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April 27, 2013




The Saturday, April 27 live Quarter Horse race card was canceled at Sam Houston Race Park due to heavy rain and thunderstorms in the greater Houston area.

Officials made the decision at 7:00 p.m. (CT) when radar indicated that the storm which brought heavy rain, thunder and lightning was not lessening in its intensity.

“The safety of our jockeys, horses, fans and employees is of paramount importance,” said Eric Johnston, Sam Houston Race Park vice-president of racing. “After reviewing the radar, it was evident that live racing could not be conducted this evening.”

Johnston indicated that the two stakes carded for Saturday evening, the $27,540 Merial Distaff Texas Challenge and the $24,120 Zoetis Sam Houston Starter Allowance Challenge will be run on Friday, May 3.  The post positions will be drawn on Tuesday, April 30.

Live Quarter Horse racing continues at Sam Houston Race Park through May 18, 2013. Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 minutes from downtown Houston, and offers a variety of attractions including 16 recently renovated luxury suites overlooking the race track, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and the Champion Energy Services Jockey Club. For more information on upcoming shows, events and tickets, please visit

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