- $20 for an Opening Day horse-racing package with four general-admission tickets, four sodas, and two programs (a $49 value)
- When: Friday, January 17, at 7 p.m.
- Where: Sam Houston Race Park
- Seating: General Admission
- Door time: Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for simulcast
- Children aged 3 and under receive free admission.
The Scouting Report
On January 17, Sam Houston Race Park opens its 20th annual live racing season with the first half of Texas Champions Weekend: a two-day event with more than $400,000 in total purses on the line. That Friday evening, fillies and mares will gallop, maneuver, or levitate around the track during multiple contests, including the San Jacinto stakes and the Yellow Rose stakes. The event marks the start of eight weeks' worth of thoroughbred racing, during which Sam Houston Race Park will pack a total of 32 live events into its schedule.
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.