08/14/2012 7:12PM

Texas Racing Commission gives yet-to-be-built track the right to open simulcast facility


The Texas Racing Commission on Tuesday granted Saddle Brook Park, a yet-to-be-constructed racetrack in Amarillo, Texas, the right to simulcast for two years before its opening.

In paperwork submitted to the commission, Saddle Brook listed an Oct. 15 target date to begin simulcasting at a temporary location six miles from where the racetrack is to be built. Texas statutes provide for such simulcasting if certain provisions are met, including simulcasting in a temporary facility only in the county in which the track is to be built. Back in 1996, the Dallas area-Lone Star Park did have pre-opening simulcasting before launching live racing in April 1997. Corey Johnsen, the former president of Lone Star and now a part-owner of Kentucky Downs, is track/simulcast operator for the Saddle Brook team led by Drew Alexander and Lynn Alexander.

In a letter to the commission, Johnsen said Saddle Brook is "interested in applying for live race dates in October/November 2014."

Saddle Brook holds a Class 2 license from the Texas Racing Commission. In documents submitted to the panel, simulcast handle is projected to be $10.3 million a year. Saddle Brook plans to simulcast on Wednesdays through Sundays and on holiday Mondays. The temporary site is a 6,300-square foot building at 4332 Southwest 45th Ave.

As for the track, it is to be located on a 286-acre site just south of Interstate 40. It is proposed to be a seven-furlong oval with 200 stalls and a 15,000 square-foot "anchor building." 

** Race date allocations for 2013 were also on the agenda Tuesday, but the item was tabled until October.

David Steger More than 1 year ago
woo hoo, 5 minutes from simulcast building. 13 minutes from da track. Amarillo has quarter horse museum. Amarillo residents love to gamble.100 miles to Oklahoma,Kansas,New Mexico. This is good News. I am surprised that this has not hit the local news.
David Steger More than 1 year ago
amarillo by morning
Charlie M.D. More than 1 year ago
lol..what a sham- place will be shuttered in 2 years.
Chris, Warr Acres More than 1 year ago
They must know something the rest of us don't. With Oklahoma and Louisiana's slot money they can't come close to those purses.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
The only horses at this joint will be tied out front...
William Eisele More than 1 year ago
It's actually home to the quarter horse Hall Of Fame ,so It makes sense that there would be some sort of racetrack/simulcast facility in that town
Jimee63 More than 1 year ago
Not enough info on the proposed track. Thoroughbred or quarters or both? Only 200 stalls? About enough for racing 2 days a week. Sounds a bit like smoke and mirrors to get the OK for a betting parlor.
Betany Caballero More than 1 year ago
But...but...but Lone Star cut out stakes including the Lone Star Derby to maintain purses.
pathagan More than 1 year ago
I've NEVER seen a Lone Star meet as bad as this year's, Betany.
Jimmy Morales More than 1 year ago
In one of the more dumb things that is hard to figure, I live in Texas but cant bet a TEXAS track thru any of the online sites. Texas bigshots obviously get some big payoffs from the Louisiana people, so we cant get casinos gambling.....70 % of the cars at Delta Downs are from Texas... Not that hard to figure out why....
M More than 1 year ago
I could not agree more Jimmy. It just does not make any sense. The reason I read years ago was that the Texas Racing Commission did not want to allow us to wager on tracks here in Texas beacuse they want us to attend in person. Now, Texas is a very large state and I would wager to guess that the majority of the population does not live within easy driving distance from a track. I less than half an hour drive from Delta Downs, but about 2 hours to Sam Houston Race Park........where do you think I am going to drive to when I want to view live racing??? I would LOVE to support Texas tracks, but until the TRC comes to their senses, I will be wagering ANYWHERE else in the world!!!
jaime More than 1 year ago
I couldn't have said it better myself.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Well Guys, In North Carolina we can't subscribe with any of the online books, there's no OTB - hell, I can't even buy a Racing Form!!!
Morris More than 1 year ago
glad to hear that texas is adding a track. amarillo is a good location, lots of race horses & race fans ,in the erea.