Lone Star Park has scheduled 13 stakes races worth over $1.1 million for its upcoming 44-day Thoroughbred meeting which opens Apr. 18. Highlighting the 2019 stakes offerings is the $300,000 GIII Steve Sexton Mile, which will be run Apr. 28. The meet will also include the first running of the $100,000 Lone Star Park Turf S. for fillies and mares to be run May 27. Two cards will feature four stakes each for Texas-bred runners; June 23’s Lone Star Showcase Day and July 14’s Stars of Texas Day, presented by Highlander Training Center.
Lone Star Park will host The Paddock Foundation’s fourth-annual Roses to Ribbons Old Fashioned Horse Fair on Saturday, July 7. The event will feature Thoroughbred racehorses who are ready to be retired and retrained for second careers. Horses will be available for inspection in the saddling paddock with respective sellers available to privately negotiate prices. For more information contact the Texas Thoroughbred Association at (512) 458-6133 or visit facebook.com/thepaddockfoundation.
Lone Star Park kicked off its 2018 Thoroughbred Season last week with notable increases in handle. Total handle on the opening night card was $1.5 million the highest single-day handle since Memorial Day 2011 and a 55% increase over opening day last year. The total handle for the 4-day combined opening weekend was the best since 2012 and climbing 26% over 2017.
Field sizes averaged 9.39 per race, considerably higher than the 2017 national average of 7.70 reported by The Jockey Club.
Lone Star Park’s purses are up nearly 14% from a year ago, partially supported by a reduction in race dates, plus an increase of the track’s 2017 all-sources handle. The purse increase has also attracted more horses than in recent years including a few new stables.
An upgrade conversion to high definition broadcast video distribution is in place and will help showcase what Lone Star Park has to offer.
Plans on the horizon to help continue the momentum include a schedule of select race days that feature Guaranteed Pick-4 Pools. The first on the schedule is Sunday, May 6, which features the Grade 3, $200,000 Steve Sexton Mile. Lone Star Park will offer advance wagering on Kentucky Derby Day for the entire card as well as a $50,000 Guaranteed Late Pick-4 Pool.
Nineteen of Nineteen Louisiana Breds in the Sale, Sold in the Ring
A Louisiana-bred filly named Charlotte G by promising young Louisiana stallion Bind topped the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Lone Star Park on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The April 30 foal from the Twin Oaks Training Center Consignment brought the hammer down with a $140,000 bid from Gary Simms, agent for M&M Racing.
Charlotte G was one of two horses to work the fastest time of :10.2 during Sunday’s under tack show at Lone Star. Bred by Thomas Galvin, she is the first foal out of the unraced Summer Bird mare Promise Me G, whose family includes Grade 3-winning Texas-bred Promise Me Silver. Her sire Bind (Pulpit-Check, by Unbridled) was the top freshman sire in Louisiana for 2017, and is currently the leading second crop sire in the state. Bind stands at Jay Adcock’s Red River Farms in Coushatta, Louisiana for a fee of $1,500 live foal.
All nineteen Louisiana bred two-year-olds that went through the sale, sold in the ring for a total of $611,200. The Louisiana bred average of $32,168 was well above the sale average of $25,737.
(Austin, Texas – April 10, 2018) — Tuesday’s Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale on the grounds of Lone Star Park concluded with a sizable increase in gross sales and a slight decrease in average compared to last year’s smaller catalogue. A total of 106 horses went through the ring at the sale operated by the Texas Thoroughbred Association in partnership with Lone Star Park and 84 horses found new homes. Last year’s auction included 93 head with 70 selling.
Gross sales this year totaled $2,161,900, up 15.4% from last year’s mark of $1,873,900. This year’s average was $25,737, down 3.9% from last year’s $26,770, and the median slipped 18.2% from $16,000 to $13,100. Buybacks this year came in at 20.8% compared to 24.7% last year.
“I was really pleased that we attracted a larger catalogue this year after last year’s successful sale, and it was great to see the average almost the same with a nice increase in the gross,” said Tim Boyce, sales director. “We had four horses sell for more than $100,000 with a Texas-bred, Louisiana-bred and two Kentucky-breds, so that shows the variety of quality offerings we had.”
A Louisiana-bred filly named Charlotte G by promising young Louisiana stallion Bind topped the sale with a $140,000 bid from Gary Simms, agent for M&M Racing. The April 30 foal was one of two horses to work the fastest time of :10.2 during Sunday’s under tack show at Lone Star. She is the first foal out of the unraced Summer Bird mare Promise Me G, whose family includes Grade 3-winning Texas-bred Promise Me Silver.
Three other horses cracked six figures, including a Texas-bred colt by Texas stallion Grasshopper who sold for $120,000 from Wolf Creek Farm, agent. Another purchase by Gary Simms, agent for M&M Racing, the colt is a full brother to multiple stakes winner Supermason, an earner of $331,985. He clocked an eighth-mile in :10.4.
Also selling for $120,000 was a filly by Uncle Mo who is a half sister to Grade 1 winner Romance is Diane and Grade 2 winner Romanceishope. Consigned by Inside Move Inc., agent, and purchased by Swan Equine Co., the Kentucky-bred worked :11.2 in the under tack show.
