For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 07, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Opening Weekend of the Remington Park Thoroughbred Season will be festive as usual, with promotions and the optimism brought by a new season. The start of the 2014 season will also mark the return of a Hall of Fame trainer to Oklahoma City.

Jack Van Berg, 78, a regular at Remington Park in the track’s formative years, is on the grounds with his first stable of horses in nearly 20 years. Elected to the National Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in 1985, Van Berg will start horses at Remington Park for the first time since 1995. He was the leading trainer at Remington Park in the fall season of 1994 when he saddled 25 winners to gain the title.

Based primarily in southern California for the past five decades, Van Berg moved his operation this year to the southwest. He has saddled winners this year in competition at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. and Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

“I first went to California in 1972 and moved their permanently in 1991. Things have changed the past few years and I needed to get out of California and get some horses to train. I just wasn’t getting many horses anymore out there," Van Berg said. "I’ve picked up some new clients and have 24 horses right now and expect to pick up a few more soon.”

Included among the new owners for Van Berg is Dream Walkin Farms of Norman, Okla., the racing operation of country music superstar Toby Keith. Currently, Van Berg has six horses from that affiliation.

Van Berg is currently fifth all-time with 6,425 career training wins. A native of Columbus, Neb., Van Berg came up naturally into horse racing under his father Marion, who was elected to the Hall of Fame as a trainer in 1970.

The first trainer to reach 5,000 career victories, Van Berg counts among his greats 1988 Horse of the Year Alysheba, winner of the 1987 Kentucky Derby and 1988 Breeders’ Cup Classic. He also trained Gate Dancer who won the 1984 Preakness Stakes.

Remington Park’s Opening Weekend is Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15 & 16. The regular weekly slate of Wednesday thru Saturday racing will begin Aug. 20-23. The normal first post is set at 7pm (central).

Remington Park is open daily at 10:30am for simulcast racing and casino gaming, featuring the Bricktown Brewery on the casino floor. Admission, general parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park, the home of the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sunday, Sept. 28.

Tracked by over 66,000 fans on Facebook and 5,500 Twitter followers, Remington Park is Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino and is located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.