|Harrisburg Stakes is the Friday Night Feature at Sam Houston Race Park
(August 16, 2006) - The $10,000 Harrisburg Stakes is set
for the ninth race on the Friday night card. It will be another
matchup between Fast Rythum and Cash On Black who finished first
in a dead-heat in the $45,500 TQHA “550” Stakes on July
28. Fast Rythum (7-2), trained by Toby Keeton, will be ridden by
Alfonso Lujan and Rodrigo Vallejo will pilot Cash On Black(4-1)
for trainer Jesse Yoakum.
Streakin Lt from the barn of Judd Kearl and Mr Streakaway, trained
by Jorge Mendoza, are two of the other contenders in the in the
550-yard feature, which drew a field of 11 American Quarter Horses.
Trials for the All American Futurity Set for Thursday,
The richest and most prestigious American Quarter Horse racing
event, the 47th All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs Race
Track and Casino, will take place on Labor Day.
Seventeen trials for the 342 eligible 2-year-olds will be run
this Thursday, August 17, with the ten fastest qualifiers to compete
in the final for a purse of $2 million dollars.
Several Texas trainers will be in New Mexico, including Janet
Van Bebber, Duane Hartsell, John Buchanan and Heath Taylor.
Last year, Taylor and his first-call rider, Gilbert Ortiz, qualified
three horses for the final: fastest qualifier, Make A Secret, third-fastest
qualifier, Jess A Classy Lad and fifth-fastest finalist, Vodka On
Make a Secret was Ortiz’s mount last year in the All American,
but the conditions did not suit his horse.
“It rained and our colt didn’t like it,” summarized
Ortiz. “He’s in the All American Derby (trials to be
run on Friday). It’s going to be tough, but we’ve got
some nice horses this year.”
Taylor and Ortiz have five horses in trials tomorrow and hope for
a big day.
“You’ve got to have a whole lot of luck,” admits
Ortiz. “Luck is 90% of the game when it comes to the All American.
Our best horse last year didn’t qualify and in my opinion
that horse could have beaten the top three running backwards. The
tough part of running in 17 trials is the changing weather conditions
at Ruidoso. You get a cross-wind, head wind, tail wind and sometimes
you get a storm. The 2-year-old that I like, My First Passion, is
a big gray colt in the eighth trial.”
Eyes On the Form Tops the Qualifiers in Trials for the
$115,519 Dixie Stallion Stakes Futurity
Sam Houston Race Park hosted trials on Friday, August 11 for the
$115,519 Dixie Stallion Stakes Futurity. Eyes On the Form ($6.20),
a 2-year-old filly bred in Texas by Mickey Tiner, was the fastest
qualifier, completing her 350-yard trial in :18.107.
Cipriano Vidana rode the daughter of Mr Eye Opener, who was just
making the second start of her career. Trained by David Guajardo,
Eyes On the Form made her racing debut on April 16 at Remington
Park. Shakin Lil Oro, trained by Heath Taylor and ridden by Gilbert
Ortiz, was the second fastest qualifier, winning her trial in :18.150.
The ten fastest qualifiers will return to Sam Houston Race Park
on Saturday, August 26 for the finals.
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, 2006 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.
Thoroughbred Rider, Ted Gondron, Close to 2,000 Wins
Ted D. Gondron is approaching a personal milestone of 2,000 all
time wins. Through August 15, Gondron was at 1,997 wins. He is currently
riding at Retama Park and will be back in action on Thursday, August
Gondron has been a longstanding member of the Sam Houston Race
Park jockey colony and is the all-time Thoroughbred leading rider
with a total of 547 wins.
Sam Houston Race Park Jockey, Trainer and Owner Standings
James Brooks remains in the lead in the jockey standings with a
total of 32 wins and $242,269 in earnings. Rodrigo Vallejo follows
closely in second place with 31 wins. Jeff Jerman is still ranked
third in the standings with a total of 23 victories and Alfonso
Lujan currently has the highest earnings with $273,245 and is in
fourth place with 20 wins. Luis Ramirez had a good showing last
weekend, winning five races to round out the top five with 18 wins.
Martin Rubalcava is next with 16 wins. He piloted Rebs Royal Dasher
to victory in Saturday’s $63,880 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby
and with a win payout of $79, was the highest price stakes winner
of the meeting.
Judd Kearl saddled just one winner last weekend, but remains in
first place in the trainer standings with 18 wins. Janet Van Bebber,
who has been the leading trainer at Sam Houston Race Park for the
past five years, is three wins behind with 15 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
follows in third place with 12 victories and Toby Keeton is in fourth
place with nine wins. Guy Hopkins, Bobby Moore, Jr., Duane Hartsell
and Alex Villarreal are tied for fifth place in the standings with
seven wins each.
A true battle is emerging in the owner standing as five horsemen
are tied for first place. Warner Croft, J.C. Wells, Joe Kirk Fulton,
Bob Weik and Los Ladrilleros Horse Racing Co. each have five victories.
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. On Saturday, Del Mar will present the $400,000 Del Mar
Oaks. Louisiana Downs hosts Louisiana Champions Day on Saturday
with thirteen races including the $100,000 Louisiana Breeders’
Derby and Saratoga Race Course will present the $100,000 Yaddo Handicap.
Sunday, August 20 will be a big day at Del Mar with three stakes
highlighted by the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic.