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Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Gala

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The Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame will honor those who have enriched the tradition of horse racing in Texas at the 12th annual Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Gala Saturday, Nov. 10, at Retama Park Race Track, located at 1 Retama Parkway in Selma.

The gala and induction of Hall of Fame honorees will be held before and during the races on that Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m. The gala includes valet parking, cocktails, a prime rib and grilled salmon gourmet buffet dinner, induction of the honorees, silent auction, and races, of course. All proceeds from the gala, which is open to the public, will benefit the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Among the Hall of Fame inductees for 2012 are Texas natives Allen and Jeanette Moehrig.

The Moehrigs have been making American quarter horse history for decades. Owners of a gasoline station when they acquired their first horse some 40 years ago, the Moehrigs raised what is arguably the best racing American quarter horse ever in Special Effort -- the Texas-bred horse who in 1981 became the only horse to ever win the fabled Ruidoso Triple Crown as a 2-year-old. World champion and $1.2 million earner Special Effort -- himself a member of the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame -- is still the only 2-year-old Triple Crown winner some 31 years later.

The Moehrigs are so much more than breeders of special effort. Working side by side on the Texas race tracks and on their Seguin breeding farm, the Moehrigs raised many stakes winners and track record setters. They bred and raised the champion Eyesa Special, an earner of $1.4 million, who won the 2000 All American Futurity on Labor Day and then came home to Lone Star Park to win the $911,000 Texas Classic Futurity.

Allen passed away this past June.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the gala at $125 per person, contact Sharolyn Grammer at 210-651-7000 or retama@flash.net.

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