Keyword: Texas

  • Report: 2004 Breeders' Cup Generated $47.4 Million For Texas

    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.

  • Supah Blitz Tops Texas Mile Entries

    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.

  • Jockey Lonnie Meche Suspended

    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.

  • Down Home Boy Sets Pace for Texas Auction

    Down Home Boy, a son of <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=1403432&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Valid Expectations</a>, breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 Sunday at Lone Star Park in preparation for the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Lone Star Hires Lies as Track Announcer

    Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie has hired John Lies as its track announcer for the 2005 spring Thoroughbred season that runs April 14 through July 17.

  • Sunland Park Jockey Suffers Serious Injury

    Jockey Josh Boyd remains in "critical condition under evaluation" after he was thrown from his horse and trampled by another in the seventh race at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino last Sunday.

  • Fasig-Tipton Texas Sale Moved to April 5

    Fasig-Tipton has changed the date for its Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training to April 5. The auction originally was scheduled for March 29, the Tuesday following the Easter holiday.

  • Lukas to Speak at TTA Conference

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will be the keynote speaker at the Texas Thoroughbred Association's annual conference and awards banquet as part of the association's 50th anniversary celebration. Lukas, a four-time Eclipse Award winner, is the all-time leader among trainers with earnings of more than $240 million and holds the record for the most Breeders' Cup wins by a trainer with 17.

  • Wrona, Lone Star Can't Agree on Contract

    Michael Wrona, widely considered one of the premier announcers in the country, won't be calling races at Lone Star Park this year. He and Lone Star were unable to agree on a contract.

  • NTRA Dues Model Would Reflect Industry Changes

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, which has called 2005 a pivotal year, is working on a revised dues formula that would generate the same amount of money, if not more, yet be more equitable in light of changes in the industry since the organization launched in 1997.

  • Colonial Colony, faces Alumni Hall in the Maxxam Gold Cup.

    Colonial Colony, Alumni Hall in Maxxam Gold Cup

    Chris Nolan's Colonial Colony, winner of the 2004 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, and William Farish, James Elkins, and Temple Webber's Alumni Hall, winner of the 2004 Black Tie Affair Handicap at Arlington Park, figure to vie for favoritism in the Jan. 22 Maxxam Gold Cup, a $100,000 event for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles at Sam Houston Race Park.

  • National HBPA OKs Paper, Supports Security

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has endorsed a white paper on simulcasting and also heralded its support of industry efforts to police the sport in the wake of federal indictments in New York.

  • Horsemen: No Position Yet on Rebate Shops

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's board of directors will decide Jan. 18 whether to endorse an updated "white paper" on simulcasting, but it won't decide--at least for several months--its position on high-volume rebate operations.

  • National HBPA Seeks Answers on Drug Uniformity

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association medication committee, in response to concerns from affiliates in Kentucky and Ohio, has asked its affiliates to make known their position on the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium's proposal for uniform medication and drug testing.

  • Leaving On My Mind Named Texas Horse of the Year

    Leaving On My Mind, a four-time stakes winner for breeder/owner George Wolff of Boerne, Texas, will be honored as the 2004 Texas Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old colt/gelding by the Texas Thoroughbred Association.

  • Dr. Wayne Gertmenian, following the Jockeys&#39; Guild meeting Tuesday.

    Guild Extends Matrix Capital Contract Through 2009

    The Jockeys' Guild wrapped up its annual assembly Dec. 7 with the announcement that the contract of Matrix Capital Associates, headed by Dr. Wayne Gertmenian, has been extended through 2009. In addition, jockey Kent Desormeaux, who has said he was conducting due diligence into Guild business practices, failed to win re-election to the Guild senate and no longer sits on the executive committee.

  • Jockey Eddie King,  right, and Walter Cullum, in an exchange at the Jockeys&#39; Guild&#39;s annual meeting.

    Guild Tight-Lipped at Assembly; King Voted Out

    The Jockeys' Guild began its annual meeting Dec. 6 with a call for solidarity -- even in the face of the dismissal of member Eddie King, who had sued the organization -- and a call for members not to talk to the press.

