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26th RUNNING OF THE BREEDERS’ CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS SIMULCAST EVENT AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

$25.5 Million in Purse Money on the Line for Thoroughbred Racing’s Richest Event Taking Place Via Simulcast at The Park on Friday & Saturday, November 6 & 7, 2009

    

WHAT:           Sam Houston Race Park (www.shrp.com) will celebrate the 26th Annual Running of the Breeders’ Cup Championships on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2009.   The weekend of live racing action will feature 14 races and $25.5 million in purse money, making this Thoroughbred racing’s richest event of the year.  The Park will simulcast races from the two day event from Santa Anita Park on more than 1,400 televisions.

The Park will offer “Early Bird” drive-up wagering at the valet circle on Friday from7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. as well as continue with advance wagering throughout the day.

To celebrate opening day of the Breeders’ Cup, The Park will offer $3 draft beer throughout the day, as well as $2 margaritas on Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  On Saturday at 12:30 p.m., join ESPN personality Fred Faour, DRF/NTRA handicapping contest winner Nick Tammaro and The Park’s Players’ Services consultant Paul Maciekowich for a FREE handicapping seminar on the Paddock Level in the Rookie Room prior to the first post from Santa Anita Park.

Ticket packages for Saturday’s events start at $19 per person and includes admission, reserved counter seat on the Club Level, simulcast racing program, tip sheet, burger basket, 2 small beers or sodas and a $2 wagering coupon.  The Winner’s Circle Restaurant will offer a special buffet on Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. for $35 per person.  For reservations, call 281.807.8760 or visit www.shrp.com.

WHO:             The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships; Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships consisting of 14 races and $25.5 million in purses, which makes it the richest event in sports. At last year’s Breeders’ Cup, more than $100 million in winning wagers were returned to fans at betting locations around the globe.  The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, and the Breeders’ Cup Stakes Program. Breeders’ Cup has offices in Lexington, Ky., and in New York City. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com.  Follow the Breeders’ Cup on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BreedersCup.

Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 minutes from downtown Houston, 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.  For more information, please visit www.shrp.com.

WHEN:          Friday, November 6, 2009

7:00 a.m. Early Bird Drive-Up Wagering for Saturday’s Races
10:30 a.m. Gates Open
Advance Wagering Continues
$3 Draft Beer Special
11:00 a.m.  Jockey Club Opens
12:00 p.m. $2 Margarita Drink Special Begins
1:15 p.m. $75,000 Allowance
1:49 p.m. $75,000 Allowance
2:35 p.m. $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon
3:08 p.m. $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf 
3:45 p.m. $1 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (GI)
4:23 p.m. $1 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI)
5:02 p.m. $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (GI)
5:45 p.m. $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (GI)
6:25 p.m. $200,000 Las Palmas Handicap (GII) 


Saturday, November 7, 2009

7:00 a.m. Early Bird Drive-Up Wagering
9:30 a.m. Gates Open
10:30 a.m.  Winner’s Circle Restaurant & Jockey Club Open
12:05 p.m. $125,000 Damascus Stakes
12:30 p.m. Handicapping Seminar
12:45 p.m. $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. II)
1:23 p.m. $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint
2:10 p.m. $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I)
2:49 p.m.  $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I)
3:28 p.m. $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I)
4:12 p.m. $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I)
4:57 p.m. $3 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I)
5:45 p.m. $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)
6:25 p.m. $125,000 Oak Tree Derby (gr. II)


WHERE:       Sam Houston Race Park
                      7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West
                      Houston, Texas 77064
                      281-807-8700

TICKETS:     Winner’s Circle Dining package $35 per person*
Club Seat package $19 per person* (includes admission, reserved counter seat on the Club Level, simulcast racing program, tip sheet, burger basket, 2 small beers or sodas and a $2 wagering coupon)
Regular Admission $4 adults; $2 Senior Citizens; children 12 and under FREE.

*NOTE: Ticket packages are available for Saturday, November 7th only.

INFO:             For more information, call 281-807-8760 or visit www.shrp.com.

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