News and Notes for March 6, 2020

This year’s Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale has been set for Monday, August 24, at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. This will mark the fifth renewal of the auction held jointly by the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park. The entry deadline is June 15.

“We have a record number of entries for the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale on April 3, and we anticipate added interest in this auction thanks to all the positive things going on with Texas racing,” said Mary Ruyle, executive director of the TTA.

Up to $25 million annually is being pumped into the Texas horse industry thanks to legislation passed last year, and purses at the current Sam Houston Race Park meet and upcoming Lone Star Park meet are at their highest levels in many years.

With the enhanced purses at Texas tracks and added incentives for accredited Texas-breds, the Southwest region has never been stronger,” added Tim Boyce, sales director. “In addition to an added number of horses, we anticipate an increase in quality just like we saw with the consignments for the 2-year-old sale.”

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The TTEF Board of Directors is pleased to announce that five scholarships ranging from $3,000 – $7,000 per year were awarded for the 2020 – 2021 school year to the following students:

Lauren Chambers of Brock, a Pre-Med major at Texas Tech University; Ciara Lackey of Millsap, a nursing major at Southern Nazarene University; Mackenzie Bingham of Spring, a Dance Performance major at SUNY Purchase College; Devyn Bretthorst of Allen, an Equine Studies/Agriculture major at Texas A&M Commerce; and Bailey Smith of Clarksville, a Communication Sciences and Disorders major at Oklahoma State University.

Congratulations to all!

For information on available scholarships, or to make a donation, contact Mary Ruyle at 512.458.6133.

NOTES: We are still accepting reservations to attend the TTA Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday, March 21st. If you would like to donate an auction item to benefit the Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund or The Paddock Foundation, contact the TTA office asap…The TTA Board of Directors will meet at 10:00am on March 21st at Sam Houston Race Park…The Winter 2002 issue of American Racehorse magazine is now available online at…A Racehorse Owners & Trainers Prep Class has been scheduled for April 4-7 at Lone Star Park. For more information go to…The U.S. Department of Homeland Security communicated to Congressional offices its intent to release 35,000 additional H-2B visas for the summer season of Fiscal Year 2020. This nonimmigrant visa program is used by many industries that need temporary non-agricultural help when domestic workers are unavailable. For the horse racing industry, racehorse trainers rely heavily on the H-2B program to fill various backside positions.