Lone Star Park Announces 2018 Thoroughbred Season Stakes Schedule

(c)Bob Fitch

Lone Star Park’s 2018 Thoroughbred Season stakes schedule will offer 11 stakes totaling an estimated $1 million in total purse money.

Opening night on April 19 will feature the newly renamed $50,000 Bluebonnet Stakes, formerly run as the Premiere, for accredited Texas-bred horses.

Sunday, April 22 features the 22nd running of the $50,000 Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes for accredited Texas-bred fillies & mares.

The Grade 3, $200,000 Steve Sexton Mile headlines the card on Sunday, May 6 and for the first time Lone Star Park will offer advance wagering on the Steve Sexton Mile and the entire Sunday card on Saturday, May 5 (Kentucky Derby Day).

The divisional Texas Stallion Stakes are to be showcased on Sunday, May 20. The Got Koko Division for fillies and the Stymie Division for colts & geldings each have $65,000 guaranteed in prize money.

Sunday, May 27 features the 22nd running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap.

For the month of June, it’s the 7th edition of the $50,000 Lane’s End Danny Shifflet Scholarship Stakes for accredited Texas-bred fillies & mares. It will be contested on Saturday, June 23.

Stars of Texas Day, the encore stakes event of the season, celebrates Texas-bred Thoroughbreds with four stakes featured on Sunday, July 15. The Texas Thoroughbred Futurities including the 26th edition of the filly division and the 29th edition of the colt & gelding division, each have an estimated $100,000 purseattached. Also on the Stars of Texas Day card are the 21st running of the $50,000 Assault Stakes, and the 21st running of the $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes for fillies & mares.