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'Guarded Optimism' on Eve of Texas Yearling Sale

Bolstered by the revival of racing in Oklahoma and the continued increases in purses in Louisiana, there is "guarded optimism" among Texas breeders and sales company officials on the eve of the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale.

Soggy Lone Star Still Draws Large Crowds

Soggy Lone Star Still Draws Large Crowds

Despite midday rain and constant threats of thunderstorms, Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, attracted 41,087 customers through its turnstiles for live horse racing and post-race fireworks July 3-4.

Slaughter Bills Advancing in Congress

A bill banning horse slaughter for human consumption was approved by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee April 25, while the House on April 26 voted 277-137 to ban the government from selling wild horses and burros for slaughter.

Illinois House Passes Anti-Slaughter Bill

The Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill April 18 that would outlaw horse slaughter for human consumption. Illinois is home to one of three slaughter plants in the country. The bill passed 74-41.

USDA Ordered to Halt Inspection of Horses for Slaughter

A federal district court ordered March 28 a shut-down of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that allowed the slaughter of American horses for human consumption to be paid for by the slaughter houses. The program was put into place shortly after Congress voted in 2005 to cut federal funding for inspections of horsemeat.

Proposed Texas Racetracks Win Licenses

Despite competition for wagering dollars and horses, the Texas Racing Commission granted three Class II racetrack licenses--one of them conditionally--at its March 20 meeting.

355 Cataloged for FT Texas 2-Year-Old Sale

Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 355 horses for its 2007 Texas Two-Year-Olds in training sale at Lone Star Park, in Grand Prairie, on April 3. The sale will be held in a continuous, single session beginning at 10 a.m. The under-tack show, over the main track at Lone Star, will be held on Sunday, April 1, from 10 a.m.

Federal Court of Appeals Affirms Horse Slaughter Illegal in Texas

The entire 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed March 5 an earlier panel decision upholding a Texas state law that bans the sale of horsemeat for human consumption. However, Texas Rep. Sid Miller filed a bill the same day that would allow the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the state.

Horse Slaughter Ruled Illegal in Texas

A federal appeals court ruled Jan. 19 that horse slaughter is illegal in the state of Texas based on a law from 1949. If the law is enforced, it would shut down two of the three slaughter plants in the United States.

Texas-bred Champions Honored

The 2006 Texas-bred champions were honored Saturday night as guest speaker Jack Knowlton of Sackatoga Stable told the crowd there will always be room for the little guy in racing.

Dixie Meister Named 2006 Texas Horse of the Year

Dixie Meister, a grade II stakes winner who earned $287,210 last year, will be honored as the 2006 Texas Horse of the Year and champion older horse by the Texas Thoroughbred Association.

Dodwell, Hayes to be Honored by Texas Thoroughbred Association

Ed Dodwell, owner of the Texas-based Diamond D Ranch training centers, and Dr. Katie Hayes, an equine veterinarian from Denison, Texas, will be honored by the Texas Thoroughbred Association at its annual conference and awards banquet Jan. 19-20 at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin.

Lone Star Switching to 4-Day Week in 2007

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie Wednesday was granted 99 live racing dates for 2007, including a 67-date spring Thoroughbred season that will cover 16 weeks from April 12 through July 29.

Waiting for Logic

By Dan Liebman - From the belt buckles to the Longhorns, things are big in Texas. How's this for big--one billion dollars. That's billion, with nine zeros.

Longtime Southwest Trainer Elmer Carter Dead

Elmer Carter, a World War II veteran who trained Thoroughbreds and American Quarter Horses in Texas and Oklahoma for several decades, died July 14 at the age of 80.

Helzers Donate $1 Million to AQHA's New Hall of Fame & Museum

The American Quarter Horse Foundation announced March 8 that it received a planned gift of $1 million from Jim Helzer, an AQHA executive committee member, and his wife, Marilyn. The donation will contribute to the foundation's capital campaign.

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