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TEXAS RACING COMMISSION APPROVES MOVE OF SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK’S THOROUGHBRED RACING DATES TO SAN ANTONIO TRACK
Retama Park Assumes 43 Additional Live Racing Dates While The Park Undertakes Repairs

HOUSTON (October 29, 2008)—The Texas Racing Commission (www.txrc.state.tx.us) has approved the request to move Sam Houston Race Park’s (www.shrp.com) Thoroughbred race dates to Retama Park (www.retamapark.com) as a result of damage suffered by the Houston race track from Hurricane Ike last month. 
           
The Texas Racing Commission held a public meeting today at The Park and agreed to relocate 43 live racing dates to Retama Park in San Antonio.  The remaining 12 days scheduled for Sam Houston were cancelled and will not be rescheduled.      
           
“We are extremely disappointed that we had to cancel the Thoroughbred meet at The Park this winter,” said Andrea Young, Chief Operating Officer, Sam Houston Race Park.  “However, we are proud of efforts made by the Texas Racing Commission, the horsemen and our counterparts at Retama to preserve wintertime racing in Texas.  We plan to support Retama in any way possible.”
           
The additional racing dates will extend Retama’s current meet, which opened August 29, through February 28, 2009, creating 78 days of live Thoroughbred racing.     
           
The Park was forced to relocate the 2008/2009 Thoroughbred meet, which consisted of 65 live racing dates, due to damages sustained by the facility as a result of Hurricane Ike. The storm’s high winds and rainfall caused significant damage throughout the property including the facility’s grandstands, stable areas and the large infield tote board.              
           
Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast on Friday, September 12, 2008.  The hurricane forced The Park to end the 2008 American Quarter Horse meet one week early and suspend simulcast operations for more than a week.
           
The Park will re-open for live racing events on May 1, 2009, for the 16th American Quarter Horse meet.  Later that weekend, The Park will host its annual Kentucky Derby festivities. 
           
“We look forward to returning to live racing in the spring.  We will return even bigger and better,” Young stated.
             
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 www.theshowgrounds.com. 

CURLIN STUNNED BY RAVEN’S PASS IN THE $5 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC
Raven’s Pass Completed a Stellar Day for the Europeans in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Simulcast Event on Saturday, October 25, 2008

HOUSTON (October 25, 2008)—Sam Houston Race Park (www.shrp.com) celebrated the 25th Running of the Breeders’ Cup, presented by the Houston Chronicle and Woodford Reserve on Saturday, October 25 with top simulcast racing from Santa Anita Park featuring the world’s best Thoroughbreds.

Raven’s Pass won the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in an upset, shocking the world and defending champion Curlin on the new synthetic surface at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old colt blew by Curlin, the 4-5 favorite, down the homestretch and captured  the 1 ¼ mile Classic in a record time of 1:59.27.  
 
Defending champion and reigning Horse of the Year Curlin was seven lengths back and running comfortably as the field entered the first turn, and sat eight back on the backstretch.  As he entered the far turn, Curlin made his move and was greeted by a huge roar from the crowd entering the final eighth of a mile, but Raven’s Pass ($29.00), son of Elusive Quality, blew past on Curlin’s right shoulder.  Curlin tried to answer and surged back momentarily, but didn’t have enough left and finished a disappointing fourth out of the 12-horse field. 

Henrythenavigator, another elite European Thoroughbred, came on strong, but could not catch the winner. Raven’s Pass was ridden by Frankie Dettori and trained by John Gosden, both enjoying their second win of the day. The team combined earlier with a win in the Juvenile Turf with Donativum.  This win gave the European-based horses their fifth victory of the day.

