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OUR HISTORY

Edward J. DeBartolo (at that time, the owner of Balmoral, Thistledown and Louisiana Downs) built Remington Park in Oklahoma City as a $100 million showcase for Thoroughbred racing. The inaugural race meet during the fall of 1988 was an opportunity for Oklahoma Thoroughbred horsemen to race in their home state and for horsemen from throughout the region to enjoy Oklahoma’s hospitality.

With so many of Oklahoma’s Thoroughbred horsemen having been HBPA members when racing in other states, it was logical for an affiliate to be formed. To represent everybody who races Thoroughbreds in the state, the Oklahoma Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (OKHBPA) was incorporated as a non-profit association in 1993. For local/state identification purposes, the association has added a “dba” of the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma (TRAO). With more than 1,500 owner and owner/trainer members, the association’s mission is akin to that of the other affiliates … improve horse racing at all levels.

IN GENERAL THIS INCLUDES

  • Providing medical, dental and other benevolent assistance to members and their employees.
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  • Negotiating contracts with the racetracks. In addition to addressing the backside conditions, the OKHBPA takes seriously state law that requires agreements between the tracks and horsemen. “(Racetracks) shall negotiate and covenant with the (horsemen’s) representative … as to the conditions for each race meeting, the distribution of commissions and purses not governed by statutory distribution formulae, simulcast transmission and reception, off-track wagering, all matters relating to welfare, benefits and prerogatives of participants.” (O.S. 3A, Sec. 267)
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  • Granting permission to disseminate interstate simulcast signals to be received by various wagering partners throughout the United States. US Code; Title 15 Chapter 57 Inter-State Horse Racing Act.
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  • Representing the interests of Thoroughbred racing to the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission.
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  • Influencing legislation at the state and national levels.

WHAT TRAO DOES FOR THE HORSEMEN

ARE YOU RACING THOROUGHBREDS IN OKLAHOMA BECAUSE OF INCREASED PURSES AND BREEDER AWARDS?

IF SO, YOU SHOULD SUPPORT THE STATES ELECTED THOROUGHBRED HORSEMEN’S ORGANIZATION. THE PASSAGE OF GAMING AND INCREASED PURSES AT OUR RACETRACKS ARE A DIRECT RESULT OF THE TRAO REPRESENTING YOU; THE OWNER.

THE TRAO ALSO LED THE CHARGE IN GAINING MORE FAVORABLE SHARES OF SIMULCAST REVENUE FOR OKLAHOMA THOROUGHBRED HORSEMEN. AS A RESULT, THOROUGHBRED PURSESHAVE BEEN BOLSTERED BY AN ESTIMATED $3,800,00 SINCE 2007.

ARE YOU AWARE THAT THE TRAO PROVIDES MEDICAL, EYE AND DENTAL ASSISTANCE TO OUR MEMBERS, THEIR DEPENDENTS AND THEIR TRACK EMPLOYEES WHO RACE THOROUGHBREDS IN OKLAHOMA?

  • TRAO BENEVOLENCE HAS ASSISTED HUNDREDS OF TRAO MEMBERS AND BACKSIDE EMPLOYEE’S IN TIMES OF NEED. SINCE 2013, THE TRAO HAS DISBURSED OVER 2 MILLION TOWARDS BENEVOLENCE NEEDS.
  • THE TRAO PROVIDES THOROUGHBRED HORSEMEN;
  • FULL TIME STAFF AND REPRESENTATION AT ALL STATE TRACKS
  • FULL TIME LEGISLATIVE PRESENCE, LOBBYING FOR THOROUGHBREDS
  • ON GOING COMMUNICATION WITH MANAGEMENT OF OUR TRACK PARTNERS
  • COMPLETE AUDITING OF THOROUGHBRED PURSE AND OKLAHOMA BRED ACCOUNTS AT ALL TRACKS
  • OVERSEE OKLAHOMA BRED FUND DISTRUBUTION
  • HOST THE ANNUAL OKLAHOMA BRED AWARDS BANQUET
  • A STRONG VOICE WITH THE NATIONAL THOROUGHBRED HORSEMEN AFFAIRS
  • SUPPORT FOR THE RACE TRACK CHAPLAINCY OF AMERICA AT ALL OKLAHOMA TRACKS
  • ANNUALLY SUPPORTS OKLAHOMA CLASSICS (8 RACES AT RP AND 4 RACES AT WRD)
  • A RETIRED THOROUGHBRED RACE HORSE PROGRAM
  • SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT OF APPROXIMATELY $18,000 ANNUALY TO HORSEMEN AND THEIR DEPENDENTS
  • BENEVOLENCE PROGRAM TO ASSIST HORSEMEN WITH MEDICAL, DENTAL, OPTICAL AND PRESCRIPTION EXPENSES
  • ON SITE DOCTOR EVERY MONDAY AT THE TRAO OFFICE AT REMINGTON PARK
  • ANNUAL FLU SHOTS
  • CHIROPRACTOR EVERY WEDNESDAY AT THE TRAO OFFICE AT REMINGTON PARK
  • ICE PROGRAM AT WILL ROGERS DOWNS AND REMINGTON PARK
  • HOT WALKERS FOR SHIP INS AT WILL ROGERS DOWNS, FAIR MEADOWS AND REMINGTON PARK
  • TEST BARN SUPPLIES, RUBBING ALCOHOL, BUCKETS ETC. AT WILL ROGERS DOWNS, FAIR MEADOWS AND REMINGTON PARK
  • EUTHANIZATION COST FOR ANY TRAO MEMBER’S THOROUGHBRED HORSE THAT BREAKS DOWN DURING TRAINING AT WILL ROGERS DOWNS, FAIR MEADOWS AND REMINGTON PARK
  • SPONSOR RACE OF THE WEEK AT WILL ROGERS DOWNS, FAIR MEADOWS AND REMINGTON PARK
  • TRAO STABLE EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK AT WILL ROGERS DOWNS, FAIR MEADOWS AND REMINGTON PARK
  • TRAO BARN OF THE MONTH AT WILL ROGERS DOWNS AND REMINGTON PARK
  • FUND AUTOMATIC TEXT/EMAIL ALERT TO ALL HORSEMEN AT REMINGTON PARK FOR HORSES BEING PLACED ON THE VET’S LIST
  • FREE RACE DVD FOR WINNING OWNERS TO TRAO MEMBERS AT REMINGTON PARK

