Lone Star Park



Racing Dates: April – Julylone-star
Max Per Race Payout: US$ 10,000
Main track (dirt): 1 1/18 mile, oval
Length of stretch from last turn to finish line: 930 ft
Width of stretch: 90 ft
Banking: Six degree banking on turns
Distance from six furlong long start to first turn: 1,530 ft
Distance from turn to turn: 1,300 ft
Composition: Top layer consists of 5″ sandy loam cushion, 5″
compacted sandy loam cushion, 6″ limestone base, and 6″ of
cement for stabilization
Turf: 7/8 mile oval with 11/8 inside chute
Length of stretch from last turn to finish line: 900 ft
Width of stretch: 80 ft
Turf composition: Sandy loam, 65% turf type tall fescue,
25% turf type perennial ryegrass, 10% blue grass; grass
height maintained at 4 inches during racing season

Horse racing is on the rebound in Texas. But how long will it last? Lone Star Park (opened 1997) in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie has seen an uptick in revenue since it was purchased by Global Gaming Solutions (a division of the Chickasaw Nation) in 2011.

It can also be said that Lone Star Park is one of the most beautiful tracks in North America. Lone Star houses a one-mile dirt oval and a seven-furlong turf course; this venue hosted the Breeders’ Cup in 2004, the year that Ghostzapper won the Classic en route to being named Horse of the Year. Thoroughbreds continue to run for 50 days during the spring meet from April through July, with quarter horses taking over for the fall meet.

The biggest event on the thoroughbred calendar is the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap, for 3-year-olds and up traveling 1 1/16 miles on dirt. This is the second leg of the Texas Two-Step, following the Texas Mile Stakes – also held at Lone Star Park.