Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Inside Track

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Inside Track

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Although trainers are shipping out in droves, many trainers will be swaping their Thoroughbreds for Quarter Horses and be back when the stable area reopens May 8. The track closes for training Tuesday and trainers will have to vacate the barns shortly thereafter so maintenance crews can clean up and make repairs for the summer Quarter Horse meet.

Returning trainers include Joe Merrick, Don Van Campen, Jerry Dobbs, Tom Jordan, Billy "Chief" Burress and Larry Garner.

Racing Secretary Mike Anifantis said the demand for stalls from Quarter Horse trainers is as strong as it was for Thoroughbreds. More than 2,000 stalls have been requested, with 80 percent of the applications coming from Oklahomans.

"The quality looks good and we have some big name trainers coming in," Anifantis said. "It's a real plus to get those kind of outfits the first year."

Renowned Quarter Horse trainer Jack Brooks has asked for 31 stalls, as well as Monty Brooks, 15; Don Drake, 17; Bubba Warner, 13; and Dale Adix, 10, just to name a few. . .

Weekend Happenings Both Saturday and Sunday will offer 11 races at Remington Park. The extra race Saturday is the simulcast of the Ashland Stakes from Keeneland and on Sunday the card will be all live racing.

Sallisaw's Blue Ribbon Downs also has an extended card Saturday with 13 Thoroughbred races including simulcasts of the Arkansas Derby from Oaklawn Park and the Wood Memorial from Aqueduct in New York. . .

Coors Team Parades The Coors Belgium draft team is in Oklahoma City for several Centennial parades this weekend and will also parade Saturday and Sunday at Remington Park. There also will be a classic car show in the infield Saturday. …

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