As a special promotion for Saturday's Connally Breeders' Cup Turf card, Sam Houston Race Park will debut the Connally Breeders' Cup Online Handicapping Contest. The contest is open to all racing fans, 21-years of age or older, with a total of $1,000 in prizes to the top four finishers. There is no entry fee for the Connally Breeders' Cup Online Handicapping Contest.Each contestant will be required to make win, place and show selections for the $200,000 Connally Breeders' Cup Turf Race, the $50,000 Jersey Lilly Stakes, the $50,000 Sam Houston Turf Sprint Cup and the $25,000 Katy Stakes. Registration will take place on the Sam Houston Race Park Website, www.shrp.com beginning Thursday, February 22 with the deadline to enter at 5:00 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, February 24.The entries will be graded on dollar value of the $2 win, $2 place and $2 show selections, with cash prizes of $400 to the winner, $300 to the second place finisher, $200 for third and $100 to the fourth place contestant.
NTRA Productions, a subsidiary of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association will include the running of the Connally Breeders' Cup Turf Race, the Sam Houston Turf Sprint Cup and the Jersey Lilly Stakes as part of its NTRA 2Day at the Races. The nationally televised program will air on espn2 on Sunday, February 25 at 12:00 a.m. CST. In addition, the Connally Breeders' Cup Turf Race will also be included in the Racehorse Digest national highlights show on Wednesday, February 28, 2001.The field for the Connally Breeders' Cup Turf, at 1 1/8 miles on grass, in post position order, with weights and jockeys, is:
1--PLEASANT KING, 109, Zoe Cadman
2--CANDID GLEN, 114, E. J. Perrodin
3--GOLD NUGGET, 114, Bobby J. Walker Jr.
4--ANCIENT QUEST, 108, Angela Owens
5--VILAXY, 113, Steve Bourque
6--SUNSPOT, 113, Robby Albarado
7--PROFIT OPTION, 114, Pat Day
8--VERGENNES, 117, Donnie Meche
9--RED MOUNTAIN, 113, Calvin Borel
10--LEGENDARY MANNER, 110, Don Simington