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Horseracing Update: Sam Houston Opens 2021 with Big Friday Card; Golden Gate Set to Reopen

Two racetracks in the United States will give horseracing enthusiasts a big treat. This will take place on Friday, January 15. One track will open the year on a 10-race salvo. The other is re-opening its doors to fanatics after a long break due to the coronavirus pandemic. A double delight on Friday awaits diehards of the said sport. They look forward to these spectacular horseracing events at the Sam Houston Race Park and Golden Gate Fields. Due to this, 2021 horseracing odds will be loaded with surprises and great treats as we look forward to a fruitful year following a season affected by COVID-19.

Horseracing Enthusiasts Look Forward to Friday Treat at Sam Houston RP

Sam Houston Race Park opens its track for 2021 with a 10-race card that features some of the best horsemen in the US. The Friday salvo kicks off a 46-day horseracing spectacle with a big prize pool up for grabs. An amendment to a Texas law sparked the said event. It allows the state to collect money from certain tax revenue to fund prizes. That change will hike the total purse for the event to US$12 million.

Among the trainers that will field their horses is Sam Houston training titleholder Steve Asmussen. He said that the development will bring in more big-time handlers. It will motivate them to send in their best entries for a top of the line field. Asmussen is right on the money with this assessment. Known trainers Michael Stidham and Todd Fincher will send their best horses in the track meet. Another enhancement introduced in the race is the Space City Pick 6 that will offer a mandatory payout instead of a jackpot payout option.

The 2021 event is also the first live racing spectacle in Texas since November. On Friday, the 10-race card feature two races with purses set at US$37,000. Also expected to bring in more horseracing fanatics to the racetrack is the Houston Ladies Classic, a Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile race that brings in all fillies and mares. The scheduled race will start on January 31. Other events on the card include the John B. Connally Turf Cup and the Texas Turf Mile. On March 20, the Texas Champions Day will feature seven US$100,000 stakes races. The racing spectacle will conclude on April 3. On the race day, the fans will able to watch from the stands. 

Golden Gate Fields Set to Reopen on January 15

Two months after it was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Golden Gate Fields will reopen for horseracing enthusiasts on Friday. 1/ST Racing, the parent company of the Golden Gate Fields, announced that it will resume live racing on Friday following extensive tests by the race management firm, the Alameda County Public Health Department and the Berkeley Public Health Division. The authorities gave the green light to restart races after the number of cases in the area have gone down to considerable levels. The group said that the entries for Friday’s race will be taken via telephone on January 12.


The opening of the Sam Houston Race Park on Friday will bring in exciting races and more betting opportunities in Texas and in the US. Betting picks and parlays, meanwhile, will be reinvigorated with the reopening of the Golden Gate Fields two months after it was closed down due to the surge in coronavirus cases in the area. More fun and prizes await American horseracing enthusiasts who want to see exciting races and earn more money.