For Immediate Release
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Saturday, May 19, 2012) – Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie hosted a crowd of 12,715 enthusiastic racing fans today, to watch and wager on the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes. That is the highest attendance here for Preakness day in eight years since 2004.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Those 12,715 fans on hand for Preakness Stakes Day at Lone Star were treated to one of the most exciting finishes as they watched I'll Have Another close relentlessly to get up in the final strides and win by a neck over again favorite, Bodemeister. His rider Mario Gutierrez, now has two jewels from his first two Triple Crown riding assignments. After his win today, I’ll Have Another, is now a perfect four-for-four this year. Fans who made $2 investments were returned $8.40, $3.80 and $2.80.
Only 11 horses have won the elusive Triple Crown. Affirmed who won in 1978 still remains the last horse to accomplish the feat. Several horses have come close in recent years, winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness only to fail in the Belmont Stakes. But there is hope anew in I’ll Have Another. Who knows, this just might be the year for history to be made.
Be sure to mark your calendar, as the next stop for I’ll Have Another on his quest for the Triple Crown, is the Belmont Stakes, to be simulcast here on Saturday, June 9, 2012. For reservations please call 972-263-RACE today. You won’t want to miss it!
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.