For Immediate Release
Friday, May 04, 2012
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Friday, May 4, 2012) – Excitement is mounting for local connections this Saturday at Lone Star Park as post time for the 138th Kentucky Derby draws near.
Lone Star’s all-time leading trainer, Steve Asmussen whose record so far in the famed race (0-10), has him looking for that elusive “Run for the Roses” win. Asmussen has two entered this year, Daddy Nose Best (Post position 10, morning line 15-1), winner of this year’s Grade 3 Sunland Derby, and Sabercat (Post position 18, morning line 30-1), who finished a respectable third, in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby.
Daddy Nose Best has even more local connections in his owners, Cathy and Bob Zollars of Dallas, Texas. This will be the second attempt at a Kentucky Derby win for the Zollars. In their first try, they were partners with fellow Texan and friend, James Cassels in 2001 with a horse named Fifty Stars. Also trained by Asmussen, Fifty Stars finished ninth that year, which was the trainer’s first Kentucky Derby starter.
Winchell Thoroughbreds, owner of Sabercat, has again teamed with Asmussen in the Kentucky Derby. The owner and trainer combo were together in 2008 for the race with Pyro, but went home with an eighth place finish. They however, won the Kentucky Oaks with Summerly in 2005.
The field for the 138th Kentucky Derby from the rail out (with post position odds, owner, trainer and jockey).
1. Daddy Long Legs, 30-1, Owners: Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor, Trainer: Aidan O'Brien, Jockey: Colm O'Donoghue
2. Optimizer, 50-1, Owner: Bluegrass Hall LLC, Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas, Jockey: Jon Court
3. Take Charge Indy, 15-1, Owners: Chuck & Maribeth Sandford, Trainer: Patrick Byrne, Jockey: Calvin Borel
4. Union Rags, 9-2, Owner: Chadds Ford Stable, Trainer: Michael Matz, Jockey: Julien Leparoux
5. Dullahan, 8-1, Owner: Donegal Racing, Trainer: Dale Romans, Jockey: Kent Desormeaux
6. Bodemeister, 4-1,Owner: Zayat Stables, Trainer: Bob Baffert, Jockey: Mike Smith
7. Rousing Sermon, 50-1, Owners: Larry and Marianne Williams, Tree Top Ranches; Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer, Jockey: Jose Lezcano
8. Creative Cause, 12-1, Owner: Heinz Steinmann, Trainer: Mike Harrington, Jockey: Joel Rosario
9. Trinniberg, 50-1, Owner: Shivananda Racing, Trainer: Bisnath Parboo, Jockey: Willie Martinez
10. Daddy Nose Best, 15-1, Owners: Cathy and Bob Zollars, Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Jockey: Garrett Gomez
11. Alpha, 15-1, Owner: Godolphin, Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin, Jockey: Alan Garcia
12. Prospective, 30-1, Owner: John C. Oxley, Trainer: Mark Casse, Jockey: Luis Contreras
13. Went The Day Well, 20-1, Owner: Team Valor International, Trainer: H. Graham Motion, Jockey: John Velazquez
14. Hansen, 10-1 , Owners: Dr. Kendall Hansen & Sky Chai Racing, Trainer: Mike Maker, Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
15. Gemologist, 6-1, Owner: WinStar Farm LLC, Trainer: Todd Pletcher, Jockey: Javier Castellano
16. El Padrino, 20-1, Owner: Let's Go Stable, Trainer: Todd Pletcher, Jockey: Rafael Bejarano
17. Done Talking, 50-1, Owner: Skeedattle Stables, Trainer: Hamilton Smith, Jockey: Sheldon Russell
18. Sabercat, 30-1, Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds, Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Jockey: Corey Nakatani
19. I'll Have Another, 12-1, Owner: J. Paul Reddam, Trainer: Doug O'Neill, Jockey: Mario Gutierrez
20. Liason, 50-1, Owner: Arnold Zelcher, Trainer: Bob Baffert, Jockey: Martin Garcia
Make plans to join us tomorrow for the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.” There is plenty of fun and festivities for everyone. The simulcast of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled to go at 5:24 p.m. local time, between our eighth and ninth live races.
Here’s a recap of the major timelines of activities for Kentucky Derby Day at Lone Star Park:
8:00 a.m.—Drive-Thru Wagering Opens.
9:00 a.m.—Bar & Book Opens for Simulcast Wagering.
9:30 a.m.—First Simulcast Race from Churchill Downs.
10:30 a.m.—Grandstand Gates Open.
11:30 a.m.—Family Fun Park Opens with a petting zoo, bounce houses and pony rides.
1:35 p.m.—First post time of 10 live races at Lone Star Park.
3:00 p.m.—Kentucky Derby Hat Contest in the Saddling Paddock.
5:24 p.m.—138th running of the Kentucky Derby simulcast live from Churchill Downs.
6:18 p.m.—Race #10 at Lone Star Park approximate post time.
6:30 p.m.—Game #4 NBA Playoff Action: Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Tip-Off from American Airlines Center.**
8:00 p.m.—Mayweather vs. Cotto WBA Super Welterweight Championship Pay-Per-View Telecast Begins.
*$20 minimum per person cover charge applies after 8 p.m.;**Check local listings for exact time.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Global Gaming Solutions LLC, offers a53-day 2012 Spring Thoroughbred Season which opens Thursday, April 12 and concludes on Sunday, July 8. Live racing will be held four days a week, Thursday and Friday at 6:35 p.m.(except Thursday, May 31 and Thursday, July 5 when there will be no live racing), and Saturday and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. The racing program on Memorial Day, May 28, will start at 1:35 p.m. Special twilight programs will be held at 5 p.m. on both Tuesday, July 3 (with post-race concert by award-winning country artist Pat Green) and Wednesday, July 4 (with the Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration).
The track’s 26-day, 2012 Fall Meeting of Champions for American Quarter Horses will be held from Sept. 14 to Nov. 10.
Lone Star Park is also home to the multi-million dollar simulcast racebook, sports bar and event venue, Bar & Book. The 36,000 square foot venue is open to the public 363 days a year.
For more information on Lone Star Park visit LoneStarPark.com
Global Gaming Solutions, LLC (GGS), is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation with a primary business focus of pursuing entertainment, gaming and racing related opportunities in emerging jurisdictions in the United States and overseas as well as acquisition of regional gaming and entertainment assets. GGS LLC is the parent company of GG RP, which owns Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK and GG LSP. Global Gaming Solutions, LLC, is the track operator who owns the license to operate Lone Star Park and leases the property from the Grand Prairie Sports Facilities Development Corporation.