Final placement in the Classic featured Henrythenavigator in second, followed by Tiago, Curlin, Go Between, Colonel John, Smooth Air, Champs Elysees, Duke of Marmalade, Fairbanks, Student Council and Casino Drive.
In the first Breeders’ Cup race, Irish-bred Muhannak raced to victory in the inaugural $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon.  Muhannak ($26.80) came out of the gates slow, but took the lead quickly at the quarter pole and finished the 1 ½ mile race in a time of 2:28.24.  The 4-year-old gelding was ridden by Pat Smullen for trainer Ralph Beckett and owner Richard Pegum.  This was the first Breeders’ Cup start for Beckett and Pegum, and the first Breeders’ Cup win for jockey Smullen.

Next up was the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint where Desert Code charged from behind in the upper stretch and scored a long-shot half-length victory. Ridden by Richard Migliore for trainer David Hoffmans, Desert Code narrowly held off Diabolical, who briefly appeared to be home free.  Desert Code clinched his first win from six starts this year, finishing the 6 ½ furlong race in a time of 1:11.60, just three-fifths of a second off the course record.  The 4-year-old pleased his betting fans with a win payoff of $75.00.

In the third Breeders’ Cup race, the $1 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Albertus Maximus took top honors in the biggest race of his career.  Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Albertus Maximus ($14.60) stumbled slightly in the final turn, but was able to outrun Rebellion by 1 ¼ lengths.  In the field of 12, favorite Well Armed (6-5) got caught in traffic, drew wide in the final turn and faded to finish ninth.  Another track record was closely missed when Albertus Maximus finished in a time of 1:33.41, just short of El Gato Malo’s record time of 1:33.37 set in January.  Gomez guided the 4-year-old colt with ease, keeping him behind horses in the final turn before taking him to the outside in the early stretch and surging to the lead in the final furlong.  Owned by breeders Brandon and Marianne Chase, Albertus Maximus began his training with Gary Mandella before changing to Vladimir Cerin.  This was the colt’s third start under Cerin.

Goldikova proved to be on top of her game by holding off defending champ Kip DeVille in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile.  The 3-year-old daughter of Anabaa is trained by Freddie Head for owner-breeder duo, the Wertheimer brothers.  The favorite finished the mile with a time of 1:33.40 in a field of 11 horses.  Kip DeVille, winner of the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Monmouth Park, finished second in front of Whatsthescript.

In the $2 million Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Midshipman scored a 1 ¼-length victory over co-favorite Square Eddie.  Midshipman ($9.20) was previously owned by Bob McNair’s Stonerside Stables, which was recently purchased by Darley Stable.  Ridden by Garrett Gomez, in his second win of the day, and trained by Bob Baffert, Midshipman took the lead in the backstretch to hold off Square Eddie in a time of 1:40.94.  Midshipman’s success in the Juvenile places him as the early favorite in next year’s Kentucky Derby.  The win also marks Baffert’s sixth Breeders’ Cup victory, second in the Juvenile alone.

European imports Donativum and Westphalia finished first and second respectively in the $1 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.  Taking the lead early in the field of 12 was 55-1 longshot Orthodox, but Dettori kept Donativum along the inside on the final turn and angled him outside as the field entered the stretch. The 3-1 favorite Westphalia showed signs of trouble from start to finish under rider John Murtagh, breaking out of the gate slow and being blocked into a lane.  Coronet of a Baron had a clear lead with 200 yards remaining, but Donativum accelerated down the middle of the stretch to win by a neck.  Jockey Frank Dettori, winning his seventh career Breeders’ Cup race, led Donativum ($13.60) to victory in a time of 1:34.68.  This marked Donativum’s first start outside of England for owner Princess Haya of Jordan and trainer John Gosden.

The team of Garrett Gomez and Bob Baffert connected for another win with Midnight Lute claiming the $2 million Sentient Breeders’ Cup Sprint.  Jockey Gomez garnered his third win and Baffert finished the day with two Breeders’ Cup wins. Midnight Lute ($7.40) captured his second straight Breeders’ Cup Sprint with an amazing last-to-first move.  Beginning the race in tandem with Street Boss, Midnight Lute blazed into the stretch from the outside and steadily wore down a game Fatal Bullet, finishing the 1 ¾ length race in a time of 1:07.08.  This was Midnight Lute’s second start since winning the 2007 Sprint.

