July 4 Opening for Gillespie County Fair's Annual Mixed Meet

(Fredericksburg, TX - Thursday, July 3, 2014) - The Gillespie County Fair Association (G.C.F.A.)'s annual mixed racing meet is set to commence this year on Friday, July 4. Gillespie will feature eight days of live mixed meet racing in July and August. Racing will take place on July 4 and 5, July 19 and 20, August 9 and 10, and August 23 and 24. The popular meet is held at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds in Fredericksburg.

The meet's stakes schedule is topped by the $15,000-added Gillespie County Fair Futurity (G3) for two-year-old Quarter Horses going 350 yards. Trials will be held on Sunday, August 10, and the final will be run on Sunday, August 24.

Other Quarter Horse stakes during the meet include the $15,000-added (includes $5,000 added by TQHA) TQHA Futurity for accredited Texas-bred two-year-olds going 350 yards on Saturday, July 19; the $15,000-added Hill Country Dash for three-year-olds and up enrolled in the AQHA Racing Challenge Program going 440 yards on Saturday, July 5; $12,000-added Simulcast Services Stakes for three-year-olds and upward going 350 yards on Saturday, August 23; the $10,000-added G.C.F.A. Maiden Challenge for maidens (as of June 15, 2014) three-year-olds and up going 350 yards on July 20; the $5,000-added G.C.F.A. Maiden Futurity for two-year-old maidens (as of June 18, 2014) going 350 yards on Saturday, August 23; the $5,000-added G.C.F.A. Maiden Classic for three-year-olds and up maidens (as of July 1, 2014) going 350 yards on Saturday, August 23; the $5,000-added G.C.F.A. 79 & Under Allowance for two-year-olds with a high Speed Index of 79 and under as of July 1, 2014, to be run on Sunday, August 10 going 330 yards; and the $5,000-added Dutchman Quarter Horse Handicap for three-year-olds and up that have not won three races going 350 yards on Sunday, July 20.

Thoroughbreds will contest the $15,000-added (includes $10,000 added by TTA) G.C.F.A. Texas-Bred Stakes for accredited Texas-bred three-year-olds and up going seven furlongs on Sunday, August 24 and the $10,000-added (includes $8,000 added by TTA) Texas Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes for three-year-olds and up going six furlongs on Saturday, July 19.

All of the racing breeds will get a chance to compete against each other in one stakes race - the $7,500-added G.C.F.A. All Breeds 870 Stakes for three-year-olds and upward going 870 yards on Sunday, August 24. While the race is open to all breeds, it is Quarter Horse preferred and highest lifetime money earners preferred.

Entries for race days are be taken 72 hours prior to race day, with entries opening at 8:00 a.m. and closing promptly at 10:30 a.m.

Post time on race days is 1:00 p.m., and gates open at 11:00 a.m.

Admission is $7 for adults. Admission for children six to 15 is $3, and children under six are admitted free. Box seats are $15 apiece, and advanced box seats can be reserved by calling the Fair Office at (830) 997-2359.

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