SELMA, TX – The Texas Racing Commission (TXRC) has approved the 2023 Retama Park Quarter Horse season to resume racing on Wednesday, July 19. Live racing will take place Wednesday - Saturday evenings through Saturday, September 2, with the exception of the following dates: August 12 and August 23 - 26. Post time will be 6:15 pm (Central).

The live meet got underway on Thursday, June 29, but a power outage forced the cancellation of the final four races and live racing was temporarily suspended through July14, allowing the racetrack to make necessary repairs and adjustments requested by the Commission. Retama Park worked cooperatively with the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership, Texas Quarter Horse Association and the TXRC to address and bring the track back into compliance with the Texas Rules of Racing.

“We fully understand the concerns of the Commission and have worked diligently to prepare for the resumption of live racing,” said Bryan Pettigrew, Vice President and General Manager of Texas Racing Operations. “The safety of our horses, jockeys, horsemen, employees and fans is of paramount importance, and we look forward to hosting a successful live racing season at Retama Park,” he added.

Revised Stakes Schedule for the 2023 Retama Park Quarter Horse Meet
Here is the revised stakes schedule for the 23-day live racing season at Retama Park. The racing office is under the direction of racing secretary Mike Acton;; Phone:210-651-7043.

Retama Park Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule    
Friday, July 28    
$50,000-added TQHA”550” Stakes (RG3)* 3 YO & up 550 yards
$30,000-added Jones Bloodstock Starter S. (RG3)* 3 YO & up 350 yards
$50,000-added Miss Retama Stakes* 3 YO & up F&M 400 yards
$50,000-added TQHA Sales Sophomore Stakes* 3 YO & up 400 yards
$50,000-added Benny Pennington Memorial S.* 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

Thursday, August 3    
$15,000-added Firecracker Sprint (Arabians) 3 YO 5 ½ furlongs
$15,000-added Firecracker Distaff (Arabians) 3 YO Fillies 5 ½ furlongs
Saturday, August 5    
$200,000-added TQHA Sale Futurity (RG1)
Estimated final purse $695,000
2 YO 350 yards
$100,000-added Retama Park Derby
Estimate final purse $175,000
3 YO 400 yards
Friday, August 11    
$50,000-added Bank of America TX Challenge 3 YO & up 440 yards
Friday, August 18    
$30,000-added Arabian Oaks (Grade III) 3 & 4 YO F&M 1 mile
$30,000-added Arabian Derby (Grade III) 3 & 4 YO 1 1/16 miles
Saturday, August 19    
$50,000-added Sires Cup Derby 3 YO 350 yards
$75,000-added Sires’ Cup Futurity (RG3) 2 YO 350 yards
$35,000-added Colors of the Alamo Paint and Appaloosa Futurity 2 YO 350 yards
$20,000-added Colors of the Wind Paint and Appaloosa Stakes 3 YO & up 350 yards
Friday, September 1    
$40,000 The Friendship Stakes* 3 YO 330 yards
$40,000 La Villita Stakes* 3 YO Fillies 330 yards
Saturday, September 2    
$40,000 King William Stakes 3 YO & up 350 yards
$40,000 Tower of the America Stakes 3 YO & up 550 yards
$40,000 Selma Stakes 3 YO & up F&M 350 yards
$40,000 San Marcos Stakes 3 YO & up 870 yards
*Accredited Texas-Breds    

Retama Park Quarter Horse Trial Dates  
Thursday, July 20 Retama Park Derby Trials
Bank of America Texas Challenge Trials
Friday, July 21 & Saturday, July 22 TQHA Sale Futurity Trials
Thursday, August 3 Colors of the Alamo Paint & Appaloosa Trials
Friday, August 4 Sires’ Cup Futurity Trials
Saturday, August 5 Sires’ Cup Derby Trials

Retama Park Quarter Horse Trial Dates

About Retama Park
Retama Park is a Class 1 pari-mutuel horse racetrack located in Selma, Texas, just 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio. Live Quarter Horse races take place each summer, while simulcast wagering and races from around the world are shown daily. Managed by Penn Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ – PENN), Retama Park opened in 1995 and will host its 28th year of operation from July 19 to September 2, 2023. For more information and racing schedules, please visit follow on: FacebookInstagramTwitter, TikTok and YouTube.


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