||Retama Park Wraps 2009 Live Thoroughbred
Retama Park concluded its Fall Thoroughbred on Saturday,
November 7. The track reported mixed results, with a 9% increase in average
daily live attendance; a 15% drop in average daily live wagering, and
a modest 4% decrease in average daily export wagering.
On-track wagering on Retama Park’s live product reflects a trend
for horse racing tracks around North America. Retama’s export results
were significantly better than most tracks nationally.
“Our attendance numbers for the live racing period were actually
encouraging,” said Retama Park CEO Bryan Brown. “Our marketing
efforts brought folks out to enjoy our entertainment product, especially
our Fifty Cent Nights, but with a struggling economy and rising unemployment,
our fan base had fewer dollars to spend.”
Retama Park did make significant strides in expanding the track’s
image on the national scene. Prominent Kentucky breeder and owner Ken
Ramsey shipped in horses to take both of the tracks major races, the Skyy
El Joven Stakes and the M2 Technology La Senorita Stakes, using them as
preps for the 2009 Breeders’ Cup juvenile turf races for his winners
and vaulting Retama Park into the national spotlight. Leading jockey Julien
Leparoux rode for Ramsey at Retama Park, his first ever appearance at
track, and then went on to capture three Breeders’ Cup races and
take the Bill Shoemaker Award as outstanding jockey of the two-day Breeders’
Cup World Championship event.