The other six-figure horse was a Kentucky-bred colt by Twirling Candy who sold for $110,000 to Susan Moulton from Twin Oaks Training Center, agent. The March foal covered an eighth-mile in :10.3 to tie for the second-fastest time.
Full results are available at www.ttasales.com.
Next up on the Texas sale calendar is the summer yearling sale on August 27.
(Austin, TX – February 28, 2018) — A total of 126 head have been consigned for the Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale on April 10starting at 12 noon at the Texas Thoroughbred Sale Pavilion at Lone Star Park. The under tack show is set for April 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the track located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
This catalogue represents a 20-percent increase in the number of head compared to last year, and the sale has also eclipsed itself with a considerably-improved quality in pedigrees. Such national sires as Blame, Congrats, Curlin, Flat Out, Gemologist, Into Mischief, Jimmy Creed, Kantharos, Kitten’s Joy, Munnings, Orb, Paynter, Point of Entry, Shanghai Bobby, Stay Thirsty, Street Boss, Street Sense, Tiznow, Twirling Candy and Uncle Mo give evidence that the sale has surged upward after the solid performance of last year’s auction. Cairo’s Prince and Will Take Charge lead a list of first-year sires that includes Can the Man, Cross Traffic, Goldencents, Moro Tap, Shakin It Up and Sum of the Parts. Leading the regional sire contingent is Texas’ leading sire Too Much Bling, with solid company from Closing Argument, Euroears, Grasshopper, Half Ours, Intimidator, My Golden Song and Special Rate.
The sale again features a unique interactive online catalogue where consignors can post photos and videos as well as the pedigrees of their sale horses for buyer perusal prior to the gallop show. This year the gallop show is being filmed by the Ocala, Florida-based group Dillon Video and Photo and is expected to be online shortly after the gallop show on April 8.
“I am very excited about this year’s sale,” commented Sale Director Tim Boyce. “Along with the solid increase in numbers and quality, I look forward to working with the Dillon crew for the production of our under tack show. This is something the market has wanted, and I am glad we are able to give it.”
The cover of this year’s catalogue features the 2017 winners of both divisions of the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at Lone Star Park, Carl Moore and Brad Grady’s Galactica and Susan Moulton’s Janae. Both horses went through the ring at last year’s two-year-old sale and gave early returns to their owners. The two divisions of the race this summer are estimated to have purses of $100,000 apiece.
This will mark the third juvenile sale held by the Texas Thoroughbred Association in partnership with Lone Star Park. The 2016 auction featured 85 head, and the catalogue grew to 105 head last year.
“It’s very gratifying to see that we’ve been able to attract about 20 more head each year,” said TTA Executive Director Mary Ruyle. “Our goal was to re-establish a viable marketplace for consignors and buyers from around the Southwest, and the increased catalogue size each year shows that we are on the way to doing that.”
Catalogues will be mailed out the first week of March. The sale can now be viewed on the TTA Sales website at www.ttasales.com as well on the Equineline Sales Catalogue app.
Lone Star Park has announced an increase in overnight race purses for the 2018 Thoroughbred season which opens April 19. All overnight races will see an increase of $2,000 each in purse money. Some overnight race categories will see as much as a 25% gain in their purses. No race throughout the 44-day season will have less than $10,000 in purse money offered.
This is the most significant increase to Thoroughbred purses in a decade. Track officials cited handle gains in all three categories (on-track live, off-track and simulcasting) as the major source of funding for the purse increase. And with a few less race days this year the track was able to share the monies that would have been allocated to those races.
“We are proud to offer our horsemen the benefit of this increase,” said Bart Lang, Lone Star Park’s Director of Racing. “We offer the longest race meeting with the most race days and the best overnight purses in the state. Our goal this spring is to build on the gains in handle we saw last year during our Thoroughbred season.”
The stable area opens on Monday, March 19. The track will open for training on Wednesday, March 21. Official workouts will begin on Monday, March 26.
Lone Star Park looks forward to welcoming horsemen for our 2018 Thoroughbred Racing Season which runs through Sunday, July 22.
Subject: Two important classes in April 2017;
Trainers Exam Prep Class at Lone Star Park April 5-7
Basic Grooming Workforce Preparation, Kenny McPeek’s Magdalena Farm, Lexington, KY April 17-21
The Elite Program, Inc. through it’s Groom Elite™ programming will present two important classes in April to be taught by National lead instructor and Executive Director, C. Reid McLellan, PhD. McLellan will conduct his popular Trainers’ Exam Prep Class at Lone Star Park for a 17th time from April 5-7. Two weeks later, April 17-21, “Dr. Mac” will be lead instructor for an inaugural Basic Grooming 099, a workforce preparation class at Magdalena Farms in Lexington, Ky.
Lone Star Park Trainers Exam Prep Class
The Lone Star Park Trainers Exam Prep Class will be held in the Chaplain’s classroom in the Lone Star Park racing office for three days immediately following the Texas Thoroughbred Associations two-year old in training sale on April 4. Tuition is $350 and participants that register early and pay tuition before March 24th pay a discounted rate of $299.
