TTA Releases Video Honoring 2020 Texas Champions and Human Award Winners

The Texas Thoroughbred Association has released an online video honoring the 2020 Texas Champions and human award winners. Traditionally the TTA would have an in-person awards ceremony, but one will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  


“While we are disappointed in not having an awards ceremony this year, we are proud of the accomplishments of Texas-breds and Texas horsemen last year, and we are pleased to honor them with this video,” said Mary Ruyle, executive director of the TTA. “Congratulations go out to all the award winners.” 


The 2020 Texas Champion horses were previously announced, and those horses are highlighted in the video along with four human award winners that were not previously announced. The video can be viewed on the TTA’s Facebook page and at


The T.I. “Pops” Harkins Award for lifetime achievement was awarded to Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale and Joe Straus Jr.  


McIngvale has found great success in both the business world and on the racetrack. His Houston-based Gallery Furniture has sponsored numerous stakes races over the years and frequently features racing-related promotions, including one involving the 2021 Kentucky Derby that helped raise the profile of the sport to non-racing fans. He won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint with Runhappy and now stands the stallion and often sponsors racing events to promote him. He is also a noted philanthropist and has supported numerous charitable efforts within and beyond the world of racing. 


Straus is one of the founding fathers of modern Texas horse racing. He was instrumental in the passage of pari-mutuel wagering laws in the state and is a co-founder of Retama Park near San Antonio. Straus also serves as chairman of the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame, of which he is also an inductee. Also a successful breeder and owner, Straus has worked hard to ensure a level playing field for horsemen and served on the Texas A&M Target 2000 committee and spearheaded efforts for the Texas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to serve as the lead agency to test competition racehorses. 


The Allen Bogan Memorial Award for TTA member of the year was awarded to Bill Tracy and Martha Claussen.  


Tracy is a longtime TTA member and Texas horseman who worked at JEH Stallion Station in New Mexico and Oak Tree Ranch in Bandera, Texas, and presently is farm manager at Mike Grossman’s Eureka Thoroughbred Farm in Fredericksburg, Texas. He has served on the TTA board for a combined total of nearly 20 years, and he has also served on the board of the TTA’s Paddock Foundation and as president of the Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund. In his work to support TTA and Texas racing, he has testified before the Texas Racing Commission and spent numerous hours working with legislators to highlight the importance of horse racing to our state. 


Claussen has worked to promote Texas horse racing for nearly 25 years after being hired as publicity director at Sam Houston Race Park in 1997. Since then, she has distributed countless news releases and photos to better inform the media and general public about the special people and horses in our sport. While many news releases just list out basic information, Claussen always goes the extra mile to include quotes from the winning connections and other details to recognize the effort it takes to win a stakes race. She is among the most active and recognized voices on social media when it comes to Texas horse racing, and she is a familiar face nationwide from her frequent winner’s circle interviews. 


Following is the complete list of the previously announced 2020 champion horses: 


2-Year-Old Filly: Con Lima (by Commissioner) • Owner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Graffeo, Joseph F., Del Toro, Eric Nikolaus and Johnson, Troy • Breeder: Lisa Kuhlmann 

2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding: Hulen (by Tapiture) • Owner: L. William and Corinne Heiligbrodt, Madaket Stables LLC and Spendthrift Farm LLC • Breeder: Keith Asmussen 

3-Year-Old Filly: Boerne (by Fed Biz) • Owner: De Luca and Sons Stable • Breeder: Randi and Eric Moreau-Sipiere 

3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding: Gold Pilot (by My Golden Song) • Owner: Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch • Breeder: Ronald and Margaret Ellerbee 

Older Filly/Mare: Ima Discreet Lady (by Discreet Cat) • Owner: Duane Coker and Raymond Todd White • Breeder: Larry S. Huntsinger 

Co-Champion Older Horse: Sunlit Song (by My Golden Song) • Owner: Carolyn Barnett and Becky Harding • Breeder: Carolyn Barnett 

Texas Champion Claimer: Meme Jo (by Too Much Bling) • Owner: John L. Pierce II • Breeder: Jeanne Bruce 

Champion Broodmare: My Silver Song (by My Golden Song) 

Horse of the Year and Co-Champion Older Horse: Redatory (by Oratory) • Owner/Breeder: James Wessel 


Bossier City, LA – The 2021 Thoroughbred racing season at Louisiana Downs will conclude on Tuesday, September 21.  The 84-day season began on May 1 and two former leading riders, Carlos Lozada and Joel Dominguez, have been on top of the standings throughout the meet.


