SILVER REINA DRAWS VON HEMEL WITHIN TWO OF 1,000 REMINGTON PARK WINS
For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 06, 2016
OKLAHOMA CITY – Remington Park’s all-time leading Thoroughbred trainer Donnie Von Hemel picked up another win on Thursday night. Silver Reina broke her maiden status, giving Von Hemel his 998th victory at Remington Park.
Owned by Robert Zoellner of Tulsa, Okla., Silver Reina won a $7,500-level maiden claiming event at one mile for Oklahoma-bred fillies. Jockey Luis Quinonez was aboard for the win as Silver Reina crossed the finish in 1:41.19 over a fast track, 3-3/4 lengths ahead of Blushing Reality.
There are three horses entered on Friday night at Remington Park for Von Hemel. However, two of them are entered as ‘main-track only’ runners in races scheduled for the turf course. Those horses will compete only if their races are moved from the turf course to the main track due to weather conditions.
Von Hemel, a mainstay at Remington Park since its opening in 1988, has won 12 training titles here. His victories at Remington Park represent 48%, nearly half, of his 2,101 overall career wins since he started training in 1984. Among his many local accomplishments are three victories in the Oklahoma Derby, the richest thoroughbred race in the state.
A resident of Piedmont, Okla. since moving to central Oklahoma in 1988, Von Hemel bases his national training operation at Remington Park. He also trains at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. (January to April) and Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. (April to July) before moving back to Remington Park (August to December) to complete the calendar year.