- $25 for for four admission/counter seat tickets to Opening Day horse races at Sam Houston Race Park ($44 value)
- When: Friday, January 16, at 7 p.m.
- Where: Sam Houston Race Park
- Seating: admission and reserved counter seating
- Door time: 10:30 a.m. for simulcast; 5:30 p.m. for live racing
- Ticket values include all fees.
The Scouting Report
Sam Houston Race Park’s thoroughbreds have spent the offseason doing practice runs and CrossFit workouts, and on January 16, they return for another season of action on the track. Friday kicks off the two-day Texas Champions Weekend, which features a slew of races and a purse totaling more than $255,000. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Friday night, fans can enjoy .50 cent beers and $1.50 glasses of wine, and service members with military IDs receive free admission.
Sam Houston Race Park
Sam Houston Race Park’s multifunctional grounds crawl with up to 30,000 spectators reveling amid horseraces, concerts, and private events. Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, and Arabians kick up dust as jockeys maneuver them around the course, cheered on by race fans placing bets based on their stats, the weather, and the size of the horse’s toupee. Spectators can also watch and wager on races outside the park’s grounds, as monitors air simulcasts of the big races, including the Arlington Classic Stakes and Los Angeles Handicap. In two restaurants under the supervision of executive chef Hugo Gomez, the racetrack treats guests to panoramic views of the competition as they dine on seafood, gourmet pastas, and brunch fare. Guests may also entertain from 15 up to 100 friends, employees, or colleagues in luxury suites equipped with a private bar and an in-room centaur butler.