USA vs. ARGENTINA at NRG Stadium Houston ~ June 21st !

It’s going to be typical ‘June in Houston’ type weather. So the roof will probably be closed. The name has changed but NRG Stadium [ formerly Reliant Stadium ]
is ready and waiting to host Copa America Centenario Semifinals match-up
on Tuesday June 21, 2016 at 8pm . And yes, the AstroDome is still there.

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It is the BIGGEST GAME ever, maybe, to come to Houston, Texas !
The US Men’s National Soccer Team takes on Lionel Messi and
Argentina in a semifinal match.

Houston’s winner goes on to the COPA AMERICA CENTENARIO FINAL game versus the winner of the June 22nd semifinal in Chicago between COLOMBIA & CHILE.  Final match is June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, NJ.

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Beholder’s a 1/5 Favorite in Saturday’s Vanity Mile at Santa Anita

One of my favorite racing horses is the lovely and beastly lady Beholder. She is 1/5 favorite in Saturday’s Race 7 Vanity Mile at Santa Anita.

Watch the live-stream on XBTV Live. Santa Anita Edition Full-Card Coverage starts Sat, Jun 4 2016 3:30 PM CST.

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RACING CARDS & Racing Information for Santa Anita, Arcadia , CA

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Love Watching LIVE Horse Races from Santa Anita Park !!

For the lovers of everything horse racing, the live streaming presented by The Stronach Group’s new racing channel called XBTV.COM is a very special thing.

The next two Saturday’s May 28th and June 4th, XBTV will provide full-card racing from Santa Anita Park in beautiful Arcadia, CA.  “HERE” are the EquiBase Entries for Santa Anita Park for the 11 races on Saturday, May 28th.

santa.anita.xbtv.1Santa Anita Park is this years host to The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 !

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PREAKNESS DAY ~ MAY 21,2016 ~ FULL CARD COVERAGE !!

PREAKNESS DAY #141 ~ SATURDAY MAY 21, 2016 ~ PIMLICO RACE COURSE     

THIS IS VERY NICE ! FULL RACE CARD STREAMING COVERAGE BY XBTV.COM

PREAKNESS.DAY.XBTV.COM.STREAMING.COVERAGEPIMLICO PREAKNESS DAY – Saturday, May 21, 2016                                                                        ~ XBTV – PIMLICO Full-Card Coverage: Why not watch all the races ?  
~ Full Pimlico Equibase Race Card – May 21, 2016

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Woodlands Waterway Square

Woodlands Waterway Square is a town-center about 27 miles north of Downtown Houston. There are many fun things to see and do here in Spring, Texas. And FYI, you are about 100 feet higher above sea level than Downtown Houston. You are off the flat coastal plain with lots of tall pines and some real hills !

Houston-Woodlands-Waterway-b.t.ct.635x421woodlands-logo268X111According to thewoodlandstx.com:                                                                                           

The Woodlands Waterway and Waterway Square add a distinctive feature to the downtown area offering both functional and entertainment value to this bustling location. The Waterway connects The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, Waterway Square and The Woodlands Mall. The office buildings located at Waterway Square serve as the home for many of The Woodlands major employers, including Anadarko Petroleum, Woodforest National Bank, U.S. Oncology and American Financial and Automotive Services.”

Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival - April 10 -16, 2016Along the Waterway area is where the The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival  takes place each spring. One of the best in the country, it’s the yearly “Artist Friendly Festival” presented by the The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council.

SEE: The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival 2015The Woodlands Waterway Art Festival 2015 Slideshow

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Reflections Along Eldridge Parkway

Clouds & sky reflections along Eldridge Parkway in west HoustonReflections in Glass on Eldridge Parkway.b.ct.566x487from Wikipedia:

The west side of Houston is known as The Energy Corridor located along Interstate 10 (the Katy Freeway) The area is defined by many energy industry-related companies, such as BP America, Citgo, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Shell Oil Company.

Over 26,000 acres of urban park area, the largest outside the National Park System, borders The Energy Corridor. Two parks adjacent to the district include George Bush Park and Bear Creek Pioneers Park

The Energy Corridor contains over 20 million square feet of office space. As of 2012, The Energy Corridor District is the third largest employment center in the region with more than 78,000 employees and consisting of more than 300 international, national and local companies. Many companies use The Energy Corridor District as corporate or regional headquarters including BP America, Citgo, ConocoPhillips, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil Chemical, Foster Wheeler USA Corporation, Mustang Engineering, Shell Oil Company Exploration and Production, Technip USA and WorleyParsons.

