Second weekend of racing draws crowd to fair grounds

IN A DEAD HEAT, horses in the second race Sunday afternoon during the Texas Fest Race Meet at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, including (from left) the Number 5 horse “Holme Alone,” the Number 4 horse “Baby Bank,” the Number 3 horse “Db Dancing Bear,” the Number 1 horse “Inkys Tres Seis,” and the Number 2 horse “Form From Sixes,” compete in the 400 yard race won by the Number 7 horse “Blue Nova.” The next competition, the Gillespie County Race Meet, will be held Aug. 10-11. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

A second weekend of live-pari-mutuel horse racing returned to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday with the Texas Fest Race Meet.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the two-day meet at the local five eighths mile oval drew a total of 2,622 racing fans who wagered a total of $258,442 on 24 races. The total payout to bettors was $202,481.90.

On Saturday, the Texas Fest Race Meet drew 1,670 fans who wagered $155,033 on 12 races. The payout to bettors on Saturday was $121,753.20.

Then, on Sunday, 952 fans wagered $103,409 on 12 races. The payout was $80,728.70.

“We had a good race meet,” said Edward Stroeher, president of the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association. “The weather was nice and I thought everything all went well.”

Texas Fest Weekend also included a two-day CASI-sanctioned chili cook-off.

Highlighting the racing program on Saturday was the running of the 350-yard Texas Quarter Horse Association Futurity.

The 10 qualifiers for the race, which had a total purse of $45,250, were determined on July 6 during the July Fourth Weekend Racing Festival.

Winning the race on Saturday with a time of 18.011 was “Bedouin In View,” ridden by Luis Vivanco. The horse is owned by Candido Davila and trained by Erika Huitron.

Coming in second with a time of 18.079 was “Wild Progect,” ridden by Pedro Espinosa, while “Real Agouti,” ridden by Melody Brooks, was third with a time of 18.117.

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