LIVE THOROUGHBRED RACING RETURNS TO SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2022

Request For 50-Day Thoroughbred Meet Granted at Tuesday’s Texas Racing Commission Meeting

 

HOUSTON, TX – Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 2022 live racing season on Thursday, January 6 with an expanded 50-day Thoroughbred meet.  The Thoroughbred meet will conclude on Saturday, April 9 The dates were approved by the Texas Racing Commission on Tuesday, July 27.

Sam Houston Race Park was granted 46 Thoroughbred days in 2021and had one of the most successful seasons since it opened in 1994 as the first Class 1 racetrack in Texas. One of the major highlights was its $5.3 million handle for the annual Houston Racing Festival. Houston Ladies Classic (G3) winner St. George Stable’s Letruska  continues to deny her rivals in graded stakes competition across the United States. She currently tops the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll, a weekly salute to the ten leading Thoroughbreds in North America.

Sam Houston Race Park also received approval for their annual Quarter Horse racing season. The 25-day meet will begin on FridayApril 22 and continue through Saturday, June 18.

“We are pleased that we have approval for next year’s live racing schedule,” said Dwight Berube, Sam Houston Race Park’s General Manager. “We are in the midst of planning for 2022 and look to build on the momentum that we were able to achieve this year.”

 

Further information on purses, stakes schedule, stall applications, training hours and condition books will be forthcoming.

About Sam Houston Race Park

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, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and theJockey Club.  For more information on upcoming live racing, shows, events and tickets, please visit www.shrp.com.

After Positive Hair Tests, Sam Houston Futurity Will Be Held As Non-Wagering Event; Trainers Barred From Entry Box

by | 05.27.2021

 

On Wednesday, the Paulick Report learned that six of the 10 finalists in Friday night’s $731,650 Sam Houston Futurity for 2-year-old Quarter Horses at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, Texas, were found to have either clenbuterol or albuterol in hair samples taken on May 15.

Two other horses’ sample sizes were insufficient and two of the 10 tested clean.

Thursday, Sam Houston Race Park announced that Friday’s Grade 2 race will be held as a non-wagering event, and that trainers of horses testing positive will be barred from entering at the track, effective immediately.

 

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Sam Houston Cancels Racing Through Feb. 20

Sam Houston Race Park has canceled live racing through Saturday, Feb. 20, due to continued winter weather, the Houston track announced Feb. 17 via Twitter. Racing on Wednesday had also been canceled.

Five stakes races for state-breds as part of the Texas Preview Day program had been scheduled for Saturday but are now moved back a week.

“Due to ongoing weather conditions in Houston, SHRP has canceled racing through Feb. 20,” Sam Houston wrote in a tweet.

“Texas Preview Day is now rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27.

“The 5 Stakes Races will not be redrawn.”

Texas Preview Day will feature the $75,000 Houston Turf Stakes for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles, the $75,000 H-Town Stakes for 4-year-olds and up at seven furlongs, the $75,000 Jim’s Orbit Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings at six furlongs, the $75,000 Miss Bluebonnet Turf Stakes for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up at a mile, and the $75,000 Two Altazano Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

Record Handle at Sam Houston During Houston Racing Festival

TDN News Article

Letruska winning the GIII Houston Ladies Classic S. | Coady Photography

Sam Houston Race Park set a record for handle during its 10-race Houston Racing Festival card Sunday, Jan. 31. Besides the $300,000 GIII Houston Ladies Classic S. and $200,000 GIII John B. Connally Turf Cup S., the fixture also featured the $200,000 Texas Turf Mil S., $100,000 Pulse Power Turf Sprint S., the $75,000 Stonerside Sprint S. and the $75,000 Jersey Lilly Turf S. A record total of $5.3 million was wagered at the Houston-area track.

“We are thrilled with the success of this year’s Houston Racing Festival and setting a record handle of $5.3 million,” said Frank Hopf, Senior Director of Racing. “It was a team effort from everyone at Sam Houston and our thanks go out to all the horsemen and owners for supporting our meet. This would not be possible without our horseplayers, both here in Texas and nationally. It was a great day.”

