Rich Stakes Schedule on Tap for Lone Star in 2005

Lone Star Park returns to a spring-only Thoroughbred meeting in 2005 with a 67-date season from April 14-July 17, featuring 37 stakes races totaling $4.075-million.

The 15-week spring Thoroughbred season features seven multi-stakes days and is once again highlighted by four major events: Texas Mile (gr. III) April 30; Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III) May 14; Lone Star Million Day May 30; and Dallas Turf Cup June 18.

Lone Star Million Day will feature six stakes with purses totaling more than $1 million. The $150,000 Stonerside Stakes for 3-year-old fillies has been added to the special Memorial Day program that already includes the Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) and the WinStar Distaff (gr. III).

Four stakes will be held on Texas Mile Day, the first major event of the meeting. The day's program also features the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge for 3-year-olds going one mile on the turf, as well as the $125,000 divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Late in the meet, Stars of Texas Day on July 9 will feature 2-year-old divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes, two of six stakes events exclusively for Texas-breds.

Lone Star Park's stable area will reopen for training March 28. Reserved seats for the 2005 live racing season will go on sale March 14.