08/27/2005 12:00AM

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Sam Houston has tied a $1 million bonus to its Oct. 15 qualifying tournament for the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. If one of three finalists from the track's tournament goes on to win the $500,000 national finale in Las Vegas, he or she will get $1 million from Sam Houston. . . . Jockey Deshawn L. Parker won his 2,000th career race when he guided Keeponthesunniside to victory at Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort on Friday night. . . . Zia Park Racetrack in Hobbs, N.M., will open for training Monday morning when Rocky Gulch, a New Mexico-bred winner of $680,000 takes to the track. Zia Park, which has a casino with 600 slot machines, will conduct its inaugural race meet from Sept. 23 to Dec. 4.