Millions of people worldwide enjoy horse racing, but very few of them actually have the speed, strength, and endurance required to outrun a horse. Leave horseplay to the professionals with today’s GrouponLive deal to see live thoroughbred horseracing at Sam Houston Race Park. This season offers 31 days of live racing from Friday, January 20, through Monday, March 12. Post time is at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. on Sundays, and 1 p.m. on Mondays. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get four general-admission tickets (up to a $24 total value). Children 12 and younger are admitted for free.
- For $200, you get a private house suite for up to 20 people, not including food (a $20.29 value per person; up to a $405.80 total value).
In its 19th season, Sam Houston Race Park storms out of the gates with a calendar of live horseracing that stables up to 10 races per day for 31 days. On opening weekend for the two-day Texas Champions Day, general-admission ticketholders can course through the paddock or sidle up toward the rail to catch a glimpse of photo finishes and breakaway victories that award purses totaling more than $400,000. This Texas-themed weekend slots open races for Texas-bred horses and books several stakes races. The Star of Texas Stakes rains $100,000 on its winning 4-year-old-and-older entrant, and the Groovy Stakes dishes $50,000 for the horse with the best tie-dyed tail. Overlooking the track from a private suite, up to 20 guests can study the entire course, observing sprinters as they splash dirt onto the pack, only to slip back into their ranks as stamina-saving closers round the final turn for a galloping dash to the wire. Spectators may also order items from a menu à la carte.
Post-race, at the winner’s circle, check out champion steeds who celebrate with their jockeys with a complex series of hoof-to-hand high fives before spiking their winning flower bouquet. In the club levels and on the paddock, spectators can refuel at the park’s various dining options or concessions stands (food and drink is not included in this Groupon).
Sam Houston Race Park offers free admission on Thursday evenings, but there are no live races on Thursdays.