With more than $7 million in improvements awaiting patrons returning to Remington Park for Thursday night&rsquo;s opener, it&rsquo;s evident that the Oklahoma City track has ushered in a new era of ownership. Global Gaming, a subsidiary of Chickasaw Nation, has changed the look of Remington&rsquo;s face, apron, and guts since completing an $80 million deal to buy the track and its 750-machine casino from Magna Entertainment in January.\r\n&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a real makeover,&rdquo; said Scott Wells, who remains in place as president of Remington. &ldquo;Global Gaming&rsquo;s done more for Remington Park in seven months by way of improvements than had been done in the previous 20 years.\r\n&ldquo;The whole city is buzzing about the meet. Group sales are up. Reservations are up. There&rsquo;s just a very, very positive buzz throughout the whole community.&rdquo;\r\nRemington will race 67 dates through Dec. 11, on a new Wednesday through Saturday night schedule. Patrons on hand for the nine-race opener will be greeted by an updated entrance, with the old stone-colored building refaced and repainted with tan and maroon coloring that pops. Inside, portions of the grandstand area have been opened up, with the chain restaurant Henry Hudson&rsquo;s Pub and Grill replacing the old trackside cafe. The restaurant pours out onto the apron area, and the whole apron sports a new look, with architectural pavers replacing the old asphalt surface.\r\n&ldquo;There are now fountains and planters on the apron, which really give it a much more green, cool, comfortable feeling,&rdquo; Wells said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a much more park-like feeling than it ever was before.&rdquo;\r\nWells said the track&rsquo;s 20 suites also have been remodeled, while a new video tote board expected to be in place in October.\r\n&ldquo;It will be an absolute state-of-the-art video board,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It will be three stories high, with the highest definition available in today&rsquo;s market.&rdquo;\r\nOn the racetrack, the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby will be one of five stakes worth a cumulative $850,000 on the lone Sunday card of the meet on Oct. 10. Other significant programs include the Oct. 22 running of Oklahoma Classics Night, which will be worth a record $1 million. Remington also has created a new series for 2-year-olds that will open with the $50,000 Kip Deville at six furlongs Oct. 8. The $100,000 Clever Trevor at seven furlongs follows Nov. 6. The series concludes with the $250,000 Springboard Mile on Dec. 11, a fixture that has been boosted in value by $50,000.\r\n&ldquo;Each year since the casino has been in inception, the 2-year-old program just seems to get stronger,&rdquo; said Fred Hutton, director of racing for Remington. &ldquo;We want these fellows sitting on 2-year-olds they believe will be good enough to be on the classics trail to seriously take a look at Remington Park.&rdquo;\r\nHutton has had requests for 3,100 stalls, with his 1,400-horse backstretch to house a mix of barns from throughout the Midwest. The list is led by Steve Asmussen, the leading trainer in North America who last year set a Remington record for wins in a meet. The track, which will start its purse structure at $210,000 a day, also will have a strong lineup of jockeys. Aaron Gryder, Shane Laviolette, Bobby Walker Jr., and Ramsey Zimmerman are new to a colony that includes Cliff Berry and Chris Landeros.\r\nRemington&rsquo;s races will be shown for the first time on TVG, while its signal will have a greater international presence. The track will go into new sites in South Africa and more places in the Caribbean and England. Field sizes could trump last year&rsquo;s average of 9.6 starters per race. Remington will now accommodate as many as 14 horses in most races in an expansion over its previous limit of 12.