June 16, 2024

Retama Park Reopens with Updated Live Racing Schedule Following Power Outage

Horse racing enthusiasts can rejoice as Retama Park announces the return of live racing after facing a temporary setback due to a critical power outage. The Executive Director of the Texas Racing Commission has approved an updated live racing schedule for Retama Park, allowing the Class 1 horse racetrack to resume operations from July 19, 2023, through September 2, 2023. This news brings excitement to both horse racing enthusiasts and the San Antonio community.

The power outage, which occurred on Friday, June 29, forced Retama Park to cancel evening horse races and subsequent races scheduled for the following day. This incident shed light on the challenges the park has been facing in ensuring compliance with the Texas Racing Act and Texas Rules of Racing.

In response to the power outage, Amy F. Cook, Executive Director of the Texas Racing Commission, expressed gratitude to the Texas Department of Insurance, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for their assistance in reviewing compliance documents and conducting an independent safety inspection on July 17, 2023.

Following the outage, Cook issued a notice of unsafe conditions and a list of necessary improvements that Retama Park management needed to address before resuming live racing. Recognizing the importance of the Texas Quarter Horse meet to the horseracing industry, Cook emphasized the significance of safety in the facilities where the races take place. She expressed confidence in Penn Entertainment, the racetrack association managing Retama Park, stating their commitment to compliance with the Texas Racing Act and the safety of both the betting public and racing industry participants.

While Retama Park has taken steps to address safety concerns, the Class 1 Racetrack license is scheduled for its regular five-year license review at the upcoming public Commission meeting on August 16, 2023. This review ensures ongoing compliance with regulations and further underscores the commitment to maintaining the highest standards of safety and integrity within the industry.

Horse racing enthusiasts and the public eagerly anticipate the return of live racing at Retama Park. The updated schedule allows for an exciting lineup of races, providing an immersive and thrilling experience for spectators. The reopening of Retama Park signifies a new chapter for horse racing in the region, offering an opportunity for fans to come together, cheer on their favorite horses, and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

For more information about the Texas Racing Commission’s meetings and other activities, please visit their official website at https://www.txrc.texas.gov/commissionmeetings. Stay tuned for the upcoming races at Retama Park and immerse yourself in the exhilarating world of horse racing.


‼️ Racing Resumes at Retama – Wednesday, July 19 – first race 6:15pm

Posted by Retama Park Race Track on Tuesday, July 18, 2023