Weekend race meet draws crowd

Crowds filled up the grandstands Saturday and Sunday as 4,113 race fans wagered $285,805 over the two-day Night in Old Fredericksburg Race Meet at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

It was “another great weekend of racing” at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the two-day live race meet drew a total of 4,113 fans who wagered $285,805 on 24 races. The total payout to bettors was $223,659.

On Saturday, 2,884 fans wagered $168,636 while on Sunday, 1,229 fans wagered $117,169.

The payout to bettors on Saturday totaled $132,383 and $91,276 on Sunday.

In 2013, 2,622 fans wagered $258,442 with a total payout of $202,481.

The two-day race meet, the second of four scheduled at the Class III facility in 2014, was held in conjunction with Night In Old Fredericksburg on Saturday.

“Combining racing with Night In Old Fredericksburg made for a successful weekend,” said Robert Henry Sagebiel, a fair association director who is serving as general manager of the track this season.

(Photographs and more information from NIOF can be found on D1 in this issue of the newspaper.)

“We would like to thank the fans for making the weekend a success and for supporting us with our new event,” Sagebiel said.

For the most part, Sagebiel said that things ran pretty smoothly on the track.

However, on Saturday in the fourth race, jockey Abel Molina of Gainesville lost his seat aboard “The Color of Love.”

At last report, he is recovering from broken bones.

One of the highlights of the two-day racing program was the running of the Texas Quarter Horse Association Futurity on Saturday. Total purse for the 350-yard race was $44,450.

Coming in first with a time of 18.056 was “Jeshereforagoodtime,” ridden by Luis Vivanco. The horse is owned by Rodrigo Albert Vallejo and trained by Judd S. Kearl.

Coming in second was “Jess Gone Streakin,” ridden by Santos Carrizales, followed by “Kraken Black,” ridden by Eleazar Hernandez.

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