|Texas Stallion Stakes Returns to
Sam Houston Race Park on February 19
2006) - The Saturday, February 19 card will be highlighted by
the running of the $125,000 Jim’s Orbit and the $125,000 Two
Altazano, two divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes. The Texas
Stallion Stakes is a series of eight races that are run at each
of the three Class 1 racetracks in Texas: Sam Houston Race Park,
Retama Park and Lone Star Park. The purse for each division is $125,000
for a total of $1 million, making it one of the richest stallion
stakes series in the country.
In 2005, the Texas Thoroughbred Association (TTA) renamed each
of the Texas Stallion Stakes races to honor a famous Texas Thoroughbred.
The colts and gelding division at Sam Houston Race Park has been
named for Jim’s Orbit, who won the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and
started in the 1988 Kentucky Derby. The fillies division is a tribute
to Two Altazano, winner of the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks
in 1994. The accomplished mare, owned by the late Harold V. Goodman,
was inducted into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2003.
Timber Jones ($3.80) a Keith Asmussen homebred gray daughter of
Seneca Jones, captured the 2005 Two Altazano and Ro Parra’s
Dixie Meister ($19.40) caught a determined General Charley at the
70-yard pole and pulled away to a one-length win in last year’s
Jim’s Orbit Stakes. Both Thoroughbreds were honored by the
Texas Thoroughbred Association with Dixie Meister named as the Champion
3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding and Timber Jones as the Champion 3-Year-Old
The draw for the 2006 Two Altazano and Jim’s Orbit will take
place on Wednesday, February 15.
Jockey Nuke Shim Still Winning at 62
Rider Nuke Shim won his third race of the 2005/2006 Sam Houston
Race Park meeting on Thursday evening. Shim, 62, piloted Axe the
Bird ($10.60) to victory for trainer Dewan Godfrey in the tenth
race, a $5,300 maiden claimer. Shim still loves to ride and credits
his healthy lifestyle and supportive family.
“I don’t drink or smoke and try to eat healthy,”
said Shim. “I am fortunate to be in good shape and don’t
feel like 62.”
Shim has two grown children and a grandson born just last month.
Rain on Monday Wins on Sunday Night
Rain on Monday, a full-brother to multiple stakes winner, Boots
on Sunday, won Sunday’s fifth race, a six-furlong allowance
on the main track. Rider Omar Rodriguez piloted the son of Pine
Bluff to a 1 3/4 length victory for trainer Danny Pish.
“He ran a really good race,” commented Rodriguez.
He’s the type of horse that can be in front, in the middle
or behind; he loves to compete. Danny told me to stay close to the
speed and wait to make my move. He finished well and I give him
a lot of credit as he had been off over two months.”
Boots on Sunday was retired two years ago and remains on Pish’s
farm with lots of attention from Pish’s wife, Sabina and son,
Greg "Boomer" Wry This Weekend at Sam Houston
Professional handicapper Greg "Boomer" Wry, a veteran
track announcer, handicapper, columnist and author in the field
of horse racing with 25+ years of experience, will make an appearance
this weekend at Sam Houston Race Park.
Wry will be available Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon to
autograph copies of his book, "HOW TO TURN ANY RACETRACK INTO
YOUR OWN MONEY MACHINE" (and be just one of the 2% that do).
In addition, Wry will participate in a handicapping seminar on
Saturday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. on the Club Level Stage. He will
be joined by Denis Blake, editor of The Texas Thoroughbred
magazine and Martha Claussen, publicity director at Sam Houston
Race Park. They will offer analysis of the $125,000 Two Altazano
and Jim’s Orbit and offer wagering strategies for the evening
February Racing at Sam Houston Race Park
Live racing continues each Thursday through Sunday evening this
month. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and 5:00 p.m.
Sam Houston Race Park will continue to offer its patrons free
admission for simulcast wagering and $1 beer. The ever-so popular
$1 pony beers will also be offered during live racing, and all those
visiting the park before gates open for live racing will enjoy the
free admission. Admission for live racing will return to just $3
starting Friday, February 3. For more information, visit www.shrp.com
or call 281-807-8760.
Jockey, Trainer and Owner Standings
Glen Murphy continues to lead the standings for the second consecutive
week. Murphy won three races last week and has a total of 51 wins.
Larry Taylor remains in second place with 47 victories. Quincy Hamilton
had a successful weekend, winning five races and holding down third
place in the standings with 43 wins. Filemon Rodriguez continues
to maintain his standing in fourth place, now with 40 wins. Terry
Stanton won four races last week and made it to the top five in
a tie with Justin Shepherd with 23 wins each.
