|Front Nine Takes J.R. Straus Memorial
(Friday, August 1, 2003)- The return of live horse racing
to South Texas, boosted by a much sought after Seabiscuit photo/poster
give-away, provided Friday night's crowd of 5,186 with exciting
action and a cherished collector's item. The evening was a great
start to the 2003 Thoroughbred Meeting.
“We are thrilled the night turned out like it did,”
said Retama Park's General Manager Bob Pollock. “Horsemen
responded with full fields of good horses. The racing was competitive,
a bunch of fans turned out and the stake winner is a very nice horse,”
In a thrilling stretch duel, Front Nine hooked 3-5 favorite That
Tat at the ¼ pole and finally surged to the lead inside the
final 200 yards. That Tat reeled off eight straight races with Beyer
Numbers over 100 coming into tonight's feature but was beaten by
Front Nine for the second straight time. Running time for the six
furlongs was a swift 1:09 and 2/5, four ticks off the track record.
Jeremy Beasley rode the winner for trainer Tommy Morgan. It was
Beasley's third win of the night. Beasley is back to ride Retama
Park for the first time since 1998.