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“Believers Never Die Part Deux” Tour On-Sale
Saturday, January 24th at 10 a.m.

WHAT:           The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park ( will kick off the 2009 concert season with alternative rock act Fall Out Boy ( and the “Believers Never Die Part Deux” Tour on Saturday, April 18, 2009.  The tour will also feature performances from Cobra Starship, All Time Low, Metro Station and Hey Monday. 

Tickets are available for $36.00 beginning Saturday, January 24 at 10 a.m. A special $104 lawn 4-pack is available January 24 at 10 a.m. through January 26 at 10 p.m.  A VIP ticket packages is available for $125 and includes general admission, early entry into the venue, limited edition tour lithograph autographed by the band and a VIP commemorative laminate; $150 Meet & Greet VIP ticket package is available and includes the VIP package perks along with a meet and greet with the band.  The show is a general admission event.  Tickets will be available at The Showgrounds box office beginning Monday, January 26.    For groups of 10 more, call 281-807-8750.  Tickets are available online at or at participating Houston area Randalls locations or by calling 800-211-3381.  Shows are open to patrons of all ages; Rain or Shine. 

            The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s newest outdoor entertainment venue, located 15 minutes from downtown Houston, featuring performances from national recording artists across all genres of music, as well as high-profile festivals and special events beginning May 2008.  The all-ages venue will host annual Country, Classic Rock, Contemporary and Alternative concert events throughout the year.  For more information on upcoming shows, events and tickets, please visit or call 800-211-3381.

WHERE:       The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park    
7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W
Houston, Texas 77064
(800) 211-3381

WHEN:          Saturday, April 18, 2009
                       Gates @ 5:30 p.m.
TICKETS:     $36.00 General Admission; $125 VIP package & $150 Meet and Greet  VIP package available at or

INFO:             For more information, visit or                                                   or call (800) 211-3381.

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Houston Chronicle
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Event Features Costume Contest, Prizes, Awards Ceremony
and More on Saturday, February 14, 2009

WHAT:           Sam Houston Race Park ( and OnUrLeft Sports ( have partnered to host the 2009 Gimme Some Sugar racing event on Saturday, February 14, 2009.  The event will include a 5K and 10K race for adults, 1K race for kids, “Dress like Cupid” costume contest, awards ceremony, prize giveaways, raffle drawing and more!  A portion of the race profits will be donated to the American Heart Association, along with one lucky youth participant, between the ages of 16-22, chosen for the Joy Karakashian Scholarship Award.  For more information regarding registration and fees, please visit

WHO:            OnUrLeft’s instruction is based on twenty combined years of experience in Triathlon, Swimming, Cycling, and Running. They believe that by being the only Endurance Training Company in all of Houston (and its surrounding areas) with two Certified USAT Coaches they are able to offer their members much more than they would get through a single coach. They offer a variety of services including: Coach to athlete fitness consultations, blood lactate tests and analysis, a workout zone establishment, full body composition readings, customized monthly training plans, and private coaching sessions. 
For more information, please visit

Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility located in Northwest Houston. The state-of-the-art facility offers 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

WHEN:                      Saturday, February 14, 2009
                                  5:30 a.m.        Parking & Registration Begins
                                  7:30 a.m.       5K/10K Run Begins
                                  8:30 a.m.       1K Kids Run Starts
                                  9:30 a.m.        Awards Ceremony & Auctions                   

WHERE:                  Sam Houston Race Park
                                 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West
                                 Houston, Texas 77064

REGISTRATION:    Participants may register in person, by mail or online at For information on registration and fees contact Aaron Palaian at (832)334-6362 or               

INFO:                       For more information, visit or contact Aaron Palaian at (832)334-6362 or by email at

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The Sun Newspaper

12 – 3 p.m.





(As previously printed in Blood-Horse)

Horse of the Year Was Curlin's Only Goal

In the afterglow of Curlin's second straight Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year on Monday night, his trainer, Steve Asmussen, thought back to exactly one year earlier, when primary owner Jess Jackson announced that Curlin would remain in training after winning the 2007 Horse of the Year title.

"I thought that anything short of this would have been a failure on my part," Asmussen said after the 38th annual Eclipse Awards dinner on Monday night at the Fontainebleau Hotel.

Instead, Curlin went in the record books as a rare two-time Horse of the Year, the first since Cigar in 1995-96. Curlin won five times in seven starts in 2008, his only two losses coming in his lone starts on turf and a synthetic surface. Now that Asmussen has had a chance to digest those results with the benefit of being removed from them for a few months, he said if anyone's to blame for Curlin's losses, it's the trainer.

