Sloppy out of the gates
A new season of live pari-mutuel horse racing opened at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday.
The two-day July Fourth Race Meet sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association drew 3,135 fans, including 1,890 on Saturday and 1,245 on Sunday.
Over the two days, a total of $301,156 was wagered on 22 races, including $165,262 on Saturday and $135,894 on Sunday.
The payout to bettors totaled $235,884, including $129,291 on Saturday and $106,593 on Sunday.
“It was a great weekend,” said Brad Roeder, president of the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association. “The weather was cooler and we had a great attendance.”
“We look forward to seeing everyone again in two weeks,” Roeder said.
“The weather was great,” said Lee DeLong, mutuels manager and a director with the fair association.
The start of the races was delayed for a bit on Saturday due to lightning in the area.
“We want to thank everybody for their patience,” DeLong said. “Some of the television monitors were out due to the weather and the tote board was also out.”
The opening weekend’s racing program included trials for the 350-yard GCFA Maiden Classic on Saturday. Total purse for the race is $48,300.
Top 10 qualifiers for the GCFA Maiden Classic include “Di Southeen James” (17.5695), “Ad Tres Coronas” (17.6320), “MS Famous Dash Back” (17.6795), “Kalis Fast Man” (17.6935), “Geh Ottyes Lil Tini” (17.6960), “Thebunnygoeson” (17.7150), “Timarred Special” (17.7385), “Kuhl Cash” (17.7475), “Tinys Desi” (17.7920) and “Alinas War Princess” (17.7960).
On Sunday, trials were run for the 350-yard 2018 July Firecracker Futurity. Total purse for the race is $84,250.
The top 10 qualifiers include “Bonita De Capi” (17.6005), “Dashingtobfamous” (17.6590), “Featuring Ivory” (17.7475), “Cadillac Cash” (17.9210), “Dashing Sweet Brujo” (17.9370), “The Action Queen” (17.9550), “Who He Me” (17.9555), “Catha” (17.9750), “Jet Black King” (17.9980) and “RJS Cosmo (18.000).
Finals for both races will be run during the Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet on July 21-22.
The pari-mutuel season continues with the Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22.
Also taking place that weekend will be Night In Old Fredericksburg on Saturday, July 21.
Activities include wiener dog races, a 42 tournament, washer pitching, goat roping, chili and barbecue cook-offs and music by Chris Rybak followed by Arkey Blue and The Blue Cowboys.
The Gillespie County Race Meet is scheduled for Aug. 11-12 and the Gillespie County Fair Race Meet is Aug. 25-26.
The 130th Gillespie County Fair will be held Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 23-26. A concert and dance featuring Jake Hooker and The Outsiders will take place on Friday, Aug. 24.
Highlighting the entertainment on Saturday, Aug. 25, will be special guest star Steve Wariner followed by Cory Morrow.
The fair will also include a parade, carnival and midway, agriculture and home products displays, livestock shows, and more.
Professional bull riding returns to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds with the Fredericksburg PBR on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Rounding out the season will be the 22nd Annual Scholarship Fest on Saturday, Sept. 22.