May 20, 2024


HOUSTON, TX -Sam Houston Race Park has announced the hiring of David Palomo as Director of Marketing.  The University of Houston graduate has over ten years of experience in marketing, special events, brand awareness and social media and promotions.


Most recently, Palomo was affiliated with Landry’s Inc. and was instrumental in managing branding and marketing for Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Rusty Pelican, and Mai Tai Bar. His experience in collaboration in the food and beverage industry is key as Sam Houston Race Park’s Winner’s Circle Restaurant and Jockey Club have attracted thousands of patrons who enjoy the combination of dining while watching live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing.


In addition, Palomo had a seven-year association with the Houston Astros, winner of the 2017 and 2022 World Series, facilitating community outreach and driving customer loyalty for the team and their outside events. He continues to be an active member of the University of Houston Alumni Association.


Palomo will oversee marketing, group sales, sponsorship and public relations for the northwest Houston destination, which opened as the first Class 1 racetrack in Texas on April 24, 1994.


“We are thrilled to welcome David to Sam Houston Race Park,” said Bryan Pettigrew, Vice President and General Manager of Texas Racing Operations. “His experience in marketing and event management as well as familiarity with our city will have a great impact as we embark upon our next 30 years!”

About Sam Houston Race Park

Operated by Penn Entertainment Inc., Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 miles northwest of downtown Houston. The racetrack, which opened in 1994, offers a variety of attractions for businesses, group outings and families during racing and the off-season. The track is best known for its award-winning dining and features multiple areas for fans looking for casual to upscale dining options including its Winner’s Circle Restaurant, Jockey Club, Luxury Suites and Pavilion Centre. For more information or tickets to upcoming live racing, shows and events, please visit or follow on: FacebookInstagramTwitterTikTok or YouTube.





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