LIVE THOROUGHBRED RACING RETURNS TO SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021

Request For 46-Day Thoroughbred Meet Granted at Tuesday’s Texas Racing Commission Meeting

 

HOUSTON, TX – Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 2021 live racing season on Friday, January 8 with an expanded 46-day Thoroughbred meet.  Live racing will be conducted on the traditional Friday and Saturday evenings, with Thursday late afternoon racing added to the calendar throughout the season.  Wednesday afternoon racing will return for seven weeks beginning February 10.  The Thoroughbred meet will conclude on Saturday,

April 3 

 

Purses will be substantial with a total of $11.4 million offered throughout the season. Horsemen will have the opportunity to run for overnight purses of approximately $248,000 per day with notable levels as follows:

  • Maiden races will be offered at $36,000
  • Allowance races will start at $37,000

The 2021 Thoroughbred Stakes schedule will offer approximately $2,200,000 in purses. A complete stakes schedule will be released in early October, but officials have confirmed that the Houston Racing Festival will take place on Sunday, January 31 with an afternoon post time. Both the Houston Ladies Classic (G3) and the John B. Connally Turf (G3) continue to attract nationally prominent trainers and serve as a springboard for each champion to garner multiple graded stakes throughout the year.

 

“We had an exceptional meet in 2020 until the COVID-19 pandemic forced its early cancelation,” said Dwight Berube, Sam Houston Race Park’s General Manager. “Our goal throughout this year was to move forward and offer our loyal horsemen and women even better opportunities for 2021. We are very excited about the upcoming racing season!”

 

Sam Houston Race Park also received approval for their annual Quarter Horse racing season. The 23-day meet will begin on FridayApril 23 and continue through Saturday, June 12.

 

Frank Hopf, Senior Director of Racing Operations and James Leatherman, Racing Secretary announced that stall applications for the upcoming meet are due by Wednesday, November 6.  The Sam Houston Race Park barn area will open on Saturday, November 28 with training hours set to commence on Tuesday, December 1.  The first condition book will be available in mid-October and further information about the season can be accessed at www.shrp.com.

 

About Sam Houston Race Park

Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 miles from downtown Houston. SHRP offers a variety of attractions including luxury suites overlooking the racetrack, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and Jockey Club.  For more information on upcoming events and tickets, please visit www.shrp.com.

Texas Commission Approves 42-Day Lone Star 2021 Season

The Texas Thoroughbred Association sought a longer meet from Lone Star Park.

During a teleconference meeting Sept. 29, the Texas Racing Commission approved a schedule for 2021 race dates in which Sam Houston Race Park and Lone Star Park will be the only tracks to run Thoroughbred meets in the state. The state’s other major track, Retama Park, will run exclusively Quarter Horses next year.

Because Retama Park agreed to transfer some of its Thoroughbred purse money, Sam Houston extended its application and was approved for seven more days than what it had originally planned. The track will now run a 46-day Thoroughbred meet from Jan. 8-April 3 before Thoroughbred racing in the state shifts to Lone Star Park for a 42-day race meet from Apr. 16-July 18. Both Sam Houston and Lone Star will also run shorter Quarter Horse meets.

The 42-day meet by Lone Star is a reduction of approximately seven race days from historical averages since 2012, Mary Ruyle, executive director of the Texas Thoroughbred Association, told commissioners before their vote, while opposing the shorter schedule.

 

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Texas Governor’s Order Allows Simulcasting, Live Racing With Fans To Begin May 22

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order no. GA-23, issued this Monday, will allow for the reopening of the state’s simulcast racing on May 22. The order, relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster, states that facilities may “operate at up to 25 percent of the total sited occupancy of the establishment.”

At 9 p.m. ET Monday, Lone Star Park has not made an official announcement regarding whether or not it is prepared to begin live racing on the 22nd, this coming Friday.

