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SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK AND GALLERY FURNITURE STEP UP EFFORTS FOR 2010 STAKES RACE FEATURING ZENYATTA & RACHEL ALEXANDRA

The Park & Mattress Mack Pursue $1.5 Million Race Between Thoroughbred Powerhouses and Top International Horses for Premier Live Racing Event January 30, 2010

    

HOUSTON (November 11, 2009)—Sam Houston Race Park (www.shrp.com) and Gallery Furniture (www.galleryfurniture.com) continue to step up efforts to bring super star racers Zenyatta, who surpassed the top racers in the world this weekend and won the $5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), and powerhouse filly Rachel Alexandra together in a high-dollar stakes race to take place at The Park on Saturday, January 30, 2010.  
          
The $1.5 million stakes race would be a 1 1/8 mile race on the dirt track. The first-class race will also feature a full field of elite Thoroughbreds from across the nation and around the world.
The event would mark the first time both top female racers Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra would face one another, creating one of the most anticipated racing events in horse racing history.
           
 “Of course the Breeders Cup win was one of historic proportions for Zenyatta, her owners and trainers.  We are more dedicated than ever to bringing her and Rachel Alexandra to Houston for an epic showdown of the two greatest racehorses in the world,” stated Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, Gallery Furniture.           
“We are fully prepared to host this race as part of our John B. Connally Turf Festival, in the event that both parties are interested in participating.  This is our largest race day of the year, and we would be proud to welcome not only Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra, but top horses from around the world, to race on our nationally recognized surface,” said Andrea Young, President and Chief Operating Officer, Sam Houston Race Park.  “We would absolutely love to have this historic race take place at The Park.”           

Rachel Alexandra is a three-year-old filly owned by Jess Jackson and Harold McCormick and is trained by one of the top winning trainers in the nation, Steve Asmussen.  She has gone undefeated this year, beating out some of the top male and female racers, and is considered a front-runner in the battle for 2009 Horse of the Year.  She has taken top honors in the Kentucky Oaks, the Preakness Stakes, Mother Goose and Haskell Invitational, and most recently, she won the Woodward Stakes.  Rachel Alexandra has been guided to victory this year by Calvin Borel.   

Zenyatta is a five-year-old mare owned by Jerome and Anne Moss who made history by defeating an all-male field in an extraordinary come-from-behind performance in this year’s Grade 1 $5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic.  She has gone undefeated this year on synthetic surfaces and has a current record of 14-0.  In addition to making history in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Zenyatta has highlighted her career with wins in the 2008 Apple Blossom Handicap, the Ladies’ Secret Handicap, the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic, the Clement L. Hirsch stakes and the $300,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes.  Zenyatta is jockeyed by Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith and is trained by John A. Shirreffs.
           
Since 1981, Gallery Furniture has grown from aneighborhood store to the largest furniture retailer per square foot in America by putting the customer first, living up to the promise to “Save You Money” and delivering quality furniture and home electronics TODAY.  With two locations in Houston, the original location at 6006 North Freeway andthe newest location at 2411 Post Oak Blvd at Westheimer, Gallery Furniture features a wide selection of the best names in the industry like TempurPedic, Lane, United Leather, Drexel Heritage, Sony, Mitsubishi, and Samsung. Committed to offering customers the best service and an entertainingfamily atmosphere, Gallery Furniture is more than a store…it's a true experience. 
           
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.shrp.com.

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