Fan Guide A-Z

Accessible Information

Valley Race Park provides Accessible Entrances for disabled patrons at the North & South Entrances of The Park. Disabled parking spaces are available in the Main Parking Lot. Disabled Seating will be available for all live racing dates and events. Please call (956)412-RACE (7223) with specific questions regarding accessible seating.


Valley Race Park
2601 S. Ed Carey Drive
Harlingen, Texas 78552


Monday-Thursday: FREE (closed on Tuesday)
Friday-Sunday: $2 Admission, can be purchased at the gate. (FREE for Children 12 and under)

Age Limit

Valley Race Park is an all-ages venue. The minimum age to place a wager is 21. You must be 21 years of age to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. Texas State Photo ID for all patrons under the age of 40 is required for all alcoholic beverage purchases.

ATM Information

Valley Race Park provides patrons with ATM machines located in the Paddock and Club Levels. Guests may withdraw up to $200 per transaction from the machine. Withdrawals are available through the use of a debit card only. Credit cards are not accepted by the machines.

Cashing a winning ticket or voucher by mail

Per Section 11.07 of the Texas Racing Act (enacted Sept 1, 2007) Effective September 1, 2007. Winning pari-mutuel tickets and vouchers issued on or after September 1, 2007 are valid for one year from the date the ticket and or voucher was purchased or issued. Tickets and or Vouchers can be cashed upon your next visit to Valley Race Park or may be cashed by mail. Please print clearly and send your ticket or voucher with name and address to:

Physical & Mailing Address:
Valley Race Park
2601 S. Ed Carey Drive
Harlingen, Texas 78552

Please send the ticket certified mail or registered mail, return receipt requested and retain a copy of the ticket for your records. I.R.S. regulations require that gambling earnings that exceeds odds of 300 to 1 are reportable. When cashing such a ticket we require positive I.D., preferably a picture ID such as a driver’s license and a social security card. Management reserves the right to determine if supporting identification is acceptable.


General Information 956-412-RACE (7223)
Groups & Private Events 956-778-5650

Group Information

When planning your next group event, consider bringing your party to Valley Race Park. Offering spectacular views, personal service, abundant catering selections, and great entertainment, your group will have a unique experience found nowhere else in the Valley. We can accommodate any function in our 80,000 square foot grandstand which includes 3 private function rooms, together with a stage, dance floor and audio/visual equipment which is available. With professional on-site meeting and catering coordinators, Valley Race Park can assist with every aspect of your event from booking hotel accommodations for out-of-town guests to providing theme parties and entertainment!

For more information regarding accommodations, rates and availability please contact a Group Sales Manager at 956 412-RACE (7223).

Parking Information

General parking is FREE for simulcast patrons. Parking fees for other events may vary and will be posted on the event page on our website.


Valley Race Park offers restroom facilities for patrons on the Paddock, Club and Suite levels.

Rules & Regulations for Valley Race Park

Please note, the Rules & Regulations stated below are related to Valley Race Park.

Fan Conduct Policy

Anyone exhibiting disruptive or unruly behavior, who is intoxicated, illegally possesses alcohol or other prohibited substances, or who interferes with the ability of others to enjoy the event will be ejected from The Park and subject to arrest.

Camera Usage Policy

Valley Race Park WILL ALLOW photo cameras into all Concerts & Events unless otherwise posted. The camera policy for the venue is as follows:

Photo cameras must have a lens of less than 4" long, Professional cameras are not allowed.

Guest Conduct

Valley Race Park will NOT tolerate the following from guests anywhere on property:

  • Tailgating
  • Standing on chairs
  • The distribution of items, flyers, pamphlets, printed materials, as well as the solicitation of signatures is not permitted without written authorization from Management.

Prohibited Items

Valley Race Park does not allow the following items:

  • Weapons of Any Kind
  • Glass Containers of Any Kind
  • Obscene or Indecent Clothing
  • Backpacks 
  • Large Purses
  • Animals (excluding Service Animals)
  • Audio or Video Recording Devices
  • Spike Jewelry
  • Wallet Chains
  • Laser Pointers
  • Outside Food & Beverage
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Playpens
  • Skates
  • Skateboards
  • Coolers

Other Disclaimers

Guests entering Valley Race Park may have their image and/or likeness reproduced for promotional and/or publicity purposes. By entering the property you agree to allow such use of your image and/or likeness. Valley Race Park assumes no liability for personal loss; injury, death, property damage or other related harm suffered by participants, spectators, site owners, leasers, or others who may be adversely affected by an event for personal loss; injury, death, property damage or other related harm suffered by participants, spectators, site owners, leasers, or others who may be adversely affected by an event. Furthermore, cancellation of an event due to an act of God, riots, strikes, labor difficulties, epidemics, and any act or order of any public authority or cause, similar or dissimilar, beyond the control of Valley Race Park, reserves the ticket bearer no right to refund or exchange, and Sam Houston Race Park is not obligated to a substitute live racing date.


Gates open daily at 11 a.m. and stay open until approximately 1:00 a.m. (closed on Tuesdays).
*Gate Times for holidays and special simulcast events may vary.