06/26/2012 2:58PM

Kip Deville tops Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame class


The late Kip Deville, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 2007, is one of five individuals to be inducted into the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Remington Park on Sept. 26, the track announced Friday. The event is part of the Oklahoma Derby week festivities this year, with the big race itself to be run two weeks earlier than usual, on Sept. 30.

Kip Deville was bred in Oklahoma and won his maiden at Remington in 2005. The other equine inductee is Highland Ice, who was 15 for 16 at Remington. He won stakes on five consecutive Oklahoma Classics Day cards, from 1995-1999.

Don McNeill, a commodities broker from Edmond, Okla., who bred and co-owns Caleb’s Posse, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in 2011, also will enter the hall. Other top horses McNeill has bred and raced include Clever Trevor and Mr Ross.

Steve Asmussen, a perennial leading trainer in North America, also will be inducted as an eight-time trainer title winner at Remington. David Vance, a past president of DeBartolo Racing who managed Remington from its opening to 1995, also is entering the hall.

Remington opens Aug. 10.

Date requests in Oklahoma

Tracks in Oklahoma have submitted their 2013 dates applications to the state racing commission, which could consider those requests at the panel’s next meeting Aug. 23.

Remington is seeking a 67-date Thoroughbred meet for 2013, which would closely mirror the schedule for the upcoming season. The track has asked to open Aug. 9, 2013, and race through Dec. 8, 2013. Prior to next year’s Thoroughbred season, Remington has asked to conduct a 50-date Quarter Horse meet from March 1-May 27.

Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla., is seeking a 32-date Thoroughbred meet for 2013, from March 4-May 18. The track also has asked for a 28-date meet for Quarter Horses, from Sept. 5, 2013-Nov. 3, 2013.

Fair Meadows in Tulsa is seeking a 34-date mixed meet for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses next year, from June 6-July 27.