Horse racing is legal and in the city of Houston and has been for quite a while. The state of Texas legalized pari-mutuel gambling in 1933 in an attempt to raise funds during the Great Depression. While Texas has a number of horse and dog racing tracks throughout the state, Sam Houston Race Park is the closest one to the city. Below, we will take a look at this race track and its history.
Sam Houston Race Park
When Sam Houston Race Park opened its doors in April of 1994, it became the first Class 1 venue for Texas horse racing ever constructed. While it was costly to build, ranging up to 90 million dollars, the Sam Houston Race Park is considered by many to be the fastest growing thoroughbred racetrack according to its attendance records in recent years. The park was named after the historic and influential Texan, Sam Houston, who was a great general and went on to become the president of the Republic of Texas.
The course consists of a 1-mile dirt track as well as a 7-furlong turf course. The thoroughbred racing season takes place between the months of January and February and the Quarter horses race between run between March and June. Some of the most profitable races that are held at the track are as follows:
- John B. Connally Turf Cup
- MAXXAM Gold Cup
- Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint
- Sam Houston Sprint Cup
- Sam Houston Futurity
- O.A TX Challenge Championship
In 2000, Sam Houston also purchased the Valley Race Park. The Valley Race Park is a popular greyhound racing track located in Harlingen, Texas. When the racing season comes to a close at the Sam Houston Race Park, the venue also hosts events such as music festivals and other large gatherings.
Go to the official Sam Houston Racetrack’s website to look for eventual bonus codes and promotions.