Sam Houston Race Park Releases QH Stakes Schedule

The track's spring season runs from March 30-May 12.

Edited press release

This Is An Eagle is pictured winning last year's Sam Houston Futurity. This year's $100,000-added Sam Houston Futurity, the track's richest race, will be run April 28. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Sam Houston Race Park has released its stakes schedule for its 2018 American Quarter Horse stakes schedule, which kicks off on March 30.

Twelve stakes will be contested, highlighted by the 25th running of the $100,000-added Sam Houston Futurity (G2) on Saturday, April 28. Trials for the final will be run on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7. Past Sam Houston Futurity winners include Azoom, All American Winner, 2014 AQHA Champion 2-year-old Kiss My Hocks, Especially Tres, Ivan James and 2017 victor This Is An Eagle.

The Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G2) is set for Saturday, April 21, with the winner earning a berth in the Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), which returns to Los Alamitos in 2018. 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 meet will be 7 p.m. (CDT) and 6 p.m., respectively. Matinee racing will be offered on Monday afternoons at 12 p.m., and Kentucky Derby Day (Saturday, May 5) will have a special post time of 1 p.m.

Sam Houston Race Park racing secretary Matt Crawford reported that all systems are go for the return of Quarter Horse racing, which follows the current Thoroughbred live racing season.

“We have strong interest from many loyal Texas horsemen as well as several new outfits this year,” said Crawford. “Many of our Sam Houston Futurity winners have shown their talent in the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs and other nationally acclaimed events later in the year. We look forward to an exciting live racing season.”

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