|SHRP Reinstates Two Graded Stakes Races
for the 2009 Quarter Horse Meet
The Texas Quarter Horse Association
(TQHA) has provided additional purse money to Sam Houston Race Park, allowing
The Park to re-instate two graded stakes races to the 2009 American Quarter
Horse meet, which runs through August 29. The money provided by the TQHA
will allow The Park to hold the Governors’ Cup Marathon (G3), an
870-yard race for horses ages three and up, on Friday, August 21; and
the Sam Houston Classic (G2), a 440-yard race for horses ages three and
up, on Saturday, August 22.
The Park announced the elimination of three stakes races from the summer
meet on June 25 in an effort to minimize the purse cut to the overnight
races, as well as noting the adverse affects of Hurricane Ike, which forced
the cancellation of the 2008/2009 Thoroughbred meet.
“Losing any stakes races is extremely difficult, and losing two
graded stakes races was something the TQHA felt was not an option at this
time,” said Rob Werstler, executive director of the TQHA. “Achieving
graded stakes status is becoming increasingly difficult, so we felt it
was imperative to keep races like the Governors’ Cup Marathon and
the Sam Houston Classic. These are important races for the owners and
breeders in Texas.”
“We are very appreciative of the TQHA providing funds so we can
move forward with both of these exciting graded stakes races for our summer
meet,” stated Eric Johnston, Vice President of Racing at Sam Houston
Race Park. “The TQHA continues to work tirelessly to promote racing
and our horsemen so we can keep racing alive and well in Texas.”
The Park will host a special July 4th Celebration beginning Thursday,
July 2 with Dollar Day at The Park, the 15th Anniversary of Vans Warped
Tour along with live racing events and Guys Night Out on Friday, July
2, and live racing along with one of the biggest fireworks events in Houston
on Saturday, July 4.
The Park will host live racing events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday
in July. The 2009 Quarter Horse meet will run through Saturday, August
29. For more information and a complete stakes schedule, visit www.shrp.com.
The Texas Quarter Horse Association began in 1978 and is the largest
American Quarter Horse affiliate. It is located in Austin, Texas and has
a full-time staff of eight that run two divisions: racing and halter &
performance. Current membership is over 2,500 horse enthusiasts.