The 2016 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season opens this Friday night, Aug. 12, with a nine-race program that starts at 7pm (central). The card begins the 67-date season that will continue thru Dec. 11.
The total purse money for the Opening Night program at Remington Park is $250,825. The richest races on the card are for Oklahoma-bred maidens in races three, five and nine, all worth $42,075. Races three and five are five-furlong sprints for 2-year-olds. The ninth race is at six furlongs for older Oklahoma-bred maidens.
There are two allowance races on Opening Night. The fourth race is a six-furlong sprint worth $34,000 for 3-year-olds and older. In race five, fillies and mares will compete over five furlongs on the turf for a purse of $40,000.
The other four races on the Opening Night card are claiming events. The turf course will be utilized in three of the nine races on the first night of the season. The first race of the season, a $15,000-level claiming event, is at 1-1/16 miles over the lawn. In addition to the five-furlong (allowance) turf sprint in race six, the eighth race is one-mile over grass for $10,000-level claimers.
A total of 83 horses entered the nine races on Opening Night for an average field size of 9.2 per race.
The beginning of the Thoroughbred season brings the return of the 50-cent Pick 5 wager. The Pick 5 wager is at the beginning of every Remington Park program in races one thru five.
The Primetime Pick 4 takes place in races six thru nine and will have a guaranteed wagering pool of $20,000.
The Opening Weekend of the season will continue on Saturday, Aug. 13, also at 7pm. After the initial two nights of racing, the Remington Park season will settle into a regular weekly schedule of Wednesday thru Saturday nights with the first race at 7pm.