texas horse racing

Retama Park: Simulcasting Resumes June 5, Live Racing Returns July 3

Retama Park is pleased to announce it will reopen for simulcasting this Friday, June 5, and will offer wagering on races from racetracks throughout North America on a Wednesday through Sunday schedule. The track will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays until further notice. Simulcasting will be conducted exclusively on the Grandstand Level of the […]

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‘We Will Try To Make This Work’: Lone Star Officials Optimistic Racing Can Begin Friday

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Monday that live racing in the state had the green light to resume on Friday, and a three-hour commission meeting on Tuesday began the process of making that goal a reality. According to the Daily Racing Form, Lone Star Park and the Texas Racing Commission are working in unison to […]

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Texas Governor’s Order Allows Simulcasting, Live Racing With Fans To Begin May 22

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order no. GA-23, issued this Monday, will allow for the reopening of the state’s simulcast racing on May 22. The order, relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster, states that facilities may “operate at up to 25 percent of the total sited occupancy of […]

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Sam Houston’s 2020 Race Meet Kicks Off On January 10

Sam Houston Race Park will conduct its 26th live racing season with Thoroughbred racing commencing on Friday, January 10. The 39-day meet will continue through Saturday, March 28. The draw for opening night took place on Friday, January 3 and ten races will be run, including one on the highly regarded Connally Turf Course. The […]

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Sam Houston Race Park Hoping To Build Overnight Purses, Larger Fields For 2019 Meet

Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 2019 live racing season on Friday, January 25. The 32-day Thoroughbred meet will continue through Saturday, March 30. Officials have announced that Friday and Saturday racing will begin at 7:00 pm (Central) and the Tuesday and Wednesday matinee programs will get underway at 12 noon. Post time […]

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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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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 Horsemen Seek Meeting With Lt. Gov. Patrick

The Texas Thoroughbred Association, which represents 1,100 Thoroughbred racehorse owners and breeders in the state, issued a statement in the form of a letter to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick regarding historical racing. “I want to express deep disappointment with your stance as evidenced in your letter (and press release) of Dec. 1, 2015, addressed to Texas […]

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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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