|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
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.