Golden Gate Fields Owner To Request Race Dates For First Half Of 2024 - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Golden Gate Fields Owner To Request Race Dates For First Half Of 2024

Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif.

1/ST RACING announced Saturday that it expects to file a request with the California Horse Racing Board for an allocation of race dates at Golden Gate Fields for the first half of 2024. The request is tied to extending the announced closing date of the track located in the California cities of Albany and Berkeley to June 30, 2024.

The decision follows the passage of AB 1074 at the end of the 2023 legislative session in Sacramento, which authorizes the reallocation of purse and commission revenues generated in the Northern zone of California to support racing in the Southern and Central zones should there be unallocated weeks in future years. The bill will not be law until signed by Governor Newsom.

“We are pleased we could work out a solution with our industry stakeholders to be able to keep Golden Gate Fields open for an additional and final meet,” said Aidan Butler, Chief Executive Officer, 1/ST RACING & GAMING.

The extension request follows extensive consultation with various industry constituents, including the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the California Authority of Racing Fairs, California Thoroughbred Trainers, and the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, who urged an extension in the interest of developing a statewide transition plan based upon thoughtful consideration of the challenges facing racing in California and across the country.

1/ST RACING said in a press release that it is committed to a final race meet at Golden Gate Fields that reflects a proud commemoration of the sport of Thoroughbred racing in Northern California.

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