Preparations are ongoing as horsemen ready their Thoroughbreds for this year's 67-day Remington Park season, which begins Aug. 19.
Ballado Chieftan, a stakes-placed son of Saint Ballado, will stand in 2011 at Buffalo Creek Horse Ranch near Langley, Okla.
Brazilian group I-placed Azul Da Guanabara will stand in 2011 at Buffalo Creek Ranch near Langley, Okla.
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.
Breeders' Cup Mile winner's battle with laminitis nearing a happy ending; may be discharged as early as next week.
With the exception of Oklahoma Derby day Oct. 10, Remington Park will eliminate Sunday racing from its fall Thoroughbred schedule, track officials said.
Global Gaming, a subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation, was granted a racing and gaming license Dec. 22 by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission, the Associated Press reported.
Graded stakes winner Omega Code will stand in 2010 at Robert Zoellner's Rockin Z Ranch near Beggs, Okla.
Stakes winner Waupaca has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2010 at C.L. and Ellen Caines' Caines Stallion Station near Wynnewood, Okla.
The Chickasaw Nation won preliminary approval Nov. 19 for a 2010 racing and gaming license at Remington Park, which expects to purchase the Oklahoma racetrack from Magna Entertainment Corp. for $80 million.
The Visualiser, a son of Giant's Causeway who originally sold as a yearling for $1 million, has been retired and will stand in 2010 at Dr. Warren Center's Mighty Acres Farm near Pryor, Okla.
Jockey Martin Escobar was injured following the last race Oct. 17 at Remington Park in Oklahoma when his mount, Cuvee Blanc, fell just past the finish line.
With on-track business continuing to improve, Remington Park in Oklahoma is trying to further engage its online audience.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Chickasaw Nation appears well on its way to purchasing Remington Park in Oklahoma from Magna Entertainment Corp., but the fate of other MEC racetrack holdings is fuzzy at best.
The Oklahoma Thoroughbred Association's champions for 2008 were named Aug. 15 at Remington Park. Kip Deville was voted Horse of the Year.
The Oklahoma City yearling sale, scheduled for Aug. 24 in Oklahoma, has 113 horses in its catalog, including a close relative to the $2.8-million Storm Cat – Onaga colt that topped the recent Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction. The yearling, by Storm Cat's grandson Lion Heart, is out of a full sister to Onaga, according to the auction's sales manager, Terri Carter.
- By Tom LaMarra
MI Developments, parent company of Magna Entertainment Corp., said Aug. 12 debtors filed a motion seeking court approval to sell MEC-owned Remington Park Racing & Casino in Oklahoma to a third party for $80.25 million pending "higher and better offers."
Fast Play, a son of Seattle Slew and a half-brother to major sire Seeking the Gold, and Service Stripe, have been purchased by Rusty Roberts and Dr. Robert Zoellner for stallion duty in 2010 at the latter's Rockin Z Ranch near Beggs, Okla.
Fistfite, a son of Two Punch, died of a heart attack July 25. The 11-year-old stallion was standing in Kansas but was to stand in 2010 at the farm of his owner, Dr. Warren Center.
Remington Park officials announced a new racing schedule for the upcoming Thoroughbred season, which starts Aug. 21.
Hialeah Park will be back in business "as soon as possible" with plans to eventually add Thoroughbred racing, officials of the Florida racetrack said June 8.
Artax, champion sprinter of 1999, will stand the Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Dr. Adriano Quadros' Haras Henrique Waihrich in Brazil.
The Horseplayers Association of North America regularly rates the 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. Featured exclusively on BloodHorse.com is a countdown of the top 10 tracks. Remington Park is #3.
Parade Ground, a multiple graded stakes winner, will stand at Ted Griffith's Legend Farm near Coleman, Okla.
Remington Park in Oklahoma recently completed its 20th season of Thoroughbred racing with a record purse disbursement and increased attendance, but followed national trends with a decline in most wagering statistics.
