Thoroughbred Racing Resumes on Wednesday, November 17 at Sam Houston Race Park

Thoroughbred racing returns to Sam Houston Race Park on Wednesday, November 17. The 2004/2005 Thoroughbred Meeting kicks off with one of the biggest days of the racing season, Texas Champions Day on Saturday, November 20. This showcase event for Texas-bred Thoroughbreds, presented by the Texas Thoroughbred Association (TTA), will begin at 6:00 p.m. with eleven races set for Saturday night's card.

The racing schedule for the 69-day meeting will begin with live racing on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. in November and December, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. The eleventh Thoroughbred meeting will conclude on April 10, 2005.

The draw for the nine Texas Champions Day stakes races will take place on Wednesday, November 17. The nine Texas Champions Day stakes races are as follows:

  • $75,000 Martanza Stakes FM3YO&up 1 mile
  • $50,000 Richard King Handicap 3YO&up 1 1/8 miles (t)
  • $100,000 Star of Texas Stakes 3YO&up 1 1/16 miles
  • $50,000 San Jacinto Stakes FM3YO&up 1 1/16 miles (t)
  • $50,000 Spirit of Texas Stakes 3YO&up 6 furlongs
  • $50,0000 Yellow Rose Stakes FM3YO&up 6 furlongs
  • $50,0000 Groovy Stakes 2YO 7 furlongs
  • $50,0000 Bara Lass Stakes F2YO 7 furlongs
  • $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile 2YO 1 1/16 miles

"We look forward to starting our Thoroughbred meet with a big event," said Robert L. Bork, president and general manager of the northwest Houston racetrack. "Texas Champions Day is always one of the most exciting nights at Sam Houston Race Park. Racing fans will be in for a treat with the top Texas-bred Thoroughbreds competing in nine stakes races."

Texas Champions Day will be filled with exciting activities throughout the day. To start the day off, free AM/FM headphone radios will be given to the first 3,000 fans at the Central Paddock. Racing fans are invited to attend a free handicapping seminar with Scott Ehlers of the Daily Racing Form and Reid McLellan, Sam Houston Race Park's racing education manager. The seminar will take place on the Club Level stage at 4:30 p.m. with the experts previewing each of the eleven races on the Texas Champions Day card.

A $2,500 Texas Champions Day Online Handicapping Contest is also highlighting the weekend and prize drawings will take place throughout Saturday evening and live music performed on the south apron stage.

For more information on the events and racing set for Texas Champions Day, call (281) 807-8760 or visit the Sam Houston Race Park website,

Dollar Days are Back at Sam Houston Race Park

This Wednesday and Thursday This Wednesday, November 17, Sam Houston Race Park is inviting racing fans to come out for $1 admission and $1 draft beer to kick off the start of the 2004/2005 Thoroughbred meeting. On Thursday, November 18, fans are welcome to enjoy $1 admission and $1 hot dogs for the entire family.

$100 "Show" Wager Survivor Contest at Sam Houston Race Park on Wednesdays

Beginning Wednesday, November 17, racing fans can try their luck at the $100 "Show" Wager Survivor Contest during live racing at the Central Paddock.

The contest, which is open to all racing fans, who are at least 21-years-old, requires the handicapping of Sam Houston Race Park's live Wednesday race card. The winner will receive a $100 voucher. A complete set of rules on $100 "Show" Wager Survivor Contest is available on the Sam Houston Race Park web site,

Wednesdays are Double Your Points Days for VIP Members

VIP Club members can Double Your Points by visiting Sam Houston Race Park anytime on Wednesdays. Members can continue to double their points through Wednesday, December 15. If you're not already a VIP member, become one today.

Advance Texas Champions Day Wagering on Friday at Sam Houston Race Park

Officials have announced that advanced wagering on the entire Texas Champions Day card will be available on Friday, November 19 at Sam Houston Race Park. Patrons will be able to wager on all eleven races, including the nine Texas Champions Day stakes races. The Player's Lounge and main grandstand will open at 11:00 a.m.

Texas Champions Day $2,500 Online Handicapping Contest Set for Saturday

As a special promotion for Saturday night's Texas Champions Day, Sam Houston Race Park will host the $2,500 Texas Champions Day Online Handicapping Contest. The contest is open to all racing fans, 21-years of age or older, with a total of $2,500 in prizes to the top six finishers.

There is no entry fee for the Texas Champions Day Online Handicapping Contest. Each contestant will be required to make win, place and show selections for the nine stakes races.

Registration will take place on Sam Houston's web site, beginning Thursday, November 18 after 3:00 p.m. with a deadline of 6:00 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, November 20.

The entries will be graded on dollar value of the $2 win, $2 place and $2 show selections, with cash prizes of $1,000 to the winner, $500 to the second place finisher, $400 for third, $300 for fourth, $200 for fifth and $100 to the sixth place contestant.

A complete set of contest rules is posted on the Sam Houston Race Park web site,

Roman Chapa Leads Jockey Colony at Sam Houston Race Park

Roman Chapa, who has had one of the best years in his career, will be a rider to watch as the Thoroughbred meet kicks off on Wednesday. Don Simington and Terry Stanton, who tied as leading riders in the 2002/2003/2004 Thoroughbred Meeting, will both return to the jockey colony.

Larry Taylor, Jeffery Burningham, Cathleen Garner, Jeremy Collier, Ricky Frazier and Adrian Ramos are all named on horses on opening night. Last year's leading apprentice, Amanda Crandall, rode her last race as a "bug" on October 31, but has been named on seven mounts on Wednesday. Several apprentice riders are slated to ride at Sam Houston Race Park including Anne Sanguinetti, Diego Saenz and Hernan Gomez.

Sam Houston Race Park Trainers to Watch

Steve Asmussen, winner of four training titles at Sam Houston Race Park, will have a competitive group of Thoroughbreds stabled here for the 2004/2005 Thoroughbred Meeting. With 484 victories in 2004, he is fast-approaching the record for wins by a trainer in one year, with just 13 more wins to topple the record of 496 set by Jack Van Berg in 1976. His Houston competition will include Danny Pish, Bret Calhoun, Charles Hukill, Tommie Morgan, Michael Stidham, Andy Konkoly and Jerenesto Torrez.

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