05/20/2008 11:00PM

Multi-stakes cards on tap for six days


The $300,000 Oklahoma Derby on Oct. 19 will be the richest of 30 stakes worth a cumulative $2.1 million during the Remington Park meet that opens Aug. 21. The 65-day season will run through Dec. 14. Purses are projected at $203,000 a day, which is a record for Remington.

The 1 1/8-mile Oklahoma Derby will share a card with three other stakes - the $100,000 MEC Mile for 2-year-olds; the $100,000 Remington Green Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the grass; and the $75,000 Remington Park Sprint Championship.

Oklahoma Derby Day is one of six programs during Remington's 20th anniversary meet that will feature three or more stakes. Oklahoma Classics Day will boast eight stakes worth a cumulative $500,000 for eligible Oklahoma-breds on Sept. 27.

Other notable cards include the Sept. 1 program of three stakes led by the $150,000 DeBartolo Memorial Breeders' Cup for 3-year-olds and up 1 1/8 miles on the turf; the Oct. 18 card of three stakes for fillies or mares, including the $75,000 Remington Park Oaks; and a closing card of three stakes, topped by the $75,000 Governor's Cup.

Purses are up 10 percent over the $185,500 a day paid out during the meet in 2007. Remington operates an electronic gaming casino on the second floor of its grandstand. The track will race Thursday through Sunday, with a 6:30 p.m. Central first post on most cards except Sundays, when first post is 1:30 p.m.