||Lone Star Park Cancels Stakes
On May 29, Lone Star Park announced that it has cancelled five stakes
races in July and downgraded another in June due to a continued decrease
in business levels. In addition, the track announced that the conditions
for the July 11, $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes have been changed.
The five stakes that will not be run in 2009 are the $50,000 Lone Star
Park Turf Sprint (5 furlongs on turf) for three-year-olds and up on July
4; the $50,000 Allen Bogan Memorial Stakes (one mile) for Texas-bred fillies
and mares, 3-year-olds and up, and $50,000 Harold V. Goodman Memorial
(6 ½ furlongs) for Texas-bred, 3-year-olds both on July 11; $50,000
Bob Johnson Memorial (one mile on turf) for 3-year-olds and up on July
18; and the $75,000 Silver Spur Stakes (6 furlongs) for 2-year-old fillies
on July 25.
“It is very disappointing to have to cancel these stakes from
our 2009 Spring Thoroughbred meet at Lone Star Park, but these cuts will
allow us to preserve our current level of overnight purses at this point
to ensure that we maintain the quality of our day-to-day racing product,”
said Lone Star Park President and General Manager Drew Shubeck.
“Unfortunately, the continuing downward trend in handle makes
this necessary,” added Shubeck. “This is not just a local
problem in Texas because the soft economy nationally has adversely affected
racetracks across the country. In the meantime, we will continue to provide
an excellent entertainment value for our fans through our Big Event Days,
promotions and recently-announced summer discounts.”
On July 11, Stars of Texas Day, the conditions of the $50,000 Valor
Farm Stakes will be changed to one mile for Texas-bred fillies and mares,
3-year-olds and up. It had previously been for Texas-bred, 3-year-old
fillies and run at 6 furlongs.
In addition, the $50,000 Nevill/Kyocera Stakes (five furlongs on turf)
for fillies and mares, three-years-old and up on June 20 will be run as
a non-stakes event, the Nevill Purse, with the conditions and purse to
be determined at a later date.