AMERICAN PHAROAH 4-5 FAVORITE IN SATURDAY’S 140th RUNNING OF THE GRADE 1 PREAKNESS STAKES

For Immediate Release
Friday, May 15, 2015

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Come to Lone Star Park Saturday, May 16 to watch, wager and win on the 140th Grade 1 Preakness Stakes live via simulcast, plus 13 other races from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Lone Star Park has 11 live races carded Saturday as well, so there will be plenty of horse racing action you won’t want to miss.

The Bar & Book will open early at 9:00 a.m. First race post time at Pimlico, 9:30 a.m. Grandstand gates open at 11:30 a.m. First live race at Lone Star Park is 1:35 p.m. Simulcast of the Preakness will be at approximately 5:18 p.m.

All eyes will be on Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah as he is the only horse that can win the Triple Crown this year. And it has been 37 years since a horse was able to capture all three 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 the Crown 1978.

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 the entire Saturday Pimlico card. Just visit any mutuel window Friday, May 15, gates open at 5:00 p.m. 

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 Motion on our Courtyard of Champions stage from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

FAMILY FUN PARK OPEN

Bring the entire family out for Preakness Stakes Day. The Family Fun Park will be open from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. with fun for all including bounce houses, a petting zoo, live pony rides and much more!

THE PREAKNESS

Since winning the Derby two weeks ago, American Pharoah 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 4-5, he certainly is favored to do so.

Out of these past 37 years since Affirmed won the Triple Crown, 13 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes only to falter in the third jewel, the Belmont Stakes. Could American Pharoah be the horse to finally 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 eight competing in this 140th renewal of the Grade 1 classic. That is quite a difference than the 18 that competed in the Kentucky Derby.

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.

Only five horses in the eight horse field competed in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. They are, followed by their place of finish: American Pharoah - 1st , Dortmund - 3rd, Mr. Z - 13th, Danzig Moon - 5th, and Firing Line - 2nd. Tale of Verve was entered in the Derby, but scratched from the race. The two new comers are Bodhisattva and Divining Rod.

The field for the 140th Preakness Stakes from the rail out with owner, trainer, jockey and morning line odds is:

 

PP

Horse

Owner

Trainer

Jockey

Odds

1.

  

American Pharoah

Zayat Stables

Bob Baffert

Victor Espinoza

4-5

2.

  

Dortmund

Kaleem Shah

Bob Baffert

Martin Garcia

7-2

3.

  

Mr. Z

Calumet Farm

D. Wayne Lukas

Corey Nakatani

20-1

4.

  

Danzig Moon

John C. Oxley

Mark Casse

Julien Leparoux

15-1

5.

  

Tale of Verve

Charles Fipke

Dallas Stewart

Joel Rosario

30-1

6.

  

Bodhisattva

Jose Corrales

Jose Corrales

Trevor McCarthy

20-1

7.

  

Divining Rod

Lael Stables

Arnaud Delacour

Javier Castellano

12-1

8.

  

Firing Line

Arnold Zetcher

Simon Callaghan

Gary Stevens

4-1

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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 2015 Spring Thoroughbred Season, which opens Thursday, April 9 and concludes on Sunday, July 19.  Live racing will be held three days a week, Friday & Saturday at 6:35 p.m. (except Triple Crown Days May 2, May 16 & June 6 which have a 1:35 p.m. start) and Sundays at 1:35 p.m. Live racing will be held on select Thursdays at 6:35 p.m. (April 9 & 23; June 18; July 16) The racing program on Memorial Day, May 25, will start at 1:35 p.m. A special twilight program will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration). 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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