For Immediate Release
Sunday, May 28, 2017


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Sunday, May 28, 2017) – Mike Smith rides Danzing Candy to an easy unchallenged win by four and a half lengths in Sunday’s Lone Star Park Handicap. Shotgun Kowboy got within a length of the winner at the half, but no closer, while Texas Chrome tracked behind him going by in the stretch, but couldn’t catch the winner. Fractions were 47.97 and 1:12.01 for a final time of 1:43.01 over a muddy track.

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Danzing Candy winner Lone Star Park Handicap-G3             Dustin Orona Photography 

“I tried to get out off the fence a little bit where we weren’t hurting ourselves or bothering anyone else,” said winning jockey Mike Smith. “We were fortunate enough that he’s quick enough to get a clear lead out to the four path and decided to stay there the whole race.”

 This was the third Lone Star Park Handicap win for trainer Bob Baffert. He won previously with Bob and John in 2009 and Congaree in 2002. This was his 21st stakes win at the Grand Prairie Track.

This was the second career stakes win for the 4-yr-old son of Twirling Candy. He won the Grade 2 San Felipe last year. Today’s victory was his fifth from 10 career starts, and it put him past the million-dollar mark to $550,930 for owners Halo Farms and Jim & Diane Bashor.

 Full order of finish was Danzing Candy; Texas Chrome; Shotgun Cowboy; Neck ’n Neck and Carouse. 

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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