Free General Admission Friday, November 30 at Lone Star With Unwrapped Toy for WFAA-TV's Santa's Helpers

Friday, November 30, is "WFAA Santa's Helpers Night" at Lone Star Park, and all customers who bring an unwrapped toy to the racetrack that evening will receive free general admission. The promotion will assist WFAA-TV provide holiday toys to needy children in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Toy drop-off bins will be located at Lone Star Park's East and West Grandstand gates on Friday when admission gates open at 5:30 p.m. CT. The first of 12 live American Quarter Horse races is 6:35 p.m. CT. Between live races from 7-9 p.m., Elvis impersonator Kraig Parker will perform in the Courtyard of Champions.

Saturday is closing night of the 32-date Fall Meeting of Champions.

The jockeys who ride at Lone Star Park wanted to partner with WFAA-TV in conjunction with a fundraiser of their own. Two weeks ago with the help of the Texas Horsemen's Partnership and Lone Star Park, the jockey held their second annual fundraiser for the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, which aids injured and disabled jockeys and exercise riders.

One of the fundraising components that night involved the donation of about 30 decorated small bicycles - complete with training wheels - by sponsors at $45 each. The jockeys rode the bikes in trial races to determine finalists for the "Lone Star Training Wheels Futurity," which consists of laps around the fountain in the Lone Star Park Saddling Paddock. The entertaining final of that race will take place Friday before the live horse races begin at 5:50 p.m.

After Friday night's "Lone Star Training Wheels Futurity," the jockeys will donate 30 bicycles to Santa's Helpers.

WFAA-TV's Santa's Helpers is celebrating its 38th year of collecting holiday toys for children throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth counties of Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton. More than 73,000 toys were collected and given to 50,000 needy children in 2006. For additional information about Santa's Helpers, call (214) 977-6576 or log onto

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