  • Fund Overseers Confident New Plan Can Work

    Former jockeys associated with the Disabled Jockeys' Fund, which will be terminated at the end of the year, on Dec. 6 said they're comfortable with a plan by the Jockeys' Guild to make payments to disabled riders from the Guild's primary account.

  • Despite Increasing Controversy, Guild Seeks Solidarity

    As the Jockeys' Guild prepares for its annual meeting in Irving, Texas, Dec. 6-7, organization management is under increasing fire from the racing industry and some of its own members. Still, the Guild appears poised to make a case for solidarity, and it remains to be seen whether substantial change will come about during the two-day meeting.

  • Deal Announced for Easyfromthegitgo

    Breeders who send a Louisiana-bred program registered mare to Wild Zone or Littlexpectations will receive a free no-guarantee 2006 season to Easyfromthegitgo.

  • Plans for Racetrack Near Austin Progress

    Pending final approval from the Texas Racing Commission, the Austin Jockey Club is almost ready to build a new racetrack in Pflugerville, a fast-growing suburb north of Austin. The commission could review the plan at its Nov. 22 meeting.

  • Breeders' Cup 2004 Sets Total Handle Record

    The Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park set several handle records, including an all-sources mark that topped the previous standard by a little more than $200,000.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Ayes for Texas

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Lone Star Park was a sight to behold Oct. 30 when the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships came to town. An enthusiastic crowd of 53,717 horse lovers from around the world was on hand to take part in the most important day in the history of the Texas racing industry.

  • Critical Crossroad

    <i>By Gary West</i> -- The message echoed through the grandstand and spread through the crowd. In the stable area, people from Europe, California, Kentucky, and New York gladly picked up the message and passed it along. Now, if only the so-called leaders in Texas aren't deaf.

  • Breeders' Cup Overnight TV Ratings Down 14%

    NBC's coverage of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 30 from Lone Star Park drew a smaller television audience than the 2003 telecast from Santa Anita Park, according to overnight ratings.

  • Wilko surprises everyone in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile.

    Wilko Pulls Shocker In Breeders' Cup Juvenile

    Wilko, who had won just two of 10 starts in Europe, beat the best 2-year-old colts at Lone Star Park Saturday at odds of 28-1, winning the $1.5 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

  • Ouija Board Rallies to Win Filly & Mare Turf

    Ouija Board proved those who pounded her to 9-10 odds-on favorite correct in their thinking. What they probably didn't figure on were the incredibly slow fractions that she closed on to win the $1,410,000 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).

  • Breeders' Cup Day Starts With a Bang

    Breeders' Cup day started off with a bang, longshot Wishingitwas taking the D.R. Horton Metroplex Mile, the one stakes run at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, prior to the eight World Thoroughbred Championship races.

  • Breeders' Cup Day Kicks Off; Weather Gorgeous

    At 10:35 a.m. (local Central time), D.G. Van Clief Jr. walked to the microphone in the Lone Star Park winner's circle and the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships officially began.

  • Lone Star communications director Darren Rogers gears up for &quot;biggest day in Lone Star history.&quot;

    Record Day in Books, Lone Star Set for Championships

    On the heels of a record wagering day, Lone Star Park was set to host its first Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships with an improved weather forecast and a flurry of activity the morning of the event at the Texas racetrack.

  • Cup, Lone Star Officials Meet on Heightened Security

    Breeders' Cup and Lone Star Park executives met the afternoon of Oct. 29 to discuss plans given the possibility of a heightened terror alert in the United States, but the strategy already was in place, according to an official close to the situation.

  • Texas Agency Ready for First Breeders' Cup

    Plans for enhanced security, drug testing, and licensing by the Texas Racing Commission have been in the making for more than a year in advance of the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park. It's the first time Texas has hosted the Cup.

  • Breeders' Cup Impact Goes Far Beyond Purses

    The financial implications of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships -- before, during, and after the event -- are huge, speakers said Oct. 29 during a seminar sponsored by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association at Lone Star Park.