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Sam Houston Race Park Kicks Off Its 2019 Quarter Horse Meet On Friday, Early Post Set Saturday
Sam Houston Race Park has set an early post time of 4:00pm (CDT) has been set for Saturday's Sam Houston Futurity trials.

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Sam Houston Race Park Kicks Off Its 2019 Quarter Horse Meet On Friday, Early Post Set Saturday

HOUSTON, TX—APRIL 8, 2019—The 2019 Quarter Horse racing season at Sam Houston Race Park gets underway on Friday. It will be an action-packed opening weekend with trials for the $35,000 added Sam Houston Derby (G3) (see related story) on Friday night and 15 trials for the $100,000-added Sam Houston Futurity (G2) (see related story) on Saturday. Post time for Saturday has been moved up to 4:00 pm.

James Leatherman To Serve as Racing Secretary

James Leatherman will serve as racing secretary for the upcoming Quarter Horse meet at Sam Houston Race Park. The Vinton, Louisiana native has a 28-year tenure as a racing office official and joined Retama Park in 2005 as the track’s racing secretary. He will continue to oversee the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meets at Retama Park in addition to his Sam Houston Race Park duties.

Quarter Horse Racing Post Times

Friday and Saturday post times for the 2019 Quarter Horse Meet will be 7:00 pm (Central) with matinee racing offered on Monday afternoon 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.

The 20-day meet continues through Saturday, May 25.

Sam Houston Race Park Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule

Fourteen stakes will be contested in the 2019 live Quarter Horse racing season at Sam Houston Race Park. Here are the dates of the trials and stakes.

April 20, 2019

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

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 Governors’ 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 06 — 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 is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 miles from downtown Houston. The Park offers a variety of attractions including our Suite Level featuring luxurious suites overlooking the race track 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 shows, events and tickets, please visit shrp.com.