|Trials for the Texas Classic Futurity
and Derby Set for this Weekend at SHRP
October 12, 2004) - Sam Houston Race Park will host trials for
the Texas Classic Futurity and Texas Classic Derby on Friday, October
15 and Saturday, October 16.
The draw took place for the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity
and Sam Houston Race Park will run 11 trials on Friday evening.
A total of 111 Quarter Horses were paid into the Texas Classic Futurity
(Gr. I) and the entire Friday night card will be devoted to 2-year-olds
competing for one of the ten spots in the final to be run on Friday,
Wings of La Jolla, trained by Beverly McNeely for Sharon Pike,
will run in the fourth race. The daughter of Streakin La Jolla won
the Firecracker Futurity on July 4 at Delta Downs. She is one of
several undefeated runners in the Texas Classic. Trainer Kenneth
Roberts will saddle Games Gambler Magic in the sixth race. Owned
by Vanessa M. Levy, Games Gambler Magic will be making her first
start since her victory in the Mardi Gras Futurity at Fair Grounds
on March 11.
One of the most interesting trials of the evening is race ten
with TQHA Sale Futurity and Sam Houston Futurity champion, Azoom
breaking next to Thewayouwantmetoo, winner of the Rainbow Futurity
at Ruidoso Downs. Trained by Frank Cavazos, Azoom, the 2-year-old
Texas-bred sensation, holds the Sam Houston Race Park track record
of :19.574 for 400-yards. Thewayouwantmetoo, trained by Dwayne "Sleepy"
Gilbreath, has won $306,405 to date, based on her three wins at
Ruidoso Downs including the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity on July 25.
Making the tenth race even more interesting is Bobby Martinez's
filly, Ah Zoom Zoom, who drew post position eight, right next to
"I just hope that they are not neck and neck as they approach
the wire," said Michael Chamberlain, Sam Houston Race Park's
track announcer. "I would be hard pressed not to get tongue
tied with that race call."
This is the first time since 1995 that the Texas Classic Futurity
and Derby have been run at Sam Houston Race Park. The premier races
are usually run during the fall Lone Star Park Quarter Horse meeting,
but with the Grand Prairie racetrack hosting the Breeders' Cup World
Thoroughbred Championships on October 30, their 2004 Quarter Horse
dates were moved to Houston.
"We are looking forward to an outstanding weekend of racing,"
said Eric Johnston, Sam Houston Race Park's racing secretary. The
finals for the Texas Classic Futurity will be held on Friday, October
29 with combined purses in excess of $1,000,000. This is a great
opportunity for us to showcase our facility to a lot of horsemen
whom have never raced here, or have not been here in many years."
Sam Houston Race Park Jockey, Trainer and Owner Standings for the
Danny Lavergne won two races last week and remains in the lead
of the jockey standings with a total of 120 wins. Jockey J. R. Ramirez
is Lavergne's closest competitor with 97wins. Mark Page added three
wins for the week to remain in third with 91 victories. John Hamilton
follows with 80 trips to the winner's circle. Martin Rubalcava rounds
out the top five with 50 wins.
Janet Van Bebber continues to solidify her lead in the trainer
standings with 57wins for the meet. She is on course to set a new
record for wins by a Quarter Horse trainer in a single meeting.
The record at Sam Houston Race Park is 58. Van Bebber's late husband,
Steve Van Bebber, set that mark in 1997 and Janet tied it in 2001.
Toby Keeton remains in second place with 37 victories. John Buchanan
is in third place with 34 wins. Roy Roberts follows with 27 victories.
Janie Hernandez and Matt Baker are tied with 26 wins each. Baker
leads all trainers in his win percentage as his runners are winning
Raul Rubalcava leads the owners with 19 wins for the meeting.
Four owners are tied for second in the standings with 11 wins: Rudy
I. Munoz , S A Ranch, A. D. Maddox and J. W. Owens. Bobby D. Cox,
and Geral Dewitt have 10 winners each. Francisco Javier Gomez, Thomas
J. Arhopulos. Walker, Ace and Buddy, and Ernesto Guerra, Jr. have
won seven races for the meet.
MBNA Challenge Championships Benefit Golf Tournament to
be held on Thursday, November 4, 2004
As one of the special events in conjunction with the MBNA Challenge
Championships, Sam Houston Race Park will host a Benefit Golf Tournament
on Thursday, November 4, 2004 at Longwood Golf Course.
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.
The MBNA Challenge Championships golf tournament will begin at
9:00 a.m. Entry fee is $100 per player and will include golf, lunch
and door prizes.
For additional information, or to enter the tournament, call Chaplain
John Shumaker at (281) 807-7236.
Breeders' Cup Activities Set at Sam Houston Race Park
Sam Houston Race Park is pleased to simulcast the eighth Breeders'
Cup World Thoroughbred Championship races from Lone Star Park on
Saturday, October 30, 2004. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. and racing fans
will be able to watch and wager on the world's most accomplished
Thoroughbreds competing for over $15 million and top honors in the
Following the simulcast of the eight Breeders' Cup races, which
begin at 12:20 p.m., Sam Houston Race Park will host 10 live American
Quarter Horse races. Racing at Sam Houston Race Park begins at 5:00
p.m. The evening will feature the running of the Texas Classic Derby
Activities will also include a $2,000 Breeders' Cup Day Handicapping
Contest that will require the handicapping of six races - the last
3 Breeders' Cup races and the first three Sam Houston Race Park
Quarter Horse races. A free Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships
Handicapping Seminar will take place at 12:00 noon with Sam Houston
Race Park handicappers Michael Chamberlain, Martha Claussen and
Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant
and luxury suites are still available. The luxurious Jockey Club
will also be open for dining and enjoying the simulcast races. To
make dining reservations, please call (281) 807-8760 or visit the
Sam Houston Race Park web site at www.shrp.com.
To book a luxury suite for a gathering of groups of 10 or more,
please call (281) 807-8750.
Sam Houston Race Park's Breeders' Cup Marathon Contest Week 1
Congratulations to the Week One Winners in Sam Houston Race Park's
Breeders' Cup Marathon Handicapping Contest. First Place winner
was James Oliver of Houston, who won $500. Robert Kerr of Houston
placed second and won $200. Kirk Evans and Gilbert Clowe, each of
Houston, tied for third place and each took home $50 in the contest.
The four-week Breeders' Cup Marathon Contest resumes each Monday
throughout the month of October. For more information, please call
Hopf at (281) 807-8833 or visit the Sam Houston Race Park web site
VIP Club Specials Continue on Thursdays for the Month of October
Calling all VIP Club members. Sam Houston Race Park is continuing
to honor VIP Club members during a month filled with exciting new
giveaways. This Thursday, October 14, Sam Houston Race Park's VIP
Club is featuring a $500 Prize drawing for all members. All you
need to do is show up to enjoy live Quarter Horse racing and you
can take advantage of this offer. There is no charge to join the
VIP Club; racing fans can sign up at
the Players Lounge located at the north end of the Sam Houston Race