Friday Free Horse Racing Picks: Late Pick Four at Remington Park
Labor Day has come and gone, and with it, much of my attention moves from upstate New York to Oklahoma City. I love the racing at Remington Park, for many reasons. There are barns recognizable to most racing fans, purses are high, and the quality of racing is very solid.
With that in mind, I’ll take a look at Friday’s late Pick Four, which is headlined by a pair of stakes races for Oklahoma-breds. My ticket costs just $9, and here’s how I’ve put it together.
My ticket boasts two popular singles, and I can do that because I’m going against the likely favorites in the opening leg. #4 TESUQUE has been at this level for quite a while, and #2 SUNDAY FLASHBACK hasn’t run since October and goes out for a barn that hasn’t had much success with horses coming off of long layoffs.
I’ll try to beat both of them by going three-deep, and my top selection is #3 CREDIT CARD FRAUD. She came off a long layoff for a new barn and ran fairly well, finishing second at this level in her first start for Clinton Stuart. Leandro Goncalves sees fit to ride back in this spot, and I think she has enough speed to sit an ideal stalking trip.
I’ll also use #1 SOBEAUTIFULTOME and #9 TAYLOR’S VISION. The former almost certainly needed her return to the races after a year-long break and could improve significantly second off the bench, while the latter earned her diploma last time out and was claimed by a high-percentage outfit following that performance.
This is the first of two stakes races, and I simply cannot get cute here. #5 GOTTA SEE RED is a 7/5 morning line favorite, and for good reason. She’s won four of her six lifetime starts, including a pair of stakes races for Oklahoma-bred fillies. The layoff is a concern, but she’s been training well for a barn that’s started the meet with four winners in the first nine tries. If she’s right, she crushes this group, and for that reason, she’s the first of two consecutive singles.
The second leg was for state-bred fillies. This one is for state-bred colts and geldings, and there’s another heavy favorite in here that may be even more formidable than the one in the prior event.
That’s #4 NUMBER ONE DUDE, who is undefeated in races for Oklahoma-breds. He’s 4-for-4 in those events, and only one of those races was decided by less than five lengths. Another horse in this race would need to run a career-best race in order to beat him, and even then, Number One Dude may have to regress. I don’t see that happening.
We finish with a puzzling event for older turf distaffers going one mile. We’ve got a 10-horse field signed on, and if one of my two singles wasn’t an overwhelming chalk, I may be able to justify hitting the “ALL” button. However, in an attempt to keep my ticket cost down, I’ll go six-deep and hope that’s enough.
I’ll shine a light on the biggest price I’ve used. #9 TIZTHEBOSS won two races in a row over this turf course late last year, and the race she ran in her 2021 debut a few weeks ago wasn’t bad. She was wide that day and almost certainly needed the race. I’m expecting her to improve here, and if she does, she has every right to win this at a nice price.
#1 THORNY ROSE, #3 SIAMESE, #5 HOLY CREED, #6 POQUITOMAS, and #7 MEDALLA MATCH are on my ticket as well. Your guess is as good as mine with regard to which runner will go favored. It’s an extremely wide-open race, and I hope I’ve gone deep enough in my search to find the winner.