Houston QH Meet Opens March 22

Houston track will open its Quarter Horse meet on March 22.

January 4, 2012

Sam Houston Race Park

Sam Houston Race Park will open its 19th Annual Live Racing Season with the opening of its Thoroughbred Meet on Friday, January 20, 2012 with average daily purse amounts in excess of $160,000, the highest in the Park’s 18 year history. The 2012 American Quarter Horse Meet will begin on Thursday, March 22. 

The Park will be offering two new wagers for the 2012 racing season. The Houston Hi-Five (or known as a Super Hi-Five in the racing world) requires fans to select the first five horses in order of finish. The Houston Hi-Five will be offered twice a race card and will carryover if there are no winning tickets. The Pick Five requires the selection of winners in five consecutive races and will be offered on the last five races of the racing card. Both wagers will be at an industry low 12 percent takeout along with the popular Pick 3’s. Fans will be able to place a minimum bet of $.50 on all Trifecta, Pick Three, Pick Four, Pick Five and Houston Hi- Five wagers during the 2012 live racing meet.

The meet is highlighted by the April 14, $100,000 Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G2) and the $100,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G2).

New to the meet this year will be $2 domestic longnecks every Thursday and returning will be The Park’s Concert Series. The series will begin March 31, running eight consecutive weeks, and will feature a variety of mainstream artists.

The 2012 live racing season will also feature a variety of special events and promotional days including:

• 50 Cent Beer Fridays featuring 50 Cent Draft Beer and $1.50 Wine Specials every Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• Monday Live Racing with ESPN’s Fred Faour and A.J. Hoffman featuring FREE Admission. (First post 1:20 p.m.)
• Dollar Day at The Park featuring $1 admission, live racing programs, hot dogs, ice cream, soda and draft beer. Free Petting Zoo. (February 4 & March 24)
• Wiener Dog Races highlighting the fastest wiener dogs in Houston (February 11)
• Ladies Night where ladies get in free and enjoy $2.00 wine specials (February 25)
• Camel & Ostrich Races featuring the wildest entertainment of the meet (March 10)
• Crawfish Boil featuring great Cajun cooking (April 28)
• Kentucky Derby Day highlighting simulcast action direct from Churchill Downs, mint julep specials, hat contest and more! (May 5)
• Mother’s Day Brunch Special featuring live racing and a $40 premier buffet in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant (May 13)
• Preakness Stakes highlighting simulcast action direct from Pimlico (May 19)

Post times for Live American Quarter Horse racing will be every Thursday (7 p.m.), Friday (7 p.m.), and Saturday (7 p.m.).

A special 1 p.m. post time is set for Kentucky Derby Day, Mother’s Day and the Preakness Stakes. For the full calendar of Sam Houston Race Park’s 2012 live race dates, visit www.shrp.com.