Steve Asmussen Repeats as Leading Trainer Lindey Wade Clinches His Second Leading Rider Title End Zone Athletics, Inc. Honored as Owner of the Meet
(Houston, TX) – The Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred meeting concluded on Saturday, March 17. The racing season was supported strongly by many Texas horsemen and the stakes program enticed nationally prominent conditioners including Steve Asmussen, Mike Maker, Brad Cox, Mark Casse, Kenny McPeek, Keith Nations, Mike Stidham, Jason Servis and Doug O’Neill.
HOWBOUTTHISCOWGIRL AND DIRECT DIAL STEP UP IN THE $65,000 TWO ALTAZANO AND $65,000 JIM'S ORBIT STAKES AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK
Bret Calhoun and Steve Asmussen Conditioned the Texas-bred Stars on the Final Night of the 2018 Thoroughbred Season
Two talented Texas-breds reversed their runner-up status from earlier stakes this meet at Sam Houston Race Park, triumphing in convincing fashion. Howboutthiscowgirl won the $55,000 Two Altazano Stakes and Direct Dial was much the best in the $65,000 Jim's Orbit Stakes. The Texas Thoroughbred Association (TTA) renamed the series for accredited Texas-breds to honor the late Clarence Scharbaurer, Jr. who passed away in 2014. In 2005, the Texas Thoroughbred Association renamed both these stakes to honor a famous Texas Thoroughbred. The colts and gelding division at Sam Houston Race Park was named for Jim’s Orbit, who won the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and started in the 1988 Kentucky Derby. The fillies division is a tribute to Two Altazano, winner of the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks in 1994. The accomplished mare, owned by the late Harold V. Goodman, also captured the 1994 Sam Houston Oaks with Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day in the saddle.
Saturday’s Card Will Also Feature the End of the Meet Owner, Trainer and Jockey Presentations
(Houston, TX) – The 2018 Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred racing season will conclude on Saturday, March 17. The evening will include the running of the $65,000 Jim’s Orbit and $65,000 Two Altazano as well as the presentation of the end of the meet awards for leading jockey, trainer and owner.
EASTER MAN, QUICK SAND AA AND UPTOWN SANDY GIRL EARN STAKES WINS IN THE ARABIAN RACING FESTIVAL AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK
Trainer Jerenesto Torrez Saddled the Top Three in the Hundred Years HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup.
Sam Houston Race Park hosted two prestigious Arabian stakes on Saturday, March 3: the Hundred Years $54,500 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (G1) and $41,500 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies IFAHR Cup, both at a distance of seven furlongs.
Live Racing Season Gets Underway on Friday, March, 30
HOUSTON, TX - Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 2018 Quarter Horse racing season on Friday, March 30. The 20-day meet continues through Saturday, May 12.
BLUERIDGE TRAVELER LIVES UP TO HIS FAVORTISM IN THE $100,000 MAXXAM GOLD CUP AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK
Second Maxxam Gold Cup Title for Trainer Kenny McPeek
The $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup has attracted nationally prominent horses since its first running in 1994. This year’s field featured a mix of seasoned veterans as well as several horses rising the ranks and testing their skills at nine furlongs.
Youth was served as 4-year-old Blueridge Traveler became a stakes winner for Horizon Stables and trainer Kenny McPeek. The son of To Honor and Serve lived up to the potential he showed in his 3-year-old campaign, when he ran second in the Grade 3, $500,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.
FULL FIELDS DRAWN FOR THE THREE MAXXAM RACING FESTIVAL UNDERCARD STAKES AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24
$100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup Set as the Eighth Race of the Evening
HOUSTON, TX – The Maxxam Gold Racing Festival will take place Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park and will feature the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup.
The February 24th card gets underway at 6:00 pm (CT). The Maxxam Gold Cup will run as the eighth race and will be joined by two turf stakes, the $50,000 Jersey Lilly Stakes for fillies and mares and the $50,000 Houston Turf Stakes for accredited Texas-breds. The Maxxam Racing Festival also includes the $50,000 Sam Houston Sprint Cup at the distance six furlongs on the main track.
Three Additional Stakes Will Also be Contested
The Maxxam Gold Racing Festival is set for Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park and will feature four stakes. The $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup, at a distance of a mile and one-eighth on the main track, will run as the eighth race of the card.