|SHRP Offers Online Handicapping
Contest for Grade III $200,000 Connally Breeders’ Cup
(March 28, 2006) - Sam Houston Race Park will host the $200,000
Connally Breeders’ Cup Turf Race on Saturday, April 8, 2006.
In its twelfth running, the Connally Breeders' Cup Turf has been
upgraded to Grade III status and is the richest stakes of the Sam
Houston Race Park Thoroughbred meeting. In addition to the Grade
III Connally Breeders' Cup Turf, the evening will feature two other
stakes races, the $40,000 Jersey Lilly Stakes and the $40,000 Sam
Houston Turf Sprint.
As an annual promotion for this stellar night of racing, Sam Houston
Race Park will host the Connally Breeders’ Cup Online Handicapping
Contest. The contest is open to all racing fans, 21-years of age
or older, with a total of $1,000 in prizes to the top four finishers.
There is no entry fee for Connally Breeders’ Cup Online
Handicapping Contest. Each contestant will be required to make win,
place and show selections for the evening’s featured stakes,
plus one additional race from the Saturday night card. Registration
will take place on the Sam Houston Race Park web site, www.shrp.com
beginning Thursday, April 6 at 3:00 p.m. with the deadline to enter
at 7:00 on Saturday, April 8.
The player who earns the highest cumulative total based on the
$2 win, $2 place and $2 show selections, will be awarded $500. The
second place finisher will receive $300, $150 for the player in
third and $50 to the fourth place contestant.
For more information and a complete set of rules for the Connally
Breeders’ Cup Online Handicapping Contest, please call 281-807-8760
or visit the Sam Houston Race Park website at www.shrp.com.
Nominations close March 29 for the Grade III Connally Breeders’
Nominations close Wednesday for the $200,000 Connally Breeders’
Cup Turf, the richest race of the 2005/2006 Sam Houston Race Park
Thoroughbred meeting. The running of this prestigious turf race
as well as two additional stakes will take place on Saturday, April
Defending champion, Rapid Proof, trained by Hal Wiggins, is expected
to compete in the Grade III Connally Breeders' Cup Turf. The draw
for the Connally, $40,000 Jersey Lilly Stakes and the $40,000 Sam
Houston Turf Sprint will take place on Wednesday, April 5.
Pat Day Makes Appearance at Sam Houston Race Park
Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day made an appearance last Sunday at Sam
Houston Race Park. He was in Houston as part of the Race Track Chaplaincy
of America’s Chaplains School and Annual Meeting and delivered
the sermon at the worship service entitled “Helping People
Run the Race”.
Day arrived early and greeted over 150 attendees at the service.
Always popular in Houston, Day rode at Sam Houston Race Park on
many occasions, winning the 1994 Sam Houston Oaks aboard Two Altazano,
competing in eight runnings of the Connally Breeders' Cup Turf and
even winning his first ever Quarter Horse race, guiding Turbo Tex
to victory in a Quarter Horse match race entitled “A Match
Made in Heaven” in 2004. Day was asked if he missed his career
in the saddle.
“I was blessed with a wonderful career for 32 years,”
replied Day. “I don’t miss racing; not a bit. Now I
have embraced a new calling and could not be happier. This is a
career that I will never retire from; until I take my last breath
I will be spreading the word of Jesus Christ and helping those in
Filemon Rodriguez is Coca-Cola Jockey of the Month
Rider Filemon Rodriguez will be honored as the Coca-Cola Jockey
of the Month following Friday night’s first race.
Rodriguez, 39, is currently fourth in the standings with 56 wins
and has had a very solid meet at Sam Houston Race Park. He is the
regular rider of Chit Chat Pam, who scored stakes victories in the
$30,000 Cy-Fair Stakes as well as the $125,000 Two Altazano. He
also won the $40,000 Tomball Stakes on February 11 with Shons Secret.
Jockey, Trainer and Owner Standings
Quincy Hamilton won five races last week and appears to be on the
verge of securing his second leading rider title at Sam Houston
Race Park. Hamilton now has a total of 76 wins and $732,844 in earnings.
Glen Murphy added four wins last week, including a victory aboard
Dodd in the $40,000 Houston Ladies Stakes, to remain in second place
with 70 wins. Larry Taylor guided Tour De France to the wire in
the Grade III Texas Six Shooter for Arabian colts and geldings last
Saturday. Taylor has a total of 64 wins. Filemon Rodriguez is in
fourth place with 56 victories. Justin Shepherd is in fifth place
in the jockey standings with 38 wins.
Danny Pish saddled two winners last week and continues to lead
in the trainer standings with a total of 47 wins and $566,380 in
earnings. John Locke continues to have an excellent meet and remains
in second place with 43 victories. W. Bret Calhoun won three races
last week and is third with 42 wins and Steve Asmussen follows with
38wins. Brent Davidson rounds out the top five with 30 wins.
Shrum Racing, Inc. and Jim Bausch are tied for the lead in the
owner standings with 13 wins each. Charles Hukill follows with 10
victories. Stephen Baker, Nelco Farms, Israel Flores and Richard
Bird are tied with nine wins each.
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.
VIP Member Kirk Evans was awarded $200 for finishing first in
week four of the contest. Evans’ total bankroll was $137.80.
Dolores Schutzenhofer was awarded $50 for her second place finish
with a $27.60 bankroll, and was matched by Reagan Valley and Alonzo
Lewis who each received $25.
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.
Winners Announced in Sam Houston Race Park’s King
of the Hill Contest
Sam Houston Race Park’s King of the Hill Handicapping Contest
was held last Thursday. The contest asked 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 varied,
adding an entertaining challenge to the handicapping.
The contest produced four winners: Sandra Montgomery, Trey Stiles,
Jimmy Ray and Edgar Carrillo. Each of the winners received $100
for successfully satisfying the changing qualifications.
For more information about upcoming contests, visit www.shrp.com.
Thursday $1.00 Beer and Dining Specials Continue at Sam
Houston Race Park
Sam Houston Race Park continues it’s fabulous Thursday offerings
of $1 beer and the popular $12.99 Seafood Platter. 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.
To make reservations in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant,
call 281-870-8760 or visit www.shrp.com.
Florida Derby Headlines Simulcasting This Weekend at Sam
Houston Race Park
Simulcast action continues this weekend and racing fans can watch
and wager on the $1 Million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The
Grade 1 stakes has attracted the undefeated Barbaro, trained by
Michael Matz as well as Sunriver and Saint Augustus from the barn
of Todd Pletcher.
The 55th running of the Florida Derby for 3-year-olds is part of
Gulfstream Park’s Spectacular Saturday IV card that also includes
the $150,000 Orchid Handicap, the $150,000 Captain Morgan Pan Am
Handicap, the $100,000 Skip Away Handicap, the $100,000 Artax Handicap,
the $75,000 Lure Stakes and the $75,000 Spectacular Bid.
For a complete listing of simulcast tracks and post time, visit
the Sam Houston Race Park website, www.shrp.com,
or call (281) 807-8740.