01/14/2005 1:00AM

Texas farm offers breeding incentive


The Turf Express Stud stallion operation in Texas is planning to give breeders a chance to as much as double the incentive awards they receive from the Texas Thoroughbred Association if they use one of the farm's stallions and board at the facility.

Turf Express Stud, in Collinsville, Texas, is home to stallions New Trieste, a full brother to Old Trieste, and Aggressive Chief, a half-brother to Open Forum.

Mark Cornett, president of Turf Express Stud, came up with the idea to combat breeding programs in slots-rich states that are luring mares from Texas.

Offspring of a mare who boards for three years will have 100 percent of state breeder awards matched. A two-year stay will earn 50 percent, and 12 months will get 25 percent.