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The 25-Day Quarter Horse Live Racing Season Gets Underway on Friday, April 22

HOUSTON, TX - Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 2022 Quarter Horse racing season on Friday, April 22.  The 25-day meet continues through Saturday, June 18


The stakes schedule will offer 21 features, including the running of the $150,000-added Sam Houston Futurity (G2) on Saturday, June 4. 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 Thursday, June 16 with the winners of the John Deere Juvenile and Adequan Derby earning berths into the Bank of America Racing Challenge ChampionshipsHorseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville will host the national event on October 22.


Sam Houston Race Park will also pay tribute to three Texas horsemen: John Buchanan, Leon Bard and  Jesse Yoakum with stakes named in their honor. Each trainer supported Sam Houston Race Park when it opened as the first Texas Class 1 racetrack in 1994 and for decades to follow. The $50,000 John Buchanan Memorial Stakes for 3-year-old fillies will be run on Saturday, June 4 and the $50,000 Jesse Yoakum Memorial 870 Stakes is set for Saturday, June 18. Bard, who passed away on January 5, 2022, will be fondly remembered on June 4 with the inaugural running of the $50,000-added Leon Bard Stakesfor 3 year-olds.

Racing will take place Thursday at 4:00pm, Friday and Saturday at 6:45 pm (Central) with special post times of 10:30 am for Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday, May 7; and 1:00 pm for the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 21 and the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11.

The condition book is available at Sam Houston Race Park and posted on Equibase.com. For further information, please visit www.shrp.com or call the racing office at (281) 807-8780.






2022 Sam Houston Race Park Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule

Friday, May 20, 2022

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

$50,000 Governor’s Cup Marathon                            3 YO & Up                870 yards

$50,000 Harris County Stakes                                    3 YO & Up                 550 yards

$50,000 Sam Houston Stakes                                     3 YO & Up                 350 yards


Saturday, May 21, 2022

$20,000 Colors of Houston Derby                              3 YO                          350 yards


Saturday, June 4, 2022

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

$75,000 Sam Houston Juvenile Stakes                       2 YO                          330 yards

$100,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2)                         3 YO & Up                440 yards

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

$50,000 Leon Bard Stakes                                          3 YO                           350 yards

$50,000 Texas Twister Stakes                                    3 YO & Up                 110 yards


Saturday, June 11, 2022       

$40,000 Colors of Houston                                        2 YO                           300 yards

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


Thursday, June 16, 2022

$50,000 John Deere Juvenile                                      2 YO                           350 yards

$50,000 Adequan Derby                                             3 YO                           400 yards


Saturday, June 18, 2022

$100,000 Sam Houston Texas-bred Championship   3 YO & Up                400 yards

$50,000 Jesse Yoakum Memorial 870 Stakes            3 YO & Up                870 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 & Up                 550 yards

$40,000 Sam Houston Starter Stakes                         3 YO & Up                 350 yards


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


2022 Quarter Horse Trial Dates

Friday, April 30                                              Sam Houston Derby

Friday, May 13 & Saturday, May 14              Sam Houston Futurity

Thursday, May 26                                           Adequan Derby Challenge Trials 

Thursday, May 26                                           John Deere Juvenile Challenge Trials                         

Friday, May 27                                               Colors of Houston Paint Juvenile Trials


A complete list of the 2022 Quarter Horse schedule is available on shrp.com.


About Sam Houston Race Park

Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 miles from downtown Houston.  Owned by Penn National Gaming. Inc., the racetrack, which opened in 1994, offers a variety of attractions including a Suite Level featuring luxurious suites overlooking the racetrack, 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 www.shrp.com



Photos:  Coady Photography