|Sam Houston Race Park Weekly Notes:
November 22, 2005
(November 22, 2005) - The
following are weekly notes for Sam Houston Race Park:
No Live Racing on Thanksgiving Day
Sam Houston Race Park will host live Thoroughbred racing on Wednesday,
November 23, Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26 at 7:00
p.m. There will be no live racing on Thanksgiving Day, but Sam Houston
Race Park will open its simulcasting gates early to accommodate
the earlier post times of racetracks, such as Aqueduct, Churchill
Downs and Laurel. Gates at the northwest Houston racetrack will
open at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.
For the simulcast schedule, call 281-807-8740 or visit www.shrp.com.
Leaving On My Mind Pointed to the $40,000 Conroe Stakes
Texas Thoroughbred Association’s Horse of the Year, Leaving
On My Mind, had another thrilling win on Texas Champions Day at
Sam Houston Race Park. Roman Chapa found an opening on the rail
and guided the 3-year-old son of Valid Expectations to victory in
the $50,000 Richard King on the Connally Turf Course.
Trainer Danny Pish indicated that the bay gelding will remain
at Sam Houston Race Park and make his next start in the $40,000
Conroe Stakes on December 3.
“He’s done everything we have ever asked of him,”
added Pish. “He’s a pleasure to have in the barn and
a pleasure to train. He’ll make his next start against 3-year-olds
in two weeks.”
Leaving On My Mind, bred and owned by George A. Wolff of Boerne,
Texas, has won 8 of his 21 lifetime starts, including three stakes
at Sam Houston Race Park. He earned $30,000 on Saturday night, increasing
his career bankroll to $402,167.
Si Puede Headlines Texas Derby at Lone Star Park This Weekend
Sam Houston Race Park 2004 Quarter Horse of the Meeting, Si Puede
headlines the field for the Grade 1, $332,869 Texas Classic Derby
Friday, November 25 at Lone Star Park. The 3-year-old filly, trained
by Dave Correll, was undefeated at Sam Houston Race Park and has
now won eight in a row. Regular rider Jose Vega will remain aboard.
On Saturday, November 26, Lone Star will host the finals of the
$1 milluon Texas Classic Futurity , a 400-yard dash for 2-year-olds.
Fastest qualifier Pyc Paint Your Wagon, trained by Jack Brooks;
Memories On the Run from the barn of Frank Ramirez and Automatically,
who is undefeated for trainer Heath Taylor are three of the top
LOPE Silent Auction on Texas Champions Day Nets $7,250
Racing fans in Houston helped raise $7,250 for LoneStar Outreach
to Place Ex-Racers (LOPE) on Texas Champions Day at Sam Houston
Race Park. Auction items included
A private tour and wine tasting for 25 people at Haak Vineyards,
stallion season to Tinners Way, Special Rate, Marked Tree and That's
Our Buck, El Amante and El Leopardo, a Great Pyranees puppy and
photo of 2005 Kentucky Derby winner, Giacomo.
Bill Skidmore of Houston, was the high bidder on Lightening Ball,
winner of the $100,000 Star of Texas Stakes in the 1999 edition
of Texas Champions Day. Skidmore plans to give the retired racehorse
a new career as a show horses, according to Lynn Rorke Reardon of
LOPE is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit devoted to providing new careers
for retiring racehorses of all breeds in Texas. Through its online
services and ranch adoption center, LOPE has transitioned over 325
Texas ex-racehorses into new homes since 2003. To learn more about
LOPE, visit their website, http://www.lopetx.org.
Day After Thanksgiving Concert with Kevin Fowler
Sam Houston Race Park will offer great live entertainment for those
seeking exciting activities after a day of festive feasting. In
addition to ten live Thoroughbred races, the northwest Houston racetrack
will present Kevin Fowler in concert. The Kyle Hunt Band will perform
between each race and Fowler will follow immediately after the last
Kevin Fowler was raised in Amarillo, Texas then moved to Los Angeles
at the age of 20. Fowler returned to Texas after studying music
at the Guitar Institute of Technology and set out to make a name
for himself in Austin. Fowler and his band began playing on Austin’s
famous Sixth Street on Tuesday nights. Fowler’s latest album,
One for the Road, features hits such as, “True Love”
and “I Told You So.” Fowler is most known for “Loose,
Loud & Crazy,” “Hard Man to Love,” and “All
the Tequila in Tijuana.”
The concert is free with your $3 admission to the races before
9:00 p.m. and $8 afterwards; $1 for Senior Citizens; and children
12 and under admitted free. For reserved seats or more information,
call 281-807-8760 or visit www.shrp.com.
Steak Night Offers Great Dinner Special at Sam Houston
The Sam Houston Race Park Winner’s Circle Restaurant is presenting
a satisfying steak dinner at an affordable price every Wednesday
through December 21. For only $12.99, race fans can enjoy a juicy
12 oz. steak, served with a salad and garlic mashed potatoes in
the classy restaurant with an amazing view.
The Winner’s Circle Restaurant overlooks the track and is
situated so everyone is able to feel as if they had front row seats.
Each table has a private monitor and easy access to mutuel tellers
for convenient wagering.
For reservations or more information, call 281-807-8760 or visit
Jockey, Trainer and Owner Standings
Larry Taylor has taken control over the jockey standings after
a very successful showing over Texas Champions Day weekend. Taylor
made seven trips to the winner’s circle over the weekend,
including a victory aboard Slewpy’s Storm in the $75,000 Martanza
Stakes on Texas Champions Day. Taylor currently has 15 wins and
$175,158 in earnings. Don Simington and Glen Murphy are still neck-to-neck
in the standings as they are now tied at second place. Each have
scored 13 wins since opening weekend in October. Terry Stanton has
moved up in the standings, ranked third with seven victories. Several
jockeys are tied with five wins, including Omar Rodriguez, Adrian
Ramos and Jeremy Beasley.
Danny Pish had a victorious Texas Champions Day, saddling two
winners on the premier Texan night. Roman Chapa made a trip to Houston
to capture the $50,000 Richard King Stakes aboard Leaving On My
Mind for Pish and Simington piloted Guacamole in the $50,000 Groovy
Stakes. Pish has had much success in past Texas Champions Days with
eight wins to dates. Steve Asmussen was not able to watch first-
hand as his horses crossed the finish line in their stakes victories,
but he picked up two more wins with defending champion, Marfa’s
Taxes in the $50,000 San Jacinto Stakes and Dixie Meister in the
feature stakes of the evening, the $100,000 Star of Texas Stakes.
Asmussen continues to follow Pish, and now has 12 wins and the highest
earnings of $176,787. John Locke scored only one win over the weekend
and is ranked third in the standings. Andrew Konkoly and William
Pettit follow with five wins each. Trainer Michelle Lovell recorded
the first stakes win of her career on Texas Champions Day saddling
Red Bird’s Meister in the $50,000 Spirit of Texas Stakes.
H.B. and Luz Robeson now share their lead in the owner standings
with Anjo Racing, Inc. and the Steve Asmussen and Jack Grunwald
duo. The leading owners all have three wins each.