GIRVIN RETURNS TO RACING IN GRADE III SEXTON MILE
For Immediate Release
Sunday, April 22, 2018
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (April 22, 2018) –Girvin, winner of the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational last July, will return to racing in the Grade 3, $200k Sexton Mile at Lone Star Park on Sunday, May 6. “He is training great,” said owner Brad Grady who attended the races at Lone Star Park Thursday. “He had some great workouts at Keeneland. We are going to run him in the Sexton Mile and if he does well, we’ll run him in Stephen Foster.”
Girvin took Grady, a local Texan, for a ride on the derby trail last year winning both of Louisiana’s Kentucky Derby preps last year, the Grade 2 Risen Star and the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. Those efforts put him atop the Kentucky Derby point’s leaderboard, but unfortunately was dealing with an unresolved quarter crack at race time and finished 13th. With the foot issue out of the way, he came back strong finishing by a nose to Irap in the Ohio Derby in June before his victory in the Haskell a month later.
Back in training at Fair Grounds since early March, Girvin moved to Keeneland early this month where he recorded two identical 5 furlong works, one on April 16, and again April 22, both were clocked at 1:00.20.
Grady is from Covington just south of Cleburne. He has several horses stabled at Lone Star Park with trainer Bret Calhoun, which he races there each year including a local fan favorite Supermason. Supermason bested a field 10 in the Bluebonnet Stakes Thursday, his third consecutive victory in the meet opening stakes.
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.