Conduit contributed to the European-bred victories by taking the crown in the $3 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf.  The 3-year-old rallied strongly from off the pace to run down Eagle Mountain, crossing the finish line 1 ½ lengths ahead in a time of 2:23.42.  Conduit ($13.60) remained steady in eighth place under rider Ryan Moore, before launching his rally entering the far turn.  He managed to split horses around the turn and ran five wide before catching up and surpassing Eagle Mountain.  Conduit is owned by Ballymacoll Stud Farm and trained by Michael Stoute.  The win marked the fourth victory of the day for European-based horses with Muhannak capturing the Dirt Marathon, Goldikova in the Turf Mile and Donativum winning the Juvenile Turf but a fifth European win came in the Classic with Raven’s Pass. 


 LADIES FIRST FOR THE OPENING DAY OF THE BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SIMULCAST EVENT
Zenyatta Keeps Her Winning Streak Alive Claiming $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic on Friday, October 24, 2008

HOUSTON (October 24, 2008)—The ladies took center stage on Friday, October 24, for opening day of the 25th Running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.  The weekend of top Thoroughbred racing is simulcast Friday and Saturday at Sam Houston Race Park (www.shrp.com).

The 25th Running of the Breeders’ Cup at The Park is presented by the Houston Chronicle and Woodford Reserve.
The 10-race card exclusively for fillies and mares was headlined by the $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic where the magnificent Zenyatta (2-5) coasted to victory before a star-studded crowd at Santa Anita Park in California.

The 4-year-old filly, unbeaten through nine impressive starts, started out trailing the field before surging to the front, only a furlong out, and crossing the wire with a winning time of 1:46.85.   The 1 1/8 mile race completed a perfect racing season for Zenyatta and secured her the Eclipse Award, naming her the best of her division.
Zenyatta ($3.00), ridden by jockey Mike Smith, faded to last in the eight-horse field early in the race, but then produced her typical, bold and commanding rush on the far turn.

“I’ve never felt something like this,” said Smith, who took home two Breeders’ Cup wins on Friday. “Those are the best fillies in the world right there. She’s amazing.”

Zenyatta is trained by John Shirreffs and owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, all of whom took home their first Breeders’ Cup victory.

“She’s so special and we’re so blessed to have her in our barn,” said Moss. “This is our first Breeders’ Cup win, and this will be our first champion.”

Final placement in the Ladies’ Classic featured Cocoa Beach finishing second, Music Note in third, followed by Carriage Trail, Hystericalady, Ginger Punch, Santa Teresita and Bear Now.

In the first Breeders’ Cup race on opening day, Ventura ($7.60) shook off favored horse, Indian Blessing, down the stretch and drew off to win the $1 Million Sentient Flight Group Filly & Mare Sprint.  Ridden by Garrett Gomez for trainer Bobby Frankel, Ventura was sent off as the 5-2 second choice favorite and finished the seven furlong race in a time of 1:19.90.  This win marks the seventh win in 15 starts for the 4-year-old filly from Juddmonte Farms.

Racing fans were all smiles when Maram ($24.20) held off betting favorite Laragh in the inaugural $1 Million Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies Turf.  Trainer Chad Brown earned his first Breeders’ Cup victory when Maram crossed the finish line of the one mile race in 1:35.15.  Jockey Jose Lezcano steered her to victory in her third career win.

In the third Breeders’ Cup race on “Filly Friday,” Stardom Bound rallied from the rear of the pack to win the $2 Million Bessemer Trust Juvenile Fillies.  The daughter of Tapit is owned by Charles Cono and trained by Christopher Paasch, both of whom are planning to retire from the business by next spring.  Plans of selling the 2-year-old filly are scheduled for November 2, in the Fasig-Tipton select sale at Keeneland. Stardom Bound breezed over the Pro-Ride track in 1:40.99 and returned $5.20 as the favorite in the 13-horse field.  Mike Smith controlled the reins in his second victory of the day.

