2004/2005 Thoroughbred Stakes Schedule Announced at Sam Houston Race Park

The 2004/2005 Sam Houston Race Park Winter/Spring Thoroughbred meeting will begin on Wednesday, November 17. The 71-day meeting will offer in excess of $110,000 in purses each day and will feature 32 stakes races with more than $1.9 million in purses. The northwest Houston racetrack's eleventh Thoroughbred meeting will conclude on Sunday, April 10, 2005.

Robert L. Bork, president and general manager, is pleased to announce that the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Sam Houston Race Park will continue their long-term association with Texas Champions Day. One of the premier days of racing in the state, Texas Champions Day will be held on Saturday, November 20. This exceptional day in Texas Thoroughbred racing will offer nine stakes races with $650,000 in purses.

In addition to Texas Champions Day, some of the other notable racing events include the $100,000 MAXXAM Gold Cup on January 22, with two additional stakes slated for that evening, the $50,000 Sam Houston Sprint Handicap and the $50,000 Sam Houston Distaff. The richest race of the Thoroughbred meeting, the $200,000 Connally Breeders' Cup Turf, will retain its April date on the calendar and will take place on Saturday, April 9.

"The return of Thoroughbred racing to Sam Houston Race Park caps an exciting year for us," said Sam Houston Race Park president, Robert L. Bork.

"We look forward to hosting the prestigious MBNA Challenge Championships on Saturday, November 6 with the nation's finest American Quarter Horses competing in six stakes races. Two weeks later, we will partner with the Texas Thoroughbred Association to honor Texas-bred Thoroughbreds with yet another exciting renewal of Texas Champions Day. These two events will offer tremendous excitement to our patrons here in Houston as well as our simulcast fans across the country."

The Sam Houston Race Park racing office is currently accepting stall applications and will release the first condition book covering races from November 17 - December 11 in early October.

The 2004 American Quarter Horse meeting will continue through Saturday, November 6, and Thoroughbred training will begin on October 1.

Horsemen who would like a copy of the Winter/Spring Thoroughbred Stakes book may contact the Racing Office at 1-800-807-RACE or visit the Sam Houston Race Park web site at www.shrp.com.


November 2004

Date Race Purse Conditions Distance
November 20 Texas Champions Day      
  Martanza Stakes* $75,000 FM3YO&UP 1 mile
  Richard King Handicap* $50,000 3YO&UP 1 1/8 miles (t)
  Star of Texas Stakes* $100,000 3YO&UP 1 1/16 miles
  San Jacinto Stakes* $50,000 FM3YO&UP 1 1/16 miles (t)
  Spirit of Texas Stakes* $50,000 3YO&UP 6 furlongs
  Yellow Rose Stakes* $50,000 FM3YO&UP 6 furlongs
  Groovy Stakes* $50,000 2YO 7 furlongs
  Bara Lass Stakes $50,000 F2YO 7 furlongs
  Sam Houston Texan Juvenile $150,000 2YO 1 1/16 miles
November 27 Buffalo Bayou Stakes $40,000 3YO&UP 1 1/16 miles (t)

 December 2004

Date Race Purse Conditions Distance
December 4 Katy Stakes $40,000 FM3YO&UP 1 1/16 miles (t)
December 11 Conroe Stakes $40,000 3YO 6 furlongs
December 18 Cy-Fair Stakes $40,000 F3YO 6 furlongs

January 2005

Date Race Purse Conditions Distance
January 8 San Felipe Stakes $40,000 FM4YO&UP 6 furlongs
January 15 River Oaks Stakes $40,000 F3YO 6 furlongs
January 22 MAXXAM Gold Cup $100,000 4YO&UP 1 1/8 miles
  Sam Houston Sprint Cup $50,000 4YO&UP 7 furlongs
  Sam Houston Distaff Handicap $50,000 FM4YO&UP 1 1/16 miles
January 29 Bucharest Stakes $40,000 F3YO 6 furlongs

February 2005

Date Race Purse Conditions Distance
February 5 Tomball Stakes* $40,000 4YO&UP 1 1/16 miles (t)
February 12 Jersey Village Stakes* $40,000 FM4YO&UP 1 1/16 miles (t)
February 19 Texas Stallion Stakes* $125,000 3YO 1 mile
  Texas Stallion Stakes* $125,000 F3YO 1 miles
February 26 Willowbrook Stakes $40,000 FM4YO&UP 5 furlongs (t)

March 2005

Date Race Purse Conditions Distance
March 5 Texas Heritage Stakes $40,000 3YO 1 mile
March 12 Sam Houston Oaks $40,000 F3YO 1 mile
March 19 Spring Stakes* $40,000 4YO&UP 7 furlongs
March 26 Double Your Flavor Stakes* $40,000 FM4YO&UP 7 furlongs

April 2005

Date Race Purse Conditions Distance
April 2 Fort Bend County Stakes $40,000 3YO 7 furlongs
April 9 Connally Turf Festival      
  Connally Breeders' Cup Turf $200,000 3YO&UP 1 1/8 miles (t)
  Sam Houston Turf Sprint Cup $50,000 4YO&UP 5 furlongs (t)
  Jersey Lilly Stakes $50,000 FM4YO&UP 1 1/16 miles (t)

*Accredited Texas-bred stakes

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