Heading into the final four days of the season, Lozada holds a narrow edge of 2 wins. For the past three years, Lozada and Dominguez have topped the jockey standings at the Bossier City racetrack. In 2019, it was Lozada winning his first leading rider title, edging Dominguez 96 to 91. Last year, Dominguez won his first career title in dominating fashion, winning 71 races; 30 more than Lozada.  But this year, they have remained neck and neck since May, with Lozada heading into the final week with 80 wins to 78 trips to the winner’s circle for Dominguez.


Lozada is a 36-year-old native of Puerto Rico who began riding in the United States in 2007 after attending Puerto Rico’s Escuela Vocational Hipica. The famed jockey school has a noted list of graduates, including Irad Ortiz, Jr, Jose Ortiz as well as 2018 Louisiana Downs top-ranked rider, Emanuel Nieves.


He has been prominent throughout the meet, winning races for a variety of trainers including Joey Foster, Karl Broberg, Tim Dixon, Al Cates and Justin Jeansonne,


Now in his fifth year at the Bossier City racetrack, Dominguez earned his first leading rider title last year at Louisiana Downs. The31-year-old native of Durango, Mexico galloped for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen in Kentucky when he first came to the United States.  Last year, Dominguez began riding first call for Asmussen at Louisiana Downs and credits the all-time leading Thoroughbred conditioner for giving him quality mounts and growing confidence.


“Riding for Steve has been a tremendous for me,” said Dominguez. “I am very grateful to him and also appreciate many other horsemen who have given me opportunities. David Gomez is coming up and does a great job with his runners. Also, I get along very well with Jose Camejo who gave me the call aboard Crescentcitypretty on Louisiana Cup Day. She’s a very talented filly.”


Both riders have top caliber agents. Lozada is represented by former jockey Ronald Ardoin, who piloted 5,226 winners in his storied career while Don Simington handles business for Dominguez. Simington won 3,427 races in Texas and Louisiana and has long term relationships with top  horsemen and new outfits running in Louisiana.


“There is no doubt that Ronald made a big difference for me,” said Lozada. “He works hard in the mornings and gets me a lot of mounts. He won so many races in his career and is very helpful when I ask for advice.”


The competition between the two riders, both devoted family men, is strong.


“I’m hoping to win the title again,” said Dominguez. “But overall, it’s been a very good meet. I won more races this year than last, and with the schedule, have also been able to compete at Evangeline Downs. I will ride at Delta Downs from here and look forward to that meet.”



Shane Wilson and Wayne T. Davis Lead in the Trainer and Owner Standings

The presentation of leading rider honors may very well go down to the final race on Tuesday’s program. However, Shane Wilson, looks likely to keep his lead in the trainer standings. The Haughton, Louisiana resident heads into next week with 53 wins while Joey Foster remains in second with 39 first-place finishes and Joe Duhon is third in the standings with 31 wins.


The leading owner of the meet appears to be Wayne T. Davis who tops the standings with 25 victories. The 91-year-old Louisiana businessman has been an owner for over 20 years and he and Wilson have teamed with a wide range of Thoroughbreds; their most successful to date is Grade 3 winner Mocito Rojo. End Zone Athletics, Inc. and  Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. are tied for second with 18 wins each.


The Louisiana Downs live Thoroughbred racing season will conclude with racing on Saturday, September 18, Sunday, September 19, Monday, September 20 and Tuesday, September 21. Post time is 2:45 pm (Central).



About Louisiana Downs

Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and was purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December, 2002. With annual Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons, the track is committed to presenting the highest quality racing programs paired with its 150,000 square foot entertainment complex offering casino gambling, dining and plasma screen televisions for sports and simulcast racing.

Cornell’s Equine Seminary Series presents “How Saddle Fit Affects Performance, Lameness and Shoeing”

WHAT: Steve Kraus, CJF, Head of Cornell’s Farrier Service, will help equestrians learn about the problems that are caused by a poor fitting saddle and how to correct them.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 6 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Via zoom, registration required

MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Len Johnson at


ITHACA, N.Y. – Horse owners and farriers are very aware that poor fitting horseshoes can cause discomfort and lameness in horses. Unfortunately, many do not realize that poor fitting saddles can cause lameness, gait faults, shoeing problems and even personality problems. Ways to assure a reasonable saddle fit to prevent complications with your horse will be presented during the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Seminar Series, on Tuesday, September 21 from 6 – 7 p.m. via Zoom.


