10/18/2001 12:00AM

Remington cuts four stakes purses


Remington Park in Oklahoma City has cut purses for four of its upcoming stakes by a cumulative $80,000 after experiencing a drop in attendance and handle the past month. The track will reduce three of its $100,000 races, the Remington Green Handicap, the MEC Mile, and the Governor's Cup, to $75,000 each, while the Carris Memorial has been cut from $30,000 to $25,000. The track did not reduce overnight purses.

The decision to trim stakes purses was made during a meeting between management and horsemen Thursday. This Tuesday, the track will make a decision on whether to allow the Remington Green, a 1 1/16-mile race Nov. 3, and the Carris Memorial, a one-mile race for fillies and mares Nov. 2, to be run on turf as scheduled. The Remington turf course was hit by an early freeze three weeks ago and has not responded to treatment.

The Governor's Cup, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward, and the MEC Mile, a new race for 2-year-olds that replaced the Remington Park Futurity, are both to be run Nov. 24.