Lone Star Park kicked off its 2018 Thoroughbred Season last week with notable increases in handle. Total handle on the opening night card was $1.5 million the highest single-day handle since Memorial Day 2011 and a 55% increase over opening day last year. The total handle for the 4-day combined opening weekend was the best since 2012 and climbing 26% over 2017.
Field sizes averaged 9.39 per race, considerably higher than the 2017 national average of 7.70 reported by The Jockey Club.
Lone Star Park’s purses are up nearly 14% from a year ago, partially supported by a reduction in race dates, plus an increase of the track’s 2017 all-sources handle. The purse increase has also attracted more horses than in recent years including a few new stables.
An upgrade conversion to high definition broadcast video distribution is in place and will help showcase what Lone Star Park has to offer.
Plans on the horizon to help continue the momentum include a schedule of select race days that feature Guaranteed Pick-4 Pools. The first on the schedule is Sunday, May 6, which features the Grade 3, $200,000 Steve Sexton Mile. Lone Star Park will offer advance wagering on Kentucky Derby Day for the entire card as well as a $50,000 Guaranteed Late Pick-4 Pool.