Texas Racing Commission Approves 2010 Race Dates

At its meeting on September 15, the Texas Racing Commission (TxRC) approved the 2010 live racing dates for Texas racetracks.

The Gillespie County Fair Association was awarded its traditional 8-day mixed meet. Racing on Saturdays and Sundays on weeks with live racing, the meet will begin on July 3 and conclude on August 29, 2010.

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie was granted a 60-day Thoroughbred meet that will open on April 8, 2010 and conclude July 18, 2010. Lone Star will also awarded a 29-day Quarter Horse meet that will run from September 17 through November 13, 2010.

Manor Downs will run its traditional mixed meet from March 6 through April 18, 2010. Racing on weekends, the meet will encompass 14 live racing days. The Texas Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (THBPA) has an agreement with Manor Downs to limit the amount of underpayment in the Quarter Horse purse account, and the THBPA has the authority to transfer any amount over that set limit to another track for additional racing opportunities.

Retama Park will conduct a 30-day Thoroughbred meet from August 27 through November 6, 2010. Like what was done this year, Retama Park was granted 15 days of Quarter Horse Racing, and an agreement has been signed by all parties concerned and approved by the TxRC to move Retama's Quarter Horse dates to Sam Houston Race Park for 2010.

Sam Houston Race Park was granted 61 Thoroughbred days in 2010 - from January 1 through April 3, 2010 and from November 26 - December 31, 2010. The first dates will be the conclusion to the track's 2009/2010 Thoroughbred meet that will begin on November 27, 2009. The latter dates will be the beginning of Sam Houston's 2010/2011 Thoroughbred meet that will conclude on April 2, 2011.

Sam Houston was also granted a total of 45 Quarter Horse dates (30 awarded to Sam Houston and 15 that were awarded to Retama Park and transferred to Sam Houston). Sam Houston's 2010 Quarter Horse meet will run from April 30 through August 14, 2010.

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