Remington Anticipates Strong 2014
Remington Park prepares to open meet March 7.
February 24, 2014
The beginning of Remington Park’s 2014 American Quarter Horse & Mixed-breed Season is just a week and a half away. The top athletes in the sport are once again expected in Oklahoma City and will now be presented in high definition.
Global Gaming Solutions, Remington Park’s parent company, continues its facility improvements with the installation of a high definition television control room. Remington Park’s racing action will look better than ever with the newest equipment and technology, helping the broadcast stand out to viewers.
More horseplayers and racing fans continue to turn to Remington Park, witnessed by increases in pari-mutuel handle during both racing seasons in 2013. Remington Park’s Quarter Horse season export handle was up 2.1 percent with an increase of more than $284,000 in 2013, despite 14 fewer races being contested than in 2012.
The drive in export handle continued in the recently completed Thoroughbred season with a 14.9 percent increase over 2012, as over $6.2 million more was played on the Remington Park races than in the prior year. The increase took place despite 12 fewer races and one less race date.
Severe weather, in both the spring and the winter, dictated the smaller total of actual races in the 2013 seasons at Remington Park.
The number of outlets accepting Remington Park races has climbed in recent years and a working agreement with TVG, the leader in horse racing television, has correlated into newfound success.
Remington Park partnered with the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma for an increased awareness campaign during the 2013 Thoroughbred season. Working with TVG since 2010, the campaign targeted core players, drawing them to Remington Park’s enhanced quality of racing.
“We have nationally recognized trainers and owners with stables here at Remington Park,” noted Matt Vance, vice president of racing and wagering. “Our field size averages are amongst the highest in the industry year after year. We have a great facility that we can match with any in our business and we needed a way to get those messages out to the big players in the export simulcast market.
“We also believe our upcoming Quarter Horse season will benefit from this awareness campaign,” Vance continued. “We’re branding our product in the most productive way. When players look up and see our graphics and high definition presence, we believe the familiarity that has been established will drive more handle going forward. We’re very lucky at Remington Park to have great horsemen’s groups in both the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association and the TRAO. They understand what it takes to reach higher goals.”
The 2014 Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park will feature a stakes schedule worth nearly $5 million in purse money. The richest event of the season is the $1 million Heritage Place Futurity (G1) on May 31.
The first race on Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon racing on March 9 begins at 1:30 p.m. The 2014 American Quarter Horse & Mixed-breed Season at Remington Park continues through June 1.
Open daily at 10:30 a.m. for casino gaming and simulcast racing, Remington Park features the Bricktown Brewery on the casino floor. Admission, general parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park, home of the Grade 2 Oklahoma Futurity, to be run for the 73rd time on March 22, 2014.
Tracked by over 51,000 fans on Facebook and 5,000 Twitter followers, Remington Park is Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino and is 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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