Sam Houston Race Park Opens QH Meet on Friday

The opening-night card features three Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge trials.

Q-Racing Journal

Sam Houston Race Park will be welcoming fans and horsemen to its 10-race opening-night program on Friday.

Sam Houston Race Park opens its spring American Quarter Horse meet with a 10-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 7 p.m. (CDT).

Opening night will be Military Appreciation Night with free information for military with a valid ID. Festivities will include a live National Anthem performance and a flyover. Gates open at 5:30.

Sam Houston’s opening-night card features the $20,000 Harris County Stakes. Claud Denson’s The Field Cricket, an 8-year-old graded stakes winning son of Lead The Field trained by Jesse Yoakum, is the 7-2 morning-line favorite for the 550-yard stakes.

Also, a total of 23 aged sprinters have been entered in three 440-yard Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G2) trials. JRC Callas First, the sport’s world champion in 2014, returns to Texas off of his second-place finish to Zoomin Effortlessly in the January 3, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1) in New Mexico. JRC Callas First will be ridden by Ricardo Aguirre from post 2 in the third heat.

Sam Houston Race Park’s stakes schedule is topped by the 330-yard, $100,000-added Sam Houston Futurity (G2) on April 23, a program which also features the 350-yard, $35,000-added Sam Houston Derby (G3) for 3-year-olds. Other top stakes include the 440-yard, $95,000-added Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge on April 16, the 440-yard, $50,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2) on May 7, and the 350-yard, $35,000-added John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3) on May 14.

Sam Houston Race Park’s Quarter Horse meet runs through May 16. For complete information, including a complete stakes schedule, visit www.shrp.com.

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