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Quarter Horse Group Hopes for Good Attendance for Trials / at Remington Park

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Quarter Horse Group Hopes for Good Attendance for Trials / at Remington Park

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The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) sent out about 10,000 letters to quarter horse owners in the Oklahoma City area asking them to attend today's non-betting quarter horse races scheduled at Remington Park this afternoon.

With Edward J. DeBartolo's strong ties to thoroughbred racing, many quarter horse owners, trainers and fans are wondering what the future holds for quarter horse racing at Remington Park.

"Quarter Horse racing will come to Remington Park on Sept. 20, with the trials of the $110,000 Classics Futurity and the $80,000 Sunbelt Classics Derby," the letter said. "this will be the first chance to show Remington Park the support quarter horse racing gets in Oklahoma and throughout the southwest.

"Today's seven races, post time 1 p.m., are the qualifying time trials for the Oct. 1 Classics Futurity for 2-year-old quarter horses racing 400 yards and the Oct. 2, Sunbelt Classics Derby is for 3-year-olds racing 400 yards. Betting will be allowed on the championship finals to be held at Remington Park.

"I will be disappointed if we can't turn out 2,000 spectators," said Dan Fick, the AQHA's director of racing.

AQHA records show that on Sept. 1 there were 53,363 quarter horse owners in Oklahoma.

Fick said Monday that a good turn out might show Remington Park management that more quarter horse racing should be offered before the 49-day quarter horse season proposed for next summer.

"Quarter horse racing should have been a part of the inaugural season," he said.

Fick said there are many quarter horse people in this state who believe the quarter horse faction was the key element in getting the pari-mutuel issue passed in Oklahoma and that having to wait until next summer to race on a regular basis is a "slap in the face."

"Having to follow 120 days of thoroughbred racing is going to make it tough to sell our product," Fick said. "The racing fans will be so thoroughly indocrinated to thoroughbred racing. …

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