06/27/2007 12:00AM

Snow Alibi returns to Sam Houston


Snowy Alibi, who swept the two major futurities for Quarter Horses last year at Sam Houston Race Park, will help open the new meet Friday night when he starts in a trial race for the Grade 3 Texas Derby Challenge. The 35-date Quarter Horse season will run through Sept. 8.

Friday night's card also features trials for the Grade 3 Texas Distance Challenge and the Grade 3 Texas Distaff Challenge. The finales are set for July 14, when six stakes will be run, led by the Grade 1, $100,000 Texas Challenge Championship at 440 yards.

Sam Houston has scheduled 29 stakes. Highlights include the Grade 1, $100,000 Sam Houston Futurity on Sept. 7; the $100,000 TQHA Sale Futurity, a restricted Grade 1, on July 28; and the Grade 2, $50,000 Sam Houston Classic on Aug. 31.