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The Park to Open Early for Thanksgiving Simulcast Events Thursday, November 27 through Saturday, November 29, 2008


HOUSTON (November 17, 2008)—Sam Houston Race Park ( will open admission gates early for simulcast events in order to accommodate Thanksgiving holiday post times and track openings Thursday, November 27 through Saturday, November 29, 2008.  Due to many tracks altering post times the week of Thanksgiving, The Park will make the following changes to simulcast hours of operation:

  • Thursday, November 27 @ 9:30 a.m.
  • Friday, November 28 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 29 @ 10:00 a.m.


            Hollywood Park will host the 33rd Running of the Grade 1 $400,000 Citation Handicap on Friday, November 28.  The Citation Handicap is a turf race for Thoroughbred horses set at a distance of one and a half miles for horses three-years-old and up, and was recently upgraded to a Grade I turf event from a Grade II. 

The Grade 1 $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap will be showcased at Aqueduct on Saturday, November 29. The New York Racing Association announced on March 19 that Hill 'n' Dale Farms will continue to sponsor the Grade 1 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile Handicap through 2010.

The Park’s regular hours of operation, 10:30 a.m. - 2 a.m., will resume on Sunday, November 30.  For more information and a complete list of track openings, visit

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

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