News and Notes for October 5, 2018

About 440 off-track Thoroughbreds are competing this weekend in Lexington, Kentucky at the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. Competition got underway today in seven of the 10 divisions: Barrel Racing, Dressage, Eventing, Polo, Show Hunters, Show Jumpers and Ranch Work.

Three divisions are complete, and the top five will return on Saturday to compete in the Makeover Finale.

Congratulations to Victoria Smith of Heath, Texas and Direct Threat! Direct Threat (Americain – Misty Daylight) was purchased last year at the Retama Park Roses to Ribbons Horse Fair. They are currently in 6th place in the Show Hunter division and will also compete in Dressage.

Texan Michelle Patterson has Tolerable (Grasshopper – Take the Blame), a Texas-bred competing in Show Hunter and Free Style divisions.  He was bred by Jack Cook and race trained by Darrell Bravenec at Lone Star Park in 2017.

Warrior Dash (Unbridled’s Song – Jasmine Gardens) is competing in Show Jumper and Show Hunter for Texas trainer Lauryn Tevebaugh.

Texas trainer Marni Prater has Spirited Kitten (Tactical Cat – Recommendable) in Show Hunter and Dressage.

There are seven other horses with Texas connections including a pair bred by TTA member Richard Hessee. Goldhunt (Dove Hunt – Dawaytogold), an Arkansas-bred, who took third place in Polo and Texas-bred Cass’s Dove Hunt (Dove Hunt – Cassopolis), competing in Show Hunter and Show Jumper.

Cajun Flyer (Early Flyer – Louisiana Lace), competing in Working Ranch and Show Hunter; Grass Court (Grasshopper – Positive Spin), bred by W. S Farish, in Show Jumper and Show Hunter; Texas-bred Mula Run (Mula Gula – Choctaw Lady), bred by Sonny and Lynn Ellen, in Show Jumper and Competitive Trail, Stone the Devil (Stonesider – Samantha D.) competing in Eventing; and Texas-bred Triumph and Song (My Golden Song – Coryphee) competing in Dressage. Multiple stakes winner Triumph and Song was bred by Victoria Ashford and Troy Carmichael.

For more information and complete results, go to

The Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund is a source of funds available to benefit Texas Thoroughbred Association members and their children to further their educational opportunities.

Over $310,000 in educational grants has been awarded since the fund’s inception in 2005.

Eligibility requirements include having a current personal or parental membership in the    Texas Thoroughbred            Association with applicant being a full-time Texas resident for at least one  year prior to application deadline.

There is no age limit for applicants and scholarship funds are to be used for education at any accredited Junior College, 4-year University, Post-graduate Degree Program or other accredited to state-recognized industry/training program, whether in Texas or out-of-state.

Deadline for application is February 15, 2019 for awards for the 2019-2020 school year.

For more information, contact Mary Ruyle at or by calling 512-458-6133.

NOTES: The Texas Racing Commission will meet in Austin at 10:30am on Tuesday, October 9th.  Agenda materials are available at