It would establish four separate Texas Derby races for Texas bred thoroughbreds, Texas bred quarter horses and thoroughbreds and quarters horses from any location. The Texas Derby would alternate among the state big Class 1 horse tracks, Sam Houston Race Park in Houston; Retama Park near San Antonio; and Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie in the Dallas Worth area.
bill by Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R Kerrville, whose district includes Callahan, Coleman and Runnels counties.
the trick to make sure the stakes are high enough, he said.
a step in the right direction, said David Hooper, executive director of the Texas Thoroughbred Association. Skechers Flex Appeal Sweet Spots Ladies Trainers
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racing attendance and showcase Texas bred horses.
Even though legislators didn grant the wishes of horsemen and track owners this year to allow revenue producing slot machines at horse and dog tracks something the struggling industry says it needs the House and Senate overwhelmingly supported the Texas Derby Skechers Shape Ups
But Hooper said more work is needed in the next legislative session to establish funding for the races, which would begin in 2015 or later.
was just not the session to try and do that, he said, adding that legislators may be able to do more next session.
least we have time to do that spadework, Hooper said.
Rob Werstler, race director for the Texas Quarter Horse Association, agreed. He said horse and racing organizations remain perplexed over the Legislature rejection of slots this year when the state needed money, and the groups want to try again in the 2013 Legislature. He said derby funding could be linked to that effort.
Hilderbran envisions a $5 million purse, or prize money, which would make the Texas Derby a huge race nationally. The legislation doesn guarantee that money, but says the funds could be raised through the sale of naming rights for the race and through entry fees. That likely wouldn raise enough cash, horse industry officials say.
Reps. Anderson said expanding gambling to allow slot machines at tracks was not going to pass in this year legislative session, so the Texas Derby was a way to help the horse racing business.
Now there will be a Texas Derby for thoroughbreds and quarter horses under a newly enacted state law designed to boost Womens Mbt Official Store Usa
Hooper said the most immediate concern of Texas horse associations and tracks is keeping their industry viable. There are already several prominent racing events in Texas for which funding and sponsorships have dwindled, he said.
A high stakes race could lure breeders and related horse businesses back to Texas from Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico, Anderson said.
A Texas Racing Commission report in January noted that horse and dog track attendance declined 12 percent in the five years leading up to 2010. Money wagered dropped more than 23 percent in that period, as did the amount paid in purses.
problem is we trying to stay afloat, said Hooper, who suggested the Texas Derby follow up work could be part of renewed efforts in the next legislative session Skechers Energy to pass a slot machine measure for tracks, as other states have done.
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