HOUSTON, TX – Live Thoroughbred racing resumes at Sam Houston Race Park on Friday, January 6 and will continue through April 8.Officials recently announced a transition to afternoon racing each Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm (Central).  Holiday Monday racing, also at 1:00 pm, will take place on Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day. Admission will be $5.00on all live racing days for the upcoming season.

The slogan for the upcoming season is “Houston’s Best Bet!” and fans will be able to enjoy the excitement of live racing with three major Festival events as well as a variety of promotions, special events and food and beverage offerings.

In addition to the popular Winner’s Circle Restaurant, the upcoming season will feature new food and bar outlets. The Finish Line Bar will offer fans great views of the track and a high-end drink experience. Those with a sweeter tooth will enjoy the new Whole Scoop, offering a variety of dessert favorites. Happy Hour will be offered each Friday from 3:00- 5:00 pm during the thoroughbred meet.

“Our goal is to attract new fans to horse racing and re-introduce ourselves to Houston” said Frank Hopf, Sam Houston Race Park’s Assistant General Manager. “The new schedule, afternoon post time and array of promotions offer something for everyone.”

The Thoroughbred racing season will run for 43 days. The marquee racing event of the season, the Houston Racing Festival is set for Saturday, January 28 with a 1:00 pm first post. The complete stakes schedule is available on

2023 Sam Houston Race Park Promotions and Event Schedule

Friday, January 6           Opening Weekend- Thoroughbred Meet

Saturday, January 28     Houston Racing Festival

Five stakes, including the $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic (G3)

NHC Handicapping Contest- 2 seats to the final in Las Vegas

Best Dressed Contest

Saturday, February 18   Texas Preview Day

                                          Five stakes for Texas Thoroughbreds

Sundays in March           Family Fun Days (Every Sunday in March)

Petting zoo and Entertainment for young fans

Local Breweries onsite (one per Sunday)

Saturday March 11         Camel and Ostrich Racing

Sunday, March 12           Popular family-friendly event with 100-yard races with Camels

                                          and Ostriches in between thoroughbred races

Friday, March 17            St. Patrick’s Day

Drink Specials during live racing

Sunday, March 19           Wiener Dog Races

                                               The 14th Annual event moves to Sunday

Saturday, March 25        Texas Champions Day

Seven stakes for Texas Thoroughbreds

Sunday, March 26           Inaugural Astronaut Run

Dress as an astronaut and be a part of the largest astronaut run in H-Town!

Friday, April 21              Opening Weekend- Quarter Horse Meet

Friday, May 5                  Cinco De Mayo

                                          Biggest Pre-Derby and Cinco De Mayo Party in Houston

Saturday, May 6              Live Racing and Simulcast of the Kentucky Derby

                                          Mint Juleps and Kentucky Derby Hat Contest

Saturday, May 20            Corgi Dogs Racing

                                          Live racing and simulcast of the Preakness Stakes

Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 miles from downtown Houston.  The Park offers a variety of attractions including a Suite Level featuring luxurious suites overlooking the racetrack and accommodating groups from 10 to 100 people,The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and the Jockey Club.  For more information on upcoming live racing, shows, events and tickets, please