||Sam Houston Race Park Sets New Handle
Record with November 6 MBNA America Challenge Championships
Sam Houston Race Park hosted the 12th running of the MBNA America Challenge
Championships on Saturday, November 6. The crowd of 9,069 enjoyed the
six Championship stakes races, and racing fans here and across the country
helped to set a new live handle record for Sam Houston as a total of $1,335,862
was wagered on the ten live races.
The previous record of $1,138,394 was set on Friday, September 1, 2000.
The northwest Houston racetrack also surpassed its previous all-source
handle record of $1,631,524 set on September 1, 2000. With wagering still
taking place on Los Alamitos, officials reported Sam Houston Race Park
handled a total of $1,815,798.
"We knew that hosting this prestigious event would be great for
our racetrack and Quarter Horse fans here and across the country,"
said Robert L. Bork, president and general manager of Sam Houston Race
Park. "The success of this evening would not have been possible without
the support of our friends at the American Quarter Horse Association.
We are thrilled that this exciting night of racing also produced the highest
Quarter Horse handle in the history of our racetrack."
November 6 was the final night of the 2004 American Quarter Horse meeting
at Sam Houston Race Park. Live Thoroughbred racing resumes on Wednesday,
November 17 and will continue through Sunday, April 10, 2005.