"You don't get second chances to do things," Asmussen said. "I don't think I did an adequate job preparing him for those races. I don't think he was fit enough for either race. If adequately prepared, he was good enough."

Asmussen picked up his first Eclipse Award as champion trainer, and became emotional during his acceptance speech when recognizing his parents, Keith and Marilyn, for raising two boys who became Eclipse Award winners. Asmussen's older brother, Cash, was the Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1979 before embarking on a glorious career in France.

"I can't imagine how proud my parents must be to have two kids grow up in Laredo, Texas, and have them win Eclipse Awards at the highest level," he said after the dinner.

During his acceptance speech, Asmussen singled out assistants Scott Blasi, Darren Fleming, and Toby Sheets, cited the sacrifices made by his wife, Julie, and their three boys, and paid tribute to Parker Buckley, an exercise rider for Asmussen who was killed last summer at Saratoga.

In addition to winning Horse of the Year, Curlin was named champion older male.

Eclipse Award Winners and Vote Totals

Listed below is a complete list of the winner of Eclipse Awards and the vote totals in each category. The tallies below represent only first-place votes from members of the consolidated voting entities -- NTRA/Equibase, Daily Racing Form and National Turf Writers Association. Voter participation rate: 242/282 = 86%

Horse of the Year (Name, First-Place Votes)
Curlin, 153; Zenyatta, 69; Big Brown, 13; Raven’s Pass, 2; Einstein, 1;  Goldikova (IRE), 1; Peppers Pride, 1;  Voter Abstentions, 2. 
Older Male
Curlin, 239; Albertus Maximus, 1; Commentator, 1; Go Between, 1
Two-Year-Old Male
Midshipman, 195; Vineyard Haven, 32; Old Fashioned, 7; Donativum (GB), 5; Desert Party, 1; Run Away and Hide, 1; Street Hero, 1.
Two-Year-Old Filly
Stardom Bound, 236; Maram, 2; Springside, 2; Rachel Alexandra 1, Sky Diva, 1.   
Three-Year-Old Male
Big Brown, 219; Raven’s Pass, 21; Conduit (IRE) 1; Tale of Ekati, 1. 
Three-Year-Old Filly
Proud Spell, 90; Eight Belles, 71; Goldikova (IRE), 41; Indian Blessing, 20; Music Note, 20.
Older Female
Zenyatta, 240; Ginger Punch, 2;
Female Sprinter
Indian Blessing, 138; Ventura, 88; Intangaroo, 13; Indyanne, 1; Voter Abstentions, 2.
Male Sprinter
Benny the Bull, 107; Midnight Lute, 86; Street Boss, 40; Bustin Stones, 3; Fatal Bullet, 3; Visionaire, 1; Commentator, 1; Voter Abstentions1 . 
Male Turf Horse
Conduit (IRE), 175; Einstein (BRZ), 31; Grand Couturier (GB), 11; Hyperbaric, 5;  Kip Deville, 5; Red Giant 4; Court Vision, 2; Henrythenavigator, 1; Champs Elysees (GB), 1; Spirit One (FR), 1. Voter Abstentions, 6.
Female Turf Horse
Forever Together, 137; Goldikova, 94; Cocoa Beach (CHI), 6; Ventura, 3; Mauralakana (FR), 2.
Steeplechase Horse
Good Night Shirt, 217; Be Certain, 1; High Action, 1; Voter Abstentions, 23.
Outstanding Owner
Stronach Stables, 47; IEAH Stables, 46; Stonestreet Stables LLC and Midnight Cry Stables, 29; Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S. Moss, 27;  Godolphin Racing, 24; Zayat Stables 16; Augustin Stable, 13; Maggi Moss, 11; Robert Cole, Jr., 10; Darley Stable, 4; Heiligbrodt Racing Stable, 2; H. Joe Allen, 1; J. Paul Reddam, 1; Juddmonte Farms, 1; Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, 1; WinStar Farm, 1.  Voter Abstentions, 8.   
Outstanding Breeder
Adena Springs, 139; Stonerside Stable, 60; WinStar Farm, 13; Juddmonte Farms, 9; Brereton C. Jones, 4; Eugene Melnyk, 1; Edward P. Evans, 1; Fares Farm, Inc., 1; George Strawbridge, Jr., 1; Hal and Patti Earnhardt, 1; Maverick Production, 1; Monticule, 1. Voter Abstentions, 10.
Outstanding Trainer
Steve Asmussen, 187; Robert Frankel, 15; Larry Jones, 9; Bob Baffert,7; Rick Dutrow, 5; Jerry Hollendorfer, 4; Bill Mott, 3; John Shirreffs, 2; Mike de Kock, 1; Anthony Dutrow, 1; Scott Lake, 1; Mike Maker, 1; Kiaran McLaughlin, 1; Todd Pletcher, 1; Howard Wolfendale, 1. Voter Abstentions, 3.
Outstanding Jockey
Garrett Gomez, 210; Rafael Bejarano, 11; Robby Albarado, 9; Russell Baze, 3; Kent Desormeaux, 3; Ramon Dominguez, 1; Alan Garcia, 1; Julien Leparoux, 1; Joe Rocco, 1; Mike Smith, 1; Voter Abstentions, 1.
Apprentice Jockey
Pascacio Lopez, 150; Inez Karlsson, 34; Abel Mariano, 18; Sebastian Morales, 3; Sheldon Russell, 3; Lyndie Wade, 2; Chamisa Goodwin, 1; Xavier Perez, 1; Grant Whitacre 1. Voter  Abstentions, 29.