Forever Together ($11.80) gave a late surge and rallied wide in the stretch to win the $2 Million Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf in a time of 2:01.58.  Forever Together was kept near the back half of the field because jockey Julien Leparoux knows the Jonathon Sheppard-trained filly has a blazing late kick and she proved it again today.  Owned by Augustin Stable, Forever Together now has won 7 of 13 races and gave Sheppard his first Breeders’ Cup win.

In celebration of Fillies Friday, The Park offered free admission to ladies, happy hour specials and advance wagering for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup racing events.

The weekend of live racing simulcast action continues on Saturday, October 25, as the gentlemen take to the track at Santa Anita Park.  Witness some of racing top moments on more than 1,400 televisions at The Park. Nine Breeders’ Cup races are set to run on Saturday, including the richest race, the $5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic, featuring 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin.  Gates open at 9:00 a.m. and Post time for the first Breeders’ Cup race is 12:10 p.m.

The Park’s announcer, Michael Chamberlain, and the Houston Chronicle’s Martha Claussen will host a handicapping seminar on the Club Level at 12:20 p.m.


JOCKEY CLUB OPEN
LUNCH ♦ FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 BRUNCH ♦ SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1  BRUNCH ♦ SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2

OTHER NEWS IN RACING

Stonerside in Elite Company    

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Robert and Janice McNair of Stonerside Stable achieved a rare feat at the Breeders’ Cup this year by breeding the winners of two races: Raven’s Pass in the Classic and Midshipman in the Juvenile.
With those victories, Stonerside joined Aaron and Marie Jones (2004), Adena Springs (2000), the Phippses (1989 and 1995), and the late Allen Paulson (1992) as breeding programs that have produced two Breeders’ Cup winners in the same year.

But the McNairs were offering congratulations to someone else on the horses’ victories Saturday. Two months ago, they sold their entire Stonerside operation – including Raven’s Pass and Midshipman – to Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum’s Darley Stud.

In addition to Raven’s Pass and Midshipman, Maktoum also got Ascutney, Raven’s Pass’s dam, who is carrying a full sibling to the Classic winner, as well as Midshipman’s dam, Fleet Lady, now in foal to Empire Maker.
When he sold Stonerside, Robert McNair said he would devote much of his time to his National Football League team, the Houston Texans. (That’s going pretty well, too. On Sunday, they beat the Cincinnati Bengals 35-6.) What he gave up when he sold Stonerside was a nearly 15-year project to build one of the nation’s top mare bands.
“There’s more than one way to skin a cat,” McNair said. “We have our own style for the way we take care of the horses, and we’re very much concerned with things like how much room they have in the fields, how we feed them, that we bring them up twice a day and check them. The program, we tried to get graded-stakes-winning mares out of graded-stakes-winning mares that we could breed to the best stallions. We bought race fillies off the track that had a good pedigree, and, of course, our own homebreds, and continued to improve the quality of the broodmare band. We bred them to horses that didn’t necessarily have the most fashionable pedigrees or more commercial ones, but ones that had a solid pedigree and hopefully a stallion’s pedigree.”

McNair gave credit to the Stonerside team, including bloodstock and racing manager John Adger and Kentucky farm manager Bobby Spalding.

“That’s my only regret, that our Stonerside team couldn’t stand together in the winner’s circle,” he said. “I don’t regret the financial aspect of it, because Sheikh Mohammed paid us a very substantial mount of money, and he did it to buy outstanding horses. If they hadn’t been outstanding, he wouldn’t have paid that kind of money. We knew we had some great horses. You don’t have the benefit of hindsight in making these decisions.

“It was a win-win situation,” he added. “We never try to take the last nickel off the table when we sell something. We want people to be happy with what they buy, and our policy is that if it wasn’t as we represented, they can bring it back.”

Doesn’t look like Darley will be returning any of its purchases.


