Sam Houston Race Park

Claussen: Behind the scenes with the starting gate crew

Anyone who has ever watched a horserace has seen the familiar routine of horses preparing for competition. The “Call to the Post” is played, the field enters the racetrack and parades in front of the grandstand. After their warm up, the horses approach the starting gate, are loaded in, the bell sounds and off they […]

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Claussen: Texas rider Landeros relocating to Florida

Jockey Chris Landeros, currently the second-leading rider at Sam Houston Race Park, is shipping his tack to Florida at the conclusion of the current meet on March 12. The 23-year-old rider will ride the final month of the Gulfstream Park season and then set up shop at Calder Race Course. Landeros was born in San […]

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Sam Houston Race Park announces purse increase

Feb. 23, 2012 – Sam Houston Race Park will initiate a purse increase for the remainder of the 2012 Thoroughbred meet. An additional $1,000 will be added to each of the races, an increase of 6.5% for the final twelve days of the racing season, which concludes on Monday, March 12. The purse increase in […]

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Texas cracks down on online horse race wagering

The Texas Racing Commission has sent letters to online wagering companies informing them that under a state law that recently took effect, it is illegal to accept online horse racing or greyhound bets from Texas. Letters were sent to Advance Deposit Wagering companies including, XpressBet and AmWest Entertainment, reports the Houston Chronicle: “According to […]

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Texas lawmakers approve “Texas Derby” in lieu of slots

The Texas legislature failed to approve slot machines at race tracks this year, but it did pass “The Texas Derby Bill,” designed to provide some boost to the state’s racing industry.  Under the bill signed into law by Governor Rick Perry, four separate Texas Derby races for both Texas-bred and out-of-state bred horses will be […]

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The making of a partnership: Sam Houston and Penn National

How exactly did Sam Houston officials get together with Penn National to make a deal on the Texas racetrack? Sam Houston CEO Shawn Hurwitz recalls the process and discusses why the Pennsyvlania racetrack and gaming company was the perfect fit when searching for a partner.

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Sam Houston’s ‘Young’ President

As racetrack executives go, Andrea Bouchey Young is unusual: she is under 40 years old, female, and came from outside of the racing industry. Oh, yes, and you can follow her on Twitter (@ayounghouston). In 2007, Young was hired as chief operating officer for Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, Texas. Two years later, she […]

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Penn National gets okay for stake in Sam Houston

The Texas Racing Commission on Friday gave the go-ahead for Penn National Gaming to buy a 50 percent stake in Sam Houston Race Park.  One of the largest casino operators in the country, Penn National has continued to expand recently.  This is the company’s first foray into Texas.

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Penn National’s bid to buy 50% of Sam Houston takes next step

The Texas Racing Commission staff has readied a report they will present to the TRC commissioners in the April 12th meeting. The report will review the application’s reasonableness and compliance with state law. If the staff uncovers issues, according to Hal Lundgren, the report will cite them but any action would be left to the […]

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