Highlander Training Center

Street Boss Colt Tops Texas Sale

A colt by Street Boss (hip 28), one of six to share the furlong bullet of :10 1/5 during the under-tack preview show Monday, topped the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale when bringing a final bid of $265,000 from Tracy Williams Wednesday at Lone Star Park. The Texas-bred juvenile, the first foal out of Gemmizell (Gemologist), was consigned by Pike Racing at Highlander. "To be honest, when we came here, we thought he would be one of the better ones," said consignor Al Pike. "You never know if you're going...

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Eyes Fixed On Texas Yearling Sale At Lone Star Park

At 271 head, one of the largest catalogs in its history, the Texas Thoroughbred Association's (TTA) single-session Yearling Sale will be held Monday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. (CT) at Lone Star Park Sales Pavilion. The 2022 edition, which reported a buy-back rate of 24%, saw 161 yearlings out of 211 sell for a total of $3,416,000--up almost 6% from the previous year when 177 out of 228 grossed $3,229,600. Growth was also seen in last year's average of $21,217, an increase from $18,246 in 2021, while the median was...

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Pike Racing To Relocate Operations To Highlander Training Center

As of July 1, two highly respected entities in Thoroughbred training and racing are joining forces as Pike Racing will be relocating to Highlander Training Center in Sulphur Springs, Texas, the facility said in a release yesterday. Pike Racing, owned by Al and Salley Pike, has become a fixture at the two-year-olds in training sales, and their graduates have experienced success in the sales ring and at the racetrack. A native Texan from Palestine, Al Pike said he has been eager "to come back to Texas" for years. "Salley and...

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2022 Texas Summer yearling sale
Too Much Bling Filly Tops Texas Sale

A filly by Too Much Bling (hip 19) topped the Texas Summer Yearling Sale Monday at Lone Star Park when selling for $100,000 to Mansfield Racing. Consigned by Highlander Training Center, the gray filly is out of Soft Music (Action This Day) and is a full-sister to 2016 Champion Texas-bred 2-Year-Old Filly Bling on the Music. "We're obviously thrilled that a Texas-bred by one of our state's most influential stallions led the sale," TTA Director Foster Bridewell said. "She was a beautiful filly and the full-sister went through this same...

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Highlander a World-Class Facility in East Texas

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas — The head trainer is the guy who prepared 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra to be a racehorse. He and his two assistant trainers combine for more than 100 years of experience and the development of more than 300 stakes horses. Yearlings and weanlings romp in undulating pastures. Two-year-olds learning the fundamentals and older horses coming off layoffs gallop and work over a traditional training track as well as lope up a 1 3/8-mile turf gallop. The spacious barns have vaulted ceilings featuring skylights that...

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Fast Anna Filly Goes Two for Two at Oaklawn

8th-Oaklawn, $90,000, Alw (NW1X)/Opt. Clm ($80,000), 3-8, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:10.52, ft. LEXI ON THE MOVE (f, 3, Fast Anna--Invalida, by Street Cry {Ire}) took a track-and-trip event restricted to fillies who had previously sold at auction for $60,000 or less by daylight here Feb. 15, and was backed early and often in this tougher spot to go off at even-money. Away on top, the bay sat perched three wide behind a dueling trio through an opening quarter of :21.94. She ranged up ominously after a :45.30 half, and kicked...

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