The 2017 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season starts this Friday night with large fields throughout the nine-race program that begins at 7pm-Central.
A total of 110 horses were entered for the Opening Night program, bringing the average field size to a lofty 12.2 per race. The smallest race field of the night is 11 (races 2, 5 and 6) with the maximum field of 14 for Remington Park racing utilized in both races 7 and 9. The season opener will feature a field of 13 going six furlongs in a Claiming ($7,500-level) race.
The richest race of the night is an allowance event for Oklahoma-breds, 3-years old and older, at 6-1/2 furlongs in race 6 for $43,350. The total purses for the first night of the season are $205,023.
There will be a trio of turf events on Opening Night, all contested at one mile. The turf races are claiming events at the $10,000 and $15,000 level. There are a pair of Maiden races for Oklahoma-breds on the card, each worth $42,075, at five furlongs (2-year-olds) and at six furlongs (ages 3 to 5). A Maiden Claiming ($7,500 level) race at 5-1/2 furlongs will conclude the first-night options for those in search of their initial victory.
The Remington Park Thoroughbred Season will run from Aug. 25 thru Dec. 17 for a total of 67 dates. After the opening two days of racing, the normal weekly Wednesday thru Saturday schedule will begin with normal first race at 7pm.
(from Remington Park news release)