02/17/2010 12:00AM

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Sam Houston Race Park in Houston has added four Mondays in March to its racing calendar this meet, with first post for each of the cards to be 1:20 p.m. Central. The new dates are March 8, 15, 22, and 29. . . . . Randy Wehrman, racing secretary at Charles Town, will be at Fair Grounds through Sunday to recruit horses for the second annual Charles Town Classic stakes program. The headline race of the four-race series is the $1 million Charles Town Classic. . . . A memorial service for jockey Justin Vitek will be held after the March 13 program at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Vitek died Jan. 28 in Texas at age 36 after a lengthy illness. . . . Royale Michele, a Grade 2 winner, has retired from racing and will be bred to Unbridled's Song this year, Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., has announced. . . . Chuck Harris, a former manager of Frank and Virgnia Wright's Huntingfields Farm in Maryland, will take the position as farm manager at Northview Stallion Station's Pennsylvania division.