•  Steve Sexton Mile - $200,000 Grade III
    Three-Year-Olds & Up
    Sunday, May 6 


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    PHOTO Steve Sexton 

       Steve Sexton was an integral part of Lone Star’s management team that opened the track in 1997. He had spent a decade working in various management positions at Santa Anita, Golden Gate Fields, Canterbury Park and Thistledown. As Lone Star’s vice president and general manager, Sexton was instrumental in one of the most successful track launches in the modern era. He was named president of Churchill Downs Inc.’s Arlington Park in 2001, overseeing the suburban Chicago track’s staging of the 2002 Breeders’ Cup, then left shortly thereafter to take a similar post at the company’s flagship track in Louisville. Sexton left Churchill in 2009 to pursue other interests and return to Texas, serving as the managing partner of the Dallas-based sports consulting firm LOGE at the time of his death.


      Steve Sexton's Legacy

    Steve had a bucket list and on it was his wish to put a student through college who otherwise would not have the opportunity.

    A GoFundMe account has been created to fulfill his wish. The family is in the process of making the Steven P. Sexton Foundation a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. The ultimate goal is to start one underprivileged kid a year in college.

       “Given the earned success he had with his career, he wished to send a student to college who otherwise would not be able to have that chance,” said Steve's son Taylor Sexton. “The race is a great way to not only raise awareness but collect donations. As much as this race further establishes his legacy, it more-so is to raise money for a cause of which he would be extremely proud.

      It is the hope of Lone Star Park the renaming of the stakes will not only honor Steve, but will also help raise awareness for the Steven P. Sexton Foundation.  

     “Anyone who knew or worked with Steve Sexton knows he was one of the most versatile, talented and dedicated racing executives of his time,” said Scott Wells, Lone Star Park’s president and general manager. “Horses and the people who work with them are the backbone of this sport; and throughout his career, Steve demonstrated a passion for both which was unsurpassed. We are proud that the Steve Sexton Mile will live on at Lone Star Park as a tribute to him and to his spirit of achievement and excellence.”  


     Donations can be made via GoFundMe.