Myspace     Facebook     Twitter     YouTube     Flickr Print        Sign Up for the SHRP Insider

News and Media



HOUSTON (August 8, 2008)—Sam Houston Race Park ( will host the annual $25,000 + TQAH Sires’ Cup Derby (RG3) stakes race as part of the evening’s 10-race card on Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Texas Quarter Horse Association (TQHA) trial races, which took place on July 26 at The Park, landed Panther Purr in the top slot as the fastest qualifier with a final qualifying time of :19.888.  Panther Purr won the Silestone Stakes, a 350-yard race at The Park, on July 4.  The field of 10 competitors for the final features Im a Special Run and Panther Purr as the morning line odds favorites, each at 5-2.  The next favored horse, according to the morning line odds, is Rapid Fire Jess (4-1).        

The 2007 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby was claimed by the only filly in the field, Jess a Lil Bit More, who won by 1 ¾ lengths, covering the distance of 400-yards in :19.985.  The course record, :19.574, was set on September 24, 2004, by Azoom.

Immediately following live racing events at The Park, The Showgrounds ( will continue with the Verizon Wireless post-race concert series on the Bud Light stage with a performance from one of Houston’s most popular country music stars, Clint Black.  Clint Black will be joined by special guest Shake Russell.

Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located 15 minutes from downtown Houston, and offers a variety of attractions including 19 luxury suites overlooking the race track, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and Jockey Club.  The Park’s newest addition, The Showgrounds, is an all-ages venue that hosts annual Country, Classic Rock and Contemporary concert events throughout the year.  For more information on upcoming shows, events and tickets, please visit, or call 800-211-3381.


Sam Houston Race Park


$25,000 + TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby Trials 2008 (RG3)


Saturday, July 26, 2008


Saturday, August 09, 2008


Three Year-Olds 400 Yards




Qualifying Time

Panther Purr

Rodrigo Vallejo

Abelardo Flores, Jr.


Rapid Fire Jess

Jose Vega

Jesse Garcia


A Dirty Flick

J. Pennington

John Hamilton


Jessie O Toole

Juan Vazquez

Judd Kearl


Eyesa Sam

Ignacio Bustamante

Carlos Terrazas


Heza Jet Set

Jose Vega

Jesse Garcia


Im A Special Run

Rodrigo Vallejo

Abelardo Flores, Jr.


Racing Streak

Rodrigo Vallejo

Thomas Zarate


Jess Jeans

Santos Carrizales

Rodolfo Sanchez


Dream You See

Gilbert Ortiz

Janet Van Bebber







*Track record: Azoom :19.574 – September 24, 2004

Live Quarter Horse racing continues with racing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in August at Sam Houston Race Park.  For a complete list of racing dates, stakes races and more, visit or call 281-807-8700.


Plan Your Next Event

Our conveniently located, multi-functional facility can comfortably accommodate 10 to 10,000 for business, pleasure or a combination of the two!

Find out how to book a group party.