“SUPERFAST” SUPERMASON BACK TO DEFEND TITLE IN 2017 SEASON OPENER, THE PREMIERE STAKES

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

 

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Wednesday, April 19, 2017) – Brad Grady’s Supermason had an incredible season here last year. The 5-yr-old son of Grasshopper won three of four starts including two stakes, the Premiere and the Assault, and set a new course record at 7 ½ on the grass in an optional claiming allowance.

Supermason will take on nine other Texas-bred, 3-yr-olds and up in Thursday’s season opener, the $50k Premiere Stakes, a 6 ½ furlong sprint on the main track. The main threat appears to be stablemate Bravura. The pair, both trained by Bret Calhoun, ran against each other in the Spirit of Texas Stakes March 13 at Sam Houston. Bravura (Early Flyer) won the race edging out Reflector, another possible threat in the Premiere.  Supermason finished third.

This race could go either way certainly, but if Supermason shows up in form similar to a year ago, he will be one to reckon with. The Karl Broberg trained Reflector (Ready’s Image) could also be in the mix again.

The field for the Premiere from the rail out with morning line odds and rider is:

The Cherry Wine (5-1, Chris Rosier); Spider’s Alibi (12-1, Iram Diego); F J Uncle Vic (Sasha Risenhoover); A M Milky Way (12-1, Ivan Arellano); Supermason (4-1, Lindey Wade); Reflector (9-2, Richard Eramia); Ty’s Agenda (20-1, Ted Gondron); Afleet Whitegold (30-1, Gerber Pivaral) and Bravura (9-5, Eddie Martin, Jr.).

Gates open early at 4:30 p.m.  Approximate post time for the Premiere is 6:35 p.m.

Jockey Eddie Martin, Jr. returns to Lone Star Park as a regular rider this year. Third all-time in the Lone Star Park rider standings, Martin last rode here regularly in 2009. His last win here was on April 24, 2010 aboard a mare named Bubbler. For those of you who don’t remember Bubbler, you likely have heard of her son, the richest racehorse in North American history, Arrogate.

 

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and GG LSP. The track offers a 50-day 2017 Thoroughbred Season, which opens Thursday, April 20 and concludes on Sunday, July 30.  Live racing will be held three days a week, Friday at 6:35 p.m., Saturday at 5:00 p.m. (except Triple Crown Days May 6, May 20 & June 10 which have a 1:35 p.m. start) and Sundays at 2:35 p.m. Live racing will be held on select Thursdays at 6:35 p.m. (April 20, June 15 & July 27). The racing program on Memorial Day, May 29, will start at 2:35 p.m. A special twilight program will be held at 5:00 p.m. both on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, 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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