Sen. Jane Nelson

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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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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Historical Racing On Texas Racing Commission Meeting Agenda … Again

In its meeting agenda for next Tuesday, the Texas Racing Commission has, for the third time, included Historical Racing wagering machines as a discussion point. According to the Houston Chronicle, “the inclusion of the agenda item may signal that the commission will bend to pressure from the state’s Republican leaders.” Commission Chairman Robert Schmidt resigned earlier […]

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Texas Horsemen: ‘No Confidence In Future’ After Temporary Funding Deal

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Tuesday that House Appropriations Chairman John Otto has agreed to a proposal by Senate Legislative Budget Board members to fund the Texas Racing Commission for three months. However, the horsemen’s organization representing Thoroughbred and Quarter horse racing say the extension gives owners and trainers “no confidence in the future of racing” in […]

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Texas Racing Commission Votes To Keep Historical Racing

The Texas Racing Commission on Tuesday voted to reject a motion to repeal regulations that would permit historical racing wagering machines at racetracks under its jurisdiction. The commission’s approval last August of historical racing – which began in 2000 at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas under the name Instant Racing and currently exists in several other states, including […]

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State Senator’s Strong-Arm Tactics Could Doom Texas Horse Racing

“They are playing with people’s livelihoods.” That’s how Sam Houston Race Park president Andrea Young summarized the mess created by a Texas legislative board that could shut down racing at state racetracks on Sept. 1. The Legislative Budget Board, which appropriates money to various agencies throughout Texas, attached a rider withholding 10 percent of the […]

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