 

THE TRAO NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO REMAIN EFFECTIVE. BY NOT EXECUTING THE OPT OUT FORM, YOUR MEMBERSHIP WILL CONTINUE TO ASSURE A HEALTHY AND VIABLE INDUSTRY FOR THOROUGHBRED PARTICIPANTS IN OKLAHOMA.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION, CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT
(405) 427-8753 OR WWW.TRAORACING.COM

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NUMBER ONE DUDE RETURNS TO WINNING FORM WITH SWITCH TO GRASS IN RED EARTH STAKES

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Ok – September 24, 2022 — Number One Dude overcame some tight spots down the stretch, but he persevered to win his first try over the grass in the $70,000 Red Earth Stakes at Remington Park on Friday night.

The Red Earth is for Oklahoma-bred horses, 3-years-old and older.

“Keith Bilbrey is his regular exercise rider and he told me a year ago that with his action that he should like the turf,” said Number One Dude’s owner Terry Westemeir of Broken Arrow, Okla.

The 4-year-old gelded son of American Lion (Tiznow), out of the Macho Uno mare Ebony Uno, is a home-bred for Westemeir and he has shown a lot of heart in his races. Number One Dude was in traffic all down the backstretch and in the run down the lane to the finish line, but jockey Leandro Goncalves weaved his way through to a hotly contested win.

“A lot of times when horses get in tight spots like that, they won’t relax,” said Goncalves, “but he has so much heart and he had been training lights out. He just laid back in my hand and ran for me when it got tough.”

Trainer Kari Craddock conditions Number One Dude, who has now won an incredible eight times in only 14 starts. The other seven wins came on the dirt. The $42,000 he banked Friday night improved his lifetime record to 14-8-3-0 for career earnings of $345,893, making him one of the top Oklahoma-breds in training.

Number One Dude got to the wire a neck in front of That’s Something, the 9-5 betting favorite at post time. That’s Something was another length ahead of third-place finisher Tommyhawk (12-1). Number One Dude, despite his gawdy winning record, was virtually ignored at 8-1 odds and paid a generous $18.80 to win, $8 to place and $3.80 to show.

His running time for the 7-1/2 furlongs on the turf was 1:29.37 over the firm course, just a tick or two faster than the winning time of 1:29.51 for multiple stakes-winning filly Run Slewpy Run, winner of the Bob Barry Memorial Stakes at the same distance earlier in the evening.

It was the first win in the Red Earth Stakes for all the connections of Number One Dude. For most of the race he was in mid-pack in tight quarters, chasing fractions of :23.38 for the quarter-mile, :47.12 for the half-mile and 1:11.21 for three-quarters of a mile before he finally found room in the final furlong. Quarky set the pace while tracked by That’s Something in second until they reached the top of the stretch. Number One Dude moved between the front-runners and made the lead a little more than 100 yards from the finish.

