||Sam Houston Race Park to Host Texas Champions
Day on Saturday, December 1
Sam Houston Race Park, with the
support and cooperation of the Texas Thoroughbred Association, will host
Texas Champions Day, a Live Thoroughbred Racing event with a Texas theme,
on Saturday, December 1, 2007. The event will also live entertainment
and a performance by “2004 Best Country Singer in Houston”
winner Mignon Grabois.
The Park will host a special pre-racing handicapping seminar featuring
track announcer Michael Chamberlain, the Houston Chronicle’s Martha
Claussen and Daily Racing Form correspondent Mary Rampellini.
A “$2,500 Texas Champions Day Online/At the Track Handicapping
Contest” invites guests to try their hand at handicapping our 8
stakes races on Saturday, December 1, 2007. Contestants will be asked
to make win, place and show selections on the 8 stakes races: the “Star
of Texas Stakes,” the “Martanza Stakes,” the “Richard
King Stakes,” the “San Jacinto Stakes,” the “Spirit
of Texas Stakes,” the “Yellow Rose Stakes,” the “Groovy
Stakes,” and the “Bara Lass Stakes.” The guest with
the highest cumulative net total from the above races based on an assumed
$2 win, place and show wager will be declared the winner of the contest.
Patrons entering the park after 5 p.m. will receive a free commemorative
event t-shirt on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event is open to
patrons of all ages. Tickets are available for $4 for adults, $2 for Senior
Citizens and children under 12 are FREE. Texas Champions Day is presented
by Woodford Reserve and Dodge. For more information visit www.shrp.com
or call 281.807.8760.
Draw for Texas Champions Day Set for Wednesday
The draw for Texas Champions Day will take place on Wednesday, November
28. This showcase event featuring eight stakes races and purses of $500,000
will take place on Saturday, December 1, 2007. with post time set for
There will be eight stakes races on the Texas Champions Day card, written
for accredited Texas-breds with purses underwritten by the Texas Thoroughbred
Association (TTA) and Sam Houston Race Park. The stakes races are as follows:
- Star of Texas Stakes $100,000 3YO&up 1 1/16 miles
- Martanza Stakes $75,000 FM3YO&up 1 mile
- Richard King Handicap $50,000 3YO&up 1 1/8 miles (t)
- San Jacinto Stakes $50,000 FM3YO&up 1 1/16 miles (t)
- Spirit of Texas Stakes $50,000 3YO&up 6 furlongs
- Yellow Rose Stakes $50,000 FM3YO&up 6 furlongs
- Groovy Stakes $50,000 2YO 7furlongs
- Bara Lass Stakes $50,000 F2YO 7 furlongs
Defending Champions Nominated for Texas Champions Day Stakes
Several defending champions have been nominated for Texas Champions Day.
Sandburr, owned by Feel The Thunder Stable and trained by Michael Stidham,
will defend his title in the $100,000 Star of Texas Stakes. The 8-year-old
gelding made six starts in 2007, winning two stakes, including the $50,000
Premiere Stakes last April at Lone Star Park. Sweet Idea, who scored a
seven-length win in the $75,000 Martanza Stakes, will return, according
to trainer Bret Calhoun. The 4-year-old filly, owned by Barnett Stables
LLC captured the $50,000 Allen Bogan Memorial Stakes on July 7 at Lone
Star Park and made her last two starts on the turf at Remington Park.
Both winners of the $50,000 San Jacinto Stakes, Tunnel Time and Wild Encounter,
have been nominated for this year’s edition of the mile and one-sixteenth
turf stakes. The two finished in a dead-heat in the 2006 San Jacinto Stakes.
Tunnel Time is owned and trained by Charles Hukill and Wild Encounter
is conditioned by Michelle Lovell for Lucas Downs, Ltd. and Agave Racing
Stable. Northern Scene, owned by Don Eberts and trained by Morris Nicks,
will defend his title in the other turf race on the Texas Champions Day
card, the $50,000 Richard King Stakes.
Finally, Mystery Classic, winner of the $50,000 Spirit of Texas Stakes,
will put a four-race win streak on the line as he goes to the gate in
the six furlong sprint. The 4-year-old son of Mystery Storm is owned by
John L. Pierce II and trained by Robert Schultz. He has been undefeated
since June 4, winning stakes at Lone Star Park, Remington Park and Retama
Jockey, Trainer and Owner Standings
Sam Houston Race Park kicked off its 2007/2008 Thoroughbred meeting on
Friday, November 23. Larry Taylor, who was the leading rider here last
season, won four races over opening weekend. He is tied with Jorge Guzman
for the lead in the jockey standings following the first three days of
Danny Pish, who was the leading trainer at Sam Houston Race Park for
the past two years, won three races last weekend and shares the lead with
H. B. Johnson and Michelle Lovell. Steve Asmussen captured the first stakes
of the meeting as Deputy Dance won the $25,000 Bountiful Harvest Stakes
on Saturday night.
H. B. Johnson and Griffon Farms share the lead in the owner standings
with two wins each in the first three days of the meeting.
Inaugural New Year’s Eve Zoom & Boom Celebration
Sam Houston Race Park invites Houstonians to ring in 2008 in style at
the inaugural New Year’s Eve Zoom & Boom Celebration on Monday,
December 31, 2007. Guests are invited to “come-as-you-are”
with boots and jeans casual attire for a night of Thoroughbred racing,
live entertainment featuring dance music from the 70s, 80s and more, champagne
toast along with one of the largest firework displays in town! Ticket
packages include reserved seating for racing, racing program, buffet dinner
by award winning Executive Chef Francis Walters, special New Year’s
party favors, commemorative champagne flute and more! The event will also
feature K-Hits & 106.9 The Point DJs and KRIV Fox 26 personalities
counting down to 2008. Ticket packages start at $15 per person. For more
information visit www.shrp.com or call
Other Racing Information
The northwest Houston racetrack will host a special live race card on
Monday, December 31, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. The 2007/2008 Thoroughbred meeting
will continue though Saturday, April 5, 2008.
A complete list of racing dates and stakes is available on the Sam Houston
Race Park web site, shrp.com. Horsemen can obtain the first condition
book by calling the racing office at 1-800-807-RACE or online on the Sam
Houston Race Park web site at www.shrp.com.
VIP Club December Specials Offered at Sam Houston Race Park
Simulcast action continues seven days a week during live racing. Sam
Houston Race Park provides great offers and benefits for our VIP Club
members. Promotions for the month of December- include:
December 13th and 23rd, Guys Night Out: It’s Guys Night
Out at Sam Houston Race Park! Come out to see your favorite NFL games
on the big screen and enjoy our Guys Night Out NFL Package this Thursday,
November 29, 2007, for the Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys Game at
7:15 p.m. Come back and enjoy your Houston Texans as they take on the
Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, December 23, 2007. Catch the game and also
enjoy live Thoroughbred racing and food & drink specials for the evening.
Tickets for the evening are $15 per person and include Park admission,
counter seat, racing program and food and beverage. For more information,
December 31st at SHRP: All VIP members will enjoy a 20% Discount
on all New Years Eve packages. For more information regarding packages,
All contest rules can be found on www.shrp.com.
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 VIP Club visit the Players Lounge or call 281-807-8278.