Oct 26, 2017


HOUSTON, TX (October 26th, 2017)— Sam Houston Race Park (www.shrp.com) is pleased to announce the scheduled dates for all stakes races during our 2018 Thoroughbred Meet. The 24th racing season is set to begin on January 19th, 2018 and will feature 20 stakes races worth over $1.5 million. The stakes program is highlighted by the Houston Racing Festival on Sunday, January 28th, 2018. This year’s festival will feature six stake races totaling $825,000 in purse money headlined by the Grade 3 Houston Ladies Classic and Grade 3 John B. Connally Turf Cup.


Saturday, January 27th, 2018- Texas Champions Day

$50,000 Richard King Turf Stakes

$50,000 San Jacinto Turf Stakes

$50,000 Spirit of Texas Stakes

$50,000 Yellow Rose Stakes

Post time is 6:00pm.


Sunday, January 28th, 2018- Houston Racing Festival

$400,000 Houston Ladies Classic (GIII): 1 1/16 Mile

$200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup (GIII): 1 ½ Mile

$75,000 Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint

$50,000 Bara Lass Stakes

$50,000 Groovy Stakes

$50,000 Houston Distaff

Post time is 12:00pm.


Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

$30,000 Texas Six Shooter (GII)- Arabian

$30,000 Texas Yellow Rose (GII)- Arabian

Post time is 6:00pm.


Saturday, February 24th, 2018- MAXXAM Racing Festival

$100,000 MAXXAM Gold Cup (Listed): 1 1/8 Mile

$50,000 Houston Turf Cup

$50,000 Jersey Lilly Turf Cup

$50,000 Sam Houston Sprint Cup

Post time is 6:00pm.


Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

$48,500 Amethyst Jewel (GI)- Arabian

$41,500 Sheikha Mubarack LWC- Arabian

Post time is 6:00pm.


Saturday, March 17th, 2018

$65,000 Jim’s Orbit Stakes

$65,000 Two Altazano Stakes

Post time is 6:00pm.


Additionally, Sam Houston Race Park will be hosting live thoroughbred racing every Friday, Saturday and new for 2018, Wednesday afternoon racing from January 19th through March 17th. Tuesdays will be added to the schedule beginning on February 13th.


Post Times:

Tuesday- 12:00pm

Wednesday- 12:00pm

Friday- 7:00pm

Saturday- 6:00pm

*Sunday, January 28th- 12:00pm (Houston Racing Festival)

*all times are Central and Subject to Change


Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more information on SHRP’s 2018 promotional schedule as well as dates for the 2018 Quarter Horse season which begins on March 30th, 2018. For additional racing info and questions, please contact Racing Secretary- Matt Crawford by email at matt.crawford@pngaming.com  or visit www.shrp.com/horsemens-info. The telephone number for the SHRP Racing Office is 281-807-8780.


Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 minutes from downtown! SHRP offers a variety of attractions including 16 recently renovated luxury suites overlooking the race track, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and the Jockey Club. For more information on upcoming shows, events, and tickets, please visit www.shrp.com.