||Gillespie County Fairgrounds Hosts Successful
Opening Weekend of 2008 Mixed Meet
The Gillespie County Fair Association (G.C.F.A.) opened its annual mixed
racing meet on Saturday, July 4th, and held a successful opening weekend
- the first of four weekends of racing at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds
in Fredricksburg in July and August. Racing will also take place on July
19 & 20, August 9 & 10, and August 23 & 24. A total of 4,953
racegoers attended opening weekend, wagering $362,116 on-track on Gillespie's
Racing on the 4th of July was highlighted by six trials for the $15,000-added
TQHA Futurity for two-year-old Quarter Horses going 350 yards. Owner/trainer
Joe Rangel's Dashin Tres was the fastest trial qualifier with a time of
:17.930 under jockey Santos Carrizales. Two more of the ten qualifiers
achieve sub-:18 times - Ace Cinnan and Addictability, who finished a neck
apart in their trial in :17.935 and :17.986, respectively. Ridden by Isaac
Chapa, Ace Cinnan is owned by Jesus E. Longoria and trained by Abraham
Carrillo. Addictability is owned by Ruben Santos and trained by Daniel
The finals for the $15,000-added TQHA Futurity will be held on Saturday,
On Sunday, racing was highlighted by the $18,400-guaranteed Hill Country
Dash Stakes for three-year-olds and upward Quarter Horses going 440 yards.
Owner/trainer Shawn C. Friesenhahn's filly Dress Me Anywhere posted a
solid one-length triumph over Kissem Goodbye in :22.437 under jockey Isaac
Chapa. The Polar Express was a nose further back in third, a head to the
good of Foroucious Jessie. Heza Shaker, Streakin Pancho, Haulin Streak,
Eyewhere, and Lindys Streakin Star followed past the wire.
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; $12,000-added (includes
$5,000 added by TQHA) G.C.F.A. Texas-Bred Quarter Horse Stakes for accredited
Texas-bred three-year-olds and upward
going 400 yards on Saturday, August 23; the $5,000-added G.C.F.A. Maiden
Futurity for two-year-old maidens (as of
June 1, 2008) going 350 yards on Sunday, August 10; the $5,000-added G.C.F.A.
Maiden Classic for three, four, and five year old maidens (as of June
1, 2008) going 350 yards on Saturday, August 9; 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 June 30, 2008, to be run on Saturday, August 23 going
yards; and the $5,000-added Dutchman’s Quarter Horse Handicap for
three-year-olds that have not won three races going 350 yards on Sunday,
Thoroughbreds will contest the $15,000-added (includes $8,000 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,
Racing Paint horses will compete on Saturday, July 5 in the $3,000-added
G.C.F.A. Paint Stakes for two-year-olds going 350 yards and the $3,000-added
Field of Dreams Paint Maturity for three-year-olds and upward going 400
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 Saturday, August 9. While
the race is open to all breeds, it is Quarter Horse preferred and highest
lifetime money earners preferred.
Entries will 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.
Admission is $4 for adults (except during the 120th County Fair on August
23 & 24, when it is $5). Admission for children six to 12 is $1, and
children under six are admitted free. Reserved seats are $7 each, and
box seats are $9 apiece.