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BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LEGENDS TOUR COMING TO SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

Multi-City Tour Features Hall of Fame Jockeys Pat Day, Angel Cordero, Jr. & Laffit Pincay, Jr. on Wednesday, October 15, 2008

HOUSTON (September 25, 2008)—Sam Houston Race Park (www.shrp.com) will host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Legends Tour featuring Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, Angel Cordero, Jr. and Laffit Pincay, Jr. at The Park on Wednesday, October 15, 2008.  The multi-city tour, which will make stops in 11 major cities traveling from coast to coast, offers sports fans the opportunity to meet the legendary riders as well as view memorabilia, historic photographic displays and memorable moments from one of racings most prominent events.   

The three legendary jockeys participated in the inaugural Breeders’ Cup which took place at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California, in 1984.  Pat Day rode Wild Again to victory in a tight three-horse race with a photo finish revealing Day’s victory over Pincay’s mount, Gate Dancer and Cordero’s ride, Slew of Gold.
           

The complete media tour schedule is: Suffolk Downs, Boston (Oct. 1); Belmont Park & Sports Museum of America, New York (Oct. 2); Meadowlands, New Jersey (Oct. 3); Laurel Park, Maryland (Oct. 4); Philadelphia Park, Pennsylvania (Oct. 5); Keeneland, Kentucky (Oct. 9); Arlington Park, Illinois (Oct. 10); Lone Star Park, Dallas, TX (Oct. 14); Sam Houston Race Park, Houston, TX (Oct. 15); Wynn Las Vegas (Oct. 16) and will conclude at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Santa Anita, CA, on October 24 & 25, 2008.
           

This 25th Running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will receive an unprecedented nine hours of live coverage on ABC and ESPN, and be broadcast to a global audience in more than 120 countries. Domestic coverage begins on Friday, October 24 on ESPN2 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. (ET).  The coverage continues on Saturday, October 25 on ABC from 1:00-3:30 p.m. (ET) and concludes on ESPN from 3:30-7:00 p.m. (ET).
The Park will celebrate the 25th Running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships presented by Woodford Reserve and the Houston Chronicle with a series of events on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 2008.   Racing fans across the country are eagerly awaiting the potential match up of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin and dual classic winner Big Brown.  The weekend of live racing action will be simulcast from Santa Anita Park on more than 1,400 televisions around The Park.  Visit www.shrp.com and become an insider for a chance to win a trip for two to the Breeders’ Cup.

Ticket packages for Saturday’s events start at $15 per person and include reserved seating, simulcast racing program, tip sheet, concession entrée and a beverage.  Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships consisting of 14 races and $25.5 million in purses. The organization also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, and the Breeders’ Cup Stakes Program. Breeders’ Cup is located in Lexington, Ky., and in New York City. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website. More information is available at www.breederscup.com.

Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 minutes from downtown, offering a variety of attractions including 19 luxury suites overlooking the track, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and Jockey Club.  The Park recognizes the support of its 2008 Platinum Partners, Budweiser and Verizon Wireless for racing, concerts and special events.  For more information, please call 281-807-8760 or visit www.shrp.com.

 



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