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.
Applications for seats to this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park in Texas will be available beginning Wednesday, Jan. 21. Seating for the Oct. 30 event is priced at $25 to $125.
Grade I winner Millennium Wind's first reported foal is a filly born Jan. 11 at Charlie Ham's Hamton Farm near Montalba, Texas.
Sam Houston Race Park has cut purses after handle failed to meet purse projections. Overnight purses were adjusted 7%, effective Dec. 18, 2003 with the cuts to stakes purses beginning Jan. 17.
The Texas Racing Commission has authorized the Texas Medical Diagnostic Laboratory to increase the amount of ELISA tests it conducts and decrease the number of screens it evaluates from urine samples collected for post-race analysis.
The 24th Mistletoe Ball - the annual holiday fundraiser and major social event put on by the Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation for Grand Prairie - raised more than $59,000 for Grand Prairie charities when it was staged Dec. 6 at The Ruthe Jackson Center in Grand Prairie, Texas.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Let's hope other track operators have learned something from the NYRA investigation. Meanwhile, a review of other top events of '03 shows optimism for the New Year within racing, breeding, and auction sectors of the industry.
Construction on a 10,000 square foot hall, to be situated above Lone Star Park's trackside patio on the east end of the grandstand, began in early December.
Hadette, a mare in foal to Yes It's True, brought the top price of $35,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Texas December mixed sale Sunday at Lone Star Park.
Lone Star Park has ended its relationship with the Southern Racing Cooperative due to a possible conflict of interest in the future.
Graded stakes winners American Spirit and Semoran will stand the 2004 breeding season at Drs. Ken and Linda Quirk's Q6 Ranch near Belton, Texas.
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.
The Equine Protection Network (EPN) kicked off a national horse slaughter awareness campaign in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Indiana with billboards proclaiming, "Keep America's Horses in the Stable and off the Table!" The EPN also has launched a new website, SaveAmericasHorses.com to educate Americans about horse slaughter.
Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association released the official event logo for the 21st Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004 at Lone Star Park in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, Tex.
Lone Star Park officials are heading to Europe to publicize the track in advance of the 2004 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. To help with publicity, Lone Star Park is sponsoring a race on the first day of Newmarket's Cambridgeshire Meeting on Oct. 2.
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.
The Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame will induct jockey Cash Asmussen, trainer Willard Proctor, and graded stakes winner Two Altazano Oct. 4 during ceremonies at Retama Park near San Antonio.
Breeders from the United States and Canada were honored Sept. 5 during a luncheon that included a call for the industry to get behind efforts to restore the NTRA Great State Challenge to the racing calendar for 2004.
Because of a malfunctioning air conditioning system, buyers were hot and sweaty at the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling auction Monday. But the uncomfortably high temperature in the sale pavilion at Lone Star Park didn't seem to reduce their enthusiasm for acquiring horses.
The Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale will be held Monday at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
As the Seabiscuit movie began winning over national audiences, two influential Texas racing associations renewed their commitment to the protection of Thoroughbreds.
Texas stallion Claudius scored his first winner from his first starter when Hi Teck Man posted his first win in his second career start in a 4 1/2 furlong maiden special weight contest on June 21 at Ruidoso Downs.
As the Texas legislature prepares to end its biennial regular session June 2, it appears approval for video lottery terminals at racetracks would have to wait.
- By Tim Price
With business lagging behind by about 7% compared with last year, officials at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie are contemplating a purse cut as the racetrack nears the midway point of its 70-date racing season.
The Texas Horsemen's Partnership has asked its 5,000 members to send e-mail or letters to Gov. Rick Perry and state legislators asking them to support a bill that would legalize video lottery terminals at the 10 licensed horse and dog tracks in the state.
Catherine Wills' and Peter Karches' Dynever has been installed as the 7/5 favorite for Saturday's $500,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) over nine furlongs.
Dynever, the easy winner of the $250,000 Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park in his last start, drew post five in a field of 13 3-year-olds for Saturday's $500,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) at Lone Star Park.
