ALWAYS DREAMING 4-5 FAVORITE IN PREAKNESS STAKES

For Immediate Release
Friday, May 19, 2017

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Friday, May 19, 2017) – Join us for the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 20. We will simulcast the Grade 1 race live from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Maryland, plus with 10 live races carded at Lone Star Park there will be plenty of racing action! Gates open at 11:30 a.m. First live race post time is 1:35 p.m. Post time for the simulcast of the Preakness Stakes is approximately 5:48 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 Cuvee on our Courtyard of Champions stage.  

THE PREAKNESS STAKES 

The Preakness Stakes is for three-year-olds going one and three-sixteenths miles. A field of 10 is set to go in this 142nd renewal of the Grade 1 classic. 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 replica of the original Woodlawn Vase. 

Always Dreaming, who won the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, is the heavy favorite at
4-5 to win Saturday’s Preakness and if he does he is two thirds of the way to a Triple Crown victory. He will need to give his best performance though because there are nine others in the race looking to prevent that from happening.

All-time leading Lone Star Park trainer Steve Asmussen, who is also a two-time Eclipse Award winner and a member of the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame, trains two horses in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. Lookin At Lee, was second in the Kentucky Derby, and Hence finished eleventh. A win by either would be Asmussen’s second Preakness Stakes Victory. He won the race in 2007 with Curlin. 

The second favorite in the race however, is Classic Empire. He had a troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby and if he gets a clean trip this time he will be tough. 
 

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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