|Nice Weekend for Rider Quincy Hamilton
(February 21, 2006) - Last weekend was
one of the best in the 2005/2006 Thoroughbred meeting for jockey
Quincy Hamilton. He piloted the venerable Proven Cure to victory
in the opener on Friday, February 17 for trainer John Locke. The
12-year-old sprinter, bred and owned by Dr. William Reed in Kentucky,
defies his age each time he steps onto the racetrack. Noted for
his turf wins, including the 2005 Sam Houston Turf Sprint, Friday’s
victory came at six-furlongs on the main track.
“He’s still at the top of his game; a great horse,”
commented Hamilton following the win. “You can match him up
against the best and he can outrun most of them. He was a little
bit on the muscle in the post parade and was closer to the lead
then I normally have him, but always delivers.”
Locke was pleased with the victory and will consult with Dr. Reed
to see if Proven Cure will make one more start before defending
his title in the $40,000 Sam Houston Turf Sprint on April 8.
“We were looking for a turf sprint, but nothing came up,
so we ran him in the six-furlongs on the main track,” said
Locke. “It is unusual to see a horse so versatile; the turf
horses tend to have an affinity for that surface, but he has competed
well on both and won quite a bit of money on the main track.”
Hamilton’s good fortune continued on Saturday night when
he picked up the mount aboard Brick Fight for trainer Danny Pish
in the $125,000 Jim’s Orbit Stakes. He had never ridden the
3-year-old colt, but knew that he had a win around two turns. His
instruction was to keep him close to the lead and his mount responded
drawing off for his first stakes win and the first of the meet for
Hamilton as well. Dismissed by the betting public, Brick Fight went
off at odds of 41-1 and paid $85.40 to win.
This was not the biggest longshot for Hamilton, who made his riding
debut at Sam Houston Race Park in 2003, rode Stroganof ($119) to
victory as an apprentice in November, 2003.
“I believe it was my fifth winner- Jerry Mayfield was the
trainer,” recalled Hamilton. “I told my grandma that
I thought she could win. Of course, at the time I was pretty green
and didn’t know much. My grandma bet on her. That was the
highest paying winner in my career.”
Glen Murphy is Coca-Cola Jockey of the Month
Sam Houston Race Park leading rider, Glen Murphy will be honored
this Friday, February 24 as the Coca-Cola Jockey of the Month. Murphy
has 53 wins and two stakes victories in the 2005/2006 Sam Houston
Texas has been good to the 37-year-old jockey and he won the leading
rider at Sam Houston Race Park in 1999/2000. Many of his victories
have been for trainer Steve Asmussen including a win aboard Slick
City Nites in the Bucharest Stakes. He also piloted Twilight Vision
to an exciting win for trainer John Locke in the Tomball Stakes.
“I’ve always had good luck here and Steve has such
a strong stable in Houston,” said Murphy. “It is nice
to be here for six months and to get some momentum going for Dallas
(Lone Star Park).”
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 concluded another successful week at the top of the
jockey standings. Now with 53 wins, Murphy also has the highest
earnings with $501,342. Larry Taylor is close behind with 50 wins
after picking up three winning mounts. Quincy Hamilton also scored
three wins over the weekend, including one in the $125,000 Jim’s
Orbit Stakes and currently has a total of 46 victories. Filemon
Rodriguez made five trips to the winner’s circle last week
and now has 45 wins. Rodriguez won the $125,000 Two Altazano with
Chit Chat Pam for trainer Bob Young. Justin Shepherd continues to
round out the top five jockeys, now with 27 wins.
Danny Pish leads the trainer standings with 34 victories and $447,089
in earnings. One of Pish’s successes came when Brick Fight
captured the $125,000 Jim’s Orbit Stakes on Saturday. Steve
Asmussen follows very closely in second place with 33 and John Locke
has 28 wins in third place. W. Bret Calhoun saddled one winner over
the weekend and concluded the week with 27 wins, and Andy Konkoly
rounds out the top five with 20 wins.