Executive Order No. GA-23, reads, in part:

“Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020, for all Texas counties except Deaf Smith, El Paso, Moore, Potter, and Randall counties:

D. Bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing to the extent authorized by state law, and skating rinks that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the establishment; provided, however, that (i) bowling alleys must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating lanes; and (ii) components of the establishments that have video arcades must remain closed.
E. Rodeos and equestrian events that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy or, for outdoor areas, at up to 25 percent of the normal operating limits as determined by the facility owner; provided, however, that this authorizes only the rodeo or equestrian event and not larger gatherings, such as county fairs, in which such an event may be held.”

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Purple Power Equine Services & The Elite Program, Inc. Present Racehorse Owner-Trainer Prep class at Sam Houston Race Park

Subject: Racehorse Owner-Trainer Prep class at Sam Houston Race Park
When: February 6-9, 2020
Tuition: $349 online prior to February 3, $400 at door
Class size: Limited to 12 I
nformation: http://www.purplepowerracing.com; http://www.groomelite.com

 

The Elite Program, Inc. and Dr. C. Reid “Mac” McLellan, well known national instructor of Groom Elite classes around the country is offering an updated version of his Trainers’ Exam Prep class at Sam Houston Race Park February 6-9. Entitled Racehorse Owner-Trainer Prep Class and, expanded by one day, this version includes time for discussion of philosophy and methods of training racehorses. This class starts with discussion of options for acquiring racehorses, preparation of young racehorses, improving performance of older racehorses and options for post racing careers. Intertwined is discussion of relative rules of racing that influence and, in some cases, govern application of these training methods.

Those familiar with racing know that since 2019 rules are being changed rapidly. Some rules are in the best interest of horses and some are not. McLellan discusses these rule changes and how trainers and owners can make sure that their horses are given the best care within a volatile, changing rule environment.

This prep class’s opening session commences Thursday, February 6 at 3:00 PM and continues until 7:00 PM. Friday, Saturday, Sunday classes are from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM with continuing informal discussion during a one-hour in room lunch break each day. Sunday will be focused on the rules of racing involving daily activities on a racetrack including entering horses with correct imposts, raceday activities and post-race testing. Participants will enjoy a night at the Sam Houston Race Park races Friday night.

This class is open to anyone interested in learning about horses. Owners, jockeys, grooms and handicappers participate alongside participants desiring to take a trainers’ licensing exam. Tuition for this 25 hours of interactive discussions packed with information about racing, racehorses and the Rules of Racing is $349 if paid online by February 3 rd . Tuition after February 3 rd and at door (if space is available) is $400. This class, particularly the first three days qualifies as continuing education for previous Trainers’ Exam Prep Class participants. Previous TExP participants, as well as Groom Elite 101 certified grooms, receive a $100 prior participation credit and pay only $249.

For more information or to register, go to http://www.purplepowerracing.com and for information about upcoming Groom Elite classes, go to http://www.groomelite.com . Anyone without internet access may call Dr. “Mac” at 859-321-4377 and sign up over the phone.

The Elite Program, Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit that provides equine education classes through it’s Groom Elite™ curriculum. With its initial primary mission (in 2001) to provide education to grooms and hotwalkers or Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Racehorses, Groom Elite continually adapts and updates it’s programming that now includes courses for grooms and owners of OTTB show horses and welcomes owners and grooms of any breed. One of it’s more notable programs is its Second Chances Groom Elite curriculum taught in five adult correctional facilities in partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and it’s local affiliates in which participants learn life lessons while developing an employable skill working with retired racehorses.

Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale Moved to April 3

The Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale will be held April 3, 2020, at Lone Star Park. The date was originally set for March 31 but has been pushed back to better fit with the national sales schedule and with the start of the Lone Star Park Thoroughbred meet. The breeze show will be held April 1. Presented by the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park, the sale will also include a horses of racing age session.

“We’ve already seen some added interest from consignors and potential buyers now that purses are on the upswing in Texas thanks to recent legislation,” said Tim Boyce, sales director. “Sam Houston Race Park has announced a lucrative purse structure for their upcoming meet, and Lone Star Park is also expected to have larger purses this year. I expect there to be added demand for the Texas-breds in this sale now that buyers will have a chance to run for some nice money this summer, including the $100,000-estimated Texas Thoroughbred Futurity in two divisions for sale grads.”

