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HOUSTON (September 4, 2009)—Turbulenz was voted Horse of the Meet for the 2009 American Quarter Horse Meeting at Sam Houston Race Park ( The 2-year-old gelding made his debut on April 12, 2009, followed by three consecutive wins, including the RG1 $408,729 TQHA Sale Futurity on July 25.
Turbulenz, owned and bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox, and trained by John S. Buchanan, finished the meet with a record of three wins in five starts.  

“I’m really happy to have this horse,” commented Cox. “The funny thing about it is when he was a baby we made the decision to sell him and the mare.  The people who bought him raised him to a yearling and sold him in the TQHA Sale here at Sam Houston.  I saw him race at the very beginning of this year’s meet and was blown away so I started negotiations with the owners to buy him back.” 

After regaining ownership of Turbulenz, Cox put him in the TQHA Sale Futurity where he dominated. 
“That was a huge win for Turbulenz,” claims Cox. “We took him out to Ruidoso after that, but he doesn’t like it out there as much so we’re bringing him back to Texas to compete in the Dash for Cash and Texas Classic at Lone Star Park.”

Claiming his first title as Sam Houston Race Park’s Trainer of the Meet was Bobby Touchet, with 36 wins in 151 starts and purse money totaling in $228,748. Touchet has notched six career training titles overall, from Manor Downs in Austin, to Retama Park in Selma, Texas. 

Touchet notes one of his top accomplishments for the Sam Houston meet includes Calientes Wrangler claiming a new 300-yard track record on May 17, winning the race in a time of :15.30 and smashing the previous record set by First Down Fame on August 11, 2000.

“I was really proud of Calientes Wrangler in setting a new record,” commented Touchet.  “Another one of my horses I was really impressed with this season was Gray Invasion, who holds the 550-yard track record at The Park, at Lone Star and at Retama.”  Gray Invasion, a 10-year-old gelded son of Chicks Beduino out of the Timeto Thinkrich mare Gislin,  has won well over 10 stakes races in his career. 

Touchet also added he’s “proud of this win most importantly because of the great competition and top-notch trainers that come to Sam Houston.”

Owner of the Meet for the 2009 American Quarter Horse Meet ended in a tie between owners A.D. Maddox and Jorge Haddad.   

Haddad celebrates his first owner title at The Park in only his second year of racing.  Haddad, who owns and operates Haddad Ranch (, says “he’s excited most about this win because this is the first year to have his own crop racing,” which he breeds, owns and trains himself.  Before coming to race in Houston, Haddad ran horses at Los Alamitos in California and various tracks in Mexico City.  Haddad finished the 2009 American Quarter Horse Meet with 11 wins out of 51 starts and a total purse of $61,137.

Maddox, a seasoned veteran at Sam Houston Race Park, finished the 2009 meet with 11 wins and a total purse of $63,884.  “I enjoyed this meet,” commented Maddox. “I felt operationally it ran very smooth, which is easier on the horses and those that work with them.”  He also added that “the dates picked up from the Retama meet made it much easier for the horses and horsemen that live here in Houston.”

Finishing with an unbelievable 81 wins, jockey David A. Alvarez was awarded top honors as The Park’s leading rider.  Alvarez was also one of the top jockeys for the 2009 American Quarter Horse Meet at Manor Downs. Alvarez finished the meet an impressive 34 wins ahead of the competition and tallied $426,228 in purse money.
The 2009/2010 Thoroughbred meeting will open on Friday, November 27, 2009, and will continue through Saturday, April 3, 2010, at Sam Houston Race Park. 

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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