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Oklahoma Derby Week kicks off today

19 September 2022

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Oklahoma Derby Week, a celebration of racing and entertainment capped by Remington Park’s richest thoroughbred race date with more than $1 million offered in purses, kicks off today 19 September through Sunday.

A charity golf tournament, the annual Oklahoma Derby Day Hat and Bowtie Contest, and the Derby Day Wine Festival all lead up to the big race, the 34th running of the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sunday, 25 September. A racing schedule that will include eight stakes events will begin at 3 p.m.

“The Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby has established itself as a marquee event in horse racing, one that attracts some of our sport’s top 3-year-old thoroughbreds, as well as leading trainers and jockeys,” Remington Park Executive Vice President Matt Vance said. “It is a day of incredible competition and entertainment at Remington Park that attracts the most passionate racing fans and has social events included for people who like to catch only a couple races a year.”

The week of celebration will begin Monday, 19 September with the annual Riders Cup Golf Classic, the largest fundraiser of the year for Remington Park’s partner charities. The tournament will be played at one of Remington Park’s neighbors, Lincoln Park Golf Course, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

“The Riders Cup is always good for a day of fun and camaraderie out on the golf course,” Remington Park track announcer Dale Day said. “What makes this such a great tournament is the opportunity to support numerous local charities in the process.”

On Derby Day (Sunday), the Hat and Bowtie Contest will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Remington Park’s Track Level-North. Racing fans at least 18 years old are encouraged to don their finest Derby attire and compete for cash prizes in the free event. Every contestant will receive a commemorative photo.

The Derby Day Wine Festival will be held from 3-7 p.m., also on Track Level-North. Oklahoma’s finest wineries, including Arri’bin Hills Winery, Coal Creek Vineyard and Winery, OkeOzark Winery, Pecan Creek Winery, Tidewater Winery, Waters Edge Winery in Moore and Wildhorse Canyon Farms, will be in attendance. Tickets will be $20 and participants must be at least 21 years old and present a valid photo ID. All proceeds will benefit Remington Park partner charities.

Charities supported by Remington Park include Autism Oklahoma, the Family Awareness and Community Teamwork (FACT) Unit of Oklahoma City Police Department, Freedom School Oklahoma City, Inc., Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, Positive Tomorrows, Wovenlife, Citizens Caring for Children, Kids Joining Eternity, Good Shepherd Clinic and Oklahoma Race Horse Retirement programs including Horse and Hound and the Oklahoma Thoroughbred Retirement Program.

The Oklahoma Derby, the Grade 3, $200,000 Remington Park Oaks, the $150,000 David M. Vance Sprint and the $100,000 Remington Green all serve as prep races for the prestigious Breeders’ Cup, to be held 4-5 November at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. It’s not uncommon for horses that have run in the three Triple Crown races – the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes – to also compete in the Oklahoma Derby.

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