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CLASSY BELLAMORE SURGES TO THE WIRE IN THE GRADE 3, $300,000 HOUSTON LADIES CLASSIC AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

Trainer Steve Asmussen Saddles His Fifth Winner in the Championship for Fillies and Mares

HOUSTON, TX – Four wins was clearly not enough for Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen in Sam Houston Race Park’s Grade 3, $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic. He added a fifth title today with a brilliant finish by Kaleem Shah Inc.’s Bellamore, under a well-timed ride by Sam Houston Race Park’s leading jockey Stewart Elliott.

STAKES WINNER TOO MUCH KIKI RETURNS IN THE $75,000 BARA LASS WITH IMPRESSIVE MAIDEN WINNER TIZ CONSIDERED FAVORED IN THE $75,000 GEXA GROOVY AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

Two Texas-Bred Features Will Kick Off the Houston Racing Festival Stakes

HOUSTON, TX-  HOUSTON, TX-  Sam Houston Race Park will host its annual Houston Racing Festival program on Saturday, January 27. The 11-race program begins at 1:00 pm (Central) and will be highlighted by the Grade 3, $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic and the Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup. Prior to the running of the graded stakes, fans will have an opportunity to see two features for accredited Texas-breds. Fillies will compete in the $75,000 Bara Lass and their male counterparts in the $75,000 Gexa Groovy. Both will be run at the distance of six furlongs on the main track.

PROMISING TURF STARS HEADLINE THE $100,000 BOB BORK TEXAS TURF MILE ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

Stakes Named in Honor of Former Sam Houston Race Park President Robert L. Bork

HOUSTON, TX- The Houston Racing Festival is set for Saturday, January 27 at Sam Houston Race Park with eleven races beginning at 1:00 pm (CT). Five stakes will  be contested, highlighted by the Grade 3, $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic  and the Grade 3$200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup.

MIKE MAKER QUARTET AND TURF CHAMPIONS PALAZZI AND SUNLIT SONG HEADLINE SATURDAY’S GRADE 3, $200,000 JOHN B. CONNALLY TURF CUP AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

One of Two Graded Stakes to Be Contested Saturday, January 27

HOUSTON, TX- The Houston Racing Festival will take place on Saturday, January 27 with five stakes, highlighted by the Grade 3, $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic. The second graded stakes, the Grade 3$200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup, attracted 12 turf specialists, and is always one of the most anticipated championships at Sam Houston Race Park. The stakes is named in honor of the late Texas Governor John B. Connally, who was instrumental in the passage of pari-mutuel racing in Texas. He will never be forgotten as Sam Houston Race Park was the first Class 1 racetrack to open in the Lone Star State.

HIDDEN CONNECTION TO FACE SIX RIVALS IN THE GRADE 3, $300,000 HOUSTON LADIES CLASSIC AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 27

Trainer Steve Asmussen In Pursuit of His Fifth Victory in the Championship for Fillies and Mares

HOUSTON, TX- The fields are set for the premier day of Thoroughbred racing at Sam Houston Race Park.   The Houston Racing Festival will take place on Saturday, January 27 with an afternoon post time of 1:00 pm (Central).  

YOUNG TRAINER JAYDE GELNER GEARED-UP FOR 2024 TEXAS THOROUGHBRED RACING SEASON

Houston, Texas -January 15, 2024 –With the 2024 Texas Thoroughbred racing season underway at Sam Houston Race Park during their 30th anniversary, there is a trainer rising quickly in the ranks and that’s Jayde Gelner.

Sunlit Song Crowned 2023 Texas Horse of the Year

Texas champion Sunlit Song’s 2023 campaign earned him Horse of the Year honors and Champion Older Horse among Texas-breds. Owned by Carolyn Barnett and Becky Harding, Sunlit Song continued his high-level performance on track in 2023 with five wins and a second in 6 starts in 2023, including four stakes victories.

BELLAMORE AND HIDDEN CONNECTION AMONG THE NOMINATIONS FOR THE GRADE 3, $300,000 HOUSTON LADIES CLASSIC AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

The Houston Racing Festival, With Five Stakes including the Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Set for Saturday, January 27

HOUSTON, TX—Nominations have closed for the Houston Racing Festival at Sam Houston Race Park. The annual event, featuring five stakes and purses in excess of $750,000 will be contested on Saturday, January 27 with an afternoon post time of 1:00 pm (CT).  The Houston Racing Festival includes two graded stakes, the Grade 3, $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic and the Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Turf.

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