Corporate Name: Global Gaming, RP, LLC
Mailing/Street Address: One Remington Place, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111 (click for map)
Telephone: (405) 424-1000; (866) 456-9880
Fax: Executive Office: (405) 425-3297; Press Box: (405) 425-3221; Racing Office: (405) 425-3219
Oklahoma’s premier horse racing facility, will present its 67-day, 2016 Thoroughbred Meeting from August 12 through December 11.
Opened on September 1, 1988, Remington Park was founded by the late Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. Remington Park is now owned and operated by Global Gaming RP, LLC, an Oklahoma-based company, which purchased the facility out of bankruptcy, taking control in 2010.
Remington Park has offered one season of Thoroughbred racing since 1997 after offering two seasons (Spring and Fall) from 1989–1996.
Originally a daytime racing venue, a complete lighting system was installed in late 2000, allowing the flexible scheduling mixture of day and night programs.
Oklahomans passed State Question 712 in 2004 by a resounding margin. The measure allowed Remington Park to offer alternative gaming in addition to its customary live and simulcast racing schedule. The Remington Park Casino opened on November 21, 2005, a little more than one year after Oklahomans voted yes.
The Remington Park Casino offers guests 750 state-of-the-art electronic gaming machines, the Bricktown Brewery and a feature bar and stage. Proceeds from casino gaming are earmarked for education. Through 2015, more than $145 million has been generated for the state of Oklahoma Education Fund since the casino opened. Other proceeds supplement the horsemen’s purse structure at Remington Park.
The 2016 Oklahoma Derby is scheduled for Sunday, September 25. The Grade III Oklahoma Derby is the marquee Thoroughbred event at Remington Park and the most lucrative Thoroughbred race in the state.
The Grade III, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby was won in 2015 by Shotgun Kowboy. He became just the second Oklahoma-bred to win the derby in the history of the race, contested every year since 1989.
Shotgun Kowboy seized the lead early in the 11/8-mile event and never looked back. Owned, trained, and bred in Oklahoma by C.R. Trout of Edmond, Okla., Shotgun Kowboy was ridden by Cliff Berry, who won his third Oklahoma Derby in his final year of riding. Berry retired at the end of 2015 as Remington Park’s all-time leading jockey with 2,125 wins in Oklahoma City and 4,457 overall.
The finish line arrived with Shotgun Kowboy a half-length better than Desert Dynamo who made a rally in the stretch but could not get past the resilient winner. Mobile Bay moved six-wide around the final turn in a field of 12 and managed to gain third, 4-˝ lengths behind the winner.
Shotgun Kowboy handled the 11/8 miles over the fast track in 1:48.91, the fastest time for the Oklahoma Derby since Pleasant Prince won the 2010 edition in 1:48.81. The Oklahoma Derby win was the first for Trout in his fourth attempt. Shotgun Kowboy paid $7.60 to win as the wagering favorite at 5-2 odds.
Discreetness rolled from the back to win the $250,000 Springboard Mile, Remington Park’s top 2-year-old race, on the final day of the 2015 season.
Owned by Xpress Thoroughbreds of Texarkana, Ark. and trained by William “Jinks” Fires, Discreetness was directed to victory by jockey Jon Court. Seventh along the backstretch in the field of 10, Discreetness stayed clear of traffic, well off the rail. As the field moved through the final turn, he responded with a five-wide run, joining a group of four at the top of the stretch to battle for the win.
Discreetness stayed wide and avoided Esposito, who briefly grabbed the lead in the stretch. Suddenbreakingnews rallied to the inside and had to go between Discreetness and Esposito. Discreetness hit the finish, just a nose better than Suddenbreakingnews. The time for the mile, over a sloppy track, was 1:39.15. Discreetness paid $21.40 to win.
The Pat Steinberg Trophy was shared by a pair of jockeys for the first time in track history. Ramon Vazquez, winner of the Steinberg Trophy in 2013 and 2014, came from one behind on the final day, winning three races to reach 87 wins for the season. C.J. McMahon, competing for the first time at Remington Park, had 85 wins going into the last day. He won a pair of races to also reach 87 wins. Neither jockey could win another race over the final four events on the card, resulting in the first tie in the Thoroughbred season at Remington Park.
Karl Broberg had his most productive season ever since he arrived at Remington Park a few years ago, racking up 62 wins from 233 starters to win his first Chuck Taliaferro Award as the season’s leading trainer.
Danny Caldwell of Poteau, Okla. won his sixth consecutive title as Remington Park’s leading Thoroughbred owner. He ended the season with a record 49 wins, winning the Ran Ricks, Jr. Trophy for the seventh time. Caldwell won his first leading owner title at Remington Park in 2008 and then every season from 2010 thru 2015.
Remington Park is open 365 days a year, offering live and simulcast racing along with casino gaming.
Global Gaming RP Executives: Chief Executive Officer, Skip Seeley; Chief Operating Officer, R. Skip Lannert; President & General Manager, Scott Wells; Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Sharon Lair; Vice President of Operations, Matt Vance; Vice President of Finance, Roger Lewis
Director of Racing/Racing Secretary: Michael Shamburg
Director of Media Relations: Dale Day
Owner Relations Contact: Sandy Steinberg
Simulcast Contacts: Carrie Stallbories & Will Looney
Track Photographer: Dustin Orona Photography
Track Caterer: Remington Park
Nearest City: Oklahoma City
Nearest Airport: Will Rogers World Airport, 15 miles
Track Data: Main track: 1-mile oval with two chutes for races up to 7 furlongs and 13/8 miles; turf course: 7-furlong oval with chute for races up to 11/8 miles; width: main track, 100 feet; turf course, 80 feet
Seating Accommodations: Clubhouse reserved, 920; Silks Clubhouse Restaurant, 400; private box seats, 284; Players Club, 146; Eclipse Room, 180; Remington Penthouse Suite, 75; Jockey Club Suite, 45; private penthouse suites, 30
Price of Admission: Free, must be 18 to wager or to enter casino
Dress Requirements: Penthouse Level: business casual, no ragged jeans or abbreviated wear
Parking: General, free; valet, free