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Favorite Horse Awe Contraire Garners Her Second Straight Win at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday, May 15, 2010


HOUSTON (Saturday, May 15, 2010)—Sam Houston Race Park ( hosted an exciting weekend of live racing with the Grade 3 $69,570 John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge topping the 9-race card on Saturday, May 15, with favorite racer Awe Contraire taking home her second consecutive win at The Park.
Awe Contraire (3-1) broke out the starting gate well, set back in the field and had a late surge at the final pole winning with a time of :17.560.  The 2-year-old Texas-bred filly has proved well at a young age, winning several races in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The filly is trained by The Park’s current leading trainer Eusevio Huitron and was ridden to victory by jockey David Pinon.   

“She did exactly what we talked about,” commented Huitron. “She breaks well, then takes her place in the pack and always turns on right at the finish. This was a big win for her and we’ll all very happy.”

Maxing out at an incredible speed index of 102, Awe Contraire sent her betting fans home with a win payout of $5.40.

The 350-yard race featured Gols Honey Money Pop in second; Unknown Source in third; followed by Mishaps Too in fourth; and One N A Million, Prime Idol, Intocable Snow, Panchita Shake and Duncan B rounding out the field of nine.

Trials for the John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge were run on April 30th.
Saturday’s live racing event was followed by a performance from Houston’s own Blue October with opening act The Black and White Years as part of the Verizon Wireless Summer Concert Series on the Bud Light stage. 
Live American Quarter Horse racing continues every weekend at The Park through August 14.  For more information on racing and concerts visit

Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 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 the Champion Energy Services 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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