Danny Pish continues to lead the trainer standings. Pish secured
his leading position with three wins last week and added two wins
on Friday night’s race card. Steve Asmussen is ranked second
in the standings with 30 wins, while W. Bret Calhoun follows with
26. John Locke remains in his fourth place position with 25 wins
and is followed by Andy Konkoly, who rounds out the top five trainers
with 20 victories.
Jim Bausch’s horses continue to run well and he remains
the leader in the Sam Houston Race Park owner standings with 11
wins. Charles Hukill has joined the ranks of the top five owners
and currently has seven wins, along with Anjo Racing, Inc., Shrum
Racing, Inc. and Richard Bird.
Winners Announced in Best Country Singer in Houston
Sam Houston Race Park’s search for local talent with the
Best Country Singer in Houston contest will come to an exciting
finale this Friday night.
There are two divisions for the competition, one for singers age
9-15 and an adult division for performers 16 years old and up. Each
contestant performs one song with the finalists to be awarded cash
prizes and a professional recording session. The weekly top performers
will be announced each Monday on 93Q KKBQ and will be invited to
compete in the finals on Friday, February 17.
Last week’s winners are as follows:
The weekly winners return to perform this Friday evening and prizes
will be awarded for each division. The best performer in the junior
division will receive $1,000 and the second and third place contestant
will receive $250 and $100, respectively. The best performer in
the adult division will not only receive $1,000, but will also be
awarded a trip to the Academy of Country Music Awards. The trip
will include airfare and a two-night’s stay in a hotel for
two. The winner will also receive four tickets to a special Houston
Livestock Show and Rodeo with the provided transportation of a limousine
and a chance to showcase their vocal talent in the 93Q Barbeque
Tent during the cook-off. The second place performer will receive
$250 and the third place contest will receive $100.
Sam Houston Race Park Hosts Showvivor Handicapping Contest
Sam Houston Race Park will host the Showvivor Handicapping Contest
on Saturday, February 25. The Contest will take place during Sam
Houston Race Park’s live ten-race card and will invite contestants
to handicap each race until a winner has been determined. Each handicapper
will select one horse in each of the ten Thoroughbred races to win,
place or show. The competition will eliminate each handicapper whose
horse does not finish first, second or third. The player who survives
all ten races will receive $500.
Gates for live racing will open at 5:30 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m.
post time. Deadline to register for the Showvivor Handicapping Contest
is 7:00 p.m. For a complete set of rules and more details, visit
Big Payouts at Sam Houston Race Park
Patrons at Sam Houston Race Park last weekend were not only enjoying
the full fields, but the hefty payouts as well. On Sunday evening
Southern Harmony, ridden by Quincy Hamilton, won the seventh races
and paid $11.20. The exotic wagers were boosted with C.T.’S
Bounty at 26-1, ran third under rider Jose Figueroa and paid $13.40
to show. The trifecta paid $940 and the superfecta returned $10.918.
Terry Stanton’s victory aboard Saxton’s Prince in the
fourth race on Saturday’s card paid $56.40 to win. Top Ridge
at odds of 37-1 with Amanda Crandall aboard ran second, resulting
in a $6,396.80 trifecta and $17,626.40 superfecta. Crandall made
a trip to the winner’s circle in Saturday’s sixth race
with Shikari ($34.40) keying a $5,557 superfecta. The highest paying
Pick 4 wager of the weekend was cashed in on Friday’s card
following the seventh race. The combination of Saxton’s Prince
and Shikari swelled the Pick 4 payout to a whopping $5,495.40 .
Live Thoroughbred racing will continue Thursday through Saturday
at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. For a complimentary tipsheet, visit
Seafood Platter Served on Thursdays at Sam Houston Race
Beginning on Thursday, February 9, Sam Houston Race Park will feature
a special Seafood Platter in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant.
The sumptuous platter will satisfy all seafood lovers with Fried
Catfish, Shrimp and Oysters, French Fries, Hush Puppies and
Cole Slaw,set at an affordable price of $12.99.
The Winner’s Circle Restaurant provides an amazing view,
as it 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.
In addition, Steak Night continues each Sunday evening in the
Winner’s Circle Restaurant. The satisfying steak dinner, also
priced at $12.99, and includes a juicy 12 oz. steak, served with
a salad and garlic mashed potatoes.
For reservations or more information, call 281-807-8760 or visit
Suites at Sam Houston Race Park Provide Perfect Setting
for Special Occasions
Sam Houston Race Park is offering a special discount catered towards
special occasions. The suites perfectly accommodate parties for
birthdays, wedding rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties and many
other momentous events. Guests will enjoy the extraordinary view
of the racetrack from the private luxury suite, and hosts and hostesses
will delight in saving 50% off the rental fee or the affordably
priced $19.95 Fiesta Buffet. Each suite has mounted televisions,
personal wagering machines and a choice of a wet bar.
For more information about these specials and other group accommodations,
call the Group Sales office at 281-807-8750.