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.
Lone Star Park announced May 10 that it will cut overnight purses by 6% effective May 22, not run one stakes and cut the purse for three other stakes.
Texas stallions Grande's Grandslam and Serazzo died in April.
Intimidator was represented by his first winner when his daughter Ms Golden West won April 25 at Lone Star Park in her first start.
Stakes winner Special Rate sired his first winner from his initial starter when his son Valid Heart won April 11 at Manor Downs.
Got Koko, a grade I winner for Aase Headley and Paul Leung and a broodmare for Jess Jackson's Stonestreet operation, died from foaling complications.
The performance of the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training March 31 exceeded expectations when the average price held steady amidst tumbling figures at juvenile auctions across the country. The sale was held at Lone Star Park.
With sale prices unsteady across the country, the juvenile market in the Southwest will be tested for the first time this year during the Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-year-olds in training sale March 31.
Unbridled Classy, a daughter of Be Like Mike, and an Officer filly each covered an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5, turning in the fastest works for the distance at Lone Star Park March 29 during the under-tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Texas Trainer Tommie Morgan Dead
The Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation for Grand Prairie, a non-profit organization, awarded $60,000 to 16 Grand Prairie, Texas charities March 12 during a ceremony at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 237 horses for its Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training. The auction is scheduled for March 31 at Lone Star Park. The under tack show will be held at Lone Star March 29.
Some Texas lawmakers are trying again to establish Las Vegas-style casinos in the state, and they say now is the time to do it because the state needs the money. Racetracks would be included, according to legislation unveiled Feb. 24.
El Campo, a Deputy Minister grandson, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Dr. William C. Day's Cedar Creek Farm near Brenham, Texas.
Sam Houston Race Park will begin repairs to the roof of its grandstand, as well as additional construction to rebuild portions of the stable and track areas, weather permitting beginning Jan. 22.
Andrea Young has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Sam Houston Race Park and Valley Race Park in Texas, parent company MAXXAM Inc. announced Jan. 13. Young also joins the company's board of directors.
When the Texas legislature convenes Jan. 13, a bill to legalize alternative gaming at the state's racetracks is ready to be filed. The Texas racing industry has angled for video lottery terminals for the past decade, but in 2009, business will not be as usual.
Texas is among 27 states tracing and testing horses that may have been exposed to contagious equine metritis (CEM), a highly contagious disease that can be transmitted during breeding or artificial insemination. CEM can cause temporary infertility of horses. The disease, not known to affect humans, was first detected in the United States in 1978, then again in l979. In both instances, the infection was eradicated.
The Fasig-Tipton Texas December mixed sale, which was the last major Thoroughbred auction of the year in this country, followed the downward trend that has plagued the equine marketplace in recent months. The gross revenue plummeted 46.7% Dec. 14 compared to a year ago, while the average price dropped 36%. The median declined 14.3%.
The Fasig-Tipton December mixed sale, this country's last major Thoroughbred auction of the year, will be held Dec. 14 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. There are 221 horses listed in the catalog: 142 broodmares or broodmare prospects, 44 weanlings, and 35 yearlings or horses of racing age.
Freshman Texas stallion Sand Ridge suffered a fractured cannon bone while being led to his stall Oct. 27. After X-rays revealed the break was inoperable, the 13-year-old stallion was euthanized at Key Ranch near Salado.
The Texas division of Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 221 horses for its mixed sale at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie Dec. 14. There are 142 in-foal mares or broodmare prospects, 44 weanlings, and 35 yearlings or horses of racing age listed in the book.
Sam Houston Race Park canceled its 2008-09 meet and transferred 43 of its originally scheduled 65 days to Retama Park, a move approved by the Texas Racing Commission during a special meeting Oct. 28.
Fasig-Tipton will conduct 14 Thoroughbred sales in 2009 in five states: Kentucky, New York, Florida, Maryland, and Texas. There will be 25 days of auctions in all. The schedule begins with the Kentucky winter mixed sale in Lexington Feb. 8-9.
The 2008-09 Sam Houston Race Park meet probably won't make its Nov. 28 start date given extensive damage sustained by the track during Hurricane Ike, according to chief operating officer Andrea Young. Officials in Texas are studying alternatives should that be the case.
The Texas Racing Commission has awarded 162 Thoroughbred racing dates for 2009, the same number granted for 2008.
A Louisiana-bred colt by Even the Score brought the top price of $120,000 on a good opening day at the Fasig-Tipton Texas yearling sale in Grand Prairie.
After a record-breaking top price in 2007, the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale will return Aug. 25 to the Texas Thoroughbred sale pavilion on the grounds of Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. The sale concludes after its second session Aug. 26. Both sessions begin at 10 a.m. (CDT).
A total of 506 horses have been cataloged for the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale at Lone Star Park, Texas, which is scheduled for Aug. 25-26.
Texas Thoroughbred Association executive director David Hooper addressed the Greater Houston Horse Council July 21 in an effort to garner support for a new breed coalition, Texas Horse Organizations for Racing, Showing and Eventing, which is known as Texas HORSE.
Stakes winner Hi Teck Man's first winner, Lady Hi Teck, won June 29 at Lone Star Park in her initial start.
Prominent horse owner Maggi Moss will end her 1 1/2-year sabbatical from practicing law to defend leading trainer Steve Asmussen in a Texas case after one of his horses tested positive for a prohibited substance.
The Texas Racing Commission stewards at Lone Star Park have set a July 18 hearing for trainer Steve Asmussen after the horse Timber Trick tested positive for the prohibited substance hydroxylidocaine, a metabolite of lidocaine.
Trainer Steve Asmussen was notified June 26 that a horse in his care tested positive for the Class 2 substance lidocaine following a May 10 maiden special weight race at Lone Star Park, and his lawyer said Asmussen would fight the charge.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has ruled that horse meat may not be shipped through Texas en route for foreign destinations.
Boyd Browning said the sale of Fasig-Tipton will provide more resources for the auction company, which hopes to promote the business and recruit new owners.
Worldly Manner, one of the few sons of Riverman at stud, will stand at David Bailey's Two B Rockin Ranch near Bridgeport, Texas.
Dan Leary has been named director of communications for Lone Star Park in Texas. Leary has nearly three decades of sports public relations experience, including 14 years in the Thoroughbred racing industry at six different racetracks.
Fasig-Tipton Texas' 2-year-olds in training sale sees gross and average dip; median rise.
The Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training, scheduled for April 1 at Lone Star Park in Texas, has a higher quality catalog than it did a year ago, according to Fasig-Tipton Texas' director of sales, Tim Boyce.
A pair of fillies turned in the fastest breezes at an eighth of a mile during the March 30 under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Racing Compact, which currently authorizes multi-jurisdictional licensing for the pari-mutuel industry, is being offered as an alternative to possible federal regulation of aspects of the horseracing industry.
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