Horseracing

Retama Park Horseracing

Retama Park is a thoroughbred and quarter horseracing facility in Selma, Texas with two tracks.

It hosts some of the Lone Star state's most prestigious racing stakes, including:

  • the Texas Stallion Stakes
  • Ketel One El Joven Stakes
  • La Señorita Stakes
  • Retama Turf Breeders Cup
  • New Braunfels Stakes
  • the Texas Hall of Fame Stakes.

Retama Park Facts

  • Main Track: One mile, oval
  • Turf Course: Seven furlongs, oval
  • Distance from last turn to finish line: 990 feet

Retama Park Records

Thoroughbred
DIST HORSE AGE WGT TIME DATE
2 1/2 furlongs Texas Hope 3 107 28.20 June 28, 1998
4 1/2 furlongs Raise a Tab 3 117 51.06 Aug. 1, 1998
5 furlongs Teed Off 4 115 56.20 Aug. 20, 2000
5 furlongs (Turf) Fearless Peer 7 123 56.00 Oct. 10, 2001
5 1/2 furlongs Bailando 5 122 1:02.90 May 13, 1995
6 furlongs Bucharest 5 117 1:08.82 May 10, 1995
6 1/2 furlongs Heavily Armed 5 123 1:15.30 Aug. 30, 1997
7 furlongs Bucharest 5 120 1:22.05 May 24, 1995
7 1/2 furlongs (Turf) Call Me Wild 6 122 1:28.43 Sept. 17, 1995
1 mile Mr. Pappion 7 120 1:36.90 May 11, 1995
1 mile (Turf) Eagle Lake 5 122 1:34.54 Oct. 4, 2003
1 1/16 miles Heavily Armed 5 120 1:43.20 Sept. 20, 1997
1 1/16 miles (Turf) Fly Slama Jama 5 115 1:40.79 Oct. 4, 2003
1 1/8 miles Fletcher's Pride 5 116 1:51.43 Aug. 14, 1998
1 1/8 miles (Turf) Untraceable 5 115 1:48.13 Aug. 10, 1996
1 1/4 miles Call Me Wild 6 120 2:04.01 Sept. 3, 1995
1 5/16 miles Opening Remark 7 114 2:13.99 Sept. 5, 1996
1 3/8 miles (Turf) Point Click 4 119 2:18.09 Oct. 18, 2003
1 13/16 miles (Turf) Misting Rain 8 115 3:13.22 Sept. 28, 1996

Quarter Horse
DIST HORSE AGE WGT TIME DATE
250 Yards Arose for Jody 3 122 13.44 June 2, 2001
300 Yards Bedazzlement 4 122 15.68 May 23, 1999
330 Yards Roses Down 3 122 16.92 April 21, 2002
350 Yards Thru Rebas Eyes 4 125 17.61 April 28, 2002
400 Yards Shaky Embrujo 6 124 19.77 June 6, 2003
440 Yards Fearless Freda 3 122 21.44 Nov. 29, 1996
550 Yards Brasis 3 120 27.11 Nov. 11, 1995
870 Yards Windville 4 120 44.76 Nov. 16, 1996

History of Retama Park

1995

  • On April 7, Retama Park opened for its inaugural season of racing.
  • On May 27, the Twin Trifecta wager was offered for the first time at Retama Park.
  • On September 25, the first quarter horse meet opened.
  • On September 29, the Superfecta wager was offered for the first time at Retama Park.

1996

  • On June 8, the track opened for its second year of live racing.
  • On August 8, Retama Park released plans to remain open as a training center when not open for live racing.
  • On November 29, the track completed its second year of live racing, posting dramatic increases in total wagering and per capita wagering.

1997

  • On May 9, the third racing season began with Retama Park's first mixed meet.
  • The amount of money wagered for the year increased by 17% over the previous season.

1998

  • On May 1, the mixed meet began.
  • On June 28, figures for the mixed meet showed that the average handle on Retama Park's races (from all sources) increased 37% over the previous season; average nightly handle is $378,597 compared to $277,158 the previous year.
  • On October 16, $1,825,000 was wagered on Retama Park's live racing, the highest amount ever.
  • On October 19, the average nightly handle of $1,049,693 during the 1998 thoroughbred meet was an all-time Retama Park meet record. Attendance for the season was up 12% and the handle was up 24%.

1999

  • On February 16, ambitious expansion plans were announced including a plush "Players Club" for Turf and Field Club members.
  • On April 23, the mixed meet began and the Players Club opened.
  • The record for Total Handle on Retama Park's live racing was broken on the day of the 131st Belmont Stakes. $919,733 was wagered on Retama Park's live racing while $223,308 was wagered on the Belmont Stakes, the most that has been bet on a single race at Retama Park.
  • On October 22, the final Friday of live thoroughbred racing set a new handle record. Over $2 million from all sources was bet on the 11 race card.
  • On October 24, the season ended with an 8% increase in handle and a 7% increase in attendance. The total season attendance was 155,285, up from 140,285 the previous year. The total combined handle was $56,851,357 compared to the 1998 figure of $51,434,971.

2000

  • On January 31, fans wagered $6,454,526, which was $1.2 million over the revenue reportedin the same month the previous year.
  • The 2000 mixed meet was the most successful in Retama Park's history. Compared to 1999, attendance was up 9.3%; live handle was up 4.5% and total average handle ($581,147) was up 5.5%.


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