Texas Racing Commission Faces February Shutdown

The nine-member commission refused to nix historical racing at its meeting on Tuesday.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Texas Racing Commission faces a shutdown in February.

After two hours of testimony from the state’s horse racing industry stakeholders, the Texas Racing Commission on Tuesday voted 4-4 with one abstention to repeal rules that would have allowed historical racing at the state’s tracks.

Because the motion failed, commission chair Rolando Pablos asked agency staffers to “begin the process of shutting down the agency so we can look at the end of February as our last day.”

The 2016 Texas American Quarter Horse racing season was scheduled to start at Sam Houston Race Park in March.

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