||Lone Star Granted 99 Live Racing Dates
At the September 27th Texas Racing Commission meeting
in Austin, Texas, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie was granted 99 live
racing dates for 2007, including a 67-date Spring Thoroughbred Season
that will cover 16 weeks from April 12 through July 29. Lone Star Park
also will stage a 32-date Fall Meeting of Champions for American Quarter
Horses over nine weeks from October 5 through December 1, 2007.
For the first time, Lone Star will run four days a week, Thursday through
Sunday, for the duration of its Spring Thoroughbred Season. In years past,
Lone Star conducted racing on Wednesdays, including five dates during
the recent 66-date meeting that concluded July 23. Because of the change,
Lone Star's season was extended an additional week for 2007.
"This past June and July, we found that the four-day weekly schedule
perfectly complemented our horse population and provided an entertaining
and competitive racing product," said Lone Star Park President Corey
Johnsen. "The results were extremely positive and our average field
size during those abbreviated weeks rose to 9.05 horses per race, which
greatly benefits the wagering public."
Lone Star Park will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2007. The Grand
Prairie, Texas racetrack ran its first live race on April 17, 1997.
Special racing programs will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28
as well as Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4. During the quarter horse
season, racing will be conducted Wednesday through Saturday with Wednesday,
November 21 and Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22 the lone exceptions.
This year's Fall Meeting of Champions begins a week from Friday on October
6. The 32-date meeting, which runs Wednesday through Saturday at 6:35
p.m. CT until December 2, will be highlighted by the 14th MBNA America
Challenge Championships on Saturday, November 11.