OKLAHOMA CITY – The 44-race stakes schedule for the upcoming 2011 American Quarter Horse and Mixed-breed Season at Remington Park is loaded with many rich races, headlined by the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Heritage Place Futurity on May 28.


The stakes schedule, worth an estimated $5,192,000 overall, also features the new Remington Park Futurity on April 16. Contested for the first time in its history for eligible Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds, the $850,000 (estimated) Remington Park Futurity will be run at 330 yards.


The series of futurities begins with the historic Oklahoma Futurity on March 19. The Grade 3, $350,000 (estimated) Oklahoma Futurity is the longest running futurity in the history of the Quarter Horse racing.


Veterans have ample stakes opportunities this season with the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Championship leading the way on May 28. The main event for older horses carries an automatic berth into the top race for older horses in the sport, the $750,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos in southern California in December.


Also available for older horses, the Grade 1, $100,000 Leo Stakes on March 26 and the Grade 2, $100,000 (est.) Bank of America Oklahoma Championship. The latter event is part of the lucrative afternoon of American Quarter Horse Association Challenge races on Mothers’ Day, May 8, with the winners of those events moving on to the Challenge Championships in October at Los Alamitos.


The Grade 2, $250,000 (est.) Heritage Place Derby on May 28 heads the 3-year-old division. Also on the derby schedule: the $125,000 Oklahoma Derby on March 19 and the $250,000 (est.) Remington Park Derby, for eligible Oklahoma-breds, on April 16.


Distance horses that specialize in 870-yard racing will have multiple opportunities to display their talents throughout the season. Beginning with the Grade 3, $35,000 Pauls Valley Stakes on April 3, the series also includes the Grade 3, $40,000 (est.) Red Cell Distance Challenge on May 8.


Those events will lead into the richest 870-yard race in track history with the running of the Grade 3, $75,000 Remington Park Distance Handicap on May 28. That event is expected to draw the nation’s top distance runners to Oklahoma City.


The Paint and Appaloosa breeds also have many stakes events during the season. The $350,000 (est.) Graham Paint & Appaloosa Futurity, a Restricted Grade 1 event, is the richest race for the breeds with the final held on May 28.


A total of 19 stakes events will be held for eligible Oklahoma-breds this season. Other than the lucrative Remington Park Futurity and Derby in April, the $100,000 Sooner State Stakes for older horses leads the way on April 30.


In all, 23 of the 44 stakes events carry a graded or restricted graded designation, recognizing them among the sport’s top races. A total of 11 stakes races are established as Grade 1 or Restricted Grade 1 events.


The 2011 American Quarter Horse & Mixed-breed Season begins Friday, March 4 at Remington Park. The first graded stakes event on the calendar is the Grade 2, $50,000 Eastex Handicap on March 6. 


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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