Nov 14, 2022




The slogan for the upcoming season is “Houston’s Best Bet!” and fans will be able to enjoy the excitement of live racing with three major Festival events as well as a variety of promotions, special events and food and beverage offerings.


In addition to the popular Winner’s Circle Restaurant, the upcoming season will feature new food and bar outlets. The Finish Line Bar will offer fans great views of the track and a high-end drink experience. Those with a sweeter tooth will enjoy the new Whole Scoop, offering a variety of dessert favorites. Happy Hour will be offered each Friday from 3:00- 5:00 pm during the thoroughbred meet. 


“Our goal is to attract new fans to horse racing and re-introduce ourselves to Houston” said Frank Hopf, Sam Houston Race Park’s Assistant General Manager. “The new schedule, afternoon post time and promotional schedule offer something for everyone”.


The Thoroughbred racing season will run for 43 days. The marquee racing event of the season, the Houston Racing Festival is set for Saturday, January 28 with a 1:00 pm first post. The complete stakes schedule is available on


2023 Sam Houston Race Park Promotions and Event Schedule
Friday, January 6 Opening Weekend- Thoroughbred Meet
Saturday, January 28 Houston Racing Festival Five stakes, including the $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic (G3) NHC Handicapping Contest- 2 seats to the final in Las Vegas Best Dressed Contest
Saturday, February 18 Texas Preview Day Five stakes for Texas Thoroughbreds
Sundays in March Family Fun Days (Every Sunday in March) Petting zoo and Entertainment for young fans Local Breweries onsite (one per Sunday)
Saturday March 11 Camel and Ostrich Racing
Saturday March 12 Popular family-friendly event with 100-yard races with Camels and Ostriches in between thoroughbred races
Friday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day  Drink Specials during live racing
Sunday, March 19 Wiener Dog Races The 14th Annual event moves to Sunday
Saturday, March 25 Texas Champions Day Seven stakes for Texas Thoroughbreds 
Sunday, March 26 Inaugural Astronaut Run  Dress as an astronaut and be a part of the largest astronaut run in H-Town!
Friday, April 21 Opening Weekend- Quarter Horse Meet
Friday, May 5 Cinco De Mayo Biggest Pre-Derby and Cinco De Mayo Party in Houston 
Saturday, May 6 Live Racing and Simulcast of the Kentucky Derby Mint Juleps and Kentucky Derby Hat Contest
Saturday, May 20 Corgi Dogs Racing Live racing and simulcast of the Preakness Stakes 


Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 miles from downtown Houston.  The Park offers a variety of attractions including a Suite Level featuring luxurious suites overlooking the racetrack and accommodating groups from 10 to 100 people, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and the Jockey Club.  For more information on upcoming live racing, shows, events and tickets, please visit