TWO DOWN, ONE TO GO - CALIFORNIA CHROME GOES FOR TRIPLE CROWN SWEEP SATURDAY!

For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 05, 2014

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Thursday, June 5, 2014) –After winning the 140th Kentucky Derby and the 139th Preakness Stakes, all eyes will be on California Chrome as he tries to sweep horse racing’s Triple Crown Saturday in the 146th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 Million Belmont Stakes. The 1 ½ mile “Test of Champions” will be simulcast at Lone Star Park between live races at approximately 5:52 p.m. CDT.

Grandstand gates will open at 11:30 a.m. and the first of Lone Star Park’s 11 live races is 1:35 p.m. CDT. Admission is just $5. Free General Parking. Of course, Lone Star Park will showcase the historic Belmont Stakes on its giant infield Daktronics video screen and on in-house television screens throughout the facility.

There have been 19 failed Triple Crown attempts and just 11 winners in the 95 years since the feat was first recognized. It has been 36 years since Affirmed won the title in 1978. All hopes are on California Chrome to finally break the winless drought. His fan base has been gathering momentum, splashing across the country like a huge tidal wave. There is no doubt he is a special horse, and he is just one race away from being crowned the newest king of the sport. So get your “Chrome” on and come watch this historic race with us Saturday.

A victory in the Belmont, a demanding 1 ½ mile endurance test, would make California Chrome just the 12th horse in history to sweep the Triple Crown. Can he do it? He has won his last six races. Can he continue that winning streak and make it seven straight? His career record is 12-8-1-0. His total earnings of $3,452,650 would increase to $4,952,650.

Advance wagering will be available at Lone Star Park on Friday for all 13 races on the Saturday Belmont Stakes Day card. The Belmont Stakes will be run as Belmont Park’s 11th race, which means it’s the final leg of both a $1 Million Guaranteed Pick 6 (which begins with race 6) and a $1.5 Million Guaranteed Pick 4 (which begins with race 8) at Belmont Park. There is also a $500k Guaranteed pick 5 wager that begins on the first race on what is the most lucrative Belmont Stakes Day card in history.

There are nine stakes races on the Belmont Stakes under card. They are: Easy Goer Stakes; Grade II Brooklyn Invitational; Grade III Jaipur Invitational; Grade II W Stephens Stakes; Grade I Acorn Stakes; Grade I Ogden Phipps Stakes; Grade I Just A Game Stakes; Grade I Metropolitan Handicap and the Grade I Manhattan Stakes.

No horse that has won the crown has defeated more than six opponents. California Chrome will have to put away 10.

The field for the 146th Belmont Stakes is:

 

PP    Horse                            Trainer                    Jockey                         Odds

1       Medal Count                 Dale Romans            Robby Albarado          20-1

2       California Chrome       Art Sherman              Victor Espinoza           3-5

3       Matterhorn                   Todd Pletcher            Joe Bravo                     30-1

4       Commanding Curve    Dallas Stewart           Shaun Bridgmohan   15-1

5       Ride On Curlin              Billy Gowan              John Velazquez           12-1

6       Matuszak                        Bill Mott                     Mike Smith                  30-1

7       Samraat                         Rick Violette             Jose Ortiz                    20-1

8       Commissioner              Todd Pletcher           Javier Castellano        20-1

9       Wicked Strong              Jimmy Jerkins          Rajiv Maragh                6-1

10     General A Rod              Mike Maker              Rosie Napravnik         20-1

11      Tonalist                       Christophe Clement  Joel Rosario                 8-1

Local connections at Belmont Park Saturday:

Representing the Lone Star State at Belmont Park will be Texas-bred Fiftyshadesofgold in the Grade I Acorn Stakes. The three-year-old filly won her first race here last year by 10 lengths, and has since become a graded stakes winner. She has won four of her six career races and has bankrolled $342,262 since her Lone Star Park debut in May of last year. She was bred by the late Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. and is trained by Bret Calhoun.

Also entered in the Grade I Acorn is Euphrosyne, conditioned by Lone Star Park’s all-time leading trainer Steve Asmussen. Good luck to both of our local connections!

Belmont Stakes Day activities at Lone Star Park:

Bar & Book opens early at 9:00 a.m.

Belmont Stakes Day fun for the entire family! The Family Fun Park will be open from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. with bounce houses, pony rides, petting zoo and more!

Live Music by Eternal Motion from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Courtyard of Champions.

Lone Star Music Series Concert with 38 Special after the races! The band Incognito will take the stage immediately following the last live race. 38 Special will perform at approximately 8:30 p.m.

There is no better place in the state to watch and wager on the 146th Belmont Stakes this Saturday, than Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. Come join us!  

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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. and Sundays at 1:35 p.m. (beginning April 27 through June 15.) A Special twilight program will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration). Special post time on June 7 for Belmont Stakes Day is 1:35 p.m. 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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