By: Edited Press Release
Remington Park will implement hair testing for its 440-yard, $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1), which this year will be run on June 3.
According to a press release issued by the track, horses invited to the Remington Park Championship will be required to be on grounds no later than May 15. Hair samples will be collected on May 16 from every horse seeking an invitation to the race. Any horse testing positive for a prohibited substance will not receive an invitation to the race.
After the testing process is complete, Remington Park racing secretary Tim Williams will issue formal invitations and provide a list of horses eligible to enter as having met these conditions. That list will be available on or before May 26.
“We are implementing these new measures at the request of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association and in keeping with the highest and latest standards for assuring a level playing field,” said Remington Park president and general manager Scott Wells. “The Remington Park Invitational Championship is one of the nation’s most prestigious races. The winner is assured a place in the starting gate of the Grade 1 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos in December, where these same basic regulations will be in place.”