Special Events Aplenty During Lone Star's 10th Spring Thoroughbred Season

There's a lot more than just horse racing on tap this year at Lone Star Park. A trio of marquee post-race concerts, two exciting prize-finding missions and a sleek golf-sized umbrella giveaway highlight Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie's promotional schedule for the 10th annual Spring Thoroughbred Season.

The 66-day meeting, which opens Thursday, April 13 and continues through Sunday, July 23, also will feature the return of the bargain-friendly Dollar Day, two nights of post-race holiday fireworks and live music in the outdoor Courtyard of Champions area most every Friday night and Saturday afternoon during the races.

The special events start fast with back-to-back concerts after the races on opening weekend. Fast-rising country music star Chris Cagle will perform Friday, April 14, and sensational Grammy Award-winner Lee Ann Womack (with special guests Jason Boland & The Stragglers as the opening act) take center stage on Saturday, April 15. Later in the season, another top act will be announced to perform after the races on Friday, June 16.

There'll be fun for the entire family on Easter Sunday, April 16, as Lone Star Park stages a mammoth Easter Egg Hunt for children age 10 and under. A total of 30,000 Easter Eggs will cover Lone Star Park's grassy area near the top of the stretch where three age groups - ages 5 and under, ages 6-8 and ages 9-10 (10,000 eggs for each division) - will hunt for eggs filled with candy, toys and Six Flags Over Texas tickets. To top it off, two eggs in each division will include the grand prize - an iPod Shuffle. In addition to the hunt, there'll be bounce houses, balloon animals, games, live music and appearances by the Easter Bunny, Tommy Pickles and Angelica of the Rugrats and clowns.

Moms will get their turn to hunt for a prize in the Mother's Day Diamond Dig on Sunday, May 14. Thanks to Van Peterson Jewelers in Irving, Texas, the first 500 women (age 21 and over) through admission gates that day will get a chance to dig for a diamond on the main track. The diamond is valued at $2,500, and the winner will also receive at $500 gift certificate to the jewelry store.

The featured promotional giveaway at the meeting will be a Lone Star Park Umbrella on Lone Star Million Day, which will be staged on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Each fan with a paid admission will receive a free, forest green, golf-sized umbrella while supplies last. Also to be given away this season will be Lone Star Park Magnetic Schedules, courtesy of Budweiser, on opening weekend: Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16.

Dollar Day, inaugurated in 2004, returns Saturday, April 29. The promotion coincides with the 10th running of the Grade III, $300,000 Texas Mile - one of Lone Star's signature races - and features beer, soft drinks, hot dogs, popcorn, general admission, general parking and programs for just $1 each.

A second night of fireworks has been reinstated for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Special 5 p.m. matinee racing programs will take place on Sunday, July 2 and Monday, July 3 with some of the most spectacular fireworks shows in North Texas to follow live racing at approximately 10 p.m. The Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration also will feature live music, plenty of bounce houses and games, numerous vendor booths and fun for the entire family such as pony rides and a petting zoo.

Other daylong celebrations this season coincide with simulcasts of horse racing's Triple Crown events. Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday, May 6 will double as a Cinco de Mayo Celebration, courtesy of Jose Cuervo. Jose Cuervo also will present Margarita Madness on Preakness Stakes Day, Saturday, May 20. Both days will feature live music, the Robo Surfer (a beach bum's version of the mechanical bull) and margaritas in the Courtyard of Champions. Belmont Stakes Day on Saturday, June 10 will showcase the Crown Royal Craze in the Courtyard with specialty drinks and live music.

Live music will be performed between races on 34 of Lone Star's 66 racing dates. Party at the Park returns every Friday (except June 16 and a special Saturday, June 24 date) from 7-11 p.m. in the Courtyard with concerts and $1.75 beer specials. There'll also be six Budweiser "True Music" Saturdays from 12-4 p.m. (April 22, May 13, May 27, June 3, June 17 and July 15).

Senior Citizens' Day will take place every Sunday (except July 2) where people age 62 and over will be admitted free of charge with proof of identification. Customers who redeem a can of Dr Pepper to Lone Star Park's Grandstand entrances during the Dr Pepper Can Months of May and June will receive $1 general admission, a free Dr Pepper and an entry to win a day at the races in one of Lone Star Park's luxurious penthouse suites.

Fun-loving types can win free Lone Star Park merchandise each week by taking pictures of their Lone Star Park experience. Snap a photo of you and your friends with a camera phone and send it to (214) 437-9831 for a chance to be named the Verizon Wireless Fan of the Week.

Other contests during the season include:

  • The Bob's Steak & Chop House Premiere Steaks Handicapping Contest on opening night, Thursday, April 15. Simply pick the winner of the $50,000 Premiere Stakes - Lone Star's traditional first race of the meeting - and your entry could result in a $250 dinner for two to Bob's Steak & Chop House.
  • A $500 Kentucky Derby Best Hat contest on Saturday, May 6.
  • The two-day NTRA/Daily Racing Form National Handicapping Championship Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17.
  • A Ford Vehicle Giveaway on Monday, July 3. Those who visit North Texas Ford Dealerships in the month of June can enter to win a new Ford vehicle.
  • Prize drawings throughout Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, July 22.

All other promotions, discounts and giveaways at the meeting will be exclusive to members of Lone Star Park's new customer rewards program. "Star Player Rewards" was launched in mid-January and more than 5,000 individuals have already signed up to earn points for rewards.

Members receive a discounted $1 general admission and can earn points for discounts and special offers through wagering as well as food and beverage and Gift Shop purchases. They're also eligible for exclusive contests, giveaways, private parties and e-mail communications (if desired). Points are monitored and coupons are redeemed at five conveniently located Star Player Rewards kiosks located in the Grandstand and Post Time Pavilion. Customers who join the free program receive a membership card just minutes after completing an application and presenting a valid Driver's License in person at Lone Star Park.

For more information, log onto lonestarpark.com or call (972) 263-RACE.

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