|Draw for the Grade III $200,000
Connally Breeders’ Cup Turf To Take Place Wednesday at Sam Houston
(April 3, 2007) - Sam Houston Race
Park will host the Grade III $200,000 Connally Breeders’ Cup
Turf Race on Saturday, April 7. In its 13th running and second year
as a graded event, the Connally Breeders' Cup Turf is the richest
stakes of the Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred meeting.
In addition to the $200,000 Connally Breeders’ Cup Turf Race,
the evening will feature two other stakes races, the $50,000 Jersey
Lilly Stakes for fillies and mares going one mile-and-a-sixteenth
and the $50,000 Sam Houston Turf Sprint at a distance of five furlongs.
Last year’s Sam Houston Race Park Horse of the Meeting and
defending champion Fort Prado should be one of the top contenders
in the Connally Breeders' Cup Turf. The 6-year-old son of El Prado
is trained by Jeff Trosclair for owners Patricia, David and Ryan
Block. Fort Prado will van in on Wednesday and will be ridden on
Saturday by Corey Lanerie. Last year, the champion was ridden by
Robby Albarado, but he has eight mounts at Keeneland this Saturday
and could not make the trip to Houston.
“Robby’s people were nice enough to let me know well
in advance of his commitments in Kentucky,” said Trosclair.
“We were able to secure the services of another fine rider,
Trosclair freshened Fort Prado following his 5th place finish in
the Grade III Fair Grounds Breeders’ Cup Handicap on February
10 and feels that the gray turf specialist will run a good race
“He didn’t care for the Fair Grounds turf,” commented
Trosclair. “We just decided to give him some time off and
get him ready for Houston. He’s been training well and had
a nice blow out on Sunday.”
Silver Tree, a graded stakes turf champion who has bankrolled
$1.2 million for trainer Bill Mott, Storm Treasure, a 4-year-old
from the barn of Steve Asmussen and Mending Fences who is conditioned
by Marty Wolfson are three of the other standouts nominated for
the Connally Breeders’ Cup Turf. Asmussen won the 2004 Connally
Breeders’ Cup Turf with Warleigh.
“Saturday night’s card will be exceptional with the
Grade III Connally Breeders' Cup Turf and two additional turf stakes,”
said Robert L. Bork, Sam Houston Race Park vice chairman. “We
look forward to making the final weekend of our Thoroughbred season
memorable for racing fans here and across the country.”
The draw for the Grade III Connally Breeders' Cup Turf and the
accompanying stakes will take place on Wednesday, April 4. Post
time for the Saturday, April 7 card at Sam Houston Race Park is
Final Weekend of the Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred
There are just three days remaining in the 2006/2007 Sam Houston
Race Park Thoroughbred meeting. Live racing is set for Thursday,
April 5, Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7. The first race for
each night is 7:00 p.m.
Steve Davidowitz Appearance This Saturday at Sam Houston
Steve Davidowitz, noted author and handicapper, will make an appearance
at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday, April 7 in conjunction with
his new book, The Best and Worst of Thoroughbred Racing. There will
be a book signing at 4:00 p.m. at the Player’s Lounge and
Davidowitz will join Martha Claussen and Denis Blake of the Texas
Thoroughbred Association at 7:00 p.m on the Club Level Stage for
a free handicapping seminar. The trio will preview the live race
card and offer analysis of the Grade III Connally Breeders’
Grade III Connally Breeders’ Cup Online Handicapping
Racing fans in Texas and across the country are welcome to register
for the $1,000 Connally Breeders’ Cup Online Handicapping
Contest. The contest is open to all racing fans, 21-years of age
or older, with a total of $1,000 in prizes to the top four finishers.
There is no entry fee for the Connally Breeders’ Cup Online
Handicapping Contest. Each contestant will be required to make win,
place and show selections for the evening’s featured stakes
races from the Saturday night card. Registration will take place
on the Sam Houston Race Park website, www.shrp.com, beginning Thursday,
April 5 at 3:00 p.m. with the deadline to enter at 7:00 on Saturday,
The player who earns the highest cumulative total based on the
$2 win, $2 place and $2 show selections, will be awarded $500. The
second place finisher will receive $300 and the third place player
will receive $200.
For more information and a complete set of rules for the Connally
Breeders’ Cup Online Handicapping Contest, please call 281-807-8760
or visit the Sam Houston Race Park web site at www.shrp.com.
Jockey, Trainer and Owner Standings
Larry Taylor is on the verge of securing his first leading riding
title at Sam Houston Race Park. He added two wins from last week
and has won a total of 61 races for the meeting. Roimes Chirinos
has departed for Gulfstream Park and left the colony with 55 wins.
