Sunday was the annual Extreme Racing Day at Remington Park, featuring seldom-used racing distances and exotic animals competing between the American Quarter Horse races. Clydesdales, zebras, ostriches and camels all rambled short yardage in special events.

The special race day is held in cooperation with the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association. Today was the first Extreme Racing Day held at Remington Park since 2019. The day is also utilized as a fundraiser and awareness day for Remington Park Charities.

Fans, under a comfortable overcast sky, also enjoyed the entertainment of pig-racing on the apron and delectable treasures from multiple food trucks with everything from corndogs to mini-pies.
The packed enthusiastic crowd held children high to watch and everyone cheered their favorite exotic animals to victory, ridden by Remington Park’s regular horse jockeys. The Express Ranch Clydesdales, Eel River Mohegan and Express Topper, got things rolling after the first horse race of the day in their match race. Amanda Pitts and Mindy Hole, the only riders who are not regular jockeys at Remington Park, handled the assignments.

After the second horse race, Heather was the fastest zebra of the day while most of her competition made it their greatest incentive to toss their jockeys to the ground before the finish line. Heather crossed it first, the easy winner, with jockey Edwin Escobedo racing his stripes in a blur to the wire. The charity, Good Shepherd Clinic, represented that winning zebra.

Following the fourth horse race, The Humper thumped the competition as jockey Antonio Perez booted home the swift ostrich in a race that featured all jockeys staying aboard past the wire and all the birds going into their holding trailer after the race for the first time in the history of the event at Remington Park. The winner was representing the charity, Freedom School Oklahoma, whose motto is “believing in children so they can believe in themselves.”

The final extreme race of the day was among the huge dromedary (one-humped) camels with jockeys up. Zoo the camel broke like a jackrabbit from the rail, under Bryan Candanosa, and the young 20-year-old rider acted like he was on one of his winning quarter horses this meet, flying to the mirror first. Zoo was representing the charity Positive Tomorrows.

Remington Park horse racing continues next week with a Thursday-Sunday schedule, April 28-May 1, racing nightly at 6pm except on Sunday when action begins at 4pm. All times are Central.

Tracked by more than 168,000 fans on Facebook and 10,600 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $288 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park will feature the $1,000,000 Heritage Place Futurity and the $250,000 Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship on May 28. Simulcast horse is racing featured daily at Remington Park where the casino is always open! Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.