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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
/articleid/3878590/1/pictures/2198442">Photo - When Remington Park racetrack opened in 1988, the paddock was often flooded with fans.

When Remington Park racetrack opened in 1988, the paddock was often flooded with fans. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO

May 30, 2009: The Heritage Place Futurity carries a purse of $1,107,000 — the richest race in Oklahoma history. Ragazzo wins the race.

Oct. 11, 2009: The Oklahoma Derby purse reaches $400,000 — the richest purse for the Oklahoma Derby in track history.

Oct. 22, 2010: The Oklahoma Classics program of state-bred stakes events reaches $1 million in total purse money for the first time in history.

November 2012: The American Graded Stakes Committee grants Grade 3 status to the Oklahoma Derby. The committee is a group organized by the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Assocation.

Milestones at Remington Park

Feb. 24, 1990: Remington Park Pick Six ticket pays out $1,070,482.50 — the richest pari-mutuel wagering payoff in track history.

Feb. 24, 1990: Remington Park sets one-day, pari-mutuel overall record with $2,808,243 wagered overall.

1999: Magna Entertainment purchases Remington Park.

Nov. 2, 2004: State Question 712 passes by a vote of Oklahomans. The passage allows electronic gaming at horse racing tracks in the state.

July 13, 2005: A $35-million renovation project begins to construct the casino.

Nov. 21, 2005: Remington Park Casino opens to the public.

Jan. 1, 2010: Global Gaming Solutions RP, a subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation, assumes operations of Remington Park. In late 2009, Global Gaming purchased the track from Magna Entertainment Corp.

March 4, 2010: The Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Remington Park begins with a ceremony honoring greats from American Quarter Horse racing.

August 2010: Major renovations of the suites, the plaza, and interior and exterior improvements, are completed. The project also includes the opening of Henry Hudson's Pub and Grill on Plaza Level.

March 3, 2011: Officials unveil a four-story, high-definition video board and smaller, high-definition video board. The “Superscreen” is believed to be the largest of its kind at a North American horse racing track.

Jan. 2012: Bricktown Brewery opens at Remington Park.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
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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