02/10/2016 1:10PM

Lone Star moves Texas Mile back to May 6


The Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile will be run a few weeks later than usual during the upcoming Lone Star Park meet in one of the most significant changes to the track’s 11-race, $1 million stakes schedule. Lone Star opens April 7 for a 50-date meet that runs through July 17.

The Texas Mile, for 3-year-olds and up, is set for May 6. The race traditionally had been run in late April and last season ended up being held May 1 because heavy rains forced it to be delayed for one week.

The other major offering on the track’s calendar is the Grade 3, $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on May 30. It is for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles.

In changes to the stakes schedule, three stakes have been moved to Sundays, said Bart Lang, director of racing for Lone Star. They are the Wayne Hanks Memorial on April 10 and a pair of divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes on May 15.

Lang said purses will be up for the meet at Lone Star.

“We are very happy to be able to offer an across-the-board purse increase of $1,000 a race this year,” he said. “Our projected daily average will now be slightly over $150,000.”

Last year, purses averaged $140,000 a program.

In another change, post times will be a half-hour later than usual, with night cards to start at 7:05 Central and afternoon cards at 2:05. Lang said stall applications are due Feb. 24.

2016 Lone Star stakes schedule

Thurs., Apr. 7 Premiere Stakes 3YO & UP Open* 6 1/2F $50,000
Sun., Apr. 10 Wayne Hanks Memorial 3YO & UP F&M* 6 1/2F $50,000
Fri., May 6 Texas Mile (G3) 3YO & UP Open 1M $200,000
Sun., May 15 Texas Stallion Stakes  3YO Fillies** 1M $75,000
Sun., May 15 Texas Stallion Stakes 3YO C&G** 1M $75,000
Mon., May 30 Lone Star Park Handicap (G3) 3YO & UP Open 1 1/16M $200,000
Sat., June 18 Lane's End Stallion Scholarship Stakes 3YO & UP F&M* 7 1/2F (T) $50,000
Sat., July 9 TTA Sales Futurity  2YO Fillies** 5F $100,000
Sat., July 9 TTA Sales Futurity 2YO C&G** 5F $100,000
Sat., July 9 Valor Farm 3YO & UP Open* 6F $50,000
Sat., July 9 Assault 3YO & UP Open* 1M $50,000