Houston Racing Festival
January 30th, 2022

Racing News

PINKY RING BLING WINS THE $75,000 MY DANDY AND TEXAS THUNDER TAKES THE $75,000 DARBY’S DAUGHTER AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

Jockey Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez Wins Both Features

HOUSTON, TX-  The first two stakes of the 2022 Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred season were contested on Thursday afternoon with Pinky Ring Bling living up to his post-time favoritism in the $75,000 My Dandy and Texas Thunder breaking her maiden in the $75,000 Darby’s Daughter. The Texas Thoroughbred Association sponsors the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes Series (TSSS), a set of races for progeny of nominated Texas-based stallions. The series features three sets of races, each split into two divisions (colts/geldings and fillies) for a purse of $75,000 per division. The races honor notable Texas horses of the past. 

THE $75,000 DARBY’S DAUGHTER AND $75,000 MY DANDY WILL BE CONTESTED THURSDAY, JANUARY 20 AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

Exciting Promotions Set for Houston Racing Festival on January 30

HOUSTON, TX-  The first two stakes of the 2022  Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred season will take place Thursday, January 20. The $75,000 My Dandy and $75,000 Darby’s Daughter will be run at the distance of five and one-half furlongs on the main track. Post time for Thursday’s card is 4:00 pm (Central) with the My Dandy running as the opener and the Darby’s Daughter to follow.

SOLID HANDLE FOR OPENING WEEKEND OF THE 2022 SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK THOROUGHBRED MEET

Horseman Larry Stroope Passed Away on January 7

HOUSTON, TX – Sam Houston Race Park opened its 50-day live Thoroughbred season on Thursday, January 6, 2022 with a record opening night handle of $3.2 million. 

RESPECTED QUARTER HORSE TRAINER LEON BARD PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 5, 2022

HOUSTON, TX - Quarter Horse trainer Leon Bard died on January 5 in Wheelock, Texas, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 75 years-old.

TRAINER J.R. CALDWELL MORE THAN READY FOR THE 2022 SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK THOROUGHBRED MEET

Opening Day for the 50-Day Live Racing Season is Thursday, January 6

HOUSTON, TX – The day-to-day responsibilities of training racehorses is more than most people outside of the industry can fathom. In short, it’s a 24-hour commitment beginning with acquiring quality owners, conditioning horses through morning works, making equipment adjustments when necessary and finding the right level come entry time. Coupled with attending sales, supervising staff, selecting a jockey, shipping to the next destination and dealing with weather extremes, it is far from an easy way to make a living.

HORSES, TRAINERS AND JOCKEYS ARRIVING FOR THE 2022 SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK THOROUGHBRED MEET

Opening Day for the 50-Day Live Racing Season is Thursday, January 6

HOUSTON, TX –The barns at Sam Houston Race Park are filling on a steady basis as horses are arriving for the 2022 live Thoroughbred racing season. Opening day for the 50-day meet is Thursday, January 6.

Live Thoroughbred Racing Returns to Sam Houston Race Park

50 day race meet runs January 6 – April 9 • Author Gary West

Houston, Texas – December 11, 2021 -- Texas horse racing is about to take off, appropriately enough, in the home of the Space Center. The mission for 2022 is to continue or even expand on established momentum, and so quite naturally Sam Houston Race Park has become Mission Control, for this is where it begins, right here, on the parkway in northwest Houston, on Jan. 6.

SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK ANNOUNCES ITS 2022 THOROUGHBRED STAKES SCHEDULE

The 50-Day Meet Gets Underway on Thursday, January 6, 2022

HOUSTON, TX - Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 2022 live racing season on Thursday, January 6 with an expanded 50-day Thoroughbred meet. 

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