Texas racing officials received a boost to their spirits after Gov. Rick Perry announced he would support the installation of video lottery terminals at racetracks in the state.
Bushwood Stables' Better Talk Now and Mansell Stables' Quest Star, both 5-year-olds, headline the April 10 Connally Breeders' Cup Turf Handicap, at $200,000 the richest race of the Sam Houston Race Park meet. The Connally is at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.
George Strait, a native Texan and Academy of Country Music five-time vocalist of the year, will be the featured performer at the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships "Not Black Tie" Charity Gala Oct. 29 in Fort Worth, Texas.
A colt by Dixieland Band, an early foal and obviously early maturing individual, brought $160,000 to top the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training Tuesday at Lone Star Park.
Three horses tied for the fastest workout time for an eighth of a mile Sunday during the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training at Lone Star Park.
Lone Star Park has moved the Jockey Championship from June to October, so this year the event will serve as a lead-in to the Breeders' Cup.
Fasig-Tipton's Texas division has catalogued 307 horses for its sale of 2-year-olds in training that will be held March 23 at Lone Star Park.
Lone Star Park has added a pair of $50,000 stakes for 2-year-old Texas-breds to its 2004 stakes schedule. The $50,000 Mocha Express for colts and geldings and $50,000 Honeysuckle Rose for fillies will both be run at 6 1/2 furlongs on Oct. 23, which is billed as "Stars of Texas Day."
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.
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.
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.
The Texas Racing Commission has ruled horses with common ownership and trainers can run as separate betting interests during the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park.
- By Ray Paulick
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.
The first foal sired by multiple stakes winner Captain Countdown is a filly born Jan. 24 at Charlie Ham's Hamton Farm near Montalba, Texas.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Texas, which will host the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 30, has revamped its stakes schedule by moving one of its premier events -- the 1 1/16-mile Lone Star Derby (gr. III) -- from the spring meet to the fall meet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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