Artax, a champion sprinter and Breeders' Cup winner, has been acquired by R.G. Gammill to stand at his Diamond G Ranch near Edmond, Okla
Wild Tale, who entered stud in 2008 at Dr. Warren Center's Mighty Acres near Pryor, Okla., died from liver problems Dec. 3.
Distinction, by Seattle Slew, came through with his initial winner July 26 when a daughter, Phantom's Diva, won her first race.
The training season is under way at Remington Park as the track prepares for its 20th season, which begins Aug. 21.
Tactical Cat, a son of Storm Cat and sire of 20 stakes winners, has been purchased by Randy Gammill for stallion duty at his Diamond G Ranch near Edmond, Okla.
Statistics in The Jockey Club's 2008 online fact book, which was released Feb. 14 and is available through the publications and resources section of the organization's website at http://www.jockeyclub.com, reaffirm the beneficial impact of "racinos" on state Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries.
Strategic Partner, whose first foals are 2-year-olds, was euthanized Feb. 4 after breaking a leg in a paddock accident at Charlton Ranch near Washington, Okla.
Preachinatthebar, a multiple graded stakes winner by Silver Charm, has been acquired for stallion duty in 2008 at Jim Helzer's JEH Stallion Station--Oklahoma Division near Wynnewood.
Stakes winners Ocean Terrace and Wild Tale, plus 7-year-old Ra Ra Superstar, will stand at Dr. Warren Center's Mighty Acres near Pryor, Okla.
Awesome Cat, a son of Storm Cat, will stand at Paddock Farms near Piedmont, Okla.
A federal judge has dismissed a case involving a dispute between a company owned by an American Indian tribe and a Kentucky horsemen's group over simulcast signals from Churchill Downs.
The divisional champions for Oklahoma were presented at the 22nd Annual Oklahoma Thoroughbred Association Awards Presentation July 28.
Organizers of the first Oklahoma City Summer Thoroughbred Yearling Sale, which produced a sale-topper that sold for $50,000, indicated the results are a sign of good things to come.
The first Oklahoma City summer Thoroughbred yearling sale began in spectacular fashion Aug. 18 with an Oklahoma-bred filly consigned by Celestial Acres topping the sale for $50,000.
The Oklahoma Thoroughbred Association has announced that the Thoroughbred Racing Radio Network will be the sponsor of the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Classic race for 2007.
Corey Johnsen has resigned as president of Magna Entertainment Corp. southern operations to join a group of private investors that is in the process of acquiring controlling interest of another North American racetrack.
Oklahoma stallion Expense Account died Jan. 25 in a paddock accident at Joyce Tackett's B-T Ranch near Collinsville, Okla.
Elmer Carter, a World War II veteran who trained Thoroughbreds and American Quarter Horses in Texas and Oklahoma for several decades, died July 14 at the age of 80.
Breeder/owner Walter Merrick, who was a prominent figure in Quarter Horse racing, died Feb. 4 at age 94.
Devious Course, a New York grade I winner, has been purchased by Pam Mudra of Ardum Farm for stallion duty at Dr. Michael Wiley's Equi-Center Vet Clinic near Norman, Okla.
A dream came true Nov. 21 for Remington Park officials and Oklahoma horsemen. Shortly before 1 p.m., the track opened the doors of its new $35-million slot-machine casino.
Sasha's Prospect, a 9-year-old son of Mr. Prospector and a $2.3 million Keeneland September yearling, has been relocated to Joan Charlton's Charlton Ranch near Washington, Okla.
Like most yearling sales thus far this year, the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale will be bigger than last year, and sale company officials are also hoping it will continue on an upward pattern. There are 545 horses catalogued for the auction, an increase of 33.9% over last year's figure of 407. The sale is conducted Monday and Tuesday at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.
The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission officially gave the go-ahead for gaming Aug. 11 at two of the racetracks in the state, Remington Park in Oklahoma City and Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw.
Robert S. Mitchell, a successful Oklahoma owner, died July 30 in Tulsa, Okla., after battling Parkinson's disease for several years.
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