Live racing returns to Sam Houston Race Park Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 with several changes planned for its 43-day Thoroughbred meet. The Thoroughbred meet will feature afternoon racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. CST. Holiday Monday racing, also at 1:00 p.m., will take place on Martin Luther King Day and President's Day.
The Houston Racing Festival highlights the stakes schedule and will be contested Saturday, Jan. 28 with a 1:00 p.m. first post. The 2023 edition will offer five stakes races, anchored by the $300,000 GIII Houston Ladies Classic S. and the $200,000 GIII John B. Connally Turf S. The $100,000 Bob Bork Texas Turf Mile S., $100,000 Bara Lass S. and $100,000 Groovy S. will be included on the undercard.
“The new schedule and start times present an opportunity to engage with our loyal simulcast guests and attract new fans with daytime racing,” said Frank Hopf, Sam Houston Race Park's Assistant General Manager. “Moving our stakes races and promotions to the afternoons will provide new opportunities for everyone.”