Even though the horse owned by Luis Saenz was scratched from it s race because of a last-moment glitch involving the track's new veterinarian, horse racing is alive and well at Retama Park in Selma, near San Antonio.
Saenz had planned to enter his horse in one of the night's races but when he wasn't there to deal with the new track veterinarian in person and only the horse trainer was available, the vet left and couldn't be found once Saenz arrived from Brownsville.
That disappointment was short lived however, after some therapy at the Saltgrass Steak House.
This particular steak house is legendary.The Saltgrass legend goes "back to the 1800s, when millions of Longhorns roamed freely throughout Texas. With the taste for beef becoming a new-found favorite in the North, Texas ranchers prospered as never before."
According to the narrative on the menus, "Each winter the Longhorn were driven to the Texas Gulf Coast to graze on the rich coastal salt grass. And when they headed for market, they followed the legendary Salt Grass Trail, known far and wide for creating the best beef in the Lone Star State."It's hard for the uninitiated to distinguish between the steaks of cattle fed on regular grass or saltgrass, but the steaks were not only big, but tasty when chargrilled by the house's cooks.
We didn't get to see Saenz's pony tear up the track, but the steaks and the talk spiced up the weekend.