LOCAL LONE STAR PARK CONNECTIONS SCORE BIG AT CHURCHILL DOWNS’ TWIN SPIRES FRIDAY

For Immediate Release
Friday, May 02, 2014

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Friday, May 2, 2014) – Texas and Lone Star Park were well represented today at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day. And the connections made their marks there with victories in the $167,550 Grade III Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes, the $200,725 Grade III Eight Belles Stakes and the $1 million 140th running of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, the filly version of the Kentucky Derby.

It all began when local Lone Star Park trainer, Bret Calhoun who has two training titles here (2010-11) and has finished in the top 10 here 13 times (2000, 2002-09, 2012-13)  sent out Marchman to win the Grade III Twin Spires, the sixth race on the card, by a length and a half.

Two races later, the Texas and Lone Star Park connections grew even deeper when Calhoun sent out sensational Texas-bred filly, Fiftyshadesofgold to win the Grade III Eight Belles.

Fiftyshadesofgold was bred by Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. at his Valor Farm in Pilot Point, Texas. She is by Valor Farm sire, My Golden Song and out of Mr. Scharbauer’s homebred mare Hadif Cat by Hadif. Fiftyshadesofgold made her racing debut here at Lone Star last May as a two-year-old winning by 10 lengths. It was an impressive start to a racing career that in only one year and five races later, earned the gorgeous dark gray filly her first Graded Stakes win.

The day at Churchill downs continued with the local winning connections when Lone Star Park’s all-time leading trainer, Steve Asmussen saddled Untapable to win the 140th running of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks! Steve has won the training title here a record 11 of the Grand Prairie Track’s past 17 seasons (1999-09) (there were two meets in 2004). Through the end of 2013, he has had 1,061 winners here with earnings of almost $25 million. He is currently third in the standings this meet. This was his second win in the Oaks. He won the race in 2005 with Summerly.

As though today’s accomplishments weren’t exciting enough, enthusiasm is high and anticipation is even higher as Asmussen has entered, Tapiture in tomorrow’s 140th Kentucky Derby. The famed “Run for the Roses” will be simulcast live here from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.  

From 12 previous attempts, Asmussen still seeks that elusive win in the Kentucky Derby.  Maybe this will be the year. Tapiture has drawn post position number 15 with morning line odds of 15-1.

Please come join us tomorrow to watch and wager on your favorite of the 20 entered in the 140th Kentucky Derby. We will be simulcasting the Derby live between our live races. Gates open early at 10:30 a.m. Lone Star Park’s first race post time is 3:33 p.m. Post time for the live simulcast of the 140th running of the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby is 5:24 p.m. (CDT).

Here is the field for the 140th Kentucky Derby:  

Post

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

Odds

1

Vicar's In Trouble

Rosie Napravnik

Mike Maker

30-1

2

Harry's Holiday

Corey Lanerie

Mike Maker

50-1

3

Uncle Sigh

Irad Ortiz Jr.

Gary Contessa

30-1

4

Danza

Joe Bravo

Todd Pletcher

10-1

5

California Chrome

Victor Espinoza

Art Sherman

5-2

6

Samraat

Jose Ortiz

Rick Violette Jr.

15-1

7

We Miss Artie

Javier Castellano

Todd Pletcher

50-1

8

General A Rod

Joel Rosario

Mike Maker

15-1

9

Vinceremos

Joe Rococo Jr.

Todd Pletcher

30-1

10

Wildcat Red

Luis Saez

Joe Garoffalo

15-1

11

Hoppertunity

Mike Smith

Bob Baffert

6-1

12

Dance With Fate

Corey Nakatani

Peter Eurton

20-1

13

Chitu

Martin Garcia

Bob Baffert

20-1

14

Medal Count

Robby Albarado

Dale Romans

20-1

15

Tapiture

Ricardo Santana Jr.

Steve Asmussen

15-1

16

Intense Holiday

John Velazquez

Todd Pletcher

12-1

17

Commanding Curve

Shaun Bridgmohan

Dallas Stewart

50-1

18

Candy Boy

Gary Stevens

John Sadler

20-1

19

Ride On Curlin

Calvin Borel

William G. Gowan

15-1

20

Wicked Strong

Rajiv Maragh

James A. Jerkens

8-1

Again, 10 live races are scheduled tomorrow, Saturday, May 3. Gates open early at 10:30 a.m. First Lone Star Park live race post time is 3:33 p.m. (CDT)$5 General Admission. Free General Parking.

Enjoy live music with Moving Colors on our Courtyard of Champions Stage from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.    

The Family Fun Park will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be pony rides, a petting zoo and bounce houses. Fun for the whole family! 

Wear your favorite Kentucky Derby hat to the races tomorrow. We will be awarding two $500 Grand Prizes in our Kentucky Derby Hat Contest for "The Most Stylish" and "The Most Creative" Derby Hats. Plus, three additional hats will receive an "Honorable Mention" prize. Contest will be after the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby this year at 6:00 p.m. Contestants must be age 18 or over and present in the Courtyard of Champions by 6:00 p.m. to be considered. All contestants will be individually paraded in front of the judging panel. 

It’s Fight Night at Bar & Book. Join us after the derby Saturday, May 3 at Bar & Book when Floyd "Money" Mayweather takes on Marcos Maidana! Catch all the action at Bar & Book.*
*$20 food & beverage minimum per person required after 8 p.m. for Pay-Per-View events.

Additional Notes: Trainer Karl Broberg approaching milestone on 1000 career wins. After the race Friday, May 2, he needs only three more wins. He has eight in tomorrow!

Trainer Danny Pish is approaching 500 Lone Star Park wins. He will be just the third trainer to achieve this milestone. The other two are Steve Asmussen and Bret Calhoun. Danny has one in tomorrow and three in Sunday. We will be following their progress closely. Good luck to them both!

 

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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