Right, March Madness is over.
Time to iron those jockey silks and welcome horse racing back to Dallas.
Place a bet for the newly renovated Lone Star Park. After an off-season face-lift, the Grand Prairie horse track is reopening on Thursday for races, wagers and probably (hopefully) lots of seersucker.
But before you just bet it all in a box superfecta, let’s handicap the field.
It’s new. Totally redone. This is more relevant to the horses than, say, you. But still, it’s nice to know. Also, look up and you’ll see a 60-foot high-def screen displaying really large stats, photo finishes and replays. You love a good life-size replay.
The Dining Terrace
What you’ve got here is 280,000 square feet of white-topped tables and wooden chairs. It’s where you’ll go for between-race ahi tuna steaks, smoked brisket and a perfect fourth-story view of the track. Oh, it’s also got 300 new TVs. Which seems like just the right amount.
The Bar & Book
Horse racing isn’t all tuna and brisket. It’s also about placing bets. And drinking bourbon. Simultaneously. Thankfully, that’s really easy here, because this racebook/sports bar hybrid’s got 100-plus betting stations and will televise races from across the country.
Apparently, there’s a big one in Kentucky next month.