The Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby headlines a schedule of 35 stakes races for the upcoming 2014 Thoroughbred season at Remington Park. The purse total for the complete stakes schedule is worth more than $3.5 million.
The 26th Oklahoma Derby, at 1 1/8 miles, is the lead event on a special Sunday afternoon of racing at Remington on September 28. The program also features: the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks; $150,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup; $100,000 Remington Green Stakes; $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes; $50,000 Flashy Lady Stakes and $50,000 Ladies on the Lawn Stakes.
The seven Oklahoma Derby Day stakes races boast $1,025,000 in purses with six races for open company. The Ladies on the Lawn for Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares is the lone exception.
The stakes schedule gets underway on the second night of the season, August 16, with the $175,000 Governor’s Cup at 1 1/8 miles and the $75,000 David M. Vance Stakes at six furlongs. The Governor’s Cup serves as the final leg of the Global Gaming Triple which began with the Texas Mile Stakes (G3) and the Lone Star Park Handicap (G3) this spring in Texas.
The initial open-company turf stakes is the $75,000 Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on August 23.
Remington Park’s series of 2-year-old stakes will begin with the Kip Deville at six furlongs on Oklahoma Derby Day. The $100,000 Clever Trevor Stakes, which offers a $25,000 bonus to graduates of the Carter Sales Co. auction, is set for November 7 at seven furlongs. The series culminates with the richest juvenile race of the meeting, the $250,000 Springboard Mile, on closing day, December 14.
The $100,000 Trapeze Stakes offers 2-year-old fillies a final stakes event on the season. The mile race, also on December 14, serves as a companion race to the Springboard Mile.
The season’s final afternoon will also feature a new race to the schedule at Remington. The $100,000 She’s All In Stakes, for older fillies and mares at 1 mile and 70 yards, offers older distaff runners a two-turn stakes over the main track. The race is named in honor of the recently retired Oklahoma-bred mare who was a graded winner that accumulated over $1.1 million in earnings. She’s All In won a record four consecutive Oklahoma Classics Distaff events, part of her 11 career triumphs in Oklahoma City.
The rich Oklahoma Classics program, for eligible Oklahoma-breds, falls on October 17. The eight divisional races carry an overall purse estimation of more than $1 million. The $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup leads the night at 1 1/16 miles. Overall, there are 16 stakes races scheduled for eligible Oklahoma-bred competitors.
Another new addition to this year’s schedule is a pair of stakes races for eligible Arkansas-bred runners. The $50,000 Razorback Futurity and $50,000 Lady Razorback Futurity will be run on November 8. Both of the 2-year-old races, which previously had been run at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, will cover six furlongs.
The 67-date Thoroughbred season begins on Friday, August 15, and continues through Sunday, December 14. Once the opening weekend has been completed, Remington will move to a normal weekly schedule of Wednesday through Saturday racing. The regular first race on a nightly basis is set for 7 p.m.
Special 1:30pm post times are in order for the following race dates: Labor Day. Monday, September 1; Oklahoma Derby Sunday, September 28; Black Friday, November 28 and Springboard Mile Sunday, December 14. The track will also have an early post time on Breeders’ Cup Saturday, November 1.
To view the complete stakes schedule, go to www.remingtonpark.com.