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Fast break at Remington Park.
By Martha Claussen and Jennifer Hancock | March 8, 2017
Remington Park’s Live Racing Season Gets Underway on Friday
By Martha Claussen
They will be off and running Friday night at Remington Park, with the track’s 2017 Quarter Horse and Mixed Breed season chock full of action. Twelve races are slated for Friday night, including trials for both the Paint and Appaloosa Futurity and Derby. Saturday night’s card features 17 trials for the $525,050 Oklahoma Futurity (G3) with an early post time of 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon includes the running of the $50,000 Eastex Stakes (G2) and $61,800 Mighty Deck Three Stakes.
The entire team at Remington Park is ready for the busy opening weekend and fired up about presenting quality racing over the next three months.
Chris Kotulak is heading into his seventh year at the Oklahoma City racetrack as a multi-faceted racing analyst, with a major role in broadcasting and event communication.
Preparing for opening week is a whirlwind of meetings, publicity duties and handicapping a full slate of races. Plus, an early morning Fox TV live remote on Wednesday morning had him up and running at 4:30 a.m. But, there is no diminishing the excitement for Kotulak.
"I'm looking forward to seeing my Quarter Horse friends back in town, but I'm anticipating even more, my routine of working in the walking ring and being ever-so-close to the merry-go-round of Quarter Horse talent at possibly the best meet in the nation,” he stated. “There's nothing quite like being in arms-length of a tuned-up, racing American Quarter Horse who has been well cared for and knows his or her job.”
Visitors to Remington Park will be greeted with premier customer service, fantastic food and beverage offerings, casino, live music and a full slate of promotions. The always popular “Extreme Racing” returns Sunday, April 23.
“It's also great to work at a track that has a nice marketing budget to reach out to new fans and provide perks for the established fans,” added Kotulak. “We're into entertainment at Remington Park and I think our product shows that."
If he isn’t busy enough at the track, check out what he does when he gets home!
Kotulak and his lovely wife, Kay, a reproductive specialist veterinarian, have settled into a quiet, five-acre property in Purcell, Oklahoma. Their "K Acres Ranch" has been bustling with activity over the last month. Jozef, a colt, was born on February 7 and Kotulak reports that they are awaiting the birth of a second foal on or before Remington Park’s opening day.
Wishing all the best to Kotulak and everyone at Remington Park. With 50 race days through June 3, racing fans are sure to see some of the very best Quarter Horse action in the country!
Candy on Top Opening Night at Remington Park
by Jennifer Hancock
Live racing returns to Remington Park on Friday, March 10, with a Thursday-Sunday schedule. Oklahoma racing has a rich history in Quarter Horse racing, and the strong Oklahoma-bred program and lucrative stakes schedule attracts some of the country’s fastest athletes and top horsemen.
Friday night’s 12-race, opening card at the Oklahoma City racetrack will showcase two derby trials, five futurity trials and the feature, an allowance race for fillies and mares at 300 yards. Carded as race 11, the $25,000 allowance purse rivals many stakes purses at tracks across the country and has drawn an impressive field of distaff runners. All of the runners are making their 2017 debut so we will have to dig into the past performances to find our top picks.
#7 Honeymoon Candy comes from a family of stakes winners. A stakes winner herself, she is a half-sister to three stakes winners including undefeated champion Jess Good Candy, the 2015 All American Futurity (G1) winner. The 5-year-old daughter of PYC Paint Your Wagon has only raced once at 300 yards, but she’s undefeated at the distance. Her last out was in September, but she wasn’t off the board in five starts in 2016 with two wins, two seconds and one third. She’s won half her starts at Remington Park and has only finished off the board once in eight starts at the Oklahoma City track.
Stakes winner #2 Send Me Good Candy jumps out as the top money earner in the field, and as a homebred racing for PV Quarter Horse Farms, that “candy” name is hard to overlook. The 4-year-old daughter of Good Reason SA won two of her five starts in 2016, including her latest out in October, which was at the 300-yard distance. The family’s Jess Good Candy was also sired by Good Reason SA and trained by Clinton Crawford. The mare’s trip notes indicate she can sometimes bobble the break, and she’ll need a clean race to win.
#6 Dazzlin Effort is the second-highest money earner in the field and will be making her 41st start. The 9-year-old has won three times at the 300-yard distance, including her last out in November at Will Rogers Downs.
#4 Another Desire steps up from the claiming ranks to take on stakes winners in this allowance event, but she’s reeled off three straight wins at the 300-yard distance. The daughter of Desirio didn’t break her maiden until last year, but the 6-year-old appears to now be on a roll.
Jennifer Hancock’s Remington Park Race 11 Picks:
#7 Honeymoon Candy
#2 Send Me Good Candy
#6 Dazzlin Effort
#4 Another Desire
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