Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie had its single greatest on-track wagering day Saturday when 17,878 customers wagered a track record $3,412,562 on 12 live races and simulcasts across the country, including the 130th Kentucky Derby (gr. I) won by Smarty Jones.Saturday's hefty on-track handle beat the May 6, 2000 (Kentucky Derby Day) mark of $3,356,951 by $55,611 despite rainy and unseasonably cool weather in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. It represented a 3% increase from the $3,309,426 wagered on the same day a year ago.
The fans at Lone Star wagered $951,717 on the live program and a track record $2,460,845 on simulcasts, including $1,156,938 on the Kentucky Derby, also a new standard. The previous on-track simulcast handle record was $2,326,765 on Oct. 26, 2002 (Breeders' Cup Day).