08/06/2008 12:00AM

Retama hall to induct four owner-breeders


The late Dorothy Scharbauer, who co-owned Alysheba, the 1988 Horse of the Year, is one of four owners and breeders who will be inducted into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Retama Park near San Antonio on Oct. 4. The other inductees are Bill Allen, Bobby D. Cox, and Joe Straus Jr.

Allen led the Black Chip Stables partnership that raced Wild Again, upset winner of the inaugural Breeders' Cup Classic in 1984. He has long ties to Texas, and put together the current management team at Retama.

Cox is a top owner and breeder of Quarter Horses. He has bred 28 stakes winners who have earned $7.9 million.

Straus, a leader in the passage of parimutuel racing in Texas, co-founded Retama. He is a longtime breeder and owner.

Also during the ceremony, Mary Ruyle, the business manager of the Texas Thoroughbred Association, will be honored with the Joann Weber Distinguished Service Award. She has been with the TTA since 1988.

The gala begins at 4 p.m. Central. Following the inductions, Retama will run six restricted stakes worth a cumulative $500,000. The program is led by the $100,000 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes.