06/17/2016 3:44PM

Ten stakes planned for Oklahoma Derby card


Remington Park has expanded the stakes offerings on its Oklahoma Derby card Sept. 25 to 10, the track announced Friday. The races will be worth a cumulative $1.3 million.

Last year, Remington had seven stakes on Oklahoma Derby Day. The races were worth $1 million.

The Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at 1 1/8 miles will again anchor the meet’s richest program. The most notable addition to the card will be the $175,000 Governor's Cup, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up. It had been run in August.

Other races on the Oklahoma Derby card will include the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks at 1 1/16 miles and the $150,000 David M. Vance Sprint, which last year was won by eventual Breeders’ Cup Sprint starter Ivan Fallunovalot. 

Remington also announced that first post for Oklahoma Derby Day will be a new, later time of 3 p.m. Central. The track plans to offer an all-stakes pick four that will have a guaranteed pool of $50,000, said Matt Vance, vice president of operations for Remington.

Other major cards during the meet include the $1 million Oklahoma Classics program of eight divisional stakes Oct. 21 and the Springboard Mile card of five stakes on closing night, Dec. 11. The purse for the Springboard Mile for 2-year-olds has been boosted from $250,000 to $300,000.

In all, Remington will offer 31 stakes worth $3.4 million. The meet opens Aug. 12.