|Texas Racing Commission Approves Move
of Sam Houston Race Park's 2008/2009 Thoroughbred Dates to Retama Park
The Texas Racing Commission has approved the request to move
Sam Houston Race Park’s Thoroughbred race dates to Retama Park as
a result of damage suffered by the Houston race track from Hurricane Ike
last month. The Texas Racing Commission held a public meeting on October
29 at Sam Houston Race Park and agreed to relocate 43 live racing dates
to Retama Park in San Antonio. The remaining 12 days scheduled for Sam
Houston were cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
“We are extremely disappointed that we had to cancel the Thoroughbred
meet at The Park this winter,” said Andrea Young, Chief Operating
Officer, Sam Houston Race Park. “However, we are proud of efforts
made by the Texas Racing Commission, the horsemen and our counterparts
at Retama to preserve wintertime racing in Texas. We plan to support Retama
in any way possible.”
The additional racing dates will extend Retama’s current meet,
which opened August 29, through February 28, 2009, creating 78 days of
live Thoroughbred racing.
The Park was forced to relocate the 2008/2009 Thoroughbred meet, which
consisted of 65 live racing dates, due to damages sustained by the facility
as a result of Hurricane Ike. The storm’s high winds and rainfall
caused significant damage throughout the property including the facility’s
grandstands, stable areas and the large infield tote board.
Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast on Friday, September
12, 2008. The hurricane forced The Park to end the 2008 American Quarter
Horse meet one week early and suspend simulcast operations for more than
The Park will re-open for live racing events on May 1, 2009, for the
16th American Quarter Horse meet. Later that weekend, The Park will host
its annual Kentucky Derby festivities.
“We look forward to returning to live racing in the spring. We
will return even bigger and better,” Young stated.