03/09/2011 4:34PM

Sam Houston handle averages $1.2M daily


Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, which ran a consolidated Thoroughbred meet for the first time this winter, handled an average of $1,240,156 a day on its races from all sources. The 26-date meet concluded Monday.

Sam Houston raced 62 days last meet, and handled an average $1,264,263 a day on its races from all sources. During the recent meet, offtrack patrons bet an average $1,134,875 a day on races from Sam Houston, while another $105,281 a card was bet ontrack.

The consolidation enabled Sam Houston to boost its purses from $103,000 a day to a record $160,000 a day. A purpose of the shortened meet was to keep Sam Houston’s purses competitive with other tracks in the region, many of which have gaming to supplement their purses.

Attendance figures were not available late Wednesday afternoon.

Karl Broberg won his second Sam Houston title with 23 wins. His stable earned $293,437. Jockeys Quincy Hamilton and Lindey Wade each won 28 races to tie for leading rider. It was the third Sam Houston title for Hamilton. Chris Landeros led all riders in mount earnings with $527,201. Tom Durant was the leading owner with eight wins. His stable earned $158,127.

Schramsberg, who won the Grade 3, $200,000 Connally Cup Turf, was voted horse of the meet. His owner, Bobby Joe Hammer, told track officials a goal for the horse is the Grade 1, $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill on May 7.

Sam Houston will open a Quarter Horse meet Friday. The 30-date meet will run through May 15.