Texas Racing Notes From Mrs. Tittle

Letters from Mrs. Jill Tittle

Sun, 19 Nov 1995

Hi Al,
More news on the TX front!! Usually, we get medium grade stallions from KY moving here to scale our breeding programs up. Interesting twist...Kerosene, a leading stallion in TX last year, has moved to Spendthrift farm. I think Mike Rutherford has/had Kerosene. He stood last year at the Southwest Stallion Station in Elgin.

On the Mike Rutherford front, I saw that his Lakeway won a big race-- Churchill Downs Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap (GrII).

It has rained, rained, rained in Houston. Of course, yesterday was Texas Champions Day at Sam Houston. I haven't gotten all the results yet, but the Star of Texas Handicap was won by Vindictive Silence (by 8 1/2). Vindictive Silence was bred, raised, owned, and trained by Jim Baldwin of Mabank. The attendance for the day was 5, 510 that wagered $1,648,759 including simulcasts--a record.

Also, the Dallas area class I track--Lone Star Park-- got official approval for simulcasting, which will begin in April 1996. Lone Star already has contracts in place to receive simulcasting from Sam Houston and Oaklawn, and they expect to receive more contracts. Construction on the pavillion should start in the next few days.

I hope this finds you and Jerry well. I managed to finish off two rolls of film on my hairy beasts this weekend--no rain here, and we need it. I thought for SURE if I planned to take pics, it would rain. You know, Murphy's law, or least a corollary thereof. But no. I did have my typical luck taking the pictures. Just get a perfect pose lined up, press the button, and they sneeze. Or stamp. Or lay their ears back. Guess we know what I'm NOT cut out to be.

Take care, and we'll talk to you later.

Jill, Roger, Jacob, Sara, Sandy, Leroy, Olivia, Smooth, Coastal, Kay-leen, and Herbie

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