Remington Park: A look at the history of the track

As Remington Park celebrates its 25th anniversary, Ed Godfrey takes a look at the history of the track, which opened in 1988.
by Ed Godfrey Modified: September 2, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: September 1, 2013
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Remington Park's 25th Anniversary Celebration on Labor Day

10:30 a.m.: Casino opens.

11 a.m.: Award presentation of 18 Remington Park Charter Employees.

1:30 p.m.: First post time, with public statue dedication ceremony in between races of “Chickasaw Horse and Rider” by Enoch Kelly Haney, former chief of Seminole Nation and state legislator.

Major dates in Remington Park's history

Sept. 1, 1988: Bold Les wins the first pari-mutuel race in track history, the Inaugural Handicap for Oklahoma-breds. Buddy Winnett was the jockey for trainer Mark Holder and owner J.J. Williams.

March 18, 1989: Clever Trevor wins the first Oklahoma Derby in 1989. Originally called Remington Park Derby, it was renamed to Oklahoma Derby.

May 25, 1989: Mystry Effort wins the first American Quarter Horse race in Remington Park history. Ridden by jockey Jimmie J. Hunt, the gelding was owned and trained by H.C. Werner, Jr.

July 1991: Remington Park main track is replaced with a natural surface, which remains in use today. The new track replaced Equitrack that had been used since the track's opening in 1988.

Feb. 29, 1992: Remington Park sets one-day attendance record with 26,411 people in attendance.

Nov. 14, 1993: The inaugural Oklahoma Classics is conducted featuring a series of divisional stakes races for eligible Oklahoma-breds. Brother Brown wins the inaugural Oklahoma Classics as a three-year-old. The race is now known as the Classics Cup.

Jan. 19, 2001: Remington Park conducts the first full night of live racing during the 2001 Winter Thoroughbred Season. Construction on the lights began Labor Day 2000, with the project completed in a few weeks. The lights were utilized first on October 16, 2000, during twilight racing.

June 9, 2001: Tailor Fit becomes the only horse in track history to win the prestigious Remington Park Championship three consecutive years (1999, 2000, 2001).

June 1, 2008: Stolis Winner captures the first $1 million race at Remington Park — the $1,106,320 Heritage Place Futurity. Stolis Winner goes on to win the all-American Futurity and be voted as the 2008 AQHA World Champion.

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by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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