For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY – A determined effort in the stretch gained a second-straight victory for Fccountryday in a $36,300 allowance race over the turf Wednesday night at Remington Park. The 5-year-old mare got up to win by a neck, catching rivals in the final strides of the one-mile race.

Owned by Richard Chandler of Mesquite, Texas and trained by Mindy Willis, Fccountryday was ridden by Remington Park newcomer C.J. McMahon. Fccountryday rallied from mid-pack in the field of nine, catching Sweet Diva in the final jumps to win while crossing the finish in 1:37.83 over the firm course.

Away at 6-1 odds, Fccountryday paid $14.20 to win, $6.60 to place and $4.20 to show. Sweet Diva paid $5.20 to place and $4.40 to show. Synkros was third and returned $3.60 to show. Sweet Opportunity was the beaten even-money wagering favorite, finishing fourth.

The win was the fourth from 14 career starts for Fccountryday. The Oklahoma-bred mare by Air Commander from the Nashwan mare Swimmingly picked up $21,576 for the triumph to increase her lifetime earnings to $57,452.

The win gave McMahon 10 for the season, making him the first jockey to reach double-digits in victories through the opening seven racing programs.

Big Payoffs in Wednesday Finale
In the ninth and final race of the evening, Cactus Needles rallied to win over the turf at 44-1 odds under jockey Chya Johnstone. Owned by Richard Study of Redding, Calif. and trained by Paul Smith, Cactus Needles paid $90.40 to win, which is a season high.

The win payoff was one of five season-high payoffs resulting from the longshot win by Cactus Needles. The other large payoffs included: the 10-superfecta which paid $6,537.38; the late daily double paid $344.40; the 50-cent pick three paid $8,494.10 and the 50-cent Primetime Pick 4 paid $16,870.75.

Remington Park Thoroughbred racing continues Thursday thru Saturday, Aug. 27-29. The $50,000 Bob Barry Memorial Stakes is the feature race of the week on Friday evening. Saturday night, Remington Park becomes ‘Remington Bark’ as dogs are welcomed for the first time ever in a charitable event for many central Oklahoma canine rescue operations. Remington Park’s first post time is at 7pm-Central.

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