||Lone Star Park's Fall Meeting of Champions for American Quarter Horses Set to Kick Off This Friday, September 14
(Grand Prairie, Texas - Sunday, September 9, 2012) - Lone Star Park's 2012 Fall Meeting of Champions for American Quarter Horses is set to kick off on Friday, September 14. The 26-day meeting will continue through Saturday, November 10, with live racing held every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. each night of live racing, with a first post time of 6:35 p.m.
The meet will be highlighted by the 20th running of the Grade 1, $1 million-estimated, Texas Classic Futurity, the richest horse race in Texas, on Saturday, November 10.
In addition to the Texas Classic Futurity, other Grade 1 stakes slated for the meet include, the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap, Saturday, October 6, the $500,000-estimated Dash For Cash Futurity, Sunday, September 29 and the $400,000-estimated Texas Classic Derby, Saturday, November 10, the same night as the Texas Classic Futurity. The Grade 2, $150,000-estimated Dash for Cash Derby will be run the same night as the Dash For Cash Futurity, Sunday, September 29.
The $1,000,000 Texas Classic Futurity - the richest horse race in Texas - for two-year-olds, and the $400,000-estimated Texas Classic Derby, for three-year-olds, are scheduled for closing night, Saturday, November 10. The fields for the finals will be determined by the 10 fastest times during trials held Friday, October 19 for the Texas Classic Derby and Saturday, October 20 for the Texas Classic Futurity.
On Sunday, September 29, Lone Star Park will host the $500,000-estimated Dash For Cash Futurity and the $150,000-estimated Dash For Cash Derby, as well as the $50,000-estimated Dash for Cash Juvenile Stakes. Trials for the Dash For Cash Derby are set for Friday, September 14, while the Dash for Cash Futurity and Juvenile Stakes trials are scheduled for Saturday, September 15.
Other graded stakes will include the $20,000-guaranteed Classic Chevrolet Heartbeat of America Handicap (RG3) on Saturday, September 22 and the $20,000-guaranteed B. F. Phillips Jr. Handicap (RG3) on Saturday, October 27.
In addition to Quarter Horse races, there will be stakes events for Paints & Appaloosas and Arabians. On Friday, October 12, Lone Star Park will host two divisions of the $20,000-guaranteed Arabian Stallion Stakes - one for colts & geldings, the other for fillies & mares. New for this year will be the $10,000-added TM Fred Texas Arabian Stakes for three- and four-year-old Texas-breds.
The seventh running of the $50,000-added Lone Star Speedhorse Paint & Appaloosa Futurity is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, and the $5,000-added Olympia Joe Lone Star Paint & Appaloosa Handicap is scheduled for Friday, November 2.