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Derby, Diamonds and Discounts: Lone Star Park 2013 Season Scores

There’s something about horse racing that I love. Perhaps it’s because of the energy of the race, the mint juleps they serve, the big hats you can wear, the fond memory of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, or the fact that Lone Star Park is a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from my house. Whatever the reason, it’s a great place to spend the day with or without the family, especially when diamonds are involved! And even if you don’t know a THING about betting or horse races, there’s something for everyone with the huge lineup of events that have for the 2013 season.

There’s something happening every weekend, but here’s a few of the ones I know will be on the top of my list including Kentucky Derby Day, Mother’s Day Diamond Dig, and Jockeys and Java. And to sweeten the deal, I’ve even included a few discounts to make it worth your wild (and easy on your pocket book!)

Don't be Late to Starting Line for Lone Star Park's 2013 Season (photo credit courtesy of Lone Star Park Facebook page.)

Don’t be Late to Starting Line for Lone Star Park’s 2013 Season (photo credit courtesy of Lone Star Park Facebook page.)

Kentucky Derby Day
Saturday, May 4
10:30 a.m. – Gates Open/1:35 p.m. – First Race

On Saturday, May 4, grab your hats and join Lone Star Park for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby to watch and wager on the first leg of the Triple Crown. Customers in attendance can enter the Kentucky Derby Best Hat Contest* for a chance to win one of two $500 grand prizes or one of three “Honorable Mention” prizes.   Contestants must be age 21 or over and present in the Saddling Paddock by 3 p.m. to be considered.  There will be a live music performance by Big Mouth on the Courtyard of Champions Stage from noon to 4 p.m.  Kids will enjoy bounce houses, pony rides, and a petting zoo in the family fun park. 

*See complete Kentucky Derby Best Hat Contest rules online for more details.

Mother’s Day Diamond Dig
Sunday, May 12
11:30 a.m. – Gates Open/1:35 p.m. – First Race

On Sunday, May 12, show mom that you care and treat her to a day of live racing at Lone Star Park! The first 500 women (age 21 and over) through Lone Star Park’s Grandstand admission gates will have the opportunity to win a diamond solitaire valued at $2,500 in the Star Park  Mother’s Day Diamond Dig*.  The dig will take place on the main track following the final race of the day.

*See complete Mother’s Day Diamond Dig rules online for more details.

Jockeys and Java
Saturdays, May 25 – July 6
8:30 a.m. – Gates Open for Jockeys and Java
11:30 a.m. – Gates Open for Live Racing/1:35 p.m. – First Race

Join Lone Star Park’s for the free Jockeys & Java Morning Workout Program on Saturdays, beginning May 25 at 8:30 a.m. in the Courtyard of Champions. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, while you observe the horses’ morning training on the main track and listen to commentary and insights from track announcer, John Lies and special guests. Afterwards, enjoy an in-depth tour of the barn and stable area.  Then make a day out of it and stay for the races!

Pepsi Promotion
Sundays, Now – June 16
11:30 a.m. – Gates Open/1:35 p.m. – First Race

Every Sunday throughout the 2013 Spring Thoroughbred Season bring any Pepsi can to Lone Star Park and receive a Pepsi track pack, good for one free general admission and one free large Pepsi.

Double Date Discount Night
Thursdays, Now – June 27 (Except Thursday, May 30)
5:00 p.m. – Gates Open/6:35 p.m. – First Race

Thursday nights during Lone Star Park’s 2013 Spring Thoroughbred Season, from now until June 27 will be Double Date Discount Night (except Thursday, May 30 there will be no live racing).  For only $64 (a $127 value), four people will each receive general admission, box seating, a Lone Star Today racing program and a Value Basket that includes a cheeseburger, fries and a large soft drink.

Lone Star Park
1000 Lone Star Parkway
Grand Prairie, Texas
Click here for the entire list of 2013 events

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