News and Notes for May 27, 2016

Lone Star Park has many events planned for Memorial Day, starting with Jockeys and Java. Come have breakfast at the track, see the horses’ workout and listen to the track announcer interview a Lone Star Park jockey. Afterward, take a bus tour to the barn area to see what goes on behind the scenes of horse racing. It all begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Courtyard of Champions.

Come meet and talk with the Lone Star Park jockeys from noon to 1:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your camera so you can take a selfie with your favorite or with all of them.

Catch rockin’ live music by the fabulous group Professor D! They will be performing on the Courtyard of Champions Stage from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Kids can enjoy an expanded Family Fun Park from Noon to 4:00 p.m. with pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, zip lines, a bungee trampoline, obstacle course, face painters, tattoo artists, spin art, carnival rides, games and more.

The first live race goes off at 2:05 p.m. and the racing card includes the 20th running of the $200,000 (G3) Lone Star Park Handicap.

Soft drinks, hot dogs and popcorn will only be $1 each, and beer just $2. *Discounted 12 oz. beer located at concession stands on the first & second levels of the Grandstand & Courtyard of Champions only.

We wish to thank all veterans for their service. Present your Military I.D. on Memorial Day and receive one (1) free General Admission!

The Texas Thoroughbred Association is pleased to announce that a mixed sale session has been added to the Summer Yearling Sale to be conducted on August 29 at Lone Star Park. This will mark the second sale held by the TTA, which in April held its first 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. Fasig-Tipton formerly managed the Texas sales in partnership with the TTA and Lone Star Park.

“We’ve already seen strong interest from around the region since we announced the yearling sale, and the addition of a mixed session should only increase participation from both buyers and consignors,” said TTA Executive Director Mary Ruyle. “We are thrilled to be working with Lone Star Park on this venture and to have Tim Boyce directing our sales. With a central location in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and a top-notch sales pavilion at Lone Star Park, we expect our sales to remain a leader in the Southwest.”

The 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale posted positive results with the average increasing more than 5 percent compared to the last auction held by Fasig-Tipton and buy-backs dropping to 19.7 percent from 33.3 percent.

The entry deadline for both the yearling and mixed sale sessions is June 6. The TTA has mailed out consignment forms, and they are also available on a new website dedicated to the TTA’s sales at

The Texas Thoroughbred Breeders Association Political Action Committee endorsed two successful Republican candidates in the May 24 runoff elections: Dawn Buckingham for Senate District 24 and Lynn Stucky DVM for House District 84. Both will face Democratic opponents in the fall.

NOTES: Remember to send in your reservations to attend the TTA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on June 18 at Lone Star Park…May 31 is the deadline to accredit foals of 2015 for the least fee ($75 for members; $125 for non-members).  Contact Jennifer Gibbs in the TTA office for more information…The TTA office will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.