Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Inside Track

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Inside Track

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Remington Park General Manager David Vance said a recent survey done among fans attending this summer's Quarter Horse season didn't tell him anything he and his staff didn't know already.

"There were no revelations in our market research," Vance said. "It didn't say any of the things we were looking for to change our current direction. Everything is pretty much status quo. It did confirm, however, our belief that the fans prefer longer races. Not necessarily any particular breed, just longer races."

Vance said the study indicated it was best for the Quarter Horse meets to be "more compact," but offer better purses to attract quality horses. Vance said it's possible that purses could be upped 20 percent next summer.

Vance said the study also indicated that there aren't as many regular customers as there are during the Thoroughbred seasons.

"We have had a lot of `tire kickers' who have come out to see what Remington Park is all about," Vance said. "But regardless, over the last two weeks we have probably averaged over $850,000 a day. . ."

Notes and Quotes Gov. Henry Bellmon has made yet another appointment to the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission. Cattleman J. Claude Brannan of Marrietta is the "commissioner at large" and replaces Ron Shotts of Oklahoma City. Shotts quit the commission last January to become the director of racing for Fair Meadows of Tulsa racetrack.

Brannan, a cattle rancher for the last 48 years, also served 11 years on a state conservation board. . .

Blue Ribbon Down's leading trainer in 1966 was. . .D. Wayne Lukas. . .

Million Dollar Babies Speaking of Lukas. . .The world's leading Thoroughbred trainer was busy buying horses at the Keeneland July Select Sale this week in Kentucky. As of Wednesday, Lukas has purchased 23 horses on behalf of his clients, three of which sold for more than half-a-million each, including a Secretariat-Crimson Saint colt for $650,000.

However, the trainer, whose business office is in Norman, was outbid on a colt, Blushing Groom/Folk Art, which was purchased for $2.3 million by the Arab Sheikh Mohammed el Maktoum. All of the fillies and colts will be shipped to the Norman ranch where they will remain until they are sent out for race training. . .

Olympic Festival Nominees Tally 44 Let Me Tell Ya, runner up in the Remington Park Quarter Horse Futurity July 2, heads a list of 44 horses for Saturday's $20,000 added Olympic Festival Futurity.

Trained by Jim Richardson and owned by Gerald Neff, Let Me Tell Ya is the richest contender for the 350-yard race, $52,000. Most of those earnings were banked upon her second place finish in the Remington Park Futurity behind Dela Creme Smash. Other nominees include Sis Who, an earner of $35,000; Celebrated Comment, a winner at Remington July 14, and an earner of more than $36,000, and Air Jet Willie, unbeaten in two lifetime starts - his latest, an allowance test at Remington last Friday. …

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