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Led by the $300,000 Springboard Mile, Friday night will be one of the best days of racing of the year in the state of Oklahoma. In a ten-race card at Remington Park, the final six will be stakes races. As a qualifying points race, the evening’s feature will have implications for next year’s 150th edition of the Kentucky Derby.
The nine-horse field for the Springboard Mile promises to be a competitive affair and is topped by the Steve Asmussen-trained Otto the Conqueror, who has won two straight at Churchill Downs. Without further ado, let’s get to my best bets in four of the biggest races on the strong card of racing.
A winner of two straight in Kentucky, Otto the Conqueror rates top billing, but faces a competitive group of nine entered in the $300,000 Springboard Mile on the main track at Remington Park on Friday evening.
After winning a maiden race and an allowance at Churchill Downs in his second and third career starts, the juvenile son of Street Sense will look to start collecting qualifying points in hopes of being one of the 20 in the starting gate for next spring’s Kentucky Derby for trainer Steve Asmussen. Owned by Three Chimneys Farm, Otto the Conqueror was a $450,000 yearling purchase last fall.
Chief among his competition in the two-turn mile will be the California invader Raging Torrent. Trained by Doug O’Neill, the Maximus Mischief was a debut winner at Del Mar, before running against top competition in each of his last three graded stakes tries.
Others who merit consideration on Friday evening include Glengarry and Gettysburg Address. The former is a speedy two-time stakes winner and is unbeaten in three starts while sprinting. The latter was a debut winner at Ellis Park, before finishing fourth in a sloppy edition of the Grade 3 Street Sense. Trained by Brad Cox, Gettysburg Address is the top pick.
$20 Win & Place - Gettysburg Address = $40
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An impressive winner of a maiden race last out at Churchill Downs, West Omaha looks like the one to beat among a field of nine juvenile fillies entered in Friday’s $75,000 Trapeze Stakes going one mile at Remington Park
A daughter of West Coast, the Gary and Mary West homebred finished with a flourish in her career debut, also at Churchill, in her career debut, but came up just short. Off that promising debut, she looked the part of a stakes race when breaking her maiden next out by four lengths for trainer Brad Cox.
Her biggest threat in the female counterpart of the Springboard Mile figures to come from the two fillies entered by trainer Steve Asmussen. After fading in her debut, Tx Women for Arts has been competitive in six straight races. The well traveled filly has run in five straight stakes races, which includes a stakes win at Prairie Meadows.
The other Asmussen filly is Singsational, who broke her maiden last out in her fourth try. The win came going one mile at Remington Park, where she romped home by more than twelve lengths. The Asmussen fillies are dangerous, but West Omaha is the top pick.
$20 Exacta Box - West Omaha and Tx Women for Arts = $40
$10 Exacta Box - West Omaha and Singsational = $20
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A field of eight older females will be in search of a nice payday when they do battle in the $75,000 She’s All In Stakes going 1 mile and 70 yards on the main track. Perfect Wish is the morning line favorite, but this looks to be a wide open affair.
A winner of two straight this summer, she has not raced since finishing well back in the Remington Park Oaks three months ago. At her best, she is a big threat here, but as the favorite, I will take a shot to beat her.
Among her top competition will be Blameitonmidnight and Tiffany Twist. The former is an Illinois-bred who comes in with consistent form against allowance company and has won two of her four starts at Remington Park. While the latter comes in off three consecutive second-place finishes over the track.
At 6/1 on the morning line, Palacein looks like a live longshot on Friday. There is not too much speed in the race, and the daughter of Palace Malice is very fast. Her form has looked good of late, and she has won twice over the track. She will be the top pick.
$20 Win & Place - Palacein = $40
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In the race directly preceding the Springboard Mile, older males will go 1 mile and 70 yards on the main track in the Jeffrey A. Hawk Memorial Stakes. A graded stakes winner earlier this year in New Orleans, Pioneer of Medina looks like a legitimate favorite.
The 4-year-old colt is not the most consistent horse in the world, but is proven against good horses when he runs his best. Third in the million dollar Louisiana Derby last year, he will look to rebound off a poor effort in his first start for the Brad Cox barn.
Chief among his rivals on Friday night will be the Steve Asmussen-trained Presidential. Like the favorite, he is also a 4-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile. A winner of an allowance race at Remington Park four starts back, he has been knocking on the door in stakes competition of late, having finished second in his last two.
In a race with plenty of early speed, one horse who can rally is the Donnie Von Hemel-trained Chrome Baby. The son of California Chrome has a nice record over the track and comes in having won his last two. He should appreciate the expected fast pace here. He is the top pick.
$10 Exacta Part Wheel - Chrome Baby over Pioneer of Medina, Presidential, and U.S. Army = $30
$10 Exacta Part Wheel - Pioneer of Medina, Presidential, and U.S. Army over Chrome Baby = $30
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Taken to the races at a very young age, Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Professionally, his work has been published on several leading industry sites. Brian served as the Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, where he still writes a regular column and hosts the popular weekly webcast HorseCenter.
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