OPENING NIGHT AT REMINGTON PARK SET WITH NINE RACES, FEATURING $75,000 GOVERNOR’S CUP
The Opening Night of the 2020 Thoroughbred Season at Remington Park is set for Friday, Aug. 21.The first race of the season starts at 7:07pm-Central.
Horsemen entered with gusto as the nine events drew 94 horses for an average field size of 10.4 per race. Total purses for the evening check in at $216,245 with the $75,000 Governor’s Cup leading the way for older runners at 1-1/8 miles.
Steve Asmussen, a National Racing Hall of Famer and 15-time training champ at Remington Park will be represented with eight horses on Friday, three of them in the Governor’s Cup. Vangilder, Lamartine (Brz) and Sheriff Brown have been entered into the richest race of the night.
David Cabrera, the two-time defending jockey champ at Remington Park has accepted mounts in eight of the nine races, including Hunka Burning Love, the slight morning-line favorite at 7-2 odds in the Governor’s Cup. Hunka Burning Love is trained by Karl Broberg whose End Zone Athletics led the way as leading owner here in 2019.
Many jockeys new to Remington Park will be in action on Opening Night including Sophie Doyle, Assael Espinoza and Keith Asmussen, among others.
Remington Park will add another Pick Four wager to the menu for horseplayers, beginning nightly in race two. The Primetime Pick Four will continue to anchor the final four races on each program. The Pick Five will help kick off every program in race one. The Pick Five and the Pick Fours are all available for a 50-cent minimum bet.
The 67-date Thoroughbred season is scheduled to run through Dec. 20. Highlight racing programs during the meet include Oklahoma Derby Day (Sept. 27), Oklahoma Classics (Oct. 16) and Springboard Mile Day (Dec. 20).
Remington Park will race on Friday and Saturday nights for the final two weeks in August before expanding to three nights a week in early September. Eventually, the weekly schedule moves to four nights a week in late September.
Tracked by more than 164,000 fans on Facebook and more than 10,400 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $246 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 is open daily for casino gaming and simulcast horse racing. The 2020 Thoroughbred Season is scheduled for Aug. 21 through Dec. 20. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.