Remington Park Thoroughbred Season Set
September 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - January 10, 2021 @ 10:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 20, 2020
OKLAHOMA DERBY, REMINGTON PARK OAKS, OKLAHOMA CLASSICS and SPRINGBOARD MILE HEADLINE REMINGTON PARK STAKES SCHEDULE
OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2020 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season is set to begin a 67-date run on Friday, Aug. 21. The 32-race stakes schedule will also start on opening night with the $75,000 Governor’s Cup, for older runners at 1-1/8 miles, serving as the feature.
The total purse money for the stakes schedule is $2,880,000, a reduction of $820,000 from the 2019 stakes. The lower structure is due to two-months of inactivity from mid-March to late-May this spring when Remington Park halted simulcast racing and casino gaming for health and safety measures at the height of Covid-19.
Remington Park’s lone graded events top the billing for Oklahoma Derby Day on Sunday, Sept. 27. The Grade 3, $200,000 Oklahoma Derby and the Grade 3, $100,000 Remington Park Oaks head the lineup of eight stakes races on one of just two Sunday afternoon programs this season. Won in 2019 by Owendale, the Oklahoma Derby shares richest race honors at Remington Park. The Springboard Mile, the track’s top event for 2-year-olds, also carries a $200,000 purse.
The marquee night for state-breds falls on Friday, Oct. 16 with the annual Oklahoma Classics. The series of divisional stakes races, worth more than $1,000,000, for Oklahoma-breds has been contested every year since 1993. The $175,000 Classics Cup tops the night and for the first time since 2016 will be won by a horse not named Shotgun Kowboy. A record-holding four-time winner of the Cup, millionaire Shotgun Kowboy has been retired to the farm of his breeder-owner-trainer, C.R. Trout, in Edmond, Okla.
The Springboard Mile leads a loaded afternoon of stakes racing on the final day of the season, Sunday, Dec. 20. The Springboard carries valuable qualifying points for the 2021 Kentucky Derby and has drawn quality fields, sending runners into the two most recent “Runs for the Roses” in 2018 (Combatant) and 2019 (Long Range Toddy).
The Remington Park turf course will be ready for action from opening night into November. There are seven stakes races slated over the grass with the $60,000 Remington Green and the $60,000 Ricks Memorial as the top open stakes races, both on the undercard on Oklahoma Derby Day. A pair of events on Oklahoma Classics night share the honors for richest turf stakes this season with the OKC Turf Classic and the Classics Distaff Turf both checking in at $130,000.
A total of 16 stakes are slated for Oklahoma-bred runners, beginning with a trio of events for state-breds over turf on Friday, Sept. 25. The Red Earth Stakes, the Bob Barry Memorial and the Remington Park Turf Sprint, all worth $70,000, start the run for Oklahoma-breds. The Jim Thorpe Stakes and Useeit Stakes, also worth $70,000, wrap up the state-bred stakes on the Springboard Mile undercard, Dec. 20.
Tracked by more than 164,000 fans on Facebook and more than 10,500 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $244 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. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.