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December 19, 2012




Prominent Stakes Races on
January 26 Highlights 33-day Thoroughbred Schedule

Sam Houston Race Park officials are pleased to announce a new television partnership with HRTV and FOX Sports Southwest which will give race fans in Houston and across the nation the opportunity to watch the most anticipated racing event in Texas in 2013. In a partnership announced today, HRTV, “the network for Horse Sports" will broadcast a two hour special beginning at 8:00 pm (CT) from Sam Houston Race Park on January 26. The special will include live race coverage and special events as part of the stakes-filled card highlighted by the newly created $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic and the Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup.

In addition to coverage of the races, HRTV will begin promoting the Houston Ladies Classic to its national viewers beginning January 21 with both commercials and web-handicapping features. The key contenders will be profiled on HRTV's Race Day America and handicapping shows including First Call, The Edge and Against The Odds. The Park’s onsite live host will be ESPN Radio’s Fred Faour, host of the "The Blitz" and noted racing expert and handicapper. "As a lifelong Houstonian and racing enthusiast, I am thrilled to be a part of the coverage of the Houston Ladies Classic," said Faour. "It's awesome to see an event of this magnitude at Sam Houston Race Park; I think it is going to be one of the best sporting events this city has ever hosted."

In addition to HRTV, Sam Houston Race Park has come to terms with Fox Sports Southwest to provide live local coverage of stakes filled day over its network which spans Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

“We’re excited to work with Sam Houston Race Park to showcase their richest race and broaden the track’s exposure,” said FOX Sports Southwest Senior Vice President/General Manager Jon Heidtke. “This is another opportunity to grow our regional profile by adding a prestigious event like the Houston Ladies Classic to our programming lineup. We look forward to a successful partnership.”

While nominations for the Houston Ladies Classic will not close until December 28, the connections of many nationally prominent fillies and mares including Dance Card, Summer Applause and Joyful Victory have already indicated their interest in the mile and one-sixteenth main track stakes. Noted turf specialists will compete in the Grade 3, $200,000 Connally Turf Cup and the $75,000 Champion Energy Services Stakes, a five-furlong sprint on the Connally Turf Course. The fourth feature on the card will be the $50,000 Allen’s Landing Stakes for 3-year-olds competing seven furlongs on the main track.

"We are pleased to welcome HRTV and Fox Sports Southwest as broadcast partners for this exceptional night of racing," said Andréa Young, Sam Houston Race Park's president. “Their coverage will enable racing fans in Houston and across the country to enjoy some of the best racing in the nation. It is going to be a great day for Houston.” Promotions for the January 26 racing festival will be plentiful, including a fund raising event to benefit for the Houston affiliate of the Susan G. Komen For the Cure®. Since 1982, Komen has led the way in the fight against breast cancer. Sam Houston Race Park will donate $1 for each guest attending the Park on January 26, 2013. Also on December 18th, Sam Houston Race Park received final approval of its 2013 live racing schedule from the Texas Racing Commission. The 33-day Thoroughbred racing schedule begins on Friday, January 18th and will continue through March 17th. The schedule includes live racing on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Mondays. Live Quarter Horse racing will follow with 24 race days scheduled from Thursday, March 28th through Saturday, May 18th with live racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

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 19 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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