Closing Week at Lone Star Proves Good Things Come in Threes

(July 10, 2005) - Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie will conclude its ninth Spring Thoroughbred Season in style this week with three weekend stakes races and a sensational post-race concert on Saturday by three of the hottest acts on the Texas country music scene: Charlie Robison, Jack Ingram and The Randy Rogers Band. Plus, Saturday will double as Fan Appreciation Day with plenty of prize drawings, and Sunday's closing day program will honor the meet's best horses between races throughout the day.

Only five days remain at Lone Star's 67-day meet. The first live race on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night is 6:35 p.m. CT. Weekend action will begin at 1:35 p.m. CT.

A pair of $75,000, six-furlong stakes for juveniles will be staged Saturday: the Middleground Breeders' Cup for colts and geldings and the Silver Spur Breeders' Cup for fillies. Sunday's swansong is headed by the $75,000 Bob Johnson Memorial, a one-mile test for 3-year-olds and up that is expected to lure Grade III Texas Mile winner High Strike Zone from the Amos Laborde barn.

The Middleground could feature a showdown between $135,400 TTA Sales Futurity winner Forrest G. and undefeated Don't Tell Mommy, the Steve Asmussen-trained Capote colt who won the $40,000 Pioneer at Louisiana Downs on June 26 by 5 ¾ lengths.

Asmussen also has a strong contender for the Silver Spur in Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Yaddo Cat. The Forest Wildcat filly was a 3 ¼-length debut winner at the prestigious Keeneland Spring Meet in April.

Charlie Robison, Jack Ingram, Randy Rogers Band Concert This Saturday After Races

Last month, Lone Star Park hosted a post-race concert by popular country rockers Cross Canadian Ragweed that lured 24,660 to the Grand Prairie racetrack. This Saturday, they'll close the racing season with another anticipated show featuring the music of Charlie Robison, Jack Ingram and The Randy Rogers Band.

The first of 11 live races Saturday is 1:35 p.m. and the concert, presented by Miller Lite, will begin after the final race at approximately 6:30 p.m. The music will continue well into the summer night. Grandstand gates will open at 11:30 a.m. General admission is just $3 until 5 p.m. and $15 thereafter.

Robison, currently touring in support of his popular fifth release Good Times, will headline the three-band set. Good Times features the hit "El Cerrito Place," a duet with The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines (Robison's wife Emily is also a member of The Dixie Chicks).

Jack Ingram, a Texas mainstay since his self-titled 1993 release, is currently working on a new studio album after releasing three recordings in 2004: Acoustic Motel, Young Man and Happy, Happy...Live at Gruene Hall. He is also the host of "Jack's Tracks," which airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on 99.5 FM The Wolf.

The Randy Rogers Band is supporting their third release Rollercoaster, which received national kudos by USA Today saying "This Texas band's guitars rock with an authority their Nashville counterparts rarely manage, but the songs on this Radney Foster-produced disc are pure country." Their current song on heavy rotation is "Tonight's Not The Night."

The stage for the concert will be situated outdoors just outside the racing surface in front of the sun-shaded Courtyard of Champions. The lawn area is first come, first served, and there is limited patio table seating in the Courtyard. Blankets and folding chairs are permitted outdoors.

Saturday Doubles As Fan Appreciation Day

In addition to 11-live races and a post-race concert by Charlie Robison, Jack Ingram and The Randy Rogers Band, Saturday will double as Fan Appreciation Day at Lone Star Park. As customers pass through admission gates, they'll be given an entry blank for cash and prize drawings throughout the day.

Prizes include stays in suites at Embassy Suites Hotel and the Crown Plaza Suites, steaks from Winn Meat Company and a year's supply of Dr Pepper.

Entry blanks must be turned in by 2 p.m. to be included in the drawings.

DOWN THE STRETCH: The final Heineken "Party at the Park" of the season on Friday night will feature drink specials and music by The Project from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Courtyard of Champions...Charley will perform music between races on Saturday in the Courtyard between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m...Sunday's closing day program is also Senior Citizen's Day. All seniors 62 and up will receive free General Admission...Before a victory in Saturday's second race aboard K D Magic, jockey Jeremy Beasley hadn't won a race at Lone Star since Lights On Broadway captured the $50,000 Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial on May 28. He was sidelined by a broken right foot...Jockey Justin Shepherd had a change of heart and delayed his move to Kentucky's Ellis Park until the end of Lone Star's season...The connections of Saf Link are toying with the idea of running the four-time winner at the meet one more time on closing day. No horse has ever won five races at a single Lone Star Park meet. Digimon also is a four-time winner this season, but the recent Bret Calhoun claim was shipped to his stable at Arlington Park in Chicago...A field of 10 was entered in Wednesday night's featured eighth race, a $28,500 one-mile turf test for 3- and 4-year-olds that have never won three races. Wanted Man, who suffered a nose loss at this level on June 24, was made the 2-1 favorite over USA Stakes runner-up Justa Red Bird. Here's the complete field from the rail out (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds): Mr. Shock and Awe (Don Simington, Danny Pish, 5-1); Pevny (Don Pettinger, Joe Duhon, 20-1); Go Chilean Go (Filemon Rodriguez, Mario Laza, 15-1); Reality Mountain (John Byrne, Clinton Stuart, 8-1); Red Sox Nation (Terry Stanton, Lawrence Gates, 30-1); Nobodywantmetilnow (Jeremy Beasley, Richard Ketner, 8-1); Wanted Man-IRE (Roman Chapa, Bruce Jackson, 2-1); Tollgate's Account (Ricky Faul, Jack Cooper, 20-1); Justa Red Bird (Cliff Berry, Michelle Lovell, 5-2); and Afternoon Punch (Kevin Cogburn, Jory Ferrell, 20-1)...Featured simulcasts this week include the Claiming Crown from Canterbury Park, the Virginia Million from Colonial Downs and the Grade II Bowling Green Handicap from Belmont Park. Those events are scheduled for Saturday. Sunday's national action includes the Grade II Tom Fool Handicap from Belmont and the Grade II Sunset Handicap, the highlight on closing day at Hollywood Park. Opening day at Del Mar is right around the corner on Wednesday, July 20.

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