04/10/2006 11:00PM

Lone Star opens Thursday

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Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, begins its 10th season of Thoroughbred racing on Thursday, a 66-day meet highlighted by the Lone Star Derby on May 13 and the Lone Star Park Handicap on May 29. Long a staple of the national night simulcast menu, and a popular fixture in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market, Lone Star seeks to rebound from a somewhat disappointing 2005, when ontrack and overall handle declined. As usual, the Premier Stakes for Texas-breds at seven furlongs is featured on the opening-night card.