2017 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES TO BE HONORED THIS SUNDAY

For Immediate Release
Friday, May 26, 2017

 

Cliff Berry, G. R. Carter, Jr. and Steve Sexton Newest Additions 

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Friday, May 26, 2017) – The Lone Star Park Hall of Fame will honor its newest members on Sunday, May 28. The 2017 Class includes Cliff Berry, G. R. Carter, Jr. and Steve Sexton. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. First race post time is at 2:35 p.m. CDT.

Each will be honored with a special winner’s circle presentation during the races. In addition, they will be enshrined with a special tribute to each to be unveiled in a special pre-race ceremony.

G. R. Carter, Jr. 

G. R. Carter, Jr. is a superstar in the Quarter Horse racing industry. He is the winningest jockey to ever compete in the sport. He has been honored as the AQHA Champion jockey a record ten times during his career. He has won the All American Futurity twice, in 1998 aboard Falling In Loveagain, and in 2008 aboard Stolis Winner. He has won just about every Grade 1 race in the country. He is also known for his signature flying backflip dismount after winning graded stakes races.

What makes Carter so great, aside from all of his records in racing, is that he is one of the best ambassadors for the sport. He likes to give back and has always made time for fans and charitable events. He serves as Vice-Chairman of the Jockeys Guild. He always has kind words for everyone he meets.   

At Lone Star Park, Carter has won 221 races over his 20-year career riding here, earning a total of $5,519,303. He has won a total of 28 stakes races including every graded stakes at Lone Star Park at least once.

Steve Sexton

Sexton joined Lone Star Park in May of 1994 as Vice President and Assistant General Manager. In his role at Lone Star Park, together with Bob Kaminski, Corey Johnsen and Jeff Greco, was instrumental in overseeing the construction and opening of the Grand Prairie track. The inaugural season at Lone Star Park was one of the most successful inaugural seasons in American horse racing history. The team was 100-percent committed to making Lone Star Park what it is today, a world-class horse racing and entertainment facility with superior customer service.

During his tenure locally, Sexton served as a member of the Board of Directors of Dallas All-Sports Association, as well as the Grand Prairie Independent School District Foundation. He also served as a member of the Sponsorship Committee of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Sexton was named president of Churchill Downs Inc.’s Arlington Park in 2001, overseeing the suburban Chicago track’s staging of the 2002 Breeders’ Cup, then left shortly thereafter to take a similar post at the company’s flagship track in Louisville. Sexton left Churchill in 2009 to pursue other interests and return to Texas, serving as the managing partner of the Dallas-based sports consulting firm LOGE at the time of his death. Sexton is the first Lone Star Park Hall of Fame member to be inducted posthumously.

Cliff Berry 

Cliff Berry began his riding career in May of 1981 and retired from riding in December of 2015. In that 34-year span he won a total of 4,457 races with his mounts earning $67,392,106.

During his career, he developed a reputation in the industry for being dependable and always giving his best. People who knew or worked with Cliff couldn’t say enough good things about him.    

The stats he recorded at Lone Star Park over the nearly 20 years he rode here are staggering. He amassed a total of 1,028 wins from 5,422 starts earning $18,205,732. The number of wins and amount of money earned are both over twice the amount of the nearest rider behind him. He also won a total of 45 stakes races at Lone Star Park, another record that won’t be broken for many years. He has five Lone Star Park riding titles to his credit from 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012. He holds the record for most wins in a single season at 103 which he recorded in 2006. His accomplishments at Lone Star Park won’t be passed until well into the future.

Current Hall of Fame Members 

The current Lone Star Park Hall of Fame members are 1997 Horse of the Meeting Anet; former Lone Star Park all-time win leader and the 1997 leading jockey Ronald Ardoin; Two-time eclipse award-winning and Lone Star Park’s 10-time leading trainer and all-time win leader Steve Asmussen; legendary Quarter Horse trainer Jack Brooks, who saddled a record six winners in the lucrative Texas Classics; three-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Bob Baffert, who has won 20 Lone Star Park stakes races with major players; the late popular regular customer and horseplayer J.S. “Ponti” Campagna; original Lone Star Park investors Trammell Crow Family; seven-time leading owner Tom Durant; former Grand Prairie Mayor Charles England; former Lone Star Park President Corey S. Johnsen; influential Texas Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse owners and breeders Jim and Marilyn Helzer; former Lone Star Park Chairman Robert L. Kaminski; Kool Kue Baby, winner of a record 25 AQHA stakes races; Mocha Express, the 1998 Horse of the Meet and only two-time Lone Star Park Handicap winner; Dixie Dot Com  the first horse to sweep the Grade 3 Texas Mile and Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap; prominent owners Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt, and Clarence and Dorothy Scharbauer.

 

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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