$1.75M in Purses Awarded to 2020 Sam Houston Race Park Season


November 5, 2019


Seven Additional Thoroughbred Dates Added to the 2020 Racing Season with the Houston Racing Festival Featuring $1M in Purses Set for Sunday, January 26

HOUSTON, TX - Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 2020 live racing season on Friday, January 10 with an expanded 39-day Thoroughbred meet continuing through Saturday, March 28 

The 2020 season marks a substantial increase to purse money offered at SHRP as a result of key legislative action voted on earlier this year.  House Bill 2463 was passed by the 86th Texas Legislature contributing $25 million annually to the Texas horse racing industry, split equally between Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse interests.

Sam Houston Race Park is the first of the Texas racing venues to host a live meet in 2020 and will offer overnight purses of approximately $200,000 per day with notable purse increases including:

·      Maiden races offered at $36,000 compared to $20,000 last year;

·      Claiming race purses increased by approximately 80% over last year;

·      Allowance races starting at $37,000 up from $21,000 last year


The 2020 Thoroughbred Stakes schedule will offer over $1.75 million in purses, up from $1.1 million in 2019.  The Houston Racing Festival will feature two graded stakes on Sunday, January 26: the Houston Ladies Classic (G3) and the John B. Connally Turf (G3).  Additional upgrades to the 2020 stakes schedule include:


·      The $200,000 Texas Turf Mile for 3-year-olds will debut as part of the Houston Racing Festival undercard;

·      Texas Champions Preview Day (formerly Texas Stallions Day) will take place on Saturday, February 22 with two additional stakes races with purses of $75,000 added for a total of four Texas-breds stakes on the card;

·      Texas Champions Day on Saturday, March 21 will featuring one additional stakes race for a total of seven stakes offering purses of $75,000.



2020 Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred Stakes Schedule


January 26, 2020       Houston Racing Festival – Over $1,000,000 in Purses

$300,000 Houston Ladies Classic (G3) - 4&up F&M - 1 1/16 Mile

$200,000 John B. Connally Turf (G3) - 4&up - 1 1/2 Mile (T)

$200,000 Texas Turf Mile- 3YO -1 Mile (T)

$100,000 Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint - 4&up - 5 Furlongs (T)

$75,000 Jersey Lilly Turf - 4&up F&M - 1 1/16 Mile (T)

$75,000 Stonerside Sprint - 4&up - 6 Furlongs


February 22, 2020     Texas Champions Preview Day for Texas-breds

$75,000 Jim’s Orbit - 3yo - 6 Furlongs

$75,000 Two Altazano - 3yo F - 6 Furlongs

$75,000 Houston Turf - 4&up - 1 1/16 Mile (T)

$75,000 Miss Houston Turf - 4&up F&M - 1 Mile (T)


March 21, 2020         Texas Champions Day for Texas-breds

$75,000 Bara Lass Stakes - 3yo F - 6 Furlongs

$75,000 Groovy Stakes - 3yo - 6 furlongs

$75,000 Spirit of Texas - 4&up - 6 Furlongs

$75,000 Yellow Rose Stakes - 4&up F&M - 6 furlongs

$75,000 Richard King - 4&up - 1 1/8 Mile (T)

$75,000 San Jacinto - 4&up F&M - 1 1/16 Mile (T)

$75,000 Star of Texas - 4&up F&M - 1 Mile 


Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 miles from downtown Houston.  The Park offers a variety of attractions including a Suite Level featuring luxurious suites overlooking the racetrack and accommodating groups from 20 to 300 people, 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.