|$40,000 Seainsky Tops Rapid Proof
in Friday Night’s Connally Breeders' Cup Turf Prep
(March 21,2006) - Rapid Proof, winner of the 2005 Connally Breeders'
Cup Turf last April at Sam Houston Race Park, returned to action
on Friday, March 17 in a turf allowance at Sam Houston Race Park.
The 6-year-old multiple-stakes winner is bred and owned by Dolphus
Morrison of Birmingham, Alabama, but had not run since last November
at Remington Park.
He had to settle for second in his comeback race as Seainsky. trained
by Danny Pish and ridden by Roman Chapa, won in impressive fashion.
“Very impressive horse,” said Chapa. “I studied
the Form; he’s been falling a little too far behind in his
last few races. I wanted to keep him in the race a little earlier
and it made a big difference tonight. Turning for home, he did it
very confidently. In the last 16th of a mile, I didn’t need
to ask him. He gave it all he had.”
“We’ve tried keeping him closer to the pace, but tonight
he was willing to do it,” added Pish. “It’s hard
to say how much of that was Roman and how much was circumstances,
but he got involved earlier and it made a difference.”
Pish has gone full circle with Seainsky, who for several years
was conditioned by Wes Hawley for owner Jack L. Gullett.
“Actually, I broke this horse and got him started,”
said Pish. “I was headed to Retama Park and his owners thought
he was a little better class of horse, so they let Wes have him.
He was coming back off his second long layoff and Mr. Gullett decided
to let me have another shot at him. So here we are and we’re
pointing toward the Connally Breeders' Cup Turf.”
Brian Hernandez, Jr., regular rider of Rapid Proof, who is trained
by Hal Wiggins, was not disappointed in his second place showing
in the 1 1/16 mile turf allowance.
“This was his first race in three months and he came running
hard,” commented Hernandez on Rapid Proof’s effort.
“When he got in the middle of the track, he kind of goofed
off a little, but when I asked him to finish, he ended up finishing
well. The pace was pretty quick, but he handled the turf course
well. He seemed like he was back to his old self tonight.”
Sam Houston Race Park Chaplaincy Hosts National Event Featuring
Sam Houston Race Park is proud to host the Race Track Chaplaincy
of America’s Chaplains School and Annual Meeting this week.
The nationwide event will occur this week from Wednesday, March
22 through Monday, March 27.
The Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) is a wonderful organization
serving racetracks across the country. Here at Sam Houston Race
Park, Chaplain John Shumaker presides over many programs for horsemen,
jockeys and backside workers including Sunday morning worship service
in the Chaplaincy building at 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday evening Bible
Study at 7:00 p.m. The public is always welcome to attend. Shumaker
and the Chaplaincy provide clothing, blankets and food for those
in need on the backside. Counseling is provided for spiritual, emotional
and financial needs.
Racing fans are invited to attend a special event on Sunday, March
26 when Hall of Fame Jockey Pat Day will take part in a worship
service at Sam Houston Race Park. The program will take place on
the South Apron at Sam Houston Race Park at 11 a.m.
Day, who was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1991, has
won over 8,700 races in his celebrated career, including nine Triple
Crown races and 12 Breeders’ Cup victories. He rode at Sam
Houston Race Park on many occasions, winning the 1994 Sam Houston
Oaks aboard Two Altazano. Day won his first ever Quarter Horse race
here, guiding Turbo Tex to victory in a Quarter Horse match race
entitled “A Match Made in Heaven” in 2004.
On Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m., Christian Country duo, Branded,
will perform live at Hotel Sofitel. The Christian duo currently
has five top ten songs and nominations for Vocal Duo and New Artist
of the Year. Following the concert, Pastor John Greiner of Glorious
Way Church in the Champions area, will deliver a special message.
For more information, call the Chaplain’s office at 281-807-8700.
Love Me Dew Eligible for Arabian Cup’s Triple Crown
Love Me Dew, owned by Darla and Charles Ripley’s Dreamfield
Arabian Racehorses, will one of the favorites in the $45,000 Texas
Yellow Rose on Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park. Trained
by Lynnett Hershbell and ridden by Gregorio Rivera, Love Me Dew
captured the $100,000 Daughters of the Desert Oaks at Los Alamitos
on January 13 and will compete in the fillies’ division of
the Arabian Cup’s Triple Crown.
