Two Texas politicians filed legislation March 3 to allow Texas voters to decide whether to allow slot machines at existing horse and Greyhound tracks along with federally recognized Indian reservations.
Fasig-Tipton's Texas division has cataloged 167 horses for its 2-year-olds in training sale at Lone Star Park April 5.
Grade III winner Grasshopper, who nearly defeated Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Street Sense in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), has been retired from racing.
A statewide poll conducted by Baselice and Associates shows 64% of Texans support slot machines at racetracks and Indian reservations.
The Board of Directors of the Texas Thoroughbred Association has passed a resolution in support of an ownership transfer of Lone Star Park from Magna Entertainment Corp. to Global Gaming, it was announced in a press release.
Sam Houston Race Park in Texas has canceled live night racing for Friday, Feb. 4, due to inclement winter weather.
Jim Jackson, whose horse Valhol finished first in the 1999 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) but later was disqualified, died Jan. 8 at his Rockdale, Texas, home.
The 2011 Texas racing season begins Jan. 21 with the opening of Sam Houston Race Park, which will offer a 27-day meet through March 7.
Canadian champion Too Late Now brought $50,000 to top the Fasig-Tipton Texas December mixed sale, which posted increases of 25.5% and 22.2% in its gross revenue and average price, respectively, from a year ago.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 349 horses for its Midlantic December mixed sale and 125 horses for its Texas December mixed sale.
Auctions are scheduled for Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, and Texas.
A greatly scaled-down meet offered fewer opportunities for horsemen but generated on-site gains at Retama Park, which wrapped up its live meet Oct. 23.
Silver City, a stakes-winning son of Unbridled's Song, and Clarence Scharbauer Jr.'s stakes-producing homebred Jet Phone, will enter stud at Scharbauer Jr.'s Valor Farm near Pilot Point, Texas for the 2011 season.
With an eye toward expanded gaming in Texas, Penn National Gaming, Inc. is assuming a 50% ownership interest in Sam Houston Race Park and two other pari-mutuel facilities in the Lone Star state.
Despite the struggles and uncertainty facing the racing and breeding industry in the Lone Star State, the Fasig-Tipton Texas Summer Yearling Sale recorded sizeable increases Aug. 30.
The auction will be held Aug. 30 at Lone Star Park.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 363 horses for its Texas yearling sale, which is scheduled for Aug. 30, beginning at 10 a.m. (CDT), at Lone Star Park. The number is down only 1.9% from last year's total of 370
Graded stakes winner Sing Baby Sing has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2011 at William S. Farish's Lane's End Texas near Hempstead, Texas.
The Texas Horsemen's Partnership will hold meetings in early July to allow members to get information on and ask questions about various proposals on future racing dates in Texas.
Larry T. Smith, a former president of the Texas Thoroughbred Association, died June 11 after a battle with cancer.
The quarantine at Lone Star Park was lifted after officials discussed an error in the reading of lab results that indicated three horses had equine piroplasmosis.
Two horses at Lone Star Park have tested positive for Equine Piroplasmosis. In addition, a third horse that left Lone Star and had been shipped to New Mexico also tested positive.
Texas stallion Jet Phone sired his first winner when his son Aces N Kings won April 16 at Lone Star Park in his initial start.
The gross and average prices held steady, the median was up, and the buy-back rate declined at the Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-year-olds in training sale held near Dallas March 30.
Horses scheduled to be offered include the offspring of such successful sires as Awesome Again, More Than Ready, and Tiznow.
They turn in the fastest works for the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Liams Legend, a 3-year-old son of Horse of the Year Saint Liam, will stand at Cedar Creek Farm near Brenham, Texas.
Princess Haya was named 2009 Texas Horse of the Year and champion female at the Texas Thoroughbred Association's annual meeting and awards banquet Feb. 20.
Fasig-Tipton has 223 entries for its 2010 Texas 2-year-olds in training sale at Lone Star Park March 30. The sale begins at 10:00 a.m. The under-tack show will be held March 28 on the main track at 10 a.m.
Trainer Eddie Milligan Sr. died Feb. 14 in Tyler, Texas.
New York stakes winner Angliana has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Mike Grossman's Eureka Thoroughbred Farm near Fredericksburg, Texas.
Median price increases 38.9% from a year ago while buy-back rate falls. Gross drops 21.7%
A Smarty Jones weanling and six mares have been added to the Fasig-Tipton Texas December mixed sale, which will be held Dec. 14 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 105 horses for the Texas December mixed sale, which will be held at Lone Star Park Dec. 14. The auction will start at noon (CST).
Retama Park reported mixed results with a 9% increase in average daily live attendance; a 15% drop in average daily live wagering, and a modest 4% decrease in average daily export wagering during the 32-day meet.
Leland P. Cook Jr., a successful Texas breeder/owner who raced 1993 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner Dixieland Heat, died Nov. 6 after a lengthy illness.
Chitoz, a course-recording-equaling stakes winner, will enter stud in 2010 at Mike Grossman's Eureka Thoroughbred Farm near Fredericksburg, Texas.
Due to the ongoing investigation into equine piroplasmosis in the state of Texas, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's state veterinarian's office has opted to require testing of all horses from Texas entering the state of Kentucky.
Due to the ongoing investigation into equine piroplasmosis in Texas, Canada has restricted the importation of horses from that state.
The Fasig-Tipton Texas winter mixed sale will be held Dec. 14, a day later than originally planned, at Lone Star Park.
Prince Prado, a 9-year-old son of El Prado, has been purchased by Sharan Powers and Kenny Thorp for stallion duty at their Country Gold Equine farm near Boyd, Texas.
April's Picture, the first winner by stakes-placed Silent Picture, won Sept. 4 by 6 1/2 lengths at Retama Park for owner/trainer Danny Pish in his first start.
Reduced to a one-day sale, the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling auction posted a gross that was down significantly Aug. 31 at Lone Star Park. Under last year's two-day format, 443 horses were cataloged, but only 319 were offered this year, contributing to a 43.9% decline in the gross, from $3,369,700 to $1,889,400. The buy-back rate rose from 36.6% in 2008 to 42%, with only 185 head selling. While the median increased to $5,000 from $4,500, the average dipped from $11,992 to $10,213, a 14.8% decline.
According to an old saying, "Everything is bigger in Texas," but Fasig-Tipton's yearling sale in the Lone Star State has gotten smaller. And that could be a positive development.
Richard and Frances Hessee, owners of R & R Farms near Goliad, Texas, have purchased trainer Robert Holthus' Kilkerry Farm and Training Center near Royal, Ark.
Lone Star Park ended its 2009 spring Thoroughbred meet, which was run from April 9 through July 26, with decreases in both attendance and handle.
Fasig-Tipton's Texas division has cataloged 370 horses for its yearling sale. The number is down 26.9% from last year's total of 506, and the auction's length has been reduced from two days to one. The sale is scheduled for Aug. 31 at Lone Star Park, beginning at 10 a.m. (CDT).
Even after an eight-hour hearing July 7, the arguments still aren't over concerning a May 2008 drug positive for one of Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen's horses.
Graded stakes winner Midway Road came through with his first winner when his daughter Midif won June 10 at Evangeline Downs.
Once again, the Texas legislature concluded its biannual session without passing a bill to legalize video lottery terminal at the state's racetracks. But the potential for a task force on the racing industry offers some hope for assistance.
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