For Immediate Release
Sunday, June 22, 2014
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Friday, June 20, 2014) – The Lone Star Park jockey colony will take on Lone Star Park executives and staff in the sixth annual “Rumble at the Park” charity softball game to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund (PDJF), which provides financial assistance to some 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries.
The games will be contested for best of three on Wednesday, June 25 at Quick Trip Park in Grand Prairie, Home of the AirHogs, at 1600 Lone Star Pkwy. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. First pitch is at 6:00 p.m. Second and third games will immediately follow in succession. Concession stands will be open. A donation of $5 per person will be graciously accepted at the entry gates.
Lone Star Park Track Commentator, John Lies will serve as the public address announcer for the triple-header. Pre-game ceremonies will include the National Anthem, performed by John Lies followed by the introduction of the jockeys and their Lone Star Park staff opponents.
So come and cheer on your favorite jockey or Lone Star Staff member. Fans attending the games will have the opportunity to meet and talk with their favorite jockeys afterward. The jockey’s will also be auctioning an autographed jersey.
More about the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund: Since it’s founding in 2006, the fund has disbursed over $3 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries. Many of the jockeys served were injured while in their 20s and 30s and face decades of living with a disability. They have lost their income and the opportunity to build a financial cushion sufficient to support them and their families. The medical needs of our disabled jockeys are great and may include daily assistance from a caregiver. In today's healthcare environment, costs continue to escalate -- posing still more challenges to individuals who courageously test their limits every day.
The PDJF strives to reach out to everyone in the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse industry, their business partners and the great fans of this sport for their support. Our long-term goal is to create an endowment that will enable the fund to be self-sufficient. While we build that endowment we ask for your support so that we may continue to assist these permanently disabled jockeys with their day-to-day needs.
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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