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COVERING THE THOROUGHBRED INDUSTRY IN TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA
In This Issue: Blood Tests for Life Danny Caldwell’s Claim to Fame Big Money at Sam Houston TTA Honors Texas Champions
A Division of Center Hills Farm
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• Air Commander (Point Given-Santaria, by Star de Naskra) A Grade 2-winning son of Horse of the Year POINT GIVEN Sire of a 2yo stakes winner in his first crop to race 2013 Fee: $2,000
• Save Big Money (Storm Cat-Tomisue’s Delight, by A.P. Indy) Versatile, record-setting multiple stakes-placed runner out of G1 millionaire First foals to race are 2yos of 2013 2013 Fee: $2,000
• The Visualiser (Giant’s Causeway-Smokey Mirage, by Holy Bull) $1 million yearling and graded stakes-placed son of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY First foals to race are 2yos of 2013 2013 Fee: $1,500
• Toccet (Awesome Again-Cozzene’s Angel, by Cozzene) Multiple G1 winner with progeny earnings of more than $10 million The leading sire in Oklahoma for the last two years 2013 Fee: $2,500
• Kipling (Gulch-Weekend Storm, by Storm Bird)
Now standing in Oklahoma at Mighty Acres! Sire of Breeders’ Cup winner and all-time leading Oklahoma-bred KIP DEVILLE ($3.3 million in earnings) 2013 Fee: $2,500 All fees are stands and nurses All stallions are nominated to the Oklahoma Bred Program, Iowa Stallion Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup
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TOO MUCH BLING [Rubiano-Rose Colored Lady]
TOP SIRE BY % 2-YEAR-OLD WINNERS - The Blood-Horse 2/2/13 72% WINNERS/STARTERS 14% STAKES WINNERS/STARTERS SIRE OF COLOR CODE, CHAMPION 3YO FILLY IN TEXAS
Grasshopper • Sing Baby Sing • Supreme Cat • Too Much Bling • Valid Expectations Owner - W. S. Farish | Manager - Danny Shifflett | 26685 Mitchell Rd., Hempstead, TX 77445 (979) 826-3366 Cell: (713) 303-8509 Fax: (979) 826-9405 | E-mail: email@example.com Photo: William Jones Miller
VALOR FARM BRED AND RAISED THREE OF THE SIX 2012 TEXAS CHAMPIONS AND OUR STALLIONS SIRED FIVE OF THE SEVEN STAkES WINNERS ON TEXAS CHAMPIONS WEEKEND, JAN. 19 & 20 AT SAM HOUSTON
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Unbridled’s Song – Golden Par, by Gold Meridian
A talented son of sire of sires UNBRIDLED’S SONG, MY GOLDEN SONG ran third to BARBARO in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3). Texas’ leading freshman sire in 2011 and leading second-crop sire last year is represented by 2012 Texas Champion 2YO Filly PLATINUM SONG and three other stakes winners, plus the talented Triumph and Song, who has won four of seven career starts with two Fair Grounds allowance wins this year. 2013 Stud Fee: $2,000
PLATINUM SONG Reed Palmer Photography
Scott Brown’s PLATINUM SONG, a filly by MY GOLDEN SONG, won a division of the $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes last year at Lone Star Park and placed in two other stakes to earn the title of Texas Champion 2-Year-Old Filly! She kicked off her 3-year-old season with a win in the $50,000 Bara Lass Stakes and a third in the $75,000 Two Altazano division of the Texas Stallion Stakes to push her earnings to $124,186.
COWGIRL N UP
Wild Rush – Strawberry Clover, by Darn That Alarm Formerly Texas’ leading freshman and second-crop sire, WIMBLEDON has eight stakes horses, including 2012 Texas Champion 2YO Colt/Gelding WORLDVENTURER.
2013 Stud Fee: $1,500
Caroline Dodwell’s COWGIRL N UP, a filly by MY GOLDEN SONG, picked up her third career stakes win in the $50,000 Yellow Rose Stakes at Sam Houston and then finished a close second in the $50,000 Bucharest Stakes against colts and geldings on the grass. She also captured the $50,000 Bara Lass Stakes and $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (Darby’s Daughter division) last year and has earned $175,966 with a record of 11-4-2-3.
$7,500 averag e at F-T Texas 2012 Ye arling Sale!
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WORLDVENTURER Wesley Melcher’s WORLDVENTURER, a gelding by WIMBLEDON, earned $127,432 last year with a victory in the $94,420 TTA Sales Futurity at Lone Star Park, a second in the $75,000 El Joven Stakes on the turf at Retama Park and a third in the $300,000 Springboard Mile Stakes at Remington Park, plus the title of Texas Champion 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding! At 3, he has won the $50,000 Groovy Stakes and $75,000 Jim’s Orbit division of the Texas Stallion Stakes and his earnings now stand at $207,932.
EARLY FLYER HAD THREE HORSES ON THE BOARD IN STAKES RACES ON TEXAS CHAMPIONS WEEKEND
Gilded Time – Bistra, by Classic Go Go The #3 overall sire in the state of Texas, EARLY FLYER has already sired 23 stakes horses with average earnings per starter of over $33,000! EARLY FLYER is the sire of three Texas Champions: FORMAL FLYER ($247,479), SWORD TRICK ($210,130) and TAMTASTIC ($126,004).
$29,000 average xas at F-T Te g lin 2012 Year Sale!
2013 Stud Fee: $3,000
A.P. Indy – Mountain Girl, by Mountain Cat A winning son of the great A.P. INDY, INDYGO MOUNTAIN brings an impeccable pedigree to the Lone Star State. His female family includes Grade 1 winners SIPHONIC and LARAGH and millionaire DIXIE DOT COM. 2013 Stud Fee: $1,000
Phone Trick – Jet Route, by Alydar JET PHONE’S first runner, 2010 Texas Champion 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding ACES N KINGS, is burning up the track with four stakes wins and earnings of more than $245,000. JET PHONE has the speed and pedigree to get you a runner! 2013 Stud Fee: $1,000
Unbridled’s Song – Proposal, by Mt. Livermore From a family loaded with speed and soundness, SILVER CITY was a brilliant sprinter who had the stamina to go around two turns (second in the G3 Southwest Stakes at a mile). His dam’s full brother, G3 winner and G1-placed MULTIPLE CHOICE, raced until age 8! His first foals look great!
2013 Stud Fee: $2,000
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Racehorse March/April 2013
Valid Expectations achieves another milestone
Joyful Victory romps in the richest race ever at Sam Houston
The Marketplace Classifieds
40 Danny Caldwell is
winning at the claiming game
The New King of Texas Valid Expectations surpasses Sunny’s Halo as the Lone Star State’s all-time leading sire
Joyful and Swift Joyful Victory and Swift Warrior shine on Sam Houston Race Park’s richest night of racing
Fabulous 5 34 Texas-bred and Texas-sired horses sparkle in a quintet of February stakes at Sam Houston Race Park Congratulations to the 2012 Texas Champions The TTA honors the top horses and horsemen in the state
Claim to Fame Oklahoma owner Danny Caldwell has found great success in the claiming game
Blood Tests for Life Humans are not the only species that can benefit from blood tests
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Summer Squall – Hum Along, by Fappiano A classic pedigree and a proven stallion!
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Full brother to millionaire, Breeders’ Cup •Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner and champion 2-year-old filly STORM SONG
HUMMING is the sire of multiple stakes •winner QUEANSCO (earnings of $214,124) and stakes-placed six-figure earners West Albany ($180,567) and Diginandrun ($168,639)
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fastfurlongs Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale set for April 3 A total of 131 head are catalogued for the Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-Year- including Half Ours, Private Vow, Salute the Sarge, Too Much Bling and Olds in Training Sale to be held on Wednesday, April 3, on the grounds Valid Expectations. Consignors have reacted favorably to the flexibility of the new format, of Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. The sale begins at 12 p.m. with allowing entries to be included the 2-year-olds in training, which will much closer to the day of the sale. be followed by horses of racing age. An addendum to the catalogue, in The under-tack show for the sale is addition to the main catalogue, will at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 1, at be available online and in print at Lone Star. the sale. “This sale continues to offer buy“The Horses of Racing Age secers top pedigrees and excellent pertion has attracted a lot of interest formers in the Southwest region,” and should be an excellent venue, stated Tim Boyce, director of sales especially right before this exciting for Fasig-Tipton Texas. “With many race meet,” added Boyce. “The two more stakes-winning graduates in different categories of horses being 2012, the back cover of the catalogue, offered complement each other and where we feature win pictures of our Denis Blake are intended to bring more owners grads, has become very crowded.” This Louisiana-bred colt by Salute the Sarge sold for $105,000 and trainers to the auction.” The Texas sale continues its at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale The catalogue may be viewed history of blue-chip sires with to tie with a filly by Closing Argument for the highest price. online at www.fasigtipton.com Candy Ride (Arg), Curlin, English Channel, Hard Spun, Harlan’s Holiday, Henrythenavigator, Holy Bull, and is available via the Equineline Sales Catalogue App. The print version Into Mischief, Kitten’s Joy, Pioneer of The Nile, Pure Prize, Spring at of the catalogue is available from all Fasig-Tipton offices and local racing Last and Yes It’s True. Strong Southwest-based sires are also represented, secretaries.
