Retama Summer Meet Opens with Selma Stakes

The track will offer 16 Quarter Horse stakes during its meet, which runs through September 5.

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Retama Park opens its 2018 live racing season on Friday.

A full field of 10 distaffers has been entered in Friday’s opening-night feature at Retama Park, the 350-yard, $15,000 Selma Stakes.

Sugars First Love, a graded stakes placed 3-year-old daughter of champion Tempting Dash, will be facing older runners for the first time. Trained by Trey Wood for owners Randy and Sandy Coleman, the filly ships in from Remington Park, where she ran second, a half of a length behind winner La Vencedora, in the 350-yard, $218,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) on March 24.

Sugars First Love drew post 9 and will be ridden by Russel Hadley.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Tempting Feefee (Nestor Duran)
First Prize Friend (Victor M. Urieta Jr.)
Marfilous (Juan F. Garcia Jr.)
Shez Just Courageous (Jose R. Herbert)
Jess Iam First Royal (Froylan T. Ramirez)
Moneypenny (Sergio H. Fuentes)
Together To The End (Jose I. Martinez)
Easy Gold Pop (Eliazar Vera)
Sugars First Love (Russel Hadley)
Red Stem (Jerry Lee Yoakum)

The Selma Stakes is the first of 16 Quarter Horse stakes scheduled for the Retama meet, which runs through Wednesday, September 5. The season’s richest stakes, the 350-yard, $100,000-added TQHA Sale Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-olds, will be run Saturday, July 28.

Click here for a complete stakes schedule.

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