04/27/2007 12:00AM

Sam Houston details Cup plan


Officials from Sam Houston Race Park, which recently bid to be the host site for the Breeders' Cup in 2009 or 2010, expanded on their proposal in a presentation to several Breeders' Cup board members Thursday night in Lexington, Ky.

Sam Houston's president and general manager, Robert Bork, mentioned the possibility of Sam Houston becoming the first host site to run the Breeders' Cup during evening hours. The track races primarily at night.

"Prime-time television on a Friday and Saturday night sounds like a good idea," said Bork.

Bork also addressed the issue of expanding Sam Houston's capacity of 25,000 to at least 60,000. It was announced that Sam Houston will invest more than $1 million in upgrading its infield facilities, an area Bork said could accommodate 15,000 to 20,000 Breeders' Cup spectators.

If selected to hold the Breeders' Cup, the track plans to erect temporary seating along the grandstand apron extending to the top of the stretch, with suites added on the clubhouse turn and backstretch.