Will Rogers Downs kicks off 32-day Thoroughbred meet Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Oklahoma, opened for Thoroughbred racing on March 4 with a meet running through May 18. The track will conduct 32 days of live racing with a schedule that includes races on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Wednesday racing will be dropped during the month of May. The track’s stakes schedule includes the $55,000 Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs Classic Distaff Sprint on April 8 and the $55,000 TRAO Classic Sprint on April 9. Both are at six furlongs for Oklahoma-breds, 3-year-olds and up. The $50,000 Clem McSpadden Memorial Route 66 for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs is set for April 23 with the $50,000 Wilma Mankiller Memorial for fillies and mares at six furlongs on April 24. Both of
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those stakes are open. Two divisions of the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds going a mile are set for May 4 with nominations closing on April 23. The meet closes with a stakes doubleheader on May 18 with the $55,000 Cherokee Nation Classic Cup and the $55,000 RPDC Classic Distaff. Both are at one-mileand-70-yards for Oklahoma-breds. John Lies, the track announcer at Lone Star Park, will also handle those duties at Will Rogers for this meet, replacing Jesse Ullery, who took over as the tracks’ racing secretary. Ullery, who started calling races at Will Rogers at the age of 18 in 2008, has also called races at Fair Meadows, Blue Ribbon Downs, Remington Park and Lone Star Park. Purses are expected to be at around $135,000 per day, similar to last year’s meet.
Texas HORSE to hold Horse Week at the Capitol on April 1-5 Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-District 20) has filed Texas State Senate Joint Resolution 36 and enabling Senate Bill 789 that call for a constitutional referendum to allow video lottery games at licensed horse and Greyhound racetracks and by Indian tribes under the regulatory authority of the Texas Lottery Commission and the Texas Racing Commission. Sen. Hinojosa, whose district in South Texas includes Corpus Christi, McAllen, Edinburg and Mission, has been an important and longtime supporter of the horse and Greyhound racing industry in Texas. “This legislation has very significant implications and substantial benefits that could preserve and make prosperous the Texas horse racing industry,” said Dr. Jacquelyn “Jackie” Rich, an equine veterinarian from Lott who is president of Texas HORSE. “We are currently surrounded by states that have slot machines at the horse racetracks that generate millions in purse money and put Texas racetracks at a severe disadvantage. In 2012, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma paid more than $214 million in purse monies to racehorse owners while Texas racetracks paid less than $24 million. And the majority of the money wagered at the slot machines at these racetracks in surrounding states is wagered by Texans.” To support these measures, Texas HORSE will hold Horse Week at the Capitol on April 1-5. Texas HORSE is calling for Texas horse owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, track employees and racing fans to come to Austin the week of April 1-5 to meet their Texas State Senators and Representatives to tell their story and ask for legislators’ support for video lottery games at Texas racetracks. To make reservations and receive assistance in arranging visits with their elected officials, participants should call one of these organizations: Texas HORSE at (817) 845-2917 or (512) 934-2974, Texas Thoroughbred Association at (512) 458-6133 or Texas Quarter Horse Association at (512) 458-5202. Online registration is available at www.texas-horse.com. More than 800 supporters of the Texas racing industry attended Texas Horse Day at the Capitol during the 2011 session. Texas HORSE (Horse Organizations for Racing, Showing, Eventing) comprises the largest group of horse organizations in Texas united to introduce and pass legislation to help Texas regain its leadership position within the horse industry. Successful legislative efforts of Texas HORSE are designed to invigorate and restore the ground lost to other states while providing resources to the many horse enthusiasts who participate in diverse disciplines. Texas HORSE is committed to keeping the more than one million horses in the state that contribute $5.2 billion directly to the Texas economy with a workforce of nearly 96,000 employees. For more information about Texas HORSE, contact Executive Director Dan Fick at (817) 845-2917 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sam Houston makes $10,335 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Sam Houston Race Park hosted the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic on Saturday, January 26, and Joyful Victory set a new track record during her magnificent victory in the inaugural running of the stakes for fillies and mares. However, the striking 5-year-old mare was not the only winner of the evening as Sam Houston raised over $10,000 to support the Houston chapter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The advertising and promotion for the Houston Ladies Classic informed patrons that $1 for each paid admission would benefit the charity. Nearly 8,000 fans enjoyed the entertaining evening of racing and many donned their most creative hats for a “Think Pink” hat contest. Patrons had an opportunity to enjoy “Pink Survivor” cocktails, with additional dollars benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Representatives from the esteemed charity were on hand manning information tables and answering questions on the programs and services available in greater Houston for breast cancer treatment and research. The end result was a donation of $10,335 for the Houston chapter, but even more importantly, the beginning of a long-term association with one of Houston’s most respected charities. “We were pleased to host an exceptional evening of racing and to welcome so many enthusiastic fans to Sam Houston Race Park,” said Sam Houston President Andrea Young. “It is our hope that we can build on this and continue a productive association with the Houston chapter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure for many years to come.”
THE PRIDE OF TEXAS
Sire of First Crop $124,000+ SW
Deputy Minister – Evil’s Pic, by Piccolino Eddie George Ranch 9364 County Rd. 18, Briscoe, TX 79011 (806) 375-2577 • Cell: (806) 216-0126
Graded Stakes Winner at Two
From his first full crop, sire of back-to-back 2012 SW DREAD THE PIRATE ($124,019), Indiana Futurity by 3 & Crown Ambassador S. by 3 3/4 H Winner of the Sapling (G3) at Monmouth Park H Third in the Futurity S. (G2) at Belmont Park H Broke his maiden by 2 ¾ lengths at Pimlico
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Pinnacle completes purchase of Retama Park
The planned purchase of Retama Park by Pinnacle Entertainment, a transaction approved in December by the Texas Racing Commission, was completed January 30. Nevada-based Pinnacle acquired a majority ownership interest in the racing license in return for cash consideration of $15 million. Pinnacle Retama Partners will use the proceeds of the transaction primarily to refinance the existing indebtedness of Retama Development Corporation (RDC). In addition, Pinnacle entered into a management contract with RDC to manage operations of Retama. In conjunction with the closing, RDC repaid approximately $3.3 million of loans owned by the company that were used to maintain continuity in the operations of Retama Park.
Ricky Bobby dominates wiener dog races at Sam Houston
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Houston’s fastest wiener dogs delighted an enthusiastic crowd of 8,938 when Sam Houston Race Park hosted the sixth annual wiener dog races on February 9. The event featured wiener dogs racing a distance of approximately 30 yards in between live horse races. A total of 64 dogs entered the starting gate in trials with eight qualifiers returning for the final. The winner, Ricky Bobby, showed tremendous poise and determination in his first competition. The 5-year-old dachshund is owned by Jeff Michael of Houston. “I figured he’d be good since he loves to chase squirrels,” said the proud owner of the dog, who shares a name with the Will Ferrell character in the hit movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
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New stallions Crossbow, Commitment, Humming and Super Struggler to stand in Texas A quartet of fresh faces has been added to the Texas stallion roster for the 2013 breeding season. Crossbow, a speedy son of leading sire and champion Bernardini, has been retired from racing to stand at Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Valor Farm near Pilot Point. He will stand for a $1,500 fee. A four-time winner in 11 starts with a Grade 3 placing at Saratoga Race Course, Crossbow earned $182,076 in his career and achieved a Beyer Speed Figure of 104. The 5-year-old Crossbow is out of the multiple Grade 3-winning Forest Wildcat mare Forest Heiress, who is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Wildcat Heir from a family that includes Grade 1 winners Louis Quatorze, Awesome Gem and Royal Indy. For more information on Crossbow, go to www.valorfarm.com or call (940) 686-5552. Commitment, a son of Relaunch who sold for $540,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, has been relocated after previously standing in California. He will stand for a $750 fee at STS Farm in Yantis as the property of Charles Spinks. Commitment, who was unraced, is out of the winning and stakesplaced El Gran Senor mare Escrow Agent, who is the dam of several notable runners, including Florida Derby (G1) winner Vicar, by Wild Again. She is also the dam of $407,481-earner Weston Field, Grade 3-placed Mama Dean and stakes winner Sheepscot. For more information, contact Spinks at email@example.com or call (713) 823-0857.
