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Deja Vu: Texas Racing On The Brink

Seventy-nine years ago, Texas Gov. James Allred decided enough was enough. There was an “unparalleled wave and mania for gambling in the state of Texas,” Allred declared in January 1937. Later that year at a special session of the Texas legislature, pari-mutuel wagering was outlawed at Allred’s urging. Four tracks – Alamo Downs in San Antonio, […]

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Texas Horsemen ‘Frustrated And Betrayed’; Lieutenant Governor Rebuffs Meeting To Discuss Racing’s Future

Despite repeated attempts by Texas horsemen and the Texas Thoroughbred Association to meet with Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to discuss the future of the horse industry in the state, no such meeting has taken place. On November 4, 2015, Mr. Patrick wrote a letter to the state’s horsemen and racetracks asking for “recommendations on […]

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Galloway Calls Out Texas Politicians In ‘Final Final’ Column

Randy Galloway is a sports media legend in Texas. He spent nearly 50 years as a reporter and “take no prisoners” columnist with the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star Telegram. His distinctive drawl was immediately recognizable as longtime host of sports talk radio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where he took on local […]

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Texas Racing Commission Defies Governor, Keeps Historical Racing

Historical wagering has become the hot-button issue in Texas since the machines were approved there last year, and Tuesday marked the third time that the Texas Racing Commission has take an official vote on the matter. This time, the nine-member commission voted 4-4 on an order to repeal historical racing, with one member abstaining, according to the Star-Telegram. With […]

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