Special Headlines Picked as Morning Line Favorite in the $15,000+ TQHA Sires' Cup Stakes at SHRP

(Thursday, August 6, 2009) - Sam Houston Race Park will host the $15,000+ TQHA Sires’ Cup Stakes on Saturday, August 8, 2009. Favored Special Headlines (3-1) looks to stun the crowd after being out of the winner’s circle for a few months. The three-year-old filly, trained by Christian Rubalcava and owned by Raul Rubalcava, visited the winner’s circle most recently in an allowance race run on March 13 at Retama Park.

“She was on a winning streak, then we switched up her distances and she was sitting back in second place for a few races,” commented Rubalcava. “Now we’re back at a distance I think she’s most comfortable with, so we hope to visit the winner’s circle again on Saturday.”

Special Headlines will be ridden by jockey Luis Ramirez, who hasn’t saddled this filly in a stakes race since November 28, 2008.

“My last mount on this filly was a win,” commented Ramirez. “So I’m trying for the repeat.”

The remainder of the 10-horse field going a distance of 400 yards will be BBS First Beduino, Cougar Hendricks, Jess Pick Me, Red Maverick Warrior, Snowy Alibi, Zoomin Winner, Moving Cheval, Racing Streak and Panther Purr.

In addition, to live racing events, The Park will continue to hold the popular Value Day and Party on the Patio in the Fun Zone every Saturday featuring outdoor patio seating on the Pavilion Apron area, live music from We Are Half Nelson, hot food off the grill, $2 draft beer, misting fans and the Verizon Wireless misting tent, washer board games, Wii Guitar Hero challenge, giveaways and more.

The 2009 American Quarter Horse meet at The Park continues with live racing events Thursday, Friday and Saturday through August 29. In addition, the Verizon Wireless Summer Concert Series on the Bud Light stage at The Showgrounds continues in August with a performance from Sublime tribute band Badfish on August 8th! Tickets start at $15. For more information, visit www.theshowgrounds.com.

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