OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – April 15, 2021 – Remington Park’s 12-race program on Saturday features eight stakes, including the 400-yard, $100,000 Sooner State Stakes (RG1) for Oklahoma-breds.
Eagles Fly Higher and Valiant Tiberias are among the nine aged runners entered in the Sooner State. A 5-year-old son of One Famous Eagle trained by Casey Black for owners Darling Farms and Valeriano Racing Stables LLC, Eagles Fly Higher has won two stakes during the current Remington Park meet, including the 350-yard, $50,000 Eastex Stakes (G2) on March 20.
Eagles Fly Higher drew post 7 and will be ridden by Mario Delgado.
Valiant Tiberias will be shortening in distance off of his head victory in the March 27, 440-yard Bank of America Oklahoma Championship Challenge (G2). A 5-year-old son of Valiant Hero trained by Marco Adair Chavez-Gutierrez for owners Sergio Holguin, Cliften Nielsen, and Felix Rodriguez, the gelding drew post 2 and will be ridden by James Flores.
A dozen aged sprinters are entered in Saturday’s 300-yard, $50,000 Bob Moore Memorial Stakes (G2). Christina D. Robinson’s CERs Final Try, last year’s champion 3-year-old gelding, drew post 5 and will be ridden by Cristian Esqueda for trainer Tony Sedillo. A homebred 4-year-old One Dashing Eagle gelding, CERs Final Try earned $581,182 from seven outs during his sophomore campaign, and his four wins included the 440-yard, $710,000 Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
Shy Kisser, a sorrel daughter of Kiss My Hocks owned by Cuadra Chihuahua LLC and a $19,000 purchase at last year’s Heritage Place Yearling Sale, is one of 10 Oklahoma-bred juveniles entered in Saturday’s 330-yard, $68,000 Laico Bird Stakes (RG3). Shy Kisser has banked $54,438 from two races, and she is coming off of a third-place finish at odds of 43-1 in the 300-yard, $477,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G2) on March 20. The filly drew post 6 and will be ridden by Gonzalo Gutierrez for trainer Oscar Nunez.
Ten state-bred 3-year-olds, headed by Zynda Racing’s Best Of You, are entered in Saturday’s 350-yard, $68,000 Mr Master Bug Stakes (RG3). A homebred Apollitical Jess filly trained by Eddie D. Willis, Best Of You has won three of her five starts at Remington Park, including last year’s Laico Bird Stakes. Best Of You drew post 5 and will be ridden by Jose Vega.
Victory Farms’ VF Kiss Me Quick drew post 7 for Saturday’s 330-yard, $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile Stakes (R). A homebred daughter of Kiss My Hocks trained by Eddie D. Willis, the filly recorded the 11th-fastest qualifying time for the Remington Park Futurity (RG1) and just missed the cut for the rich final. Justin Klaiber will ride VF Kiss Me Quick.
Bobby D. Cox’s Ratification will make her 4-year-old season debut in Saturday’s 350-yard, $75,000 Easy Date Stakes. A homebred daughter of Apollitical Jess trained by Juan L. Vazquez, the mare is coming off of a sophomore campaign during which she won the 440-yard, $316,000 Rainbow Oaks and 440-yard, $421,000 All American Oaks, both at Ruidoso Downs. Ratification drew post 12 and will be ridden by Francisco Calderon.
CATHEY ACCEPTS DIRECTOR OF RACING HELM AT REMINGTON PARK
OKLAHOMA CITY – When 2023 racing begins at Remington Park, it will start with new guidance in the racing department. Kelly Cathey has accepted the director of racing position and will oversee the operation for all breeds competing at the Oklahoma City facility.
The American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season will begin March 9. The 2023 Thoroughbred Season will get underway in late August.
Cathey brings more than 30 years of experience in horse racing to Remington Park. He first worked with horses in the late 1980s as a teenager, assisting his father who was a trainer. He has also served as a groom, pony person, assistant trainer, valet and assistant starter.
Cathey moved into track management in 1998 at Retama Park in Selma, Texas. He has also worked for Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas; Sam Houston Race Park in Houston and Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla. He has held nearly every position associated with racing, pari-mutuel wagering and simulcast operations throughout his career.
Since 2013 Cathey has worked for the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission as a state steward (2013-2015), advancing to the role of executive director of the commission in 2015. He will leave that post to become the director of racing at Remington Park.