Zenyatta Remains Perfect


Image PreviewIt was the perfect end to a perfect day by a perfect filly. Zenyatta, the best older female horse in the country completed a perfect season, secured the Eclipse Award as the best of her division, and put a popular coda on a day dedicated to the ladies by winning the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic on Friday at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meeting, the first of two days of the 25th Breeders’ Cup championships.

The win was the ninth for Zenyatta, and her seventh this year. The popular filly received a rousing cheer from the crowd – estimated at 30,000 by Santa Anita officials – when she returned to the winner’s circle. Zenyatta ($3), under jockey Mike Smith, dropped back to last in the eight-horse field early in the race, then produced her typical bold rush on the far turn. She hit the front a furlong out, then safely held off the belated bid of Cocoa Beach to win by 1 ½ lengths.

Music Note finished third, another 1 ½ lengths back, with Carriage Trail fourth. Hystericalady, Ginger Punch, Santa Teresita, and Bear Now completed the order of finish.

Zenyatta covered 1 1/8 miles on the synthetic Pro-Ride surface in 1:46.85, including the final furlong in 11.73 seconds.

The ease with which Zenyatta roared past her rivals left Smith awestruck.

“I’ve never felt something like this,” said Smith, who won two of the five Breeders’ Cup races run on Friday.  “Those are the best fillies in the world right there. She’s amazing.” Zenyatta is trained by John Shirreffs, and is owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, all of who were winning a Breeders’ Cup race for the first time.

Pass the Torch    

 

America once ruled the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but “quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore.’”
With a synthetic surface introduced for the first time this year, leveling the playing field for the Europeans, Raven’s Pass, like Edgar Allen Poe’s mysterious bird, came tapping at our chamber door…then busted it down.

With one fell swoop, Raven’s Pass opened the door to tomorrow, followed closely – 1 ¾ lengths to be exact – by his arch rival Henrythenavigator. Together they paved the way for a European invasion in next year’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita that in all probability will be unlike anything ever seen in this country.  It is ironic that the ultimate goal this year for defending Horse of the Year Curlin was to invade Europe’s premier race, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in a bold attempt to establish himself as a true Horse of the World. Instead, those plans were scrapped, and it was the Europeans who came here and knocked off Curlin on his home turf.

That is, if you want to call it his home turf. While the Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita produced some of the most explosive performances in Breeders’ Cup history, by Zenyatta, Midnight Lute, Stardom Bound, and Ventura, such was not the case with Curlin, who could only finish fourth after making a sweeping move on the turn to take the lead.
“It was a turf race,” said Curlin’s trainer, Steve Asmussen, who has voiced his displeasure with synthetic surfaces and stated all year that Curlin would not be pointed for the Classic. “It absolutely was the Pro-Ride surface,” he added. “He ran his heart out and gave it all he had. He’s still a great horse.”

Jockey Robby Albarado said Curlin was “paddling around,” but added that he couldn’t say for sure whether the surface was the reason for his defeat as the 4-5 favorite.

While Curlin’s defeat was a crushing blow to American racing fans, credit must be given to Raven’s Pass, who, after losing his first three battles with Henrythenavigator, has now beaten Henry twice in a row, carrying their intense rivalry all the way to America at a distance two furlongs farther than either had ever run and over a surface on which neither had ever stepped foot.


Champion Ginger Punch Retired


Image PreviewGinger Punch, last year’s champion older female, has been retired from racing to become a broodmare for breeder/owner Frank Stronach. She finished sixth in the October 24 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic. She is scheduled to be shipped from California to Stronarch’s Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris. Breeding plans are undecided.

Five-year-old Ginger Punch, who won last year’s running when the Ladies’ was billed as the Distaff, was in the hunt for a repeat championship going into the Ladies’. She had scored graded wins in the Go for Wand and Ogden Phipps Handicaps, plus the Personal Ensign and Louisville Stakes. She began the year with a victory in the restricted Sunshine Millions Distaff Stakes.

Sent off at 10-1 in the Ladies’, Ginger Punch never threatened while running fifth for most of the race, won by odds-on-favorite Zenyatta, who appears certain to be voted the championship. Ginger Punch concluded the year with five wins and two placings, both in grade 1 stakes, from eight starts.

