Officials with the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association are calling the opening weekend of the 2014 live pari-mutuel racing season a “good start.”
The July Fourth Racing Festival on Friday and Saturday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds drew “good crowds” to the Class III track.
A total of 4,653 fans wagered $335,975 over the two days on 23 races. The total payout to bettors was $263,405.
That number includes 2,450 fans on Friday who wagered $143,327 on 11 races and 2,203 fans on Saturday who wagered $192,648 on 12 races. The payout on Friday was $112,410 while the payout on Saturday was $150,995.
In 2013, a total of 4,393 fans wagered $307,474 on 22 races during the July Fourth Racing Festival on July 6-7. The payout was $240,158.
“It was a successful race meet and a good start to the race season,” said Robert Henry Sagebiel, a fair association director who is serving as general manager of the track this season.