“Remington Park and Global Gaming are excited to have Kelly Cathey join our racing team,” said Matt Vance, executive vice president of racing operations at Remington Park. “Kelly has a resume reflective of more than 30 years in the sport, working as a racing executive and regulator. His extensive experience with both Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses and their respective organizations throughout the region makes him uniquely qualified to lead our racing department at Remington Park.”
Horsemen will bring horses onto the grounds at Remington Park beginning Feb. 6 with the initial morning of training set for Tuesday, Feb. 7. The first night of the spring season falls on Thursday, March 9 and the 50-date schedule continues through Saturday, June 3. ... ’Expand’See Less
It continues to be the goal of Remington Park and OQHRA to provide a race meeting of the highest quality and integrity. As a condition of entry, no horse will be allowed to enter a race at Remington Park unless results of a negative hair test have been provided to Remington Park prior to entry. All pre-entry hair testing will be facilitated by OQHRA. Pre-entry hair tests will be good for 90 days beginning the day after the sample is collected. All tests will expire after 90 days and horses must re-test to remain eligible, regardless of if the horse started in a race within those 90 days. In no event will a horse be eligible to enter a race unless a current negative hair test is on file at Remington Park in accordance with the conditions set forth in the condition book. The Remington Park Racing Office nor OQHRA staff receive the results of hair testing. All test results submitted to Remington Park management will remain confidential. Any horse receiving a positive hair test will be unable to enter until a negative test is obtained, there is no penalty to the trainer.
To better serve horsemen, OQHRA will be setting up offsite testing days at Retama Park, Lone Star Park and Blue Ribbon Downs. The OQHRA testing crew will be available at each location one day, allowing horsemen the opportunity to get horses tested closer to where they are stabled/training. Horses needing to be tested in other states do have the opportunity to have an offsite test done by a state veterinarian working under the auspices of a State Regulatory Agency.
𝗥𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗺𝗮 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗸 – 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗙𝗲𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟱𝘁𝗵 Appointments should be made by 2/2/23 by calling (405) 881-5120. Cost of test - $275. These tests will expire on Sunday, May 7, 2023. T̲a̲t̲t̲o̲o̲e̲r̲ w̲i̲l̲l̲ b̲e̲ o̲n̲ s̲i̲t̲e̲ a̲s̲ w̲e̲l̲l̲,̲ a̲p̲p̲o̲i̲n̲t̲m̲e̲n̲t̲s̲ c̲a̲n̲ b̲e̲ m̲a̲d̲e̲ b̲y̲ c̲a̲l̲l̲i̲n̲g̲ h̲a̲i̲r̲ t̲e̲s̲t̲i̲n̲g̲ l̲i̲n̲e̲.̲
𝗟𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗸 – 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗙𝗲𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟮𝟰𝘁𝗵 Please call ASAP to sign up for this date/location must have a minimum of 40 horses scheduled. (405) 881-5120. Cost of test - $275. These tests will expire on May 26, 2023 T̲a̲t̲t̲o̲o̲e̲r̲ w̲i̲l̲l̲ b̲e̲ o̲n̲ s̲i̲t̲e̲ a̲s̲ w̲e̲l̲l̲,̲ a̲p̲p̲o̲i̲n̲t̲m̲e̲n̲t̲s̲ c̲a̲n̲ b̲e̲ m̲a̲d̲e̲ b̲y̲ c̲a̲l̲l̲i̲n̲g̲ h̲a̲i̲r̲ t̲e̲s̲t̲i̲n̲g̲ l̲i̲n̲e̲.̲
𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗲 𝗥𝗶𝗯𝗯𝗼𝗻 𝗗𝗼𝘄𝗻𝘀 – 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝟯𝗿𝗱 Appointments should be made by 3/1/2023 by calling (405) 881-5120. Cost of test - $225. These tests will expire June 2, 2023
𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗸 – 𝗙𝗲𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟴𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗱𝗮𝘆. Onsite testing during February will be conducted 9:00 – noon, Monday through Friday beginning Wednesday, February 8th. There will be no Hair Testing on Tuesday, February 14th or Friday, February 24th. Tests done in February will expire before the end of the meet. Please review the schedule and test/safe dates posted on OQHRA.com and plan accordingly. Onsite test cost $225.
𝑭𝒐𝒓 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒅𝒖𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕, 𝒕𝒆𝒙𝒕/𝒄𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒊𝒓 𝒕𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒂𝒕 (405) 881-5120. Full schedule and details can be found at www.oqhra.com