Texas Racing Notes
From Mrs. Tittle

Letters from Mrs. Jill Tittle

Fri, 20 June, 1997

Hi Al,

Sorry it has been so long since I've written. Alot has been happening, and time has slid by awfully quickly.

There have been several other very exciting stakes events at LSP recently. The Dallas Turf Cup was won by Burbank, after all waited at the post due to gate antics by the Bradshaw trained Oncefortheroad. Oncefortheroad was a late scratch by order of the stewards. On the following day, the Texas Legends was won by Nanie's Money. Notice that the second place finisher, Two Steppin' Toni, a top Texas bred filly, is a sister to Ticklin' Toni, who runs in the TTBA sale futurity finals. The Lone Star Oaks was also run on grass, and this was won by California shipper Tassa.

I think the last time I wrote was right before the TTBA sale futurity trials. The trials having flown by, and several good races later, here it is, almost time for the TTBA sale futurity finals. Wow. The trials had a plethora of good 2yos. It should be interesting to watch these youngsters come along. In the filly division, Pure Mischief ran the fastest time of the night, running the 5f in 58.23, eight lengths in front of the other fillies in her trial. Her time was nearly a full second faster than any of the other trials, with Dontbrooknosass winning her trial in 59.13, Came Unwound in 59.13, Ticklin Toni in 59.72, Hillbilly Queen in 59.9. The other trial winners were Divy in Seattle in 1:00.07, Cypress City Queen in 1:00.08, Grey Mine in 1:00.19, and San Maria in 1:00.08. This should be very interesting, as several of these fillies won by several lengths and perhaps were not pushed to their fullest.

The previous evening, the colts ran some good races, as well. In the first, Love That Bear won in 58.3. Raise A Tab won in 58.77. The other colts and gelding that ran were bested by Brick Works (59.38), Moon Smile (59.5), and the two Walesa colts, Mooralesa (59.4), and Cowboy Way (59.65). Don't forget to watch the finals--worth $250,000 EACH-- on Fox Sports SW Sunday June 22.

The next weekend gives us even more racing excitement. On Friday, June 27th, Lone Star Park hosts the National Jockey Championship which I have talked about before. Never before has there been an event of this kind in racing. Seven hall of fame jockeys--Jerry Bailey, Pat Day, Eddie Delahousay, Chris McCarron, Laffit Pincay Jr, Gary Steven, and Jorge Velasquez--in addition to invitees Mike Smith, Kent Desormeaux, and Shane Sellers, and the top two riders at LSP this meet (Ronald Ardoin and Marlon St Julien) will compete in four events. Each rider will draw a mount for each of the races. The better the finish, the more points gained. The rider with the most points at the end wins $25,000, second place wins $15,000, third $10,000, fourth $8,000, fifth $7,000, and all of the rest get $5,000 each. In addition, 1% of the mutuel handle goes to the National Jockeys Guild. This should be awesome.

The next day, June 28th, ESPN will have coverage of the Grand Prairie Gold Cup (and I would fully expect ESPN will show highlights of the Jockey Challenge). Also that day is the Irving Distaff, which will be shown by ESPN2. Lots of good racing, lots of TV coverage.

On a side note, country singer George Strait has had good success here at LSP. I've seen two of his horses run here, and I've seen them score three wins under trainer Michelle Mullin. I wonder if George would come sing at Lone Star? Now that would be a draw!!

Time slips right on by. There is only a month left of the inaugural meet here at LSP. After this meet, comes the TB meet at Retama. Retama has announced its stakes schedule, which is highlighted by the El Joven stakes. This race is $100,000 7 1/2f turf race for 2yos and will run August 23rd. Nothing like getting those babies around two turns early... The La Senorita stakes are the sister stakes to the El Joven, run at the same conditions for fillies, and for $75,000 on September 1. The total purse for all of Retamas stakes event is $625,000, parcelled into the aforementions stakes, as well as 3 $50,000 stakes. The remainder of the stakes are worth $25,000 each.

Soon we should get an idea of racing dates for next year. The deadline for application is July 1. I expect LSP will ask for the same dates as they have this year. What will the other tracks do? Remington (although in Oklahoma) is expected to apply for dates from July 3 to November 29. A certain amount of overlap is to be expected, I guess.

Well, Al, I think that is all I have for right now. Take care, and I hope you and the family are well.


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Jill Tittle

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