The dark bay gelding, almost black, began his racing career with a bang as a 2-year-old. He broke his maiden at first asking on Sept. 18, 2020 and won three in a row before losing for the first time. He took home trophies in the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Juvenile on Oct. 16, 2020 and the $75,000 Don McNeill Stakes on Nov. 13 before running into foot abscess problems in the $200,000 Springboard Mile, finishing eighth to Senor Buscador. After some time off, he came back as a 3-year-old and won the $50,000 Oklahoma Stallion Stakes here and the $70,000 Jim Thorpe Stakes and also was the runner-up in the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup to Absaroka.

Live racing at Remington Park continues Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 & 25. First post time is 7:07 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday on Oklahoma Derby Day.

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Tracked by more than 171,000 fans on Facebook and 10,600 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $301 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park features the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby and Grade 3 Remington Park Oaks on Sunday, September 25. Thoroughbred racing continues through December 17 with simulcast racing daily, and a casino that is always open! Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.

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NUMBER ONE DUDE RETURNS TO WINNING FORM WITH SWITCH TO GRASS IN RED EARTH STAKES

For Immediate Release –  Oklahoma City, Ok – September 24, 2022 — Number One Dude overcame some tight spots down the stretch, but he persevered to win his first try over the grass in the $70,000 Red Earth Stakes at Remington Park on Friday night.

The Red Earth is for Oklahoma-bred horses, 3-years-old and older.

“Keith Bilbrey is his regular exercise rider and he told me a year ago that with his action that he should like the turf,” said Number One Dude’s owner Terry Westemeir of Broken Arrow, Okla.

The 4-year-old gelded son of American Lion (Tiznow), out of the Macho Uno mare Ebony Uno, is a home-bred for Westemeir and he has shown a lot of heart in his races. Number One Dude was in traffic all down the backstretch and in the run down the lane to the finish line, but jockey Leandro Goncalves weaved his way through to a hotly contested win.

“A lot of times when horses get in tight spots like that, they won’t relax,” said Goncalves, “but he has so much heart and he had been training lights out. He just laid back in my hand and ran for me when it got tough.”

Trainer Kari Craddock conditions Number One Dude, who has now won an incredible eight times in only 14 starts. The other seven wins came on the dirt. The $42,000 he banked Friday night improved his lifetime record to 14-8-3-0 for career earnings of $345,893, making him one of the top Oklahoma-breds in training.

Number One Dude got to the wire a neck in front of That’s Something, the 9-5 betting favorite at post time. That’s Something was another length ahead of third-place finisher Tommyhawk (12-1). Number One Dude, despite his gawdy winning record, was virtually ignored at 8-1 odds and paid a generous $18.80 to win, $8 to place and $3.80 to show.

His running time for the 7-1/2 furlongs on the turf was 1:29.37 over the firm course, just a tick or two faster than the winning time of 1:29.51 for multiple stakes-winning filly Run Slewpy Run, winner of the Bob Barry Memorial Stakes at the same distance earlier in the evening.

It was the first win in the Red Earth Stakes for all the connections of Number One Dude. For most of the race he was in mid-pack in tight quarters, chasing fractions of :23.38 for the quarter-mile, :47.12 for the half-mile and 1:11.21 for three-quarters of a mile before he finally found room in the final furlong. Quarky set the pace while tracked by That’s Something in second until they reached the top of the stretch. Number One Dude moved between the front-runners and made the lead a little more than 100 yards from the finish.

The dark bay gelding, almost black, began his racing career with a bang as a 2-year-old. He broke his maiden at first asking on Sept. 18, 2020 and won three in a row before losing for the first time. He took home trophies in the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Juvenile on Oct. 16, 2020 and the $75,000 Don McNeill Stakes on Nov. 13 before running into foot abscess problems in the $200,000 Springboard Mile, finishing eighth to Senor Buscador. After some time off, he came back as a 3-year-old and won the $50,000 Oklahoma Stallion Stakes here and the $70,000 Jim Thorpe Stakes and also was the runner-up in the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup to Absaroka.

Live racing at Remington Park continues Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 & 25. First post time is 7:07 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday on Oklahoma Derby Day.

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Tracked by more than 171,000 fans on Facebook and 10,600 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $301 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park features the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby and Grade 3 Remington Park Oaks on Sunday, September 25. Thoroughbred racing continues through December 17 with  simulcast racing daily, and a casino that is always open! Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.

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Edward J. DeBartolo (at that time, the owner of Balmoral, Thistledown and Louisiana Downs) built Remington Park in Oklahoma City as a $100 million showcase for Thoroughbred racing. The inaugural race meet during the fall of 1988 was an opportunity for Oklahoma Thoroughbred horsemen to race in their home state and for horsemen from throughout the region to enjoy Oklahoma’s hospitality.

Phone: (405) 427-8753
Email: TRAO Office

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