06/12/2005 11:00PM

Oklahoma Derby moved to a Friday night slot


The $150,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park will be run at night for the first time this year. The race has been moved to Friday, Oct. 21, for the upcoming meet, and will highlight a 25-race stakes schedule that is a little richer and a little larger than last year in anticipation of the gaming casino that is set to open at the track in October.

Stakes purses total $1,275,000, up from last year's total of $1 million for 20 stakes. Daily purses have also increased, from about $75,000 last year to $100,000 a card for the meet that opens Aug. 5. The 66-date meet runs through Nov. 28.

The Oklahoma Derby was moved to a Friday from its normal weekend spot because there are fewer major stakes to compete with on that day of the week, and the race will not have to go head to head with college football. The card will include three other stakes, including the $75,000 MEC Mile.

"We wanted to concentrate on a Friday, because most tracks don't have a big [program] on a Friday evening," said Mike Shamburg, racing secretary at Remington.

The Oklahoma Derby will be run over a mile and an eighth, like last year, but it has lost its graded status for 2005, after being run as a Grade 3 from 1999-2004. In other changes, the race has been moved up a month in order to fall three weeks after the Grade 2 Super Derby.

'The main reason is to try and glean a couple of horses out of the Super Derby," said Shamburg.

2005 stakes schedule

Fri., Aug. 5Adena Springs MatchmakerF&M, 3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)$40,000
Sat., Aug. 6Brother Brown Stakes3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)40,000
Sat., Aug. 20Silver Goblin Stakes3YO & Up*6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sat., Aug. 27Black Mesa StakesF&M, 3YO & Up*6 furlongs40,000
Mon., Sept. 5Ricks Memorial StakesF&M, 3YO & Up1 mile (T)40,000
Mon., Sept. 5DeBartolo Memorial BC3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)125,000
Mon., Sept. 5Clever Trevor Stakes2YO6 furlongs40,000
Sat., Sept. 10Chuck Taliaferro Memorial3YO & Up6 furlongs40,000
Sat., Sept. 24Oklahoma Classics Juvenile2YO c&g*6 furlongs40,000
Sat., Sept. 24Oklahoma Classics Lassie2YO F*6 furlongs40,000
Sat., Sept. 24Oklahoma Classics Sprint3YO & Up*6 furlongs40,000
Sat., Sept. 24Oklahoma Classics DistaffF&M, 3YO & Up*1 mile, 70 yards40,000
Sat., Sept. 24Oklahoma Classics Turf3YO & Up*1 mile (T)40,000
Sat., Sept. 24Oklahoma Classics F&M TurfF&M, 3YO & Up*7 1/2 furlongs (T)40,000
Sat., Sept. 24Oklahoma Classics Classic3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles75,000
Sat., Oct. 15Gaylord Memorial Stakes2YO F6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Fri., Oct. 21Remington Park Oaks3YO F1 mile (T)40,000
Fri., Oct. 21Remington Green Stakes3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)50,000
Fri., Oct. 21Oklahoma Derby3YO1 1/8 miles150,000
Fri., Oct. 21Remington MEC Mile2YO1 mile75,000
Sat., Oct. 29Osage Hills Stakes3YO & Up*5 furlongs (T)40,000
Sat., Nov. 12Lady's Secret StakesF&M, 3YO & Up7 furlongs40,000
Sat., Nov. 19Cimarron Stakes2YO F7 1/2 furlongs (T)40,000
Sat., Nov. 26Governor's Cup3YO & Up1 mile, 70 yards40,000
Mon., Nov. 28Centennial Stakes2YO c&g1 mile (T)40,000

* Oklahoma-breds