11/12/2008 1:00AM

Pollock leaving as Retama GM


Bob Pollock will be leaving his position as general manager of Retama Park when the San Antonio-area track closes out its meet Saturday night. He is moving to Dallas to be closer to his family after spending 14 years at Retama.

“I’m going to miss it a lot,” he said.

Pollock, 67, was a steward at the track during its first two seasons in 1995 and 1996 and then moved into management. Bryan Brown, the chief executive officer at Retama, said there are no plans to name a new general manager. He said Pollock’s duties would be delegated to other staff members at Retama.

“Bob is one of the most wonderful people in the racing industry,” Brown said. “He’s someone who cannot be replaced, so we’re not going to try to.”

Pollock started his career as a racing official in 1968 and spent a number of years working at tracks in Nebraska.

“I hope to stay in racing,” he said.

Retama will not be dark long after Saturday. The track will run 43 of the 65 dates Sam Houston Race Park canceled because of Hurricane Ike in a winter meet that opens Nov. 20.

* Pish heads into the final week of the Retama meet with a two-win lead in the trainer standings. Eguard Tejera has a four-win lead in the rider standings over Steve Bourque.