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Friday's free horse racing picks and strategy from handicapper Andrew Champagne comes to us from the late Pick Four sequence at Remington Park.

Friday Free Horse Racing Picks and Strategy: Late Pick Four Sequence at Remington Park

Friday is closing night at Remington Park, and the Oklahoma track will end its 2021 season with a bang. The program features 13 races, and the late Pick Four starting in the tenth includes three events of the stakes variety. I’ll attack it with a $37.50 ticket, and here’s how I’ve put it together.

RACE #10

I’m starting things off by going out on a limb, as I like neither of the two morning line favorites. #7 MARION FRANCIS was the beneficiary of a pace meltdown last time out at Keeneland and doesn’t seem overwhelmingly faster than this bunch, while #6 CASUAL has never looked like a two-turn horse and hasn’t won since taking a mid-level allowance race at Oaklawn in January.

I’m three-deep without both of them, and my top pick is #5 PAIGE ANNE. While she hasn’t won in a while, she’s been running against some of the better distaffers in California, and her 2021 record includes a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar behind Shedaresthedevil. She makes her first start for a new barn here, and I think she’ll appreciate the class relief.

I’m also using #1 MY BETS and #4 SHE’S ALL WOLFE. Both have been extremely competitive and consistent this season, and She’s All Wolfe, in particular, has shown a fondness for this Remington Park surface. I’m hoping to go against the two chalks opens the door for a nice score, and if we can get a bigger price home, I think many tickets will go up in smoke.

RACE #11

I’m spreading pretty widely in each of the two-stakes races for 2-year-olds. This is the Trapeze for 2-year-old fillies, and it’s the first of two straight legs where I’m using five runners.

#5 RING ME DARLING hits me as an overlay at the 10-1 morning line price. She’s won three of five starts, and her lone true misfire came in a $500,000 stakes race on turf at Kentucky Downs. She was claimed last time out by an astute horseman, and she’ll add Lasix for the first time here. She’s shown she can get the one-mile distance, and I think there’s plenty to like.

#3 POINT TWO, #6 PARK ON THE NILE, #9 GOLDEN SIGHTS, and #12 OPTIONALITY are also on my ticket. Park On the Nile will probably go favored after a seven-length win in her debut at Churchill, but I don’t think there will be a prohibitive, short-priced favorite in this race. It’s a competitive spot, and if you have a strong opinion, you’re likely to get a reasonable price on whichever runner you prefer.

RACE #12

The same can be said for the Springboard Mile, a race that will award points for next year’s Kentucky Derby to the top few finishers. Like its sister race, this is a heck of a handicapping puzzle.

I think #1 CONCEPT bounced last time out in the Clever Trevor. He put up a 91 Beyer Speed Figure in his wire-to-wire Kip Deville win two starts ago, so it makes sense that he regressed in his next outing (especially given the fast pace he helped set). Sire Gun Runner, of course, did his best work going long, and I think the inside draw will help him establish position. Anything close to the two-back effort would make him a major player.

I’ll also use #2 MAKE IT BIG, #3 BYE BYE BOBBY, #5 CLASSIC MOMENT, and #9 OSBOURNE. These are the horses that figure to take money, but your guess is as good as mine with regard to which of them will go favored.

RACE #13

I can afford to spread in the earlier legs because I have a very strong opinion in the Friday finale. This one-mile allowance has drawn an 11-horse field, but I like one runner enough to single her.

#5 TASMIN has shown significant improvement in two starts for trainer Mindy Willis. She’s won those outings by a combined total of more than 14 lengths, and while this is a class jump out of claiming company, she’s still facing Oklahoma-breds, so the jump isn’t as imposing as if this was an open allowance event. She loves this route, is in career-best form, and hits me as a very formidable favorite.


R10: 1,4,5

R11: 3,5,6,9,12

R12: 1,2,3,5,9

R13: 5

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Andrew Champagne is a horse racing handicapper with a specialism in juveniles. One thing is for certain, Champagne gets the party started.


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