AS JUSTIFY GOES FOR TRIPLE CROWN IN BELMONT STAKES LOCAL ASMUSSEN SEEKS UPSET WITH TENFOLD
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (June 7, 2018) – Join us Saturday, June 9, for exciting live Thoroughbred racing and to see if Justify can make history by winning the 150th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) and the 13th Triple Crown. Gates open early at 10:30 a.m. The first of 10 live races has an early post time of 1:35 p.m. Admission is just $5. General Parking is free.
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 live simulcast is 5:46 p.m. CDT.
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, race 3 is the $750,000 Ogden Phipps (G1); race 4 is the $700,000 Acorn (G1); race 5 is the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational (G2); race 6 is the $400,000 Jaipur Invitational (G2); race 7 is the $400,000 Woody Stephens (G2); race 8 is the $700,000 Longines Just A Game Stakes (G1); race 9 is the $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan (G1) ; and race 10 is the $1 million Woodford Reserve Manhattan (G1).
Bee Jersey, winner of the $200,000 Steve Sexton Mile (G3) here last month, will take on a field of 11 in the $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan (G1). Bee Jersey is one of four entries local trainer Steve Asmussen has running on the Belmont Stakes Day card. He also has Tenfold entered in the Belmont Stakes (G1).
Live Music by The Wonders from noon to 5:00 p.m. in the Courtyard of Champions.
BELMONT STAKES & JUSTIFY MERCHANDISE
Lone Star Park’s gift shop will offer Belmont Stakes branded merchandise including hats and t-shirts as well as Justify merchandise.
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 149 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 1³/16 miles.
Justify is two thirds of the way of becoming the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown in its history. Although a grueling campaign crammed into a few short weeks that some thought would never happen again, American Pharoah proved those wrong in 2015 after a 37-year wait. And though it’s been just three short years since, Justify is the type of horse that can get it done.
There are nine others hoping to claim the garland of white carnations and stop Justify in his quest for the crown. There is Hofburg (Tapit) who had a bad trip for a seventh place finish in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness. He is the 9-2 second morning line choice. Then there is Bravazo (Awesome Again) who was a fast closing second to Justify in the Preakness Stakes. And watch out for Tenfold (Curlin). The Steve Asmussen trainee was also closing fast in the Preakness, getting up for third. This would be the second Belmont Stakes win for Asmussen if Tenfold were to upset Justify and the others. Asmussen won the race in 2016 with Creator. Creator was the winner of the Arkansas Derby that year going into the Kentucky Derby. After finishing 13th in the derby he skipped the Preakness and was game in wearing down the competition to win the Belmont Stakes.
Here is the field for the 150th Belmont Stakes with trainer, jockey and morning line odds in post-position order:
|1||Justify||Bob Baffert||Mike Smith||4/5|
|2||Free Drop Billy||Dale L. Romans||Robby Albardo||30/1|
|3||Bravazo||D. Wayne Lucas||Luis Saez||8/1|
|4||Hofburg||William I. Mott||Irad Ortiz Jr||9/2|
|5||Restoring Hope||Bob Baffert||Florent Geroux||30/1|
|6||Gronkowski||Chad C. Brown||Jose Ortiz||12/1|
|7||Tenfold||Steve Asmussen||Ricardo Santana Jr||12/1|
|8||Vino Rosso||Todd Pletcher||John Velazquez||8/1|
|9||Noble Indy||Todd Pletcher||Javier Castellano||30/1|
|10||Blended Citizen||Doug F. O’Neil||Kyle Frey||15/1|
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.