Lone Star Kicks Off 66-Day Meet Thursday

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie's 10th spring Thoroughbred season launches its 66-date run on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. when 11 older Texas-breds travel one mile in the traditional first race of the meeting, the $50,000 Premiere Stakes.

The Premiere is the first of 37 stakes cumulatively worth $3.8 million this season. Racing highlights include five grade III stakes events: the $300,000 Texas Mile (April 29), $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby (May 13), $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap, $200,000 WinStar Distaff (May 29), and $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup (June 17).

A total of 97 horses were entered to run on Thursday's 10-race program.

The regular weeknight post time is 6:35 p.m. CT. Weekend and holiday action will begin at 1:35 p.m. CT. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted five days a week, every Wednesday-Sunday, through May 21. After that, racing will be held four days a week, every Thursday-Sunday.