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Student Council Tops 'Connally Turf

Student Council Tops 'Connally Turf

Millennium Farms' Student Council will try the turf--a surface he's never won over--for the first time since December of 2006 when he tackles seven other starters in the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Sam Houston April 5, but trainer Donnie von Hemel expects Going Ballistic to put up a fight.

Dynameaux Sires First Winner

Stakes winner Dynameaux sired his first winner when the two-year-old filly Dynamic Cowgirl split foes at the three-sixteenths pole, and kicked clear of rivals to post a 1 1/2 length score in a $14,500 maiden special weight for state-breds at Sam Houston Race Park on December 16.

Lonnie Meche Suspended for Amphetamines

Stewards in Texas have suspended jockey Lonnie Meche for a second time after he tested positive for amphetamines Nov. 5 at Sam Houston Race Park.

Colonial Colony, Alumni Hall in Maxxam Gold Cup

Colonial Colony, Alumni Hall in Maxxam Gold Cup

Chris Nolan's Colonial Colony, winner of the 2004 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, and William Farish, James Elkins, and Temple Webber's Alumni Hall, winner of the 2004 Black Tie Affair Handicap at Arlington Park, figure to vie for favoritism in the Jan. 22 Maxxam Gold Cup, a $100,000 event for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles at Sam Houston Race Park.

Lone Star Submits Plan for Second Thoroughbred Meet in '04

Lone Star Park reached an agreement Tuesday to transfer its 2004 Quarter Horse dates to Sam Houston Park, which would allow Lone Star to conduct a fall Thoroughbred meet around the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Invitations Extended for Inaugural Great State Challenge

Invitations Extended for Inaugural Great State Challenge

Invitations were extended Monday, Nov. 25, to the connections of the 84 ranked horses in the NTRA Great State Challenge. The NTRA Great State Challenge, presented by John Deere and Fed Ex and to be held at Sam Houston Race Park on Dec. 7, is comprised of six races, each worth $275,000 and boasting full fields representing some of the finest state-bred runners in America.

Here and There

Louisiana Downs honors meet champs...Hoosier Park prepares for Ladies' Night...Sam Houston hosts owners' seminar...Zito bobblehead to hit Churchill.

Here and There

Oak Tree to honor McCarron...Belmont guarantees $500,000 Pick 4 on Sept. 28...Sam Houston prepares to open for training and offers fans a chance to win a trip to the Breeders' Cup with its marathon handicapping contest...Johnny Rivers headlines Shoemaker Dinner.

Sam Houston Parent Company Posts Big Losses

Maxxam, the industry conglomerate that owns Sam Houston Race Park, posted a huge first quarter loss after its aluminum operation declared bankruptcy. The bankruptcy is not expected to affect racing operations.

Names in the News

Spring meet winners from Sam Houston, Maryland racing shifts to Pimlico, Eddie Perez' After the Races holds benefit for Roy Houghton.

Texas Board Rescinds Accreditation of Chauffe Au Rouge

The board of directors of the Texas Thoroughbred Association rescinded the accreditation of Texas-bred Chauffe Au Rouge after a lengthy hearing Jan. 18. The vote was 10-4. The move would appear to begin the process of releasing two stakes purses for Texas-accredited horses which have been held in escrow since Chauffe Au Rouge won them last year.

December Date Set for Inaugural 'Great State Challenge'

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Friday that the inaugural $1.5 million NTRA Great State Challenge will be run at Sam Houston Race Park, in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, December 7, 2002.

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