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Sam Houston Race Park Announces Its 2019 Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule, Live Racing Begins April 12
Sam Houston Race Park will kick off their live Quarter Horse meet on Friday, April 12.

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Sam Houston Race Park Announces Its 2019 Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule, Live Racing Begins April 12

HOUSTON, TXóMARCH 13, 2019óSam Houston Race Park will kick off its 2019 Quarter Horse racing season on Friday, April 12. The 20-day meet continues through Saturday, May 25.

Fourteen stakes will be contested highlighted by the running of the $100,000-added Sam Houston Futurity (G2) on Friday, May 3. Trials for the final will be run on Saturday, April 13.

Past Sam Houston Futurity winners include Azoom, 2014 AQHA Champion 2-year-old Kiss My Hocks, Especially Tres, Ivan James, This Is An Eagle and 2018 victor FM Im A Zatanaz Too.

This year marks the debut of the first crop of Kiss My Hocks, who is owned by Tyler Graham and Conda Maze, trained by Toby Keeton and stands at Southwest Stallion Station in Elgin, Texas. A number of his offspring are expected to compete in the Sam Houston Futurity(G2) trials April 13.

The Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G2) is set for Saturday, May 11 with the winner earning a berth into the Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), at The Downs at Albuquerque on October 26. Two AQHA world champions, Jessies First Down and JRC Callas First have won the 440-yard regional qualifier at Sam Houston Race Park.

Friday and Saturday post times for the 2019 Quarter Horse Meet will be 7 pm with matinee racing offered on Monday afternoons at 12 noon. There will be a special post time of 1:00 pm for Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday, May 4 and the simulcast of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 18.

Frank Hopf, Senior Director of Racing, reports that interest has been strong for the annual Quarter Horse racing season, which follows the current Thoroughbred meet.

"We look forward to welcoming back our loyal Texas horsemen and to presenting a very competitive Quarter Horse racing season," said Hopf. "The Space City Maiden Futurity is a new race this year and will close out our meet on a high note."

2019 Sam Houston Race Park Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule

April 20, 2019

  • $15,000 Harris County Stakes / 3 YO & Up / 550 yards

April 26, 2019
    $25,000 Miss Sam Houston Stakes / 3 YO & Up- F&M / 330 yards

May 3, 2019
  • $100,000-added Sam Houston Futurity (G2) / 2 YO / 330 yards
  • $25,000 Sam Houston Juvenile Stakes / 2 YO / 330 yards
  • $35,000-added Sam Houston Derby (G3) / 3 YO / 350 yards

May 6, 2019
  • $20,000-added Colors of Houston Paint Juvenile / 2 YO / 300 yards
  • $20,000-added Colors of Hou Paint Maturity(G2) / 3 YO & Up / 350 yards

May 11, 2019
  • $15,000-added Sam Houston Maiden Classic / 3 YO & Up / 350 yards
  • $50,000-added Bank of America Challenge / 3 YO & Up / 440 yards

May 17, 2019
  • $15,000 Governorsí Cup Marathon / 3 YO & Up / 870 yards
  • $20,000 Sam Houston Stakes / 3 YO & Up / 350 yards
  • $15,000 Texas Twister / 3 YO & Up / 110 yards

May 25, 2019
  • $25,000-added Space City Maiden Futurity / 2 YO / 350 yards
  • $50,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2) / 3 YO & Up / 440 yards

2019 Quarter Horse Trial Dates

  • April 12: Sam Houston Derby
  • April 13: Sam Houston Futurity
  • April 19: Sam Houston Maiden Classic Trials
  • April 20: Bank of America Challenge Championship Trials
  • May 6: Space City Maiden Futurity Trials

A complete list of the 2019 Quarter Horse schedule is available on shrp.com.

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Sam Houston Race Park, Houstonís premier racing and entertainment facility, is located just 15 miles from downtown Houston, and offers a variety of attractions including 16 luxury suites overlooking the race track, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winnerís Circle Restaurant and Jockey Club. For more information on upcoming group events, racing events, shows and tickets, please visit www.shrp.com.