With the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes upon us, spring fever is in the air for those who love a little horse racing action. Seniors enjoy the thrill of racing as much as anyone, and Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie offers a full schedule of live spring and fall racing, from April 9 through July 19 and then from early September through mid-November.
Races are held Thursdays through Saturdays with the first race starting at 6:35 p.m., and Sundays with the first race starting at 1:35 p.m. Special races are held Memorial Day, Triple Crown Days (May 2, 16 and June 6) and July 4 in the spring.
Beyond live racing, simulcast races are shown at Lone Star Park’s Bar & Book. Open seven days a week, Bar & Book simulcasts races from all over the country on huge screens and features great food and drink options.
Lone Star Park first opened in 1997 and has hosted thoroughbred and quarter horse meets including the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 2004. The complex includes a grandstand that seats around 8,000 people, as well as barns that house 1,600 horses.
General Admission is $5.00 per person. (Children 3 and younger are admitted free of charge.) Senior Citizens Day is each Sunday during the 2015 Spring Thoroughbred Season. Guests 62 and older receive one FREE General Admission at the gate. An ID is required. Guests are admitted to the first level of the Grandstand featuring concessions, wagering services, and the track’s gift shop. General Admission does not include a reserved seat. Visitors are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs for use in the grassy areas in front of Bar & Book and the Courtyard of Champions, a picnic area with limited seating and great views of the track. The Paddock area is a great place to sit and relax or watch the horses, jockeys and trainers get ready for the upcoming race.
There are also military discount and Pepsi can discounts available on Sundays; see http://lonestarpark.com/SundayDiscounts/
Wagering ranges from regular to exotic. For a complete guide to pari-mutuel betting, visit Lone Star University at http://www.lonestarpark.com/HowToWager/. A bet can be made for as little as $2, but it is not necessary to bet at all to have a good time. Watching thoroughbred horses is a thrill in and of itself. Additionally, the park hosts concerts during the season included in the general admission price if you arrive before 8:00 p.m. Upcoming acts include country music bands from Texas and around the region.
Lone Star Park makes for a perfect outing with friends or family. At Home Care Assistance Fort Worth, our caregivers can help your senior enjoy an exciting day at the races.