Remington Park’s 25th anniversary rolls on in 2013 with the Oklahoma Derby, returned to graded status this season, leading the Thoroughbred season stakes schedule.
The Remington Park Thoroughbred season runs from Friday, August 16, through Sunday, December 15, and includes a 32-stakes race schedule worth nearly $3.4 million. The Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby is the top event of the season and leads a special Sunday, September 29, program worth well over $1 million in purses. The Oklahoma Derby Day card will also include the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks, $150,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup, $100,000 Remington Green Stakes and the first leg of the Remington Park 2-year-old stakes race triple, the $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes.
The Oklahoma Derby regains a Grade 3 ranking this year for the first time since 2004. Contested at 1 1/8 miles, this year marks the 25th running of the event, first won by Clever Trevor in 1989. Politicallycorrect scored the Oklahoma Derby in 2012.
The Remington Park season closes with 2-year-olds featured on Sunday, December 15. The $250,000 Springboard Mile is the top stakes offering for the freshmen runners. The Springboard caps the 2-year-old stakes racing triple that begins with the Kip Deville at six furlongs in September. The $100,000 Clever Trevor at seven furlongs on November 8 is next, then the Springboard as the finale. Texas Bling captured the 2012 Springboard at outlandish odds of 128-1.
A new Remington Park stakes event will debut on the final day of the season. The $100,000 Trapeze will be run for the first time, featuring 2-year-old fillies at one mile.
The Remington Park turf course will be utilized extensively while in its prime with eight stakes races. The $100,000 Remington Green Stakes on the Oklahoma Derby undercard is the top open company turf race of the season.
The Remington Park stakes slate begins with a pair of events on the second night of the season. The $175,000 Governor’s Cup at 1 1/8 miles and the $75,000 David M. Vance Sprint at six furlongs will lead the card on Saturday, April 17.
The $1 million Oklahoma Classics, featuring eligible Oklahoma-breds in eight divisional stakes races, will be run Friday, October 18. The $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup, at 1 1/16 miles, is the top event of the evening. The $145,000 Distaff is second in the Classics pecking order at 1 mile and 70 yards for older fillies and mares. A quartet of $130,000 races including the Turf, Distaff Turf, Sprint and Distaff Sprint are also featured. The 2-year-olds round out the divisional Classics competition in the $100,000 Juvenile and $100,000 Lassie, for males then females respectively.
Overall, 16 of the 32 events on the stakes schedule are worth a purse of at least $100,000.
The Remington Park season will feature a 7 p.m. (Central) post time for the August evening race cards. The afternoon programs will begin at 1:30 p.m. including: Labor Day Monday, September 2; Oklahoma Derby Day, Sunday, September 29; Black Friday, November 29; and Springboard Mile Day, Sunday, December 15.
The first post for the Remington Park races on Breeders’ Cup Saturday, November 2, will be earlier than the normal evening start. The beginning of that live program will be announced once the Breeders’ Cup schedule has been set.
2013 Remington Park Thoroughbred Stakes Schedule
Aug. 17: $175,000 Governor’s Cup, 1-1/8 miles
$75,000 David M. Vance Sprint, 6 furlongs
Aug. 23: $50,000 Red Earth Stakes, 7-1/2 furlongs, turf (OK)
Aug. 24: $75,000 Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Handicap, 1-1/8 miles, turf
Aug. 30: $50,000 Ricks Memorial, 1 mile, fillies/mares, turf
Sept. 13: $50,000 Remington Park Turf Sprint, 5 furlongs, turf (OK)
Sept. 20: $50,000 Tishomingo Stakes, 7 furlongs, 3yos (OK)
$50,000 Te Ata Stakes, 7 furlongs, 3yo fillies (OK)
Sept. 29: $400,000, Grade 3, Oklahoma Derby, 1-1/8 miles, 3yos
$200,000 Remington Park Oaks, 1-1/16 miles, 3yo fillies
$150,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup, 6 furlongs
$100,000 Remington Green, 1-1/16 miles, turf
$75,000 Kip Deville Stakes, 6 furlongs, 2yos
$50,000 Ladies on the Lawn, 7-1/2 furlongs, fillies/mares, turf (OK)
Oct. 4: $50,000 Flashy Lady Stakes, 6 furlongs, fillies/mares
Oct. 18: $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup, 1-1/16 miles (OK)
$145,000 Classics Distaff, 1 mile-70yds, fillies/mares (OK)
$130,000 Classics Sprint, 6 furlongs (OK)
$130,000 Classics Distaff Sprint, 6 furlongs, fillies/mares (OK)
$130,000 Classics Turf, 1 mile (OK)
$130,000 Classics Distaff Turf, 7-1/2 furlongs, fillies/mares (OK)
$100,000 Classics Juvenile, 6 furlongs, 2yos (OK)
$100,000 Classics Lassie, 6 furlongs, 2yo fillies (OK)
Oct. 25: $50,000 E.L. Gaylord Memorial, 6-1/2 furlongs, 2yos
Nov. 8: $100,000 Clever Trevor Stakes, 7 furlongs, 2yos
Nov. 22: $50,000 Silver Goblin Stakes, 6-1/2 furlongs (OK)
Nov. 29: $50,000 Oklahoma Stallions Stakes, 6 furlongs, 2yos
$50,000 Oklahoma Stallion Stakes Fillies, 6 furlongs
Dec. 15: $250,000 Springboard Mile, 2yos
$100,000 Trapeze Stakes, 1 Mile, 2yo fillies
$50,000 Jim Thorpe Stakes, 1 mile, 3yos (OK)
$50,000 Useeit Stakes, 1 mile, 3yo fillies (OK)