Sam Houston Race Park

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Sam Houston Race Park

Sam Houston Race Park is a horse-racing track in Houston, Texas, United States. It opened in 1994, at North Sam Houston Pkwy W.

History of Sam Houston Race Park

1994 – It is acknowledged as the first Class 1 racetrack after racing was unauthorized for about 50 years, inaugurated on April 24, 1994, in Texas. The track was named after Sam Houston, an influential general who later became the Republic of Texas president. 

2000 – Sam Houston purchased the Valley Race Park, a greyhound track in Harlingen. 

2017 – The track became an evacuation center for the equine victims of Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. 

Track Details and Other Facilities

Track Details

  • 🐎Main Track
    • The main track (dirt) is 1 mile, and
    • It is 80 feet wide when the poles are in the zero-rail position, 71 feet wide when the poles are in the 9-foot rail position, and 62 feet wide when the poles are in the 18-foot rail position.
  • 🐎Turf Track
    • The turf track is 7/8 mile.
    • During summer, the track comprises one-inch deep 419 Hybrid Bermuda grass, while during winter, it is composed of one-inch deep Ryegrass.
  • 🐎Backstretch

Other Facilities

  • It has 8 bars, two restaurants, Grandstand suites, San Jacinto Suite, a Celebration Suite, Director’s Suite, Sam Houston Suite, and the House Suite. The park also has many concession areas on the Paddock and Club levels. The parking area can fit 3,500 vehicles which includes 125 accessible spaces.

Convention Centers

  • 🐎Pavilion Center
    • It measures 26,000 square feet.
    • It is located north of the grandstand. 
    • It can accommodate private events from 1,250 guests to 4,000
  • 🐎Parking Lot
    • The parking lot is over 2.5 million square feet.
    • It is home to rides and drives, automobile product launches, car and truck shows, BBQ cook-offs, concerts, and festivals.
  • 🐎Club Level
    • It is located on the second floor of Sam Houston Race Park’s main grandstand.
    • It is home to tradeshows, job fairs, and corporate meetings 
    • It can accommodate 1,500+ guests for private events. 
  • 🐎Jockey Club
    • It is a private members-only club 
    • It can accommodate up to 250 guests 
    • It can host private events such as Anniversary Celebrations, Birthday Parties, Business Luncheons, Graduation Parties, Networking Mixers, Quinceañera, and Wedding Receptions.


  • 🐎The Winner’s Circle Experience
    • It is open for dinner every Friday and Saturday during live racing. 
    • It features a multi-tiered seating arrangement close to the action.
    • Each table is equipped with a flat-screen television.  
  • 🐎Jockey Club
    • It is the racetrack’s private, member’s-only club. 
    • It offers casual lunch or dinner buffet and a fully-stocked bar with signature cocktails.
    • It also features simulcast televisions throughout the club and personal wagering tellers and machines. 
    • The Jockey Club offers both Individual and Corporate memberships.
  • 🐎Concessions
    • Paddock Level
      • Papa John’s Pizza (Assorted Personal Pizzas)
      • Rail Dog Concession Stands (Hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, ice cream, and other items)
    • Club Level
      • Sam’s Pasta House (Pasta & Salad)
      • Tio’s Longshot Café (Tacos, Nachos, and Taco Salad)

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races​

Sam Houston Race Park Schedule

  • 🐎Live Racing Schedule
    • They run two live races yearly, the Thoroughbred racing every January through early April and American Quarter Horse racing from April through early June. The track also features Arabian-breed racing.
  • 🐎Other Events
    • It also hosts other events and festivals during off-seasons.

