|Temporary Restraining Order Halts Any Action Today by Texas Racing Commission on Rules Regarding Historical Racing
(Austin, Texas - Tuesday, February 9, 2016) - The Texas Racing Commission (TRC) held a meeting this morning that's agenda included revisiting a possible repeal on the rules for Historical Racing (HRT). As Commissioners prepared to vote once again on the proposal to repeal the rules relating to Historical Racing, the meeting came to an abrupt halt. Chairman Rolando Pablos announced that the Commission had just received a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), issued by a Cameron County judge. The TRO prohibited the Commissioners from taking the matter of repeal of HRT up for a vote.
The restraining order was filed on behalf of the Texas Greyhound Association. Cameron County is home to Valley Race Park in Harlingen, where greyhounds race.
Chairman Pablos called for a recess in order for the Commissioners to enter into Executive Session with their attorneys. A short time later, Pablos announced that there being no further business, the February 9, 2016 meeting of the Texas Racing Commission was adjourned.
While this is a temporary solution, it did prevent the rules from being voted on and possibly repealed today.
The Texas Horsemen's Partnership is moving forward in aggressively pursuing our legal case, and we hope that we will have the opportunity to argue the merits in a court of law very soon.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend today's meeting, however short it might have been. The meeting room was overflowing with people passionate about our industry.