US Racing Track Guide: Remington Park

Betfair now offers Exchange markets on a whole host of tracks in the United States. In his latest in-depth guide, US racing handicapper Dean Keppler takes a look at Remington Park...

What kind of racecourse is it?

• The main dirt track is one mile in circumference with the inner turf course measuring seven furlongs.

Tell me something I don't know about this track

• Remington Park officially opened on September 1, 1988. At the time, it was the only American track to use a synthetic surface for its main track called Equitrack, which utilized grains of sand coated with a wax polymer. The intent was to provide a safe all-weather racing surface that would provide a fast condition for all races. The Equitrack experiment failed as the surface did not hold up during the very warm Oklahoma summers. Remington Park replaced Equitrack with a more traditional natural ingredient racing surface. No other American track used a synthetic surface until 2005.

When do they race?

Mainly Wednesday through Saturday evenings August Through December - starting at 12:00 a.m. GMT (Quarter Horses) March Through June.

Best Ever Race

Oklahoma Derby August 30, 1998. Originally named the Remington Park Derby, in 2001 the race was renamed the Oklahoma Derby. Open to three-year-olds, the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby is the track's flagship event and the most lucrative Thoroughbred race at Remington Park. Classic Cat broke the stakes and track record with his victory in the 1998 edition. He was trained by David Cross and ridden by jockey Shane Sellers.

Most Popular Jockeys

Vazquez, Ramon A.
Cabrera, David
McMahon, C J
Eramia, Richard
Most Popular Trainers
Asmussen, Steven M.
Villafranco, Federico
Caldwell, J. R.

How to find winners at Remington Park...

The key to finding winners at Remington is similar to so many other American racetracks. Early speed-types are extremely dangerous on both the dirt and turf course, and do exceptionally well in sprint races on both surfaces. Some trainers of note include the following: Brett Calhoun with layoff runners of >180 Days plus and 1st after a trainer switch. Steve Asmussen with first and second off the Claim runners and switching horses from the turf to dirt. Federico Villafranco with first time starters, and horses that are wheeled back quickly (one to seven days).

Draw Positions

The draw plays very fair up to seven furlongs with every post slot winning their fair share of races. At races over one mile on the main track, post one through eight is the ideal starting slots, with the outside posts at somewhat of a disadvantage. On the turf the rail draw (post 1) does very well in sprint races, and post one through five are most favorable in turf route events. Post eight and outwards is at a distinct disadvantage going 7 ½-furlongs or greater on the grass.

Running Styles

Early speed types as well as horses that are pressing the pace do well at the 5 ½ and 6-furlong distance on the main track. Speed does well in turf sprints as well with nearly 40% going to horses that are on the front end.

When betting Remington Park look out for... Early speed-types in sprint races on both the main track and dirt. Jockey Richard Eramia and trainer Steven Asmussen are a strong combination as is jockey David Cabrera and trainer J R Caldwell. The same can be said for R A Vazquez and Federico Villafranco. Villafranco has an ROI of over $6 with horses making their unveiling (debut) at this racetrack.