|Sam Houston Race Park's 2006/2007 Thoroughbred
Meeting Kicks Off This Friday, November 17
Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred meeting begins on Friday, November
17. The first card of the season drew 102 horses with nine main track
events and a stakes caliber field of turf runners on the Connally Turf
Course in the fourth race.
“We are pleased with the number of horses and quality of our opening
night card,” said Eric Johnston, Sam Houston Race Park racing secretary.
“To draw full fields with just 70% of our stable area filled is
a great way to kick off the meeting.”
Opening weekend continues on Saturday, November 18 with the first stakes
of the season, the $45,000 Houston Chronicle Stakes for 2-year-old fillies
at a distance of six-furlongs on the main track. The nominees include
some talented fillies including Wrenice from the barn of Randy Mayfield.
She made her debut last summer at Lone Star Park, running second in the
$111,330 TTA Sales Futurity and winning the $125,000 Pan Zareta division
of the Texas Stallion Stakes on July 8. The draw for the Houston Chronicle
Stakes will take place on Wednesday, November 15.
Post time for Sunday, November 19 is 5:00 p.m. and live racing will continue
each Thursday - Sunday evening in November, with the exception of Thanksgiving
Day, Thursday, November 23, in which there will be no live racing. Live
racing schedule and post times are as follows:
Friday, November 17 - First live race - 7:00 p.m
Saturday, November 18 - First live race - 7:00 p.m
Sunday, November 19 -First live race - 5:00 p.m
A complete list of racing dates, stakes and the first condition book
is available on the Sam Houston Race Park web site, shrp.com.
Texas Champions Day to be Held at Sam Houston Race Park
Sam Houston Race Park is proud to host Texas Champions Day, powered by
Dodge, a celebration of the most remarkable horses, breeders, owners and
trainers in Texas. The Saturday, December 2 event shines the national
and local spotlight on the most exceptional Thoroughbreds in the Lone
Texas Champions Day will feature eight stakes races and purses of $500,000,
a significant boon to the owners, trainers and jockeys in Texas.
The evening of the Texan experience will begin with a live concert with
The evening of the Texan experience will begin with a live concert with
Rick Trevino. Trevino is well known for super hits such as, “She
Can’t Say I Didn’t Cry,” “Just Enough Rope,”
“I Only Get This Way With You,” and “Honky Tonk Crowd.”
The country artist will perform from 5:00-6:30 p.m. then Patrick Murphy
will provide musical entertainment between each of the ten live races.
Nominations close on November 22 for Texas Champions Day.
Competitive Jockey Colony Shaping Up at Sam Houston Race Park
Three former leading riders, Terry Stanton, Don Simington and John Jacinto,
have mounts on opening night at Sam Houston Race Park. Simington won the
title outright in 1998 and shared the honors with Stanton in 2003. Jacinto,
was the leading jockey here in 2002 and returns to Sam Houston Race Park
after a two year absence when he was riding at Fair Grounds in Louisiana
and Kentucky. They will be joined by Larry Taylor, who was honored as
leading rider in the recently concluded Retama Park Thoroughbred meeting
and Roimes Chirinos, who finished just two wins behind Taylor.
Quincy Hamilton, who has won the title at Sam Houston Race Park for
the past two years, is expected to join the jockey colony here following
the conclusion of the Remington Park meeting on November 28.
Trainer John Locke Scores in the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile
Sam Houston Race Park trainer John Locke had a proud moment on Saturday,
November 11 when Dream of Angels captured the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile
at Calder Race Course. Locke conditioned the colt for owner Pamela Halter,
with his four previous starts taking place at Lone Star Park and Remington
Park. He asked Florida trainer Steve Standridge to saddle Dream of Angels
and sent regular rider, Richard Eramia, to Florida. Dream of Angels ($10.20)
won the seven furlong event in 1:23.77.
“I’ve only had these horses (Dream America and Dream of
Angels) for two weeks so I can’t take any credit here,” said
Standridge. “John Locke (their trainer at Remington and Lone Star)
deserves the credit. I guess they came here because they’re Florida-bred.
These are the first two horses I’ve had for Kevin and Pamela Halter.
I’m very lucky to have gotten two nice horses to keep. He (Dream
of Angels) ran a monster race but I’ll have to give it some thought
as to where he’ll go next. Obviously he’ll fit at Gulfstream.
