Purses Increase at Remington Park

The tracks 50-date spring season opens March 9.

Edited press release

Increased casino hours have allowed Remington Park to increase purses for its 2018 American Quarter Horse meet.

Purses for overnight races will be increased during the 50-date Remington Park spring American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa meet, which opens March 9.

Remington Park and the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association made the announcement for the increase on Friday. Purses for Quarter Horse overnight races will rise by $1,500 per race, while purses for overnight Paint and Appaloosa races will be boosted by $500 per race.

The increased purses are due to new business hours for the Remington Park casino.

“Increasing purses prior to the beginning of the season sets a great tone for 2018,” said Remington Park vice president of operations Matt Vance. “The jump for the overnight races is estimated to represent another $600,000 in total purse money for horsemen. The main contributing factor for this increase is due to our casino operations going 24 hours per day, which has raised revenues to horsemen’s purses.”

The Remington Park Casino is now always open, thanks to recently passed legislation allowing 24-hour operations. The new operating hours permit another 62 hours of gaming opportunities for guests each week.

The overall daily average purses for the 2017 Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park topped $263,000. That number is expected to rise with the purse increase going into place for the start of the 2018 season.

Horses will return to Remington Park on February 5. Morning training will begin February 6, with the first training races set for February 7.

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