Park on August 29.  It is also the deadline to enter horses in the Mixed Session to be conducted following the yearling sale session.  For more information or to download consignment forms, go to

Join us for the TTA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet at Lone Star Park on June 18 to meet new friends, renew acquaintances and enjoy some great Texas racing, including the 5th annual renewal of the Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stakes.

During the awards ceremonies, the Texas Champion “Horse of the Year” and the owners and breeders of the champions of each racing division will be honored, along with the recipients of the Allen Bogan Memorial Award for TTA Member of the Year and the T. I. “Pops” Harkins Award for Lifetime Achievement.  Current Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund scholarship recipients will be introduced, along with an update on the activities of The Paddock Foundation, a non-profit corporation dedicated to the lifelong welfare of the Thoroughbred horse. Tickets are $65 each; call Mary Ruyle in the TTA office at 512.458.6133 to pre-register.

The Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund has awarded almost $300,000 in scholarships since the fund’s inception in 2005 We regard these scholarships presented to TTA members and their children as an investment in the future of Texas.

A few years ago, TTA formed The Paddock Foundation as a non-profit corporation with a mission to support and advance the care of Thoroughbred racehorses after their racing careers by supporting rescue, retirement, rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming. This year, The Paddock Foundation has provided financial support to LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-racers (LOPE), Remember Me Rescue and CANTER Texas.

At the upcoming Texas Thoroughbred Association Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on June 18th at Lone Star Park we will conduct both live and silent auctions of items to benefit both of these organizations.

Would you consider donating an auction item to these worthy endeavors? Items may include, but are not limited to, sports or other event tickets, use of racetrack suites, gift certificates, jewelry, feed, discounts on goods or services such as horse transportation, books, memorabilia and artwork.

Please contact Mary Ruyle no later than the close of business on Friday, June 10th to make your tax deductible donation. She can be reached at 512.458.6133 or by email to
Where do you find off the track Thoroughbreds for sale? Look no further than the Roses to Ribbons Old Fashioned Horse Fair on July 9 at Lone Star Park. The horse fair was created to make it easy for buyers and sellers to find each other.

At the horse fair, racehorse trainers bring horses ready for a new career up to the saddling paddock. There, prospective buyers can look at a large number of available horses in one place. If a buyer sees a horse that interests them, they make their own deal with the trainer. Some horses are sold right at the event. Other times, prospective buyers will make arrangements to schedule a pre-purchase exam for the horse at a later time. Everything is worked out individually between the buyer and seller. This is not an auction.

The Roses to Ribbons Old Fashioned Horse Fair is a great opportunity to find a prospect at a reasonable price for any discipline.

The fair also features a variety of vendors at the event. Tack and clothing, artists, racehorse re-homing groups and more are set up in the saddling paddock. If you are interested in being a vendor at the event, or presenting a horse for sale, go to for information.

Roses to Ribbons is held prior to the conclusion of each Thoroughbred meet at the three major tracks in Texas.

NOTES: Congrats to trainer Danny Pish who now has won a milestone 2,000 races…The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is pleased to announce Dr. Andy Schwartz has been named Texas’ state veterinarian and TAHC’s executive director… The next meeting of the Texas Racing Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14 in Austin….Plan to attend the June 24 Remember Me Rescue Fundraiser and Gala at Lone Star Park…For details, go to