Quarter Horse Racing's Stars Shine at Remington
Handle drops, but average field size remains steady during the track's 50-date spring season.
June 14, 2016
The 2016 Remington Park American Quarter Horse & Mixed-Breed Season once again featured the highest-level of competition for the sport over its 50-date run.
Zoomin Effortlessly won both of the Grade 1 events for older horses in the $100,000 Leo Stakes and the $250,000 Remington Park Championship, to run his racing win streak to eight straight. Avoiding defeat since early in 2015, Zoomin Effortlessly is currently the top-ranked Quarter Horse in the American Quarter Horse Association poll of national media and publicists covering the sport.
Zoomin Effortlessly set a new 440-yard track record at Remington Park in the Championship, crossing the finish in :20.758 and breaking the previous record of :20.981 set by Priceless Feature in the 2013 Remington Park Championship.
The Remington Park Championship was one of eight stakes events on the season’s “Mega-Card” of racing that also served as the season’s finale. The richest horse race in Oklahoma, the $1,083,420 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) was also conducted that night and was won by Duponte. The 2-year-old colt is now expected to join other top-flight 2-year-olds in a quest for the $3 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Labor Day.
“The quality of racing was indisputable, and our final night featured one of the most spectacular programs in the history of sprint racing, including a quarter-mile track record in our Championship,” said Remington Park president and general manager Scott Wells. “Oklahoma is the epicenter of Quarter Horse racing, and Remington Park is the cornerstone of horse racing in this region. We had a wonderful meet.”
Despite the best racing offered in the sport, Remington Park’s streak of increased pari-mutuel handle ended. For the first time since 2012, the track experienced a decline in live handle statistics for the Quarter Horse season. The total live handle on Remington Park (on-track and export categories) was $20,920,288, a drop of 7.5 percent from 2015.
Remington Park’s on-track live handle was $3,562,027, a dip of 5.5 percent from 2015.
However, horsemen supported the season as always, as field size averaged 9.01 horses per race, compared to 9.06 last year. Remington Park conducted 563 races, the same as 2015. Total purse distribution reached $14,331,188 for a daily average of $286,624.
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