Retama Park opened for live racing in July. I was finally able to get there for an evening of races this past Friday. I didn't grow up with horses, but watching them run is really remarkable - they are such powerful animals.
Retama is right on I-35, about 7 miles from my house. It's a really nice, if a bit spartan, facility. Well maintained and clean. Most of the food vendors are run by community organizations trying to raise money, so the environment is family friendly.
The price is a bargain, too. Last night admission was $5 per car. Unfortunately I was the only one in my car...
Races run about every 20 minutes, so there's time to walk down to see the horses on display, then walk back and place your bets and get a seat. Or jostle for a place along the fence so you can get a good picture.
Actually, what's cool about being at the track is there are just two low fences that put about 5 feet between you and the track. If you were tall enough, you could just about lean over the first fence and touch a horse when they walk back (during the race they are on the inside of the track - about 20 feet from you). But you can really be quite close to the action if you so choose.