The Oklahoma Thoroughbred Association, the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma, and Remington Park have teamed together to announce the first $1-million day for Thoroughbred racing in Oklahoma history. The tentative date for the 2010 event is Oct. 23 at Remington Park.
The Oklahoma Classics has been conducted annually for 17 years by the OTA. The 2010 event will consist of 10 races for Oklahoma-bred nominated or supplemented horses.
“(The) $1 million-plus in purses for a single racing program for Oklahoma-bred horses is an important milestone for Oklahoma horse racing,” said Remington general manager Scott Wells.”It signifies the growth taking place in an important segment of the state’s agricultural economy. As some key horse breeding states like Kentucky are losing ground economically, it’s good to see Oklahoma moving forward.”
The largest single day of Thoroughbred racing in the history of Oklahoma is directly made possible by the partnerships created with several Native American tribal off-track betting locations throughout Oklahoma. The establishment of these OTBs by the various tribes throughout Oklahoma will substantially boost the Oklahoma Thoroughbred industry statewide.