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Breeders' Cup at Lone Star is Sold Out

The Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, is officially sold out, officials announced Sept. 22. All 51,034 reserved seats at the racetrack have been allocated, which makes for an advance-sales record for the event.

Countdown to the Cup: What to Expect at Lone Star Park

The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships comes to Lone Star Park. The question is, what to expect? Most fans and horsemen don't know a thing about Lone Star, mainly the dirt surface, grass course, and any track biases. So, sit back for the next eight weeks or so and follow the world's best horses on their journey to the unknown.

Cooksey, Threewitt, Haskin to be Honored

Retired jockey Patricia Cooksey, trainer Noble Threewitt, and Blood-Horse senior correspondent Steve Haskin have been selected to receive awards from the National Turf Writers Association during the organization's dinner Oct. 27 in Dallas in conjunction with Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships week.

Plans for New Texas Track Slow Down

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Plans to construct a new racetrack near the Texas City of Pflugerville have been put on hold while members of The Austin Jockey Club work with the city and county concerning traffic issues. The Texas Racing Commission was scheduled to hear a proposal from representatives of the track at its Aug. 12 meeting.

Future Bet Shelved; Jockey Wager in the Works

The Breeders' Cup Future Bet won't be offered this year, but an official said he hopes it eventually returns under a format whereby wagering would be offered on more than 24 interests. Meanwhile, talks are under way about a new wager tied to jockey performance in the eight-race series.

Kentucky Alters Rules in Connection With VS Cases

Kentucky has altered it regulations concerning vesicular stomatitis in the wake of new cases in Colorado. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture issued a release July 6 that said animals at three properties in Las Animas County and one property in Douglas County have been diagnosed with VS.

Smith Elected President of Texas Thoroughbred Association

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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

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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.

Kentucky Governor Eases VS Restrictions

Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher issued an emergency regulation late Thursday changing the restrictions on Texas livestock entering Kentucky that were imposed because of a vesicular stomatitis (VS).

No Signs of Disease at Lone Star

An examination of 1,450 horses stabled at Lone Star Park revealed no evidence of vesicular stomititis, a contagious disease that was discovered in three horses in southwest Texas.

European Union Places Restrictions on Horses from U.S.

All horses being exported from the United States to the European Union (EU) now require a negative (1:12) virus neutralization test for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS), a disease recently found to have infected horses in southwest Texas.

BC: No Speculation on Move From Lone Star

Breeders' Cup officials said it's far too early to discuss the probability of the World Thoroughbred Championships having to move from Lone Star Park this year because of an outbreak of vesicular stomatitis in western Texas.

VLT Provision Fails to Muster Support in Texas

Unless the Senate revives interest in the concept soon, it appears the Texas legislature will not legalize video lottery terminals at the state's five horse tracks and three Greyhound tracks.

Texas Governor Calls Special Session

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The addition of video lottery terminals at Texas dog and horse tracks will be one of the items discussed when the Texas state legislature convenes for a special session beginning on April 20. The special session can last as long as 30 days and the governor can call as many sessions as he wants.

TTA Delays Action on Recertification Ruling by Judge

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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.

Lone Star Park Charities Distributes $102,000

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The Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation for Grand Prairie distributed $102,000 to 19 Grand Prairie, Tex. charities on Tuesday during a brief ceremony at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie.

Judge Orders Recertification of Texas Stakes Winner

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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.

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.

McNair Among Honorees at TTA Awards Banquet

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Robert McNair, owner of Stonerside Stable and the NFL's Houston Texans, was among the honorees at the Texas Thoroughbred Association's annual awards banquet held on January 17 at Sam Houston Race Park.

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