Humming, a son of Preakness Stakes (G1) winner and accomplished sire Summer Squall, has been relocated to stand at Prairie Hill Farm in Coolidge as the property of Millard Lain. Humming, who was unplaced in one start, is a full brother to millionaire champion 2-year-old filly and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner Storm Song out of the Fappiano mare Hum Along. At stud, Humming has sired multiple stakes winner Queansco, an earner of $214,124, and stakes-placed six-figure earners West Albany ($180,567) and Diginandrun ($168,639). For more information, contact Lain at (281) 793-6500. Super Struggler, a stakes-placed son of former Texas stallion Struggler (GB), has been retired to stand stud duty at Murphy Farms in Houston as the property of Joshua Murphy. A winner of 17 races during his career, Super Struggler proved his soundness and durability by racing until age 9 and making a total of 104 starts while hitting the board nearly half of the time. He finished a close third in the $50,000 Sam Houston Turf Sprint Cup Stakes at five furlongs, and he could run equally well on turf or dirt. Super Struggler is by European Group 3 winner Struggler (GB), who sired the likes of multiple Grade 3 winner Wynn Dot Comma. To introduce him to Texas breeders, Super Struggler will be offered for free breeding during his first season at stud. For more information, visit Super Struggler’s page in the online version of the Southern Racehorse Stallion Register or contact Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (832) 713-1504.
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Lone Star Park announces stakes schedule, track renovations Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie announced the track’s 2013 Thoroughbred season stakes schedule with 12 events, including two graded stakes, and purses totaling $1.1 million. The two premiere events on the 2013 Lone Star Park stakes calendar are the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile for 3-year-olds and up to be run Saturday, April 26, and the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles to be run Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day). “We are very pleased to offer a comparable stakes schedule to 2012 that ensures our overnight purse levels are maintained,” said Lone Star Park President and General Manager Drew Shubeck. Texas-breds and Texas sale graduates will be showcased in four stakes races on Saturday, July 6, in the 13th annual Stars of Texas Day. The program will be highlighted by two divisions of the $100,000estimated TTA Sales Futurity (2-year-old fillies and colts and geldings going 5 1/2 furlongs), the $50,000 Assault Stakes (Texas-bred 3-yearolds and up at one mile) and the $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes (Texasbred fillies and mares, 3-years-olds and up at 6 furlongs). The return of the Global Gaming Triple, a three-race series linking the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile, Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap, and the $200,000 Governor’s Cup for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles at Remington Park in August, seeks to provide horsemen additional incentive to compete in all three stakes. Global Gaming Solutions, owner of both Lone Star Park and Remington Park, will offer a bonus to be split equally among the owner and trainer of the horse that accumulates the most points in the three stakes. A horse must compete in all three designated races to be eligible for bonus money, and points will be awarded to the first- through third-place finishers on a 5-3-1 basis. Lone Star Park has scheduled 50 live racing dates in 2013, down from 53 in 2012. The Thoroughbred season opens Thursday, April 11, and concludes Sunday, July 6. Live racing will be held four days a week with a first-race post-time of 6:35 p.m. for Thursday and Friday night programs (except Thursday, May 30, when there will be no live racing) and every Saturday and Sunday with a first-race post-time of 1:35 p.m. (except Sunday, June 23, and Sunday, June 30). Live racing will be conducted Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day), with a first-race post-time of 1:35 p.m. Special twilight programs on Wednesday, July 3, and Thursday, July 4 (Lone Stars and Stripes Fireworks Celebration), will begin at 5 p.m. Lone Star has also announced that the main racetrack is being completely renovated along with major grandstand improvements to be in place in time for the Thoroughbred meet. The main track reconditioning is currently underway and will feature a new base and mixture to ensure track safety and consistency. “During the course of the previous Fall Meeting of Champions for American Quarter Horses, we noticed inconsistencies in the main dirt track that caused some bias during races,” said Shubeck. “A complete investigation by independent, top track and soil experts found that 16
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remnants of the previously used cushion material remained in broad areas of the track. This material caused difficulties grooming the track each day in order to achieve a uniform distribution of cushion from the inner rail to the outside of the racetrack.” The renovation project includes: • Removal of all cushion material in order to fully inspect the limestone base • Reapplication of the cushion, allowing sub-cushion material to blend with saved cushion material • Washed sand, clay and organics will be blended to achieve optimum blend of cushion materials “Our first and foremost objective is to have a safe and consistent racetrack surface, and we believe these renovations will do just that for our horsemen,” said Shubeck. The changes to the main racetrack are not the only improvements being made at Lone Star. Returning customers will notice a significant change on the fourth floor of the 280,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed, climate-controlled grandstand. The main 1,200-seat Silks Dining Terraces are undergoing a dramatic renovation, including new tables and chairs and a completely redesigned television presentation. Additionally, a new menu will be launched just in time for the Thoroughbred meet. Lone Star Park also recently announced a new exclusion policy that is consistent with regulations adopted by other racetracks and a written position issued by The Jockey Club: “Lone Star Park is committed to ensuring that the racing programs we conduct reflect the highest standards of safety and integrity. Lone Star Park reserves the right not to allocate stalls or accept entries from any horsemen on the suspended list from either the American Quarter Horse Association or The Jockey Club.” For more information, visit www.lonestarpark.com.
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President’s Letter The winter hair is starting to shed, new foals are hitting the ground, and mares are heading to the breeding barn. Spring is here, and it is truly an exciting time of the year. With the deadline for filing bills hitting on March 8, legislative movements occur every day. “Horse Week at the Capitol” is scheduled for April 1-5. I would like to encourage you to participate in this important effort. Details can be found on page 13. I’m pleased to announce that the TTA has received another clean audit from the CPA firm of Erickson, Demel and Co., PC. Thanks to our staff for going above the call of duty to keep our organization on target regarding our financial responsibilities. The donors and bidders at the TTA Annual Awards Banquet deserve a big “thank you” for their generosity. The Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund received $5,800, and The Paddock Foundation accepted $2,600 from the bidding activity. I hope all of you have a successful foaling, breeding and racing spring season. Yours truly, Gearald Farris, DC TTA President
The Paddock Foundation continues TAKE2 sponsorship
The Paddock Foundation, a nonprofit corporation started by the TTA to support and advance the care of Thoroughbred racehorses after they leave the track, will again participate with TAKE2 to sponsor a 2013 Texas Thoroughbred Jumper Challenge over four shows in Texas and is looking to expand its participation to other shows and events that showcase the versatility of Thoroughbreds in other disciplines. The Paddock Foundation will also participate as a sponsor of the LOPE Texas Trainer DVD Library. LOPE, which provides all breeds of Texas ex-racehorses with opportunities for a second career, will purchase some excellent training DVDs and loan them out to trainers working with LOPE horses. LOPE hopes to eventually expand the library to loan out to LOPE adopters if enough sponsorship money is raised to cover the cost of additional DVD copies.
Battle of the X’s set to raise money for ex-racehorses
An Off-Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) Trainer Challenge and All Thoroughbred Horse Show in which 10 retired racehorses will compete for $10,000 in prize money is scheduled for April 27 at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth. Sponsored by Remember Me Rescue, the event will feature Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone as a celebrity judge for the Trainer Challenge. After the Challenge, the participating horses will be auctioned, and the proceeds will benefit the Remember Me Rescue Intensive Care Unit to be built at the RMR facility. Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg will serve as auctioneer. The Paddock Foundation is pleased to sponsor this event, which will showcase the versatility of off-track Thoroughbreds. For more information, go to www.teamkeen.com/battleofthexsottb.html.
Horsemen discuss drug violation policy enforcement with TRC staff At the request of Texas Horsemen’s Partnership Board Member Lane Hutchins, a discussion airing the concerns of Texas horsemen regarding perceived laxity and delay of drug violation penalty enforcement was held at the Texas Racing Commission headquarters on February 5. TTA Executive Director Mary Ruyle attended along with TRC Executive Director Chuck Trout, Chief Steward Ricky Walker, Chief Veterinarian Dr. Ken Quirk, Public Information Officer Jean Cook, Director of Investigations Jim Blodgett and Counsel Mark Fenner, as well as THP Board Members Lane Hutchins and Dr. R.D. Weilburg and active THP member Shreta Martinez. During the meeting, the TRC staff expressed extreme interest in horsemen’s concerns and perspectives, and the staff has already instituted measures to speed due process. The TRC has hired a new litigator to prosecute cases that are outstanding and to deal in timely fashion with any new restraining orders which may ensue. There will be no stays issued for penalties in the future, unless there are “overwhelming mitigating circumstances which might lead to a maximum stay of seven days.” The Commission staff wants to actively work with horsemen to discover and develop tests for new performance-enhancing drugs and is working with state legislators and the DEA to facilitate measures of defining and controlling the use of forbidden substances. Frequent unannounced sweeps of the racetrack stable areas, veterinarian practice standards and control of access to horses on race day were other subjects discussed.
