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

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November 5, 2019

LIVE THOROUGHBRED RACING RETURNS TO SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020

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.