|Live Thoroughbred Racing Returns to Sam
Houston Race Park on November 23
Live Thoroughbred racing
returns to Sam Houston Race Park with kick-off opening weekend events
featuring races and live entertainment Friday, November 23 through Sunday,
November 25. In addition to the excitement of Thoroughbred racing, special
live performances from country music stars Miranda Lambert (mirandalambert.com)
and Kevin Fowler (kevinfowler.com)
will highlight the opening weekend. Post times for races on Friday &
Saturday is 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
Lambert recently rocked the Country Music Association Awards with a stunning
live performance and was nominated as Best Female Vocalist. Austin-based
singer/songwriter Kevin Fowler, best known for being a little bit rock
and a little bit Texas country, is also set to perform during the opening
Live racing will continue each Thursday – Sunday evening in November.
SHRP will host a special live race card on Monday, December 31 at 7:00
The 2007-2008 Thoroughbred meeting will continue though Saturday, April
5, 2008. For more information on races and events, please visit www.shrp.com.
Texas Champions Day Saturday, December 1
Sam Houston Race Park, with the support and cooperation of the Texas
Thoroughbred Association, will host Texas Champions Day, a Live Thoroughbred
Racing event with a Texas theme, on Saturday, December 1, 2007. The event
will also live entertainment and a performance by “2004 Best Country
Singer in Houston” winner Mignon Grabois.
The Park will host a special pre-racing handicapping seminar featuring
track announcer Michael Chamberlain, the Houston Chronicle’s Martha
Claussen and Daily Racing Form correspondent Mary Rampellini. A “$2,500
Texas Champions Day Online/At the Track Handicapping Contest” invites
guests to try their hand at handicapping our 8 stakes races on Saturday,
December 1, 2007. Contestants will be asked to make win, place and show
selections on the 8 stakes races: the “Star of Texas Stakes”,
the “Martanza Stakes,” the “Richard King Stakes,”
the “San Jacinto Stakes,” the “Spirit of Texas Stakes,”
the “Yellow Rose Stakes,” the “Groovy Stakes,”
and the “Bara Lass Stakes.” The guest with the highest cumulative
net total from the above races based on an assumed $2 win, place and show
wager will be declared the winner of the contest.
Patrons entering the park after 5 p.m. will receive a free commemorative
event t-shirt on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event is open to
patrons of all ages. Tickets are available for $4 for adults, $2 for Senior
Citizens and children under 12 are FREE. Texas Champions Day is presented
by Woodford Reserve and Dodge. For more information visit www.shrp.com
or call 281.807.8760.
Inaugural New Year’s Eve Zoom & Boom Celebration
Sam Houston Race Park invites Houstonians to ring in 2008 in style at
the inaugural New Year’s Eve Zoom & Boom Celebration on Monday,
December 31, 2007. Guests are invited to “come-as-you-are”
with boots and jeans casual attire for a night of Thoroughbred racing,
live entertainment featuring dance music from the 70s, 80s and more, champagne
toast along with one of the largest firework displays in town! Ticket
packages include reserved seating for racing, racing program, buffet dinner
by award winning Executive Chef Francis Walters, special New Year’s
party favors, commemorative champagne flute and more! The event will also
feature K-Hits & 106.9 The Point DJs and KRIV Fox 26 personalities
counting down to 2008. Ticket packages start at $15 per person. For more
information visit www.shrp.com or call
Other Racing Information
The northwest Houston racetrack will host a special live race card on
Monday, December 31, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. The 2007/2008 Thoroughbred meeting
will continue though Saturday, April 5, 2008.
A complete list of racing dates and stakes is available on the Sam Houston
Race Park web site, shrp.com. Horsemen can obtain the first condition
book by calling the racing office at 1-800-807-RACE or online on the Sam
Houston Race Park web site at www.shrp.com.
Danny Pish Wins Ninth Retama Park Training Title
Danny Pish, who has won the Sam Houston Race Park’s training title
for the past two years, captured his ninth leading trainer belt buckle
last Saturday at Retama Park. Pish completed the meet with a record of
40 wins from 189 starts and earnings of $465,981. John Locke finished
second with 18 victories and Cheryl Asmussen followed closely with a total
of 17 wins. Michelle Lovell was fourth in the standings with 15 wins,
concluding the Retama Park meet in fine fashion, winning the $45,000 No
Le Hace Stakes with Man Named Sue ($21.00). Robert Schultz and Tony Edison
tied for fifth-place with 13 victories each.
Danny Pish captured his ninth leading trainer belt buckle on November
17 at Retama Park
Eguard Tejera Captures His First Riding Title
Thoroughbred jockey Eguard Tejera won the first leading rider title of
his career, dominating the jockey colony at Retama Park. The 29-year-old
native of Uruguay came to the United States six years ago and began his
career as an exercise rider. This year was the first year that he rode
professionally for the entire year and he won 50 races at Retama Park,
besting veteran jockeys Steve Bourque (33); Filemon Rodriguez (30) and
Bobby Walker, Jr. (21).
