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Live Racing Card Will Feature Over $300,000 in Total Purse Money on Saturday, July 10, 2010


HOUSTON (July 8, 2010)— Sam Houston Race Park ( will host a full day of live American Quarter Horse racing featuring 9 live races and over $300,000 in total purse money on Saturday, July 10, 2010.   The day’s race card will feature four high-dollar stakes races including the $106,290 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G1)

The 440-yard race on the dirt track features fastest qualifier and 2009 Bank of America Texas Challenge winner Easy Dashin Sixes (3-1). The 5-year-old gelding is trained by Erika Huitron and will be saddled by jockey Jesus Huitron.  Easy Dashin Sixes pulled off a stunning photo finish in last year’s stakes race to win in a time of 21.921.
The second favorite horse, XO Kate (9-2), had the sixth fastest qualifying time and will be ridden by jockey Santos Carrizales.  Ironically, Carrizales rode Easy Dashin Sixes to victory in last year’s Challenge Championship.  Trial races were held at The Park on Saturday, June 26.

The field of 10 includes: Special Headlines (6-1), Double Chiseled (6-1), Classified Bull (12-1), A Stoli Mate (10-1), Teton Snowman (8-1), Kid Perry (12-1), Mr La Bubba (12-1) and  Stolis Winner (8-1), who has won several high-dollar stakes at Lone Star Park in Dallas.

The Bank of America Racing Challenge is the richest and most successful program in American Quarter Horse racing today – a championship series developed for the “World’s Fastest Horse." The Bank of America Racing Challenge program provides more racing opportunities and bigger purses for older American Quarter Horses than any other program throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America.

During the 2010 racing season there are a total of 60 regional Challenge finals, approximately 30 John Deere Bonus Challenge races plus several Challenge Maiden Finals. The Racing Challenge will culminate with the 6 Challenge Championship races and 6 undercard Challenge Stakes races with total purses and bonuses topping five million dollars.

More than half of the total purses and bonus awards are provided by AQHA Corporate Partners and host racetracks.  The Racing Challenge adds more non-horsemen funds than any other America Quarter Horse racing program.

The 2010 Challenge Championships will be held November 20 at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana (exact date pending). 

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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