The numbers from Lone Star Park are in from the opening weekend of the racetrack’s 10th season:
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie concluded opening week for its 10th Spring Thoroughbred Season with a 17.9% gain in attendance and 5.8% jump in betting compared to 2005 business levels. … All told, 46,164 customers attended Lone Star Park Thursday through Sunday compared to 39,154 in 2005. Betting, both on and off-track, totaled more than $10.8 million versus $10.2 million a year ago.
The weekend attendance was helped by music concerts and an Easter Egg hunt. The handle was helped by yours truly on Thursday night who really, really thought Summer Stepper was a no-brainer at 5-1 in the third.