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Changes made to permissible medication levels in Texas In response to the proposed changes to the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s list of approved therapeutics as recommended by ARCI’s Task Force on Medication Science, the Texas Racing Commission has announced the following changes to its list of approved therapeutic medications: Effective March 28, 2013, clenbuterol will be permitted at a maximum concentration of 140 pg/ml in urine. The TRC did not change the withdrawal time and will not change it until further notification, so it currently remains at 96 hours. Effective September 13, 2013, betamethasone will be permitted at a maximum concentration of 10 pg/ml in plasma or serum, and the suggested withdrawal time has increased from 96 hours to seven days. In addition, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium’s suggested withdrawal time for triamcinilone acetonide has increased to seven days, and the suggested withdrawal time for methylprednisolone has increased to 21 days. The trainer remains the absolute insurer that the resulting concentration levels will not exceed the maximum permissible concentration levels. Except as otherwise indicated above, the revised list is effective immediately. Any pending drug positives for medications on this list will be reevaluated in light of the changes. A complete list in both English and Spanish may be found at the TRC’s website at www.txrc.state.tx.us.
Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma News
History of the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma [TRAO] When the original Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) was founded in 1940, it would be another 43 years before pari-mutuel wagering would be legalized in Oklahoma. But that doesn’t mean there was no horse racing in the Sooner State. Many county fairs had race meets, and almost any weekend there were match races at storied bush tracks that are colorfully recalled by the dwindling number of old-timers who were there. This is not to say that Oklahoma horses and horsemen did not race elsewhere. In fact, Oklahoma horsemen have been a presence from the beginning at places such as Oaklawn Park, Ak-Sar-Ben and many other racetracks coastto-coast. In 1983, Blue Ribbon Downs (BRD) in Sallisaw, about 20 miles from Arkansas, became the state’s first pari-mutuel racetrack. However, due to BRD’s remote location and cards offering primarily American Quarter Horse racing, most Oklahoma Thoroughbred horsemen continued to race in other states. Edward J. DeBartolo (at that time, the owner of Balmoral Park, Thistledown and Louisiana Downs) built Remington Park in Oklahoma City as a $100million showcase for Thoroughbred racing. The inaugural race meet during the fall of 1988 was an opportunity for Oklahoma Thoroughbred horsemen to race in their home state and for horsemen from throughout the region to enjoy Oklahoma’s hospitality. With so many of Oklahoma’s Thoroughbred horsemen having been HBPA members while racing in other states, it was logical for an affiliate to be formed. To represent everybody who races Thoroughbreds in the state, the Oklahoma Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (OKHBPA) was incorporated as a nonprofit association in 1993. For local/state identification purposes, the association has added a “dba” of the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma (TRAO). With more than 1,500 owner and owner/ trainer members, the association’s mission is akin to that of the other affiliates—improve horse racing at all levels. In general, this includes: • Providing medical, dental and other benevolent assistance to members and their employees, • Negotiating contracts with the racetracks. In addition to addressing the backside conditions, the OKHBPA takes seriously state law that requires agreements between the tracks and horsemen. “(Racetracks) shall negotiate and covenant with the (horsemen’s) representative … as to the conditions for each race meeting, the distribution of commissions and purses not governed by statutory distribution formulae, simulcast transmission and reception, off-track wagering, all matters relating to welfare, benefits and prerogatives of participants.” (O.S. 3A, Sec. 267), • Granting permission to disseminate interstate simulcast signals to be received by various wagering partners throughout the United States (US Code; Title 15 Chapter 57 Inter-State Horseracing Act), • Representing the interests of Thoroughbred racing to the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission, and • Influencing legislation at the state and national levels.
What does the TRAO do? • The TRAO manages the benevolence trust. We provide medical, optical and dental assistance for our active racing members, their eligible employees and dependents. TRAO also financially supports the Racetrack Chaplaincy Program at all Oklahoma tracks through the benevolence trust. Since 2008, the benevolence trust has assisted our members with more than $1,010,000 in benevolence necessaries. • The TRAO maintains a full-time, professional staff at each race meet, continual legislative presence year-round, complete auditing of our purse accounts and good working relationships with the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission and our three track partners—Remington Park, Will Rogers Downs and Fair Meadows. • The TRAO is a well-respected member of the National HBPA. We have elected placement on the following committees with National: Executive, Medication, Model Rules and The Horsemen’s Journal. • The TRAO has partnered with Native American Tribes and RPDC to create seven tribal off-track betting locations throughout Oklahoma. Our partners fully support the Thoroughbred industry. This support has led to the enhancement of the Oklahoma Classics, making the Classics one of the premiere state-bred days in the industry and giving the Oklahoma Thoroughbred industry its first $1-million day.
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The New King of Texas
Valid Expectations surpasses Sunny’s Halo as the Lone Star State’s all-time leading sire
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Over the past decade there has been little doubt as to the leader of the pack among Texas stallions. Valid Expectations has not only dominated the Lone Star State’s sire lists since moving to William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Texas (formerly known as Huisache Farm) in 2000, but the now 20-year-old son of Valid Appeal also has made an impact outside of Texas and even around the world. In February, he added yet another accomplishment as he passed the late 1983 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Sunny’s Halo to become the state’s all-time leading stallion.
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Although Valid Expectations was bred in Florida and stood his first two years of stud duty in Sunny’s Halo was wellthat state, he has earned the right to be called traveled as both a racehorse a true Texan. While racing for Bob and Lee and a stallion, but Texas’ forAckerley’s Texas-based Ackerley Brothers mer all-time leading sire has Farm, Valid Expectations became the first spent the last seven years in major stakes winner for Texas trainer Steve what should be his final, and Asmussen, who now has two Eclipse Awards very fitting, resting place— and more than 6,400 wins to his credit. In Churchill Downs in LouisDenis Blake his three years on the track, Valid Expectaville, Kentucky. The original headstone for Sunny’s Halo tions won 12 of 27 starts with two Grade 3 On May 7, 1983, Sunin Texas included two inscriptions: “They wins, including the historic Derby Trial Stakes ny’s Halo and jockey Eddie shall mount up with wings as eagles, they at Churchill Downs, and nearly $600,000 in Delahoussaye pushed the shall run and not be weary” and “The sun earnings. In his prolific stallion career, he has hid behind the clouds the day Sunny died.” pace right from the start of topped the Texas sire list by progeny earnings the 1 ¼-mile classic under the every year from 2002 to 2011. All told, he has sired twin spires and took command on the backstretch en route to a relatively easy two-length the earners of $29.7 million with a total of 394 victory. Trained by David Cross Jr. and bred in Canada by owner David Foster, Sunny’s winners, 43 stakes winners and 40 stakes-placed Halo retired later that year with nine wins from 20 starts and earnings of $1.24 million. runners from 12 crops to race. Sunny’s Halo, a son The son of Halo was syndicated for $7.5 million and took up stud duty at Domino of Halo who began his stud career in Kentucky and Stud in Lexington. Early in his stud career, he sired millionaires Dispersal and Sunny finished in Texas, sired the earners of $29.5 million Sunrise, and then he stood his final years at Tom and Marcia Slack’s Double S Thorwith 20 crops to race. oughbreds in Bullard, Texas, until his death in 2003, when he was euthanized after a “Being involved with Valid has been special,” stroke at the age of 23. said Lane’s End Texas Farm Manager Danny He was buried at Double S by majority owner Billy Hanna, but in 2006, the land was Shifflett. “I can honestly say he is the smartest sold for development with Double S to be relocated to Poynor. Thanks to the efforts of horse I’ve ever been around. His offspring are several concerned horsemen and horsewomen in Texas, Sunny’s Halo was exhumed and excelling in everything they do: polo, barrel racing, cremated by Live Oak Pet Services of Anderson, Texas, and his remains were reinterred broodmares. He did 95% of it here in Texas.” on the grounds of the Kentucky Derby Museum, not far from where he crossed the wire While his offspring have excelled in various in the Run for the Roses. pursuits, obviously he is best known for siring top The relocation of Sunny’s Halo started with concerned Texas horsewoman Rita Nugent, racehorses, including millionaire Saratoga County, who heard about the impending development of the property and decided to take action. who won the Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) in the “An animal like that deserves it,” she said at the time. “All I did was make someone aware United Arab Emirates. Valid Expectations also of the situation. In one day’s time, they accomplished so much. I have great admiration and sired Super Derby (G2) winner The Daddy and respect for horses, and it does my heart such good to know that so many people cared.” Texas Horse of the Year Leaving On My Mind, With help from David Hooper, then-executive director of the Texas Thoroughbred and now he’s developed into a top broodmare Association, and Double S sire with his daughters producing graded stakes manager Pete Sackett, Sunwinners Quantum Miss and She Digs Me. ny’s Halo was relocated with Valid Expectations helped draw attention to financial assistance provided the Texas Thoroughbred industry when he by Billy Hanna, who died topped the North American freshman sire list in shortly after, the Kentucky 2001, beating out an impressive list of stallions Derby Museum and the relaincluding Pulpit and Langfuhr. More than a tives of the late David Foster. decade later, Valid Expectations is still the last Sunny’s Halo joined KenCourtesy Kentucky Derby Museum stallion residing outside of Kentucky to top the tucky Derby winners Brokers North American freshman sire list by progeny Sunny’s Halo now rests in peace at Tip (1933), Swaps (1955) the Kentucky Derby Museum on the earnings. That early success led many to believe and Carry Back (1961) at the grounds of Churchill Downs. that Valid Expectations would relocate to the Derby Museum. Southern Racehorse • MARCH/APRIL 2013 23
Bluegrass State, but instead he stayed in Texas thanks to a Texas-based partnership group that includes Farish, the Ackerleys, Robert McNair, Greg Goodman and Joe Archer. While Valid Expectations’ all-time leader status appears to be secure for the foreseeable future, one viable threat to his record might come from the same stallion barn at Lane’s End Texas. Too Much Bling, who, like Valid Expectations, stood a short stint in Florida before relocating to Texas, has already sired the earners of $2.5 million from just three crops to race with an impressive nine stakes winners and 10 stakes-placed horses from only 57 starters to date. The 10-year-old son of Rubiano still has a long way to go before threatening to ascend to the top spot, but together Too Much Bling and Valid Expectations, along with others in both Texas and Oklahoma, have proven that stallions in the region can make their presence felt well beyond state borders.
