09/05/2001 11:00PM

Retama Park


Trainer Gerald Romero, who is winning races at a 45 percent rate in his first season at Retama Park near San Antonio, can pick up his third stakes win of the meet Saturday night with Lost Agenda. Lost Agenda faces six others in the $35,000 Jim Bowie, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds that has also drawn Kris Havingfunnow, whose biggest career win came over the Retama course in last year's $100,000 El Joven.

Romero, who said his horses are responding to the pleasant temperature and peaceful atmosphere at Retama, is excited about Lost Agenda, a half-brother to stakes winner Lost in Paradise.

"He's got a lot of talent," said Romero, who did not race the colt until this year. "He's one of those horses we didn't step on the first part of his career, so we're really looking for him to come on as he gets older."

Lost Agenda won his maiden in his third start last out, taking a one-mile turf race by 2 1/2 lengths on Aug. 10. Leading rider Roman Chapa has the mount Saturday.

Steve Bourque will ride the more seasoned Kris Havingfunnow, who returns to racing with 3-year-olds after finishing fourth against older in the $50,000 Retama Turf Handicap on Aug. 11.

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