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Week-Long Fan Celebration Includes Park Discounts, Prizes, Contests and More Monday, September 1 through Saturday, September 6, 2008


HOUSTON (August 21, 2008)—Sam Houston Race Park ( will celebrate Fan Appreciation Week with specials, events, contest and more beginning Monday, September 1 through Saturday, September 6, 2008.

Highlights of the week-long celebration event include Dollar Day at The Park, the Grade 1 $100,000 + Sam Houston Futurity, the Grade 2 $35,000 + Sam Houston Derby, Verizon Wireless concert series performances from Texas-country musician Jack Ingram and Shooter Jennings, handicapping contests, prize giveaways, Park Reward sales and much more!

The celebration will begin on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, with Dollar Day at The Park presented by the Houston Chronicle and Hebrew National Hot DogsThe Park will feature live Quarter Horse racing beginning at 1:30 p.m. and Dollar Day specials for live racing events including parking, admission, live racing program, tip sheet, hot dogs, sodas, popcorn and draft beer for just $1.   The 10-race card will feature the $15,000 + Blue Bonnet Stakes race, along with between race promotions and contests, a first-time fan education and handicapping seminar with the Houston Chronicle’s racing writer Martha Claussen, Park announcer Michael Chamberlain and Director of Player Services Garrick Burkhardt.

Topping the week’s live race card is the Grade 1 $100,000 + Sam Houston Futurity on Friday, September 5, showcasing top American Quarter Horses in the 400-yard sprint. The evening will also include the final concert event for the 2008 Verizon Wireless concert series at The Showgrounds ( with performances by Jack Ingram and Shooter Jennings on the Bud Light Stage.

The week of events will close out with free admission all day for simulcasting and live racing events on Saturday, September 6.  Live racing for Saturday evening will feature the Grade 2 $35,000 + Sam Houston Derby with qualifiers running a distance of 440 yards.

The week-long fan celebration will include additional promotions and rewards such as wagering specials for live racing and simulcasting events, food and drink specials, complimentary betting carrels in the Player’s Lounge, concert ticket specials, complimentary racing programs, tip sheets and more!  Don’t forget, certain specials apply to Park Rewards members only so be sure to sign up for Park Rewards by visiting the Player’s Lounge on the north side Paddock Level.

Schedule of Events

All specials listed will be available to fans throughout the day or during stated times for simulcasting events and for live racing.  Simulcasting is open 7 days a week beginning at 10:30 a.m. daily.  Live Quarter Horse racing will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Monday; 6 p.m. on Friday; and at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Week-long specials include:
Park Rewards members have access all week to the following specials:

2 reserved seats to see Jack Ingram & Shooter Jennings on Friday, September 5 in exchange for 500 Park Rewards points

FREE Betting Carrels all week in the Player’s Lounge


Monday, September 1

12 p.m.                                    Dollar Day at The Park (live racing events only)
                                               Racing Highlights include: $15,000 Blue Bonnet Stakes

Tuesday, September 2

10:30 a.m.                                FREE Simulcast Program & Stat Attack Tipsheet
(Park Rewards members only; all day special)


Wednesday, September 3

10:30 a.m.                                FREE Food Court Entrée
(Park Rewards members only; all day special)

Thursday, September 4

10:30 a.m.                                Firehouse Park Rewards Sale
(50% off select Park Rewards Merchandise)

Friday, September 5

10:30 a.m.                                Blast Off! Contest
Racing Highlights include: Grade 1 $100,000 + Sam Houston Futurity                                             

Saturday, September 6

10:30 a.m.                                FREE Admission All Day (simulcast & live racing events)
Racing Highlights include: Grade 2 $35,000 + Sam Houston Derby; Grade 3 $15,000 + TPHBA Derby (Paints); and the Grade 2 $15,000 + Colors of Houston Futurity (Paints)

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Live Quarter Horse racing continues with races every Friday and Saturday through September 13 at Sam Houston Race Park. For more information, please visit



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