Martha Claussen, Author at Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Spooky Channel Headlines Sam Houston’s Connally Turf Cup After ‘Huge Comeback Effort’

The Houston Racing Festival will take place on Saturday, Jan. 28, with five stakes highlighted by the Grade 3, $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic. The second graded stakes on the card, the Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup, attracted 12 turf specialists, including 2021 winner Spooky Channel and last year’s winner Another Mystery. Post […]

Pauline’s Pearl, Hidden Connection Among Top Nominees To Houston Ladies Classic

Nominations have closed for the Houston Racing Festival at Sam Houston Race Park. The annual event, featuring the Grade 3, $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic and the Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Turf will be contested on Saturday, Jan. 28, with an afternoon post time of 1:00 pm (CT). Inaugurated in 2013, the Houston Ladies Classic was awarded its graded status by the American […]

Two Texas Stallion Series Stakes Highlight Opening Weekend At Sam Houston

The first two stakes of the 2023 Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred season will take place Saturday, Jan. 7. The $75,000 Darby’s Daughter and $75,000 My Dandy, at 5 ½ furlongs on the main track, are part of the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes Series (TSSS), a set of races for progeny of nominated […]

Bret Calhoun Reflects On Rich History At Sam Houston; 2023 Meet Opens Jan. 6

Since opening as the first Class 1 racetrack in Texas, Sam Houston Race Park has played a pivotal role in the careers of many accomplished horsemen and women. In 1994, Bret Calhoun was one of the young trainers in the inaugural live racing season. “Sam Houston Race Park marked my first time running a string […]

Houston Racing Festival To Remain On Sam Houston’s 2023 Stakes Schedule

Live racing returns on Friday, January 6, 2023 with several changes planned for its 43-day Thoroughbred meet.  The Thoroughbred meet will feature afternoon racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 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. The Houston Racing Festival highlights the stakes schedule and […]

Jockey Carlos Lozada, Trainer Shane Wilson Finish Atop Standings At Louisiana Downs

The 2022 Thoroughbred racing season at Louisiana Downs concluded on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The meet leaders, jockey Carlos Lozada, trainer Shane Wilson and owner End Zone Athletics, Inc. were honored for their accomplishments on the final afternoon of the 84-day meet, which began on Saturday, May 7. Kevin Preston, Louisiana Downs owner and president, credited […]

Hodges Passing Baton To Switalski As Louisiana Downs Track Photographer

Since 2005, photographer Lou Hodges, Jr. has captured the excitement and beauty of horse racing at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La. On the final day of the 2022 Thoroughbred racing season, he will officially pass the baton to his highly respected assistant Ann Switalski. Lou Hodges, Jr. served as track photographer at several racetracks, […]

Trainer Joseph ‘Bobby’ Felks Celebrates First Stakes Win On Louisiana Cup Day

There were plenty of wonderful moments on Louisiana Cup Day, the annual stakes card saluting Louisiana Thoroughbreds. One special highlight was the victory of Cheapskate Diva who took command in the $67,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff. The 4-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom was making her stakes debut for breeder/owner Keith Plaisance. Ridden confidently by Carlos Marquez, […]

Cheapskate Diva, Takes Two To Tango Among State-Breds To Shine On Louisiana Cup Card At Louisiana Downs

It was another outstanding edition of  Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday at Louisiana Downs as each of the six stakes on the program showcased the quality of the Louisiana Thoroughbred. Despite temperatures in the high 90s, tremendous performances were noted throughout the afternoon with glory to several experienced runners as well as juveniles. Bisping Triumphs […]

Saturday’s Louisiana Cup Day Draws Full Fields For Six Stakes

The annual Louisiana Cup Day at Louisiana Downs will take place Saturday, Aug. 6. First post is 1:45 pm (Central) for the seven-race card which will feature six stakes for accredited Louisiana-breds with purses of $67,000 each. The stakes action, which gets underway in the second race of the card, features a mix of multiple-stakes […]