The Lone Star Derby (gr. III) has become Texas' richest graded stakes race, but it has dropped out of position as a prep race for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Lone Star Park's marquee race for three-year-olds will be run May 11 next year.
Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 212 horses for the Dec. 9 mixed sale at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Fair Grounds and Lone Star Park, both of which closed their facilities Tuesday and Wednesday following the events in New York City and Washington D.C., will resume operations today.
Thoroughbred racing and simulcasting at major locations in the United States shut down Tuesday due to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. Many also planned to close Wednesday. The commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said it could take a while "to sort out the implications for the country, as well as our business."
According to two published reports, directors of the Breeders' Cup Ltd. have approved plans for the World Thoroughbred Championships to be held at Arlington Park next year and Lone Star Park in Texas in 2005. Neither track has hosted the Breeders' Cup races and both had made presentations that were well-received by Breeders' Cup personnel.
Breeders' Cup has mapped out a tentative schedule of host sites for the World Thoroughbred Championships through 2005, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported in Sunday's edition. The racetracks are Arlington Park (2002), Santa Anita Park (2003), Churchill Downs (2004), and Lone Star Park (2005).
Lone Star Park officials said they will know by September whether the Texas racetrack will operate a racing facility in Uruguay in conjunction with Hipica Rioplatense, a gaming and technology concern.
Point Gained, the 2-year-old half-sister to Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Point Given, never threatened and finished seventh in a field of eight in the $100,000 Silver Spur Stakes on Sunday at Lone Star Park. It was the stakes debut for Point Gained, a Hennessy filly, after she broke her maiden in her career debut June 20 at Lone Star.
Keeping in step with rest of the nation, Lone Star Park reported an increase in total handle and decreases in on-track wagering and attendance.
Officials from Lone Star Park, along with local and state officials from Texas, made their pitch Thursday morning in Lexington to bring the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Meanwhile, a site for the 2002 event hasn't been selected.
Lone Star Park will feature nine turf races with a total $253,000 on Saturday and Sunday.
At the request of owner and breeder Keith Asmussen, the Texas Racing Commission on June 27 voted to take applications to construct a Class 2 or Class 3 track in the Laredo area. The Asmussens, in partnership with Sam Houston Race Park, hope to convert their El Primero Training Center into a racetrack and simulcasting facility.
Hallowed Dreams, who began her career with sixteen consecutive wins, extended her current winning streak to seven Saturday at Lone Star Park, winning the $75,000 Miller Lite Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths.
The NTRA All-Star Jockey Challenge is set for Friday as 12 of the nation's best Thoroughbred race rider's return to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, for the popular four-race competition.
The 2-year-old half sister of Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes winner Point Given made a successful racing debut Wednesday night at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie.
Trainer Bobby Frankel has enjoyed his trips to Texas; wins Dallas Turf Cup for second time
Hallowed Dreams, the darling of Louisiana who has lost only once in 23 career starts, is expected to compete Saturday in the $75,000 Miller Lite Stakes at five furlongs on the turf at Lone Star Park.
Leland Cook's Gold Nugget will face stiff competition from horses trained by two Hall of Famers when he seeks a repeat victory in Saturday's $300,000 Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star Park.
The jockeys have been selected for this year's NTRA All-Star Jockey Challenge at Lone Star Park. The group is led by Laffit Pincay Jr., the all-time leading jockey by number of wins, and Pat Day, who as of May 29 was one victory shy of 8,000.
One race after Dixie Dot Com takes on seven rivals in Monday's $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III), Hallowed Dreams will race outside of her home state for the first time. The Louisiana-bred daughter of Malagra, who won her first 16 career races, is the 7-5 morning-line favorite and 123-pound highweight for the $100,000 Valid Expectation Handicap. The Valid Expectations and Lone Star Park Handicaps are part of a seven stakes race program billed as "Lone Star Million Day."
A $14-million racetrack/amphitheater has been announced for Amarillo, Texas. Construction on the facility, along Interstate 40 near the famous Cadillac Ranch art display, is expected to begin this summer. It will provide more than 400 jobs upon completion. The 275-acre track-amphitheater complex is being built by Yellow Rose Entertainment Inc., along with strategic managing partner Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie.
Claiming Crown preview days have been scheduled at four racetracks in anticipation of the main event, which is set for Aug. 4 at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. The preview days will feature races with conditions identical to those of the Claiming Crown.
For the first time, racing fans will have the opportunity to elect two of their favorite riders to berths in the NTRA All-Star Jockey Championship, a four-race event featuring 12 of America's top jockeys to be run June 22.
Dixie Dot Com raced up close early en route to a 6 1/2-length win over Mr Ross in the $300,000 Texas Mile Stakes (gr. III) Saturday on a fast track at Lone Star Park.
Steve Sexton is the new executive vice president of Arlington Park. The announcement was made Monday by John Long, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI") (Nasdaq: CHDN). Sexton will report directly to Scott Mordell, Arlington's president and chief executive officer.
Steve Sexton, executive vice president and general manager at Lone Star Park, will take over as executive vice president of Arlington Park, effective May 7.
With its purse ratcheted up to $500,000, its distance stretched out to 1 1/8 miles, and its date moved to a more convenient spot on the calendar, Lone Star Park's derby became a genuine prep for the famed roseate run in Kentucky. The Grand Prairie, Texas, racetrack even created a $1-million bonus, to be paid to any horse that parlays a Lone Star Derby win into a victory in any of the Triple Crown races. It was a meaningful prep indeed--an ironic one, too. Percy Hope served up generous portions of both meaning and irony. The field, which included four stakes winners, had earned $1.2 million, or an average of $154,429 per starter, more than twice as much as the field for the grade II Illinois Derby. And Percy Hope, who previously had won the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park, once again made winning look easy.
Hoovergetthekeys is the 9-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Lone Star Derby, the richest race in Texas. Eight horses have entered the race that offers a $1 million bonus if the winner goes on to capture any one of the Triple Crown races.
The New York Racing Association and the Southern Racing Cooperative have settled a simulcast contract dispute that will return the NYRA signal to the 11-member track cooperative. The cooperative includes Lone Star Park, Sam Houston Race Park, and Retama Park in Texas; Oaklawn Park in Arkansas; Emerald Downs in Washington; Prairie Meadows in Iowa; Tampa Bay Downs in Florida; and the Downs at Albuquerque, Ruidoso Downs, SunRay Park, and Sunland Park in New Mexico.
A dispute between the New York Racing Association and the Southern Buying Cooperative over 2001 simulcast contracts has halted Aqueduct's signal from being shown in six states.
A contentious--albeit civilized--battle over racing dates highlighted a Texas Racing Commission meeting on Tuesday that also included new appointments, revised claiming rules and a state-wide increase in the scale of weights.
Donnie Meche will miss a minimum of "two to three weeks" due to injury.
Special wagering will be offered as part of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's All-Star Jockey Championship Friday night at Lone Star Park.
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