|Texas Racing Commission Opens Race Date
Application Period and Forms Race Date Committees
Texas - July 9, 2010) - Recently, the Texas Racing Commission voted
to open the application period for racetracks to request race dates for
calendar year 2011 and January 1 – August 31, 2012. Racetracks must
submit their requests to the Commission by August 18, 2010. The Commission
expects to consider the racetracks’ requested race dates at its
meeting scheduled for September 14, 2010.
Chair Rolando Pablos noting the need for an in-depth discussion of the
proposed schedules, formed both a horse and a greyhound race date committee.
These committees will host meetings to provide a forum for interested
stakeholders and the public to discuss the potential number and locations
of race dates and the purse levels for those dates. Anyone may attend
and participate in these discussions.
Chair Pablos said, “As a Commission, we have taken steps to formalize
these working groups. I encourage stakeholders to attend and participate.
I am confident that these meetings will promote the kind of healthy dialogue
that will result in viable race date calendars.”
The Horse Race Dates Committee will meet at Lone Star Park on Friday,
July 16, 2010, and at Sam Houston Race Park on Friday, August 13, 2010.
The Greyhound Race Dates Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 27, 2010,
at Gulf Greyhound Park. If warranted, additional meetings may be scheduled.
The Committees will welcome input on whether each racetrack’s
proposed race meeting will serve to nurture, promote, develop or improve
the horse industry in Texas. Among the factors the Commission may consider
are: the current condition of the association's racetrack and facilities
for patrons, race animals and occupational licensees; the anticipated
effect of the proposed race meeting on the continuity of racing during
the year; the live race dates requested by other
associations licensed to conduct races for the same species of animal;
the anticipated effect of the race meeting on the horse breeding industry
in Texas; the anticipated effect of scheduled race meetings in neighboring
race states on the proposed race meeting; and the anticipated availability
of race animals for the race meetings.
The agendas for these committee meetings will be available at www.txrc.state.tx.us.
For more information regarding race date allocation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or contact Bill Childs at (512)-833-6699.