|Lone Star Park Records 10-Millionth Visitor
Saturday, April 30
When Dan Schaap, a 50-year-old attorney
from Canyon, Texas, passed through the Lone Star Park turnstiles at 12:45
p.m. to watch Saturday's $300,000 Texas Mile (Gr. III), he became the
Grand Prairie, Texas racetrack's 10-millionth visitor since the facility
first opened for business on May 3, 1996.
"I can't believe it!" Schaap said. "This is amazing. We're
here celebrating my son Aaron's 13th birthday and we flew up here from
Amarillo to take in some horseracing and a pair of [Texas] Rangers games.
What a weekend!"
As a result, Schaap received two lifetime admission passes to Lone Star
Park, a lifetime parking pass and a $100 betting voucher. Also, Schaap
and his guests - son Aaron, co-worker Wade Arnold and his son Will - were
immediately escorted into a luxury penthouse suite overlooking the finish
"I've been to Ruidoso Downs and Santa Fe Downs [racetracks] years
ago in New Mexico, but this is my first time here," he said. "I
heard a lot about it and tried to make it up for last year's Breeders'
Cup, but I had a scheduling conflict. I'm sure glad we made the trip here
today. We'll never forget this place and I'll sure be coming back."
Schaap also had a chance to win $10,000 in a horseshoe pitch between
live races, but missed.