Trained by Bobby Frankel, Ginger Punch retired with a dozen wins, half-dozen seconds, and two third-place finishes from 22 starts. She earned $3,065,603. In addition to her win in the 2007 Breeders’ Cup, she also won that year’s Go for Wand, Ruffian Handicap and First Flight Handicap.


Bred by Adena Springs, Ginger Punch is by farm stallion Awesome Again and is out of grade 2 winner Nappelon.

Midnight Lute to Hill ‘n’ Dale

Image PreviewMidnight Lute, the only horse to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint twice, has been retired from racing and will stand at John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms near Lexington in 209.  His fee is $20,000.

Midnight Lute, who earned a career total of $2,690,600, posted a 124 Beyer Speed Figure, one of the highest Beyers ever and the highest for a sprinter since 1992, when he defeated Benny the Bull in last year’s Forego Stakes at Saratoga. That win set the stage for his victory in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint at six furlongs at Monmouth Park, an effort that secured an Eclipse Award as best sprinter. His second Sprint win, last weekend at Oak Tree at Santa Anita, came in 1:07.08, the fastest in the 25-year history of the race, for Watson and Weitman Performances and Mike Pegram.

“I’ve never had a horse like him,” said trainer Bob Baffert after Midnight Lute’s second win in the Sprint, which was sponsored by Sentient Flight Group. “He showed today what a great horse he is. He’s a beast; a massive, beautiful horse. The perfect Thoroughbred. He’s the best I’ve ever trained. I can’t put into words how good this horse is. All of my client’s will be breeding their best mares to him, Silverbulletday and Tough Tiz’s Sis for starters.”

“Midnight Lute is perfection in his conformation,” said John Sikura. “Big, long, beautiful and perfectly correct. He is breathtaking to look at, and we expect him to be a top sire.”

During his career, Midnight Lute also won the Perryville Stakes in track-record time at Keeneland and placed in the Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap and Malibu and San Fernando Breeders’ Cup Stakes. The five-year-old son of Real Quiet retired with six wins from 13 starts.


Bred in Kentucky by Tom Evans, Macon Wilmil Equines, and Marjac Farms, Midnight Lute is out of the Dehere mare Candytuft, a daughter of grade 3 winner Bolt From the Blue.


lBreeders’ Sale Horses: How They Did

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A number of female runners that competed in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park are entered in the upcoming Fasig-Tipton November select mixed and Keeneland November breeding stock sales in Lexington. By far the most successful was Stardom Bound, who scored by 1 ½ lengths in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile Fillies as the favorite. She is Hip No. 65 in the Fasig-Tipton auction, which is scheduled for November 2.

Five starters in the Sentient Flight Group Filly & Mare Sprint were nominated to the Fasig-Tipton sale. However, third finisher Zaftig (Hip No. 93) was scratched from the auction prior to the Breeders’ Cup. According to Fasig-Tipton’s director of marketing, Terence Collier, the plan was to offer Zaftig only if she did not continue to train well. The other Fasig-Tipton auction entrants that ran in the race are Miraculous Miss (4th, Hip No. 8), Intangaroo (6th, Hip No. 159), Magnificience (7th, Hip No. 4), Jazzy (8th, Hip No. 163), and Dearest Trickski (11th, Hip No. 126).

Pure Clan, who finished last of 10 in the Emirates Airlines Filly & Mare Turf, is nominated to the Fasig-Tipton sale as Hip No. 42. Vacare, fourth in the same race, is Hip No. 522 in the Keeneland auction, which begins
November 3.

Hystericalady, fifth in the Ladies’ Classic, is Hip No. 53 in the Keeneland sale, and Bear Now, who finished last in the field of eight after setting the early pace, is Hip No. 105 in the Fasig-Tipton auction.


Complete Simulcasting Calendar for this Weekend at The Park!

