|Sam Houston Prepares for Return
of Live Thoroughbred Racing on Friday, November 23
(Tuesday, November 13, 2007) - Live Thoroughbred racing returns
to Sam Houston Race Park (www.shrp.com)
with kick-off events featuring races and live entertainment Friday,
November 23 through Sunday, November 25, 2007. In addition to the
excitement of Thoroughbred racing, special live performances from
country music stars Miranda Lambert (www.mirandalambert.com)
and Kevin Fowler (www.kevinfowler.com)
will highlight the opening weekend. Post times for races on Friday
& Saturday are 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.
Lambert recently rocked the Country Music Association Awards with
a stunning live performance and was nominated as Best Female Vocalist.
Austin-based singer/songwriter Kevin Fowler, best known for being
a little bit rock and a little bit Texas country, is also set to
perform during the opening weekend.
Live racing will continue each Thursday – Sunday evening
in November. SHRP will host a special live race card as part of
the Inaugural New Year’s Eve Zoom & Boom Celebration on
Monday, December 31, 2007, at 7:00 p.m.
The 2007-2008 Thoroughbred meeting will continue though Saturday,
April 5, 2008. For more information on races and events, please
Texas Champions Day Saturday, December 1
Sam Houston Race Park will host Texas Champions Day, a Live Thoroughbred
Racing event with a Texas theme, on Saturday, December 1, 2007.
The event will also live entertainment, an online handicapping contest,
a performance by “2004 Best Country Singer in Houston”
winner Mignon Grabois and a special proclamation presented by Mayor
Bill White. Patrons entering the park after 5 p.m. will receive
a free commemorative event t-shirt on a first-come, first-serve
basis. The event is open to patrons of all ages. Tickets are available
for $4 for adults, $2 for Senior Citizens and children under 12
are FREE. Texas Champions Day is presented by Woodford Reserve and
Dodge. For more information visit www.shrp.com or call 281.807.8760.
Inaugural New Year’s Eve Zoom & Boom Celebration
Sam Houston Race Park invites Houstonians to ring in 2008 in style
at the Inaugural New Year’s Eve Zoom & Boom Celebration
on Monday, December 31, 2007. Guests are invited to “come-as-you-are”
with boots and jeans casual attire for a night of Thoroughbred racing,
live entertainment featuring dance music from the 70s, 80s and more,
Korbel’s midnight champagne toast along with one of the largest
balloon drops and firework displays in town! Ticket packages include
reserved seating for racing, racing program, buffet dinner by award
winning Executive Chef Francis Walters, special New Year’s
party favors, commemorative champagne flute and more! Ticket packages
start at $15 per person. For more information visit www.shrp.com
or call 281.807.8760.
Sandburr Training for Return to Action
Sandburr, winner of the $100,000 Star of Texas last December at
Sam Houston Race Park, is training and expected to defend his title
on Texas Champions Day, Saturday, December 1, 2007. The 8-year-old
son of Sandpit worked 5/8 of a mile last week at Fair Grounds and
will be shipped to Sam Houston Race Park, according to his trainer,
“We freshened him and gave him some well-deserved rest and
relaxation,” said Stidham of the 8-year-old. “He’s
acting more like a 3-year-old than older horse and the plan is to
have him run on December 1 in Houston.”
The Stidham barn has one more Texas Champions Day weapon in its
arsenal. General Charley, owned and bred by Stonerside Stable, is
nominated for the $50,000 Richard King Stakes, a mile and one-sixteenth
stakes on the Connally Turf Course.
The 6-year-old Texas-bred was named after Charley Casserly, who
was tapped by McNair as the first general manager of the Houston
Texans. He appears to have found his calling on the turf, winning
several stakes including the $45,000 Tomball Stakes last February
at Sam Houston Race Park and the $100,000 Texas Horse Racing Hall
of Fame Stakes on October 13, 2007, at Retama Park, where he set
a new track record, covering the distance of 1 1/6 miles in 1:40.65.
Steve Bourque Returns to Sam Houston Race Park
Steve Bourque, one of the leading riders in Texas and Louisiana,
will return to Sam Houston Race Park for the 2007-2008 Thoroughbred
meeting. Following a seven-year stint exclusively in Louisiana,
he has been riding at Retama Park over the last two months and will
be a force in Houston this season.
Bourque made big headlines at Sam Houston Race Park during the
‘98-‘99 Thoroughbred meeting. He was honored as leading
jockey by winning 117 races and earning $1,019,911, becoming the
first jockey in the northwest Houston racetrack’s history
to surpass the $1 million mark.
He won his second leading rider title here in the 2000-2001 Sam
Houston Race Park Thoroughbred meeting with 120 wins and $993,877
in purses. One of the highlights that year was his victory aboard
Vilaxy in the $100,000 MAXXAM Gold Cup for trainer Harold Hahn.
No rider in Sam Houston Race Park history has surpassed Bourque’s
single season record for wins.
Bourque has ridden close to 25,000 horses in his 25 year career
with 3,711 wins and $29 million in purses. He has won eight titles
at Delta Downs as well as the 2000 leading rider title at Retama
Park. Last July, he won the $131,125 D. S. “Shine” Young
Memorial Futurity at Evangeline Downs last July with Honour Thy
Lover for trainer Doris Hebert. The win was the third in the prestigious
stakes for Bourque who captured editions in the 1990’s aboard
Hail the Bag and Demon’s Revenge.
He is currently second in the jockey standings at Retama Park
with 26 wins for Danny Pish and several other trainers.
Simulcasting this Weekend at Sam Houston Race Park
Churchill Downs will present the Grade 2, $150,000 Cardinal Stakes
for fillies and mares on Saturday, November 17, 2007. Hollywood
Park’s Saturday feature is the running of the $100,000 Sharp
Cat Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. On Sunday, November 19, 2007,
the $100,000 Mariah’s Storm will be contested at Churchill
Downs and the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes for 2-year-olds will take
place at Hollywood Park.
One of the most highly anticipated meets in this region will open
on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2007. Fair Grounds in New Orleans
annually attracts some of the top conditioners in the country for
their Thoroughbred season which runs through March 23, 2008. Upcoming
events include Louisiana Champions Day on December 8, 2007, the
Grade 2 Lecomte Stakes on January 12, 2008, and the Grade 2 Risen
Star Stakes on February 9, 2008.
For a complete list of simulcast tracks and post times visit www.shrp.com
or by call (281) 807-8740.
VIP Club November Specials Offered at Sam Houston Race
Live Racing will kick off on Friday, November 23, 2007, and in
the meantime, simulcast action continues seven days a week at SHRP.
We continue to provide great offers and benefits for our VIP Club
members. Promotions for the month of November include:
- Wednesday: $100 Showvivor Handicapping Contest –
- Saturday: Super 7 Saturday: The 7th Race at seven designated
racetracks on each Saturday in November with handicappers asked
to make mythical win and place wagers. $300 First Place, $150
Second Place, $50 Third Place.
- Sunday: Pigskin and Horse Hide Contest - Pick 3 NFL
Winners against the spread, as well 4 designated Horse Races.
$100 First Place, $75 Second Place, $25 Third.
- Sunday: $.10 Superfecta Sunday on Sunday, November
25th. Ten VIP numbers are drawn before 5 selected live races for
a $12 voucher for $.10 superfectas on Sam Houston Race Park live
All contest rules can be found on www.shrp.com. 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 VIP Club visit the Players Lounge or call 281-807-8278.