FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE WITH HORSE PLAYER NOW RETURNS ON OPENING NIGHT AT REMINGTON PARK

For Immediate Release
Friday, August 07, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Opening Weekend of the 2015 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season is now just one week away as the 67-date meeting begins Friday, Aug. 14. Coinciding with the Opening Night is the beginning of the Friday Night Live online discussions with Horse Player NOW.

Hosted by noted racing experts Jeremy Plonk and Jerry Shottenkirk, Friday Night Live engages horse racing fans from the novice to the professional. The interaction takes place via computer, smart phones and tablet devices from coast-to-coast. Friday Night Live begins at 6:30pm, 30-minutes before the first race of the evening at 7pm. All times are Central.

“Our Friday Night Live sessions with Horse Player NOW have been extremely popular for many years,” according to Dale Day, Remington Park’s announcer who is also involved in the discussion that lasts approximately four hours. “The forum has introduced Remington Park’s thriving racing presentation to thousands of new fans and players across North America, all while simplifying horse racing’s intricacies into an understandable process for winning.”

“We try to be mentors each week, which not only means teaching the game, but being your sidekick at the track,” said Plonk, a former Remington Park analyst and founder of Horse Player NOW. “That means celebrating the wins and commiserating the tough beats that make handicapping such a dynamic pastime to share.”

In addition to the informative and lively conversation, Friday Night Live also offers participating guests free past performances, courtesy of Brisnet. A major partner with both Horse Player NOW and Remington Park, Brisnet has been heavily involved with extending the reach of horse racing to newer fans for years.

To take part in Friday Night Live at Remington Park, fans simply go to Horseplayernow.com to join the winning fun. The forum can also be accessed at Remingtonpark.com.

Friday Night Live will be a regular weekly feature throughout the Remington Park Thoroughbred Season, running thru Dec. 13.

50-cent Trifectas, Pick 3s and Primetime Pick 4
Utilized in special circumstances a year ago, Remington Park will feature 50-cent Trifectas, 50-cent rolling Pick 3s and a 50-cent Primetime Pick 4 as a regular part of the Thoroughbred season wagering schedule for the first time. The added-value minimum wagers will be in effect starting Opening Night, Friday, Aug. 14.

Stakes Schedule Begins
The Remington Park stakes schedule starts with a pair of races on Saturday night, Aug. 15 with the $175,000 Governor’s Cup and the $75,000 David M. Vance Sprint.

The Governor’s Cup, at 1-1/8 miles for 3-year-olds and older, is expected to feature many top older horses, including 2014 victor, Code West. Owned by Bryan, Tim and Leo Hawk of Shawnee, Okla. and trained by Boyd Caster, Code West will attempt to be the first repeat winner of the race since millionaire Oklahoma-bred Mr Ross turned the trick in successive years in 1999 and 2000.

The first sprint stakes of the season, the six-furlong David M. Vance Sprint, (named after Remington Park’s founding president and general manager) could see the return of the race’s 2014 winner, Ivan Fallunovalot. Owned by Lewis Matthews, Jr. of Bismarck, Ark. and trained by Tom Howard, Ivan Fallunovalot will attempt to become the first two-time winner of the Vance in the race’s short history. The Vance debuted on the Remington Park stakes schedule in 2011 and is for 3-year-olds and older.

Opening Weekend Promotions
Remington Park will offer added-value to racing guest during Opening Weekend “Big Bag of Bets” and “Mystery Mutuel Voucher” promotions.

Guests on Opening Night, Friday, Aug. 14, will enter a drawing and could be selected to draw from the “Big Bag of Bets” where they will receive either a $100 win bet, $100 place bet of $100 show bet. There will be three drawings from “Big Bag of Bets” throughout the night with six guests getting bets in each drawing.

Upon entering the Racing Lobby on Saturday night, Aug. 15, guests will receive a Mystery Mutuel Voucher worth between $2 and $1,000. The vouchers will be distributed, while supplies last, beginning at 5pm.

Berry Special Season Begins
The 2015 Thoroughbred Season will be the final one for all-time leading local jockey Cliff Berry, a winner of 2,078 races at Remington Park and more than 4,400 overall. Berry has announced his retirement once the season closes in December. In honor of his career, Remington Park will reward fans with cash or prizes, for all wins posted by Berry this season.

Remington Park will open the 2015 Thoroughbred Season on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14 & 15. The regular post time throughout the season is 7pm (central). The normal weekly schedule of racing will take place Wednesday thru Saturday, beginning on Aug. 19.

Open daily at 10:30am for casino gaming and simulcast racing, Remington Park features the Bricktown Brewery on the casino floor. Admission, general parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park, home of the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sunday, Sept. 27.

Tracked by over 85,000 fans on Facebook and 6,500 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.

 

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