Sam Houston QH Meet Opens Friday

The track's stakes schedule features 13 races, topped by the $550,000-est. Sam Houston Futuriity.

Q-Racing Journal

Reigning world champion Jessies First Down is pictured here winning the 2016 Sam Houston Classic, one of 13 stakes on the schedule during Sam Houston Race Park's 2017 spring meet, which opens Friday. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Sam Houston Race Park opens its 2017 American Quarter Horse meet with a nine-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 7 p.m. (CDT).

Sam Houston's opening-night card features two stakes -- the 330-yard, $20,000 Miss Sam Houston Stakes (R) for Texas-bred fillies and mares, and the 550-yard, $20,000 Harris County Stakes -- and two 440-yard Bank of America Sam Houston Challenge (G2) trials. The 10 fastest qualifiers from the Challenge trials will meet in the April 22, $95,000-added final.

Sam Houston Race Park's Quarter Horse stakes schedule consists of 13 races, topped by the meet's richest races, the 330-yard, $550,000-est. Sam Houston Futurity (G2), and the 350-yard, $200,000-est. Sam Houston Derby (G3), both of which will be run on April 29.

In addition, many of the nation's top older horses will be pointed to the 440-yard, $50,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2) on May 13. Last year's Sam Houston Classic was won by Ted G. Abrams' Jessies First Down, a homebred Fdd Dynasty gelding trained by Judd Kearl and last year's world champion.

Click here for a complete stakes schedule. For more information on the Sam Houston meet, visit the track's website.

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