I’m not necessarily sure two turns are better. I was really impressed
with this race.”
This Snow Is Cold Wins the $300,000 MBNA America Challenge Championships
Runners from Sam Houston Race Park were prominent in the 14th running
of the MBNA America Challenge Championships last Saturday, November 11.
The Championship is the richest program in Quarter Horse racing and was
held at this year at Lone Star Park.
This Snow Is Cold, who won the $115,650 MBNA Texas Challenge Championship
(G1) survived a photo finish in the $301,500 MBNA America Challenge Championship
(G1), winning by a nose over 26-1 longshot WRS Special Shoe. Owned by
Los Ladrilleros Horse Racing Company and trained by Melinda Garcia, This
Snow Is Cold was the only mare in the 10-horse field. Rodrigo Vallejo
rode the talented mare to victory. This Snow Is Cold has won 10 of her
29 career starts and has earned $469,835 in her career. She earned a berth
in the $600,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos on December
Eye Caughtcha Peekin won the $100,000 John Deere Distaff Challenge Championship
(G1 with jockey Jose Alvarez aboard. Trained by Dwayne “Sleepy”
Gilbreath, Eye Caughtcha Peekin has won five of eight starts, including
the John Deere Texas Challenge (G3) at Sam Houston Race Park on July 8.
Strider Man was hustled to the front by jockey Jeff Jerman and captured
the $100,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1). Trained by
Matt Baker, Strider Man is owned by Warner Croft. The homebred colt’s
full brother, My Prince Of Strides, was also entered and finished sixth.
Simulcast Racing, Texans Football and $1 Beer at Sam Houston
There may not be any live horse racing action, but the excitement doesn’t
fall short at Sam Houston Race Park. Patrons may enjoy watching and handicapping
simulcast races from across the nation, while still catching the Houston
The Finish Line Bar, located on the Club Level of the Grandstand, will
feature all the Texans games and offer $1 beer during the game. The Finish
Line Bar is a fully stocked bar with an excellent view, as it overlooks
the track and the Infield lakes.
Join us this Sunday as the Texans take on the Buffalo Bills at noon.
Admission to the park is free for VIP Club members and just $3 for others.
To become a VIP Club member, visit The Player’s Lounge or call Troy
Lawrence at 281-807-8801.
November VIP Specials at Sam Houston Race Park
November is a great month for the members of the VIP Club at Sam Houston
Race Park. Members will enjoy the special dining offers this month. On
Saturday, Saturday, November 25, complimentary Shipley Donuts and coffee
will be available in Paddock Central from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
A welcome back dinner will also be hosted for all VIP Club members on
Sunday, November 19 to celebrate the first weekend of live Thoroughbred
racing. Members will also receive $2 off on Steak Night, which will be
held in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant on Sundays.
Also, every Thursday, members may take advantage of a free betting carrel
in the Player’s Lounge. There are many great incentives for joining
the VIP Club, including the VIP point-earning program. For swiping the
VIP card, members earn player points for a free dinner in the Winner’s
Circle Restaurant, complimentary Box Seats and many other great rewards.
To become a VIP Club member, visit the Players Lounge located at the
North end of the Grandstand on the Paddock Level. For more information
about the benefits of the VIP Club stop by the Players Lounge or call
Simulcasting this Weekend at Sam Houston Race Park
Racing this weekend at Hollywood Park will shine the spotlight on 2-year-olds.
The colts get first crack on Saturday with the Grade 3 $100,000 Hollywood
Prevue Stakes. Dilemma, trained by Paddy Gallagher, will be looking for
his third straight win following a maiden win and a win in the Sunny Slope
Stakes. The fillies get their turn on Sunday with the $100,000 Moccasin
Stakes headlined by Belgravia, Berriestoheaven, and Tizthen.
Churchill Downs in Kentucky will present the Grade 2 $150,000 Mrs. Revere
Stakes on Saturday for 3-year-old fillies. There is also a graded race
at Aqueduct being run on Saturday, the Grade 3 $100,000-added Stuyvesant
Handicap for 3-year-olds and up.
For a complete list of simulcast tracks and post times, visit shrp.com
or call (281) 807-8740.