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Jan 9, 2019


25th Anniversary Season Features $25,000 Cash Giveaway On Opening Weekend


25th Anniversary Season Features $25,000 Cash Giveaway On Opening Weekend


HOUSTON, TX— Sam Houston Race Park (www.shrp.com) prepares to kick off its 25th Anniversary Season of Live Racing with the opening of the 2019 Thoroughbred Meet on January 25th.  The Thoroughbred Meet will consist of 32 live racing days spanning from January 25th to March 30th.  The Thoroughbred Meet will once again feature the richest racing day in the state of Texas with the Houston Racing Festival on Sunday, January 27th.


With a special 1pm post time, the Houston Racing Festival will feature six stakes races including the $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic (GIII), the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup (GIII), the $75,000 Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint, the $50,000 Houston Turf, the $50,000 Jersey Lilly Turf, and the brand new $50,000 Stonerside Sprint, previously called the Sam Houston Sprint Cup, renamed in honor of Houston Texans founder and great supporter of horse racing, Robert C. McNair.  In celebration of our 25th Anniversary Season, the track has also announced a special promotion for Sunday, January 27th.  Along with free admission to the public for the Houston Racing Festival, one lucky fan will win $25,000 in cash!  All guests in attendance will be eligible to enter into a special drawing for the $25,000 cash prize.


Camel & Ostrich Racing will be held two consecutive nights on March 15th & 16th, Wiener Dog Racing will come back for the 12th straight year and be held on March 30th and then again at the conclusion of the American Quarter Horse Meet on May 25th.  The extremely popular Corgi Races, which premiered in 2018, will be featured twice in 2019 - once during the Thoroughbred meet on March 9th, and then again during Quarter Horse season on April 27th.  New to 2019, Sam Houston Race Park will be hosting Chihuahua Races on February 9th.  Mark your calendars and make sure to come out for all of these extremely fun and family oriented events!


This year, Texas Champions Day, where the best Texas-bred horses duke it out, has been moved to a one-night event on Saturday, March 23rd with 6 stakes races and over $300,000 in purses.


During the American Quarter Horse Meet, which begins on April 12th and runs until May 25th, SHRP will conduct live racing on both Kentucky Derby Day and Preakness Stakes Day.  Both days will have special 1pm post-times.  During these events, fans will be able to watch & wager on live Quarter Horse racing, and also watch & wager on all the races from Churchill Downs and Pimlico Race Course, respectively.  Kentucky Derby Day is May 4th and The Preakness Stakes is May 18th.  Fans are encouraged to participate in the $500 Derby Hat Contest held during Kentucky Derby Day.


Attention Pizza Lovers!  In addition to the promotional schedule, Sam Houston Race Park has partnered with Papa Johns (Houston Pizza Ventures) in 2019 to bring more pizza to you.  Every Friday & Saturday night will feature two special promotions; the first is the new “$25 pizza deal”.  Available online every Friday & Saturday of live racing at www.shrp.com - Papa Johns and Sam Houston Race Park are offering 2 General Admission Tickets, 2 Personal Pizzas, and 2 Small Soft Drinks for $25 (a savings of $15). Another special offer is that if the number “5” horse wins ANY race on either Friday or Saturday night—everyone in Houston gets 50% pizza on the following Monday!  If there is a winner, the promo code for 50% off pizza will be posted on Sam Houston Race Park’s Facebook page that night—so make sure you give us a follow and stay tuned! Along with the Friday and Saturday deals, go to your local Papa Johns location and sign up for our monthly Pizza Suite Giveaway- where you and 15 friends can get a free luxury suite during a live racing night, completely catered with a pizza party! Lastly, on April 26th – in honor of our 25th Anniversary – one lucky fan will win “Pizza For A Year” courtesy of Papa Johns! Sign up at your local Papa Johns location to participate.


As always, every Friday night at Sam Houston Race Park will feature 50-cent draft beer and $2.00 wine from 6-9pm.  The first post-time for all Friday and Saturday night racing is 7pm.


Go to https://www.shrp.com/events/live-racing to see all the individual event pages for 2019 or go to https://www.shrp.com/events/promotions to check out our 2019 Promo Calendar.


If you are interested in purchasing a suite for the upcoming racing season, please contact our Group Sales Department at 281-807-8750. We have great deals and affordable pricing on one-night events, full and half season packages.  Suites start as low as $299 for an evening of live racing for 10 people!


All in all, the 2019 season at Sam Houston Race Park is looking to be one of the best ever!  Lots of fun promotional events, and of course lots of great horse racing. We are also bringing back some fun in between race promotions and adding some new ones.  Come out on Friday, January 25th and see for yourself!



Stay tuned for more information regarding our 2019 concerts and events happening at SHRP! Make sure to follow us on Social Media:


Twitter: @SHRP  @SHRPRacing

Facebook: /samhoustonracepark

Instagram: @samhoustonracepark


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.