Magna Entertainment Corp. has plans for new pari-mutuel wagering machines designed to make betting easier for first-timers, officials said May 1 during a press conference after the company's annual meeting.
- By Tom LaMarra
Though a self-imposed deadline has passed, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues to look for ways to bring back the Great State Challenge for 2003. Sponsors are being sought in earnest for the event, which debuted last year.
- By Tom LaMarra
Officials in Texas said support for racetrack gaming continues to grow in state government and in communities with pari-mutuel facilities.
Lone Star Park officials have sealed the deal to host the 2004 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Call Me Lefty, winner of two Texas Stallion stakes, was voted horse of the meet for the 2002/03 Sam Houston Race Park meeting. The 3-year-old Texas-bred is owned and bred by the Christine S. Moore Family Limited Partnership and is trained by Tommie Morgan. He was also named top 3-year-old of the meet.
A Roar colt named Western Roar zipped an eighth of a mile in :10 Sunday at Lone Star Park to lead the way during the second under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Texas Sen. Ken Armbrister recently filed a bill to legalize video lottery terminals at the 10 licensed horse and dog racetracks in the state. The legislation apparently cames in response to pleas for alternative gaming at tracks from the Texas Horsemen's Partnership, the Texas Racing Agri-Industry Council, and the Texas Thoroughbred Association.
Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will ride at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie on opening night, Thursday, April 3.
Country music legend Willie Nelson will perform at Lone Star Park April 4, following the night's racing program. Post time is 6:35 p.m., with the concert beginning immediately after the final race. The concert will be free with $3 general admission to the track and $10 after 9 p.m.
Antibodies for erythropoeitin, a blood-doping substance commonly known as EPO, were found in six racehorses at Sam Houston Race Park, the Dallas Morning News reported Feb. 18.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Great State Challenge will return to the calendar in 2003 if agreements are reached between a host site and horsemen's groups, and if "financial and other adjustments" are made, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said Feb. 13 after a board of directors meeting in Florida.
Because of increased concerns over homeland security, the Texas Racing Commission will soon require personnel to show proof of identity prior to receiving a license to work at a Texas racetrack.
John Adger was elected president of the Texas Thoroughbred Association. The election took place at their annual board meeting Jan. 17 at the Hilton Airport Austin in Austin, Texas.
The Texas Thoroughbred Association honored their best of 2002 at their Horse Racing/Breeding Conference and Annual Meeting in Austin the evening of Jan. 18. The winner of the prestigious T.I. "Pops" Harkins award went to Keith and Marilyn Asmussen of Larado, Texas.
Leo's Last Hurrahy will be honored as 2002 Texas Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old colt/gelding during the Texas Thoroughbred Association's awards banquet at the Hilton Austin Airport on Jan. 18.
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.
The El Primero Fair Association backed by Cash, Marilyn, and Keith Asmussen and the Laredo National Bank has decided to withdraw its application to open a non-profit Class 3 racetrack near Laredo, Texas.
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.
It came down to the last race of the Great State Challenge, with Kentucky edging out Florida for bragging rights of the inaugural event held today at Sam Houston Race Park.
The Texas Racing Commission voted 4-2 Wednesday to suspend James Donnan 60 days from his owner's license for submitting an incorrect Texas-bred accreditation statement to the Texas Thoroughbred Association for Chauffe Au Rouge, who went on to win two stakes races restricted to Texas Thoroughbreds.
Take Charge Lady and Forbidden Apple are among the favorites in their divisions of Saturday's Great State Challenge at Sam Houston Race Park.
City Street, a track-record-setter and –equaler in his two starts as a 2-year-old, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Bullard Farms near Weatherford, Texas
Horsemen's associations from 11 states have submitted their selections for starting positions in the first NTRA Great State Challenge, presented by John Deere and Fed Ex, on Dec. 7 at Sam Houston Race Park in Texas.
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