OKLAHOMA CITY – The Opening Night program of the 2011 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season has been compiled as entries were taken this morning in the track’s racing office. A card of nine races will kickoff the meeting with an allowance race, serving as a prep for the first major turf stakes of the season, as the feature.

The DeBartolo Memorial Handicap Prep will go as the fifth race on the program and carry a purse of $40,000. The one-mile turf race drew a field of six, all of them with career earnings above the six-digit plateau. The most accomplished turf athlete in the field is Little Wagon, an 8-year-old with 14 career wins, 12 of them over the lawn.

Owned by the Minneapolis, Minn. partnership of Deanna Kirchoff and Henry Thilmony, Little Wagon is trained by Randy Oberlander. A gelding by Langfurh from the Twilight Agenda mare Quilt has won 10 times at Remington Park including three scores here last year, two of them over the turf. His career earnings stand at $224,326 and he is searching for his first win of 2011. Lindey Wade, a newcomer to the Remington Park jockey colony, has the call.

Coyote Legend is the richest runner in the field. Owned by Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. of Midland, Texas and trained by Bret Calhoun, Coyote Legend has banked $359,636 overall. A 4-year-old gelding by Gold Legend from the Seeking The Gold mare Coyote Café, Coyote Legend has won eight times from 17 attempts with one win in three tries over turf. That victory came in early May at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. Jockey Roman Chapa will have the assignment as Coyote Legend seeks his first triumph at Remington Park.

The field in saddle-towel and post position order for the DeBartolo Memorial Prep, with horse, trainer and jockey.
1. Coyote Legend, Bret Calhoun, Roman Chapa

2. Little Wagon, Randy Oberlander, Lindey Wade

3. Alwayswithapproval, Joe Offolter, Cliff Berry

4. Dakota Gypsy, Kari Craddock, Chris Landeros

5. Uno Ducksy, Aaron Box, Bryan McNeil

6. One Call, Bart Hone, Jake Barton

All in the DeBartolo Prep will carry 118 pounds. The $100,000 Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Handicap, the first major turf stakes of the season, will be contested on Friday, Sept. 2.

A total of 89 horses entered the nine-race Opening Night program for an average field-size of 9.9 per race. Add the also-eligible entries in three of the races and an overall total of 97 horses were placed for possible competition on Thursday night. Total purses for the first racing program of the season stands at $244,100.

The first race on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug 18-20, will go at 6:30pm. The Opening Night festivities also include a 6-pack cooler giveaway that begins at 5pm in the Racing Entrance at Remington Park. Guests will receive a voucher to be redeemed for the cooler after the third race of the night, while supplies last.

The Remington Park Thoroughbred Season begins a 67-date run on Thursday, Aug. 18 and continues thru Saturday, Dec. 10. A stakes schedule of 28 events, with total purses of more than $3.2 million, is headlined by the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Until the return of live racing, casino gaming, featuring 750 machines in Oklahoma City’s only casino, and simulcast racing continues on a daily basis.

Open daily at 10am for casino gaming and simulcast racing, Remington Park also features Henry Hudson’s on the first floor, which opens for lunch at 11am. Admission, general parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park. 

Remington Park is Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino, located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.

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For More Information, Contact:
Dale Day
405-425-3215 (o), 405-326-7496 (m)

Dale.day@remingtonpark.com