For Immediate Release
Saturday, April 26, 2014
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Saturday, April 26, 2014) – Grand Contender, trained by Tom Amoss dug in and won the duel he fought with Taptowne down the stretch, prevailing by a half-length in tonight’s 18th running of the Grade 3 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park.
The six-year-old gelding by Strong Contender, hooked up with rival Taptowne, ridden by Hall of Famer Calvin Borel, in the stretch and gamely prevailed under strong urging by winning local rider, Richard Eramia.
“I saw a lot of speed in the race,” said Eramia. “I think my horse can be a little more close, but I saw these two horses [Smack Ridge and Proud Strike] going a little quick, so I took him back and put him clear outside, I saw Mr. Borel [Taptowne] he stared letting go of his horse, I tried to go together cause you know, this is the horse I gotta beat.”
And that he did! The winning margin was a half-length at the wire. Fractions for the race were 23.53, 46.52 and 1:10.43. The final time for the mile was 1:36.68.
Claimed for $20,000 by owner Maggi Moss at Saratoga in August 2012, Grand Contender competed in the claiming ranks the rest of that year. In 2013, he moved up to the allowance company, winning a pair before moving up to the stakes ranks in
November of 2013. He won the Delta Mile Stakes at Delta Downs in his first attempt at the class jump. His next out was a fourth place finish at Fair Grounds in the Tenacious Handicap in December 2013. From there he placed in the Louisiana Handicap last January, placed again in the Grade 3 Mineshaft Handicap in February also at Fairgrounds. Before his win here tonight, he won the Borgata at Delta Downs on March 15.
With the win, Grand Contender improved his race record to 7-3-4 from 21 starts. And with the $113,000 share of the purse increased his career earnings to $418,860.
Grand Contender paid $9.00, $4.80, $3.40, runner-up Taptowne returned $3.20 and $2.60. Favorite, Bourbon Courage paid 2.60 to show. Stachys, Smack Ridge, Proud Strike, Forest Mouse, Texas Air and Skip the Pinot completed the order of finish.
Total merged live handle for the night was $1,195,050, an increase of 15.36% from 2013.
Live racing continues tomorrow, Sunday April 27, 2014. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. First race post time is 1:35 p.m. Make plans to join us.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and GG LSP. The track offers a 50-day 2014 Spring Thoroughbred Season, which opens Thursday, April 10 and concludes on Saturday, July 12. Live racing will be held three days a week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6:35 p.m. (except Thursday, May 29 when there will be no live racing), and Sundays at 1:35 p.m. (beginning April 27 through June 15.) The racing program on Memorial Day, May 26, will start at 1:35 p.m. A Special twilight program will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration). Special post times for three Triple Crown dates will begin at 3:33 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, May 17 and June 7 (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.) For more information on Lone Star Park visit LoneStarPark.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Lone Star Park is also home to the multi-million dollar simulcast racebook, sports bar and event venue, Bar & Book. The 36,000 square foot venue is open to the public 363 days a year.
Global Gaming Solutions, LLC (GGS), is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation with a primary business focus of pursuing entertainment, gaming and racing related opportunities in emerging jurisdictions in the United States and overseas as well as acquisition of regional gaming and entertainment assets. GGS LLC is the parent company of GG RP, which owns Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK and GG LSP, which owns a significant stake in Lone Star Park. GG LSP is the track operator who owns the license to operate Lone Star Park and leases the property from the Grand Prairie Sports Facilities Development Corporation.
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