OPENING NIGHT AT REMINGTON PARK FEATURES NINE-RACE PROGRAM AND LARGE FIELDS
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY – The first racing program of the 2015 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season has been compiled by the track’s racing office. Opening Night on Friday, Aug. 14 features nine races with large fields competing for a lofty purse structure.
A total of 97 horses entered the nine races, an average field size of 10.8 for the first night of the season. The total purses for Opening Night stand at $255,475, an example of the recent 10% increase, in effect immediately, to begin the season. Estimated daily purse averages for the 67-dates are expected to be $230,000, which would be a record for the Remington Park Thoroughbred Season.
The initial race of the season is an allowance event at six furlongs with a purse of $35,200. The first turf event of the season is in the second event on the program, a $17,500-level claiming race at one mile. The Remington Park turf course is as lush and green as ever thanks to the record rainfall in Oklahoma City this spring and summer.
Back-to-back Oklahoma-bred maiden races are next for 2-year-olds at five furlongs are up next, both with a purse of $42,750. The fourth race of the night has been named the Gerald Dixon Memorial Purse, in honor of the well-known Guymon, Okla. owner who passed away last month. Dixon campaigned Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Famer Highland Ice in the late 1990s.
Race five is at 1-1/16 miles over the turf for a claiming level of $12,500. Another claiming race takes place at six furlongs in race six for a $6,250 level. Race seven is for Oklahoma-breds, 3-year-olds and older, in maiden company at six furlongs for another purse of $42,750.
The feature of the night is a $44,000 allowance in race eight at five furlongs over the turf for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and older. The field of 10 includes: Yucca, winner of the $50,000 Prairie Rose in May at Prairie Meadows in Iowa; Haveyougoneaway, second or third in five consecutive stakes events dating back to January. She was also third in the 2014 $200,000 Remington Park Oaks; and Snappy Girl, winner of the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Mademoiselles Stakes at Evangeline Downs on July 4.
The finale, in race nine, is for $6,250-level claiming runners at 1 mile-70 yards.
Leading Jockeys Fill Remington Park Colony
As the season opens, a crowded jockey colony at Remington Park will begin their competition. Many of the riders have enjoyed a season title this year at various venues around the country before making their move to Oklahoma City. Among those track champs is C.J. McMahon, winner of the Lone Star Park season in Grand Prairie, Texas with 95 wins. McMahon will ride for the first time this season at Remington Park and has four mounts on Opening Night.
Also in Oklahoma City for the first time is Deshawn Parker, winner of the Sam Houston Race Park title earlier this year with 55 wins. He has been named on four horses on Opening Night.
Other jockey title winners this year competing at Remington Park include two-time defending local champ Ramon Vazquez, coming off a title at Prairie Meadows in Iowa where he had 94 wins; Bryan McNeil, winner of the Will Rogers Downs title in Claremore, Okla. this spring with 56 wins; and Curtis Kimes, riding leader at Fair Meadows in Tulsa this summer with 37 wins.
Friday Night Live Begins
The Opening Night of the 2015 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season will coincide with 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.
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 would 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
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.