Jan 17, 2018


Opening Weekend to Feature Camel & Ostrich Races

HOUSTON, TX -- Sam Houston Race Park (www.shrp.com) will open its 24th Annual Live Racing Season with the kick off of the 2018 Thoroughbred Meet on Friday, January 19th! The meet will once again feature the single, richest thoroughbred racing day in Texas- the Houston Racing Festival, on Sunday, January 28th, 2018 with a post time of 12pm.  The Houston Racing Festival will feature the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic (GIII), the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup (GIII), the $75,000 Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint, the $50,000 Bara Lass Stakes, the $50,000 Groovy Stakes, and the $50,000 Houston Distaff.


For the first time opening weekend on Friday, January, 19th and Saturday, January 20th will also feature Camel & Ostrich Races in between live thoroughbred races! Opening night (and EVERY FRIDAY) will be 50¢ beer from 6-9pm so make sure to come early and stay late!


In addition to live racing, SHRP is bringing back the fun in 2018 with all of the best promotional events, as well as tons of new ideas that are sure to make you enjoy each trip better than your last. We will be hosting fan favorites such as the always exciting Wiener Dog Races, Camel and Ostrich Racing on four separate nights, a Food Truck Festival, Post Race performance by The Midget Wrestling Warriors during the thoroughbred meet, and Six Post-Race Concerts during our American Quarter Horse meet. In addition, Sam Houston Race Park will have a special Houston Astros World Series Victory Celebration! On January 27th, the authentic World Series Trophy will be at SHRP as part of its Houston tour, along with Astros Mascot Orbit and Astros Legend Art Howe. 


The 2018 Spring Concert Series will feature a star-studded lineup when it begins with Aaron Watson the first Saturday of April. It will continue with a concert each Saturday all month long and then an additional concert on the last day of the American Quarter Horse meet on Saturday, May 12th. Each concert will cost only $10 for general admission and take place immediately following live racing that evening. Tickets for all post-race shows are now available at https://www.shrp.com/events/concerts-events.



2018 Spring Concert Series on the Bud Light Stage

Aaron Watson  4/7
Shooter Jennings  4/14
Roger Creager  4/21
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band 4/27 (Fri)
Pat Green  4/28
Casey Donahew  5/12



That’s not all though, Sam Houston Race Park will look to make EVERY NIGHT memorable this year with nightly between-race entertainment!

Some of the new features include - Baby Races, Kid Fights, Turtle Races, Zorb Ball Battle Races, Sumo Suit Races, May The 4TH Be With You- Star Wars Night, Nightly Military Appreciation Moment with Honorees, and the intro of the BRAND NEW HORSIN' AROUND CREW.


Sam Houston Race Park will also be installing a massive Inflatable Ninja Warrior Course (131' long x 19' wide x 14' tall) Brought to You By Todd Krampitz Foundation & Life Gift with a goal of getting everyone to say YES to organ donation registration! This enormous inflatable will be available for children and adults on live racing nights to help you answer the age old question of “which of your friends is the fastest ninja?”  The inflatable will cost $3 per ticket for all registered (or willing to register) donors, and $5 for anyone else on both Friday and Saturday nights.


The 2018 Live Racing Promotional Schedule:

*Every Friday  50¢ Beer & $2 wine (6-9pm)


Friday, January 19th: Opening Day Thoroughbred/ Camel & Ostrich Races

Saturday, January 20th: Camel & Ostrich Races

Saturday, January 27th: Houston Astros World Series Celebration/ Food Truck Festival

Sunday, January 28th: Houston Racing Festival

Saturday, February 3rd: Dollar Day

Saturday, February 10th: SHRP T-Shirt Give-away/ Military Appreciation

Saturday, February 17th: Wiener Dog Races

Saturday, February 24th: MAXXAM Racing Festival/ Wine Tasting Event

Friday, March 2nd: Camel & Ostrich Races

Saturday, March 3rd: Camel & Ostrich Races/ HH Sheikh Zayed Arabian Racing Festival

Saturday, March 10th: Post-Race Show by Midget Wrestling Warriors

Saturday, March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day at the Park

Friday, March 30th: Opening Day Quarter Horse

Saturday, March 31st: Dollar Day

Saturday, April 7th: Aaron Watson Post-Race Concert

Saturday, April 14th: Shooter Jennings Post-Race Concert/ Military Appreciation

Saturday, April 21st: Roger Creager Post-Race Concert

Friday, April 27th: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Post-Race Concert

Saturday, April 28th: Pat Green Post-Race Concert

Friday, May 4th: May the Fourth Be With You- Star Wars Night

Saturday, May 5th: Kentucky Derby

Saturday, May 12th: Casey Donahew Post-Race Concert



Post times for the 2018 Thoroughbred Season (January 19th- March 17th)

Tuesday: 12pm (Beginning February 13th)

Wednesday: 12pm

Friday: 7pm

Saturday: 6pm

Sunday: 12pm (Only January 28th)


Post times for the 2018 American Quarter Horse Season (March 30th – May 12th)

Monday: 12pm

Friday: 7pm

Saturday: 6pm


The 2018 Live Racing season at Sam Houston Race Park looks to be one of the best seasons yet! Make sure to follow us on social media and pay attention to upcoming promotions so you and all your friends can come for the fun!


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 the best deals in town on Semi-Annual ($299/night) and Daily ($350) Suites for all live racing nights during the 2018 season! Food & non-alcoholic beverages are included in the above pricing.


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.

Click Here to see the 2018 Promo Calendar