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Valid Expectations, shown here at age 12 enjoying the open spaces at Lane’s End Texas near Hempstead.
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Joyful and Swift Joyful Victory and Swift Warrior shine on Sam Houston Race Park’s richest night of racing By Denis Blake Photos by Coady Photography
Joyful Victory rolled to a convincing victory in the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic, the richest Thoroughbred race ever run at Sam Houston Race Park.
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The $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup has long been the marquee event on Sam Houston Race Park’s stakes schedule, as proven by its status as the track’s lone Grade 3 event, but this year the track added a co-feature with the new $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic. The two races attracted some worldclass horses, horsemen and horsewomen to Texas on January 26, and the favorites came through in both races. In the Ladies Classic, run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track for fillies and mares, trainer Larry Jones and jockey Rosie Napravnik teamed to win the inaugural running of the event with Fox Hill Farm Inc.’s Joyful Victory. The Ontariobred daughter of Tapit set a measured pace and then took command in the stretch to draw off by 4 1/4 lengths in a track-record time of 1:42.30. “It wasn’t necessarily my goal to go to the lead,” said Napravnik. “I expected to sit off the pace a little. But when no one came with us, I said, ‘We’ll take it.’ She was on her game today and ran an excellent race.” The 5-year-old mare came to Sam Houston after hitting the board in five straight graded races, including the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes last September at Santa Anita Park. This win pushed her closer to the millionaire’s club as she has earned $910,679 with a record of 16-5-5-3. Brushed by a Star, a Grade 2 winner last year at Churchill Downs, took second with the previously undefeated Sisterly Love in third. The Connally, run at 1 1/8 miles on the grass, went to James Dolan and James Covello’s Swift Warrior, who also went to the lead and never looked back en route to a 2 ¾-length victory in 1:49.21. Jose Espinoza rode for trainer
Swift Warrior John Terranova II. A 5-year-old son of First Samurai, Swift Warrior earned his first career graded stakes win in the Connally after four prior efforts against graded foes, including the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes at Keeneland Race Course against eventual Horse of the Year Wise Dan. “I thought he might end up on the lead,” said Terranova from his South Florida base. “On paper, it didn’t look like there would be a strong pace to run at. This horse is very versatile, and Jose knows him well. He looked very comfortable out there tonight.” Following the Connally win, Swift Warrior shipped to Florida and captured the $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (G3). He has earned $430,843 with six wins in 20 starts. King David, a Grade 1 winner in New York, got up for second with Willcox Inn taking third. Jones and Napravnik also teamed to set another track record in the $75,000 Champion Energy Services Stakes with Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Gray’s Icon Ike. The 4-year-old son of Yes It’s True edged 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) winner Chamberlain Bridge in a tight photo in a final time of :56.48, besting the previous record of :56.81 set by Texas-bred Charming Socialite in 2006 for five furlongs on the turf. The $50,000 Allen’s Landing Stakes went to Gary and Mary West’s homebred Tour Guide, who won by a half-length with Miguel Mena riding for trainer Bret Calhoun. The Broken Vow colt covered seven furlongs in 1:23.16.
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The Texas Thoroughbred Association has you covered with the information you need to know! Texas Thoroughbred Association Check out the TTA website for Texas racing and breeding news, TTA registration and race forms, a daily list of entries and results for all Texas-breds running in North America and much more. Check out www.texasthoroughbred.com
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Southern Racehorse Magazine Southern Racehorse is a new bi-monthly printed magazine that goes will go TTA to to allall TTA members as a free member benefit. This publication, which also covers Oklahoma and goes to all members of the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma (TRAO), also will produce produces aa Stallion StallionRegister Registerin inDecember December to cover the entire Southwest. Find out more about Southern Racehorse at www.southernracehorse.com or www.facebook.com/southernracehorse 30
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Equine Sales Announces 2013 Thoroughbred Sales:
Consignor Select Yearling Sale ~ September 4, 2013 ~
This exciting new sale for the Southwest Market offers consignors, breeders and owners a premier venue for selling their best Yearlings. With the addition of our new on-site barns, now under construction, Equine Sales offers complete comfort and convenience for Thoroughbred sales.
Consignments are now being accepted. Nominations Close June 14, 2013
Open Yearling Sale • Mixed Sale ~ October 28 & 29, 2013 ~
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Response to our Inaugural Yearling Sale in 2012 was an outstanding success. As a follow-on to the Consignor Select sale, this year we are also offering an Open Yearling Sale and a Mixed Sale to be held in the fall at our Sales Pavilion in Opelousas. By holding these three sales in 2013, Equine Sales gives consignors, breeders and owners the best opportunities for all their Thoroughbreds to achieve the best auction prices.
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Pulpit • Arrested Dreams, by Dehere
The leading sire in Texas with 2012 progeny earnings of more than $1.4 million! ORATORY, a son of PULPIT, won the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park in stakes-record time. As a stallion, ORATORY already has 13 stakes horses in his first three crops with total progeny earnings of nearly $5 million.
2013 Fee: $3,500/LFG ANGLIANA
Giant’s Causeway • Pratella, by Jade Hunter A durable and sound son of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY! ANGLIANA, a listed stakes winner and four-time G2 and G3-placed runner, faced the starter 31 times and hit the board in 18 of those starts while racing until age 8 and earning nearly $400,000. Look for his first 2-year-olds to hit the track in 2013!
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READ THE FOOTNOTES Smoke Glacken • Baydon Belle, by Al Nasr (Fr) A leading sire in Oklahoma with progeny earnings of nearly $7 million! READ THE FOOTNOTES, who captured the Remsen Stakes (G2), Nashua Stakes (G3) and Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) during his brilliant career, has sired 14 stakes horses, including Grade 1 winner RIGHTLY SO. His average earnings per starter is $44,809!
