Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Remington Foresees Strong Meet

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Remington Foresees Strong Meet

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The Fall Thoroughbred Meet, which begins Friday at Remington Park and runs through Dec. 1, could be one of the most successful in the racetrack's history.

"We have had a wonderful simulcast season. We are adding more than $1.4 million additional money to the purses from that," said Pat Jaynes, chief operating officer of the track.

"We have 25 percent more stall applications than we had last year and more graded stakes winners on the track than we ever have had," he said. Daily purses for the meet are expected to be $100,000 or more, setting a record for the track's eight-year history, he said. "We have signed contracts with almost 80 percent of the tracks in the country to take full card simulcasts of our races. California tracks can't take full-card simulcasts, so we can't get in there," he said. "I think we will, conservatively, add $7,000 a day to the purses from the simulcasts," he said. A new $200,000 track parking lot lighting system has been completed and was turned on the first time Thursday night, he said. The lighting was required for safety after the initiation of full- card simulcasts this year. Simulcast races from west coast tracks are received at Remington Park well after dark. Wagering on full-card simulcast races from other tracks has averaged more than $400,000 daily for six days a week during the track's dark days since the Summer Quarter Horse Season ended July 14. "We're looking forward to be best quality of racing that we have ever had at Remington Park because of the proceeds of full-card simulcasting," said Mike Anifantis, director of racing. "We're at an all-time high for purses because of the simulcasting and we've added a couple of stakes races and increased the purses on a few more," he said. The stakes race schedule for the 54-day Fall Thoroughbred season includes 27 added-money races, four of which will have purses of $100,000 or more. …

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