|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
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
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
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.