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Oklahoma-bred Standout Clever Trevor Dies at Age 30 Remington Park as a 2-year-old. As a 3-year-old, the Donnie K. Von Hemel trainee won the inaugural Remington Park Derby (now the Oklahoma Derby) and raced in the 1989 Kentucky Derby (G1), where he finished 13th. The gelding rebounded to win the Grade 2 St. Paul Derby in Minnesota and Grade 1 Arlington Classic in Illinois before running a game second to Easy Goer in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga. He also ran in the 1991 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), finishing sixth. After retiring from the track, Clever Trevor spent most of his remaining years on the farm of Donnie K. Von Hemel and his wife, Robin, and daughter, Tess. “He was a brilliant,” Von Hemel told Daily Racing Form. “He was a great racehorse who really put a young trainer on a successful path. I was very fortunate that he came along during the early part of my career, and I’ll forever be indebted to that horse. He meant so Clever Trevor winning the inaugural Remington Park Derby (now the Oklahoma Derby) much to me and my family. It’s a sad day, but he had a Oklahoma-bred Clever Trevor, who won the first Remington Park wonderful life.” Derby in 1989, was euthanized on July 22 due to deteriorating health, Clever Trevor, Von Hemel and McNeill, who passed away last year, according to Daily Racing Form. He was 30 years old. are all members of the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Remington A 1986 gelded son of Slewacide bred and owned by Don McNeill, Park annually honors the gelding with the Clever Trevor Stakes. Clever Trevor won half of his 30 career starts and banked nearly $1.4 The first issue of Southern Racehorse/American Racehorse had a million. He began his racing career at Ak-Sar-Ben in Nebraska and then feature article about Clever Trevor, which can be accessed through took his home state by storm with stakes wins at Blue Ribbon Downs and americanracehorse.com.

Lone Star Park Meet Concludes with Increases in Handle Lone Star Park concluded its 20th spring Thoroughbred season with a 6 percent increase in off-track live wagering, raising the total amount wagered on the live racing product by 1.8 percent. “We’re happy with the increase in live product wagering, especially the off-track numbers,” said Lone Star President and General Manager Scott Wells. “It shows that interest from national simulcast customers has increased in our live product offering.” Attendance during the meet, which was conducted over 50 dates between April 7 and July 17, totaled 362,457, a slight decline of 1 percent compared to 366,720 during the 50-date 2015 season. Average daily attendance was 7,249 compared to 7,325 a year ago. A total of 80,806 music fans attended the six concerts (one less than in 2015) that made up the highly successful 2016 Lone Star Music Series. Attendance per concert averaged 13,468 versus an average of 13,392 in 2015. Total on-track simulcast wagering was $25.7 million compared to the $26.7 million wagered in 2015, a decline of 3.9 percent.

On-track live wagering slipped 7.9 percent to $11.2 million compared to last year’s total of $12.1 million. The total amount wagered on the live product, both on and off-track, rose 1.8 percent to $41.6 million versus $40.8 million last year. Daily averages were $832,433 compared to $817,320 one year ago. Overall, there was a slight decline of just 0.4 percent in all-sources wagering. A total of $67.3 million was wagered during the meet as opposed to $67.6 million wagered in 2015. On the track, a total of 3,582 starters competed in 451 races. The average field size was 7.94 compared the 2015 average (U.S. and Canada) of 7.82, according to The Jockey Club. Lone Star Park’s average daily purses were up 5.5 percent at $147,801 compared to $140,099 last season. With 99 wins, C.J. McMahon won his second consecutive riding title. Karl Broberg captured his third consecutive Lone Star Park training title with 61 wins. Lone Star Park’s all-time leading trainer, Steve Asmussen, captured his first ever owner title at the Grand Prairie track with 22 wins.

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