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Past the Grandstand

Lone Star Park's 2014 Spring Meet in Photos

Lone Star Park gate 615 X 400
Photo: Mary Cage


2014 is only halfway over and it has already been one of the craziest years of my life. Between preparing for and competing at horse shows on a larger scale than I ever have before in my life and completing my senior year of high school, life has been hectic. All of these things have been very exciting, but unfortunately, as a result, my time to enjoy and write about racing has greatly diminished.

In years past, I have enjoyed numerous spring and summer days at Lone Star Park. However, this year – due to my busy schedule and Lone Star’s new format of primarily night racing – I made far fewer visits to my home track than I would have liked. Yet, each and every time I was there, I was in my happy place. And this year, I was sure to make memories that last forever – in the form of photographs.

Unfortunately, I was only able to be in attendance for one of Lone Star’s stakes races during this year’s Thoroughbred meet: the Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III). However, I enjoyed all of the racing I was in attendance for, as well as the morning works I made it out to see and my visit with 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. Lone Star is not a major headliner and has fallen upon hard times, but it is my happy place.

Please enjoy 25 of my favorite photographs I took at Lone Star this year:

Mine That Bird surveys his surroundings while visiting Lone Star Park as part of the "50 to 1" movie tour

The eye of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird

Feet in flight

The focused eye of Joseph Countdown

Flosy Has Atitude prepares to head to the track

Cole's Magic Vow wins for Bret Calhoun and Carl Moore

Hooves fling mud in the post parade on Memorial Day

Caberneigh in the paddock

The eye of Night Tide, a personal favorite and the winner of two races during Lone Star's 2014 meet

The Lone Star Park Handicap field heads past the stands for the first time

Grand Contender gallops to victory in the Lone Star Park Handicap

After winning a race, Port of Storms - trained by Racing's Future's own Adam Dobric - heads back to the barn as the horses for the next race head to the paddock

A schooler eyes the crowd

The unusual tail of Zara Lauren

The sun gleams on Zara Lauren as she heads back to the barn

Justa Average Joe battles Anaan down the stretch to win

A Bret Calhoun trainee's two-toned tail streams behind it during a morning gallop

Tom Durant-owned, Jack Bruner-trained chestnut on the muscle during morning training

A horse leaves the track after a morning gallop

Dallas Keen, aboard the popular former stakes winner Tortuga Straits, chases after a loose horse

A horse heads back to the barn after its morning exercise

The eye of Man of Stature in the paddock before he broke his maiden

West Road in the paddock

West Road after running second on the last Friday of the meet

Farewell, Lone Star. Until next year!


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Mary Cage, a 19-year-old avid fan of horse racing, has been around horses all her life, having owned, shown, and judged them for as long as she can remember. She began writing her own horse racing blog, Past the Grandstand, in August 2011 and has since been published with the websites of The BloodHorse and The Equine Chronicle, the American Quarter Horse Association's magazine America's Horse, and Southern Racehorse Magazine. Blogging about the sport of horse racing combines her love for horse racing and writing. In her personal horse experience, she has won several Appaloosa National Champion titles in the show ring. 


Mary has always aspired to have a career with horses and since her love for horse racing began, she has dreamed of pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred racing industry, possibly as a writer and marketing/communications specialist. She is currently attending Tarleton State University, where she is studying Agricultural Communications. With this blog, she hopes to show readers horse racing through the eyes of a young fan as she writes about assorted horse racing topics.

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