Remington's Thoroughbred Handle Down Nearly 13 Percent In 2022 - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Remington’s Thoroughbred Handle Down Nearly 13 Percent In 2022

The field leaves the starting gate in the $400,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park on Dec. 17, 2022. The race, won by Wildatlanticstorm (9) who was voted “Horse of the Meeting,” was the final event of the 2022 Thoroughbred Season in Oklahoma City.

Remington Park capped its 2022 Thoroughbred Season when Wildatlanticstorm won the track's richest 2-year-old race, the $400,000 Springboard Mile, on Saturday, Dec. 17. That grand finale on a cool evening ended a 67-date season that began in the August summer heat.

The Remington Park season, the first completely removed from the pandemic years and restrictions endured in 2020-2021, had its challenges with weather and consistency that contributed to declines in wagering. The 67-date season (Aug. 19-Dec. 17) produced total pari-mutuel handle on Remington Park racing of $85,761,227, a decrease of 12.6 percent from 2021.

The export handle, from all sources outside Remington Park's controlled jurisdiction, was $82,494,002, a 12.7 percent decrease compared to 2021.

Remington Park's on-track live handle was $3,129,587, a drop of 9.8 percent compared to last year.

The lone Remington Park partner off-track location, Thunder Roadhouse in north Oklahoma City, had $137,638 wagered on Remington Park racing, down 8.9 percent from last year.

A total of 4,832 horses started throughout the season's 600 races, for an average field size of 8.05. That is a decrease of 3.2 percent from 2021 when 4,991 horses competed in 601 races for an average field size of 8.3. Field size dropped low enough in 27 races this season to force superfecta wagering to be canceled. In two more races, the field size fell too low to conduct trifecta or show wagering.

Total purses of $17,603,613, equating to a daily average of $262,740, only 1.3 percent lower from the record amount of $17,838,020 that horsemen competed to earn in 2021.

Weather did hamper Remington Park racing this season on these affected dates:

  • Oct. 15, one race canceled due to heavy thunderstorms.
  • Oct. 29, all nine races canceled due to rains and wet track surface.
  • Nov. 26, seven races canceled due to rains and wet track surface.
  • Dec. 8, a rare occurrence of heavy fog canceled the final two races.

Live racing will return to Remington Park in March 2023 with the beginning of the American Quarter Horse Season and in August 2023 when the Thoroughbred Season starts.

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