12/18/2002 1:00AM

Remington track report


Remington Park in Oklahoma City, which faced an uncertain future earlier this year when Magna Entertainment considered closing the facility in 2003 because of a dates disagreement with horsemen, finished its Thoroughbred meet on Sunday with declines in average daily attendance and handle.

During the 71-day meet, attendance averaged 1,851, a 20-percent decrease from the same season a year ago, which ran 59 days. Handle on Remington's races averaged $408,964, a 17-percent decrease from 2001.

Purses also fell 14 percent this meet to a daily average of $80,830.

A bright spot for the track was field size, which averaged 9.26 horses per race.

Jockey Cliff Berry won his eighth Remington title with 108 wins and earnings of $952,222, while Donnie Von Hemel picked up his 11th training title at the track with 36 wins and earnings of $481,421. The leading owner was C.R. Trout with 13 wins.

Remington's Quarter Horse meet opens on June 27.