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Zoomin Winner Took The Early Lead Holding Off Favorite Special Headlines on Saturday, August 8, 2009


HOUSTON (Saturday, August 8, 2009)—Sam Houston Race Park ( hosted the $16,000 TQHA Sires’ Cup Stakes on Saturday, August 8, 2009.   Long-shot Zoomin Winner (10-1) broke well and quickly took the lead finishing in a time of 20.252.  Exercised by The Park’s second leading trainer, Judd Kearl, the
4-year-old gelding was saddled by jockey Rodrigo Vallejo and owned by Mickey W. Tiner.  

“I’m proud of what this horse just did,” commented Kearl. “He came out as the underdog, took the early lead and held onto it.”

Favored horse Special Headlines (3-1) came on strong towards the finish, but barely missed holding off Zoomin Winner ($12.20) by a head.

The 10-horse field racing a distance of 400 yards featured Zoomin Winner in first; Special Headlines in second; followed by Panther Purr, Cougar Hendricks, Snowy Alibi, Racing Streak, BBS First Beduino, Moving Cheval, Jess Pick Me and Red Maverick Warrior.

In addition to live racing events, The Park continues to hold the popular Value Day and Party on the Patio in the Fun Zone every Saturday featuring outdoor patio seating on the Pavilion Apron area, live music from We Are Half Nelson (, hot food off the grill, $2 draft beer, misting fans and the Verizon Wireless misting tent, washer board games, Wii Guitar Hero challenge, giveaways and more. 

The 2009 American Quarter Horse meet at The Park continues with live racing events Thursday, Friday and Saturday through August 29.  In addition, The Showgrounds’ Verizon Wireless Summer Concert Series on the Bud Light stage finished out another successful concert series with a performance from Sublime tribute band Badfish.

Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located 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 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, or call 800-211-3381.

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