Texas Proposal Would Cut 2018 Race Dates

The Texas Horsemen's Partnership is urging members to contact the state racing commission in opposition.

Press release/KWKT-TV

A proposal would cut 2018 race dates in Texas.

The Texas Racing Commission convened its Ad Hoc Finance Committee on October 24, and despite more than two hours of discussion and objections by horsemen present, commission chairman John Steen told the group that the best way forward was to proceed with a rule amendment and raise track license fees and cut race days.

The 2018 proposed race day calendar is:
Sam Houston Race Park: 52 days (32 Thoroughbred, 20 Quarter Horse)
Lone Star Park: 60 days (44 Thoroughbred, 16 Quarter Horse)
Retama Park: 25 days (12.5 Thoroughbred, 12 Quarter Horse in a mixed-meet format)
Gillespie County Fair Association: 8 days (mixed meet)

According to a statement released by the Texas Horsemen's Partnership, this proposal would result in a reduction of 14.5 days for Thoroughbreds and 29 days for Quarter Horses from the 2017 calendar.

The commission will on November 8 vote on the proposed rule amendment and allocate 2018 race dates.

"Be aware that the preamble to the proposed rule amendment states, in part: 'This amendment will have no adverse economic effect on small or micro-businesses," said the THP statement. "It also states: 'There are no negative impacts upon employment conditions in this state as a result of the proposed amendment.'

'So far, the Texas Racing Commission has received only 75 letters in opposition ot the proposed rule amendment," the THP statement added. "It is imperative that the commission receive as many letters as possible in opposition to the proposed rule. Deadline for receipt of letters is November 6, so please send a letter today to ensure it is received and counted."

Letters can be sent via e-mail to: info@txrc.texas.gov. Letters can also be sent via traditional mail to: Jean Cook, Texas Racing Commission, P.O. Box 12080, Austin, TX 78711, or via Fax to (512) 833-6907.

Click on this link to access a sample letter.

Also, the proposed 2018 racing calendar was featured on a report on KWKT-TV, Channel 44, the Fox affiliate in Waco, Texas. Click here to access the report.

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