The Opening Weekend of the 2015 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season is just eight days away. The morning workouts continue to reflect preparations for many who may compete in the first stakes events of the season.
The Remington Park stakes schedule starts with a pair of races on Saturday night, Aug. 15 with the $175,000 Governor’s Cup and the $75,000 David M. Vance Sprint.
At 1-1/8 miles, the Governor’s Cup is expected to feature many top older horses, including 2014 victor, Code West. Owned by Bryan, Tim and Leo Hawk of Shawnee, Okla. and trained by Boyd Caster, Code West has posted three consecutive bullet works at Remington Park since the track opened for training in mid-July. The 5-year-old Virginia-bred by 1999 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid recently went six furlongs in 1:13.70 breezing. Code West also worked five furlongs handily in :59.35 seconds on July 25 and another five furlongs handily in :58.97 seconds on July 18.
If he starts in the Governor’s Cup, Code West will attempt to be the first repeat winner of the race since the millionaire Oklahoma-bred Mr Ross turned the trick in successive years in 1999 and 2000.
Code West is preparing to return from an extended racing break as he has not competed since running sixth in the $100,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. in February.
The first sprint stakes of the season also falls on Aug. 15 with the six-furlong David M. Vance Sprint. Named after Remington Park’s founding president and general manager, the Vance could see the return of the race’s 2014 winner, Ivan Fallunovalot. Owned by Lewis Matthews, Jr. of Bismarck, Ark. and trained by Tom Howard, the 5-year-old worked a half-mile at Remington Park on Aug. 2 in :49.63 seconds, breezing.
Texas-bred Ivan Fallunovalot last raced in the Grade 3, $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn in April, finishing second to Alsvid who won the Vance in 2012.
Alsvid recently topped the $1 million-mark in career earnings after finishing fifth in the Grade 2, $250,000 Smile Sprint at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. Owned by Black Hawk Stable of Elk City, Okla., Alsvid is trained by Chris Hartman. The 6-year-old gelding has won four of seven career races at Remington Park while earning over $282,000 here.
Others expected for the Vance Sprint include Delaunay, recent winner of the Iowa Sprint at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa in late June. Bobcat Jim, fourth in the Iowa Sprint, may also be pointed to the Vance Sprint.
2012 Oklahoma Derby Winner Returns
Politicallycorrect, winner of the 2012 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park, has found his way back to Oklahoma City. He won the state’s richest Thoroughbred race while campaigning for then owner/breeders Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey… Claimed twice in 2015, Politicallycorrect is now owned by Danny Keene of Greenville, Texas. The 6-year-old gelding is currently trained by Shea Stuart who is in his first full year of training at Remington Park. Stuart is the son of long-time Edmond, Okla. trainer Clinton Stuart… Politicallycorrect has won seven of 31 career attempts with lifetime earnings of $533,381. He has two works to ready for the Remington Park season with an Aug. 2 five-furlongs in :59.01 seconds (handily) as the most recent.
Opening Weekend Promotions
Remington Park will offer added-value to racing guest during Opening Weekend “Big Bag of Bets” and “Mystery Mutuel Voucher” promotions.
Guests on Opening Night, Friday, Aug. 14, will enter a drawing and could be selected to draw from the “Big Bag of Bets” where they will receive either a $100 win bet, $100 place bet of $100 show bet. There will be three drawings from “Big Bag of Bets” throughout the night with six guests getting bets in each drawing.
Upon entering the Racing Lobby on Saturday night, Aug. 15, guests will receive a Mystery Mutuel Voucher worth between $2 and $1,000. The vouchers will be distributed, while supplies last, beginning at 5pm.
Berry Special Season Begins
The 2015 Thoroughbred Season will be the final one for all-time leading local jockey Cliff Berry, a winner of 2,078 races at Remington Park and more than 4,400 overall. Berry has announced his retirement once the season closes in December. In honor of his career, Remington Park will reward fans with cash or prizes, for all wins posted by Berry this season.
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.
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