For Immediate Release
Friday, May 16, 2014
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Friday, May 16, 2014) – It has been 36 years since a horse was able to capture all three of the legs of the Triple Crown; The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes, and The Belmont Stakes. The last horse to accomplish that feat was Affirmed who won all three races in 1978.
All eyes will be on Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome as he is the only horse that can win the Triple Crown this year. So come out to Lone Star Park Saturday, May 17 to watch, wager and win on the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes plus, 13 other simulcasts from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Lone Star Park has 10 live races carded Saturday as well, so there will be plenty of horse racing action you won’t want to miss.
Bar & Book will open at 9:00 a.m. First race post time at Pimlico, 9:45 a.m. Grandstand gates open at 11:30 a.m. First live Race at Lone Star Park is 3:33 p.m. Simulcast of the Preakness will be at approximately 5:18 p.m. CDT.
BLACK-EYED SUSAN – A PREAKNESS TRADITION
Of course you will want to try a “Black-Eyed Susan” while cheering your favorite horse to the wire. The traditional drink of the Preakness Stakes will be available Saturday at all drink stations in the Grandstand. Customers can also enjoy live music featuring Big Mouth on our Courtyard of Champions stage from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
ADVANCE WAGERING FRIDAY
For those who cannot be here Saturday for all of the exciting action, advance wagering will be available on The Preakness Stakes, and all of Saturday’s Pimlico card. Just visit any mutuel window Friday, May 16.
Since winning the Derby two weeks ago, California Chrome is seeking to add that middle jewel to that oh so coveted, and for over three decades, so elusive Triple Crown. With morning line odds of 3-5, he certainly is favored to do so.
Out of these past 36 years since Affirmed won the Triple Crown, 12 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes only to falter in the third jewel, the Belmont Stakes. Could California Chrome be lucky 13 and go on to win all three?
The Grade I Preakness Stakes is for three-year-olds going one and three-sixteenths miles. There is a field of 10 competing in this 139th renewal of the Grade 1 classic. The total purse for the race is $1.5 Million with $900k going to the winner. The trophy awarded to the winning owner is a $30,000 sterling silver Woodlawn Vase.
The field for the 139th Preakness Stakes from the rail out with trainer, jockey and morning line odds is:
General a Rod
Pablo Del Monte
Ride On Curlin
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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