BERRY RIDES TWO WINNERS, CLOSES IN ON REMINGTON MILESTONE
For Immediate Release
Friday, December 13, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY – Remington Park resumed the 2013 Thoroughbred Season on Friday night after an eight-day hiatus brought on by last week’s winter storm and prolonged sub-freezing temperatures. Jockey Cliff Berry was ready for the return to action as he rode two winners the first night back.
The two triumphs give Berry 54 wins for the season. More importantly, he is now within striking distance of a Remington Park milestone. Berry is just five wins away from becoming the first jockey in track history to win 2,000 Thoroughbred races.
A regular at Remington Park since the day the track opened in 1988, Berry has won the Pat Steinberg Award as the track’s leading jockey a record 15 times. Berry has posted over 100 victories in a season six times and has been the dominant rider in Oklahoma City for the better part of the last 17 years.
Friday night’s riding double for Berry came with Islet ($3 to win) in the fifth race and Thisladyisadiamond ($32) in the ninth and final race.
Ramon Vazquez leads the jockey colony with 58 wins while Luis Quinonez is second with 58 and Alex Birzer is third with 55. Berry is fourth in a competitive battle for the riding title with all four jockeys owning a reasonable chance to claim the title over the final four race dates.
The Remington Park racing schedule continues with a nine-race card on Saturday, Dec. 14 starting at 7pm. A total of three consecutive afternoon programs, Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 15-17, will conclude the season. The first race all three days is at 1:30pm. All times are Central.
Sunday features the $250,000 Springboard Mile, the biggest 2-year-old stakes race of the season at Remington Park. Springboard Mile Sunday was originally scheduled to be the final day of the 2013 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season but due to the cancelation of three race dates caused by the winter storm last week, the season has been extended two afternoons.
Open daily at 10:30am for casino gaming and simulcast racing, Remington Park also features the Bricktown Brewery on the casino floor. Admission, general parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park, home of the $250,000 Springboard Mile for 2-year-olds, to be run on December 15, 2013.
Tracked by over 48,000 fans on Facebook and 4,800 Twitter followers, Remington Park is Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino and is located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.