Matt Crawford Named Sam Houston Racing Secretary

The track's Thoroughbred meet opens January 20.

Edited press release

Sam Houston Race Park has named Matt Crawford as its new racing secretary.

Sam Houston Race Park has tabbed Matthew Crawford to be its new racing secretary. Crawford replaces Fred Hutton, who recently left the post to pursue other opportunities in the racing industry.

Having started his racing career as both an assistant trainer and then trainer nearly 40 years ago, Crawford transitioned to the front side and has held the titles of assistant racing secretary and racing secretary at several tracks during the past decade.  After serving as assistant racing secretary at Louisiana Downs, Lone Star Park and Fair Grounds, Crawford then held the Racing Secretary position at Hialeah Park and, most recently, Delta Downs.

“I’m just looking forward to getting in here and with the first condition book being out turning my attention to the stakes and just getting ready for the first day of entries,” said Crawford, who originally intended on pursuing a career in medicine until turning towards training horses.  “Training for a while when I did certainly has helped me understand the horseman’s point of view in this role as well.”

Sam Houston Race Park's 2017 Thoroughbred meet opens January 20 and will be followed by a Quarter Horse season starting in March.

“With Matt’s experience as a racing secretary in the region over the last couple of years and time in that role during his career with both thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, we believe he will be an asset to our racing program here at Sam Houston,” said Sam Houston’s president Andrea Young.  “With our meet starting on January 20 and the Houston Ladies Classic shortly thereafter on January 29, we look forward to Matt joining our team and hitting the ground running.”

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