Remington Park is pleased to announce an across the board 10% increase in overnight purses, just days ahead of the Opening Weekend of the 2015 Thoroughbred Season.
The 67-date season will begin Friday, Aug. 14 and continue thru Sunday, Dec. 13. The Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma (TRAO) has approved the 10% increase for all overnight purses, effective with the first night of racing.
The boost in purses will place Remington Park at an estimated $230,000 for daily average purse distribution. Open company maiden special weight races will now be worth $33,000. Maiden special weight races for Oklahoma-breds will increase to $42,750. Open allowance company races will now be worth $44,000.
“We are ecstatic to see horse racing in Oklahoma as strong as it’s ever been,” said Danielle Barber, executive director of the TRAO. “During a period in our industry when declines have become an unfortunate trend, we are proud to be moving the purses at Remington Park in a positive direction.”
Since being purchased by Global Gaming in 2010, increases in pari-mutuel handle during the Thoroughbred Season at Remington Park has become the norm. The revitalization of the facility and grounds, along with new marketing initiatives, are cause for the developments.
“We’ve grown our relationship with TVG through a sponsorship agreement for several years now which has helped in getting our racing product out to core ADW players,” noted Matt Vance, vice president of operations at Remington Park. “Since TVG’s acquisition of HRTV last year, the nightly racing schedule has been revamped and will now include Remington Park on HRTV regularly beginning this season. We are pleased to see our racing go into even more homes with the addition of HRTV broadcasting.”
Remington Park will open the 2015 Thoroughbred Season on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14 & 15. The regular post time throughout the season is 7pm (central). The normal weekly schedule of racing will take place Wednesday thru Saturday, beginning on Aug. 19.
Open daily at 10:30am for casino gaming and simulcast racing, Remington Park features the Bricktown Brewery on the casino floor. Admission, general parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park, home of the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sunday, Sept. 27.