|$40,000 Sam Houston Oaks This Saturday
(March 7, 2006) - Three-year-old fillies
will be featured in Saturday night’s $40,000 Sam Houston Oaks,
to be contested at a distance of one mile on the main track. Behrenitall
will make her stakes debut for trainer Andy Konkoly. Bred and owned
by Ted Britt, the daughter of Behrens broke her maiden here on December
10 and followed that up with an impressive allowance score on January
6. The stakes closed with 34 nominations including two from the
barn of trainer Steve Asmussen, Well Hidden and Yaddo Cat as well
as the maiden Golden Given, a daughter of Point Given, who is conditioned
by George Northrop, Jr.
The draw for the Sam Houston Oaks will take place on Wednesday,
Roman Chapa Returns to Sam Houston Race Park
Jockey Roman Chapa is named on three mounts on this Thursday’s
card and plans to ride at Sam Houston Race Park for the remainder
of the 2005/2006 Thoroughbred meeting.
Chapa had one of his best years ever in 2005. He won 65 races
at Lone Star Park last summer, earning over $1.4 million in purses.
He won the riding title at the Louisiana Downs-Fair Grounds meeting
which took ran from November 19 through January 22. Chapa rode 45
winners and concluded the meet with $1,348,120 in earnings. From
Louisiana, he headed to Oaklawn Park, where he struggled against
a very tough jockey colony. Last week, he was hospitalized and diagnosed
with bleeding ulcers. He received four pints of blood before he
was discharged. From a physical and emotional standpoint, Chapa
decided to come home to Texas.
“Oaklawn just wasn’t the place for me this year,”
admitted Chapa, who headed back to Houston last weekend. “For
me, riding at Sam Houston is an opportunity to go back to my roots,”
said Chapa. “My wife and her family live here and it gives
me a chance to build my business for Lone Star.”
Chapa will ride three horses for trainer Danny Pish in the Thursday
evening card: Kaceynthemoonlite in the third; Thunder E.O.G. in
the eighth and Cupid’s Play Boy in the ninth race. Agent Shawn
Bergquist will book mounts for Chapa at Sam Houston Race Park for
the remainder of the meet which concludes on Sunday, April 9, 2006.
Connally Breeders' Cup Turf Probables Competed Last Saturday
Sam Houston Race Park offered two turf allowance races on the Saturday
card and several horses nominated for the Grade III Connally Breeders'
Cup Turf , looked good in their prep efforts.
In the third, Waupaca, owned by Wayne A. Sanders and trained by
Donnie Von Hemel tracked the Steve Asmussen-trained Gondolieri and
closed gamely for the win. Quincy Hamilton rode the 6-year-old Kentucky-bred
“He broke sharp; he was pretty aggressive,” commented
Hamilton. “I was lucky that was able to get him to relax when
we were pressed by the Asmussen horse. Once he got through, he was
running and really accelerated through the turn. He ran a great
race. I had never ridden him before but I talked to Mr. Von Hemel
and he told me that he had made a bit change and I think it worked
out for the best.
Middleweight, who won the $100,000 MAXXAM Gold Cup on January
21 for trainer Al Stall, Jr., finished third.
In the second turf allowance of the evening, Twilight Vision went
gate-to-wire for trainer John Locke. This was the second turf victory
of the meet for the 6-year-old son of Twilight Agenda, who won the
$40,000 Jersey Village Stakes.
“They sure let him go awfully slow on the front end,”
said Locke. “It was good for us. We’ll nominate for
the Connally Breeders' Cup Turf.”
Jockey Glen Murphy rode Twilight Vision for owner Evelyn Bean.
“It was beautiful. I just wanted to get him comfortable
and he got away in a nice, easy gallop,” recalled Murphy.
“Nobody pressed us so I just got to lope like we wanted to
and saved my horse for the end. I got back with a lot of horse.”
Nominations for the Grade III Connally Breeders' Cup Turf close
on Wednesday, March 29.
Jockey, Trainer and Owner Standings
Glen Murphy had a stellar weekend, racking up an impressive eight
wins. Murphy scored two wins on Friday and three more on Saturday
and Sunday to remain on top in the standings with 64 wins and $596,722
in earnings. Quincy Hamilton made a move in the standings from third
to second and has 61 victories. Hamilton also scored multiple wins;
he made three trips to the winner’s circle on Friday and three
more on Saturday. One of Hamilton’s aboard the Kip Deville
($14.50) in the $40,000 Texas Heritage Stakes. Larry Taylor dropped
to third place, but still has a secure position among the top five.
Taylor has 58 wins and a 10-win lead over Filemon Rodriguez, who
has 48. The top five jockeys are rounded out with a continued tie
between Justin Shepherd and Omar Rodriguez, each have 30 wins.
In Saturday’s Texas Heritage Stakes, one of the most impressive
finishes was the second place showing of Majestic Note, who paid
$58.00 to place under jockey Richard Eramia. The Hamilton-Eramia
Exacta paid $501.60, the highest recorded exacta of the meeting.
Danny Pish did not have any winners last week, but still leads
Steve Asmussen by two wins. Pish has saddled 38 winners and his
mounts have earned $485,836, while Asmussen follows closely with
36 victories. W. Bret Calhoun gained four wins, including two on
Friday night’s race card. Calhoun is in third place in the
standings with 35 wins, while John Locke had a nice week, also saddling
four winners to secure fourth place with 34 wins. Andy Konkoly rounds
out the top five with 23 wins.
Last week did not bring any change to the top five owner standings.
Jim Bausch continues to lead the owner standings with 12 total wins
with Shrum Racing, Inc. following in second place with 10. Stephen
Baker remains in third with nine wins, while Charles Hukill and
Richard Bird are tied with eight wins each.
Road to the Kentucky Derby Contest Underway at Sam Houston
Sam Houston Race Park kicked off the “Road to the Kentucky
Derby” handicapping contest starting last Saturday, March
4 and will continue the contest 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
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.
Sam Houston Race Park Offers King of the Hill Contest
Sam Houston Race Park’s “King of the Hill” Handicapping
Contest will take place on Saturday, March 23 and requires participants
to handicap four races from the Sam Houston Race Park live Thoroughbred
race card. The rules or qualifications for each of the four races
will vary, adding an entertaining challenge to the handicapping.
The rules are as follows:
- First race: contestants must select a horse
to finish in the first five positions
- Second race: contestants must select a horse
to finish in the first four positions
- Third race: contestants must select a horse
to finish in the first three positions
- Fourth race: contestants must select a horse
to finish in the first two positions
- Fifth race: contestants must select a horse
to win the race
The contestant to successfully make selections satisfying each
of the race qualifications will be awarded $500. Interested patrons
may enter the contest starting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23
until 15 minutes prior to the post time for the fourth race. Contestants
must be 21 years of age or older to participate.
For more information regarding the “King of the Hill”
Handicapping Contest, please call 281-807-8760 or visit 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.