Come to Sam Houston Race Park for the BEST simulcasting action in town 7 days a week!  We feature a variety of broadcasts from Oaklawn, Santa Anita, Gulfstream Park, the Fair Grounds, Australia and more!  Gates open at 10:30 a.m..

 

OPENING DAYS IN NOVEMBER:
November 14th-   Fair Grounds
November 28th-   Valley Race Park
November 30th-   Turfway Park

 

11/1/2008

Long Island H.

III

$150,000.00

Aqueduct

11/1/2008

Iroquois Stakes

III

$100,000.00

Churchill Downs

11/1/2008

Pocahontas Stakes

 

$100,000.00

Churchill Downs

11/1/2008

Buck's Boy H.

 

$100,000.00

Hawthorne

11/1/2008

Illini Prencess H.

 

$100,000.00

Hawthorne

11/1/2008

Lightning Jet H.

 

$100,000.00

Hawthorne

11/1/2008

Powerless H.

 

$100,000.00

Hawthorne

11/1/2008

Showtime Deb S.

 

$100,000.00

Hawthorne

11/1/2008

Sun Power S.

 

$100,000.00

Hawthorne

11/1/2008

Sharp Cat Stakes

 

$100,000.00

Hollywood Park

11/1/2008

Golden State Million Futurity

 

$1,000,000.00

Los Alamitos

11/1/2008

M2 Technology La Senorita S.

 

$100,000.00

Retama Park

11/1/2008

Skyy El Joven S.

 

$100,000.00

Retama Park

11/1/2008

Night of Stars XXI

 

 

Various Greyhound Tracks

11/1/2008

Princess Elizabeth S.

 

$250,000.00

Woodbine

 

 

 

 

 

11/2/2008

Nashua S.

III

$100,000.00

Aqueduct

11/2/2008

Tempted S.

III

$100,000.00

Aqueduct

11/2/2008

Chilukki Stakes

II

$150,000.00

Churchill Downs

11/2/2008

Ontario Fashion S.

 

$150,000.00

Woodbine

**All simulcasting tracks subject to the approval of the TXRC.


Super Hi Five Wagers Available at Sam Houston Race Park

How the wager works:

  • Must select the first five finishers in order
  • The wager is offered in the last race from the particular track. This will vary from track to track.
  • If there are no winning tickets, the pools will carryover to next time the wager is offered.


Tracks offering the wager:

  • Hollywood Park
  • Churchill Downs
  • Keeneland
  • River Downs

Park Rewards Program & Specials

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Join Sam Houston Race Park’s NEW Loyalty Program, Park Rewards®, and earn 1,000 bonus points just for joining! Enrollment is FREE!! Sign up at the Player’s Lounge TODAY!

SAVE THE DATE!

SHRP will offer a “last chance” DRF/NTRA handicapping qualifier on Saturday, November 29.
Don’t miss this opportunity to qualify for the Million Dollar Final in Las Vegas!

For questions please contact Paul Maciekowich at (281) 807-8828 or visit www.NTRA.com


PARK REWARDS SPECIALS FOR OCTOBER

  • Thursdays
  • $100 Showvivor Contest (varying tickets)

  • Fridays
  • Double Reward Points (Phoenix Greyhound Park Races

 

PARK REWARDS SPECIALS FOR NOVEMBER

  • Sundays
  • 2nd Annual SHRP Pigskin & Horsehide Handicapping Contest

  • Mondays & Tuesdays
  • 2.0x points for every dollar wagered on Turf Paradise

  • Fridays & Saturdays
  • Park Rewards Members will receive their highest wager lost
    (limit $100) in Rewards Points via our Economic Recovery Plan

  • Friday Dog Special  

Bet on Gulf Greyhound on Friday evening and receive 2.5x points for every dollar wagered

Sam Houston Race Park provides great offers and benefits for our Park Rewards members.  All contest rules can be found on www.shrp.com. To become a Park Rewards member, visit the Players Lounge located at the North end of the Grandstand on the Paddock Level.  For more information visit the Players Lounge or call 281-807-8278.

 

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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.