10/01/2010 4:40PM

Turcotte, McCarron at Remington this week


Retired Hall of Fame jockeys Ron Turcotte and Chris McCarron will both be at Remington Park in the coming week for different events tied to the track’s $400,000 Oklahoma Derby next Sunday.

Turcotte, who rode 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, will be at Remington on Oklahoma Derby Day to sign autographs. Turcotte will be joined by recently retired jockey Otto Thorwarth, who played Turcotte in the Disney movie Secretariat that is to be released Friday. Remington plans to give away movie posters while supplies last on Oklahoma Derby Day.

Thorwarth will also be in Oklahoma City on Tuesday to attend a sneak preview of Secretariat at the Tinseltown Theatres across the street from Remington. The track awarded tickets to the event via entries it received on Facebook.

McCarron will be the keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Derby Cowboy Hat Gala on Thursday. He will address those who attend a dinner in the Eclipse Room at Remington. The event benefits the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Tickets are $200 and are available through Monday by calling (405) 478-2250, ext. 219.

The Oklahoma Derby will be one of five stakes worth a combined $825,000 on the card Oct. 10.

* A benefit dinner for the family of jockey Mark Anthony Villa, who died in a Zia riding accident last weekend, will be held at the Downs of Albuquerque on Oct. 13.