Steve Kraus is an American Farriers Association, Certified Journeyman Farrier who has been the head of Farrier Services and a Sr. Lecturer of Large Animal Surgery, at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and the instructor of the Farrier School there since 2010. Prior to that, he worked for over 40 years in his own farrier business in Central New York. He is known for troubleshooting lame, injured and underperforming horses and has shod horses of practically every breed and discipline. He has lectured to farriers, veterinarians and horse owners all over the US, Canada, South America and Europe. He has been a featured speaker at the International Hoof Care Summit, Laminitis Conference, Equine Affaire and the American Farriers Association Convention. Steve has written many articles published in the American Farriers Journal, The Horse Journal and The Professional Farrier. In 2016, he was inducted into the International Farriers Hall of Fame.


The Cornell Equine Seminar Series is presented by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Hospital, the New York State 4-H Horse Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Held monthly, equine experts present on important equine health and management topics. The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to register with Len Johnson at


For additional information about the college, see the College of Veterinary Medicine news website.

Red River Farms’ Takeover Target Sires First Winner in Louisiana

My Heavy Son won by 2 3/4 lengths at Louisiana Downs Sept. 14.

Red River Farms’ freshman sire Takeover Target  scored his first winner Sept. 14 when his gelded son My Heavy Son  won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Casino and Racetrack by 2 3/4 lengths.

Bred by Joan Adcock, the gelding is the first foal out of the Three Hour Nap  winner Swanky Princess, who is a full sister to grade 3-placed stakes winner Wynn Time  and multiple stakes winner Cinco Star . The mare also has a yearling by Bind  named Bye Bye Big Baby and produced a colt this year by Jay Gatsby.

My Heavy Son is raced by Iron Oaks Stable and trained by Patrick Mouton. He was unplaced in his first two starts and found a late kick in his third start that propelled him to the win. His final time was 1:07.35.


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Breeders Sales Company Catalogs 85 Yearlings plus 31 head for Mixed Session

Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana, which will hold its 2021 Yearling Sale followed by mixed session on October 2nd  at Equine Sales Facility in Opelousas, Louisiana has a total of 116 head catalogued. The entries include 85 yearlings, 21 broodmares and 10 weanlings, with supplemental entries still being accepted.


This is a “don’t miss” opportunity to  buy a quality Accredited Louisiana Bred with purses expected to rise with the passage of Legislation allowing Historical Racing Games in Louisiana.


Catalogs have been mailed and can be accessed online through this link:

Breeders Sales of Louisiana 2021 Yearling Sale Followed by Mixed Session

Or to download a pdf of the catalog, click here


For more information or to inquire about supplemental entries, contact Sales Director, Tom Early, 504-452-8208

September Calendar of Events from the LTBA

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

Brought to you by Whispering Oaks Farm,  Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and  Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana. Click images to link to more information

September 6

  • Labor Day

September 11

  • LTBA 2021 Awards Banquet and REAP Benefit starting at 5:00 pm at Evangeline Downs, Mojo’s
  • National Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Assoc. (TOBA) Awards ceremony. Tri-Star Racing, LLC to be honored as the recipients of the 2020 TOBA Award for the State of Louisiana.

September 18

  • Evangeline Downs, final day of 2021 Thoroughbred Meet

September 20

  • All information due from members running for the LTBA Board of Directors

September 21

  • Louisiana Downs, final day of 2021 Thoroughbred Meet

September 30

  • 2021-22 LTBA Regular Membership Applications and Renewals Due.  $75 before Sept. 30/$85 after Sept 30.

October 2

  • Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana 2021 Yearling Sale followed by Mixed Session 11:00 a.m., Equine Sales Facility, Opelousas, Louisiana

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Obituary: Alamae Shultz

Alamae Shultz was born May 26, 1934, in Richmond, Texas, and entered into rest July 24, 2021, in Doyline, Louisiana.

She was a longtime member of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents James and Hattie Wright, daughter, Vicky Lynn Schultz, and great-granddaughter, Aubree June Augustin.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Schultz of Doyline; sons, Michael Schultz and wife Diane of Austin, Texas, James Schultz and Terry Schultz both of Doyline; daughter, Sheri Brown and husband Jim Brown. Jr. of Doyline; granddaughter Amber Schultz and husband Steve and five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.