||Trainer Bret Calhoun Records Career Win 2,000
(Grand Prairie, Texas - Thursday, April 19, 2012) - Trainer W. Bret Calhoun won the 2,000th Thoroughbred race of his career Thursday night at Lone Star Park when Forty Winks made a bid at the furlong marker, to draw clear by three lengths.
"It's pretty exciting that it happened there, at my home track," said Calhoun, a 47-year-old native of Grand Prairie, Texas. "It's been a long time. You never expect to win that many races," he added, "It's a significant amount. It feels good."
Calhoun, who was winless at Lone Star Park during the 1997 inaugural season, has since been in the top 10 of the trainer standings at Lone Star for 12 of 16 seasons. He has been leading trainer for the past two seasons (2010 and 2011) and has amassed earnings of over $10.9 million, at the Grand Prairie track.
Since recording his first win on April 1, 1994 at Trinity Meadows with a horse named Ramjet, Calhoun's stellar career has been highlighted by his first two Breeders' Cup wins in 2010 - the Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) with Dubai Majesty and the Turf Sprint (G2) with Chamberlain Bridge. He also trained his first Eclipse Award winner that same year, when Dubai Majesty was voted champion female sprinter.
Casey Donahew Band in Concert: Casey Donahew Band will perform after the races Friday, April 20. The concert is free with your $5 General Admission until 9 p.m., or $20 after 9 p.m. Motion will perform on the Courtyard of Champions stage between the races.
Ted Nugent in Concert: Ted Nugent will perform after the races Saturday, April 21. The concert is free with your $5 General Admission until 5 p.m., or $20 after 5 p.m. Bleu Edmonson will perform on the main stage just before Ted Nugent.