Opening Day for the Live Racing Season is Thursday, June 27

SAN ANTONIO, TX –The 2024 Retama Park Quarter Horse live racing season will commence on Thursday, June 27, 2024, with live racing set for Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 6:30 pm (Central). The 23-day meet will conclude on Saturday, August 17.

A total of 24 stakes will be contested, highlighted by the $200,000-added Texas Quarter Horse Sale (TQHA) Futurity on Saturday, July 27. Last year, Dollar Bill, owned by Celeste Martinez, won the $700,000 TQHA Sale Futurity(RG1), which was the richest race run since the opening of the Selma, Texas racetrack in 1995. A very strong group of 3-year-olds made for an exciting edition of the $208,900 Retama Park Derby with Tic It to the Dance delivering a standout performance for his Texas owner Jose Ruiz, Jr.

Stall applications for the upcoming Retama Park Quarter Horse meet are due by Friday, May 17. The forms are available in the Retama Park racing office or can be downloaded on the Horsemen page on the track’s website. The racing office is under the direction of Mike Acton, Retama Park’s Racing Secretary, who can be reached at [email protected] or (405)886-6168. The complete schedule of racing dates, post times and promotions can be found on 


2024 Retama Park Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule


Thursday, June 27

$40,000 The Silver Bullet Stakes* 3YO, 330 yards

$40,000 La Villita Stakes* 3 YO Fillies, 330 yards

Friday, June 28

$40,000 Tower of the America Stakes 3 YO & up, 550 yards

$40,000 Selma Stakes 3 YO & up F&M, 350 yards


Saturday, June 29

$60,000 King William Stakes (G3) 3 YO & up, 350 yards

$40,000 San Marcos Stakes 3 YO & up, 870 yards


Friday, July 12

$30,000-added Firecracker Sprint 3 YO, Six furlongs

$30,000-added Firecracker Distaff 3 YO Fillies, six furlongs


Friday, July 26

$50,000-added TQHA”550” Stakes(RG3)*  3 YO & up, 550 yards

$30,000-added Jones Bloodstock Starter S.* 3 YO & up, 350 yards

$50,000-added Miss Retama Stakes* 3 YO & up F&M, 350 yards

$50,000-added TQHA Sophomore Stakes* 3 YO & up, 400 yards

$50,000-added Benny Pennington Memorial (RG2)* 3 YO & up, 870 yards

$60,000-added TQHA Classic Stakes(RG3)* 3 YO & up, 400 yards

$50,000-added TQHA “250” Stakes*  3 YO & up, 250 yards


Saturday, July 27

$200,000-added TQHA Sale Futurity (RG1) 2 YO, 550 yards

$100,000-added Retama Park Derby 3 YO, 400 yards


Friday, August 16

$35,000-added Texas Arabian Oaks(G3) 3&4 YO Arabian F&M,1 mile

$35,000-added Texas Arabian Derby (G2) 3&4 YO Arabian,1 & 1/16th mile


Saturday, August 17

$50,000-added Sires Cup Derby 3 YO, 400 yards

$75,000-added Sires’ Cup Futurity (RG2) 2 YO, 350 yards

$50,000-added Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G3) 3 YO & up, 440 yards

$35,000-added Colors of the Alamo Paint and Appaloosa Futurity 2 YO, 350 yards

$20,000-added Colors of the Alamo Paint and Appaloosa Maturity 3 YO & up, 350 yards


*Accredited Texas-breds



Retama Park Quarter Horse Trial Dates

Wednesday, July 3

Retama Park Derby Trials


Friday, July 4 & Saturday, July 5

TQHA Sale Futurity Trials


Thursday, August 1

Colors of the Alamo Paint & Appaloosa Trials


Friday, August 2

Sires' Cup Futurity Trials


Saturday, August 3

Sires' Cup Derby Trials



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