|$40,000 Texas Heritage Stakes This
(February 28,2006) - Saturday night’s
feature will be the $40,000 Texas Heritage Stakes for 3-year-olds
competing at one mile on the main track. The stakes closed with
40 nominations including Brick Fight, winner of the $125,000 Jim’s
Orbit Stakes on February 18 for trainer Danny Pish. Dismissed by
the betting public, Brick Fight went off at odds of 41-1 and paid
$85.40 to win, but will not be overlooked on Saturday. Other nominees
include Slick City Nites from the barn of Steve Asmussen. The Kentucky-bred
colt won the $30,000 Bucharest Stakes over a sloppy track on January
28. The second-place finisher in the Bucharest, Herman Muttster
is also nominated for the Texas Heritage Stakes. Trained by Michelle
Lovell, Herman Muttster’s owners and grooms wore Herman Munster
t-shirts and masks, much to the delight of Sam Houston Race Park
The draw for the Texas Heritage Stakes will take place on Wednesday,
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Offered This Weekend
Racing fans interested in placing a future wager on the 2006 Kentucky
Derby will have another chance this weekend. Sam Houston Race Park
will host the second of three advance-wagering pools for this anticipated
event. Wagering will begin on Thursday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m. (CST)
and close on Sunday, March 5 at 5:00 p.m. Sam Houston Race Park
will dedicate one television channel to broadcasting the odds of
the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Racing fans can place wagers on 23 horses listed as Derby candidates
as well as a 24th betting interest, which will cover the mutuel
field of all other 3-year-old Thoroughbreds. Wagers are for win
betting only, with a minimum $2 wager accepted.
In addition to future wagers on the Kentucky Derby, there will
also be a separate wager available on the Kentucky Oaks Future,
available Thursday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m. (CST) through Sunday,
March 5 at 5:30 p.m. (CST). The final future wager for the Kentucky
Derby and Oaks will be offered from Thursday, April 6 through Sunday,
Jockey, Trainer and Owner Standings
Glen Murphy picked up another three wins over the weekend and currently
stands in first place in the jockey colony with 56 wins and $528,797
in earnings. The race for leading rider honors is on and figures
to be a battle between several riders. Larry Taylor trails Murphy
by just win and has a total of 55 victories after scoring five wins
last week. Quincy Hamilton continues to make up ground adding seven
trips to the winner’s circle to wrap up the week with 53 wins.
Filemon Rodriguez scored one win over the weekend, leaving him with
46 wins. Omar Rodriguez has made a move into the top five and is
tied with Justin Shepherd with 28 wins.
Danny Pish has a secure lead in the trainer standings with 38
wins, five wins more than second place trainer, Steve Asmussen.
Pish also has the highest earnings with $476,234. W. Bret Calhoun
had a winning weekend, saddling four winners including two on Saturday.
Calhoun has a total of 31 victories and is followed closely by John
Locke, who has 30. Andy Konkoly continues to round out the top five
trainers, now with 22 first-place finishes.
Jim Bausch continues to lead the owner standings, now with 12
total wins, while Shrum Racing, Inc. has moved up in the standings
to second place with 10 wins. Stephen Baker has also worked his
way up in the standings with nine wins, while Charles Hukill and
Richard Bird are tied with eight wins each.
Nuke Shim Keeps Winning at Sam Houston Race Park
Jockey Nuke Shim, who at 62-years old, is still riding competitively,
won two races last week at Sam Houston Race Park. He began by guiding
Linmeabuck ($40.60) to victory Thursday’s fourth race for
trainer Val Ray Foster and won another race last Sunday, February
26. Shim piloted Aaron’s Tug to victory in Sunday’s
third race, a $5,000 claimer for 4-year-olds and upward, for conditioner
This was the fifth win of the meeting for Shim, who has been riding
professionally for over 40 years. Shim has received much attention
from racing fans and his fellow riders, many of who are young enough
to be his grandsons.
“He is in amazing shape,” commented fellow rider Justin
Shepherd, who is 19-years-old.
Classoffiftyseven Returns to the Winner’s Circle
On Thursday, February 23, Classoffiftyseven, winner of the 2003
Richard King Handicap, returned to the winner’s circle for
trainer Val Ray Foster. The handsome gray 7-year-old turf specialist
is owned by Daniel Rodano and had not won a race since January 15,
“I was happy to see the old guy run a good race,”
commented his regular pilot, Terry Stanton.
Trainer Foster won three races on the Thursday night card, beginning
with Classoffiftyseven ($13.00) in the third; Linmeabuck ($40.60)
in the fourth and Refugio Gold ($14.20) in the seventh race.
Tricky Race Call for Track Announcer Michael Chamberlain
Sam Houston Race Park track announcer Michael Chamberlain had one
of his more unusual race calls on Saturday, February 25 in the seventh
race. A field of ten competed in the $12,500 maiden special weight
The favorite, Valley Boy, ridden by Omar Rodriguez, went to the
lead at the top of the stretch and won the race. Jockey Terry Stanton
guided B L’s Boy from ninth place to second and if that wasn’t
enough, Amanda Crandall was closing aboard Angie’s Boy to
“What surprised me is that B L’s Boy and Angie’s
Boy were trailing the field and both made huge closing runs,”
recalled Chamberlain. “It was all I could do to refrain from
saying ‘boy oh boy’ at the end of that race call.”
Three Ladies Split the Showvivor Handicapping Contest Top
Sam Houston Race Park gave last Saturday’s crowd of 3,160
a chance to win $500 as it hosted the Showvivor Handicapping Contest.
The contest took place during Sam Houston Race Park’s live
ten-race card and invited contestants to handicap each race until
a “survivor” was remaining through the elimination process.
Three ladies outlasted a total of 115 handicappers in the final
race of the evening. Sandra Adams of La Porte, Texas, Christine
Li-Smith of Houston and Trisha Stauffer of Stafford, Texas split
the $500 contest prize.
More information on upcoming handicapping contests is available
on the Sam Houston Race Park web site, www.shrp.com.
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 $4,800 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 Kentucky Derby. 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.
The winners will be 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 weekly bankrolls.
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.
Roger Creager to Perform at Sam Houston Race Park
Sam Houston Race Park will present Roger Creager live in concert
on Saturday, March 11. Creager will perform old favorites such as
“The Everclear Song” and new hits from his latest album,
Long Way to Mexico.
The Texas singer/songwriter attended Sam Houston State University
and later obtained a degree from Texas A&M. Creager ventured
into the working world as an accountant, but his passion for music
and songwriting lead him to give up the steady paychecks, and take
part in the Texas Music Revolution.
Creager will take to the stage following the thrilling evening
of live Thoroughbred racing, which will include the $40,000 Sam
Houston Oaks. Admission to live racing and the concert is $3 for
adults before 9 p.m.; $1 for Senior Citizens; and children 12 are
admitted free. For more information or reserved seats, call 281-807-8760.