Texas Thoroughbred News and Notes

SHRP Paddock 2AUSTIN, (Texas Thoroughbred Association) – If you’re looking for a Derby horse to cheer for, you might consider Uncle Sigh – he’s named after one of the stars of Duck Dynasty on A&E and his owner, George McEwen’s Wounded Warrior Stables, donates 10% of earnings to veteran-related charities… With focus on safety, presenters at the Jockeys’ Guild assembly outlined the dangers of concussions, explained a new baseline testing initiative, and provided initial results from the U.S. Jockey Injury Database…Acting under a looming deadline, the Illinois legislature reauthorized advance deposit wagering in the state, staving off a draconian cut in 2014 racing dates… This spring, ’50-1′, a movie about Mine That Bird’s improbable victory in the 2009 Kentucky Derby, will be released in theaters, and as part of the promotional effort, members of the cast and crew of the film will take part in a cross-country bus tour that will retrace the route trainer Chip Woolley took when he hauled Mine That Bird in a trailer from New Mexico to Churchill Downs… Proposed legislation in Pennsylvania would shift $250 million of the annual revenue the racing fund receives from slot machines and redirect it to education… Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 66 supplemental entries to its upcoming Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, to be held Sunday and Monday, February 9 and 10, in Lexington…The catalog for the 25th Annual Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training is now on-line, available for iPad and will be mailed soon…See http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/83066/jockeys-consider-options-for-promoting-sport for a very interesting article discussing how jockeys are real assets in promoting the sport of racing…The January 28 TRC Rules Committee meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 6th…Our sympathies to the family of TTA Director Ed Few, whose sister, Olga Frances Few, passed away this week.