Paul Nolan follows with 52 wins and Don Simington is in fourth place
with 48 victories. Bobby Walker, Jr. is fifth in the standings and
has piloted 43 winning mounts.
The battle for leading trainer could go down to the wire between
Danny Pish and Bret Calhoun. Pish, who won the title last year,
is tied with Calhoun; they both have saddled 41 winners. John Locke
follows in third place with 30 wins. Steve Asmussen has won 21 races
and Jerenesto Torrez and Michelle Lovell are tied with 20 wins.
Jim Bausch has saddled 19 winners.
Bruno Schickedanz remains in the lead in the owner standings with
a total of 14 wins. Stephen Baker is in second place with 10 wins
and Colt Racing, Inc., Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and Tbd Owners
LLC are tied with nine wins each. Shrum Racing, Inc. is next with
eight wins. Charles Hukill made a nice move in the standings and
has seven victories. Nelco Farms, Leland Cook and Trackside Farm
follow with six victories each.
Two Major Preps for the Kentucky Derby to be Simulcast
Friday is opening day for Keeneland with the $150,000 Central Bank
Transylvania Stakes highlighting the card. Kentucky Derby prospects
will be prominent this weekend. Aqueduct will present the Grade
1 $750,000 Wood Memorial with Louisiana Derby winner Circular Quay
and Holy Bull Stakes winner Nobiz Like Shobiz expected to headline
the field. The Saturday afternoon card also includes the Grade 1
$300,000 Carter Handicap and the Grade 3 $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes.
Another key Kentucky Derby prep is the Grade 1 $750,000 Santa Anita
Derby with the Doug O’Neill-trained twosome of Cobalt Blue,
owned by Merv Griffin, and Liquidity as top contenders. There will
be a guaranteed $1,000,000 Pick Six available on the Saturday program
at Santa Anita as well. Keeneland’s Saturday program is highlighted
by the Grade 1 $500,000 Ashland Stakes and Oaklawn Park will run
the Grade 1 $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap on Saturday as well.
For a complete list of simulcast tracks and post times, please
call (281) 807-8740 or visit shrp.com.
Road to the Kentucky Derby Contest Continues Saturday at
Sam Houston Race Park
Sam Houston Race Park’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby”
Handicapping Contest is underway and will continue every Saturday
through April 21. The eight-week contest will offer $4,800 in cash
prizes and is open to all racing fans, 21-years of age or older.
Contestants are required to make mythical $2 win and place wagers
on all of the major prep races leading to the Kentucky Derby. The
winners are determined by the highest cumulative bankroll from all
$2 win and place bets from each week’s contest. The contest
is not limited to VIP Club members, but the prize money is double
for all winning finishers who are members. The winner, if a VIP
member, will receive $1,000, second place finisher will receive
$500, $300 will go the third place contestant and the fourth place
participant will be awarded $200. Non-VIP Club members will receive
$500 for first place, $250 for second, $150 for third and $100 for
fourth. Weekly prizes will also be awarded to the three highest
Debbie Graves was declared the winning handicapper for week three,
while Qun Hua Luo finished in second place. Gary Hause and Mauricio
Lizmi tied for third place. Week four’s first place winner
was Colie Jones, who was followed closely by Michael Nettles in
second place. Third place handicapper was Owen Adams. Nettles has
taken the lead in the overall wins with a bankroll total of $64.80
and Graves is currently in second place with a $62.20 bankroll.
Registration begins every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. until the official
deadline, which will be prior to the post time of the first contest
race. To become a VIP Club Member, visit the Player’s Lounge
in the Grandstand or call 281-807-8760. More information regarding
the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” handicapping contest
may also be obtained by calling 281-807-8760, or by visiting www.shrp.com.
April VIP Specials at Sam Houston Race Park
Although live Thoroughbred racing will conclude on April 7, VIP
Club members will continue to receive perks, rewards and incentives
at Sam Houston Race Park. In April all VIP Club members will enjoy
free admission during simulcast hours, before gates open for live
racing. Mondays will offer double points each time a member swipes
their VIP Club card and members will also receive a $2 coupon good
for a simulcast program each Wednesday. Each Friday, members are
invited to participate in the $100 Showvivor Handicapping Contest.
The Road to the Derby Handicapping Contest will continue each Saturday
through April 21. The contest will offer $4,800 in cash prizes and
require players to make mythical $2 win and place wagers on all
of the major prep races leading to the Kentucky Derby.
There are many great incentives for joining the VIP Club, including
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 call 281-807-8278.