Tejera rode for a number of horsemen at Retama Park including Jim Bausch,
Andy Konkoly, Tommie Morgan and Tony Edison. He is named on five mounts
this Friday at Sam Houston Race Park.
Simulcasting this Weekend at Sam Houston Race Park
Fair Grounds, one of the most highly anticipated meets in this region
will open on Thanksgiving Day. Their 136th season opens with the $60,000
Thanksgiving Handicap, attracted a field of nine including Orphan Brigade
and Going Wild from the barn of Bret Calhoun. The New Orleans racetrack’s
Thoroughbred season runs through March 23, 2008. Also on Thanksgiving
Day, Churchill Downs will present the Grade 2, $300,000 Falls City Handicap
with Panty Raid, High Heels and Kettleoneup as the top contenders.
Major weekend simulcast races include the Grade 2, $500,000 Clark Handicap
at Churchill Downs on Friday, November 23 and the Grade 2, $250,000 Kentucky
Jockey Club Stakes for 2-year-olds on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Aqueduct
will present the Grade 1, $300,000 Cigar Mile and Laurel will showcase
the Grade 1, $250,000 De Francis Memorial Stakes. Hollywood Park will
present the Grade 2, $100,000 Generous Stakes on Friday and the Grade
1, $500,000 Hollywood Derby and Grade 1, $500,000 Matriarch Stakes on
Sunday, November 25.
A complete list of simulcast tracks and post times can be found on the
Sam Houston Race Park web site, shrp.com
or by calling (281) 807-8740.
Quarter Horse Racing News
Lone Star Park ran trials for the Grade 1, $1,069,297 Texas Classic Futurity
last Saturday night and Illegal Memories was the fastest qualifier, winning
his 400 yard trial in :19.706. The Texas-bred gelding is trained by Doug
McMullen and will face nine rivals in the final on Saturday, December
1. Trainer Heath Taylor, who is always prominent at Sam Houston Race Park,
had an exceptional night, qualifying six of the horses, including Coronas
Leaving You, who is undefeated to date.
Last Friday, trials took place for the $400,000 Texas Classic Derby
and Speed Transferred was the fastest qualifier. Trained by Wes Giles,
Speed Transferred crossed the wire of the 440 yard trial in :21.429.
Sam Houston Race Park will simulcast the Texas Classic Futurity on December
1, which is the final night of the 2007 Lone Star Park Quarter Horse meeting.
Student Council Tokyo Bound
Student Council, who won the first stakes race of his career at Sam Houston
Race Park, is in final preparations for the Grade 1, $2.3 million Japan
Cup Dirt on November 24 at Tokyo Racecourse.
The 5-year-old son of Kingmambo captured the $100,000 MAXXAM Gold Cup
last January at Sam Houston Race Park. He had an outstanding year, winning
the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar and the Grade 2, Hawthorne
Gold Cup. He earned an automatic berth into the Grade 1, $5,000,000 Breeders’
Cup Classic, but his owner Ro Parra, opted for the Japan Cup Dirt, which
offered a $833,000 bonus to the winner of the Pacific Classic.
Ricky Frazier Wins 3,000th Career Race
Thoroughbred jockey, Ricky Frazier, who won two riding titles at Sam
Houston Race Park, won his 3,000th race on Saturday, November 17 at Turf
Paradise. Frazier accomplished this feat aboard Miller’s Turbo ($7.60)
for trainer Doug O’Neill in the 8th race of the card.
Frazier was the leading rider in the inaugural Sam Houston Race Park
racing season in 1994. He followed that up with his second title in 1995
and has been riding on the West Coast for the past ten years.
VIP Club November Specials Offered at Sam Houston Race Park
Live Racing kicks off on Friday, November 23, 2007, but will continue
simulcast action seven days a week. We continue to provide great offers
and benefits for our VIP Club members. Promotions for the month of November
Wednesday: $100 Showvivor Handicapping Contest – Hollywood Park
Saturday: Super 7 Saturday: The 7th Race at seven designated
racetracks on each Saturday in November with handicappers asked to make
mythical win and place wagers. $300 goes to First Place, $150 to Second
Place, and $50 to Third Place.
Sunday: Pigskin and Horse Hide Contest - Pick 3 NFL Winners
against the spread, as well 4 designated Horse Races. $100 First Place,
$75 Second Place, $25 Third.
Sunday: $.10 Superfecta Sunday on Sunday, November 25, 2007.
Ten VIP numbers are drawn before 5 selected live races for a $12 voucher
for $.10 superfectas on Sam Houston Race Park live races.
All contest rules can be found on www.shrp.com. To become a VIP Club
member, visit the Players Lounge located at the North end of the Grandstand
on the Paddock Level. For more information about the VIP Club visit the
Players Lounge or call 281-807-8278.