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Texas-bred and Texas-sired horses sparkle in a quintet of February stakes at Sam Houston Race Park
By Denis Blake Photos by Coady Photography
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February marked the middle of Sam Houston Race Park’s Thoroughbred meet, and it provided a showcase for Texas-bred and Texas-sired horses with five stakes on tap. While January featured the new $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic and Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup (see page 28) and March offered the rich Maxxam Gold Cup Racing Festival, the middle month gave local owners and breeders the chance to compete for big money, and their horses put on quite a show. In the $50,000 Bucharest Stakes for Texas-bred 4-year-olds and up going five furlongs on the turf, H and H Ranch’s Solar Charge came through to record his 12th career victory on February 2. The 6-year-old gelded son of Authenticate, bred by Carolyn Barnett, scored by three-parts of a length with Roman Chapa up for trainer Danny Pish. Solar Charge clocked the distance in :57.33 and pushed his career earnings over the $300,000 mark. Caroline Dodwell’s Cowgirl N Up, a filly by My Golden Song running against colts and geldings, put in a game effort to finish second with Isharuler in third for owner P and D Racing Stable. The $50,000 Tomball Stakes, run a week later at 1 1/16 miles on the grass, brought together a tough field of Texas-bred fillies and mares, and Robert Morgan Evans’ homebred Manyriverstocross secured her first career stakes victory with a clocking of 1:44.56. The 4-year-old daughter of Minister Eric scored at odds of 12-1 with Gerardo Mora aboard for conditioner Bart Evans. A two-time winner last year at Remington Park, Manyriverstocross improved her bankroll to $69,301 in just her sixth career start. Vilao, who won the San Jacinto Stakes earlier in the meet for owner Rugged Cross Racing, closed strongly while going five-wide and earned $10,000 for running second. David Moad’s Sera’s Tunnel set the pace and held on for third. On February 16, the Texas Thoroughbred Association honored the 2012 Texas Champions as the $75,000 Two Altazano and $75,000 Jim’s Orbit divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes were contested on the track. Both races were at one-mile for 3-year-old progeny of eligible Texas stallions. In the Two Altazano for fillies, W.S. Farish’s homebred Makeshift rolled to an impressive victory in her stakes debut. The daughter of Lane’s End Texas stallion Too Much Bling waited for an opening during the stretch run and then easily drew clear to win by 2 ½ lengths under Roman Chapa in a time of 1:40.04. Makeshift became the ninth stakes winner sired by Too Much Bling, and she scored a repeat win in the race for her sire, jockey, owner/breeder and trainer Steve Asmussen, who all teamed to take the same event last year with Color Code. Texas-bred Makeshift came into the race with just three races
under her belt, including a maiden-breaking win in her last start at Sam Houston while going around two turns for the first time. She improved her record to 4-2-0-1 with earnings of $62,506. Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s homebred Tastefullyxcessive, a daughter of Valor Farm stallion Early Flyer, finished second after also filling that position in the Darby’s Daughter division of the Texas Stallion Stakes run in December at Retama Park. Another Valor Farm-sired runner, Scott Brown’s Platinum Song, by My Golden Song, finished third. The Jim’s Orbit featured a familiar face as Wesley Melcher’s Worldventurer, already a stakes winner during the Sam Houston meet and the newly crowned Texas Champion 2-Year-Old Colt/ Gelding, scored by a length as the odds-on favorite. The gelded son of Valor Farm stallion Wimbledon traveled the mile in 1:39.44 with Cliff Berry in the irons for trainer Bret Calhoun. Bred in Texas by Scharbauer, Worldventurer won Sam Houston’s Groovy Stakes in January and last year won the TTA Sales Futurity at Lone Star Park. All told, the Texas-bred has banked $207,932 with a record of 11-4-2-2. End Zone Athletics Inc.’s Meme Jo, a gelding by Too Much Bling making only his third career start, battled for the lead throughout and held on for a solid second-place finish. Littlebrother Farm LLC’s Breathethefire, a colt by Lane’s End Texas resident and alltime leading Texas sire Valid Expectations, closed to take third. Rose Mary Chandler’s homebred Skip a Smile, the 2011 Texas Horse of the Year, captured the $50,000 Jersey Village Stakes on February 23 to conclude the February stakes action at Sam Houston. The 6-year-old son of Skip Away, who also won the Richard King Stakes on Texas Champions Weekend, prevailed by a length for trainer Steve Asmussen and rider Glen Murphy. The gelding covered 1 1/16 miles on the turf in 1:44.84 and increased his lifetime earnings to $464,639. Doctor Romane, a 27-1 longshot running for breeder Sonny Ellen, held on for second with Fly the Red Eye, by Early Flyer, in third for owner Colleen Davidson.
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Congratulations to the Photos by Denis Blake The Texas Thoroughbred Association on February 16 at Sam Houston Race Park honored the 2012 Texas Champions during the TTA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. It was a big night for Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Valor Farm, as General Manager Ken Carson accepted the Texas Horse of the Year Award and Champion Older Horse Award for Scharbauer homebred Coyote Legend. Scharbauer also bred both champion 2-year-olds, who were sired by stallions currently standing at Valor, and he collected accolades for Leading ATB Money Earner, The Blood-Horse Breeder of the Year and Broodmare of the Year for Coyote Cafe.
Texas Horse of the Year & Champion Older Horse
Coyote Legend (Gold Legend – Coyote Cafe) Breeder/Owner: Clarence Scharbauer Jr. TTA Director Ed Few (left) and TTA President Gearald Farris (right) presenting to Ken Carson
Champion 2-Year-Old Filly
Platinum Song (My Golden Song – Rocket Launch) Breeder: Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Owner: Scott Brown TTA Second Vice President Hal Wiggins (right) presenting to Scott Brown
Champion 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Worldventurer (Wimbledon – Better Than Most) Breeder: Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Owner: Wesley Melcher TTA First Vice President Danny Shifflett (left) presenting to Wesley Melcher
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Champion 3-Year-Old Filly
Color Code (Too Much Bling – Amazing Truce) Breeder/Owner: W.S. Farish TTA Director Eileen Hartis presenting to Danny Shifflett, Farm Manager of Lane’s End Texas
2012 Texas Champions
Champion 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Ol Winedrinker Who (Sligo Bay [Ire] – Silverup) Breeders/Owners: Sam E. and Sammy L. Stevens TTA Director Keith Asmussen (right) presenting to Brent Savage, accepting for Sam and Sammy Stevens
Champion Older Filly/Mare Patty’s Pride (Special Rate – Solo Rolo) Breeder/Owner: Brian Schartz TTA Secretary/Treasurer Ken Carson (right) presenting to Brian Schartz
Burbon Road (Cloud Hopping – Fleur de Talc) Breeder: Sam E. Stevens Owner: Brent Savage TTA Director Bill Jordan (right) presenting to Brent Savage
T.I. “Pops” Harkins Award (Lifetime Achievement)
Corey Johnsen TTA Director John Adger (left) presenting to Corey Johnsen
Special Recognition Award David Hooper, former TTA Executive Director
H Broodmare of the Year Coyote Cafe, dam of Coyote Legend
H Leading ATB Money Earner
Allen Bogan Memorial Award (TTA Member of the Year) Carl Moore TTA Past President Dr. Jackie Rich presenting to Carl Moore
Clarence Scharbauer Jr.
H The Blood-Horse Breeder of the Year Clarence Scharbauer Jr.
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What Career Track Are You On?
Claim to Fame Oklahoma owner Danny Caldwell has found great success in the claiming game • By Michael Cusortelli Photos
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Oklahoman Danny Caldwell has become one of the most successful claiming owners in the country, and it hasn’t taken him long. How successful, you ask? Just two years ago, Caldwell’s runners—most of which were horses he had claimed—won 48 races, ranking him 32nd in North America by victories among all owners, ahead of such well-known names as Stronach Stables, Gary and Mary West, Dogwood Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds. More recently, Caldwell was the 52nd leading owner in North America in 2012, as his horses won 42 races from 227 starts and earned $711,148 in purse money. Caldwell also has been the leading owner for four of the last five Remington Park meets. A former high school teacher and coach near his hometown of Poteau, Oklahoma, Caldwell credits his success to his competitive spirit. “I’m a very competitive person,” Caldwell said. “If I wasn’t involved in horse racing, I’d probably be a college coach by now.” Caldwell claimed one of his most noteworthy runners, Oklahoma-bred Fifth Date, for $18,000 at Remington last August. A 9-year-old gelding by Cherokee Five, Fifth Date has since won three races, including the $155,500 Oklahoma Classics Cup, and he ran second to multiple stakes winner Okie Ride in the $50,000 Silver Goblin Stakes at Remington. Fifth Date has earned $148,034 since the claim, but that hefty bankroll is only one of his endearing traits. According to his owner, Fifth Date doesn’t act his age. “He looks and acts like a 4- or 5-year-old,” said Caldwell. “He’s the type of horse I’d love to turn out and give a break, but I can’t. He’s just not that type of horse. He’ll either hurt himself or somebody else. He’s wired, just like me. He wants to go out and do something every day. He always wants to be the first one out to get walked and the first one fed. When we first got him, he’d just stand in his stall and kick at the walls. We’ve got him now to where he doesn’t do that anymore. When we first got him, he wouldn’t even come up to the stall door to meet you, but now we’ve got him to where he’s throwing
After claiming Oklahoma-bred Fifth Date for $18,000 in late August, Caldwell and Villafranco sent the now 9-year-old gelding out to win the $155,500 Oklahoma Classics Cup at Remington Park in October. The son of the Cherokee Run stallion Cherokee Five has banked nearly $150,000 for his new connections.
his head up and down and wanting attention. He’s really changed. “I claimed another 9-year-old, George Ray, at Oaklawn this year,” he added. “He’s a nice horse, but he looks 9. Fifth Date doesn’t look or act his age, and as long as he wants to run he’s going to get that opportunity.” Another successful Caldwell claim, Oklahoma-bred Herecomesthemannow, was tagged at Remington during the summer of 2009. Caldwell moved the then 9-yearold Here We Come gelding up the ladder, and he won his next two outs, including the $70,000 Oklahoma Classics Sprint.
