12/21/2002 12:00AM

Lone Star: 30 stakes and two bonuses


The $500,000 Lone Star Derby and the $150,000 Stonerside for fillies, which are two of the richest races for 3-year-olds at Lone Star Park, will both be tied to bonuses next year. The stakes are part of a 30-race, $4 million stakes schedule at Lone Star, which was purchased by Magna Entertainment in October.

The track's 70-day Thoroughbred meet will run from April 3 to July 13.

To win a $250,000 bonus tied to the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby, to be run at

1 1/8 miles May 10, a horse also has to win two stakes at Sunland Park in New Mexico: the Riley Allison Futurity Dec. 29 and the $500,000 WinStar Derby March 30.

The Stonerside, at seven furlongs May 24, is part of a bonus series that will pay either $200,000 or $250,000 to the connections of the horse who also wins the Grade 3 Stonerside Forward Gal at Gulfstream Park and the Grade 2 Stonerside Beaumont at Keeneland. The value of the bonus will be announced when an insurance policy agreement is finalized.

Also, for the first time next year, the $200,000 WinStar Distaff, a one-mile turf race for fillies and mares, has Grade 3 status. That race, along with the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap, will anchor the fifth annual Lone Star Million Day, a program of seven stakes worth $1 million on May 26.

As for scheduling changes, the date for the $250,000 Dallas Turf Cup has been moved back a week to June 21 for possible inclusion on a national television broadcast. The new date also makes it convenient for riders in the NTRA All-Star Jockey Championship on June 20 to participate in the Dallas Turf Cup.