Jim Bausch continues to lead the owner standings with 11 total
wins. Charles Hukill has joined the ranks of the top five owners
and currently has eight wins, along with Anjo Racing, Inc., Shrum
Racing, Inc. and Richard Bird.
Best Country Singer in Houston Concludes with Success
For the past six weeks, some of the finest talents in Houston have
taken the stage at Sam Houston Race Park to compete for the title
of the Best Country Singer in Houston.
The adult division was filled with talent and even the unexpected
marriage proposal, but when all the votes were tallied, it was Mark
Ward of Cypress, Texas who impressed the judges with his rendition
of the Brooks and Dunn hit, “Believe”. It was an emotional
victory for Ward, 33, who has been singing for over 15 years. The
father of three is a document management consultant and has lived
in Houston all his life. He was awarded the top prize of $1,000
and 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.
Ward will also be a special guest at a performance of the Houston
Livestock Show and Rodeo and an opportunity to showcase his vocal
talent in the 93Q Barbeque Tent during the cook-off. Heather Holdereith
was second and received $250 and Aimee Cutler was third and picked
up a check for $100.
In addition to selecting Ward as the top adult performer, they
judges had a difficult task of choosing a winner in the junior division,
for singers age 9-15. Perhaps without knowing it, the judges gave
two young girls and best friends, the thrill of a lifetime. Twelve-year-old
Mignon Grabois wowed the crowd of 3,595. The little freckled-face
girl with the powerful voice earned $1,000, as the grand-prize winner
in the junior division of the contest. The victory was not the first
for Grabois, as she also won last year’s Best Pop Singer in
Houston Contest. Her longtime best friend Haley Brucker tied with
Katelynn Bain for second place. Brucker and Grabois are hoping for
a trip to New York to celebrate their success, and seek to fulfill
The prizes for both Ward and Grabois also included a professional
recording session at R-T Studios.
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
Road to the Kentucky Derby Contest Starts at Sam Houston
Sam Houston Race Park will host the “Road to the Kentucky
Derby” handicapping contest starting Saturday, March 4 and
continuing every Saturday through April 22. The eight-week contest
will offer $2,000 in cash prizes and is open to all racing fans,
21-years of age or older.
Contestants will make mythical $2 win and place wagers on all
of the major prep races leading to the Triple Crown race on June
Registration begins every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. until the official
deadline, which will be prior to the post time of the contest race.
The winners will be determined by the highest cumulative bankroll
from all $2 win and place bets following the Belmont Stakes Saturday,
June 10. 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.
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.
Player’s Lounge at Sam Houston Race Park Offers Great
Service and Rewards
Reserve a private betting carrel in the Players Lounge each Friday
night this month from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for just $1! Sam
Houston Race Park’s Player’s Lounge is a state-of-the-art
race book and sports bar, and is an 8,000 square foot complex located
in the north end of the Paddock Level of the grandstand. The Player’s
Lounge is equipped with 300 televisions and 200 private betting
carrels, similar to those found in the sports books in Las Vegas.
Patrons who reserve a betting carrel will have a private area, which
includes a television and availability of a personal wagering machine.
In addition, sports fans will be able to enjoy all major televised
sporting events and view minute-to-minute quotes from the New York
and NASDAQ exchanges.
After the purchase of ten carrels, patrons will receive a complimentary
carrel for a night of their choice. Reservations for a private betting
carrel may be made at the Player’s Lounge or by calling 281-807-8760.
Another rewarding program implemented in the Player’s Lounge
is the Player’s Pass. The Player’s Pass allows patrons
to select one of three great money-saving seating packages. Fans
may purchase 100 seats for just $225, 150 seats for $300 or 200
seats for $350. All seating package options include admission to
Sam Houston Race Park.
For more information regarding the many services the Player’s
Lounge offers, visit the Player’s Lounge located at the north
end of the grandstand on the Paddock Level, or call 281-807-8760.
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