LOCAL STEVE ASMUSSEN HOPES LOOKIN AT LEE CAN GIVE HIM SECOND CONSECUTIVE VICTORY IN GRADE 1 BELMONT STAKES

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

 

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Wednesday, June 7, 2017) – Join us Saturday, June 10, for exciting live Thoroughbred racing and for the live simulcast of the 149th running of the $1.5 million Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. Gates open early at 11:30 a.m. First of 10 live races is 1:35 p.m. Admission is just $5. Free General Parking.

Lone Star Park will showcase the historic Belmont Stakes on its giant infield Daktronics video screen and on in-house television screens throughout the facility. Approximate post time for the Belmont Stakes simulcast is 5:37 p.m. CDT. 

ADVANCE WAGERING 

Advance wagering on the entire Saturday Belmont card will be available all day Friday at any mutuel window and on self-serve terminals throughout the facility.

BAR & BOOK OPENS EARLY 

Bar & Book opens early Saturday at 9:30 a.m. There are eight graded stakes races on the Belmont Stakes undercard, The Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational (race 3); The Grade 1 Acorn $700k (race 4); The Grade 1 Ogden Phipps $1 Million (race 5); The Grade 3 Jaipur Invitational $300k (race 6); The Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes $500k (race 7); The Grade 1 Longines Just A Game Stakes $700k (race 8); The Grade 1 Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap $1.2 Million (race 9) and the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan $1.3 Million (race 10).

Mor Spirit, the Bob Baffert trainee who won the Grade 3 Steve Sexton Mile at Lone Star Park last month is the morning line favorite at 5-2 in the Grade 1 Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday. Mike Smith, who rode him to victory here in the Sexton Mile, will be in New York to ride him again.

LIVE MUSIC 

Live Music by New Ground from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Courtyard of Champions.

THE BELMONT STAKES 

The Belmont Stakes, the final jewel of the Triple Crown, is the oldest of the three classic races. It has been contested 148 times since its inception in 1847. It is also the longest of the three races at 1 ½ miles. The Kentucky Derby is 1 ¼ miles and the Preakness is 1 3/16 miles. 

For the second consecutive year there is no Triple Crown on the line. And with Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Preakness winner Cloud Computing skipping the Belmont Stakes, all eyes were focusing on Classic Empire, who finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby and second in the Preakness, but it was announced earlier today that he would also miss the Belmont Stakes due to a hoof abscess. So who does that leave in the field?

There is the local tie in trainer Steve Asmussen. He is going for his second consecutive win in the Belmont. You’ll remember he won the race last year with Creator. This year he has Kentucky Derby runner up and fourth place Preakness finisher, Lookin At Lee the third morning line choice at 5-1.

The morning line favorite at 7-2 is Irish War Cry, and the second choice at 4-1 is Japanese invader, Epicharis.

The field for the 149th Belmont Stakes with jockey, trainer and morning line odds in post-position order is:

Post 

Horse 

Jockey 

Trainer 

Morning line odds 


 

 

 

 

 

1

Twisted Tom

Javiar Castellano

Chad Brown

20/1

2

Tapwrit

Jose Ortiz

Todd Pletcher

6/1

3

Gormley

Victor Espinoza

John Shirreffs

8/1

4

J Boys Echo

Robby Albarado

Dale Romans

15/1

5

Hollywood Handsome

Florent Geroux

Dallas Stewart

30/1

6

Lookin at Lee

Irad Ortiz Jr.

Steve Asmussen

5/1

7

Irish War Cry

Rajiv Maragh

Graham Motion

7/2

8

Senior Investement

Channing Hill

Ken McPeek

12/1

9

Meantime

Mike Smith

Brian Lynch

15/1

10

Multiplier

James Graham

Brendan Walsh

15/1

11

Epicharis

Christophe Lemaire

Kiyoshi Hagiwara

4/1

12

Patch

Tyler Gaffalione

Todd Pletcher

12/1

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.