Retama Park Meet Opens with Large Fields, Wagering Exceeding Projections

(Selma, Texas - September 7, 2010) - Retama Park opened its 2010 Thoroughbred meet on Friday, September 3 to full fields and wagering that exceded the track's projections. The eight-week meet will feature live racing every Friday and Saturday night through October 23, with a first post time of 6:45 p.m. each night. Races will also be shown on TVG.

A total of 92 horses were entered for the nine-race opening night card conducted on Friday, September 3. Saturday's nine-race card drew 99 entries, and 102 horses were entered to run in the nine races this coming Friday, September 10.

According to Retama Racing Secretary James Leatherman, "It was gratifying to see the horsemen enter so many horses."

The meet will feature an $80,000 per night purse structure and be highlighted by the $75,000 El Joven Stakes for two-year-old colts and geldings and the $75,000 M2 Technology La Senorita Stakes for two-year-old fillies on October 23 and two divisions of the $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes for two-year-olds on September 25.

Every Saturday night of the meet will feature Retama's popular 50 Cent Saturday, which includes free admission for everyone, dramatically reduced concesssion prices, and great free activities like pony rides, a petting zoo, face painters, and clowns.

Retama Park CEO Bryan Brown told the Daily Racing Form, "We just can't say how pleased we are some of the top trainers in the state are going to be here and have the confidence in us to bring their horses. We're happy that even though it's a such a short meet, they made the decision to come to Retama. It's going to be a quick but fun meet that I think people will enjoy. Half of our nights are going to be our family nights."

In addition to the 50 Cent Saturdays, the meet will feature reduced 12 percent takeout on both pick threes and doubles.

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