Lone Star Park Concludes Season with Encouraging Handle

The Texas track experienced their highest live and export handles since 2006.

 

Lone Star Park concluded its 25th Thoroughbred Racing season July 11 handling a daily average of $1,693,866 in merged handle (Live on-track plus Export) and a daily average of $1,459,096 specifically in export, over the 48-day meet, which was their most since 2006 in both categories, not including last year’s unique pandemic season.

Average daily grandstand attendance on weekends and holidays for the meet was just over 4,000 per day, which, when compared to similar days, was only a 4% decline from 2019.

 

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Groups Launch Trainer Continuing Education Platform

The website for the platform is HorsemenU.com.

 

The California Thoroughbred Trainers, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association have teamed up to provide a continuing education platform for Thoroughbred trainers and assistant trainers.

Horsemen U offers approved online CE webinars and issues CE certificates after a course and a short quiz have been completed. Trainers and assistant trainers can register, free of charge, and maintain their CE records in their accounts. The website for the platform is www.HorsemenU.com.

Continuing education has been adopted as one of the core best practices developed by the stakeholders involved in the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities. CE requirements have been implemented in California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia. Pennsylvania and Virginia are in the process of adopting CE regulations.

 

 

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U.S. House Passes Bill Seeking to End Horse Slaughter

The transportation amendment could ban shipping horses to slaughterhouses.

 

 

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment June 30 that would ban the transportation of horses across state lines or to Canada or Mexico to slaughterhouses processing them for human consumption, according to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

The amendment is part of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act, bipartisan legislation supported by President Joe Biden that now moves to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

The amendment, which would effectively ban horse slaughter in the United States if it becomes law, was sponsored by Reps. Troy Carter, D-La., Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., John Katko, R-N.Y., Dina Titus, D-Nev., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.; and, co-sponsors Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., the lead authors of a stand-alone anti-horse slaughter bill; and Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Andy Barr, R-Ky., co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus.

 

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Cilla First Black-Type Winner for California Chrome

Sophomore filly won Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes June 5 at Evangeline Downs.

 

Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome   sired his first black-type winner June 5 when his 3-year-old daughter Cilla  drew away to win the $70,000 Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes at Evangeline Downs.

From her sire’s first crop, Cilla is an earner of $143,500 and holds a 3-0-2 record in eight starts. Last year at 2, she placed in the Frizette Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. She was bred in Louisiana by her trainer, Brett Brinkman, and owner, P. Dale Ladner.

Joel Dominguez guided Cilla in the 5 1/2-furlong Mademoiselle. The bay filly was fifth early before pulling ahead for a 4 1/4 length victory on the sloppy, sealed track. The final time was 1:03.74.

 

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Owner Conference’s Fourth Session Focuses on Claiming

All owner conference sessions are recorded and available to registered guests.

 

The Thoroughbred Owner Conference series held its fourth virtual session June 1 with a discussion on the ins and outs of claiming horses. The conference series is hosted by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and presented by Bessemer Trust, Dean Dorton Equine, Stoll Keenon Ogden, and Stonestreet Farm.

The fourth session of the series was sponsored by GlycoGuard, the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, and McPeek Racing. It was moderated by TVG’s Gabby Gaudet with panelists Gary Contessa, trainer; Sal Spedale, owner; and Kirk Wycoff, owner.

 

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Royal O’Haigain First Winner for Stallion El Deal

El Deal won the 2017 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) at Saratoga.

 

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Royal O’Haigain  became the first winner for the Louisiana stallion El Deal  when the 2-year-old filly won a $64,562 maiden special weight at Santa Anita Park May 21.

Bet down to 4-5, she led from start to finish, finishing 5 1/2 lengths ahead of runner-up Harddiane . The Luis Mendez-trained winner, owned by L. N. M. Three Company, Pappas Horse Racing, and Charles Bartlett, completed 4 1/2 furlongs in :53.12 on a fast track under Alexis Centeno.

Bred in Louisiana by Cloyce Clark Jr., Royal O’Haigain is the first winner from the grade 3-placed Cowtown Cat   mare Dreaming of Susie . Royal O’Haigain fell short of her reserve when bidding halted at $47,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales’ March 2021 Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale, where she was consigned by Havens Bloodstock Agency.

 

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Pike Back at Midlantic Sale With Promising Consignment

Al and Salley Pike’s Pike Racing sold the sale-topper at last year’s auction

 

Al and Salley Pike’s Pike Racing sold the $1.1 million sale-topping Uncle Mo  colt at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, and the Louisiana-based operation is back this year with another promising consignment that is bound to appeal to prospective buyers during the two-day sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., May 17-18.

“We are very excited,” Al Pike said. “We’ve brought a real solid group here. We have a couple of very nice Into Mischiefs. We have a beautiful Medaglia d’Oro   filly, a colt by Gun Runner   who had a great update, and a gorgeous New York-bred Curlin   colt who is a really nice horse. They all have some pedigree, they have the looks, and they performed well on the racetrack, so we’re excited.”

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Mamone, Owner of Imperial Hint, Dies at 88

Raymond Mamone died from COVID-19 complications May 3 in Somerville, N.J.

 

Raymond Mamone, who bought his first racehorse in 1976 and then waited 42 years for his first graded stakes winner, passed away from COVID-19 complications May 3 in his hometown of Somerville, N.J. He was 88.

Mamone, who had been hospitalized with the virus in recent days, owned a small stable for decades and then in 2016 it came to include eventual multiple grade 1 winner Imperial Hint  . Trained by Luis Carvajal Jr., Imperial Hint earned the nickname “Little Rocket” because he was small in stature and blessed with enormous heart and blazing speed.

Imperial Hint (by Imperialism) delivered the first graded stakes scores to both his owner and his trainer when he took the General George Stakes (G3) and the Smile Sprint Stakes (G3) in 2017 before finishing second by one length in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) that same year. He would go on to win the True North Stakes (G2), the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1), and the Vosburgh Stakes (G1) in 2018 and repeat in the Vanderbilt in 2019. He earned more than $2.2 million in his 25-race career with a 14-2-4 record.

 

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Arlington Heights Votes to Ban No-Gaming Clause in Sale

Village board voted to prohibit CDI from including clause in sale of Illinois track.

 

The village of Arlington Heights, Ill., has tossed a potential monkey wrench into the planned sale and presumed demolition of Arlington International Racecourse.

The Arlington Heights village board at a May 3 meeting voted to prohibit the track’s owner, Churchill Downs Inc., from including in any sale agreement a provision the new owners could not use the property for gaming or certain other uses.

The village legal and planning department, which drafted the ordinance, said the intent is “to preserve all options for the property whether it includes complete redevelopment through a long-term master plan or continued use as a horse racing facility with additional redevelopment.”

 

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Asmussen Breaks Single-Season Oaklawn Earnings Record

Trainer Steve Asmussen breaks his single-season Oaklawn record for purse earnings.

 

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen broke his single-season Oaklawn Park record for purse earnings when Sianara and Miner’s Queen ran 1-2, respectively, in the seventh race April 28, a maiden special weight sprint for fillies and mares, 3 and up, valued at $93,000.

Asmussen’s runners collected $74,400 for the finish, pushing his total past the record $5,644,609 set in 2019 when he won 64 races, second-highest single-season total in Oaklawn history. Wednesday was the 48th day of the weather-shortened 51-day meeting that ends Saturday. Asmussen finished Wednesday with $5,686,643 in purse earnings at the meet.

 

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