From educator to businessman Caldwell was introduced to horses at an early age. He grew up on a farm in eastern Oklahoma, not far from his current home in Poteau, where he lives with his wife of nine years, Shelly, and his 17-year-old stepson. He also has two grown sons from a previous marriage and two grandchildren. A three-sport athlete at Panama High School about 10 miles north of Poteau, Caldwell earned his degree in 1988 at Northeastern Oklahoma State in Tahlequah, where he was a starting quarterback on the football team. In 2002, after 12 years as an educator, he changed gears to start a stone business from scratch with his brother, Tommy. The stone business, Bluebird Stone, has grown to a $4-million a year enterprise. The idea to start the business was his brother’s. “My brother called me one day and said, ‘Let’s get into the stone business,’” Danny recalled. “I said, ‘The stone business? What are you talking about?’ Well, when he was working in the coal mines he was digging through stone, and he told me there were guys there making money selling stone. It sounded like a good idea to me, because at that time I was interested in making a career change. “I knew nothing whatsoever about the stone business,” he added with a laugh. “When Tommy and I started the business, we had no customers and no inventory—we had nothing. We just built the whole thing from scratch through calling potential customers, sending samples and flying around the country meeting people. We sell it to retail dealers, and they sell it to their customers, who use it to build homes, patios, walkways, fireplaces, countertops, things like that. We send it all over the country, from Pennsylvania to California. We’ve even sent stone over to China.” When he’s not at the track racing his Thoroughbreds and claiming more, Caldwell works three days a week at Bluebird Stone. He tends to the financial end of the business and still does some sales work Monday through Wednesday, but he’s at the track the rest of the week. His main circuit consists of Oaklawn Park in Arkansas from January to April, Prairie Meadows in Iowa from April to July and Remington from
August to December. Caldwell also campaigns a few horses in Texas and Louisiana. He’s worked with several high-profile trainers throughout the years, including Steve Asmussen, but currently his private trainer is Freddy Villafranco, a familiar face around Oklahoma tracks. Villafranco’s brother, Luis, is one of the state’s top American Quarter Horse trainers. Between his stone business and his horse business, Caldwell works seven days a week. “I guess I just like being busy,” Caldwell said. “I don’t really know any other way.”
The one that got away Using some money from his share of Bluebird Stone, Caldwell claimed his first horse with trainer Ron Moquett at Churchill Downs in 2007. Even though Caldwell’s success has been well-documented, he still recalls a good one that got away one year later at Oaklawn. “I was looking at a 3-year-old gelding named Force Freeze, who was making his first start in a maiden $20,000 claimer,” Caldwell recalled. “I did some research on him, and I had a trainer who was going to make his first-ever claim for me. I had a gut feeling about this horse, and I told my trainer, ‘I really like this horse. I like the way he goes, and I kind of want this horse.’ He told me, ‘Well Mr. Caldwell, I can’t claim this horse for you because I can’t see his legs.’” As fate would have it, Force Freeze won that 5 1/2-furlong race by 8 1/2 lengths. He won his next race, a six-furlong entry level allowance, by four. Force Freeze eventually won two stakes, including last year’s Grade 2, $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship, and he was group-stakes placed in Dubai. He also ran second to Amazombie in the 2011 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs. All Southern Racehorse • MARCH/APRIL 2013 41
Caldwell has topped the owner standings at Remington Park in four of the past five meets.
I don’t do my job well, then it’s hard for Freddy and his crew to do their job well. We’re a team, and all the success we’ve had has been as a team. From my coaching experience, I know I’m only going to be as good as my assistants.”
Luck of the draw While Caldwell might do as much pre-race preparation as any owner in the business, there is one aspect of the business that no amount of time and effort can control. “When I rely on claiming like I do, I also have to be lucky when it comes to shakes,” he said about the process of a random draw to determine who gets a horse in cases when multiple claims are submitted for the same horse. “I won six straight shakes at Oaklawn this year, but then I lost six straight. It’s important for me to have backup plans, because if I just set my sights on one or two horses and I lose a lot of shakes, I’m going to end up with empty told, the Forest Camp gelding has earned more than $850,000. “I had the claim slip for Force Freeze all filled out, and I would’ve been the only person to put in a claim for him,” Caldwell said. “I’ve won and lost my share of shakes, but I would’ve gotten Force Freeze without a shake.” Despite that missed opportunity, the numbers show that Caldwell has had much more success than disappointment. From 2007 through the end of February 2013, his runners have won 15 percent of their races with 186 wins from 1,275 starts and earnings of nearly $3 million.
Doing his homework Although a little luck never hurts in racing, Caldwell’s success in the claiming game has come with hard work, as he’s spent many an evening conducting online research. He won’t even consider making a claim without checking a horse’s pedigree and other information he deems important. “When I’m looking at a possible claim, I look at the race replays, and I pull up information on all the horses it’s been running against to see how those horses competed in their other races,” Caldwell said. “If those horses go on to win other races and keep moving up the ladder, then I know the horse I’m looking at didn’t run a bad race if he ran fourth or was beaten a neck. “I go so far as to check where the horses sold and how much money they sold for,” he adds. “I even check who their trainers were and the race records of their siblings. I also like to lay my eyes on them. I feel a whole lot better about making a claim if I have a gut feeling about a horse, like I had with Force Freeze. I don’t even know how many horses I’ve claimed, but I know it’s been more than a hundred. My job is to find Freddy good horses he can work with. The way I look at it, I’m still coaching in a way because it’s my job to recruit players for our team. If 42
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Racehorse Claiming 101 Interested in getting in the claiming game? Here are some tips from four-time Remington Park leading owner Danny Caldwell: • Find a good trainer, someone you feel comfortable working with. Get all the information about their rates and what’s included in the rates. • There’s a lot of good information online, so be sure to do your research. That includes checking out a horse’s pedigree and the race records of his siblings. • Make a few practice claims before you invest any real money. If you’re looking at a horse you might be interested in claiming, take a look at it on the track and research it. Make a practice claim, then follow up on the horse to see how it does in future races. • Be patient, and don’t get discouraged if you make a few bad claims along the way.
Expanding his horse business stalls. As a claiming owner, I’m also going to lose a lot of horses.” Caldwell has also bought a few horses at sales, but he’s had Caldwell said that one factor in his success is racing his horses where they fit. limited success in that arena. However, he has started his own “Because I’m so competitive and I like to win, I don’t like to run horses over their heads,” he added. “I carry a condition book around with me all breeding program with one of his 2007 claims, Ellerton. A winning 10-year-old son of Silver Deputy, Ellerton the time, and I study it like I’m at school studywas tagged by Caldwell in a seven-way shake ing for an exam. for $15,000 at Churchill. The stallion stands “I have an edge at Remington because I have a “I’ll go out on for a $1,000 fee at Sunlight Farm at Sallisaw, suite right on the finish line,” he said. “I’ll go out the (suite) Oklahoma. on the balcony and watch every horse gallop out. balcony and Caldwell currently has 10 broodmares at I look for how far they gallop out and how they watch every his farm, which is managed by David come back, and I’ll make notes. I have a pretty horse gallop Pettinger, a successful jockey who won 866 good memory, so if for some reason I don’t write races on the Midwest circuit from 1976-87. All something down, I can usually remember it.” out. I look for of Caldwell’s broodmares raced for him after he Just as a coach relies on scouting reports and how far they claimed them. His first homebreds will hit the other in-depth information to prepare his own gallop out and track this year. team and face the competition, Caldwell also how they come As a claiming owner, Caldwell knows that he goes beyond the obvious information provided back, and I’ll can’t get too attached to his horses because they in the past performances. could be moving on to a new barn with the “I’ve also noticed that the runners of some make notes.” drop of a claim slip. Fifth Date, however, will sires, like Stephen Got Even and Include, get always have a special place in his heart. better with age, and they stay sound,” he said. “When he’s done racing—whenever that is—he’s going to have a good “They might not do much at age 3 or 4, but at 5, 6 or 7 they get to that home somewhere, if not at my farm then somewhere else,” Caldwell said. stage where they just take off. I always take a second look if I see those “I’ll find him a good home.” H two stallions on a prospective claim’s pedigree.”
