|MAXXAM Gold Cup Day at Sam Houston
Race Park this Saturday, March 27th
(March 26, 2010) - Sam Houston Race Park will host its final
stakes event of the 2009/2010 Thoroughbred racing season with the
MAXXAM Gold Cup, featuring ninelive races and more than $200,000
in purse money this Saturday, March 27, 2010. Highlights of the
nine-race card include the $100,000 MAXXAM Gold Cup and the $50,000
Sam Houston Distaff, which showcases the country’s older and
most elite horses.
Gates open at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, and The Park will broadcast
the $10 Million Dubai World Cup; first post from Dubai at 8:20 a.m.;
World Cup post time at 12:45 p.m. The Park will also simulcast the
97th Running of the Grade II $750,000 Louisiana Derby; post time
at 4:48 p.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided from 8:00 a.m.
to 9:30 a.m. outside the Player’s Lounge.
The Park will host a special FREE handicapping seminar featuring
discussion and Q&A session at 7:15 p.m. on the Club Level with
Martha Claussen from Sure Bet Racing News, Vice President
of Racing Eric Johnston and Mike Steindler, Director of Player’s
The $50,000 Sam Houston Distaff, the sixth race on the card, features
a field of eight fillies and mares, ages four and up, racing a distance
of 1 1/16 mile on the dirt track. This year’s favorite, Bubbler
(3-1), is a four-year-old filly trained by one of The Park’s
leading trainers, Bret Calhoun, and owned by Du-Zee Stables. Bubbler
was guided in her last two races by jockey Eddie M. Martin, Jr.
and has previously claimed the Fair Grounds’ $60,000 Marie
G. Krantz Memorial Handicap in January. The remainder of the eight-horse
field includes the return of jockey Quincy Hamilton, who has the
reins on Return The Jewel (4-1), along with Smooth Sea (5-1), Crack
of Dawn (6-1), Super Esther (8-1), IDreamOfAfrica (8-1), Shine Softly
(7-1), and Diva D’Oro (6-1).
The $100,000 MAXXAM Gold Cup, the eighth race on the night’s
card, will feature a 10-horse field of four-year-olds and up competing
in a 1 1/8 mile race on the dirt track. The morning line favorite
is Going Ballistic (3-1), who is trained by Donnie K. Von Hemel.
Going Ballistic, who will be ridden by Quincy Hamilton, is coming
off several quality workouts but has not raced since January. Hamilton
will returns to The Park for the first time since the 2007/2008
Thoroughbred Meet, where he was a crowd favorite and finished in
the top of the jockey standings. The last win for this stallion
was in September of 2009, after claiming the $150,000 Governor Cup
Stakes at Remington Park. The six-year-old is owned by Kindred Thoroughbreds
LLC. The remainder of the 10-horse field features Tybalt (4-1),
Red Lead (5-1), Mad Flatter (6-1), Numismatist (3-1), Jake Wil Gallop
(12-1), Dumar (10-1), Fifteen Love (15-1), Ready Set (10-1), and
In addition to live racing events, as fans enter The Park, they
will receive a FREE MAXXAM Gold Cup baseball cap courtesy of Verizon
Wireless. The celebration will also feature the debut of Executive
Chef Hugo Gomez’s Chef’s Table dining package in the
Winner’s Circle restaurant, a National Anthem performance
from Senior SHRP Idol winner Mia Washington, and between-race promotions
from Verizon Wireless, Bud Light, Spring Dodge and L’Auberge
Du Lac Casino Resort.
Ticket packages start at $19 per person and include: (1) reserved
counter seat on the Club Level, (1) live racing program, (1) $2
wagering coupon, (1) burger basket and (2) small beers or sodas.
For more information call (281) 807-8760 or visit www.shrp.com.