Major change is coming for Texas racing in 2007, with a decrease of more than a half-million dollars in funds for the Thoroughbred accredited Texas-bred program and almost three months without Thoroughbred racing.
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.
Littleexpectations, represented by his first stakes winner from his first crop Sept. 23 when King of the Roxy won the grade II Belmont Futurity, will move back from Texas to Kentucky for the 2007 breeding season.
Longtime Texas horsewoman Frannie Stewart died Sept. 20 after a long battle with cancer.
A bay daughter of Include topped day one of the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale Monday at Lone Star Park, bringing a final bid of $140,000 from Central Kentucky horseman Mike Akers of Dapple Bloodstock.
The 2006 Fasig-Tipton Texas Summer yearling sale is scheduled to kick off its two-day run Monday and sales company officials are optimistic about positive returns.
Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 439 yearlings for its Texas summer yearling sale Aug. 28 and 29 at Lone Star Park.
Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 439 yearlings for its Texas summer yearling sale at Lone Star Park Aug. 28-29.
- By Dan Liebman
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.
On-track business remained stable during Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie's 10th spring Thoroughbred season as approximately 6,900 customers passed through the turnstiles daily and wagered more than $1.05 million on average during the 66-date meeting that concluded Sunday.
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.
Sunny's Halo will be re-interred at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs, where he raced to his greatest triumph in the 1983 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
The popularity of Louisiana-breds fueled Tuesday's increases at the Fasig-Tipton Texas auction of 2-year-olds in training.
A colt from the first crop of Officer and an Ide filly named Tensas Yucatan sizzled in their works, each covering an eighth of a mile in :10 Sunday at Lone Star Park during the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training.
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.
The Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation for Grand Prairie, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, awarded $60,000 to 14 Grand Prairie, Texas charities March 7 during a ceremony at Lone Star Park.
The Texas Racing Commission has voted unanimously to rejoin the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
Former Pennsylvania racing executive Drew Shubeck has been named vice president and general manager of Lone Star Park, which is owned by Magna Entertainment Corp. Shubeck replaces Jeff Greco.
Serazzo, a grade I-placed son of Kris S., has been retired from racing to stand at Momac Farms near Decatur, Texas.
The postponed annual Assembly of the Jockeys' Guild has been rescheduled for Feb. 27-28 at the Solana Marriott in Dallas.
The Lone Star Park Handicap received a $100,000 boost to $400,000 and the $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup Handicap was elevated to grade III status for 2006, two highlights on Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie's 37-race, $3.83 million spring Thoroughbred season stakes schedule that was announced Friday.
Midway Road, a multiple graded stakes winner at Keeneland and runner-up in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will stand at William S. Farish's Lane's End Texas near Hempstead, Texas, instead of at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Business slumped at the Fasig-Tipton Texas December mixed sale Sunday at Lone Star Park.
Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 277 head for the Texas mixed sale at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas on Dec. 11.
Wimbledon, winner of last year's Louisiana Derby (gr. II), has been retired for stallion duty at Clarence Scharbauer Jr.'s Valor Farm near Pilot Point, Texas.
Pass the Peace, a half-brother to successful first-crop sire Forest Camp, will enter stud at Charlie Ham's Hamton Farm near Montalba, Texas.
George McDermott will be the new track superintendent at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Sam Houston Race Park will shut down Sept. 22-24 because of Hurricane Rita, which is approaching the United States coast.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie had its request for 98 live racing dates in 2006 approved at Wednesday's Texas Racing Commission meeting in Austin, Texas. The schedule includes a 66-date spring Thoroughbred season over 15 weeks from April 13 to July 23.
Hurricane Katrina and the lack of expanded gaming legislation in Texas contributed to declines in the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Texas yearling sale held Aug. 29-30 at Lone Star Park. Final figures for the two-day sale showed declines in gross, average, and median from a catalogue that was 33% larger than last year.
A New York-bred daughter of Orientate sold for $130,000 Monday to top the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Texas yearling auction at Lone Star Park. Texan Terry Blanton signed the ticket for the strapping dark bay filly.
Like most yearling sales thus far this year, the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale will be bigger than last year, and sale company officials are also hoping it will continue on an upward pattern. There are 545 horses catalogued for the auction, an increase of 33.9% over last year's figure of 407. The sale is conducted Monday and Tuesday at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.
Naevus, the sire of 29 stakes winners and earners of more than $21 million, was euthanized Aug. 12 due to complications from laminitis.
Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 545 horses for its Texas summer yearling auction, which will be held at Lone Star Park Aug. 29-30.
A field of eight 3-year-old fillies has been drawn for Saturday's $100,000 Lone Star Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on turf.
Madeleine Paulson, widow of legendary horse breeder and owner Allen Paulson, is planning to marry Texas energy magnate T. Boone Pickens in the next couple of weeks.
Throughout the annual Texas Thoroughbred Association's awards dinner Saturday night, there was a common theme: the ongoing push for video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks.
With this being the 50-year anniversary celebration of the Texas Thoroughbred Association, it was appropriate Friday that a session of the conference featured storytelling by four pioneers in Texas racing.
Graded stakes winner Truluck, sire of a pair of 2005 stakes winners, has been moved to William S. Farish's Lane's End Texas near Hempstead.
Helen Kleberg Groves, whose family owned the world-famous King Ranch, will receive the T. I. "Pops" Harkins Award from the Texas Thoroughbred Association during the TTA's 50th anniversary celebration and annual conference June 23-25 at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott in Marble Falls, Texas.
Because of his extensive efforts in mobilizing Texas Thoroughbred Association members in a grassroots campaign to legalize video lottery terminals (VLTs) at Texas racetracks, Gene Palmieri has been selected as the recipient of the 2005 Allen Bogan Memorial Award as TTA member of the year.
Helen Groves, whose family owned King Ranch, will receive the T.I. "Pops" Harkins Award from the Texas Thoroughbred Association at the organizations 50th anniversary celebration and annual conference.
The regular session of the Texas legislature concluded without tossing so much as a crumb toward horse racing, but the state's racing industry remains hopeful lawmakers could soon consider video lottery terminals for racetracks.
A last-ditch attempt to get video lottery terminals included in legislation that would reorganize the Texas Lottery Commission was unsuccessful May 26. With the Texas legislative session coming to an end, the VLT plan will have to wait for a special session or the 2007 legislative session.
Trainer Todd Pletcher is pointing grade I winner Lion Tamer toward the May 30 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III). The 1 1/16-mile race is the centerpiece of the 12-race Memorial Day program.
The 21st running of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships last October at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas helped generate $47.4 million in new economic activity for that state, according to a study released Thursday.
California invader Supah Blitz highlights a field of six entered for Saturday's Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park. The 5-year-old is looking to improve off his second-place finish in the 2004 edition of the race.
Lone Star Park stewards suspended jockey Lonnie Meche 45 days and fined him $2,500 April 15 after he tested positive for an amphetamine. According to the Texas Racing Commission, in addition to testing positive, Meche attempted to provide stewards with a substitute urine sample.
A pair of old pros who own the last four wins in the Connally Breeders' Cup Turf Handicap will hook up to keep the crown Saturday at Sam Houston Race Park.
With fewer horses offered, the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training at Lone Star Park Tuesday resulted in increases in average and median prices but a higher buyback rate.
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