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Live Racing, 50¢ First Fridays, Fireworks, Steak Night, Party on the Patio, Wiener Dog Races, New Year’s Eve Celebration & More Beginning Friday, November 27, 2009


WHAT:           Sam Houston Race Park ( announces its special events and promotions schedule for the 2009/2010 Thoroughbred Live Racing Season.   
The Park will debut a variety of NEW events for the winter meet, highlights include:

  • College Night at The Park: Grand opening weekend, show your current college ID for FREE admission and enjoy $1 draft beer for live racing events (Nov. 27 & 28)
  • 50¢ First Fridays: Enjoy 50 Cent draft beer during live racing events the first Friday of every month (Dec. 4, Jan. 1, Feb. 5, March 5, April 2).
  • Sam Houston Race Park Idol: Calling All Singers! The Park is looking for Houston’s best singer, ages 6-18 years eligible for the competition (Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Final Jan. 29).
  • Party on the Patio Steak Night: Enjoy steak and a twice baked potato along with patio seating, entertainment from the Battle of the Bands  contestants, fireworks and more for $12; price includes admission (March 6, 13 & 20)
  • Saturday Night Fireworks: Enjoy fireworks every Saturday night in March immediately following live racing events (March 6, 13, 20 & 27)

Additional Racing & Special Events This Season Include:
Gallery Furniture Presents Texas Champions Day Brought To You By
Emirates Airlines & Spring-Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge
♦ December 5 ♦
$100,000 Gallery Furniture Distaff
$100,000 Star of Texas Stakes presented by Emirates Airlines
$50,000 San Jacinto Stakes
$50,000 Spirit of Texas Stakes
$50,000 Yellow Rose Stakes
$50,000 Groovy Stakes
$50,000 Bara Lass Stakes

New Year’s Eve Celebration ♦ December 31
Join The Park and 107.5 The Eagle to ring in the New Year and enjoy live racing, great dining, entertainment, a champagne toast, fireworks and more sponsored by Trico Lift and Hilton Garden Inn Houston Northwest!

College Bowl 50¢ Friday Fest ♦ January 1
Start the New Year off with exciting college football bowl games on more than 1400 televisions along with 50 cent draft beer specials
and live racing events

John B. Connally Turf Cup Festival ♦ January 30
Premier day of live racing at The Park featuring the $1.5 Million Gallery Furniture race (pending), the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3) and the $50,000 Jersey Lily Stakes race

Wiener Dog Races ♦ February 6
Racing has gone to the dogs! Family-friendly day of live racing featuring wiener dog races between horse races and a pet costume contest

Big Game Dollar Day ♦ February 7
Houston’s biggest pre-game football party sponsored by Hebrew National Hot Dogs, Dreyer’s Ice Cream and StarTex Power featuring admission, live racing program, hot dogs, ice cream, sodas and draft beer for just $1 during live racing

Valentine’s Day ♦ February 14
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Park, presented by Sunny 99.1 FM, with romantic dining specials, Race for the Roses contest, rose giveaway and more!

Texas Stallions Day ♦ February 20
Featured races include the $125,000 Jim’s Orbit and the
$125,000 Two Altazano stakes races

MAXXAM Gold Cup Day ♦ March 27
One of the last major stakes race days of the Thoroughbred meet including the
$100,000 MAXXAM Gold Cup and the $50,000 Sam Houston Distaff

Fan Appreciation Dollar Day ♦ April 3
Closing day of the Thoroughbred Meet is sponsored by Hebrew National Hot Dogs, Dreyer’s Ice Cream and StarTex Power and features admission, live racing program, hot dogs, ice cream, sodas and draft beer for just $1 during live racing events


WHO:             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 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.

TICKETS:       $19 Party Pack includes Admission, Reserved Club Level Counter Seat, Burger Basket, 2 Small Beers or Sodas, Live Racing Program & $2 Wagering Coupon, available every live racing day;

$25 Fun 4-Pack includes (4) General Admission Tickets, (4) Hot Dogs, (4) Sodas, (2) Live Racing Programs & (2) $2 Wagering Coupons, available only on Feb. 6, March 6, March 13, March 20 & March 27;

Winner’s Circle Restaurant Dining Package
- Available every live racing day in December
  ($39 on Friday & Saturday; $28 on Thursday & Sunday)
- Available every Saturday in January, February, March & April ($35)
- New Year’s Eve ($49)
- Valentine’s Day ($55)

General Admission $6 adults; $4 Senior Citizens; children 12 and under FREE; General Parking FREE

INFO:              For more information, visit  or call 281-807-8700.

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