For Immediate Release
Sunday, April 23, 2017

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Sunday, April 23, 2017) – Favorite Zippit E, trained by Bret Calhoun, sped her way to her fifth straight victory in Sundays $50k Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes at Lone Star Park. The 4-yr-old filly by My Golden Song, went straight to the lead on the outside, racing in the three path through the turn. She drew clear of My Master Plan going into the stretch with jockey Eddie Martin, Jr. giving a brisk hand ride to finish first by 1 ¾ lengths. Final time for the 6 ½ furlong sprint was 1:19.32 over a fast main track. Fractions were 24.11 and 47.70.

Zippit E winner of the Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes
Photo: Bailey Ortiz for Dustin Orona Photography

My Master Plan, who was fractious in the gate, tracked in second on the rail until giving up the place to Valid Bride just before the finish. The finish was carbon copy of the Yellow Rose Stakes at Sam Houston in March.

Mutuels returned $5.40; $3.40 and $2.20. Valid Bride got up for second by ½ lengths

returning $6.00 and $3.00. My Master Plan held on by a neck for the show and returned $2.20. Jolie Mon, Eurodevilwoman, Easter Ellie and Fancy Ticket completed the order.

Zippit E increased her earnings to $116,621 for owners Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch. It was her fifth win from eight career starts.

Around the Track  

Iram Diego and Steve Asmussen are off to a fantastic start. The jockey/trainer team bagged 11 wins over the four day opening weekend. Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez won 5 to be in second place of the early rider standings with Eddie Martin, Jr.; Lindey Wade and Sasha Risenhoover in third with four wins apiece. Trainers Bret Calhoun & Karl Broberg each have four wins to hold second in the standings. Live racing resumes Friday, April 29. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. First race post time is 6:35 p.m. (CDT). 

Extreme Racing Saturday  

Join us Saturday, April 29, for Extreme Racing. Camels, ostriches and zebras will hit the track between live Thoroughbred races - ridden by our very own jockeys - and they'll run their hilarious hearts out for charity, because each animal is paired with a worthy local non-profit. Plus, bring the kids out to enjoy our Family Fun Park on the lawn with a petting zoo, bounce houses and a chance to meet the stars of the show, camels, ostriches and zebras. You don't miss these "extreme" races! Gates open at 4:00 p.m. First race is 5:00 p.m. (CDT).


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 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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