FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS GRIDIRON CHALLENGE SERIES FIRST QUALIFYER SEES TWO WINNERS ADVANCE
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Friday, September 28, 2018) – It wasn’t a dead-heat that produced two winners from the first 100-yard qualifying round in the Gridiron Challenge Series here tonight. The cause was too many entrants, 18 total to be exact, therefore warranting the split into two races with nine each. The series has two more qualifying races before the final. The next is Friday, October 12, and the third on Friday, October 26. First and second place finishers of each qualifier will advance to the final which is scheduled to be run on Friday, November 9.
The first was the 7th race on the 12-race program. Owner/trainer Janessa Lee Muniz’ Papi Chulo Jm was first to the finish covering the 100-yard distance in 6.598 seconds.
The 5-yr-old stallion by Pappasito, shook his head up and down in the gate as if to say “let’s go I’m ready,” and ready he was! With jockey Jose Herbert aboard, he was first out of the gate and to the wire. A $2 bet on the winner returned $54.40. Poise N Courage finished a nose behind Papi Chulo Jm for the place. The pair earn automatic berths into the final.
The 11th race was the other half of the first in the 100-yard challenge series. Before the starter clicked the button, Bluemoonteller became restless and broke through her gate, but was quickly rushed around and back into position. When the gates opened it was Dashing Sashay quickly away scoring a one-length victory over the rest. Time for the 100-yard dash was 6.312 seconds, just barely one-hundredth of a second over the track record of 6.210.The
3-yr-old filly by One Dashing Eagle, is trained by Adrian Huitron and was ridden by Victor Urieta, Jr. Dashing Sashay was the favorite returning $3.40. She earned a speed index of 111 for the effort. Second place went to Alezzandro. The two will meet again in the final.
Live racing resumes tomorrow, Saturday, September 29 with a line-up of 12 races on the schedule. The featured 11th race is the 21st running of the $20,000 Nevill Stakes. Please join us for all of the fast-paced racing action! Gates open at 5 p.m. First race post time 6:05 p.m.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and Global Gaming LSP. The track’s 16-day 2018 Quarter Horse Season opens Friday, September 21, and concludes on Saturday, November 10. Live racing will be held two days a week, Friday and Saturday at 6:05 p.m. 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.