Myspace     Facebook     Twitter     YouTube     Flickr Print        Sign Up for the SHRP Insider

News and Media


Cougar Hendricks, Snowy Alibi & Racing Streak Look to Upset Favorite on Saturday, August 8, 2009!


HOUSTON (Thursday, August 6, 2009)—Sam Houston Race Park ( will host the $15,000 + TQHA Sires’ Cup Stakes on Saturday, August 8, 2009.   Favored horse Special Headlines (3-1) looks to stun the crowd after being out of the winner’s circle for a few months.  The 3-year-old filly, trained by Christian Rubalcava and owned by Raul Rubalcava, visited the winner’s circle most recently in an allowance race run on March 13 at Retama Park. 

“She was on a winning streak, then we switched up her distances and she was sitting back in second place for a few races,” commented Rubalcava. “Now we’re back at a distance I think she’s most comfortable with so we hope to visit the winner’s circle again on Saturday.”

  Special Headlines will be ridden by jockey Luis Ramirez, who hasn’t saddled this filly in a stakes race since November 28, 2008.

“My last mount on this filly was a win,” commented Ramirez. “So I’m trying for the repeat.”
The remainder of the 10-horse field going a distance of 400 yards will be BBS First Beduino, Cougar Hendricks, Jess Pick Me, Red Maverick Warrior, Snowy Alibi, Zoomin Winner, Moving Cheval, Racing Streak and Panther Purr.

In addition, to live racing events, The Park will continue 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 Verizon Wireless Summer Concert Series on the Bud Light stage at The Showgrounds continues in August with a performance from Sublime tribute band Badfish on August 8th! Tickets start at $15.  For more information, visit

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.

Plan Your Next Event

Our conveniently located, multi-functional facility can comfortably accommodate 10 to 10,000 for business, pleasure or a combination of the two!

Find out how to book a group party.