Thoroughbred Directors will Talk Race Dates


By David Hooper, Texas Thoroughbred Association

The Texas Thoroughbred Association Board of Directors will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on Sunday, August 26, beginning at 3pm at the Hyatt Place in Arlington. Directors have a lengthy agenda to address at the first meeting conducted by new TTA President Dr. Gearald Farris. Agenda items include:

* Discussion of Sam Houston Race Park’s stakes restructuring for the 2013 Thoroughbred meeting with President and General Manager Andrea Young, and introduction of former Texas State Senator John Montford, SHRP/PNG’s lead lobbyist, to consider legislative matters;
* Discussion of possible legislative initiatives including advanced deposit wagering, Instant Racing machines, satellite simulcast locations, video lottery terminals at Texas tracks and casinos;
* Update on Texas Horse Organizations for Racing, Showing and Eventing (Texas HORSE);
* Consideration of extension of executive director’s employment agreement:
* Consideration of TTA draft budget for FY beginning September 1, 2012;
* Consideration of a proposal to implement a reduction in Board size over three years;
* Consideration of a resolution honoring former 4-time TTA President Ed Dodwell;
* Consideration of 2013 racing dates as submitted by Class 1 Texas racetrack licensees and others.

The TTA Board will convene with one vacancy as Mike Kindred, having recently completed divestiture of his Thoroughbred holdings, tendered his resignation as both a director and president of the Paddock Foundation earlier this week in order to allow someone with vested interests to be appointed.

When Street Life goes postward this Saturday in the $1,000,000 Travers Stakes at Saratoga, two TTA directors, John Adger and Ed Few, will be on hand to root for the improving son of Street Sense against 10 other 3-year-olds going 1ΒΌ miles. Bob and Janice McNair, in whose Magnolia Racing colors Street Life will run, and Hidden Brook Farm own bigger shares in the colt than Adger and Few. The McNairs will have to be content to watch the Travers on NBC from New Orleans where their Houston Texans play a pre-season NFL game on Saturday night.

Street Life is the 5-1 fourth choice of the linemaker, behind 5-2 favorite Alpha, winner of the Jim Dandy Stakes while prepping for the Travers. Nonios, a California shipper, is second in the morning line at 4-1 with Jim Dandy runner-up Neck ‘n Neck third at 9-2.
Street Life prepped for his Travers start by winning the $100,000 Curlin Stakes impressively earlier in the Spa meeting.

The Travers, popularly known as the Midsummer Derby, will be the last of four stakes shown live during NBC’s 2-hour telecast beginning at 3pm CDT. The Test, King’s Bishop and Ballston Spa are the other stakes slated to be part of the telecast.

The $15,000-added GCFA Texas-bred Thoroughbred Stakes is carded for the 8th and final day of Gillespie County Fair’s 2012 mixed meet on Sunday, August 26. Three of the 12 races on both the Saturday and Sunday cards are for Thoroughbreds with first post both days set for 1pm.

Fast furlongs…Oaklawn Park officials have announced plans to offer nearly $20 million in purses during the 56-day 2013 meet, with maiden special weight races offered at $53,000…The Texas Racing Commission has established a 2014 dates application period from September 15 to October 14 pursuant to the request of the owners of Saddle Brook Park, the Class 2 track license holder in Amarillo…The Jockey Club projects a 2013 registered foal crop of 24,700…TTA Director Bill Heiligbrodt continues to influence area 2-year-old stakes having Louisiana-bred Miss Goodthing, a daughter of Closing Argument out of the Thunder Gulch mare Thunder Lure, winner of Louisiana Downs’ $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies last Saturday going 6 furlongs in 1:10.84…Sports betting legislation has been shelved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee in California for the current legislative session…A federal judge in New York has ruled that poker is “more a game of skill than a game of chance,” which may be the forerunner to federal legislation that would make Internet poker games legal…Michael Chang, who has been Global Gaming Solutions LLC’s senior official with a regular physical presence at Lone Star Park since Global became the track’s owner, has resigned to accept a senior position in Houston with Stage Stores, Inc…The Pari-Mutuel Advisory Committee of the Texas Racing Commission will consider model rules governing tote standards during a meeting at TRC’s office in Austin on September 12…The Jockey Club has launched a new initiative called Major League Horse Racing, an interactive game combining the skill of fantasy sports and the fun of social media with the excitement of horse racing and Thoroughbred World, a game focused on breeding, owning and training aspects of the sport…The Louisiana State Racing Commission has scheduled hearings on August 29 and 30th for Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse trainers whose stewards’ rulings, resulting from positive post-race test findings of Dermorphin, were referred for consideration of penalties beyond the maximum limits that stewards can assess…Purses previously on hold from Lone Star Park’s Thoroughbred meet have been released after tests of split samples did not confirm original reported positive post-race findings.