Retama Park's 2008 Thoroughbred Meet Opens Friday, August 29

Retama Park near San Antonio kicks off its 2008 Thoroughbred meet on Friday, August 29, with 35 days of live racing on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, November 15. Post time will be 6:45 p.m. each day with the exceptions of Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 to accommodate simulcasting the running of the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Post time on Saturday, October 25 will be 5:00 p.m., and post time on Friday, October 24 has not yet been determined.

Topping the stakes schedule are the traditional rich turf stakes for two-year-olds - the $100,000-guaranteed SKYY El Joven Stakes for colts and geldings and the $100,000-guaranteed M2 Technology La Senorita Stakes for fillies, both going one mile on the grass on Saturday, November 1.

The other traditionally biggest night of the meet, Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Night, will be held on Saturday, October 4. The evening will include the 2008 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Gala and Ceremony, as well as six Thoroughbred stakes
races and one Arabian stakes race.

Topping the list of races for the night are the $100,000-guaranteed Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes for Texas-breds,
three and up, going 1 1/16 miles on the turf, as well as the $125,000-guaranteed My Dandy Texas Stallion Stakes and the $125,000-guaranteed Darby’s Daughter Texas Stallion Stakes, both at six furlongs for Texas-bred two-year-old colts and geldings or fillies, respectively. Total purses for the evening will exceed $500,000.

Back for the meet are Retama’s 50 Cent Nights, a popular promotional event that has routinely resulted in drawing sizeable crowds to the track. This season’s 50 Cent Nights are scheduled for: Sat., Aug, 30, Sat., Sept. 6, Sat., Sept. 13, Sat., Sept. 20, Sat., Sept. 27, Sat., Oct. 4, Sat., Oct. 18, Sat., Nov. 1, Sat., Nov. 8, Fri., Nov. 14, and Sat., Nov. 15. Retama’s 50 Cent Nights
feature free admission, 50 cent programs, 50 cent sodas, $1 draft beer, $1 hot dogs, and free kids activities.

General admission is $2.50 for adults, with clubhouse admission an additional $1.00 and clubhouse reserved seats an additional $3.00. Grandstand box seats are $8.00 daily ($2.00 per seat, two seat minimum), and clubhouse box seats (including air conditioning and a TV monitor) are $20.00 daily ($5.00 per seat, two seat minimum, but $10.00 per seat on Breeders’ Cup Day.
For clubhouse or grandstand box seats and terrace dining reservations, call (210) 651-7100.

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