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Toyota Center – Houston’s Downtown Arena

The Toyota Center in Houston is the home of Houston’s NBA Houston Rockets and hosts other events and concerts.

Houston-Downtown-Toyota-Ctr-b.t.ct.700x394This past weekend the Ultimate Fighting Championship came to town for UFC#192. Saturday’s UFC 192 event drew an announced attendance of 14,622 fans for a live gate of $1.859 million.

NBA basketball preseason is upon us with Houston Rockets hosting Dallas Mavericks on October 7th.

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Work Begins on Memorial Park Master Plan

Work begins on Memorial Park Conservancy’s  $200 million Transformational Master Plan at  Houston’s 1,466 acre Memorial Park. The park is almost twice the size of Central Park in New York City.

The Memorial Park Conservancy recently announced that work on the plan will begin in November 2015. The first stage of development is a 113-acre area located north of Memorial Drive that will be called the Eastern Glades. Plans include shifting East Memorial Loop Drive eastward, back towards Downtown Houston, in order to connect a surrounding 83-acres that are currently divided…then this park space between the Crestwood subdivision and Memorial Park Golf Course will become a “passive recreation area” surrounded by a restored savannah and pine-hardwood forest.

Houston-MemorialPark-Trees-ctThe partners in the park project are the Memorial Park Conservancy, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Uptown Houston TIRZ. The Master Plan could take 20 years to complete, assuming funding becomes available for all of the projects.

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Over the Bayou & through Downtown on I-45 South

Interstate I-45 and Buffalo Bayou run through the westside of Downtown Houston.

Houston-Downtown-westside-I45-BuffaloBayou-b.t.ct885x670The “Buffalo Bayou Torches” on I-45 south are 30-foot-tall stainless steel torches that mark the edges of the Bayou as Interstate 45 crosses the waterway. The Bayou runs through the heart of Houston and is home for the Buffalo Bayou Promenade.

The Buffalo Bayou Promenade Park designed by SWA Group for the Buffalo Bayou Partnership solves flooding problems, improves ecological structure and function, and provides Houstonians with access to the urban waterfront.

Buffalo-Bayou-Partnership.300x78Nice article by Timber Press’ Roxi Thoren on the Bayou Park: Landscape of change: Buffalo Bayou Promenade

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SAY WHAT ? – ASTROS in 1st Place in MLB AL WEST !

With 162 games in a LONG regular season, I’m not much of a baseball fan until it
really counts, in October….finally playoff time. So I had to double check when I saw this.  But the Houston Astros are presently 72-58,  good enough for 1st in the AL Western Division. They have the most wins in a season since 2010 and still have about 30 games left to play ! 

Hou-Astros.156x149Wondered how this could be ? Found this very interesting article in USA Today: “Overshifting a huge part of first-place Astros’ success”.

Apparently a key reason is by using a complex statistical model as a guide for their innovative and aggressive defensive shifting on the field. The Astros lead all of baseball with 587 overshifts according to Baseball Info Solutions data . This has helped them become one of the better defensive teams in MLB.

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Always loved that retractable roof at Astros ball field Minute Maid Park. (AKA The Ballpark at Union Station, Enron Field, and Astros Field)

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JUST HORSE’ N AROUND A STAFFORD, TX PASTURE

There are two grazers and a roller out enjoying themselves in a sunny pasture in Stafford, Texas.

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Congratulations to five year old lady BEHOLDER who absolutely smoked all the boys in her 8 1/4 length win in the $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic Stakes at  Del Mar on August 22nd. Her win gives her a 2nd berth to a Breeders Cup Championship Race,  October 30-31, 2015 at Keeneland.

BEHOLDER-TVG-PACIFIC-CLASSIC-Blog.417x256AND Don’t forget to mark your calendars ! – Triple Crown Winner – AMERICAN PHAROAH is heading to Saratoga NY for the 146th Travers Stakes Race on Saturday Aug. 29th. The Travers will go to post at 5:46 pm ET. The Grade 1 race is 1 1/4 miles for 3 Yr. Olds on the Dirt and has a $1.6 Million Purse this year. The draw for post positions is Tuesday Aug. 25th at 5 pm ET. Watch him run on NBC-Tv !

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