Corporate Name: Sam Houston Race Park, Ltd.
7575 North Sam Houston Parkway West, Houston, Texas 77064 (click for
Telephone: (281) 807-8700 or (281) 807-RACE
Horsemen’s Line: (800) 807-7223
Fax: Main: (281) 807-8777; Press Box: (281) 807-8772
Marketing: (281) 807-8771
Located in Houston, Texas, Sam Houston Race Park
celebrates 22 years of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing in 2016. The
Park opened in April 1994, as the first Class I racetrack in Texas. Since
its debut, Sam Houston has continued to grow in reputation and popularity,
receiving national acclaim for both its main course and the Connally turf
course, named after former governor John B. Connally. Since 2011, Sam
Houston Race Park has experienced significant gains in Thoroughbred
attendance and handle, a result fueled by revamped purse structures and
Sam Houston Race Park is a joint venture between Penn National Gaming, Inc.
(PNGI) and Maxxam, Inc., a Houston-based real estate development company.
PNGI is the largest operator of pari-mutuel facilities in North America.
PNGI operates 12 pari-mutuel facilities in 10 different states, including
Thoroughbred tracks Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races (host of the
Grade II Charles Town Classic and Grade III Charles Town Oaks), Hollywood
Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, Hollywood Casino at Penn National
Race Course (host of the new Grade III Penn Mile), Sam Houston Race Park
(host of the Grade III John B. Connally and Grade III $400,000 Houston
Ladies Classic) and Zia Park Casino, Hotel and Racetrack (host of the
$300,000 Zia Park Oaks).
PNGI’s portfolio also includes four off-track wagering facilities and two
regional account wagering operations. In 2015, PNGI facilities conducted
more than 1,150 live racing dates and processed nearly $1 billion in
on-track, import and export wagers. In 2016, PNGI tracks will host the third
edition of the Penn Gaming Racing Challenge featuring 20 stakes races with
$5 million in purses with starting incentives for owners and trainers and a
year-end award for the leading owner, trainer and jockey in the series.
Previous winners of the Penn Gaming Challenge include nationally recognized
racing stars such as Jockey Javier Castellano (winner both years), owners
Fox Hill Farms, Ken and Sarah Ramsey, and trainers Mike Maker and Chad
Sam Houston Race Park is led by Andrea Young, who has served as the
organization’s President since 2008. Her duties include the oversight of all
day-to-day operating activities for the track, including revenue and sales
growth; expense, cost, and margin control; financial goal management;
racing, facility operations, sales, marketing, human resources, and business
administration. Young also establishes and maintains performance goals,
allocates resources, and assesses policies for senior management. Prior to
joining Sam Houston Race Park, Young served in a variety of capacities with
the NBA’s Houston Rockets and the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. Young is a
graduate of Vanderbilt University.
The 2016 stakes schedule will once again be anchored by the Grade III
$400,000 Houston Ladies Classic on January 30, the richest Thoroughbred race
in Texas, and the Grade III $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup. The 2016
Thoroughbred meet will feature 24 stakes races with Texas Champions Weekend
on Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23. Texas Champions Weekend will
feature the San Jacinto Turf Stakes, Yellow Rose Stakes, Bara Lass Stakes,
Star of Texas Stakes, Richard King Turf Stakes, Spirit of Texas Stakes, and
the Groovy Stakes.
In addition to Texas Champions Weekend, the 2016 Thoroughbred Stakes
Schedule also includes: January 30 – Frontier Services Turf Sprint, Space
City Stakes; February 6 – Texas Six Shooter Stakes and Texas Yellow Rose
Stakes; February 13 – Sam Houston Sprint Cup & the Houston Turf Stakes;
February 20 – Jim’s Orbit Stakes & Two Altazano Stakes; February 27 – MAXXAM
Gold Cup; March 5 – HH Sheikh Zayed Arabian Cup.
The 2016 live racing season will also feature a variety of special events
including Dollar Day on February 6 and March 26, Wiener Dog races on
February 20, Camel & Ostrich Races on March 4 and 5, Derby Dog Dash on April
16, Kentucky Derby Day on May 7, and Mother’s Day Brunch on May 8. The park
will also host a 24-day Quarter Horse Meet from March 25–May 16.
In addition to great live racing, Sam Houston Race Park is also one of
Houston’s premier dining, special event, and live music facilities. Located
just 15 minutes from downtown Houston, the racetrack also includes 16
recently renovated luxury suites, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning
dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and the Jockey Club. For
more information on upcoming racing, shows, events and tickets, please visit
Officers: Andrea Young, President; Wayne Hodes,
Senior VP of Sales & Marketing; Dwight Berube, Vice President of Operations;
Matthew Stahlbaum, VP of Finance
Corporate Vice President–Racing: Christopher McErlean
Corporate Simulcast Manager: David Koepp
Sr. Director of Racing Operations: Frank Hopf
Racing Secretary: Fred Hutton
Track Photographer: Jack Coady (Coady Photography)
Location: Sam Houston Tollway, 1 mile west of Highway 249 in
Track Data: 1-mile dirt oval; 7/8-mile turf oval; length of stretch,
966 feet; stall capacity: 1,250
Simulcast Information: 364 days a year (closed Christmas)