For Immediate Release
Monday, May 26, 2014
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Monday, May 26, 2014) – Grand Contender does it again! After winning the Grade III Texas Mile on April 26, the six-year-old gelding by Strong Contender, took the prize today in the Grade III Lone Star Park Handicap on a muddy track, making him the third horse in 18 years to claim both races in a single season. Dixie Dot Com won both in 2001 and Master Rick in 2013.
Owned by Maggi Moss and trained by Tom Amoss, Grand Contender breaking from post position number three, went straight to the front, set the pace and controlled the action from there drawing off to win by four lengths. Fractions were 24.32, 47.90 and 1:11.82. Final time for the mile and a sixteenth was 1:43.83.
Local rider Richard Eramia had the mount and carried high weight of 121 lbs.
“My horse went so easy, he was just galloping around,” said winning jockey Richard Eramia. “Around the last three-sixteenths he opened up.”
Grand Contender’s share of the purse was $122,000. With 8 wins from 22 career starts, he sports a total bankroll of $560,860.
Mutuels for the winner returned $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10. Second place went to Donoharm who returned $3.00 and $2.60. F J Uncle Vic was up for show returning $4.00. Called to Serve, He Has Bling and Texas Air completed the order of finish.
Please join us as live racing resumes Friday, May 30, 2014. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. First race post time is 6:35 p.m. (CDT). There will be no live racing Thursday, May 29.
Additional Notes: TrainerKarl Broberg is holding a comfortable lead in the standings with 35 wins over Steve Asmussen, who has 23. Today was the last day as an apprentice for leading rider David Cabrera. With 35 wins, Cabrera is holding off a fast closing Luis Quinonez, who won four races today bumping him up to 34 wins.
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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