05/31/2013 11:04PM

Remington cancels after second race Friday; Saturday card a go

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A violent tornado storm system that moved into Oklahoma City on Friday night forced Remington Park to cancel its program after two races, but a track official said Remington planned to race as scheduled on Saturday night.

During the storm, the track, which is in the midst of a Quarter Horse meet, experienced heavy rain and lightning, according to Dale Day, a spokesperson for Remington.

“At this time, the plan is to continue for racing on Saturday with the richest program ever conducted at Remington Park,” Day said in an e-mail to Daily Racing Form.

Remington has five Quarter Horse stakes scheduled for Saturday night as part of a 12-race program that is worth more than $2 million. The highlight of the card is the Grade 1, $1 million Heritage Place Futurity.

Remington on Friday was forced to cancel a total of 10 races. It is the second storm-related cancellation in less than two weeks. Remington also had to cancel a portion of its card on May 19 due to a storm. A day later, a tornado packing winds of nearly 200 miles per hour hit nearby Moore, Okla. That storm killed 24 adults and children and more than 150 horses, including some racehorses based at Celestial Acres Training Center in Moore.