Remington Park officials announced a new racing schedule for the upcoming Thoroughbred Season, which starts Aug. 21. Races will take place on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays for the season, which runs through Dec. 14 . Last year, horses ran from Thursday through Sunday.
The decision was made today to move the first Monday of live racing to August 31 as a courtesy to the Carter Sale Company who has planned their Summer Thoroughbred Sale on Monday, August 24.
The opening weekend of the Thoroughbred season will be Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 23. The post times will be 6:30pm for Fridays and Saturdays and 1:30pm on Sunday. The post time for Mondays will be will be 6:30pm.
The announcement coincides with the first group of horses arriving at Remington Park to train for the upcoming season. Scott Wells, Remington Park’s president and general manager, said the addition of Monday racing allows the track to be featured more prominently on simulcasts.
“This change was made in order to attract more play on Remington Park’s racing on a national scale,” Wells said.
Last year, an all-time record of more than 1.5 million fans entered Remington Park’s gates. This year, attendance is up 20%.
The first group of horses for the upcoming season began training July 22.
“The first day of training is always an exciting time because it means the season is just around the corner,” Wells said. “But when you look at the talent we have on tap for the next four months, that’s when the excitement climbs to an entirely new level.”