Gillespie County Fair meet closes 2018 racing season at local track

Live pari-mutuel racing for the 2018 season ended on a positive note over the weekend at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

“It was a great weekend of racing,” said Brad Roeder, president of the sponsoring Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.

“We ended on a very positive note, and we are ready to be back next year,” he said.

Roeder said that they were only able to run 10 races each day because of the lack of race horses in Texas.

But even running 20 races over the two days, Roeder said that it was still a good meet and the numbers are good.

For the two days of racing held as part of the 130th Gillespie County Fair, paid attendance was 5,855 with a wagering handle of $379,872.

Paid attendance on Saturday was 4,054. The wagering handle was $196,526 and the payout to bettors was $152,576.

On Sunday, paid attendance was 1,801. The wagering handle was $183,346 and the payout was $153,043.

For the season, 14,420 fans wagered $1,186,056 on 86 races run at the Class III track.

And over the season, $935,364 was paid back to the bettors.

Following is a breakdown of this season’s four race meets:

• July Fourth Race Meet (July 7-8) — 3,135 fans wagered $301,156 on 22 races. The payout to bettors was $235,884.

• Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet (July 21-22) — 2,830 fans wagered $236,151 on 22 races. The payout to bettors was $184,680.

• Gillespie County Race Meet (Aug. 11-12) — 2,600 fans wagered $268,877 on 22 races. The payout to bettors was $209,181.

• 130th Gillespie County Fair (Aug. 25-26) — 5,855 fans wagered $379,872 on 20 races. The payout to bettors was $305,619.


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