News and Notes for March 24, 2017

The Storm Cat stallion Western Gambler has been relocated from New Mexico to Texas and will stand at South Plains Veterinary Clinic in Slaton, near Lubbock. He will stand for a fee of $750 as property of Louis “Bud” Farr, DVM.

Bred by Overbrook Farm out of the Gone West mare Western Eternity, Western Gambler sold for $275,000 as a 2-year-old. Although he did not reach the winner’s circle in six starts on the track, he has found success as a stallion. Among the horses he has sired are Texas-bred Worthington, a stakes winner at Ruidoso Downs and Louisiana Downs; Kimbell, twice stakes-placed last year; and Captain Gambler, a stakes winner and Group 1-placed runner in South Africa. The stallion’s newest stakes winner is Hute, who won the $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes at Sunland Park in February to improve his record to 4-2-1-0 with earnings of $70,200.

On Saturday, Henry Witt’s homebred Witt Six (Drums of Thunder – Taitt Hill) will compete in a field of ten at Fonner Park in the $25,000 Budweiser Tondi Stakes.  The graded stakes placed 5-year-old gelding won the $50,000 Star of Texas Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on March 14 by a whopping 6 lengths.  He now has a career record of 36-9-4-9 with $213,431 in earnings.

Also on Saturday, multiple stakes winner Country Candy (Intimidator – Trifolium) will run in the $150,000 Purple Martin Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Oaklawn Park.  Bred by Keith Asmussen, she was purchased for $65,000 by Keene Thoroughbreds, LLC from the Texas 2-Year-Old Sale.  With a record of 8-3-2-1 and $122,980 in earnings, she has been given odds of 12-1.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Remember Me Rescue Gala and Fundraiser for retired racehorses.  The event will be at Lone Star Park on Saturday, June 3rd with an amazing buffet, cash bar, live and silent auction items to benefit the rehabilitation and retraining of retired racehorses and a chance to meet some racing celebrities.  For more information and to purchase tickets, go to

Reserved seating for Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie’s upcoming 2017 Thoroughbred Season is now on sale. Live racing begins on Thursday, April 20 and runs through Sunday, July 30.

Customers can purchase seats by calling the reservation line at (972) 263-PONY (7669) or via the track’s website at Reserved seating options range from $9 to $27 per person (includes admission), except on Big Event Days, which have separate pricing plans.

Big Event Days are the Triple Crown dates, Memorial Day and the Lone Stars and Stripes Fireworks Celebrations. These dates are as follows: Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 6; Preakness Stakes Day, Saturday, May 20; Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 10; Memorial Day, May 29; and Lone Stars and Stripes Fireworks Celebrations, Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4.

The 2017 Lone Star Music Series includes the Josh Abbott Band (June 16), Randy Rogers Band (July 7) and Pat Green (July 21).

If you plan to purchase at the upcoming Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training sale, please complete the Buyer Application on page 7 of the catalog, as well as the Authorization of Agent form on page 5 if you intend to use an agent.  These forms are also available at

The under tack show begins at 11am on Sunday, April 2 with the sale commencing at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 4.

See to view the interactive online catalog. Simply click on the hip number to see the pedigree page and any photos for that particular horse.  To see all photos, click on the blue “Images” box above the listings.

NOTES: Mark your calendars with the following dates:  The Texas Racing Commission will meet on Tuesday, April 11 in Austin…April 15 is the deadline to make the final sustaining payment of $350 in the 2017 Texas Thoroughbred Sales Futurity…May 31 is the deadline to accredit foals of 2016 for the least fee…June 12 is the deadline to make all reservations for the June 24 TTA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet (invitations will be mailing soon)…June 16 is the consignment deadline for the Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale to be conducted on August 21 (contracts mailing soon).