Lone Star Park

Former NFL Star Playing for New Team, Texas Racing

With the end of his NFL career right around the corner, Mike Renfro was looking for something to do after his playing days were over. That's why he bought a Louisiana-bred in 1988 named Dr. Death. It couldn't have worked out any better. Dr. Death won his first start for Renfro and would go on to win six stakes races and finish third in the 1988 GI Hollywood Derby. "It was going to be my last season and I was looking to get into the real estate business, but real...

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Lone Star '22 Season Opens April 28

Lone Star Park's 2022 Thoroughbred racing season will begin Apr. 28 and, with 48 live racing days, will conclude July 24. The season will include 21 stakes worth a combinedĀ  $2,825,000--a $600,000 increase from the 2021 stakes schedule. The highlight of the schedule is Lone Star Million Day on Memorial Day, and the marquee race on the card is the $400,000 GIII Steve Sexton Mile, for 3-year-olds and up at one mile. New to this year's Lone Star Million day card will be the $100,000 guaranteed Speightstown Sprint for 3-year-olds...

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Texas 2YO in Training Sale Set for Apr. 6

The Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie have scheduled the 2022 Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale for Wednesday, Apr. 6. The breeze show will be held at the Dallas-area racetrack Monday, Apr. 4. "Based on what we saw with the Texas Summer Yearling Sale, I think there's a lot of anticipation for the upcoming Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale in April," TTA Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. "I think we're uniquely positioned in the 2-year-old sales landscape to provide a quality sale for our owners, trainers,...

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Texas Summer Yearling Sale Posts Across-the-Board Gains

Monday's Texas Summer Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie recorded sizable increases in gross sales, average and median with a Texas-bred colt by Too Much Bling topping the auction at $175,000. A total of 228 yearlings went through the ring with 176 selling for $3,219,600, a 138.9% percent increase from last year when 106 of 137 sold for $1,347,700. The yearling average this year came in at $18,293, a jump of 43.9% from last year's $12,714. The median soared to $10,000 this...

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TTA Adds Derby and Oaks

The Texas Thoroughbred Association stakes series will now include a TTA Derby and Oaks, it was announced Tuesday. The new TTA stakes schedule will offer purses totaling more than $500,000 and is restricted to graduates of the Texas Summer Yearling Sale Aug. 30 or Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale next spring. It will feature Futurity divisions for both colts/geldings and fillies, worth $150,000 apiece (up from $100,000), on closing day weekend of the 2022 Lone Star Park Thoroughbred meet; and a $100,000 Oaks and Derby to be contested at a...

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Texas Summer Yearling Sale Adds Supplements

Five supplements to the catalogue have been added for the 2021 Texas Summer Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale, which will be held at Lone Star Park Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. CT. The sale will be livestreamed on the sale website. The supplements are: Hip 13 (c, Midnight Lute--Moneybru, by Talk Is Money), consigned by Stuart Morris; Hip 85 (f, California Chrome--Salty Mo, by Uncle Mo), consigned by Craig Singer; Hip 117 (f, California Chrome--Better Be Better, by Smart Strike), consigned by Craig Singer; Hip 185 (f, Cupid-Colombe,...

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Scott Wells to Retire from Remington and Lone Star

Remington Park and Lone Star Park president and general manager Scott Wells will retire from his position this fall. Wells was on staff at Remington Park for three years beginning in 1990 soon after the OKC track first opened for live racing in 1988. Wells returned to Remington to his present position in 2005 and has directed operations at the track since then. He assumed the role of president and general manager at Lone Star Park in 2013. A native Oklahoman, Wells trained Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds for 17 years...

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Record Entries For Texas Yearling Sale

A record of nearly 250 yearlings have been cataloged for the 2021 Texas Summer Yearling and Horses of Racing Age sale to be held Monday, Aug. 30, at Lone Star Park outside of Dallas. The sale, held jointly by the Texas Thoroughbred Association and Lone Star, will begin at 10 a.m. in the sales pavilion at the track. "This will easily be our largest sale since taking the reins from Fasig-Tipton in 2016," said Tim Boyce, sales director. "We've seen some solid growth over the past few years, despite the...

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A Long Time In the Making, Asmussen Poised To Become Winningest Trainer

It was back in the late seventies and early eighties, well before Steve Asmussen had his trainer's license, that the foundation was being set for what was to become a historic career. He was studying under his parents, Keith and Marilyn Asmussen, the multi-talented Texas-based team that did a little bit of everything, including breaking dozens of babies that would go on to stardom on the racetrack. Their youngest son, just a teenager then, saw what it took to be successful, the can't-miss combination of hard work, skill, devotion to...

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Lone Star Handle Biggest In 15 Years

The 25th season of Thoroughbred racing at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie just outside of Dallas concluded July 11 with handle figures their largest since 2006. The figures do not include last year's pandemic season. Daily merged (i.e. live, on-track plus export) handle totaled $1,693,866 for the 48-day meet, while a daily average of $1,459,096 in export handle. On-track fans wagered $234,770 daily, the most since 2018. Average daily attendance on weekends and holidays for the meet was just over 4,000 per day, just a 4% decline from 2019....

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Eagle Gets First Winner, Stakes Winner at Lone Star

Eagle Express became the first winner and stakes winner in one fell swoop from just eight first-crop foals for 2016 GIII Ben Ali S. winner Eagle (Candy Ride {Arg}). Second on debut here May 14, the 2-1 favorite broke on top before chasing Texas Thunder through a :22.67 opening quarter. Forced to go wide into the stretch when floated by the pacesetter, Eagle Express soared home from there much the best. The winner has a yearling ful-brother and a foal half-brother by Moonshine Mullin. TEXAS STALLION PAN ZARETA DIVISION S.,...

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Lone Star Overnight Purses Increasing

Officials at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie have announced that all overnight purses will be raised across the board by 20%, beginning with Friday's live racing program. Purses that ranged from $12,000 for bottom-level claimers to $39,000 for open allowance races will now carry prize money between $14,400 and $46,800. The Thoroughbred meeting at Lone Star Park continues through Sunday, July 11.

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