News and Notes for June 5, 2015

Robert Luttrell’s unbeaten Accredited Texas-bred filly Promise Me Silver (Silver City – Uno Mas Promesa) — 1 1/4-length winner of the Eight Belles S. (G3) on May 1, Kentucky Oaks Day, remains on target for the $750,000 Acorn S. (G1) on the June 6 Belmont Stakes Day program at Belmont Park. The gray miss broke her maiden last May at Lone Star Park and has faced stakes company in every start since while competing at six different tracks.

Mike Smith will ride Promise Me Silver in the Acorn.   She has been given odds of 5-1.

Grandstand gates will open at 11:30am on Saturday and the first of Lone Star Park’s 11 live races is 1:35pm CDT. The first 10,000 fans with paid admission will receive a voucher to redeem in the saddling paddock for a poster of Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah from 11:30am until 4:00pm.  Post time for the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes live via simulcast is 5:50pm (CT).

The Bar & Book opens early at 9:00am. There are nine stakes races on the Belmont Stakes under card, including the Winstar Farm Easy Goer Stakes; the Grade II Woody Stephens Stakes; the Grade III Jaipur Invitational; the Grade I Ogden Phipps Stakes; the Grade II NYRA.COM Brooklyn Invitational; the Grade I TVG Acorn Stakes; the Grade I Longines Just A Game Stakes; the Grade I Metropolitan Handicap and the Grade I Knob Creek Manhattan Stakes.

NBC Sports Group programming for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes begins at 2:30pm ET on Saturday with the Belmont Stakes Prep, followed by race coverage at 4:30pm on the NBC Network and the post-race show at 7pm back on NBC Sports.

For the first time, NBC Sports Radio will present two hours of live Belmont Stakes coverage beginning Saturday at 5:00pm ET.

The Lone Star Park leader standings going into week nine have jockey CJ McMahon holding on to a 28 win lead with 53 over Lindey Wade, who is in second place with 25 wins. David Cabrera and Cliff Berry share third place with 20 wins each. Cliff Berry is just five wins away from win number 1,000 at Lone Star Park!  In the trainer category, Karl Broberg is on top with 43 wins. The owner standings still have Danny Keene in the lead with 24 trips to the winners circle.

Lone Star Park will open its stable area for two training sessions during the remainder of 2015. The summer session will be from July 26 – August 30, and the fall session will be from August 31 – November 21. Below are the details:

Cost: $6.50 per day per stall or $20 daily ship in & train (work or gallop) per horse.

Training Hours (Beginning July 27): 6:00 – 9:00am with no break, Mondays  – Saturdays. Track will be closed on Sundays (track will also be closed Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15 due to the annual India Festival).

Clocking: Official workouts will be available on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You must have a copy of foal papers in the Lone Star Park Racing Office, and the exercise rider must be identified and licensed by the Texas Racing Commission to get an official workout.

Gates: Yet to be decided.

For more information, contact the Lone Star Park Racing Office at or 888-4 RACING or (972) 237-1130.

Updates will also be available on the Lone Star Park website in the Horsemen’s Information section.

The Texas Racing Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 9 at 10:30am in the John H. Reagan Building in Austin.  The agenda includes a proposal to amend and repeal rules related to historical racing.

Last year, the TRC was responsive to the Texas Thoroughbred industry’s request to go forward with approving rules authorizing and regulating pari-mutuel wagering on historical racing.  In response, the Senate Finance Committee threatened to cut the TRC’s funding for enacting its rule-making authority.  And now, the TRC is taking steps to repeal those rules.

The TTA believes the decision to repeal the historical racing rules is both unnecessary and counter-productive to the longevity of both the Texas Thoroughbred industry and the TRC – the agency that exists to support our industry.

We encourage you to voice your opinion on the issue by sending an email to and/or attending Tuesday’s meeting to sign a card in opposition to repealing the rules.

With the recent rain and flooding across the state, mosquito activity is expected to increase. Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials encourage equine owners to consult with their private veterinary practitioner regarding vaccinating their horses against mosquito-borne illnesses such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE), Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis (VEE), and West Nile Virus.

“As part of routine equine health care, the TAHC recommends that owners visit with their local veterinarian to discuss a vaccination program to protect their horses against mosquito-borne diseases,” said Dr. Dee Ellis, Texas State Veterinarian.

For more information on mosquito borne diseases visit:

NOTES: Bret Calhoun won the 2,500th race of his training career Saturday night at Lone Star Park, when Ship Rock rallied late to win the second race…A new section is now available on the Sam Houston Race Park website ( so fans can keep track of horses, owners and trainers as they participate in race meets across the country… Retama Park has a new snapchat account at @retamapark for LIVE updates on all the exciting events to be held this summer at the track…Lone Star Park has joined the TOBA Owners Concierge,  developed to provide concise information presented in an easily accessible format (… The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced upon conclusion of a 90-day comment period that nearly 12,000 comments have been submitted directly to the U.S. Treasury in support of a measure seeking to modernize tax regulations related to pari-mutuel wagering. – See more at: …Best of luck to F J Uncle Vic, who is running in Saturday’s $100,000 Evangeline Mile, which was postponed from last weekend…We are still taking reservations for the TTA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on June 20 at Lone Star Park.  Contact the TTA office at 512.458.6133.