REMINGTON PARK LIVE HANDLE INCREASES, HISTORY MADE BY TRES CRYSTALS
The 2022 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season at Remington Park welcomed all fans and horseplayers back during the 50-date session, for the first time in years. The public responded to the full availability, raising attendance and the live on-track pari-mutuel handle.
Live pari-mutuel handle reached $3,158,327 for an increase of $396,841 over the 2021 total, a 14.4% jump. This was achieved despite a decrease in races conducted as 518 events were run, down 32 from the total of 550 a year ago.
Attendance increased to 294,467 for the season, up 66,201 or 29% from 2021.
Those in attendance on the final race date of the season, Champions’ Night on May 28, witnessed Tres Crystals make history. The talented 2-year-old gelding owned by Elizabeth Logan, 95, of Haskell, Okla. and trained by Dee Keener, won the two major open company futurities for American Quarter Horses, the Grade 2, $440,800 Oklahoma Futurity and the Grade1, $1,112,440 Heritage Place Futurity. It is the first time any horse has won both of those events since they started taking place during the same season at Remington Park, dating to 2006.
The all sources Remington Park handle was $37,913,378, a decrease from 2021 of $5,882,059 or 13.4%.
The export handle for Remington Park, money wagered from outside the track’s operation, was $34,626,271, a decrease of $6,258,013 or 15.3% from the previous year.
A lower total of races offered, combined with the business of horse racing on a national level returning to normal activity for the first time since early 2020, accounts for some of the decline.
Horsemen supported the races with 4,692 horses leaving the starting gate for an average field size of 9.06 per race. Up from the 8.91 average field size per race in 2021 when 4,900 horses competed.
Total purses offered for the season reached $16,083,086 for a daily average of $321,662. The total this year is down slightly, -2.45%, from 2021 when the total purses were $16,486,440 for an average of $336,458.
There were 50 race dates conducted this season compared to 49 in 2021.
Remington Park racing will return with the beginning of the 2022 Thoroughbred Season on Aug. 19.
Tracked by more than 170,000 fans on Facebook and 10,600 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $290 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 features simulcast horse racing daily and the casino is always open! Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.