Sunday, April 12, 2009

Opening Night at Lone Star Park: A Photo Essay

While much of the horse racing world is abuzz with Triple Crown and/or Jeff Mullins drama, this little corner of the planet is rattled with excitement as this weekend live racing returned to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.

Last Thursday, I attended Opening Night and thought I would share with you the evening with images.

First frozen margarita.

    First winner, Upstream (Open Forum), a 6-year-old Texas-bred chestnut gelding, winner of the 13th running of the Premiere Stakes, trained by Allen Milligan. Of note, Milligan was the leading trainer in the 2009 Oaklawn meet, sending out 24 winners. Perhaps a celebration should be in order over at the Men's Wearhouse where he can secure a stylish sports coat.

      First losers.

        First win of the meet for Steve Asmussen. Copihue (Candy Ride) won the third race, immediately vaulting Asmussen to the top of the trainers' leaderboard, as he once again mounts his offensive to take home his 11th Lone Star Park Training Title and collect a myriad of family photos he can enclose in his Christmas cards.

          Mark your calendars for next Saturday, for Lone Star Park's Cajun Crawfish Boil. That should make for an interesting photo essay.


          Colins Ghost said...

          Ahhh nothing like opening day at the home track. I am counting down the days to Delaware Park opening.

          dana said...

          I'm taking off work for opening day at Belmont in a couple of weeks and really looking forward to it.

          Also looking forward to your continued photo essays now that Lone Star is open!

          Wind Gatherer said...

          Crawfish and beer, Mmmmmmm....

          Anonymous said...

          Save me some crawdads and beer for next Saturday, nut Jeanne doesn't want any.

          Desiree said...

          Great Photos! I am falling in Love with this track as a young rider and hopeful jockey.
          Let me know what you think of my story:
          Thanks, Delila