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SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK CELEBRATES THE 135th RUNNING OF THE KENTUCKY DERBY & GRAND RE-OPENING SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2009

Horse Racing’s Most Prominent Event Includes Debut of Value Day, Live Racing, $500 Hat Contest, Dining Specials, Mint Juleps and More!

    

WHAT:           Sam Houston Race Park (www.shrp.com) will invites Houstonians to celebrate the heritage, fashion and excitement of racing’s most prestigious day with the 135th Running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 2, 2009.  The day-long sporting and social event will include live racing from The Park, simulcast of the 13-race card from Churchill Downs on the new, 19 ft by 38 ft state-of-the-art LED video tote board, a $500 Hat Contest judged by a panel of celebrity judges, traditional Mint Julep cocktails with commemorative Kentucky Derby glass, official Kentucky Derby merchandise, prize giveaways and more!  Ticket packages start at $19 per person. For more information call 281.807.8760 or visit www.shrp.com.

WHO:             Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 minutes from downtown Houston, offering 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 www.shrp.com.

WHEN:          Saturday, May 2, 2009
8:30 a.m.        Gates Open
9:30 a.m.        1st Post from Churchill Downs
11:30 a.m.      Buffet Opens
12:00 p.m.      Hat Contest Registration Begins
1:00 p.m.        Live Racing Begins
3:00 p.m.        Hat Contest Judging Begins
4:00 p.m.        Handicapping Seminar
5:24 p.m.        Kentucky Derby Race presented by Yum! Brands
7:00 p.m.        Verizon Wireless Post-Race Concert with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

WHERE:        Sam Houston Race Park
7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West
Houston, Texas 77064
281-807-8700

TICKETS:     $69 Fun 4-Pack includes 4 Live Racing General Admission Tickets, 4 Hot Dogs, 4 Sodas, 2 Live Racing Programs and 4 Post-Race Concert Tickets

$19 Fun 4-Pack includes 4 Live Racing General Admission Tickets, 4 Hot Dogs, 4 Sodas, 2 Live Racing Programs

Regular Admission $4 adults; $2 Senior Citizens; children 12 and under FREE

INFO:             For more information, call 281-807-8760 or visit www.shrp.com.

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