Barbaro Brother Ready to Run

The best-known horse who has never raced is just about ready for his debut. Nicanor, a full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, could race at Gulfstream Park as soon as this weekend. Or he might wait one more week. Regardless, trainer Michael Matz said he's ready to run.

"He's going to run a mile on dirt on Saturday or wait and run on the turf on Feb. 8," Matz said at his barn at the Palm Meadows training center. "The last four to six weeks, he's really come around. How good is he? He's really been working quite nicely. He's got a nice disposition, too."

And he's got quite a fan club. Because of the drama that surrounded his late older brother, Nicanor has been under a microscope for some time. Matz was encouraged by his most recent work Sunday, when Nicanor worked in company with the far more experienced Rockland - who is scheduled to run in the Grade 3, $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes on Saturday - and the filly Magical Affair.

"It was a good work for all of them," Matz said. "They worked right together."

Peter Brette, Matz's top assistant and exercise rider, was aboard Nicanor. Brette also was the regular work rider for Barbaro.

Rockland, a son of 2004 Derby winner Smarty Jones, was ridden in his workout by jockey Jose Lezcano, who has the mount in the 1 1/8-mile Holy Bull. Rockland is coming off victories on dirt at the Meadowlands and on turf at Calder.

"I had planned on running him on dirt last time, but the race didn't go, so I ran him on turf," Matz said. "I'm not too worried about the distance. I don't think it will be a problem with the horse."

The only problem Matz has with Rockland is getting near him.

"He'll bite you in a second," Matz said.

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.



Forward Gal Stakes



Gulfstream Park


Hutcheson Stakes



Gulfstream Park







Donn Handicap



Gulfstream Park


Holy Bull Stakes



Gulfstream Park


Santa Monica Handicap



Santa Anita



Feb. 1




Gulfstream Park: Gulfstream Park Turf H (gr. IT), $300,000


Suwannee River S (gr. IIIT), $125,000


Santa Anita: La Habra S (gr. IIIT), $100,000




Feb. 7


Aqueduct: Whirlaway S, $100,000

Derby Prep Race

Delta Downs: Louisiana Premier Night Championship (R), $200,000


Louisiana Premier Night Distaff (R), $150,000


Louisiana Premier Night Prince (R), $125,000

Derby Prep Race

Louisiana Premier Night Starlet (R), $125,000


Louisiana Premier Night Matron (R), $100,000


Louisiana Premier Night Sprint (R), $100,000


Louisiana Premier Night Gentlemen Starter (R), $55,000


Louisiana Premier Night Ladies Starter (R), $55,000


Louisiana Premier Night Bon Temps Starter (R), $45,000


Louisiana Premier Night Ragin Cajun Starter (R), $45,000


Fair Grounds: Risen Star S (gr. III), $200,000

Derby Prep Race

Silverbulletday S (gr. III), $150,000


Fair Grounds H (gr. IIIT), $125,000


Mineshaft H (gr. III), $125,000


Oaklawn Park: Essex H, $100,000


Santa Anita: Las Virgenes S (gr. I), $300,000


Strub S (gr. II), $250,000


Robert B. Lewis S (gr. II), $200,000

Derby Prep Race

Thunder Road H (gr. IIIT), $100,000


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

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

Super Hi Five Wagers Available at Sam Houston Race Park


WEDNESDAYS: 3X your points on Valley Race Park & FREE Valley Stat Attack
(Limit on per player)
THURDAYS: Showvivor Handicapping Contest
($100 voucher OR 20,000 points) – Oaklawn Park 1PM First Post $400 total
SUNDAYS: “Twin Quin” Handicapping Contest
select the Quinella in two predetermined races and win $50 OR 10,000 Park Rewards
points = $200

Sam Houston Race Park provides great offers and benefits for our Park Rewards members.  All contest rules can be found on 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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