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Last Year's Winner of the $15,000 Sam Houston Distance Derby Proved He Could Go the Distance Again on Saturday, May 22, 2010


HOUSTON (May 25, 2010)—Sam Houston Race Park ( hosted the $15,000 SHRP Distance Stakes on Saturday, May 22nd with DM Traffic taking first in the 870-yard race.

The 9th race on Saturday’s live racing card featured seven of The Park’s top Quarter horses.  DM Traffic is trained by Kie Mushinski and owned by Donna Mushinski.  The 4-year-old brown gelding kept the pace for most of the 870-yard race before being pushed at the final pole by one of this meet’s top jockeys, Luis Vivanco.  DM Traffic won by a head in a time of :46.47 and a speed index clocked at 89. 

“He’s good about keeping the pace for the field and always seems to have that little bit of extra energy at the end to blow past his competitors at the finish,” commented a thrilled Mushinski.  “That’s what sets this horse apart from the rest. He’s a tough competitor.”

With 6-1 odds, DM Traffic paid his betting fans $9.20 for the win.
Final placement featured Big Bad N Brown in second; JC My Diamond Man in third; followed by Snow Me The Paddick, Blue Ribbon Dash, Thats The Man and Cant Pass Me.

In addition to live Quarter Horse racing events, The Park hosted Party on the Patio Steak Night featuring admission, steak dinner and a twice baked potato for just $12 along with $2 draft beer available from 4-8 p.m.
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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