|Texas Sixes Fastest Qualifier in the $63,880 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby at SHRP
(August 9, 2006) - Saturday’s feature will be the
finals of the $63,880 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby. Texas Sixes,
trained by Judd Kearl and ridden by James Brooks was the fastest
qualifier, crossing the wire of his 400-yard trial in :20.084. Owned
and bred by Jerry Windham, the sorrel colt qualified for the 2005
Rainbow Futurity, finished sixth in the Ruidoso Downs stakes. This
was his first win of 2006, but Kearl acknowledged that he had a
tough campaign in 2005.
“I’ve just had him for about a month,” said
Kearl. “He has talent; he won the Ruidoso Juvenile last June.
Good 2-year-olds will run well as 3-year-olds; you just have to
keep them fresh and happy.”
The Friday evening card at Sam Houston Race Park will include four
trials for the $115,519 Dixie Stallion Stakes Futurity.
Benefit Golf Tournament for the Racetrack Chaplaincy Set
for Monday, August 28
The Racetrack Chaplaincy of America-Sam Houston Race Park will
host a Benefit Golf Tournament on Monday, August 28, 2004 at Longwood
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Sam Houston Race Park’s
Chaplaincy program. The northwest Houston racetrack is one of the
many racetracks across the country that benefit from the Racetrack
Chaplaincy of America.This non-profit organization is instrumental
in offering assistance and many programs to the horsemen, grooms,
jockeys and other individuals who make their living in racing.
“Many people in this industry have needs just like everyone
else,” said track chaplain John Shumaker. “We do our
best to help all of those people in need. Not just with clothing
and food, but also with spiritual and emotional needs. Our golf
tournament is an excellent way to raise needed funds while enjoying
a round of golf at one of Houston’s finest golf courses.”
Sign in for the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America - Sam Houston Race
Park golf tournament gets underway at 8:30 a.m. The Shotgun Start
begins at 10:00 a.m. Entry fee is $75 per player and will include
golf, catered lunch and a goodie bag. Longwood Golf Club is located
at 13300 Longwood Trace in northwest Houston.
For additional information, or to enter the tournament, call Chaplain
John Shumaker at (281) 807-7236.
Sam Houston Race Park Jockey, Trainer and Owner Standings
James Brooks has regained his lead in the jockey standings after
making four trips to the winner’s circle last weekend. Brooks
has a total of 31 wins and $229,442 in earnings. Rodrigo Vallejo
did not ride last week, but did not fall far in the standings, following
closely in second place with 30 wins. Jeff Jerman is still ranked
third in the standings with a total of 21 victories and $118,014
in earnings. Alfonso Lujan currently has the highest earnings with
$258,548 and is in fourth place with 18 wins. Luis Ramirez rounds
out the top five with 13 wins.
Judd Kearl continues his first-place position in the trainer standings,
now with 17 wins after saddling four winners last week. Janet Van
Bebber, who has been the leading trainer at Sam Houston Race Park
for the past five years, is three wins behind with 14 victories.
Thanks to the victory of Snowy Alibi in the $343,305 TQHA Sale Futurity,
Van Bebber leads all trainers with earnings of $271,268. Dave Correll
moved into third place with an impressive showing last weekend.
Correll and his first call rider, Jose Vega went three-for-three
on the Sunday afternoon card. Team Correll-Vega won the fourth race
with Chrome Features ($12.20); the sixth race with Fast Tar Bay
Bee ($4.00) and a score by Highfalutin Maid ($23.00) in the eighth
race. Toby Keeton dropped to fourth place with eight wins and is
closely followed by Alex Villarreal, who has a total of seven wins.
Owners Warner Croft ,J.C. Wells and Los Ladrilleros Horse Racing
Co. are in a tie in the owner standings with five victories each.
D.D. Lightsey and Bob Weik have four wins but D.D. Lightsey remains
the leading owner in earnings with $136,424.
Daily Racing Form/NTRA Championship Qualifier Set for Saturday,
September 23, 2006 at Sam Houston Race Park
Sam Houston Race Park will host its seventh annual Daily Racing
Form/NTRA Championship Qualifier on Saturday, September 23, 2006.
The contest is open to all racing fans, 21 years of age or older
but limited to the first 200 entries (two entries per person max).
The top three finalists will win a trip to compete at Bally’s
- Las Vegas for the 2007 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping
The contest fee is $200 and includes a seat on the Club level
of the Sam Houston Race Park Grandstand, a continental breakfast,
a contest program, a complimentary buffet lunch and a Sam Houston
Race Park gift.
Contestants will be required to make mythical $2.00 win and place
wagers on 20 races throughout the day. Ten races will be designated
as mandatory by Sam Houston Race Park with the remaining ten to
be chosen by the participants. The individual winner will be determined
by the highest bankroll from all $2.00 win and place bets at the
end of the day. First place will receive $10,000, second place finisher
will be awarded $6,000, $3,000 for third place, $2,000 for fourth
place and $1,000 for fifth place. Participants who finish sixth
through fifteenth place, will receive $300 each.
The three top finishers will represent Sam Houston Race Park in
the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship on
January 26-27 and receive complimentary entry into the finals, roundtrip
airfare to Las Vegas and three nights hotel accommodations. A total
of over $500,000 in cash prizes will be distributed in the Daily
Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, the largest
total purse in the eight-year history of the event.
For further information regarding the Daily Racing Form/NTRA Handicapping
Qualifier on Saturday, September 23, please call Troy Lawrence at
(281) 807-8801 or visit the Sam Houston Race Park web site at shrp.com.
August VIP Specials at Sam Houston Race Park
Sam Houston Race Park continues the great offers and benefits for
its VIP Club members. Each Wednesday in August, VIP Club members
may choose to receive double points for swiping their VIP Club Card,
or choose to receive a complimentary Saratoga or Del Mar program.
Also, just for swiping the VIP Club Card, members will be entered
in a drawing for $250, which will be held each Sunday. Admission
is also free for all VIP Club members who visit the park during
non live racing hours. Race fans will enjoy taking advantage of
the free admission to wager on the simulcast races from across the
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 visit shrp.com.
Simulcasting This Weekend at Sam Houston Race Park
Sam Houston Race Park will simulcast coast-to-coast racing action
this week. Arlington Million Day will take place at Arlington Park
on Saturday, August 12. The premier event includes three Grade I
turf stakes: the Arlington Million XXIV; the Beverly D and the Secretariat
Saratoga Race Course will be hosting the NTRA National Pick 4 with
a guaranteed pool of $500,000 on Saturday, August 12. The wager,
which will be available on Saturday at Sam Houston Race Park, will
feature the four following stakes: the $200,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt
Breeders’ Cup Handicap and the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational
from Saratoga, the $750,000 Beverly D.and $1,000,000 Arlington Million