News & Updates
Jess Bein the Hero Sets the Fastest Qualifying Time in Trials for the $67,680 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship
It was an action-packed opening weekend at Sam Houston Race Park for the 2018 Quarter Horse racing season. Southern Temptation won the $20,000 Harris County Stakes, which was the first stakes of the meet and trials were held for both the Bank of America Texas Challenge and Sam Houston Maiden Classic.
Trials for the Sam Houston Maiden Classic Set for Friday Evening
The 2018 American Quarter Horse racing season gets underway at Sam Houston Race Park on Friday, March 30. The 20-day meet will continue through Saturday, May 12.
Opening weekend racing action includes trials for the Sam Houston Maiden Classic on Friday night and the first stakes of the meet, the $20,000 Harris County Stakes set for Saturday evening.
Steve Asmussen Repeats as Leading Trainer Lindey Wade Clinches His Second Leading Rider Title End Zone Athletics, Inc. Honored as Owner of the Meet
(Houston, TX) – The Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred meeting concluded on Saturday, March 17. The racing season was supported strongly by many Texas horsemen and the stakes program enticed nationally prominent conditioners including Steve Asmussen, Mike Maker, Brad Cox, Mark Casse, Kenny McPeek, Keith Nations, Mike Stidham, Jason Servis and Doug O’Neill.
HOWBOUTTHISCOWGIRL AND DIRECT DIAL STEP UP IN THE $65,000 TWO ALTAZANO AND $65,000 JIM'S ORBIT STAKES AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK
Bret Calhoun and Steve Asmussen Conditioned the Texas-bred Stars on the Final Night of the 2018 Thoroughbred Season
Two talented Texas-breds reversed their runner-up status from earlier stakes this meet at Sam Houston Race Park, triumphing in convincing fashion. Howboutthiscowgirl won the $55,000 Two Altazano Stakes and Direct Dial was much the best in the $65,000 Jim's Orbit Stakes. The Texas Thoroughbred Association (TTA) renamed the series for accredited Texas-breds to honor the late Clarence Scharbaurer, Jr. who passed away in 2014. In 2005, the Texas Thoroughbred Association renamed both these stakes to honor a famous Texas Thoroughbred. The colts and gelding division at Sam Houston Race Park was named for Jim’s Orbit, who won the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and started in the 1988 Kentucky Derby. The fillies division is a tribute to Two Altazano, winner of the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks in 1994. The accomplished mare, owned by the late Harold V. Goodman, also captured the 1994 Sam Houston Oaks with Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day in the saddle.
Saturday’s Card Will Also Feature the End of the Meet Owner, Trainer and Jockey Presentations
(Houston, TX) – The 2018 Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred racing season will conclude on Saturday, March 17. The evening will include the running of the $65,000 Jim’s Orbit and $65,000 Two Altazano as well as the presentation of the end of the meet awards for leading jockey, trainer and owner.
EASTER MAN, QUICK SAND AA AND UPTOWN SANDY GIRL EARN STAKES WINS IN THE ARABIAN RACING FESTIVAL AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK
Trainer Jerenesto Torrez Saddled the Top Three in the Hundred Years HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup.
Sam Houston Race Park hosted two prestigious Arabian stakes on Saturday, March 3: the Hundred Years $54,500 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (G1) and $41,500 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies IFAHR Cup, both at a distance of seven furlongs.
Live Racing Season Gets Underway on Friday, March, 30
HOUSTON, TX - Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 2018 Quarter Horse racing season on Friday, March 30. The 20-day meet continues through Saturday, May 12.
BLUERIDGE TRAVELER LIVES UP TO HIS FAVORTISM IN THE $100,000 MAXXAM GOLD CUP AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK
Second Maxxam Gold Cup Title for Trainer Kenny McPeek
The $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup has attracted nationally prominent horses since its first running in 1994. This year’s field featured a mix of seasoned veterans as well as several horses rising the ranks and testing their skills at nine furlongs.
Youth was served as 4-year-old Blueridge Traveler became a stakes winner for Horizon Stables and trainer Kenny McPeek. The son of To Honor and Serve lived up to the potential he showed in his 3-year-old campaign, when he ran second in the Grade 3, $500,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.