The entry deadline for the sale is January 15, 2020.

 

For more information, go to ttasales.com.

Three New Elite Program Trainer Classes Set for Feb/Mar

Trainers’ Exam Prep class at Sam Houston Race Park ~ February 23-26 

Trainers’ Exam Prep class in Ocala, Florida  ~ March 9-12 

Philosophy & Methods of Training Racehorses ~ March 21-24 

Information and registration: www.purplepowerracing.com; www.groomelite.com 

 

Registration is now open for three new classes presented by The Elite Program, Inc., home of Groom Elite education programs. This is the first winter in 12 years, C. Reid McLellan, PhD is available to offer his Trainers’ Exam Prep Class at two new venues plus a first time offering in Lexington, Kentucky of Philosophy & Methods of Training Racehorses. Those interested are encouraged to sign up early at http://www.purplepowerracing.com or http://www.groomelite.com. Early sign up ensures participants of a seat in the limited enrollment classes and a tuition savings of $50. 

McLellan, “Dr. Mac” to participants, is a well-known and liked national instructor of Groom Elite classes around the country. Dr. Mac has experience as a University professor of Animal and Equine Science classes, licensed racehorse trainer, handicapper and tip sheet writer and curriculum writer for education programs from the Groom Elite certificate programs, Community College associate of applied science degrees and Bachelor of Science degrees. Dr. Mac founded an award-winning equine program at Louisiana Tech University in which senior students that successfully completed 3 years of a comprehensive 4-year curriculum took the Trainers’ Exam of the Louisiana Racing Commission and spent their senior year as licensed Louisiana racehorse trainers in addition to their senior year of study. 

Trainers’ Exam Prep class is a concentrated discussion of the rules of racing including information trainer applicants must know to pass a trainer’s licensing exam. Day one is devoted to horse care and management plus other information included in the barn test portion of the National Trainers’ Exam. Days two and three focus on administrative rules that govern horse racing including Trainer Responsibility, Duties of Racing Officials, Responsibilities of Licensees, Jockeys & Jockey Agents, Medication, Claiming, Racetrack Protocol, Entering with Correct Weight and more. 

You don’t have to be planning on taking the Trainers’ Licensing Exam to take this class. In addition to prospective trainers, owners, jockeys and handicappers have participated to learn more about the rules of racing. Class size is limited to 12 to facilitate opportunity for questions and maximum participation. Tuition is $349 with a $299 early bird tuition if paid by February 8 for Sam Houston Race Park and February 11 for Ocala. 

Over 300 have successfully completed a Trainers’ Exam Prep class since McLellan taught the first one at Sam Houston Race Park in 1998. That class was the catalyst that launched what was to become Groom Elite 101, flagship class of the Groom Elite certification programs. The tight 3-day format for the Trainers’ Exam Prep limited opportunities for discussion regarding training techniques. Philosophy & Methods of Training Racehorses is now scheduled in response to requests from Trainers’ Exam Prep class participants. Enrollment will be limited to 20 participants. Tuition is $449 with an Early Bird tuition of $399 if paid by February 23rd. Trainers’ Exam prep class graduates receive an additional $50 off tuition. 

For more information and to register, go to www.purplepowerracing.com. Anyone without internet access may call Dr. “Mac” at 859-321-4377 and sign up over the phone. 

The Elite Program, Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit that provides equine education classes through its Groom Elite™ curriculum. With its initial primary mission (in 2001) to provide education to grooms and hotwalkers or Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Racehorses, Groom Elite continually adapts and updates it’s programming that now includes courses for grooms and owners of OTTB show horses and welcomes owners and grooms of any breed. A notable program is Second Chances Groom Elite, taught in five adult correctional facilities in partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and its local affiliates/ Participants learn life lessons while developing an employable skill working with retired racehorses