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Nov 14, 2016

2017 Promotional Schedule Announced

HOUSTON, TX- Sam Houston Race Park will open its 23rd Annual Live Racing Season with the kick off of the 2017 Thoroughbred Meet on Friday, January 20th featuring the richest stakes program in Texas. The Thoroughbred Meet will once again be anchored by the richest, single Thoroughbred race day in Texas the Houston Racing Festival, on Sunday, January 29, 2017 with a special post time of 12pm.  The Houston Racing Festival will feature the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic (GIII), the $250,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup (GIII), the Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint, and the Space City Stakes.

Sam Houston Race Park offers more than just the richest stakes program in Texas, race fans can also expect to enjoy special promotions and entertainment during their visit to the Park.  This year, a number of special events have been revamped while still including fan favorites like 50 Cent Beer Every Friday, Dollar Days, Wiener Dog Races, and Camel and Ostrich Races.  In 2017, fans should expect to see even more Food Truck Fridays and a new event on March 11th called the SHRP Track-Athalon with several entertaining races on the track between horse races. Some 2017 highlights will include:

Opening Night  Military Appreciation Day (January 20)
50 Cent Beer Every Friday 6 pm to 9 pm
Houston Racing Festival (January 29)
Dollar Day at The Park (February 4 & April 15)
Food Trucks Fridays (January 27, February 17, April 21, May 12)
Wine Tasting Events (January 29, February 25, , May 13)
Wiener Dog Races including Dog Day at the Track (February 11 & April 29)
Camel & Ostrich Races (March 3 & 4)
SHRP Track-Athalon (March 11)
Kentucky Derby Day (May 6)
Preakness Day (May 20)

Tickets for the 2017 live racing season will go on sale This Friday, November 18th online at  Advanced ticket options include General Admission for just $7 ($4 for Children 4-12 and Seniors over 62; and FREE for Children under 4); Reserved Counter Seat for $11 ($8 for Children 4-12 and Seniors over 62; and $4 for Children under 4) which will include admission and a reserved seat in our counter seat section, and reservations in our Winner’s Circle Restaurant which include admission, our Chop House Buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity for just $29.95. 

Friday and Saturday post times for the 2017 Thoroughbred Meet will be 7 pm and 6 pm, respectively.  The fun tradition of lunch-time racing at The Park will continue every Monday and Tuesday afternoon with a new earlier start time of 12 noon, making it the best lunch option in town!  A special Sunday 12 noon post time is set for the Houston Racing Festival on January 29th.  Post times for the 2017 American Quarter Horse Meet, which begins March 31st, are set for 7 pm on Fridays, 6 pm on Saturdays and 12 noon on Mondays. 

Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 miles from downtown Houston, and offers a variety of attractions including our Suite Level, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and the Jockey Club. For more information on upcoming group events, racing events, shows and tickets, please visit

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