Shortly before the February 9 Texas Racing Commission meeting to potentially decide whether to repeal rules regulating Historical Racing, officials were served with a temporary restraining order signed by a Cameron County judge.
The restraining order, a result of a lawsuit filed by the Texas Greyhound Association, prevented commissioners from taking any action on the issue. A hearing in the case is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. February 18 in the 107th District Court in Cameron County.
TRC Executive Director Chuck Trout had previously notified racetracks, breed registries and the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership of intent to close the Texas Racing Commission and shut down racing and simulcasting on February 16, but issued a statement later in the day that operations will continue through February 29th.
The Commission has now issued notice of an emergency meeting to be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 18 (the same date as the hearing in Cameron County) in Austin. The agenda includes yet another vote to repeal Historical Racing Rules.