GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Sunday, July 22, 2018) –  Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie concluded its 22nd Thoroughbred Season Thursday with a record increase of 14.7% in average daily handle over 2017. That increase tops last year’s increase over 2016 of 11.7%, which set a track record a year ago. Daily average on-track handle on Lone Star increased 5.7% from 2017 and daily average export Handle increased by 17.6%.

Especially noticeable is the growth over the last two seasons. Daily average export handle increased 36.4% from 2016 and is indicative of the increased awareness from a High-Definition upgrade to our video production beginning with the 2018 season as well as airing our races on the TVG Network beginning in 2017. Additionally, our racing product was more attractive to bettors with an average field size of 8.4 starters per race, which was above the industry average and nearly a 1 horse per race increase over 2017. The increased field size was helped by a purse increase this season.

The all sources handle daily average of just over $1 Million per day is the highest daily average since the 2010 Thoroughbred Season.

Live On-Track Handle

2018 (41 Days) 2017 (50 Days) Diff % 2016 (50 Days) Diff %
Total $       9,826,563.20  $    11,337,706.70
Avg/Day $          239,672.27  $          226,754.13 5.70% $       224,366.97 6.82%

Export Handle

2018 (41 Days) 2017 (50 Days) Diff % 2016 (50 Days) Diff %
Total $    33,994,494.16  $    35,248,068.04
Avg/Day $          829,134.00  $          704,961.36 17.61% $       608,066.41 36.36%

All Sources on Lone Star Handle

2018 (41 Days) 2017 (50 Days) Diff % 2016 (50 Days) Diff %
Total $    43,821,057.36  $    46,585,774.74
Avg/Day $       1,068,806.28  $          931,715.49 14.71% $       832,433.38 28.40%


Daily average attendance also increased 3.3% over 2017. The highest attended days included Extreme Racing, Triple Crown Days and the July 4 Fireworks Celebration which each had attendance of over 10,000.


2018 (41 Days) 2017 (50 Days) Diff %
Total 282,783 333,961
Avg/Day 6,897 6,679 3.26%

Season Highlights

Steve Sexton Mile Day – The Grade 3, $200,000 Steve Sexton Mile took place on Sunday, May 6, and featured the 2018 debut of Girvin as well as a dominant victory by Bee Jersey for trainer Steve Asmussen. Bee Jersey, who went on to win the Grade 1, Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park, has found his way onto the list of top horses of the year and looks to continue his dirt mile dominance this fall. This marked the second consecutive year the winner of the Sexton Mile went on to win the Metropolitan. Mor Spirit completed the feat in 2017. The all source handle for the day of $1,881,228 was an increase of 19% increase over 2017 and the biggest single day all source handle since 2011.

Lone Star Park Handicap Day – The Grade 3, $200,000 Lone Star Park took place on Sunday, May 27 and featured an upset victory by Shotgun Kowboy. The winner defeated favorite Mubtaahij, who was ridden by Mike Smith. Smith shipped in to ride during his Triple Crown bid. The day saw an all source handle of $1,765,172 which was a 52% increase from 2017. Also featured was a $100,000 Guaranteed Late Pick-4, a first for the track, which attracted a record pool of $138,547.

Stars of Texas Day – Sunday, July 15, was Stars of Texas Day and featured four Texas-Bred Stakes totaling $300,000. The all source handle of $1,630,401 was an increase of 35% from 2017 and the largest Stars of Texas Day handle since 2009.

Season Leaders

 Richard Eramia led all jockeys by wins and earnings. He recorded 77 wins from 264 starts with earnings of $1,139,587. This was the second riding title here for Eramia. He won his first in 2017.

Karl Broberg was top trainer scoring 69 wins from 230 starts. This was Broberg’s fourth training title. He won previously in 2014, 2015 & 2016.

Broberg’s End Zone Athletics was the leader in the owner standings with 39 wins from 111 starts.

Live racing will return for the 2018 Quarter Horse Season on Friday, September 21, 2018


Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and Global Gaming LSP. The track offers a 44-day 2018 Thoroughbred Season, which opens Thursday, April 19 and concludes on Sunday, July 22.  Live racing will be held three days a week, Friday at 6:35 p.m., Saturday at 2:35 p.m. (except Triple Crown Days May 5, May 19 & June 9 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 19, May 24, June 21 & July 19). A special twilight program will be held at 5:00 p.m. both on Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, 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.