||Retama Park's 2007 Quarter Horse Meet
Retama Park's 2007 Quarter Horse meet got off to
a successful start on Friday evening, May 4 with a race card that included
trials for the $25,000-added Ford Texas Juvenile Challenge (G3) and the
$20,475 Colors of the Alamo Paint Futurity. The meet will run through
Sunday, June 17. A dozen of the meet's stakes will be worth more than
$350,000, including three on the June 15-17 closing weekend.
Headlining the meet are the prestigious $75,000-added Retama Park Futurity
(G1) and $50,000-added Retama Park Derby (G2). The Retama Park Futurity
(G1), a 350-yard race for two-year-olds, is scheduled for Sunday, June
17. The Retama Park Derby (G2), a 400-yard race for three-year-olds, is
scheduled for Saturday, June 16. Trials for the Retama Park Futurity (G1)
will be conducted
on Sunday, June 3. Trials for the Retama Park Derby (G2) will take place
on Saturday, June 2.
Also to be held on Sunday, June 17, will be the Retama Park Junveile
Stakes for two-year-olds going 350 yards. It will have a purse of 10%
of the gross estimated purse of the Retama Park Futurity (G1).
The meet will boast two other graded stakes - the Ford Texas Juvenile
Challenge Finals (G3) and the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (G3).
The $25,000-added Ford Texas Juvenile Challenge Finals, scheduled for
Saturday, May 19, is for two-year-olds going 350 yards. The $25,000-added
Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes, for three year olds and upward
going 440 yards, is slated for Friday, June 15. Trials for the Ford Juvenile
Challenge Finals were be conducted on Friday, May 4, with Eusevio Huitron's
Eyesa Jumpin clocking the fastest qualifying time of :17.672. Other qualifiers
included Pool, Stoli Special, Streak of Gol, Eyewhere, El Indio Pinocho,
Witchs Streak, Lacio Six Shine, Foroucious Jessie, and Runaway Jessy.
Racing Paint horses will have their day in the spotlight on May 18.
Retama’s race card on Friday, May 4 included the trials for the
$7,500-added Colors of the Alamo Paint Futurity, which will be held on
Friday, May 18. The trials and the finals of the race for two-year-old
Paint racers will be contested at a distance of 350 yards. Glen E. Wilkinson's
GW Money Dash was the fastest qualifiier, with a time of :18.460. Other
qualifiers were Shake Em Gunner, Isadoable, Winners Lineage, Jets Jet,
Shake M Baby Shake M, Quick Wrangler, Dollarhide, and Moon Negative.
Racing during the meet will be conducted on Fridays, Saturdays, and
Sundays. First post on Fridays and Saturdays will be 6:45 p.m., and first
post on Sundays will be 5:30 p.m. The only three exceptions will be the
three Saturdays of this year’s three Thoroughbred
Triple Crown races. First post time will be 5:30 p.m. on Kentucky Derby
Day (Saturday, May 5), Preakness Stakes Day (Saturday, May 19), and Belmont
Stakes Day (Saturday, June 9).
General admission is $2.50 and $1.50 for senior citizens 62 and older,
$1 more for the clubhouse; kids 15 and younger or active or retired military
are admitted free.
Promotional events such as 50-Cent Nights, the brainstorm of publicity-marketing
director Doug Vair launched in 1997, keep patrons coming back. There will
be four such Friday nights: May 11, May 25, June 1, and June15. On these
days, admission is free, while soda and programs are 50 cents and hot
dogs and draft beer cost $1. Free activities for kids include pony rides,
a petting zoo, face painting, and clowns.
Regarding a Fall Thoroughbred Meeting, Retama Park's CEO Bryan Brown
will request a 32-day meeting to run from September 7 through November
17 at the next Texas Racing Commission meeting on May 14.
For more information, visit the track’s website at www.retamapark.com.