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Press ReleaseFebruary 28, 2014
Racing Free supports racing without the use of illegal medications.
Remington Park is one of the most progressive racetracks in our region of the country to face performance-enhancing drug issues and set standards for horsemen to abide by.
Since 2013 Remington Park has put into place a new integrity policy, increased pre-race veterinary inspections, enhanced the track racing surface, and upgraded their television production technology; all with the mindset of improving the racing experience for horsemen and fans. Remington Park has been a pioneer supporter of Racing Free and this racing season will show a stronger alliance between Oklahoma's premier horse racing facility and Racing Free, promoting the renewed commitment to leveling the playing field of racing.
“Change is necessary. If we are going to continuing participating in this sport, there are some different directions that we need to go and Racing Free is right on the cusp of that,” stated Remington Park General Manager Scott Wells.
While race tracks like Remington Park are doing their part to improve the sport, horsemen have the opportunity to be highly involved in the careers of race horses. Enhanced proactivity involves communicating with trainers, becoming educated on the medication thresholds, and voicing opinions with racing industry organizations. Being proactive in expressing medication standards will undoubtedly bring peace of mind in knowing that the horse's health is of utmost concern.
“We would like to thank Remington Park for taking so many steps towards providing a safe environment for equine athletes, jockeys, and racing fans," stated Racing Free co-founder Micah McKinney. "We hope to see hundreds of Racing Free horses winning big throughout the upcoming Quarter Horse meet.”
In the end, both Remington Park and Racing Free can agree that it’s ultimately about the equine athletes and the integrity of horse racing.
"We've come to a time now where at least if we show that we are trying to help, people will recognize that we are horse lovers," Scott Wells.
Visit www.remingtonpark.com or www.racingfree.com for more information on how you can become more proactive in 2014.
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