For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
2014 Spring Thoroughbred Racing Season Kick Off at 6:35 p.m.
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Wednesday, April 9, 2014)– Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie opens its doors on the 18th Spring Thoroughbred Season tomorrow, Thursday, April 10. Featured race is the traditional opening night $50,000 Premiere Stakes for Accredited Texas-breds, three-year-olds & upward going six and one half furlongs on the main track. Gates open early at 4:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies will begin at approximately 5:45 p.m. First race post time is 6:35 p.m. Post time for the Premiere Stakes will be approximately 8:27 p.m.
Since winning the 2013 Premiere Stakes under the guidance of then trainer Bret Calhoun, Triumph and Song had not seen the winners circle until entering an Allowance Optional Claiming race last December at Fair Grounds. The five-year-old gelding by My Golden Song was claimed from that race by trainer Karl Broberg for owner H & H Ranch of Horseshoe Bay, Texas and what a great claim it was!
Triumph and Song has flourished for the new connections since the claim. He is a perfect three-for-three this year with wins in the Spirit of Texas Stakes on January 18, the Bucharest Stakes on February 8 and the Sam Houston Sprint Cup on February 22, all at Sam Houston Race Park.
“He’s been training great leading up to the race,” said trainer Karl Broberg. “If speed is holding tomorrow, he should run a race similar to his last four.”
With a win tomorrow in the Premiere, Triumph and Song will be the third horse to win two years back-to-back in its history. Agrivating General won two consecutively for trainer Danny Pish in 2003-04 and Sanburr trained by Mike Stidham won in 2007-08.
The field for the Premiere Stakes is (from the rail out) with jockey and morning line odds listed in parentheses consists of: Lesis More (Brayan Vleazquez, 20-1); Gold Element (Lindey Wade, 4-1); Triumph and Song (Junior Chacaltana, 4-5); Circustown Flyer (Chris R. Rosier, 10-1); Solar Charge (Glen Murphy, 5-2) and Call Me Mr Special (Gerardo Mora, 15-1).
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and GG LSP. The track offers a 50-day 2014 Spring Thoroughbred Season, which opens Thursday, April 10 and concludes on Saturday, July 12. Live racing will be held three days a week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6:35 p.m. (except Thursday, May 29 when there will be no live racing), and Sundays at 1:35 p.m. (beginning April 27 through June 15.) The racing program on Memorial Day, May 26, will start at 1:35 p.m. A Special twilight program will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration). Special post times for three Triple Crown dates will begin at 3:33 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, May 17 and June 7 (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.) For more information on Lone Star Park visit LoneStarPark.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
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.
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, which owns a significant stake in Lone Star Park. GG LSP 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.
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