This will be the 17th class McLellan has taught at Lone Star Park. Over 120 have participated in this class including Texas based trainer Janine Winslow, a member of the fist Lone Star Park class in 1998. Winslow saddled winners at Delta Downs and Sam Houston in February 2017. McLellan, has instructed trainers since he established an award winning equine program at Louisiana Tech University in the 1980’s. Dr. Mac is an engaging speaker who spices up otherwise dull material with personal experiences and discussion of rule changes that effect those desiring to become trainers. Information and registration online at www.groomelite.com or www.purplepowerracing.com.
Basic Grooming 099
Basic Grooming 099 is a 16-hour hands on class designed for people with limited (or no) horse experience who would like to take advantage of the many job openings in the Equine Industry. Class will be held at Kenny McPeek’s Magdalena Farms on Russell Cave Road in Lexington. McPeek and others will participate as their schedules allow. “I’ll be there every day”, McPeek tweeted (@Kenny McPeek.}
Class is being held during the Keeneland meeting and participants will have an opportunity to attend the races and see grooms and hotwalkers in action Wednesday or Thursday.
Participants will learn how to work safely with horses, starting with approaching safely, haltering and leading. The four day (4 hours per day) class will include daily hands on practice. Participants will demonstrate on Friday what they have learned. Each person completing the course that is interested in applying for a job in the equine industry, will be evaluated and counseled as to their readiness to work with horses. In addition, contact information of trainers and farms with job openings will be provided. Elite Program staff will assist participants in finding jobs compatible with their skill level and confidence. In addition to McPeek’s Magdalena Farm, Basic Grooming 099 is sponsored in part by The Jockey Club, TOBA (though its Thoroughbred Charities of America), NTRA and the Race for Education. As a result, tuition for this class will be only $99. Class size is limited to the first 20 signing up and paying a $25 deposit to hold a spot. The remaining $74 is due April 14th . Anyone out of work and in need of a job can register and request assistance with tuition. “If a person wants to work in our equine industry we want to provide them the training necessary for them to be qualified to apply for those jobs”, McLellan stated.
A waiting list will be established if class is over subscribed. Those interested are encouraged to go to www.groomelite.com and sign up. Anyone without internet access is invited to call 859-252-8648 (Race for Education) or Dr. McLellan at 859-321-4377 and sign up over the phone.
The Elite Program, Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit that provides equine education classes through it’s Groom Elite™ curriculum. With its initial primary mission (in 2001) to provide education to grooms and hotwalkers or Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Racehorses, Groom Elite continually adapts and updates it’s programming that now includes courses for grooms and owners of OTTB show horses and welcomes owners and grooms of any breed. One of it’s more noteable programs is its Second Chances Groom Elite curriculum taught in five adult correctional facilities in partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and it’s local affiliates in which participants learn life lessons while developing an employable skill working with retired racehorses.
TTA Yearling Sale Surpasses 100 Entries, Changes Announced to Texas Thoroughbred Futurity
The Texas Thoroughbred Association announced today that entries for its Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale have surpassed 100, and entries are still being accepted. The sale, which is held in partnership with Lone Star Park, is set for August 29 at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion on the grounds of the Dallas-area track. This will mark the return of a summer yearling auction to the state after a one-year hiatus of the auction formerly run by Fasig-Tipton. The TTA also announced changes to the eligibility requirements for the Texas Thoroughbred Association Futurity.
“We are very pleased to already have more than 100 entries for this sale,” said Tim Boyce, who previously ran the auction for Fasig-Tipton Texas and has continued on to manage the sale for the TTA. “We already have a strong catalogue with two yearlings by Uncle Mo and a strong representation of stallions from around the Southwest. I expect to pick up more quality entries in the coming days.”
Currently the list of entries includes yearlings by top Texas stallions Congaree, Too Much Bling, Grasshopper, Intimidator and My Golden Song, as well as Oklahoma stallions Euroears and Oratory. The sale also features entries sired by prominent nationally-ranked stallions Uncle Mo, Street Boss and Lookin at Lucky.
The mixed session will offer mares by A.P. Indy, Kingmambo, Pulpit, Summer Squall and Valid Expectations.
The Texas Thoroughbred Futurity, which will be run for the first time this year on July 9 at Lone Star with divisions for fillies and colts/geldings at $100,000-estimated apiece, will have an eligibility change for next year’s race.
Each yearling, no matter where foaled, that goes through the ring at the sale is eligible to be nominated to the Futurity. Additionally for every yearling that goes through the ring, its consignor and buyer will each receive a berth, which they can use to nominate an accredited Texas-bred foal of 2015 to the Futurity. Berths can only be used by the original consignor or buyer and cannot be transferred.
“We think this change will raise the value of horses in the sale, and it also serves as an extra incentive for horsemen to participate as a buyer or consignor,” said Boyce.
The Texas Thoroughbred Futurity took the place of the race formerly known as the TTA Sales Futurity.
For more information, go to www.ttasales.com.