Effective Thursday, June 5, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Texas will reduce its purse structure approximately 9 percent due to slower than usual business levels since the start of the year.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and judging from the size of the 2002 Texas Stallion Stakes Series, the saying is accurate. The retooled series for colts and fillies will be worth a total of $1 million in purse money.
A $14-million racetrack/amphitheater has been announced for Amarillo, Texas. Construction on the facility, along Interstate 40 near the famous Cadillac Ranch art display, is expected to begin this summer. It will provide more than 400 jobs upon completion. The 275-acre track-amphitheater complex is being built by Yellow Rose Entertainment Inc., along with strategic managing partner Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie.
Between now and the time George W. Bush is sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States next month, Lt. Gov. Rick Perry will replace Bush as Texas governor. Perry is a Texas A&M University graduate who served as the Texas Agriculture Commissioner prior to being elected lieutenant governor in 1998. He is described by Robert Spellings, a lobbyist for the Texas Thoroughbred Association, as "genuinely and generally in favor of the horse industry. He's a friend."
Efforts to build a new racetrack in Austin, Texas, were dealt a blow last week when a local neighborhood council voted to oppose the Austin Jockey Club. The impact the action will have on the proposed track is unclear, because the council is not an official city agency, nor does it have any authority over local zoning changes.
Record rainfall in Texas has hindered track renovations at Manor Downs near Austin -- renovations that must be completed by Dec. 12 to ensure the track retains its live racing days in 2001 and, thus, its ability to simulcast.
Voters in Laredo, Texas on Tuesday approved a ballot initiative that allow live racing to return to South Texas at a racetrack and entertainment center proposed by the Asmussen family. Voters also approved allowing the facility to conduct simulcasting.
A contentious--albeit civilized--battle over racing dates highlighted a Texas Racing Commission meeting on Tuesday that also included new appointments, revised claiming rules and a state-wide increase in the scale of weights.
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