In addition to the $45,000 Texas Yellow Rose, Arabian colts and
geldings will compete in the $45,000 Texas Six Shooter, also slated
for Saturday, March 25 at Sam Houston Race Park.
Sam Houston Race Park to Simulcast Stakes Races from Dubai
Sam Houston Race Park will simulcast the $6 million Dubai World
Cup in Saudi Arabia, the world’s richest race on Saturday,
March 25. Gates will open at 8:15 a.m. and racing fans will be able
to watch and wager on four of the six exciting stakes races, the
first set for 8:55 a.m. (CST).
The northwest Houston racetrack will also simulcast the Dubai
Sheema Classic, Dubai Golden Shaheen and the Dubai Duty Free. Each
of the two million dollar stakes races will feature many of the
finest racehorses from all around, including Pleasantly Perfect,
winner of last years Dubai World Cup. A complete list of contenders
can be found on www.dubaiworldcup.com.
Jockey, Trainer and Owner Standings
Quincy Hamilton won three races last week and continues to lead
in the jockey standings at Sam Houston Race Park. Hamilton now has
a total of 71 wins and $676,832 in earnings. Glen Murphy remains
in second place with 66 wins and is followed by Larry Taylor, who
has 62. Filemon Rodriguez picked up four wins last week and is in
fourth place with 56 victories. Omar Rodriguez and Justin Shepherd
continue their battle for fifth place in the jockey standings and
remain tied for the fourth week in a row with 35 wins each.
Danny Pish saddled four winners last week and continues to lead
in the trainer standings with a total of 45 wins and $548,736 in
earnings. John Locke had a solid week, winning five races to secure
his second place standing with 43 victories. W. Bret Calhoun is
third with 39 wins and Steve Asmussen follows with 36 wins. Andy
Konkoly rounds out the top five with 27 wins.
Shrum Racing, Inc. has the lead in the owner standings with 13
wins. Jim Bausch is in second place with 12 victories. Stephen Baker,
Nelco Farms, Israel Flores Charles Hukill and Richard Bird are tied
with nine wins each.
Jockey Omar Rodriguez Wins First Stakes of the Meeting
Omar Rodriguez had one of his best nights at Sam Houston Race Park
on Saturday, March 18 as he won three races on the card, including
guiding longshot Andanight ($62.80) to victory in the $40,000 Spring
Rodriguez, 31, was born in Puerto Rico and joined the Sam Houston
Race Park jockey colony this year. He rides for many horsemen and
won his first stakes of the meeting last Saturday night for Nelco
Farms and trainer Juan Rivera.
“I wasn’t surprised at the result,” commented
Rodriguez. “He has been training well and his other races
were too short. He’s got a big heart.”
Road to the Kentucky Derby Contest Underway at Sam Houston
Sam Houston Race Park is now in halfway through the Road to the
Kentucky Derby handicapping contest. The contest started on March
4 and continues every Saturday through April 22. The eight-week
contest offers $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.
Last week’s winners were Judy Mantooth, Rose Rayten and
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 this Thursday, 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.
March Food, Beverage and Admission Specials at Sam Houston
Sam Houston Race Park continues to offer free admission all day
on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and before gates open for live
racing on Thursdays through Sundays. Each Thursday night not only
features $1 beer, but a $12.99 Seafood Platter as well. The Seafood
Platter is offered in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and includes
fried catfish, shrimp and oysters with french fries, hush puppies,
cole slaw and all the fixings. The Winner’s Circle Restaurant
also offers a $12.99 Steak Dinner on Sunday evenings, which includes
a salad, garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables. Or you may join
us next Thursday.
The Player’s Lounge features Player’s Hour each Friday
from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Patrons may reserve a private betting carrel
in the Players Lounge for just $1. Players 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 your purchase of ten carrels, you will receive a complimentary
one for a night of your choice.
For more information, call 281-870-8760 or visit www.shrp.com.