Sam Houston Race Park

Hal Lundgren: Get off my lawn!

Hal Lundgren’s most recent piece portends to be a resolutions column for Sam Houston Race Park but instead the Houston Chronicle writer sounds more like an old guy yelling at teenagers to get off his lawn. His attempts at being helpful (suggesting that there be no cell phones in betting lines, simplifying the national anthem […]

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Trainers at Sam Houston call new purse structure ‘a home run’

Trainer Danny Pish views the move to a $160,000 daily purse structure at Sam Houston Race Park a home run according to Hal Lundgren in the Houston Chronicle. “Bigger money usually means you have full fields,” said Pish. “You see that at Delta Downs, which is thriving with big fields. I’d expect that with Sam […]

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Should Sam Houston open stalls sooner?

With a 2-week period from when the stalls open to the first day of racing at Sam Houston Race Park, some horseman including trainer Bret Calhoun would like to see that period extended. Calhoun points out that those who transfer their horses from Remington Park at the end of next week would prefer to move […]

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RACY RACING: Churchill Downs plays the field

By Ray Paulick Ed DeRosa, an editor on the all-male writing staff at Thoroughbred Times, got in touch with his inner feminine self to complain about an advertising campaign undertaken by Churchill Downs that shows, among other things, a young man looking through a pair of binoculars and seeing horses in one lens and a […]

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PENN NATIONAL TO PURCHASE 50% OF SAM HOUSTON

Following yesterday’s news of a new racetrack in Texas, casino operator Penn National has reached an agreement to purchase 50% of Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, a greyhound track in Harlingen, TX and an option to buy land for a racetrack in Laredo, TX. With the possibility of slots being installed at Texas tracks […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: CELEBRATING MCGOVERN

By Martha Claussen One of the top racetrack executives in the country, Ann McGovern, will bid farewell to the sport on Labor Day. Currently, the president and general manager at Ruidoso Downs Race Track & Casino, McGovern has been widely respected over the past 27 years for her management roles at tracks across the country. […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: A TEXAS TREASURE

By Martha Claussen On May 1 at Churchill Downs, millions will watch the most elite 3-year-old Thoroughbreds compete in the Kentucky Derby. The Run for the Roses is a heralded sporting event, with festive hats, Mint Juleps and two minutes of heart-pounding excitement. The reality is that the majority of all racehorses will never […]

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THE CLAUSSEN CORNER: CATCHING UP WITH BORK

As the Paulick Report continues to grow, we will be bringing on more turf writers and industry insiders to share their opinions and perspective on the racing industry across the country and internationally. Longtime turf writer Martha Claussen, currently with SureBet Racing News, will be writing a piece for the Paulick Report once a month […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

With the Sunshine Millions series taking place on Saturday at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita, graded stakes racing is light this weekend, but there are still a couple of interesting contests in the works. On Saturday, Sam Houston Race Park will host the G3 John B. Connally Turf Handicap. The only graded […]

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TEXAS TWO-STEP?

Sam Houston Race Park and sponsor Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale continue their pursuit of an epic Rachel v. Zenyatta meeting in Texas. Increasing the maximum purse to $2 million, the date has tentatively been set for March 27 and would be called the Gallery Furniture Distaff. Click here to read the entire ESPN.com story […]

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