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Blood Tests for Life Humans are not the only species that can benefit from blood tests
By Kimberly S. Brown
We humans think nothing of having our blood drawn once a year to have a screen of tests run in order to give us an accurate account of where some of our important baseline numbers stand. In fact, we often look with anticipation (or maybe dread) to knowing what our cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar or other levels are and seeing how they have changed for better or worse since our last tests. Did you know the same type of blood testing is available for your horse? With advances in equine laboratory testing, you now can have—and should have—a general health profile chemistry panel and a complete blood count (CBC) run on your horses annually. These are the equine versions of what you get with your annual checkup and blood test. Best of all, the equine blood tests can be done with that one blood sample your equine veterinarian draws for your annual Coggins test. All equine veterinarians have access to the blood analysis systems used for this general health profile. Some veterinarians have the equipment needed to analyze these blood parameters right in their clinic or hospital. Other veterinarians use local or national laboratories to have blood chemistry profiles run on their patients. Whether your horse is a backyard buddy or a high-level competitive athlete, there is value in knowing what his baseline numbers are to catch any abnormalities early, to monitor levels that are outside normal Southern Racehorse • MARCH/APRIL 2013 47
boundaries and to protect your horse and the horses he comes in con- minimize long-term effects such as laminitis.” tact with (which also is why you have a Coggins test run each year to Dr. Pusterla said this type of blood chemistry panel testing also is detect the presence of equine infectious anemia, or EIA). routinely used on newborn foals. “The 24-hour wellness foal check has become a routine evaluation for There are an estimated 1.7 to 2 million Coggins tests run each year in the United States. Think of the additional information that could be most neonates,” said Dr. Pusterla. “The 24-hour mark is often chosen provided to each of those horse owners and veterinarians if a complete since this is the time when 90% of antibody absorption has occurred.” But it’s not just foals that can benefit from routine blood work. blood panel was run on each horse. And think of what that array of “Routine blood work should be encouraged in order to improve samples could mean for advancing the general knowledge of equine the well-being of equids and recognize subclinical diseases,” stated health in the United States. Dr. Pusterla. “Such approach should apply to all age For example, with the concern today about outbreaks groups—foals, adults and older horses.” of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) at major comDr. Pusterla gave some specific examples of using petitions—from Thoroughbred racetracks to Quara complete blood count and biochemical panel in ter Horse events—simple blood tests could detect the adult horses. He said that in horses routinely receivpresence of the virus’ DNA in the horse’s bloodstream. ing NSAIDs, “it would be beneficial to determine (This test should be done in conjunction with nasal their renal parameters on a regular basis.” swab testing.) While positive findings are not a predicFor competition horses, Dr. Pusterla said, “Perfortor of potential illness, detection of the EHV-1 virus mance-limiting factors that could be recognized via in a seemingly healthy horse could provide the veteriroutine blood work would include altered red blood narian and trainer opportunities to proactively manage “For more normal that subclinical horse differently to perhaps prevent day-to-day uses, the cell (RBC) parameters, which would decrease oxygenhim from becoming sick or spreading the disease. complete chemistry carrying capacity, as well as underlying subclinical Blood samples also could detect if a horse’s immune sys- profile from a blood myopathies (suboptimal performance).” tem is below par, which might make him more susceptible test could give vetHe noted that older horses benefit from a regular to disease. If, for example, that immune-deficient horse erinarians, owners CBC “to monitor inflammatory parameters (nuclecomes in contact with a horse that has a latent herpesvirus and trainers valuable ated cell count, fibrinogen, globulin levels).” insights into the well- Josie Traub-Dargatz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, infection, it could set the stage for virus transfer. being of their horses.” But for more normal day-to-day uses, the complete is a professor in the population health section of the chemistry profile from a blood test could give veterinarians, owners Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University’s College and trainers valuable insights into the well-being of their horses. of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical. When asked what she thought Kim Sprayberry, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, noted in an article titled were the top five advances in equine veterinary medicine in the past 25 “Why Perform the CBC, and How Can the Information Be Used to years have been, she included, “Biochemistry panels versus having to Manage Cases?” that next to performing an expert physical examina- request individual tests that cost as much as a panel does now.” tion, a blood sample submitted for a complete blood count is the most Sources quote the cost of these additional blood tests at between basic tool available to veterinary practitioners. $100-$200 depending on your geographic location and any additional “The CBC is commonly performed by equine veterinarians as the tests you have run. foundation of diagnostic evaluation, for serial monitoring of a patient’s Before you think that blood test screenings are the answer to all medresponse to therapy, for pre-surgical screening, as an adjunct to insur- ical questions, be aware that there are many other types of blood tests ance or pre-purchase examinations and as part of a routine well-horse for specific problems and diseases that are extremely valuable, especially care program,” Dr. Sprayberry continued. “Many of us fall into a pat- for sick or subclinical horses. Those include screenings for Strep equi tern of taking into account only the hematocrit, total protein and to- (strangles) and other respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases. tal leukocyte count, thus depriving ourselves of much important and Let’s look a little further into what a simple blood sample can tell us relevant information pertaining to our understanding of the state of and what is tested. Blood chemistries health or disease present in the patient that stands before us.” TP, or Total Serum Protein, is a common blood test for horses. An example of the use of a blood chemistry profile in a healthy horse was given by Nicola Pusterla, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of the Depart- Your veterinarian might do a total serum protein test, which measures ment of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, the total protein in the blood as well as the amount of two major proUniversity of California, Davis, who said, “Early detection of metabol- teins found in blood: albumin and globulin. TP aids in diagnosing ic derangements (metabolic syndrome, i.e. hyperglycemia) could help many different problems, including liver, kidney and GI tract disease.
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Albumin is mainly produced in the liver, and it is often used to determine how well the liver and kidneys are working and to determine if the body is absorbing enough protein. The body uses albumin to move small molecules through the bloodstream, and albumin plays a key role in keeping blood from leaking out of blood vessels. You often will hear albumin mentioned when the veterinarian discusses total serum protein being tested. Globulin is actually made up of several different types of proteins, which are categorized as alpha, beta and gamma. Some globulins are produced in the liver, and others are manufactured by the immune system. Globulins are not soluble in pure water but are soluble in dilute salt solutions. Globulin levels can help your veterinarian know if your horse is more susceptible to infection. Alkaline phosphatase (ALKP) is an enzyme mostly produced by the liver and bones. This level is rarely low, but it can be high when specific problems occur in the horse’s body. Rapid growth in young animals can cause ALKP levels to be increased. In older horses, these increases can indicate excessive bone turnover associated with arthritis. ALKP also can indicate liver disease or vitamin D deficiency. Aspartate Transaminase (AST) is an enzyme found in several places of the horse’s body, and it usually is found in low levels in the blood. When levels are elevated, it can indicate liver or muscle problems. It should be kept in mind that when AST is used for monitoring muscle problems, AST builds up slowly and remains in the blood for some time after something like a tying-up episode. One use of AST by some veterinarians is as an indicator of how a horse is handling training. Alan McGregor, BVCSc, of McGregor Veterinary Clinic in Bunbury, Western Australia, said he uses blood-based analysis on many of his racing clients’ horses. “AST levels rise in early preparation work,” noted McGregor in an article on AERC.org, “especially when young horses start programs. The AST values generally level out at 12 to 14 weeks of training. This gives the owner a measure of which horses have successfully handled the increased work, which horses can advance to the next step and which horses may need additional conditioning time.” Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) tests are used to judge kidney and liver health by measuring the amount of urea nitrogen in the blood. When the liver breaks down protein, the waste product urea nitrogen is produced and circulates in the bloodstream. Healthy kidneys remove urea nitrogen from the bloodstream and excrete it in the urine. Calcium (Ca) is tightly regulated by the body, so low or high levels of calcium in the blood sample can indicate a variety of diseases. Creatinine kinase (CK) is used to measure muscle damage. Horse owners often hear of CK and AST being studied after a horse has a tying-up episode. When muscle cells are damaged, proteins are released into the bloodstream in a matter of a few hours. AST, as stated before, takes a while to accumulate in the bloodstream. CK accumulates quickly and can take a long time to go back to normal levels after a
severe tying-up episode. Creatanine (CREA) or creatine phosphokinase (CPK) is also used to measure muscle damage and kidney function. CREA rises quickly after muscle damage (six to eight hours) and dissipates quickly (usually by two days). CREA testing also can help distinguish between kidney and non-kidney causes of elevated BUN levels. GGT (gamma glutamyl transferase) is an enzyme that indicates liver disease or corticosteroid excess. Glucose (sugar) is an important indicator of metabolic syndrome. The normal way that glucose and insulin interact, according to a succinct summary by Martin Furr, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center, is that insulin regulates blood glucose. As glucose goes up, insulin goes up in response. Insulin stimulates cellular uptake of the glucose. Blood glucose goes down as a result. Insulin resistance is an important health problem today, especially among aging and overweight horses. Here is a synopsis of insulin resistance from the University of Minnesota, where a tremendous amount of research has been undertaken on this complicated problem: “In response to feeding, insulin is secreted by the pancreas into the bloodstream. Insulin in the bloodstream directs the glucose (sugar) absorbed from the food into the body’s tissues, including liver, fat and muscle. Insulin resistance occurs when insulin no longer has a normal effect on the tissues. In the insulin-resistant horse, the pancreas releases insulin into the bloodstream, and the insulin arrives at the tissues and binds the cells; however, the glucose enters the tissue cells at a much lower rate than normal. This lower rate of glucose uptake into tissues results in higher levels of blood glucose. “Horses and ponies compensate for insulin resistance by secreting even more insulin into the bloodstream in order to keep the blood glucose concentration within the normal range. Therefore, horses and ponies with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) have a higher concentration of insulin within the blood, which can be measured to determine if insulin resistance is present.” LDH is short for lactate dehydrogenase (or sometimes called lactic dehydrogenase). High levels give indication of tissue damage. TBIL (total bilirubin) Bilirubin is a component of bile, which is secreted by the liver. This might be elevated if the horse has liver disease or if the horse has not been eating.
Just like humans need to know their numbers from a simple blood test, it is valuable information for your horse too. Ask your veterinarian about expanding the knowledge of your horse’s baseline health with the use of equine blood tests. About the Author: Kimberly S. Brown has more than 30 years of experience writing and editing in the equine medical industry. She is president of The Homestead Information Network Inc., a company focusing on marketing, business development and editorial services. Southern Racehorse • MARCH/APRIL 2013 49
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