February 14, 2017
• January Nomination List is out! CLICK HERE for Nomination List
Schooling Races Wednesday, February 23 and Thursday, February 24 - Overnights & Race Replays can be viewed here. If you will click on the upper right hand box on the video screen of the training races you will find a drop down menu that lets you pick which schooling race you want to watch. The unofficial results will be posted on our website at the conclusion of schooling races, and the official results will be posted the following day after being approved by the stewards.
OKLAHOMA FUTURITY AND DERBY: (With only the February 15th payment remaining for both the Oklahoma Futurity and Derby and the Remington Park OKB Futurity and Derby, we are very pleased with the large number of horses that have been nominated for all of these races. Between the December payment deadline for the Oklahoma Futurity and the January payment deadline there were an additional 32 horses paying late nomination fees to be eligible making 192 horses eligible to make the final February payment by the 15th of this month. There is no provision for another late nomination in February, so horses not currently nominated would have to make a supplemental $7500 payment at time of entry for the trials which will run on March 11th. THE TRIALS ON SATURDAY MARCH 11th FOR THE OKLAHOMA FUTURITY WILL BEGIN WITH A FIRST POST TIME OF 4:00 PM (which is 2 hours earlier than the normal post time of 6:00 PM) Please make a note of the change in time and make your plans to arrive early at the track on that opening weekend.
REMINGTON PARK FUTURITY AND DERBY: NOTICE to all participants... the trial purses for the Remington Park Futurity and Derby will be $12,000 rather than $15,000 as previously advertised. Due to the same issues with recordkeeping by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission that caused a reduction in the OKB overnight purse levels offered for the 2017 meet, the funds available for added money to the trial purses must be reduced. The nomination forms stated clearly that funding was subject to availability and approval of the OHRC. The total trial purse will consist of $10,000 from horsemen's purse funds plus an additional $2,000 from the OBDFSA for a total trial purse of $12,000. We do not anticipate this will be more than a one time reduction as the fund balances should be restored prior to the 2018 meet.
REMINDER - WE ARE ON DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS FOR THE OQHRA ANNUAL MEETING AND 2016 AWARDS BANQUET. This years event is Saturday, February 18 at the Grand Casino in Shawnee, Oklahoma. For this function you must have a reservation to attend so we can insure you will have a place to sit. At this point we are very near capacity so if you have made a reservation for more people than you know will attend we would really appreciate it is you would call and let us know we can reduce the number in your group. If you want to attend and have not already made your reservations please call 405-216-0440 TODAY!!! There will be no charge for tickets again this year, but it costs your association about $50 per person for the banquet so the more accurate the count, the better use OQHRA can make of your money.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST IS THE ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE DINNER hosted by OQHRA at Heritage Place. We are expecting a record number of legislators this year, and there are about 45 brand new legislators this year. If you are an owner, a breeder, or a trainer we urge you to come and eat with us that evening and visit with the legislators about how important the horse industry is in your life. We are having a roast pig, ribs, brisket, and jumbo shrimp on ice that evening so it will be a good dinner.... and there is no cost to attend but we do need to know you are coming. Please call 405-216-0440 as soon as possible to let us know if you will be coming and how many will be coming with you.