||Retama Park's Fall Thoroughbred Meet
Set to Begin Tonight, August 28th
Retama Park is set to kick
off its Fall Thoroughbred Meet tonight Friday, August 28. The 32-day meet
is scheduled to continue through Saturday, November 7.
The nation’s economy continues to struggle, and Texas racing continues
to be handicapped by not having a level playing field with racetracks
in surrounding states that have additional forms of gaming supplementing
their purse accounts. The combination of those factors have forced some
difficult choices regarding the upcoming Thoroughbred meet at Retama.
In order to try to keep overnight purses as high as possible for the
meet, the stakes schedule has been scaled back considerably compared to
recent year. In fact, only four Thoroughbred stakes will be run at the
meet. The $125,000-guaranteed My Dandy Texas Stallion Stakes for two-year-old
males going six furlongs and the $125,000-guaranteed Darby’s Daughter
Texas Stallion Stakes for two-year-old fillies going six furlongs will
both be held on Saturday, September 26. The meet’s traditional highlights,
the $100,000-guaranteed M2 Technology La Senorita Stakes for two-year-old
fillies going one mile on the turf and the $100,000-guaranteed SKYY El
Jovan Stakes for two-year-old males going one mile on the turf, are scheduled
to be run on Saturday, October 24.
In addition, there will be three Arabian stakes run at the meet: the
Texas Arabian Derby (Gr. III), the Texas Arabian Oaks, and the Tiki Diablo
Racing will be held Thursdays through Sundays, with first post each night
set for 6:45 p.m. except for the Breeders’ Cup World Championship
days of November 6 and 7. Post time on Friday, November 6 will be 5:20
p.m., and post time on Saturday, November 7 will be 6:20 p.m.
The Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Gala and Induction Ceremony will
be held in Retama’s Showtime Pavilion on Saturday, October 10.