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TTA Honors Groves, Palmieri

Helen Kleberg Groves, whose family owned the world-famous King Ranch, will receive the T. I. "Pops" Harkins Award from the Texas Thoroughbred Association during the TTA's 50th anniversary celebration and annual conference June 23-25 at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott in Marble Falls, Texas.

Lukas to Speak at TTA Conference

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will be the keynote speaker at the Texas Thoroughbred Association's annual conference and awards banquet as part of the association's 50th anniversary celebration. Lukas, a four-time Eclipse Award winner, is the all-time leader among trainers with earnings of more than $240 million and holds the record for the most Breeders' Cup wins by a trainer with 17.

Leaving On My Mind Named Texas Horse of the Year

Leaving On My Mind, a four-time stakes winner for breeder/owner George Wolff of Boerne, Texas, will be honored as the 2004 Texas Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old colt/gelding by the Texas Thoroughbred Association.

Smith Elected President of Texas Thoroughbred Association

Larry Smith, the owner and breeder of 1998 Texas Horse of the Year Thomas Jo, has been elected to serve as president of the Texas Thoroughbred Association. Smith's term began during the first meeting of TTA board of directors June 24.

Hunt to Be Honored by TTA During Luncheon

The Texas Thoroughbred Association will present the T.I. "Pops" Harkins Award to Texas owner and breeder Nelson Bunker Hunt during a June 25 luncheon at the Arlington Wyndham Hotel in Arlington, Texas.

TTA Delays Action on Recertification Ruling by Judge

The Texas Thoroughbred Association has made no decision on whether to appeal the ruling by Texas Judge Charles Mitchell that ordered the association to recertify Chauffe Au Rouge as an accredited Texas-bred racehorse. The TTA temporarily suspended action on the matter during its Feb. 19 board of directors meeting.

Judge Orders Recertification of Texas Stakes Winner

Texas Judge Charles Mitchell has ordered the Texas Thoroughbred Association to recertify Chauffe Au Rouge as an accredited Texas-bred racehorse. Mitchell made the decision Feb. 6 in response to a lawsuit filed against the TTA by James Donnan and Gerald Mackey, owners of the 8-year-old bay gelding by Red Attack.

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Suffolk Downs hires new racing secretary, Texas Thoroughbred Association launches new web site.

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

By Ray Paulick -- Kentucky legislators can't learn everything about the horse business in the few weeks that remain before the session deadline to file bills. It requires professional lobbyists, but it also takes commitment from the rank and file.

Sam Houston Gets OK to Apply for Laredo License

A Sam Houston Race Park management team has received the green light from the Texas Racing Commission to begin applying for a license to operate a Class 2 racetrack in southwest Texas.

Texas Official: Constitutional Amendment for Gaming

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has declared voters must approve an amendment to the state constitution before any of the 10 licensed horse or Greyhound tracks in Texas can install video lottery terminals.

VLT Legislation 'Hot Topic' at TTA Conference

Impending legislation to install video lottery terminals (VLTs) at pari-mutuel facilities in Texas drew a packed house at the Texas Thoroughbred Association's annual conference on Jan. 18. The conference, which culminated in their annual awards dinner, took place at the Hilton Austin Airport hotel in Austin.

Owner May Take Texas Suspension to Court

Now that the Texas Racing Commission has voted to suspend his license for two months, James Donnan, the embattled owner of the racehorse Chauffe Au Rouge, plans to take his case to a Texas district court.

Texas Renews Equine Drug-Testing Contract

The Texas Racing Commission has renewed its drug-testing contract with Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, and also approved some changes in the racing schedule at Manor Downs for 2003.

Valid Expectations Colt Tops Fasig-Tipton Texas Sale

A weanling colt by North America's leading first crop sire, Valid Expectations, brought $60,000 to top the Texas Thoroughbred Association's mixed sale that was conducted by Fasig-Tipton on Sunday. Tom Durant purchased the colt from Roger Daly, agent for the complete dispersal of Kellie Creek Farm.

Valid Expectations Colt Tops Fasig-Tipton Texas Sale

A weanling colt by North America's leading first crop sire, Valid Expectations, brought $60,000 to top the Texas Thoroughbred Association's mixed sale that was conducted by Fasig-Tipton on Sunday. Tom Durant purchased the colt from Roger Daly, agent for the complete dispersal of Kellie Creek Farm.

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Racing Legislation Vetoed in Texas

Texas Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a bill that would have, among other things, increased the amount racetracks receive from the simulcasting of Greyhound races. The veto is expected to have some impact on horsemen.

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Stakes horses work; Surfiside's 3/4-sister scratched from debut; First Winner for first-crop sire Prenup; Texas Thoroughbred Association fills positions; Monmouth cancels card after first race Wednesday

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