How David Vance chose the name for Remington Park

by Berry Tramel Published: August 5, 2014
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The blocked shot as an official statistic was not David Vance’s only lasting contribution to sport. He also named Remington Park.

Vance came to Oklahoma in 1988 to oversee construction of Oklahoma City’s new horse racing track, of which DeBartolo Racing had named him president and general manager.

Vance selected the Remington Park name.

“Corny as it sounds, I wanted the track to be a work of art,” Vance told Remington blogger Avery Oden in 2012. “One day, while we were in the formative stages of developing the concept, I visited the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

“I’ve always been a fan of Western art, and two of the greatest artists in history were C.M. Russell and Frederic Remington. Russell Park didn’t appeal to me, so I didn’t even consider that. Then I read that Remington requested that his tombstone read: ‘Frederic Remington, He Knew the Horse.’ I liked that.

“The Remington Rifle had some influence, as well, because of Oklahoma’s western heritage. I had already decided I wanted it to have ‘Park’ in the name of the track. I liked the sound of Remington Park, so I went with it.”

Vance, who remains in the racing industry as a consultant, got into the horse business in 1976, after the Kentucky Colonels folded. He had joined the ABA team as a publicist, after a short career as a sportswriter.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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