HORSES BEGIN TO ARRIVE FOR RACE MEET; TRACK OPENS FOR TRAINING WEDNESDAY MARCH 9

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

 

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Tuesday, March 8, 2016) – Thoroughbreds planning to compete during Lone Star Park’s 20th annual Spring Thoroughbred Season began arriving Monday and will begin training when the track opens Wednesday. Live racing returns to Lone Star Park for a 50-date run on Thursday, April 7. The 15-week season will continue through July 17.

“New Yorkers use the groundhog to tell them when spring is coming, we use the horses to tell us,” said Bart Lang, Director of Racing at Lone Star Park. “The first horses start training on Wednesday so spring must be right around the corner.”

Purse Increase 

Horsemen participating this spring will benefit by an across the board purse increase. “We have raised purses by $1,000 a race which in some cases is over a 10% hike.” Lang said he is pleased the race meeting is shaping up to be a successful one. He is encouraged stall applications for the upcoming season, are on par with recent years. “We look forward to getting back to racing after a long winter of uncertainties.”

Training Hours 

Beginning Wednesday, March 9 the track will be open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. with no break, but will be closed on Sundays in March.  Beginning Monday, March 14, the clocker will be available for official workouts daily during training hours.

And beginning on Tuesday, March 22, gate schooling begins each Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Two-Year-Olds in Training & Horses of Racing Age Sale 

On Monday, March 21, the two-year-olds & horses of racing age catalogued to be sold during the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s Two-Year-Olds in Training & Horses of Racing Age Sale will begin to arrive. The horses will be able to train over the main track daily in advance of the sale’s under-tack show Saturday, April 2. The sale will be held on Monday, April 4. For more information, contact Lone Star Park’s racing office by email at racing@lonestarpark.com , by phone at (888) 4-RACING, or (972) 237-1130. 

It may not officially be spring yet, but one thing is certain, the Bradford Pear trees throughout the stable area are in full bloom and they are beautiful!

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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 2016 Spring Thoroughbred Season, which opens Thursday, April 7 and concludes on Sunday, July 17.  Live racing will be held three days a week, Friday & Saturday at 7:05 p.m. (except Triple Crown Days May 7, May 21 & June 11 which have a 2:05 p.m. start) and Sundays at 2:05 p.m. Live racing will be held on select Thursdays at 7:05 p.m. (April 7 & 21; May 19; June 16; July 14). The racing program on Memorial Day, May 30, will start at 2:05 p.m. A special twilight program will be held at 5 p.m. both on Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration). For more information on Lone Star Park visit LoneStarPark.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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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