ATTENDANCE AND HANDLE FIGURES SHOW POSITIVE GAINS FROM RECENTLY CONCLUDED FALL MEETING

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

 

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Wednesday, November 16, 2016) – Lone Star Park concluded its 20th Fall Meeting of Champions Season Saturday, November 12 with gains in attendance and handle totals.  

Total All-Sources wagering during the 26-day Fall Meeting climbed 6.5% to $21,220,995 from last years total of $19,921,355. 

Attendance totaled 99,446 for a daily average of 3,825, a 2.3% increase from 2015. In house simulcast wagering rose 6.5% to $11,663,462, and off-track live handle rose 12.9% to $7,292,660 versus $6,460,952 wagered one year ago. 

Also, simulcast of the Breeders’ Cup Championships on November 4 and 5 attracted a record number of fans. The two day combined total of 11,789 people attended, the most to turn out for the Breeders’ Cup simulcast since 2008, the first year Breeders’ Cup was split over two days. All Sources Handle for the simulcast of Breeders’ Cup was up from 2015 as well. A total of $3,269,161 was wagered over the two day period vs. $2,879,359 wagered on the same two day period last year, a significant increase of 13.5%. 

There were a total of 2,035 starters during the 26-day meeting. The total amount of purses paid was $3,844,557, for an average of $147,867 per day of live racing. The total amount of stakes purses paid during the season was $2,501,358. 

The 24th running of the Grade 1, $1 Million Texas Classic Futurity, Texas’ richest race was showcased on closing night Saturday, November 12 which also featured the Grade 1, Texas Classic Derby and the Texas Classic Juvenile Stakes. A crowd of 6,937 fans turned out, a 29.9% increase from the 5,340 that attended on closing night last year.   

The winner of the Texas Classic Futurity was High Plains Perry. The gelding by Mr Jess Perry is owned by Paragon Farms LLC, is trained by Trey Wood and was ridden to victory by Ricky Ramirez.  First Valiant Sign owned in partnership by Scott Bryant, Joe Dee Brooks, Lee Lewis, Derrol Hubbard and R. D. Hubbard was the winner of the Texas Classic Derby. The gelded son of Valiant Hero is trained by Michael Joiner. And fresh out of retirement, 10 time world champion jockey G. R. Carter, Jr. was aboard for the score. Florentino Leon’s Graceful Eagle, trained by Adrian Huitron and ridden by Manuel Gutierrez won the Texas Classic Juvenile Stakes 

Francisco Calderon earned his first Lone Star Park riding title winning 30 races from 124 starts earning $214,539 from those efforts. Current leading trainer nationally, Judd Kearl won his fifth training title at the Grand Prairie track with 25 wins from 120 starts.

Kearl won the title previously in 2006, 2007, 2013 and 2014. Last year’s leading owner(s) Terry & Irene Stennett received their second straight title with 10 of their 29 starters winning. 

A new track record was set for 330 yards. The pervious track record of 16.484 set in 2012 was eclipsed by Notavailableinstores on October 7. The 4-year-old gelding by One Famous Eagle clocked the 330 yard distance in 16.474 over a sloppy (sealed) track. 

2016 FALL MEETING OF CHAMPIONS BUSINESS LEVELS: 

Total Attendance & Handle  

2016 (26 dates)  

2015 (26 dates)  

+/-  

Attendance:

99,446

97,172

 +2.3%

On-Track, Live Handle:

$2,264,873

$2,508,127

 -9.7% 

Simulcast-In Handle:

$11,663,462

$10,952,276

+6.5%

Off-Track, Export Handle:

$7,292,660

$6,460,952

+12.9% 

Live Product/Merge Handle (On-Track, Live & Off-Track):

$9,557,533

$8,969,079

+6.6%

On-Track Total (Live Handle, Simulcast-In):

$13,928,335

$13,460,403

+3.5% 

All-Sources Handle (On-Track, Live & Off-Track, Simulcast-In):

$21,220,995

$19,921,355

+6.5%

 

Daily Attendance & Handle Averages  

2016 (26 dates)  

2015 (26 dates)  

+/-  

Attendance:

3,825

3,737

 +2.3%

On-Track, Live Handle:

$87,111

$96,466

 -9.7% 

Simulcast-In Handle:

$448,595

$421,241

+6.5%

Off-Track, Export Handle:

$280,486

$248,498

+12.9% 

Live Product/Merge Handle (On-Track, Live & Off-Track):

$367,597

$344,965

+6.6%

On-Track Total (Live Handle, Simulcast-In):

$535,705

$517,708

+3.5% 

All-Sources Handle (On-Track, Live & Off-Track, Simulcast-In):

$816,192

$766,206

+6.5%


Lone Star Park will hold a 50-day Spring Thoroughbred Season in 2017 which will begin April 20 and conclude July 30. 

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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 26-day 2016 Fall Meeting of Champions Season, which opens Friday, September 16 and concludes on Saturday, November 12. Live racing will be held three days a week, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 6:35 p.m. 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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