Retama  Park


Retama ParkRacing Dates: September – November
Max Per Race Payout: US$ 5,000
Main track (dirt): 1 mile, oval
Length of stretch from last turn to finish line: 990 ft
Width of stretch: 110 ft
Turf: 7 furlongs

 

San Antonio’s Retama Park opened in 1995 by equestrian royalty, and brothers, Joseph Jr. and David Straus. The Straus brothers hail from a long line of horse racing aficionados; back in the 1890s, their end-of-century ancestor David Straus organized the first horse races in Texas as the director of the San Antonio fair.

Located in Selma, which is about 20 miles northeast of downtown San Antonio, Texas, Retama Park features both thoroughbred, quarter horse racing and brought pari-mutuel horse racing to the area for the first time since Alamo Downs shut its doors in 1937. It’s a charming track, getting its name from the retama bushes that grow around the grounds, which include a 1 mile dirt oval and a 7 furlong inner turf course. The thoroughbred racing calendar usually runs from September through November, while quarter horses race from June through August.

Some of the more notable races at Retama Park include the El Joven Stakes for colts and geldings and the La Senorita Stakes for fillies. Patrons can also visit the Race Book & Sports Bar, which features large TV screens that broadcast both horse racing and other assorted sports.