|10,000 American Flags, Salute to Troops
Part of LSP Opening Night Extravaganza
There will be plenty
of fan-fare as Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie opens its seventh year
of racing on Thursday, April 3, including a salute to the American troops
in the Middle East and a giveaway of 10,000 American flags to customers.
Admission gates for the “Opening Night Extravaganza” will
open early at 4:30 p.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. Season
opening ceremonies will include the unfurling of a massive United States
flag, a red, white and blue balloon release, a mounted color guard presentation
plus renditions of “God Bless America” and “The Star-Spangled
In addition, there will be a special appearance by Hall of Fame jockey
Pat Day, who is in town to ride in the traditional first race of the season,
the $50,000 Premiere Stakes for Texas-breds. Day, one of only three jockeys
to have won more than 8,000 races, will partake in a special free autograph
session near the saddling paddock from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also, jockeys
participating in the Premiere – including Day – will be introduced
on the main track prior to race, which is set for 6:35 p.m.
Other opening night activities include strolling bands at entrance gates,
an appearance by the Garbonzo Brothers (strolling comedians dressed in
wild 1970s tuxedos), butt-sketch and tattoo artists, stilt-walkers and
a between-race concert by country music artist Dub Miller in the Courtyard
of Champions from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Lone Star Park also will stage an opportunity for someone to win $50,000
and drawings for fabulous prizes. Prizes to be given away include Dallas
Mavericks playoff tickets, VIP passes to the Byron Nelson Championship
and Colonial, a visit to a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders photo shoot, a
$1,000 Neiman Marcus shopping spree, a weekend visit to the Mansion at
Turtle Creek, a $500 mutuel voucher and trips to this year’s Preakness
Stakes and Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie’s season will be conducted for
15 weeks through Sunday, July 13.
Live racing for most of April is conducted on Thursday and Friday nights
at 6:35 p.m. Weekend action starts at 1:35 p.m. Beginning April 30, Wednesday
night racing will be added to the line-up.
Lone Star Park features a seven-level, glass enclosed/climate-controlled
Grandstand, sun-shaded Courtyard of Champions, state-of-the-art, Las Vegas-style
Post Time Pavilion simulcast center and the GPX Skate Park &Entertainment
General admission is $3. Parking is $2. Reserved seating can be purchased
in person or by calling (972) 263-PONY.
Pick 4 Returns, Heads Wagering Menu
The Pick 4, the popular wager that requires picking the winners of four
consecutive races, returns to Lone Star Park for the 2003 season, which
begins Thursday, April 3. The betting option, introduced during the 2002
season, will be offered on the last four races of every racing program.
The Pick 4 has quickly become one of the most popular wagers at American
racetracks, thanks to payoffs that routinely climb into the thousands.
But unlike the expensive and complicated Pick 6, the Pick 4 is a wager
that casual bettors can realistically tackle while investing only nominal
sums crafting a good ticket.
Patrons who are unfamiliar with the ins and outs of exotic wagering
can always get assistance at Lone Star Park’s Racing Information
Centers, or from one of the roving “Star Players” who are
ready to answer any questions.
Lone Star Park’s extensive wagering menu will remain the same
as last year. This includes Win, Place and Show, Exacta and Quinella wagering
on every race; Trifectas and Superfectas on all races with the required
minimum number of betting interests (six for the Trifecta and seven for
the Superfecta); rolling Pick 3s; and Daily Doubles on the first two and
last two races of each program.
2003 Post Times Set (All Times Central)
Weeknights: Post times for weeknight racing (Wednesdays, Thursdays and
Fridays): 6:35 p.m. (1st); 7:02 p.m. (2nd); 7:29 p.m. (3rd); 7:56 p.m.
(4th); 8:23 p.m. (5th); 8:50 p.m. (6th); 9:17 p.m. (7th); 9:44 p.m. (8th);
10:11 p.m. (9th); 10:38 p.m. (10th – April only)
Weekends and Holidays: Post times for weekend and holiday racing (Saturdays,
Sundays, May 27 and July 4): 1:35 p.m. (1st); 2:03 p.m. (2nd); 2:31 p.m.
(3rd); 2:59 p.m. (4th); 3:27 p.m. (5th); 3:55 p.m. (6th); 4:23 p.m. (7th);
4:51 p.m. (8th); 5:19 p.m. (9th); 5:47 p.m. (10th)
Lone Stars &Stripes Fireworks Celebration Days (July 3 &July
4): Post times for the special Lone Stars &Stripes Fireworks Celebration
programs on Thursday, July 3 and Friday, July 4 (fireworks to follow the
last race): 5 p.m. (1st); 5:29 p.m. (2nd); 5:58 p.m. (3rd); 6:27 p.m.
(4th); 6:56 p.m. (5th); 7:25 p.m. (6th); 7:54 (7th); 8:23 p.m. (8th);
8:52 p.m. (9th); 9:21 p.m. (10th)
No Wednesday Racing in April
As was the case in 2002, there will be no Wednesday racing for the first
four weeks of the Thoroughbred season. Live action until April 30 will
be conducted Thursday and Friday nights at 6:35 p.m. and action on Saturday
and Sunday will start at 1:35 p.m. Beginning Wednesday, April 30, racing
on Wednesday night will be added for the remainder of the 15-week season,
which covers 70 dates through July 13.