08/08/2014 4:26PM

Owner, breeder Gilliland dead at 87


Lukin Gilliland, an owner and breeder since 1965, died July 20, according to an official with Retama Park. Gilliland was a resident of San Antonio.

Gilliland was a co-founder, partner, and adviser in Oak Cliff Thoroughbreds, which is the breeder of the champion Sunday Silence. He also bred and raised Grey Daze, who recently captured the $365,260 Texas Quarter Horse Association Sale Futurity, the richest race run at Retama.

Gilliland was an attorney.

** The Texas Racing Commission has canceled its Tuesday meeting. The panel was expected by some to consider historical racing at the state’s tracks, but the item did not make the agenda because the commission needed more time to gather information on the topic, according to a spokesperson for the panel. The meeting was canceled after the agenda was issued. Historical racing, also known as Instant Racing, can be considered by the commission through Dec. 27. There will be at least two more meetings this year, said the panel’s spokesperson.

** Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico puts on All American Futurity trials next Thursday and Friday. The $2.6 million finale for Quarter Horses will be run Sept. 1.

** Remington Park in Oklahoma City opens its Thoroughbred meet Friday night. The track’s opening-weekend stakes include the $175,000 Governor’s Cup, the final leg of the Global Gaming Triple.