Feb 1, 2024


Opening Day of the 25-Day Meet is Friday, April 19

HOUSTON, TX - Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 2024 Quarter Horse racing season on Friday, April 19. The 25-day meet will continue through Saturday, June 15.


The stakes schedule will offer 15 features, including the running of the $150,000-added Sam Houston Futurity (G2) on Saturday, June 15. The notable list of Sam Houston Futurity champions includes War Colors, Azoom, All American Winner, Snowy Alibi, Especially Tres, Ivan James and This Is An Eagle. Several winners have gone on to national prominence, including  Kiss My Hocks, who won in 2014 and was honored as AQHA Champion 2-Year-Old Colt and Trump My Record, who was named 2019 AQHA Champion 2-Year-Old Gelding. 


Two regional AQHA Challenge stakes will be contested on Friday, May 10 with the winners of the John

Deere Juvenile and Adequan Derby earning berths into the Bank of America Racing Challenge



Sam Houston Race Park will also pay tribute to three Texas horsemen who each made significant impact in

Texas Quarter Horse racing and were strong supporters of Sam Houston Race Park since its opening in 1994.

The $50,000 John Buchanan Memorial Stakes for 3-year-old fillies will be run on Friday, May 10 as well

as the $50,000-added Leon Bard Stakes for accredited Texas 3 year-olds. The $50,000-added Jesse

Yoakum Memorial 870 Stakes will be run on Saturday, June 15.


Racing will take place Thursday through Saturday evenings at 6:30 pm (Central) with special post times of

10:30 a.m. for Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday, May 4; and 1:00 p.m. for the Preakness Stakes on

Saturday, May 18 and the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 8.


Stall applications for the upcoming meet are due by Friday, March 1. The online application is available on

shrp.com as is additional information on the upcoming season. The first condition book will be available at Sam Houston Race Park and posted on Equibase.com. The racing office is under the direction of racing secretary Mike Acton; mike.acton@pennentertainment.com; phone (281) 807-8780; cell; (405) 886-6168; and fax:(281) 890-5485.


The barn area opens on Monday, April 15 with training hours beginning on April 16.


“Quarter Horse racing and breeding is strong in Texas,” said Acton. “We look forward to welcoming back

our horsemen and presenting an excellent stakes schedule with plenty of opportunities for Texas-breds.”


2024 Sam Houston Race Park Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule


Friday, May 10

$75,000 Sam Houston Classic(G2) 3 YO & Up 440 yards

$40,000 John Deere Juvenile(G3) 2 YO 350 yards

$40,000 Adequan Derby 3 YO 400 yards

$50,000 John Buchanan Memorial Stakes 3 YO Fillies 350 yards

$50,000 Leon Bard Memorial Stakes 3 YO 350 yards


Saturday June 8

$40,000 added Colors of Houston Futurity(G2) 2 YO 300 yards


Saturday, June 15

$150,000 added Sam Houston Futurity (G2) 2 YO 330 yards

$50,000 Sam Houston Juvenile Stakes 2 YO 330 yards

$100,000 Sam Houston Derby (G3) 3 YO 350 yards

$50,000 Jesse Yoakum Memorial 870 Stakes 3 YO & up; 870 yards

$50,000 Willie Hickman Memorial Stakes 3 YO & up; 400 yards

$50,000 Miss Sam Houston Stakes F & M 3 YO & up; 330 yards

$50,000 Sam Houston 250 Stakes 3 YO & up; 250 yards

$50,000 Sam Houston 550 Stakes 3 YO & up550 yards

$30,000 Colors of Houston Maturity(G2) 3 YO 350 yards


All final purses will include added money, with the exception of the Sam Houston Juvenile.


2024 Quarter Horse Trial Dates

Thursday, April 19 Adequan Derby Challenge Trials and John Deere Juvenile Challenge Trials

Saturday, April 20 Colors of Houston Futurity

Thursday, May 23 Sam Houston Derby and Colors of Futurity

Friday, May 24-Saturday, May 25 Sam Houston Futurity


A complete list of the 2024 Quarter Horse schedule is available on shrp.com.


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 www.shrp.com or follow on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok or YouTube.




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