Major Events

  • Arabian
    •  Open
      • 🐴Amethyst Jewel (G1)
    • Colt/Gelding
      • 🐴Texas Six Shooter (G2)
    • Filly/Mare
      • 🐴Sheikha Mubarack LWC
      • 🐴Texas Yellow Rose (G2)
  • Quarter Horse
    • Open
      • 🐴Sam Houston Futurity (G2)
      • 🐴B.O.A. TX Challenge Championship (G2)
      • 🐴Sam Houston Classic (G2)
      • 🐴Sam Houston Derby (G3)
      • 🐴John Deere TX Juvenile Challenge (G3)
      • 🐴Adequan Texas Derby Challenge
      • 🐴Sam Houston Juvenile Stakes 
      • 🐴Governor’s Cup Marathon
      • 🐴Harris County Stakes 
    • Filly/Mare
      • 🐴Miss Sam Houston Stakes
      • 🐴Merial Texas Distaff Challenge
  • American Paint Horse
      • 🐴Colors of Texas Paint Maturity (G2)
      • 🐴Colors of Houston Paint Juvenile 
    • Open
      • 🐴John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3)
      • 🐴Bob Bork Texas Turf Mile
      • 🐴Pulse Power Turf Sprint
      • 🐴Sam Houston Sprint Cup
      • 🐴Houston Turf Stakes
      • 🐴Bucharest Turf Sprint
      • 🐴Groovy Stakes
      • 🐴Space City Stakes
      • 🐴Richard King Turf Stakes
      • 🐴Spirit of Texas Stakes
      • 🐴Star of Texas Stakes
      • 🐴Texas Heritage Stakes
      • 🐴Jersey Village Stakes
      • 🐴Allen’s Landing Stakes
    • Colt/Gelding
      • 🐴Jim’s Orbit Stakes
    • Filly/Mare
      • 🐴Houston Ladies Classic (G3)
      • 🐴Two Altazano Stakes
      • 🐴Houston Distaff 
      • 🐴Jersey Lilly Turf Stakes 
      • 🐴San Jacinto Turf Stakes 
      • 🐴Bara Lass Stakes
      • 🐴Tomball Stakes

Other Events

  • 🐎Concerts
    • It hosts ZiegenBock Music Festival each year.
      • A smaller version of the Lone Star State Jam.
      • It is a compilation of country music’s finest artists, such as Gary Allan, the Grammy-nominated Eli Young Band, Randy Rogers Band, Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and international acts such as Hadiqa Kiani etc. 
  • 🐎Dog Day at the Track
    • The Wiener Dog Races is a family-friendly event. 
    • Dog races are held throughout the day between the live horse races, usually held in March. 
  • 🐎Annual Food Truck Festival
    • It features multi-culture food like Mexican, Cajun, Italian, Greek, Americana, etc. 
  • 🐎Guitars N’ Cars Auto Show
    • The Houston Construction Industry Charities present it.
    • It is an annual car show with live music, food, and guitar vendors. 
  • 🐎Camel & Ostrich Races
    • It is usually held during the Thoroughbred Meet on a Friday and Saturday evening in early March. 
    • Both Ostriches and Camels carry riders during their races. However, wagering is unauthorized by law on the Wieners, Camels, or Ostriches.

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • It is located in unincorporated northwest Houston, Texas, United States.
  • It is situated just 15 minutes from downtown Houston, Northwest Houston.
  • General Admission Pricing for live racing:
    • For 13+: $8 per person
    • For Seniors over 62: $5 per person
    • For Children ages 4-12: $5 per person 
    • Free for children three and under
  • General Admission Seating Includes:
    • Theater seats on the Club Level
    • Anywhere on the Paddock or first level of the grandstand
    • Outside on the track side benches
  • For PWD
    • Accessible Entrances are at the North & South Entrances.
    • Parking spaces are available in the Main Parking Lot.
    • Seatings are available for all live racing dates and events.
  • Parking Space
    • General parking is free for Live Racing and Simulcast days.
    • Valet parking charges of $10, available during live race days only at the south entrance gate.
  • Park Hours
    • Mon-Tues: Closed
    • Wed: Gates open 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
    • Thur: Gates open 10:30 am – 11:00 pm
    • Fri-Sat: Gates open 10:30 am – 11:30 pm
    • Sun: Gates open 10:30 am – 10:00 pm


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Sam Houston Race Park

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